Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia
Jun
17
7:00 PM19:00

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is one of the world’s greatest internationally acclaimed flautist from India and the greatest living master of the north Indian bamboo flute (bansuri), acclaimed both at home and abroad.

Pandit Chaurasia has been performing nationally and internationally winning acclaim from varied audiences and from fellow musicians like Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal, among others. Pandit Chaurasia tours regularly in the US and Europe and is a featured artiste in almost all major music festivals around the globe. 
 

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Novalima
Jul
19
7:00 PM19:00

Novalima

Novalima

For the 15th Anniversary Tour, Novalima has prepared a highly energetic live show event that takes the audience on a journey thru all albums from Afro to Planetario. The tunes have been re-arranged from the original studio versions, to keep their audience’s attention from beginning to end by gradually ascending it ́s intensity to take the crowd along their hypnotic journey thru time and history, non-stop dancing

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Gnawa Night: Maalem Hamid El Kasri & Friends
Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

Gnawa Night: Maalem Hamid El Kasri & Friends

Maalem Hamid El Kasri

Maalem Hamid El Kasri is a Gnaoua Master from Morocco. He is the champion of Gnaoua Culture, praised for rejuvenating the genre while keeping its authenticity alive.
He is to the Guembri what Jimmy Page is to the Guitar.

Born in 1961 in Ksar El Kebir, Hamid El Kasri is not a Son of Maalem (Master) himself but he grew up in the middle of the Gnaoua Culture. He was looking up at his grandmother’s husband who was an ancient slave from Soudanese origins, and who taught him a lot about the magical instrument which only Maalems (Masters) are allowed to touch, the Guembri.

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Vieux Farka Touré
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician.

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Manu Dibango
Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango

60 years of music, 60 records released and a planetary hit covered by over 23 artists… These numbers merely hint at how massive Manu Dibango’s career was and continues to be. At the age of 80, the Cameroonian flame still shines bright. He who was coined the inventor of Disco tours and records extensively to the delight of both the young and the nostalgics.

Dibango came under the spotlight in 1972 when he released “Soul Makossa”. The song that was born an unheralded B-side went around the world in a blink, taking Manu for the ride of his life. Covered by Michael Jackson on “Thriller” (140 million copies sold) and Rihana in “Please don’t stop the music”, “Soul Makossa” is a tune each of us has danced to at least once.

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Boubacar Traoré
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Boubacar Traoré

Boubacar Traoré

Boubacar Traoré carries within him all the beauty of African blues. Only the voice of “Kar Kar” (a footballing nickname meaning “The Dribbler” given him by his friends, who also love the beautiful game) can blend Niger and Mississippi river alluvia with such moving authenticity. His unique, inimitable, self-taught guitar technique owes a great deal to his kora influences, but its shades and phrasing also suggest the great black bluesmen of the deep South: Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and others.

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Roberto Fonseca (2nd night)
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Roberto Fonseca (2nd night)

Roberto Fonseca

“Roberto Fonseca is one of the world’s great pianists and one of the finest of Cuba’s new generation of musicians ” ****Evening Standard

The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15.

Ten years and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the internationally acclaimed orchestra of charismatic sonero Ibrahim Ferrer, touring the world and recording and producing his late release “Mi sueño. A bolero Songbook“. Fonseca also played with Buena Vista Social Club™ and recorded and toured with another of its solo stars Omara Portuondo.

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Roberto Fonseca (1st night)
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Roberto Fonseca (1st night)

Roberto Fonseca

“Roberto Fonseca is one of the world’s great pianists and one of the finest of Cuba’s new generation of musicians ” ****Evening Standard

The dazzling musician The New York Times called “a charismatic spark plug of a pianist from Cuba” made his debut at the Havana International Jazz Festival in 1990 when he was 15.

Ten years and several solo albums later, the rousing young jazz pianist joined the internationally acclaimed orchestra of charismatic sonero Ibrahim Ferrer, touring the world and recording and producing his late release “Mi sueño. A bolero Songbook“. Fonseca also played with Buena Vista Social Club™ and recorded and toured with another of its solo stars Omara Portuondo.

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Susana Baca
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

Susana Baca

Susana Baca

Twice winner of the coveted Latin American Grammy Award, for the Best Folk Album for Lamento Negro in 2002 and again for her participation in the Latin-American super group Los Super Seven which included Mexican stars from Los Lobos and the Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, Susana Baca is the singer who has introduced Afro-Peruvian music to the world.

The musical legacy of the Africans who created communities along the Peruvian coast is her passion. Her whole life has been dedicated to celebrating her African heritage keeping the irresistible rhythms of her ancestors alive.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2nd night)
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2nd night)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive groups. For over fifty years the legendary a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, and have been touring the world ever since. Their Grammy-nominated 2016 album Walking in the Footsteps of our Fathers honours their past as well as their future with joy, pride and passion radiating from every bar.
 

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1st night)
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

Ladysmith Black Mambazo (1st night)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo are one of the world’s greatest and most distinctive groups. For over fifty years the legendary a cappella male choir have invoked the soul of South Africa with their intricate rhythms and harmonies and powerful, uplifting songs.

They shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s Graceland album, and have been touring the world ever since. Their Grammy-nominated 2016 album Walking in the Footsteps of our Fathers honours their past as well as their future with joy, pride and passion radiating from every bar.
 

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Kanda Bongo Man - Live in London
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Kanda Bongo Man - Live in London

Featuring the man who gave the world the infectious Kwasa Kwasa dance; Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of African soukous music.
Championed by John Peel and Andy Kershaw in the late 80s, Kanda played a key role in introducing African and world music to the mainstream. Now with a huge and loyal fan base, his music still
receives regular airplay on stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6 Music.

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Corey Harris Band - Musicians Unite to End FGM
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Corey Harris Band - Musicians Unite to End FGM

Corey Harris is a pre-eminent blues musician based in America. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues, he appeared in the iconic Martin Scorsese 2003 film 'Feel Like Going Home' from The Blues Film Collection where he travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa (feat. Ali Farka Toure), exploring the roots of the music.

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Jungle By Night - Afrobeat/Ethiopique/Funk
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Jungle By Night - Afrobeat/Ethiopique/Funk

Jungle By Night 
has turned many dance floors into boiler rooms: from Istanbul to Tokyo and from Paris to the isle of Vlieland, nobody can withstand their afro beats, ethiobreaks, Turkish psych and spicy cumbia. Their latest album The Traveller sets its journey further through the jungle, taking it deeper and deeper into an unknown world.

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Baba Zula
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Baba Zula

Baba Zula

Baba ZuLa go to great lengths to provide their fans with a unique live show experience. Their ritual like performances are a mixture of disciplines of art, often featuring belly dancers, elaborate costumes, poetry, theatre and live drawing, delivering viewers a tantalizing audio-visual feast. By mixing oriental instruments such as the darbuka, electric saz, and spoons with electronics and modern sounds, BaBa ZuLa creates a sound all their own called istanbul psychedelia. While a ney can represent the past Sufi-Islamic tradition, and a clarinet is the symbol of the music of the Turkish gypsies-an electric saz together with a wooden spoon can serve as musical compass to Turkish musical roots going as far back as pre-Islamic, shamanic times, through Anatolia reaches all the way up to present-day Istanbul. Despite sounds that might initially come to mind when one hears a phrase like “Oriental Dub"

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Vieux Farka Touré
Jan
27
7:00 PM19:00

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré

Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré, who died in 2006. Ali Farka Touré came from a historical tribe of soldiers, and defied his parents in becoming a musician. When Vieux was in his teens, he declared that he also wanted to be a musician. His father dissaproved due to the pressures he had experienced being a musician. Rather, he wanted Vieux to become a soldier. But with help from family friend the kora maestro Toumani Diabaté, Vieux eventually convinced his father to give him his blessing to become a musician shortly before Ali passed. Vieux was initially a drummer / calabash player at Mali’s Institut National des Arts, but secretly began playing guitar in 2001. Ali Farka Touré was weakened with cancer when Vieux announced that he was going to record an album. Ali recorded a couple of tracks with him, and these recordings, which can be heard on Vieux’s debut CD, were amongst his final ones. It has been said that the senior Touré played rough mixes of these songs when people visited him in his final days, at peace with, and proud of, his son’s talent as a musician.

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Mulatu Astatke
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Mulatu Astatke

Mulatu Astake

Mulatu Astatke is a hugely influential Ethiopian musician and arranger born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma. Mulatu trained in London, New York City, and Boston where he combined his jazz and Latin music interests with traditional Ethiopian music and became the first African student to enroll at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music from where he received an honourary degree in 2012. Astatke led his band while playing vibraphone and conga drums—instruments that he introduced into Ethiopian popular music— other percussion instruments, keyboards and organ. His albums focus primarily on instrumental music, and Astatke appears on all three known albums of instrumentals that were released during Ethiopia’s Golden ’70s.

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Habib Koité
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

Habib Koité

Habib Koité

Malian guitarist Habib Koité, one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians.

Habib comes from a noble line of Khassonké griots, traditional troubadors who provide wit, wisdom and musical entertainment at social gatherings and special events.

Coming from a family of seventeen brothers and sisters, he developed his unique guitar style accompanying his griot mother. He inherited his passion for music from his paternal grandfather who played the kamele n’goni, a traditional four-stringed instrument associated with hunters from the Wassolou region of Mali.

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Kefaya
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Kefaya

Kefaya

After tours across India, Italy and the UK, Kefaya are gaining a reputation for their virtuosic and mesmerising live performances. Their shows are a unique synthesis of musical styles, exploring the universal connections that allow artists around the world to develop a collective voice, whilst still paying homage to their distinct traditions and identities.

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Diabel Cissokho
Aug
27
7:00 PM19:00

Diabel Cissokho

Diabel Cissokho

Senegalese musician Diabel Cissokho, part of the great line of Cissokho griots. Growing up in Dakar and Tambacounda, surrounded by a rich musical heritage and a family of musicians, Diabel began playing a number of traditional instruments.

However, Diabel’s affinity with the kora was clear from an early age. Diabel’s musical pedigree is exceptional. International tours with his family’s band Bannaya led to a long stint as Baaba Maal’s kora player, as well as with acclaimed musicians such as Kandia Kouyate, Pee Wee Ellis, Omar Pene, Cheikh Lo, Ernest Ranglin and Youssou N’Dour.

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El Remólon
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

El Remólon

El Remólon

El Remolón is the alter ego of Andrés Schteingart, a producer who tucks hints of Latin American rhythms like cumbia into a solid base of electronic music. After many years in the Buenos Aires music scene producing minimal techno and IDM under the pseudonym Drole, El Remolón or “the lazy one,” evolved creating medium tempo tracks that make great use of space. His sound is laid-back but heavy-hitting with a European dance floor sensibility. Schteingart´s strength is in his own evolution as a producer, codeswitching minimal techno into the dialect of minimal cumbia. El Remolón joins latinoamerican flavour with electronic beats. In his music many styles get mixed.

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Jards Macalé
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

Jards Macalé

Jards Macalé 

Jards Macalé is a radical and key figure in Brazil's tropicalia scene of the 1970s working with Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso and many of the giants of Brazilian music.

This very rare UK performance will see him perform with a four piece band and will be an emotional return for him revisiting the city he once performed in way back in 1971 when guesting with Caetano - he was the musical director of the 1971 critically acclaimed album Transa, listed by Rolling Stone Brazil as one of the 10 best Brazilian albums in history, while exiled in the UK.

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Nidia Gongora's: Canalón de Timbiquí
Jul
15
7:00 PM19:00

Nidia Gongora's: Canalón de Timbiquí

Nidia Gongora

Canalon’s music is all about ancestral sounds from the Afro-Colombian Pacific Coast which recreates all the power and rhythm of the chonta marimba, with ist guasa and bombo. Their melodies and lyrics talk about the jungle, the river, the miners and all things that happen in the town they come from. Hailing from the town of Timbiquí in Cauca state on the Pacific Coast, the female singers are led by Nidia Góngora and are supported by a band using a range of traditional percussive instruments such as the tambora drum and the xylophone-style marimba.

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Dona Onete
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Dona Onete

Dona Onete

Whether she’s championing gay rights, singing about the delights of indecent proposals or praising a former lover for his ‘crazy ways of making love’, Banzeiro is defined by Onete’s honest reflections on life, love, sex as well as her delight in the everyday pleasures of life in the Amazon, whether that’s spicy seasoning, salty kisses or fishy-smelling water.

Formerly a history teacher, folklore researcher, union representative, culture secretary and children’s author - “I never thought I would be a singer” she claims - Onete recorded her debut album Feitiço Caboclo at 73. A cult figure in Brazil and an ambassador for Amazonian culture, the music she sings is a unique mix of rhythms from native Brazilians, African slaves and the Caribbean - epitomised in the joyous carimbós that are her trademark.

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Tamikrest
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Tamikrest

Tamikrest

Tamikrest means ‘crossing’ in the language of the Kel Tamashek, a traditionally nomadic Saharan people that are commonly referred to as the Tuareg. It is an apt name for a band that so successfully merges the values of their timeless culture with the sounds and visions they have encountered on a headlong journey to the concert stages and ipods of the world.

Echoes of dub, blues, psychedelia, funk and even art-rock are seamlessly weaved into Tamikrest’s increasingly individual take on the Tuareg musical tradition. Since the band has emerged onto the international scene in 2006 with their debut album ‘Adagh‘, they have been in constant motion, moving between the Sahara and Europe as though these places were next-door neighbours.

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