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Record-Setting Egyptian Film Stirs Debate and Controversy

Published July 6, 2006
The Egyptian film The Yacoubian Building has stirred controversy and debate for its realistic portrayal of life in the country.

Serbian Festival-goers Eager to Exit Violent Past

Published July 6, 2006
World musicians gathered in Serbia's city of Novi Sad today to begin the country’s seventh “State of Exit” music festival and draw a crowd estimated to reach 150,000, the festival’s largest yet.

UK’s Gay Rights Advocates Catch up with Dancehall DJs ... Again

Published July 6, 2006

Members of England’s LGBT community were responsible for the cancellation of Buju Banton and Beenie’s Man’s separate concerts scheduled later this month.

New York Salsa Festival Plans “A Tribute to the Singer of the Singers” Héctor Lavoe

Published July 5, 2006
The New York Salsa Festival to honor salsa legend Héctor Lavoe at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, September 16th.

Ben Harper and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Tour Together This Summer

Published June 30, 2006
Forget where the rubber meets the road – rock, folk, dancehall and reggae are about to square off in capacity-filled sheds and arenas this summer, laid down by two tireless road warriors known for their rollicking live shows.

Donné Roberts On Summer Tour in Canada

Published June 28, 2006
Award-winning Donné Roberts will bring his irresistible Malagasy soul -- a musical blend of Madagascar’s traditional basessa, with soukous, Afro-funk, jazz and blues – to festivals across Canada.

Brazilian Girls To Release New Album

Published June 28, 2006
Building upon tremendous critical acclaim and consistently sold-out performances, Brazilian Girls return with the eagerly anticipated Talk To La Bomb.

Ziggy Marley Strikes Deal With Target

Published June 26, 2006
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ziggy Marley today announced that he has entered into an agreement with Target, which will be the exclusive U.S. retailer of his second solo CD, Love Is My Religion, on Tuff Gong Worldwide Records, scheduled for release on July 4, 2006.

Legendary Producer Arif Mardin Passes

Published June 26, 2006
Legendary producer Arif Mardin dies in New York after battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Born and raised in Turkey, Mardin came to the U.S. to study music and eventually went on to work with such icons as Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, Norah Jones, Phil Collins as well as hundreds of other performers.

UCLA Live Announces Its Upcoming World Music Series

Published June 22, 2006
UCLA Live announces its upcoming World Music Series showcasing artists from Brazil, Morocco, Burundi, Tibet, Israel, Japan, Iran and Mexico.

Tsotsi Star Zola Speaks At U.N. And Performs In Brooklyn

Published June 22, 2006
South Africa's pride Zola, the Kwaito hitmaker, TV host and costar of the Oscar winning film Tsotsi, will perform with Angelique Kidjo and Vusi Mahlasela in an all-star tribute to Brenda Fassi and Miriam Makeba.

Latin Grammy Winner Obie Bermudez

Published June 22, 2006
First there was Confesiones, a breakthrough tropical-pop record showcasing a gifted young storyteller with an exceptional voice. Now Bermúdez is set to present the next volume in his expanding songbook with the his upcoming album release.

15th Annual San Jose International Mariachi Festival Announced

Published June 19, 2006
The 15th Annual ("Quinceanera") San Jose International Mariachi Festival will take place October 38 and feature performances by Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt. The Festival will include a co-headlining concert by Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt, performing together in a traditional Mariachi setting for the first time ever.

Manu Chao Launches U.S. Summer Tour

Published June 19, 2006
Genre-hopping Latin artist Manu Chao will be touring the U.S. for the first time in five years in late July and early August. Chao recently toured Latin America to rapturous response, including a show at Mexico City's Palacio de los Deportes in front of 18,000 fans. He also played Guadalajara, Caracas, Santiago and many other cities.

Austrian Composer Gyorgy Ligeti Dies at 83

Published June 12, 2006
Ligeti was best known for the music he contributed to the classic film '2001: A Space Odyssey.'  He was known for his avant garde compositions, including the 1962 piece Poeme 'Symphonique,' which is played on 100 metronomes. His most famous works are those used in the Stanley Kubrick film, including 'Atmospheres' and 'Lux Aeterna.

Stephen Marley

'Bob Marley Roots, Rock Reggae Festival' Coming to 17 U.S. Cities in August

Published June 12, 2006
Marley sons Ziggy and Stephen to join ex-Wailers legend Bunny Wailer for the first time.The Marley Family today announced the return of the “Bob Marley Roots, Rock, Reggae Festival,” a five-hour genre-blending outdoor music festival tour featuring music, food, street vendors and good vibes.  The 17-city event kicks off August 6th at the Reggae on the River Festival in Redway, CA.

Easy Star All Stars

Easy Star Records to Release 'Radiodread,' a Reggae Interpretation of Radiohead's 'OK Computer'

Published June 9, 2006
Easy Star Records is following up its hugely successful 2003 release 'Dub Side of the Moon' (a reggae tribute to Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon') with a full-on reggae treatment of Radiohead's 'OK Computer.'

Sen. John Kerry, sponsor of the bill

Senate Passes Artist Visa Amendment

Published June 9, 2006
The U.S. Senate has approved a provision to require U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to speed up visa processing for artists as part of the comprehensive immigration bill.

Konono N°1 Plans North American Summer Tour

Published June 9, 2006
Veteran African band Konono N°1 returns to North America this summer in support of their critically acclaimed breakthrough album on Crammed Discs, Congotronics. The tour will cover 15 cities.

Boukman Eksperyans and the University of Fondwa Announce Solidarity Tour 2006

Published June 9, 2006
Boukman Eksperyans, Haiti's first Grammy-nominated group, and the University of Fondwa, Haiti's first rural University, will join together to launch the 2006 Solidarity Tour, traveling to at least 10 American cities.

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