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Link Wray

8th Annual Native American Music Award (NAMMYs) Winners Announced

Published June 9, 2006
Keith Secola is named Artist of the Year. Silverbird is the Debut Artist of the Year. Tiger Tiger given Lifetime Achievement award and Link Wray is named to the Hall of Fame.

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx to Play Bob Marley on Big Screen

Published June 9, 2006
Jamie Foxx is set to play Bob Marley in a new biopic focusing on the reggae icon's early life. Filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb is set to direct the project, which is the brainchild of Marley's widow Rita.

U.S. Tour Dates Set for Senegal Singer, Musical Ambassador Baaba Maal

Published June 6, 2006
For the first time in two years Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal will bring his unique blend of traditional West African song, Senegalese pop, reggae and dance to the U.S.

Global Rhythm Magazine Announces the Appointment of Tad Hendrickson as Editor-in-Chief

Published June 3, 2006
Global Rhythm magazine today announced the appointment of Tad Hendrickson as Editor-in-Chief. He takes the reins from Jeff Tamarkin, who has edited Global Rhythm since May 2002.

Ian Copeland, Promoter and Agent, Dies at 57

Published May 31, 2006
Ian Copeland, a pioneering booking agent and music promoter credited with helping launch the such bands as the Police, the B-52's and R.E.M., has died.

Jamaican Ska and Reggae Pioneer Desmond Dekker is Dead at 64

Published May 26, 2006
Jamaican ska and reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker, best known for his 1969 hit “Israelites,” died of a heart attack at his home in England on May 24. He was 64.

Italian Pianist Sets Guinness World Record

Published May 26, 2006
Christian Calcatelli, composer pianist from Rome, Italy, has been awarded a unique official Guinness World Records certificate for setting the world's longest solo music internet broadcast.

Latin Jazz Pianist Hilton Ruiz Dies at 54

Published June 6, 2006
Latin jazz pianist and composer Hilton Ruiz has died from injuries suffered after a fall in New Orleans.

Hamza El Din, Father of Nubian Music, Dies

Published May 24, 2006

Hamza El Din, composer, recording artist, instrumentalist and singer born in Egyptian Nubia, died of complications from a gall bladder infection in Berkeley, California on May 22, 2006.  He was 76 years old.


By Mitch Greenhill and D. A. Sonneborn

Michael Franti Meets With World Health Organization (WHO) Staffers In Geneva

Published May 23, 2006
Franti took part in a panel on "The Human Face of Conflict and Health:  Impact on Health Care Systems."

Clement

Heartbeat Records Continues Definitive Studio One Reissue Series

Published May 23, 2006
Heartbeat Records has released the next installment of its definitive Studio One Series celebrating 50 years of Jamaican music from the pioneering reggae producer Clement Seymour "Sir Coxsone" Dodd.

John Densmore

Former Doors Drummer John Densmore And Iran’s Reza Offer Cross-Cultural Sounds

Published May 23, 2006
“Peaceful Sounds from the Axis of Evil” is the first chance for North American audiences to experience the collaboration between former Doors’ drummer John Densmore and master Persian musician Reza Derakshani.

Linda Ronstadt

Juan Gabriel and Linda Ronstadt to Perform with Mariachi Cobre at the Gala Concert

Published May 23, 2006
Mexican Heritage Plaza's "Quinceañera" San José International Mariachi Festival, Concerts & Conference to take place October 3-8, 2006 in San José, CA

Ninth Gnawa and World Music Festival Coming to Essaouira, Morocco in June

Published May 22, 2006
The ninth edition of the Gnawa and World Music Festival promises, once more, precious and enriching encounters in Essaouira from June 22 to 25, 2006.

Ryuichi Sakamoto Forms “team 6” and Launches stop-rokkasho.org

Published May 17, 2006
In response to the opening of the Rokkasho nuclear reprocessing plant and the associated dangers that go along with the plant’s operation, on May 16th, Ryuichi Sakamoto launched an international awareness campaign.

Hazel Dickens

Rounder Records to Release Harlan County USA: Songs of the Coal Miner’s Struggle

Published May 17, 2006
The new compilation Harlan County USA: Songs of the Coal Miner’s Struggle, available May 23 on Rounder Records, features a riveting selection of mining songs which, while spanning over three decades, are as visceral and relevant now as they ever were.

Paul Simon Announces Tour Dates

Published May 17, 2006
Paul Simon will kick off the first leg of his 2006 U.S. tour in support of his new Warner Bros. CD Surprise with a series of dates. Simon recently debuted his new band at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Messer fur Frau Muller

From Russia with Love: Introducing AeroCCCP Recordings

Published May 17, 2006
AeroCCCP Recordings is a new label that introduces Russian-based indie acts. The first release is Messer fur Frau Muller’s Triangle, Dot & Devil, out August 1st.

Solas

Compass Records Acquires Physical Sales Rights To Green Linnet Records From Digital Music Group

Published May 17, 2006
Compass Records announces that it has purchased the physical distribution rights to the Green Linnet Records catalog and its affiliated world music label, Xenophile, from Digital Music Group Inc. 

Ska Cubano

New York's Central Park Summerstage Series Announces 2006 Dates

Published May 16, 2006
The Central Park SummerStage 2006 season consists of 30 free performances in music, dance, word and film as well as six benefit concerts to support its free programming.

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