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Shoshana Damari, 'Queen of Hebrew Music,' Dies at 83

Published February 15, 2006
Damari, known as "the queen of Hebrew music" and a recipient of the nation's most prestigious cultural prize, entertained Israeli civilians and soldiers for nearly seven decades.

Ladysmith, with Jockey Shabalala at far left

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Member Jockey Shabalala Dies at 62

Published February 14, 2006
Jockey Shabalala, brother of Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder and leader Joseph Shabalala, passed away on February 11th at his home in South Africa.

Nona Hendryx

Showtime's "Sleeper Cell" Spawns Soundtrack

Published February 12, 2006
In response to enthusiastic reaction from fans of the tremendously success Showtime TV original series of the same name, the Sleeper Cell soundtrack CD was rush-released to hit stores February 7.

Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate

World Music Grammy Winners Announced

Published February 9, 2006
The winners of the 48th Annual Grammy Awards were announced last night, February 8, 2006. The winners in the world music category were Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté (Best Traditional World Music Album) and Gilberto Gil (Best Contemporary World Music Album).

Frank Zappa

New York City's Top Music Venues to Host America's Biggest Earth Day Celebration

Published February 6, 2006
6th Annual Jammys to kick off inaugural Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. Frank Zappa to receive Lifetime Achievement Award. Four-day event to be held April 20th-23rd throughout New York City.

Photo by Lynn Goldsmith

Happy Birthday, Mr. Marley!

Published January 6, 2006
In Ghana, West Africa the Rita Marley Foundation and the Bob Marley Foundation will host the second annual "Africa Unite" featuring performances by the Marley Brothers, Steel Pulse and the I-Threes.

Cuban Pianist/Bandleader Omar Sosa Named Finalist in International Songwriting Competition

Published February 5, 2006
Cuban pianist-composer-bandleader Omar Sosa has been named a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition.

Matisyahu Sells Out Biggest Headlining Venue To Date-Hammerstein Ballroom In NYC March 7

Published February 5, 2006

Second Hammerstein show added for March 6. Stars come out to catch Matisyhau performance At Sundance.

Jake Shimabukuro to play National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for NY Knicks game.

Published February 4, 2006
Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will be playing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden for the NY Knicks vs. Houston Rockets NBA game on February 5.

Gilberto Gil Speaks In New York

Published February 2, 2006
Minister Gil's speech addressed issues of governmental support for the arts in Brazil and the U.S.

Hanitra Rasoanaivo of Madagascar's Tarika Forms a New Band, Tarika B

Published February 1, 2008
Tarika's Hanitra hopes to record and tour with her new group this year.

Spanish Electronica Duo the Pinker Tones Set to Release U.S. Debut “The Million Colour Revolution” on March 7th

Published January 30, 2006
Animated “Sonido Total” is a featured video on Myspace's main video page.

Juan Carmona, photo by Laura Williams

Third Annual GlobalFEST a Huge Success in New York

Published January 29, 2006
The third annual GlobalFEST, held at the Public Theater complex in New York, presented 13 different world music artists in three connected venues over a six-hour period on two consecutive nights.

Brigitte Bardot

Universal Music Opens European Vaults for Digital Downloads

Published January 26, 2006
The company is embarking on a program to digitize 100,000 out of print European recordings, beginning with 3,000 British, French and German albums

Smithsonian Folkways to Release '¡Arriba Suena Marimba!: Currulao Marimba Music from Colombia by Grupo Naidy'

Published January 26, 2006
New recording from regional masters spotlights under-recorded tradition.

Celtic Woman Announces 33-City U.S. Tour

Published January 23, 2006
The group has made a tremendous impression on US audiences, quickly selling out shows at major venues such as Carnegie Hall over the past year.

Juana Molina Set To Release New Album

Published January 23, 2006
On Son, her classic mixture of acoustic guitars, traditional percussion touches, electronic textures and her disarming vocals makes it as evocative as it is charming.

Composer/Songwriter Gustavo Santaolalla Receives BAFTA Nomination For "Brokeback Mountain"

Published January 23, 2006
Santaolalla also won this year's Latin Grammy® for "Producer of the Year"

Rita Marley

Rita Marley Announces 'Africa Unite' Concert Set for Ghana in February

Published January 20, 2006
The event will feature concerts and educational events. Confirmed artists to date include the Marley Family, the I-Threes, Morgan Heritage and several local bands.

Camilo Lara

Mexican Institute of Sound (MIS) Set to Release Méjico Máxico on Feb. 21

Published January 19, 2006
Led by Camilo Lara, Mexican Institute of Sound Has Already Collaborated On Remixes for Bands and Friends Like Placebo, Babasonicos, and Le Hammond Inferno

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