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Blues Musician Paul Pena Dead at 55

Published October 4, 2005
Pena was the subject of the documentary film Genghis Blues, which chronicled his journey to the Central Asian country Tuva to learn the art of Throat singing.

Ojos De Brujo to Release 'Girando Bari 2005' DVD on October 10

Published October 4, 2005
A new CD from the Barcelona-based nuevo flamenco group, titled 'Techari,' will be out in early 2006.

Branford Marsalis

Rounder Records to Release New Orleans Music Compilation to Benefit Hurricane Relief

Published October 4, 2005

The CD features music by Branford Marsalis, Irma Thomas, Jelly Roll Morton, Johnny Adams, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and others. The release date is October 18.

'Ashes and Snow’ and the Nomadic Museum Head to Santa Monica Pier

Published October 3, 2005
The third stop on the global tour for Gregory Colbert's unique art exhibit will take place from January 14, 2006-May 14, 2006.

Robert Plant to Headline Opening Celebration at WOMEX

Published September 30, 2005
The former led Zeppelin singer and tireless world music booster will also speak at a conference during the annual world music event.

Reggaeton Star Daddy Yankee Signs Deal with ABC Radio

Published September 29, 2005
The network will develop a two-hour weekly show targeting 18-to-34-year-old Hispanics. The program will be marketed as part of the growing radio genre of Latin Rhythmic.

Warsaw Village Band, who performed at the 2005 GlobalFEST

Tickets on Sale for GlobalFEST Concerts in New York

Published September 28, 2005
The successful world music bash will take place over two nights during January 2006. The same artists will perform on both nights. Artists to be announced October 12.

Jamaican Guitar Legend Ernest Ranglin to Receive 2005 Caribbean Sunshine Award

Published September 27, 2005
Jamaica's world renowned guitarist will receive the award on October 29 in New York City for his many years of contribution to Caribbean music.

Patty Larkin

Vanguard Records Set To Release La Guitara, Gender Bending Strings

Published September 27, 2005
La Guitara is a collection of women guitarists co-produced by Patty  Larkin and Bette Warner. National fall tour dates will include Patty Larkin, Kaki King, Muriel Anderson and Mimi Fox.

Black 47 Celebrate “Sweet 16” Season of Residency at New York Club

Published September 27, 2005
The band will resume appearances at Connolly's Pub on October 15. They are currently on tour supporting their latest disc Elvis Murphy’s Green Suede Shoes and the memoir by leader Larry Kirwan.
Style: Rock

Soweto Gospel Choir to Release 2nd CD

Published September 27, 2005
Blessed will be out on the Shanachie label in January 2006. The group will embark on a 44-city North American tour the following month.
Style: Gospel

African rapper Don Karleon

United Nations of Hip Hop Launched, Aims to Promote African Hip Hop

Published September 27, 2005
According to a press release, "The African Hip Hop message needs to be spread, and Hip Hop gave us a voice to be able to do that, and brothers and sisters are stepping up in different but creative ways."

Bobi Wine

Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) Awards to Honor Uganda's Best

Published September 27, 2005
Uganda celebrates its own musical stars for the third consecutive year on October 1. Awards will be handed out in several categories, from hip-hop to reggae to best live band.

Mamar Kassey to Headline Famine Relief Concert

Published September 23, 2005
Proceeds of the October 1st performance in NYC will go to Oxfam, to benefit Niger.

Rykodisc To Release Tab Benoit's Voice Of The Wetlands: Portion of Proceeds Will Aid Katrina Victims

Published September 22, 2005
Louisiana artists Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, George Porter, Jr., Johnny Vidacovich, Jumpin' Johnny Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux appear on album.

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley Posts Highest Debuting Reggae Album In Chart History

Published September 22, 2005
Welcome To Jamrock entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at Number 7, selling over 85,000 units and making it the biggest opening week for a reggae artist in the history of the chart.

Trio Mocoto

Legendary Indie Labels Rykodisc and Crammed Discs Pact for U.S. Distribution

Published September 22, 2005
First releases will be from Konono No. 1, DJ Dolores and Mahala Rai Banda.  Additional releases from Trio Mocotó and Tuxedomoon will follow.

Tanya Tadaq

Seventh Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nominees Announced

Published September 22, 2005
Each year the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards celebrates the musical contributions of Aboriginal people bythe premier musicians, groups and industry members across Canada.

Fela Kuti

Darfur ASAP Album Raises $120,000 for Victims

Published September 22, 2005
The Afrobeat Sudan Aid Project (ASAP) has raised over $120,000 in aid money for the victims of ethnic violence in Darfur. Benefit compilation features the hottest new Afrobeat acts around the globe.

Rounder Records to Release New Jimmy Sturr CD, Shake, Rattle and Polka!

Published September 21, 2005

Guests include Willie Nelson, Duane Eddy, Delbert McClinton, the Duprees, Frankie Ford, and more. The album is out September 27.


Style: Polka
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