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Boban & Marko Marcovic Orchestra (Serbia)

From their site – Boban Marković was born on May 6th, 1964, on the day of Saint George – the most important Gypsy festival day of the year – in Vladičin Han (South Serbia). His hometown is a town of 10,000 inhabitants, most of whom are of Roma Gypsy heritage and share a rich musical tradition. Boban’s father, […]

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Dudu Tassa & The Kuwaitis (Israel)

Dudu Tassa grew up in Tel-Aviv in the 1980s and released his first album at the age of 13. Today he is one of Israel’s most prominent singer-songwriters and guitarists and a dominant figure on the Israeli rock scene. His latest project was born out of his research into the history of his Iraqi-Jewish family […]

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Lokkhi Terra – Anglo/Bangla

The group’s bandcamp page has this – From the Mela’s of Bangladesh to the streets of Havana, via some districts in Lagos and on to a bustling club in London. This is what is giving London it’s new accent. Described by Songlines as “probably the world’s best Afrobeat-Cuban-Bangladeshi group”“Awesome Cross-cultural collaboration” – London Jazz“Stunning Headliners” – […]

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Thione Seck & Raam Daan (Senegal)

From Al-Jazeera – Thione Seck, one of Senegal’s biggest music stars over the last 40 years, died at the age of 66 in the capital Dakar on Sunday [Mar 14 2021], his lawyer said. “He died this morning of an illness at the Fann hospital,” lawyer Ousmane Seye told the AFP news agency, confirming reports […]

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SöNDöRGő (Hungary)

From their website – “ The brotherhood of virtuosity, contemporary inventions and respect – Söndörgő from Hungary combines these all brilliantly with their signature instrument, the Hungaro-Serbian tambura. Listening to the band play, you soon hear it’s nothing like traditional violin-led Hungarian music. Söndörgő’s sound is light, springy and delicately plucked. Their signature instrument is […]

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Ethiocolor (Ethiopia)

Formed by a dancer-musician Melaku Belay who also owns a music venue called the Fendika Cultural Center in Addis Ababa, Ethiocolor, according to the womex page – “In Addis Ababa you can find Ethiocolor most Fridays at the Fendika Azmari Bet, a small club owned by the leader of the band, the mercurial dancer of […]

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Hosoo & Transmongolia

“The music of Hosoo and Transmongolia gives nature a voice Mongolia. The steppe country in Central Asia stands for the untouched nature, the nomadic life, the yurts made of felt, the seemingly endless expanse of the steppe, the Gobi desert, the Altai mountains. The wind blows, the horse’s hooves roar and the steppe awakens Hosoo […]

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Oratnitza – Bulgaria

“Oratnitza are six young Bulgarian musicians who share a love for both folklore and contemporary bass genres. They hence call their unique sound “ETHNOBASS”. Ever since their birth Oratnitza has been driven by their curiosity to find out what lies beyond the musical status quo. This has made them take Bulgarian folklore on a wild […]

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Brother Resistance (Trini/West Indies)

(Trinidad Express) Cultural  icon Brother Resistance passed away last night at WestShore Medical Private Hospital, Cocorite. Resistance (Lutalo Masimba), who was president of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) had been ill for some time, but never stopped or slowed down his presidential duties or cultural and social activism. Resistance was also a pioneer of […]

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Aziza Brahim (Saharawai)

The music Aziza Brahim makes reflects both the sorrow and the hope of these people. She grew up in one of those camps in the Algerian desert, along with thousands of other Saharwai who were removed from their homes in the Western Sahara. The refugee camp was the place that formed her. It lives in […]