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New EP Bofou Safou
09/06/2017

New EP Bofou Safou

Bofou Safou” feels like an instant classic, an earworm that will lodge itself in the listener’s brain and wipe away any frustration caused by the five-year hiatus in Amadou & Mariam’s release of new material. There is no sense of complacency here, nor are there any gimmicks. Just Afrobeat-disco in its boldest form. Backed by the outstanding production work of Adrien Durand, arranger of French band Bon Voyage Organisation, the track stands out as an exhilarating tribute to infectious grooves and dancefloor culture. Their new EP includes two new tracks and various remixes.

Hudson Album Release
09/06/2017

Hudson Album Release

HUDSON is a new quartet of jazz luminaries, featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield, each of them a distinctive and famously adaptive improviser. Named after the Hudson River Valley they call home, this instrumental tour de force performs an eclectic repertoire reflective of the region’s musical history – ranging from new, original compositions to unexpected, highly interactive interpretations of classics by Bob Dylan, The Band, Joni Mitchell, and Jimi Hendrix.

Buena Vista Social Club Adiós
03/06/2017

Buena Vista Social Club Adiós

Watch the movie trailer for Buena Vista Social Club: Adios - coming to select USA theatres May 26, 2017! The musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club exposed the world to Cuba's vibrant culture with their landmark 1997 album. Now, against the backdrop of Cuba’s captivating musical history, hear the band’s story as they reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together.

Eliades Ochoa: European Summer Tour
30/05/2017

Eliades Ochoa: European Summer Tour

Eliades Ochoa is considered to be one of the most important Cuban musicians of all times. The Cuban Johnny Cash, as he is commonly known, is currently preparing his new project scheduled for 2017. Meanwhile he has confirmed an European summer tour, passing by emblematic summer festivals such as Jazz à Vienne, Fiest'à Sete or Rheinghau Musik Festival. Learn more here.

LAMOMALI
24/05/2017

LAMOMALI

French singer, composer and arranger -M- will be touring his new project LAMOMALI, a great musical trip between Paris, Bamako and the world.

Along with Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté; and with the special appearance of Mali singer Fatoumata Diawara, the band will be performing across Europe this summer. Check all tour dates here

Brand new tour date in Puerto Rico
17/05/2017

Brand new tour date in Puerto Rico

The legendary Omara Portuondo returns to Puerto Rico, the diva of the Buena Vista Social Club ™, with her 85 Tour in celebration of more than 70 years of musical career! On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Sala de Festivales of the Centro de Bellas Artes de Santurce. Learn more here.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
15/05/2017

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.

It’s the highly anticipated return of talented Cuban pianist and composer Roberto Fonseca, who accompanied the Orquestra de Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club) on tour in the early 2000s, and whose own music is deeply rooted in the Cuban tradition while tastefully integrating jazz, funk, classical and African influences. He brings us his latest release, ABUC (2016), which traces the evolution of jazz in his native land. Learn more here.

Buena Vista Social Club Adiós
11/05/2017

Buena Vista Social Club Adiós

Rolling Stone presents the trailer for Buena Vista Social Club: Adios, which focuses on the Cuban musicians' history, the fruitful aftermath of the original film and the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club's final tour in 2016, including their historic farewell show in Havana.

All-Star Global Concert - Havana
28/04/2017

All-Star Global Concert - Havana

The International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert which took place on April 30, 2017 in Havana, Cuba is hosted by Will Smith and features more than 50 renowned artists representing 14 countries, including Ambrose Akinmusire (United States),  Regina Carter (United States), Kurt Elling (United States), Roberto Fonseca (Cuba), Kenny Garrett (United States), Herbie Hancock (United States),  Ivan Lins (Brazil),  Esperanza Spalding (United States), Chucho Valdés (Cuba), Ben Williams (United States), Tarek Yamani (Lebanon), Dhafer Youssef (Tunisia), and more! Click here to watch the full performance.

Hudson premiere @Rolling Stone
18/04/2017

Hudson premiere @Rolling Stone

On Hudson, the upcoming debut by their band of the same name, jazz luminaries Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield pay tribute to their shared love of 1960s rock. The album features two interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, including a loose, lyrical nine-minute-plus version of the Freewheelin' Bob Dylan classic "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," premiering on Rolling Stone

BOFOU SAFOU
13/04/2017

BOFOU SAFOU

Five years after Folila, its latest energetic rock album on which the cream of the future of pop music collaborated, the Malian duo Amadou & Mariam is back at last with one of its trademark lazy, sensual and highly danceable gems. The godparents of the Afrobeat and modern pop melange, of the mix between traditional and electronic music, are back with a new album, La Confusion, produced by Adrien Durand. He’s the orchestrator of the project Bon Voyage Organisation, mixing African and Asian influences, disco and electro and gives a new sheen to the concept of world music. ‘Boufou Safou’, the first single from this next album, with its bouncy lyrics in Bambara and French, is a small gem of slow-paced Afro-disco, carried by Mariam’s magical voice, gently poking fun at the nonchalance of African boys. This is also a hit song that places the duo in the same electro-dance territory explored a few years back with producer Damon Albarn on the fabulous ‘Sabali’. This is a tribute to personalities such as Francis Bebey or William Oneyabor who, very early on, started mixing traditional music and experimentations. And with the help of remixes by Africaine 808, Fatima Yamaha, Henrik Schwarz and Pakem, Amadou & Mariam are back on the dancefloor. Click here to watch the video.

Dancing in the aisles to celebrate Cuba
14/03/2017

Dancing in the aisles to celebrate Cuba

Roberto Fonseca is one of the world’s great pianists and one of the finest of Cuba’s new generation of musicians. He came to fame stepping in for the amazing Rubén González in the Buena Vista Social Club tours, but has since forged his own dextrous path in classy Afro-Cuban jazz. He was in London to play music from his latest album, ABUC (that’s Cuba backwards), released at the end of last year. read full review at Evening Standard.com

ABUC review – incandescent Cuban contrasts ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
09/03/2017

ABUC review – incandescent Cuban contrasts ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

No prizes for divining that the title of Roberto Fonseca’s first album for the illustrious jazz label Impulse! is Cuba backwards, or that the enthralling former Buena Vista pianist intends it to describe a trip back through his homeland’s musical history. Fonseca is a famously eclectic artist, his playing steeped in American jazz and African music as much as the rhythms of bolero and son, but even by his standards, ABUC is an astonishingly broad, tightly fused and incandescently delivered vision. Full album review at The Guardian.com

All-Star Band Hudson To Release Album, Tour North America
20/02/2017

All-Star Band Hudson To Release Album, Tour North America

The new band Hudson includes four of the most acclaimed musicians in jazz: drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski and guitarist John Scofield. The quartet recently recorded a studio album that is slated for release this summer. The band takes its name from the Hudson Valley area in New York state, where each of these musicians resides. The members of Hudson originally came together in 2014 to perform at the Woodstock Jazz Festival. “There is a kindred spirit in the Hudson Valley,” DeJohnette said. “There are many musicians who live in the area who represent a variety of genres. In recent years, we have only been able to collaborate locally on occasion due to our individual musical obligations, but the fact remains that there’s a common language that we all speak—something that emerges from our shared environment and our shared surroundings.” Learn more at Downbeat.com

Andrea Motis releases new album
17/02/2017

Andrea Motis releases new album

After recording six acclaimed albums with bassist Joan Chamorro, Barcelona-based trumpeter, singer and composer Andrea Motis makes her solo debut on Impulse! Records with Emotional Dance. The astonishing accord that she’s cultivated with Chamorro during the past seven years is firmly intact on Emotional Dance. The sterling performances features him as well as pianist Ignasi Terraza, drummer Esteve Pi, guitarist Josep Traver as the core ensemble. Like with Chamorro, Motis has recorded and toured consistently with these musicians. The album is available in phisical and digital.

Amadou & Mariam celebrates Valentine's Day
14/02/2017

Amadou & Mariam celebrates Valentine's Day

Amadou & Mariam celebrates Valentine's Day with a very special gift. You can download for free the remixes of their hit "Je pense à Toi". French band Voilaaa and Radio Nova music editor, Emile Omar are in charge of each remix. Visit Deezer and add their Valentine's Playlist on your favorites!

Andrea Motis Live at Pizza Express Jazz Club
12/02/2017

Andrea Motis Live at Pizza Express Jazz Club

Andrea’s London Debut was in 2014. She is back with a couple of confirmed dates in London to present her new album Emotional Dance. Andrea Motis will perform live at Pizza Express jazz Club next March 20 & 21st. Check out her outstanding première back in 2014.

Omara Portuondo & Diego el Cigala
07/02/2017

Omara Portuondo & Diego el Cigala

Omara Portuondo and Diego El Cigala will be performing together at the Auditorio Nacional de México in March 9th. Both artist did a sucessfull tour together last year and this time it will be the great Cuban diva to join Spanish cantaor in his "Indestructible" world tour.

“ABUC” UK Tour
02/02/2017

“ABUC” UK Tour

Pianist, composer and producer Roberto Fonseca will tour his new album ABUC across the UK in March. Kicking off in Leeds on March 10th, the Grammy-nominated artist will descend on Coventry and finally The Barbican in London on Monday 13th March.

ABUC (“Ambitious, triumphant and wholly convincing – Songlines) is Fonseca’s eighth album under his own name and the first to appear on Impulse!. Teeming with rascally rhythms and burly brass, ABUC is a kaleidoscope of dancing colours within which Fonseca tells a story: the great and rich story of Cuban music, from yesterday to today. These concerts are an opportunity to experience the historic past and joyous future of the genre.

UK Tour Dates: March 10th Howard Assembly Room -  Leeds,  March 11th   Warwick Arts Centre – Coventry,  March 13th Barbican Centre – London.

21 Songs From 2016 That Nearly Got Away
08/01/2017

21 Songs From 2016 That Nearly Got Away

The Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca‘s 2016 album, “ABUC,” put vintage Cuban styles through assorted time warps. “Family,” with its genre billed as “Doo-wop/Electro Aragón,” is the nuttiest of them. Mr. Fonseca takes frisky solos on organ, and the tune layers the kind of rock that might have shown up in a mid-1960s TV theme with a raucous New Orleans horn section, vocals from members of the Cuban institution Orquesta Aragón a bridge that down-shifts into a slow cha-cha and a street-parade coda. It ends up somewhere between Santana and Buena Vista Social Club, and a long way from tradition. A live version on YouTube is fun, too. By Jon Pareles at The New York Times.

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