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Eliades Ochoa at Royal Albert Hall
16/08/2017

Eliades Ochoa at Royal Albert Hall

One of the most important Cuban musicians of all time, the former Buena Vista Social Club™ frontman makes his solo debut at The Royal Albert Hall leading his own band.Known as “Mr Chan Chan” in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba, in recent years he combined performing with his own Grupo Patria with his role as a principal performer in the worldwide sold-out Adiós Tour with Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club®. His unique guitar and vocal style has made him a champion of the Cuban string and percussion driven son sound of Cuban country music. Tonight he plays a special set adding hot brass into the swinging guitar and conga mix. Ochoa has received several Latin Grammy nominations and awards, and played for Barack Obama at a White House performance towards the end of his presidency. Learn more.

Fatoumata Diawara & Hindi Zahra
11/08/2017

Fatoumata Diawara & Hindi Zahra

It is the story of two great friends, women, artists, and Africans, whose life rhymes with nomadism, openness, and freedom: Hindi Zahra and Fatoumata Diawara. After twelve years of bridging cultures and spreading modern Africa throughout the world, their paths will cross once again to perform songs for our greatest pleasure, and theirs. Final tour dates the following days in Sweden, Finland and France. Learn more here.

Happy Birthday!
09/08/2017

Happy Birthday!

From all Montuno team we wihs you a very happy birthday Mr Jack DeJohnette! Jack is currently touring his latest album Hudson, along with great jazz masters bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield.

Cuban singer Daymé Arocena will be in Barcelona
08/08/2017

Cuban singer Daymé Arocena will be in Barcelona

Daymé Arocena draws inspiration from the intertwining musical legacies of her native Cuba. A singer, composer and choir director, she’s a bright-shining performer carrying the flame for a new generation of Cuban musicians.She will performing in Barcelona next November 4th at the 49 Voll-Damm Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona. Learn more here.

Autumn Tour with -M-
03/08/2017

Autumn Tour with -M-

African singer Fatoumata Diawara announced new tour dates with French artist -M-. After a great european summer tour, the band has just announced an autumn tour of more tahn 10 shows in France.

Exclusive show at Jazz in Marciac
28/07/2017

Exclusive show at Jazz in Marciac

Pianist, composer and producer Roberto Fonseca will be at Jazz in Marciac. For such a special performance, Fonseca will be accompaigned by Cuba painter Alberto Lescay, trumpet player Erik Truffaz and DJ Gilles Peterson. An unique performance that will mix art, creation, improvisation and a lot of music. 

La Confusion Album Release
14/07/2017

La Confusion Album Release

‘La Confusion’, the highly anticipated ninth full-length album from Malian musical duo and Grammy-award nominees Amadou & Mariam, is due on 22 September on Because Music. In celebration of the release the band has shared the lyric video for the track “Filaou Bessame”.

Miles-Davis Award: Jack DeJohnette
06/07/2017

Miles-Davis Award: Jack DeJohnette

The Miles Davis Award was created for the Festival’s 15th anniversary in 1994 to honour a great international jazz musician for the entire body of his or her work and influence in regeneratingthe jazz idiom. Considered one of the preeminent jazz musicians of his generation, pianist and legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette has provided rhythms and grooves for the greatest legends in music: John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett, and many more. First noted as part of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, he then accompanied Miles Davis before being part of the famed Keith Jarrett Trio with bassist Gary Peacock in the ’80s. In celebration of his 75th birthday, he welcomes Larry Grenadier, John Scofield and John Medeski into the supergroup HUDSON, presenting a comprehensive career-overview concert at the Festival.

Barranquijazz 2017
03/07/2017

Barranquijazz 2017

The great Cuban singer Omara Portuondo is one of the most important guests of the twenty-first edition of the Barranquijazz Festival. Presenting her latest tour “85 Tour”, Omara will be joined by Spanish singer Martirio. First time Omara was at Barranquijazz was in 2009, with a standing ovation at the end of the show. Bith artists will perform greatest Cuban hits nenxt September 15th.  Learn more here.

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.

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