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Cuba celebrates the International Jazz Day 2021
26/04/2021

Cuba celebrates the International Jazz Day 2021

The Havana Jazz Plaza Festival and the UNESCO Transcultura Programme: Integrating Cuba, the Caribbean and the European Union through Culture and Creativity celebrate International Jazz Day 2021 with an online concert and creative exchange from the Caribbean, directed by Cuban musician Roberto Fonseca who presents the Jazz Plaza Band, and with the participation, for the first time, of artists from nine of the 17 Caribbean beneficiary countries of the Transcultura Programme, who will join this jazz festival virtually. This sub-regional concert will feature Caribbean musicians Andre Woodvine from Barbados, Barbara Cadet from Saint Lucia, Oshane Love from Jamaica, Michele Henderson from Dominica, Reginal Policard from Haiti, James Sanker from Belize, Casandra Núñez from the Dominican Republic, and Cuba's Roberto Fonseca and Bobby Carcassés. The Concert will be a means to promote and integrate the work of Caribbean artists, as well as a didactic material available for use in the teaching-learning process in the region.

Best of 2000-2020
10/04/2021

Best of 2000-2020

"It was twenty years ago today..." sang the Beatles in 1967. Today, we look back over the last twenty years to dig out 65 albums that have left their mark on our phonograph libraries and streaming playlists. Télérama published its own selection of the best albums of the last twenty years, accompanied by a playlist dedicated to a musical style. Among the selected albums, we find Ana Carolina and Seu Jorge, Inna de Yard or Roberto Fonseca with his previous work YO.

Manitoumani Anniversary Remix
09/04/2021

Manitoumani Anniversary Remix

Coinciding with the anniversary of the Lamomali album release, French artist Matthieu Chedid -M- releases the remix of the track Manitoumani with the collaboration of Malian artists Fatoumata Diawara, Toumani et Sidiki Diabaté. The remix is signed by Laplage. Click here and enjoy.

Roberto Fonseca & Metropole Orkest
26/03/2021

Roberto Fonseca & Metropole Orkest

Contradanza del espíritu Metropole Orkest
Roberto Fonseca & Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley

Latin jazz at its most epic! Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca and the renowned Metropole Orkest conducted by Jules Buckley joined forces back in January 2020 to celebrate cuban music. This composition is an epic orchestral piece, recorded live, that takes the listener on a journey of music styles. Jules Buckley: “Roberto is a masterful pianist and he, much like the Metropole Orkest, creates new and exciting music with a profound understanding and love for tradition and his own musical heritage.” Listen now on Spotify

Two Roses: Avishai Cohen
16/03/2021

Two Roses: Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen has announced the release of his new album "Two Roses", out on April 16th 2021.
"Avishai Cohen describes his new orchestra album “Two Roses" as a "a once in a lifetime project”. Combining his core trio - Mark Guiliana (d), Elchin Shirinov (p) - with the Göteborgs Symfoniker conducted by Alexander Hanson, Cohen offers a very cinematic recording including his original Jazz and Classical compositions tinted with Mediterranean Folklore influences.

The title “Two Roses” serves as a metaphor for the album’s adept fusion of jazz, and the symphonic world. Cohen’s music is an intricate tapestry of global and historical influence.  A beautiful antique pink and dark green double vinyl edition of “Two Roses” features 2 exclusive bonus tracks ("Seven Seas" & "Overture Noam, Op. 1") in addition to the 12 songs included on the digital and CD album versions. Released via Razdaz Recordz and recorded by Lars Nilsson (Nilento Studio).

WOW Festival
05/03/2021

WOW Festival

For the first time ever, The WOW Foundation’s flagship UK festival, which is usually live at the Southbank Centre, London, will present events online daily. Recognising recent global events, 2021’s WOW UK programme will take a frank look at new obstacles women, girls and non-binary people now face, discuss creative solutions for change and celebrate amazing stories of resistance and progress. Highlights include intersectionality pioneer Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Black Lives Matter movement and her #SayHerName campaign; Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara and many more.

Jazz à Foix 2021
02/03/2021

Jazz à Foix 2021

Roberto Fonseca, Avishai Cohen Trio, Hugh Coltman are some of the names confirmed for the 20th edition of Jazz à Foix, which will take place from 27 to 31 July. You can see all the details of this new edition by clicking on this link.

Africa 2020: L'Afrique à chanter
13/01/2021

Africa 2020: L'Afrique à chanter

Radio France and the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports celebrate African contemporaneity and diversity, by associating six artists, performers or composers to the project "L'Afrique à chanter". Figures of modern Africa were invited to join the project with new creations or arranged for the Africa2020 Season. Fatoumata Diawara composed two new songs for "L'Afrique à chanter", to be learned with tutorials, lyrics, music sheets taht you can find here: Sako and Fatimata.

Los Bandidos All Stars feat Bobby Carcassés
01/01/2021

Los Bandidos All Stars feat Bobby Carcassés

The Centro Nacional de la Música Popular with the collaboration of RTV Comercial presents La Banda Jazz Plaza aka Los Bandidos All Stars feat Bobby Carcassés. A theme composed exclusively by the pianist Roberto Fonseca for the new edition of the International Festival Jazz Plaza 2021. Click here and enjoy!

Best Female Artist: African Talent Awards
26/12/2020

Best Female Artist: African Talent Awards

The curtains fell on the 2020 edition of the African Talent Awards. Among the winners of the 4th edition of the African Talent Awards are 3 Malian artists: Fatoumata Diawara, Oumou Sangaré and Iba One. These names were announced on the evening of Saturday 26th December. Fatoumata Diawara won the Best Female Artist Award.

Le Châtelet sur le toit
16/12/2020

Le Châtelet sur le toit

Back in October 2020, Damon Albarn and Fatoumata Diawara presented "Le Vol du Boli" at Théâtre du Châtelet. Today, the artists are taking part of Chatelet's series #ChateletSurLeToit with the videoclip "L'apaisement". "Le Vol du Boli" will be back on stage for the 2021-2022 season.

African Talent Awards
14/12/2020

African Talent Awards

It’s the return of the African Talent Awards. The organization announced the nominees for its  ceremony, including Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara in the category of Best Female Artist. The gala will be held in Abidjan on Dec 26th. Congratulations to all nominees!

6 à la Maison
09/12/2020

6 à la Maison

Fatoumata Diawara was invited to perform at the TV show "6 à la maison" on France 2. She presented the song Kaola, as part of Le Vol du Boli show. The opera will be broadcasted on December 11 on France 5 at 20:50.

Gorillaz: Song Machine Live!
08/12/2020

Gorillaz: Song Machine Live!

Beaming into your screens on 12th and 13th December, LIVENow will bring Gorillaz ‘SONG MACHINE' live to audiences around the world. The virtual quartet will integrate cutting-edge effects from trusted co-creator and designer extraordinaire Jamie Hewlett, to three electrifying audio-visual live performances, simulcast across three different time zones. The band has just announced that Fatoumata Diawara is one of the guests that will take part of this unique event.

Le Vol du Boli - France 5
04/12/2020

Le Vol du Boli - France 5

Le Vol du Boli with Malian star Fatoumata Diawara will be broadcast on French TV Channel France 5 on Dec 11 at 20:50. Staging : Abderrahmane Sissako and music by : Damon Albarn

On tour 2021!
02/12/2020

On tour 2021!

Fatoumata Diawara has just announced the first dates of her 2021 world tour.  She will be announced plenty of more in the following weeks!

Modern Jazz by Roberto Fonseca
26/11/2020

Modern Jazz by Roberto Fonseca

Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca enters the world of playlists and offers us a list created exclusively for Radio Gladys Palmera, with the best of Modern Jazz. Classics of modern jazz with aromas of Harlem basements, black novel riffs, whisky and soda, rain on the asphalt and that dark object of desire! An impeccable and impactful session curated by the pianist that you can listen now here

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
23/11/2020

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Amadou and Mariam are a married, musical duo from Mali, both of who have been blind from a young age and making music together for over 40 years. With 8 records to their name and many awards, they have also been actively supporting many causes including becoming ambassadors for the World Food Programme and contributing funds from songs to various organizations. The duo will be performing at International Day of Persons with Disabilities Online Gala held by the World Bank on December 3rd. Learn more here.

Roberto Fonseca announces new date in Paris
13/11/2020

Roberto Fonseca announces new date in Paris

Roberto Fonseca announces the new date for his Parisian concert at the Salle Pleyel! It will be on 15 November  2021. Tickets purchased for the original date will remain valid for this new date. For those who have any questions, please contact the point of sale where you purchased your tickets (Fnac, Ticketmaster, Digitick-See Ticket, La Salle Pleyel etc.).

Thank you all for your support and courage. The audience, artists, technicians, theatres, all the actors in the music and performing arts industry. We will remain strong and present; and we hope to see you very soon at some live concert!

Jazz for change!
09/11/2020

Jazz for change!

Roma Jazz Festival will be arriving on #LIVENow with 8 concerts kicking off from the 10th and running through to the 20th of November. Incredible line up includes Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca trio, singer Salvador Sobral and Cuban singer Ylian Cañizares, among many others. Is time for Jazz, is time for a change. Grab your tickets here: bit.ly/RJF_LiveNow

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