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Spain rewards Omara Portuondo with a Gold medal in Fine Arts
23/06/2021

Spain rewards Omara Portuondo with a Gold medal in Fine Arts

The Cuban singer, Omara Portuondo, received the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts from the kings of Spain. With a broad artistic career, Omara Portuondo received the award from the Ministry of Culture and Sports, of Spain.

These awards are given with the intention of recognizing the effort and courage of cultural professionals. The Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts is an award that goes to artists who have contributed to the development and dissemination of art.

At the award ceremony, the King of Spain highlighted Omara Portuondo’s contribution to society.

Roberto Fonseca is back!
21/06/2021

Roberto Fonseca is back!

After a long and forced break, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca returns to the stage stronger than ever and announces an extensive concert tour in Europe and the United States, with stops at legendary festivals such as Jazz in Marciac, Montreux Jazz Festival and Jazz à Vienne.

Fatoumata Diawara announces her European Summer Tour
07/06/2021

Fatoumata Diawara announces her European Summer Tour

Malian actress and singer Fatoumata Diawara, considered one of the most important voices in modern African music, announces an extensive concert tour that will take her to the most important stages in Europe in 2021 and 2022. After a long and forced hiatus due to the health crisis, the artist is back and announces a tour that will take her to Spain, France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, among the many countries she will be touring this year.

Fatoumata Diawara releases Ambè
01/06/2021

Fatoumata Diawara releases Ambè

Malian superstar Fatoumata Diawara has enlisted a primo roll-call of acclaimed female artists of African origins or descent to collaborate with her on a new song, ‘Ambè’ (check out the video here).

The word ambè means ‘altogether’ in Bambara, and the track's core message reinforces the importance of harmony and togetherness in difficult and challenging times. It therefore seemed a no-brainer for Diawara to rustle up some like-minded sisters for this standalone project. 

Angélique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves, China Moses, Inna Modja, Somi, Mayra Andrade, Thandiswa Mazwai and Terri Lyne Carrington were subsequently enlisted and all contribute vocals and lyrics to a verse of the song, recorded remotely during the first lockdown before being mixed together.

Amadou & Mariam Release "Mon Cheri" with Sofi Tukker
28/05/2021

Amadou & Mariam Release "Mon Cheri" with Sofi Tukker

Sofi Tukker teamed up with Amadou & Mariam to release "Mon Cheri", a new original single produced exclusively for Red Hot + Free! Out today, May 28th.

Red Hot + Free! is a compilation of empowering and celebratory new, original songs, bonafide anthems, and exclusive Red Hot reworks and remixes, whose proceeds will benefit initiatives with The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention Program), The Ally Coalition, and SAGE.

On the record, Sofi Tukker shares, "we were both big fans of Amadou & Mariam before we even met each other. Sophie grew up listening to them, and Tuck discovered their music in college, with a remix of their song "Sabali". When we first met, we bonded over our shared love for their music. We tend to start songs with guitar riffs, so we figured that would be the perfect way to start! Plus, (Amadou & Mariam) often have iconic guitar riffs in their songs. They sent their vocals back to us in Bambara and French and then we worked with the Brazilian poet Chacal to write the Portuguese part. We love how global it feels and the fact that it just FEELS like love, even when you can't understand the lyrics!”

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

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