05 November 2006

World Music News

Cover of "Borat - Cultural Learnings of A...Cover via AmazonCleaning out my desk and my mind today, and look what I found!

The Sauti za Busara music festival will take place in Zanzibar, February 9 -14th 2007. Among the artists already confirmed are Amani Drummers of Burundi, Ba Cissoko, Chibite, Culture Musical Club, Menwar, The Collaboration ft Chiwoniso & Busi Ncube, and Yunasi. Oh, and admission is free before sunset! Info at www.busaramusic.com


Also some time off but requiring some planning is Lark Camp. Sounds like a great lineup of classes, workshops, and fun for anyone interested in world/folk music and dance. Lark Camp runs July 27-Aug. 4, at the Mendicino Woodlands in California. More info at www.larkcamp.com

The 7th Annual Latin Grammys have been announced, including Mercedes Sosa nabbing Best Folk Album for Corazón Libre, Sergio Mendes winning Best Brazilian Contemporary Pop Album for Timeless, and Diego El Cigala's Picasso En Mis Ojos tapping to the top of the Best Flamenco Album contenders. For full results, see grammy.com

Anyone seen the Borat movie yet? Officially titled "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," it looks amusing and culturally subversive enough to be funny...maybe. A vote firmly in its favor is this review in the Christian Science Monitor, a newspaper generally known for its sensitivity to global culture.

More from YouTube:
trailer from the second installment of the 1 Giant Leap films.
teaser from an upcoming documentary on Hip Hop in Uganda
playing of the Kulintang gongs in the Phillippines
stroking the sarod by Alam Khan, son of Ali Akbar Khan
crooning by Yma Sumac
singing like a Nubian, and
grooving like only Tinariwen can...

Ah, my mind feels so much lighter now! Any questions?

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