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World Music in Manchester

Final-LFWMC-Colour-LogoLingua Franca World Music Community regular round-up of what’s happening in World Music in  Manchester!  
Find out what World Music events are taking place in the Manchester area this month!

March and world music in Manchester warms up with the weather!  My personal highlights this month include Manchester Museum’s South American evening, the second Mundo Jam and the legendary Cuban violinist, Omar Puente, both at Matt and Phreds and the practically sold out opportunity to learn dance from the Dhoad Gypsies of Rajastan!
10pm – Yellow & Black Kizomba Party with Prodigio Live @ Club Alter Ego                              The North West’s biggest Kizomba Promoters have teamed up with Portugal’s number one promotional team-‘Bad Company’ and Hip-Hop Kizomba Star ‘Prodigio’ for a night of partying, live shows and competition along with Angolan DJs Sammy, Bruno Miguel and Candja
Room 1: Kizomba, Zouk, Ghetto Zouk, Semba, Tarraxinha, Funana.  Room 2: Afro House, Afro Beats, Hip Hop Tuga, Coupe Decale, R&B, Samba and Kizomba   Dress Code:  Black & Yellow!   Club Alter Ego 105-107 Princess Street Manchester M1 6DD http://www.facebook.com/kizomba.manchester   Cost: £10
6pm – Luciano Gerber @ Sunday Sessions @ The Picturehouse
Brazilian, Pelotas-born guitarist and vocalist, Luciano Gerber is renowned for his cosmopolitan fusion of Brazilian musics – a blend of folk, bossa nova, milonga and samba, with flavourings of Arabic Music and Flamenco. In the past 8 years, he has appeared with some of Manchester’s greatest musicians and at top venues including Manchester Jazz Festival, Matt and Phred’s, Contact Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Exchange. Bright, airy and uplifting, Luciano exudes a natural radiance and Brazilian sunshine – perfectly at home in the limelight while warming audiences with a impressive vocal ability and a versatile strumming over a wide range of rhythms and feels. A real joy to behold!
The Picturehouse Band on the Wall 25 Swan Street Northern Quarter Manchester M4 5JZ www.bandonthewall.org   Cost: Free   8pm – Beating Wing Orchestra, Satellite State Disko and Heritage Survival @ The Met, Bury
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, and jointly presented by The Met and Community Arts North West, the Beating Wing Orchestra bring together diverse cultures from refugees from Manchester’s rich mix of communities; Satellite State Disko mix bawdy Slavic drinking songs, Ottoman choral and Nomad ska; and Zimbabwe’s Heritage Survival play Afro-fusion, drawing on modern influences while upholding traditional rhythms.
The Met, Market Street, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0BW   Cost: £10 seated/£8 standing
SUNDAY, 6 JANUARY 2013   7pm – Flamenco @ Pod   Bring your guitar or dancing shoes, or just come along for the music, beer and coffee.   POD, cafe and deli 30 Albert Road, Levenshulme Manchester M19 2FP   Cost: Free     THURSDAY, 7 MARCH 2013   6:30-9:30pm – South American Night @ Manchester Museum After Hours
Bossa Nova/Fusion Music by Luciano Gerber (Brazil) Myths & Legends of South American Indians (with traditional music) by El Condor (El Salvador/Peru) Salsa Music by L@Tinto Bros (Venezuela/Peru) Grand Finale where all musicians will play together and will be joined by Paula Santos Soares (dancer-Brazil) and Samba drummers (UK)
After Hours is supported by Barefoot Wine www.barefootwine.com
Manchester Museum  The University Of Manchester   Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL   Cost: Free
FRIDAY, 8 MARCH 2013   10:30pm-Late – Ricky Boy @ Club Elysse   Ultimatum Pro Events and Don Vito Events present Kizomba Zouk & R&B artist Ricky Boy for the first time in Manchester promoting his new album, Djan Dicidi Supported by DJs Ckastley & Marito Dress to Impress Over 18s only   Club Elysse 18-22 Lloyd Street Manchester M2 5WA Tel: Sue: 07983 438 764/Anjo: 07869 534 107/Gorete: 07423 274 472    Cost: £10 advance
SATURDAY, 9 MARCH 2013   1pm-4pm – Learn to Dance with The Dhoad Gypsies of Rajastan WOMEN ONLY   Join Mazazik in Manchester for a very Special event to mark International Women’s Week.
This amazing group will share 3 hours of traditional Rajastani music and dance with us. Discover new rhythms, dance to new melodies, ask your questions and learn about the links with egyptian saidi. Please bring a full skirt and long rectangular piece of light fabric.   The event will be followed by a women only hafla and dance party at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury from 7pm
Dance Studio Didsbury Sports Centre, MMU campus, Wilmslow Road, Manchester www.janewass.com
Cost: £50 waiting list open for cancellations            £10 evening event only
THURSDAY 14 MARCH 2013   7.30pm –  Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble The thrilling Israeli-born British saxophonist and Blockheads member brings his Orient House Ensemble to Manchester presenting his unique blend of bebop jazz and Middle Eastern music for what promises to be a stunning night at Band on the Wall.
Band on the Wall 25 Swan Street Northern Quarter Manchester M4 5JZ www.bandonthewall.org   Cost: £14

FRIDAY, 15 MARCH 2013   7:30pm – Frambuesas @ Waterside Arts Centre   One of the freshest tango groups around, formed when Hallé musician, Marie Leenhardt arrived back from Buenos Aires with a Bandoneón, the instrument whose sound is the soul of the Tango. Frambuesas are now exploring new avenues, as violinist, Susannah Simmons, returns from 3 months in Buenos Aires where she has been studying and collaborating with top Argentinean Tango musicians. Concert will include Concert Tangos by Piazzolla, as well as classic and authentic Argentinean tangos, and will also feature an appearance by two dancing stars of the Manchester Tango scene.   Following this evening’s concert there will be a Q&A session with violinist Susannah Simmons about her time studying tango in Buenos Aires.   Waterside Arts Centre 1 Waterside Plaza Sale Greater Manchester M33 7ZF watersideartscentre@trafford.gov.uk   Cost: £14     THURSDAY, 21 MARCH 2013   10:00pm3:00am –  Dr Zeus Birthday Bash
A celebration of contemporary Bhangra music including  Bilal Saeed, flying in from Lahore to perform exclusive acoustic set of his new album “Twelve”. Additional live music sets from BritAsia award winner, Kanika Kapoor, Sama Blake, Shal Illmatik, Usman Rehman, Rishi Rich.  Dr Zeus on decks along with many other DJs including MC Shortie, Metz & Trix, Gorilla Chilla   Entourage   The Printworks, 27 Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2BS www.entouragemanchester.com   Booking hotline 07909 329 786 www.theticketsellers.co.uk   Cost: £10-£25

FRIDAY, 22 MARCH 2013   8:00pm – Clannad @ The Bridgewater Hall   Clannad, the Irish family group responsible for such timeless music as Theme From Harry’s Game, In A Lifetime, I Will Find You and the soundtrack to the Robin Of Sherwood TV series, make a welcome return to the UK in March 2013 to mark their 40th Anniversary. The upcoming tour will be the first time they have performed in the UK with the original five members since 1989 and the show will comprise songs from right across their career.  Clannad will be supported by Brian Kennedy   The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS   Cost: £28.50
9:00 pm –  Culture feat. Kenyatta Hill + special guests Mark Imani and The Dubside
The legendary roots reggae band, now fronted by the incredible voice of Kenyatta Hill, bring their much loved and potent songs to Band on the Wall.  Originally fronted by the voice of Joeseph Hill, Culture remain one of the original and best Jamaican roots reggae bands playing today. With politically-charged lyrics and an international outlook they rose to prominence in the 1970s where they were embraced by both the vibrant reggae and punk scenes of the time. A huge fan was John Peel who championed their string of intelligent, powerful and immensely catchy hits. Kenyatta Hill’s career began the day his father’s ended. Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter for Culture, collapsed and died while on a 2006 tour of Europe.  To the amazement of promoters, fans and critics alike, Kenyatta stepped in immediately to fill his shoes and delivered electrifying performances time and again   Support from Mark Imani & The Dubside.

Band on the Wall 25 Swan Street Northern Quarter Manchester M4 5JZ www.bandonthewall.org   Cost: £14.50/£16.50     7:30pm – The Organgrinder @ Contact   Live concert blending a trans-global mix of beats, rhythms, DJ cuts and multi-lingual vocals.  Live six-piece band The Organgrinder has a sound diverse as its members. Comprised of musicians from various cultural backgrounds as far flung as Russia, Poland, India, the Middle East and California – the group combine their influences into their Manchester melting-pot. The Organgrinder blends a trans-global mixture of Balkan beats, Latin rhythms, Roma soul, Mizrahu groove and DJ cuts – all layered with multi-lingual vocals in English, Yiddish, Ladino, Russian and more. Truly a musical ‘stew’ guaranteed to stir your soul and feed your feet!  The evening will culminate in DJ sets from Manchester’s Satellite State Disko.   Contact Oxford Road Manchester M15 5JA                                   Cost: £8/£5     SATURDAY, 23 MARCH 2013   7:30 pm –  Hand Drum Recital @ Levenshulme Inspire   Arian Sadr gives a Solo Performance on Hand Drums Daf, Dayereh(Persian frame drums) and Tonbak (Persian goblet drum).   Levenshulme Inspire 747 Stockport Road, Manchester M19 3AR www.ariansadr.com   Cost: £6.00 door     MONDAY, 25 march 2013   9:00 pm – Mundo Jam @ Matt and Phreds

 The second of Manchester’s first regular world music jam led by Al McSween and the Kefaya Collective.  The first was packed and the standard of performance was fantastic– get there early!

Matt and Phreds 64 Tib Street Northern Quarter Manchester M4 1LW   Cost: Free     WEDNESDAY, 27 march 2013
9.30pm-12:30am –  Omar Puente & Al McSween @ Matt & Phreds   Omar Puente is one of the world’s leading exponents of Latin-jazz violin. Born and raised in Santiago, Cuba, he studied classical violin at the Havana Music Conserveroire, played as a member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and has worked with some of the greats of Cuban music, including Ruben Gonzalez.  More recently he has performed with Latin music legends, Tito Puente (no relation), Chucho Valdes and Eddie Palmieri. After moving to the UK he joined Courtney Pine’s band and has collaborated with Denys Baptiste, Jason Yarde and Wynton Marsalis amongst others. He is also well-regarded in the classical world.   Al MacSween is quickly gaining a reputation for his creativity, versatility and innovative approach to the piano. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Indian vocal maestro, Shankar Mahadevan (Shakti), British soul legend Ruby Turner and Gilad Atzmon,   Omar and Al have played together regularly over the past few years, and will be performing some of the material from the duo album ‘Bridges’ that Omar recorded with pianist, Robert Mitchell in 2006.   Matt and Phreds 64 Tib Street Northern Quarter Manchester M4 1LW   Cost:  Free   The World Music in Manchester e-listing is also presented by Geli Berg of the Cultural Collage Radio Show on ALL FM 96.9 Community Radio on 1st Sunday of each month.  It is a voluntary service.  If you want your event to be included in the monthly listing, please ensure that event details are sent in the above format at least one week before the beginning of the month it applies to.  Your event MUST includes an element of live professional WORLD MUSIC performance.  Unfortunately we cannot cover regular workshops and DJ-only events due to lack of resources.    Press tickets are always appreciated.

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