Tuesday, April 26, 2011

African stars in the lineup the festival Womad Cáceres and even sneaks into the FIB

The ethnic festival Womad Cáceres meets this spring 20. The veteran musical event which will open its doors on May 12 with a performance by the Irish Imelda May, has already completed an artistic poster that is featured by 18 artists to show the music, arts and dances from 14 countries from Africa, Latin and Europe.

Besides the concerts the festival will offer workshops and a film series Director General for Cultural Promotion of the Junta de Extremadura, Javier Alonso de la Torre, said during his presentation that the event organizers had done a "great effort" to gather a poster "interesting", although the budget reduction.

Besides the concerts, the program includes parallel activities such as workshops for adults and children, the initiative Taste the world and a series of five films that will host the Cinematheque de Extremadura in collaboration with Africa House. The African continent will be represented by Baloji, a rapper from the Democratic Republic of Congo that started the urban culture Katuba Orchestra, and Dobet Gnahoré, born in Ivory Coast and that at age 12 asked his father, also a musician and actor, who's taken out of the traditional education system to learn music in an artistic community.

From Burkina Faso, the group Les Grandes Personnes participate in the parade with giant puppets to be held on the last day of the festival, while the Orchestre National de Barbès, with several Algerians and Moroccans, delighted with the energy of their live and codes and a mixture of colorful and melodious rhythms.

African representation is completed with the Senegalese Takeifa, a band whose music suggests the breakdown of barriers, the proximity of cultures, cultural hybridity and inequality. United States will come to Cáceres the soul and gospel singer Candi Staton and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a group of eight southern brethren Chicago, with several albums behind them, have traveled the world playing to all audiences.

From Jamaica will Don Letts, a DJ who introduced reggae dub in the local punk scene in London by blending two styles that otherwise would never have mixed. European representation will be borne by the Irish Imelda May, the Portuguese band A Naifa, the Bach English, Spanish and Kiko Veneno and Extremadura Bigott Barrunto Acorn Band, Eskalabraos, Felisa Vega and Rose's Journey.

Also African sounds, rare in the International Festival of Benicassim (FIB), at the opening of the musical event of Castellon. On 14 July, the first day of the event, pass through its stage Congotronics vs Rockers, a proposal consisting of two bands Congolese, Knono 1 and Kasai Alltars, who have joined in turn to formations of the indie scene as Deerhoof, Juana Molina , Skeletons and the Swedish Wildbirds & Peacedrums.

Before, on Saturday May 14, Congotronics vs Rockers present their issues in the Parque Enrique Tierno Galván Madrid, in the III Festival of Music and Sustainable Development.

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