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BT River of Music, Africa and Americas stages – review

London Pleasure Gardens was a curiously bleak location for an ambitious pre-Olympic celebration: a gravel wasteland alongside an abandoned flour mill on the river's edge. It looked more like the set of a gritty movie than a concert site, but this was the Africa stage of the two-day BT River of Music, a festival involving artists from 204 countries in six concerts along the River Thames.


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Songlines Music Awards 2012

With the Songlines Music Awards now in their fourth year, Songlines magazine is delighted to announce this year's winners. The awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the myriad of musical talent across the world featured in Songlines magazine.


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Musicians Weigh Big-City Dreams Against Hometown Pride

Maryanna Sokol is a 29-year-old singer and songwriter originally from Houston, but she left her hometown for New York almost two years ago.


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Warsaw Cross Culture Festival 2012

Now in its eighth year, the 2012 Warsaw Cross Culture Festival will be held September 23-29. Each year the festival has a main musical theme, and this year its focus is ‘Inspiration: The Orient’ – a spotlight on Asian performers.


Source : songlines

Kenya: Hip Hop Star Emmanuel Jal Beaten By Police

International hip hop star and renowned peace activist Emmanuel Jal was badly beaten by police in the South Sudanese capital of Juba last night on 8 September 2012.


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Blog home Old music: Golden Flamingo Orchestra feat. Margo Williams – The Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us

An exceedingly rare joy, this one. Recorded in 1979 in an almost bankrupt New York, when Manhattan – imagine! – could still be a dangerous place and riding the subway was strictly for the brave, this is a touching and profoundly funky tribute to the vigilante volunteer security force, before things went a little stale for them. (There is a London chapter, but only a handful of members remain.)


Source : The guardian

A Rare Breed: New Operas at the Met

ON Oct. 23 the Metropolitan Opera will offer something that has been too infrequent during Peter Gelb’s six years as general manager: a new production of an opera by a living composer.


Source : The New York Times

Musicians for Mali Benefit Concert to Aid Refugees to Be Held September 22

American world music band Toubab Krewe has organized the Musicians for Mali benefit concert to aid refugees displaced by the crisis in Mali. The event will take place Saturday, September 22 of 2012 at 8:00 pm at the City Winery. Toubab Krewe has brought together an all-star lineup of Malian and American artists to celebrate Malian Independence Day, increase awareness about the current crisis in Mali, and raise money for refugees.


Source: World Music

“Living Arts, Loving Culture” umbrella of programmes launched

Rapid ramp-up of Government programmes supported by active community participation
Singapore’s arts and culture scene is set for greater vibrancy under a new “Living Arts, Loving Culture” umbrella of programmes to be launched following the recommendations presented to the Government by the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR) Steering Committee. The background of the ACSR can be referred to in Annex A.


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