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September 18, 2014 — 

The formation and success of The Touré-Raichel Collective, the band led by Israeli keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré—icons in their own countries and abroad—is a reminder of the unique power of music to bridge geographic, ethnic, political and religious differences. As a follow up to their acclaimed 2012 debut, The Tel Aviv Session, the group will release a new album, The Paris Session, September 30 on the Cumbancha label. The Touré-Raichel Collective will tour the U.S. this fall; please see below for an itinerary.


Although a collaboration between an Israeli Jew and a Malian Muslim has unavoidable political implications, what inspired Touré and Raichel to work together was not the potential to make a statement; they simply connected as artists and friends seeking to find musical common ground.


They met for the first time by chance, in 2008 at the Berlin airport, where they expressed mutual admiration and a desire to get together and play. Touré’s father, the late great Ali Farka Touré, was one of Raichel's musical heroes and inspirations. Raichel invited Touré to Israel, where they assembled a few musicians and convened an unscripted, improvised jam session. The chemistry between Touré and Raichel was instant and profound. They assumed the name The Touré-Raichel Collective and used the material from that first gathering as the basis for an album, The Tel Aviv Session, which found poignant, musically beautiful common ground between the artists’ cultures.


Due to popular demand, The Touré-Raichel Collective has undertaken multiple international tours and performed on some of the world's most prestigious stages. In June of this year, Touré returned to Israel to join Raichel's band The Idan Raichel Project in a performance at Masada, an archeological site of immense significance in Jewish history. 


Since they recorded their first album in Tel Aviv, the plan was to make the follow-up in Bamako. But for reasons of logistics, cost and security the artists met in France instead. For three days Raichel, who produced, and Touré sequestered themselves at Studio Malambo in the outskirts of Paris where they were joined by a number of special guests. While The Paris Session is the result of the same freeform approach that was used in the first album, this time around they decided to feature more songs with vocals, a wider range of instrumentation, and appearances by musician friends such as Senegalese artist Daby Touré on bass, Israeli trumpeter Niv Toar, Malian singer Seckouba Diabate and others. Touré and Raichel have honed their interplay over the course of multiple tours together, but the album possesses the same spontaneous, heartfelt magic as its predecessor.


One highlight of the recording is a rendition of the song “Diaraby,” written by Ali Farka Touré and featured on his landmark collaboration with Ry Cooder, Talking Timbuktu. Raichel says that there was a period of six or seven years during which he had listened to the song nearly every day. Upon sharing a stage with Vieux for the first time, Raichel suggested they play the elder Touré’s song together, and doing so brought tears to Raichel’s eyes. He describes feeling “a big, big circle from Ali Farka Touré in Niafunke to me in Tel Aviv, then going back to Ali’s son.”


More broadly Raichel says of his collaboration with Touré, “I’m a musician from Israel, and I will always make Israeli music. And Vieux Farka Touré for me represents the spirit of Mali. I think world music artists by definition are people who reflect the soundtrack of the place they come from. I think that this collaboration between Mali and Israel—and remember we don’t even have diplomatic relations between the two countries—creates a new imaginary island located somewhere between Bamako and Tel Aviv.”

Touré says, “Idan comes from Israel, he’s Jewish. I come from Mali, I'm a Muslim. This project shows the point where there are no real differences between us. Working on these recordings we learn a lot about each other. If music is indeed a universal language, you can't just say it, you have to demonstrate it.”


It all works, first and foremost, because Touré, Raichel and their guests manage to make singular music. Reviewing The Tel Aviv Session for NPR’s All Things Considered, Banning Eyre wrote, “If Raichel and Touré had planned a collaboration, it's hard to imagine that they could have topped the casual charm of this impromptu encounter.” Hosting the Collective on WNYC’s Soundcheck, John Schaefer called the debut recording “one of the year’s most surprising and infectious world music releases.” Wall Street Journal rock and pop music critic Jim Fusilli has described the collaboration as “not so much cross-cultural exercise as an exploration of common ground.” Relix called is "as close to perfection as one could imagine," and Songlines raved in its four star review "There's something very pure of spirit about this album. Although the album grew out of jam sessions, the end result is architecturally robust and infused with strong emotive melodies. A delightful, soulful debut album that exudes optimism." That same optimistic, and adventurous, spirit simmers through The Touré-Raichel Collective's second album. Despite its unassuming spontaneity, the engaging interplay on The Paris Session exemplifies the unifying power of music.


The Touré-Raichel Collective U.S. Tour Dates

Check www.cumbancha.com/events for updates


November 7 - Northridge, CA - Valley Performing Arts Center

November 8 - San Francisco, CA - Nourse Theater

November 9 - Grass Valley, CA - The Center for the Arts

November 11 - Phoenix, AZ Musical - Instrument Museum

November 12 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater

November 14 - Ogden, UT - Peery’s Egyptian Theater

November 15 - Seattle, WA - Meany Hall

November 18 - New York, NY - Symphony Space

November 19 - Frederick, MD - Weinberg Center for the Arts

November 20 - Fairfield, CT - Quick Center for the Arts

November 21 - Toronto, ONT - Koerner Hall

November 22 - Albany, NY - Swyer Theatre at The Egg

November 23 - Bethlehem, PA - Zoellner Arts Center

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September 11, 2014 — 
Calypso and soca’s living legend Calypso Rose and nu-calypso pioneers Kobo Town are excited to announce they will be touring select cities in the US & Canada together this month. Calypso Rose is a true people’s diva who has been giving rousing performances since the 1950s, while Kobo Town takes a fresh approach to the old school calypso of Trinidad and Tobago. Together, they create a lively Caribbean sound that is sure to please any audience. Their tour brings them to Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cedar Rapids, Albuquerque, Montreal and Toronto.

Calypso Rose was born the tiny island of Tobago in the West Indies, and began performing when she was just a young girl in the 1950s. She is now one of Caribbean music's most beloved singers, an icon across the region who proved calypso and soca was not just a man's world. With her joyful spirit and ribald sense of humor, Calypso Rose continues to light up stages, putting shame to performers over half her age.

Kobo Town has emerged in recent years as one of the most original artistic voices of the Caribbean diaspora and one of the grooviest touring bands anywhere. Founded and fronted by emigre Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, an engaging storyteller whose songs draw heavily from the lyrical inventiveness of early calypso, their music has been described as “a unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.” (Exclaim!). The fact that journalists attempting to categorize Kobo Town have compared them to everyone from The Specials, Talking Heads, Tom Waits, Harry Belafonte, and even Neil Young, is a clear indication that they are in a class of their own.

For this tour, Kobo Town and Calypso Rose will be performing together, each drawing on their own material to create an exciting presentation of the past, present and future of Trinidadian music.


6 Bowling Green, OH Black Swamp Arts Festival (Kobo Town only)
7 Bowling Green, OH Black Swamp Arts Festival (Kobo Town only)
12 Madison, WI Madison World Music Festival
13 Milwaukee, WI Global Union at Humboldt Park
14 Chicago, IL Chicago World Music Festival
17 Cedar Rapids, IA Landfall Festival
19 Albuquerque, NM Globalquerque!
21 Montreal, QC, CA Pop Montreal
27 Toronto, ON, CA Small World Music Festival

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July 24, 2014 — 

Remixed by KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole, "African Thriller" is the first single from the African star's new album Branches of the Same Tree, which will be released in early 2015 on Cumbancha.




"African Thriller", the first single from African music star Rocky Dawuni's forthcoming album Branches of the Same Tree, has been launched today worldwide. The single announces the Ghanaian star's new signing to Cumbancha, which will be releasing Rocky Dawuni's new album in early 2015. Dawuni will be appearing LIVE on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic today at 11am PST to publicly launch the single. Live streaming is available worldwide at kcrw.com. A new music video for the track will be premiered later this summer.

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June 24, 2014 — 


La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is out today on Cumbancha. A multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola), La Rumba SoYo took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration.

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca are currently on tour bringing their danceable blend of African and Latin music to cities around the US and Canada, click here for a current list of tour dates.

"With fantastic musicianship and harmonies that enthrall, La Rumba SoYo sounds like a street party you have to dance your way through. Bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days La Rumba SoYo has it all." - POP! Stereo Review

"Rumba SoYo" is a Top 10 Latin Summer Song of 2014 - Billboard
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May 29, 2014 — 

La Rumba SoYo, the new album from Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, is a multinational undertaking that was recorded on three continents and in four countries (US, Canada, France and Angola). It took Lemvo three years to complete and sees him diving even deeper into his Angolan roots for inspiration. Cumbancha will release the album in North America on June 24, 2014 and in Europe and the rest of the world this fall.
With his band Makina Loca, the Los Angeles-based singer produces an appealing blend of African and Cuban music that has earned him a worldwide following. Lemvo's early recordings drew mainly from Congolese rumba and soukous mixed with Cubanson and salsa. His 1998 hit "Mambo Yo Yo," which appeared on the first of two albums he released on Putumayo, can be heard to this day pouring out of taxicabs and on salsa club dance floors in Cartagena, New York, Tokyo, Paris and beyond.

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May 28, 2014 — 


"Ayó starts with a lilting farewell to Palacio, and eases into rousing, soulful songs driven by guitars and the distinctive rhythms of the Garifuna hand-drums, with strong vocals and a dash of dub and funk."  * * * * " - The Guardian 

The Garifuna Collective are about to start their 2014 European tour. This summer will see The Garifuna Collective bringing their phenomenal live show on an extensive tour across the continent, performing at many of Europe's top festivals. Their first European tour since the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album, Ayó, The Garifuna Collective tour offers an exciting summer for fans of exceptional and culturally rich music.
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March 24, 2014 — 

March 13, 2014 - Cumbancha is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the next album from Afro-Latin superstar Ricardo Lemvo. The new album is entitled La Rumba SoYo and features Lemvo and his band Makina Loca's trademark blend of African and Latin grooves that has earned him a wide global following since he first started filling dance floors in the 1990s. La Rumba SoYo will be released in the United States and Canada on June 10, 2014 and will roll out to other territories around the world shortly thereafter.


Ricardo Lemvo "La Rumba So Yo" Album Cover

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March 18, 2014 — 

Africa’s most inspirational band celebrates ten years since its first recording with its finest album to date. Libation’s “around-the-campfire” intimacy, honest soulfulness, and technical prowess reveal how far Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars have come while remaining true to their roots. Produced by Chris Velan and mixed by Iestyn Polson, known for his work with David Gray, Patti Smith, and David Bowie, Libation embodies the contagious joy, optimism in the face of struggle and love for their fellow man that has earned Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars a devoted following across the globe.


"It's as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Buena Vista Social Club.” Newsweek

“Their music emanates a life-affirming positivity.” BBC

“They still have something to teach the world.” Paste

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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars "Libation" Now Available Worldwide on Cumbancha. http://shop.cumbancha.com/releases/libation.html


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Free track download: http://cumbancha.bandcamp.com/track/gbaenyama-free-download


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Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars "Libation"
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