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Artists - Music

Awad Absin

Sudanese musician, Awad Absin, started his musical journey at four years old when he began making drums out of milk tins, pots and sauce pans. He then made his first riq (a type of traditional Arabic tambourine) and started to sing folk songs.  His family were soon encouraging him to sing and play at social […]

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Bisserov Sisters

The Bisserov Sisters, Lyubimka, Neda and Mitra, were born in Pirin village, situated high in the Pirin mountains in South West Bulgaria.  They have been singing together since childhood, and made their official debut in 1978.  Since then they have performed their repertoire of both acapella and accompanied traditional songs to audiences all over the […]

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Calaita

Calaita are a five-piece flamenco group based in Manchester, UK. Group members include Chico Pere – voice and guitar, Diana Castro – voice, Glenn Sharp – guitar, Leo Paredes – Cajón and Matt Nickson – flute and saxophone. Calaita offer authentic flamenco in the UK. Their live concerts include traditional styles such as bulerias, alegrias, […]

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DJ Mayeva

Manchester –based DJ Mayeva comes from a multicultural background with parents of Peruvian-Spanish and Norwegian-Irish origin.   She has been performing at world music events, multicultural weddings and festivals since 2006.   In recent years she has appeared at Exodus Live, FEAST and Cultural Collage World Music Festival in Manchester, and has hosted world music stages at […]

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Gabbidon

Basil Gabbidon was a founding father of British reggae legends, Steel Pulse.  After four successful albums and three Grammy nominations with the band, Basil left to form the Reggae Rock band ‘Bassdance’, producing and recording two albums ‘Loud’ and ‘Louder’.  Now Basil Gabbdion is back with a supergroup, the eponymously named GABBIDON – a reggae […]

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Golty Farabeau

Golty Farabeau is a reggae musician born in the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.  His international career was launched when he was one a few selected artists from the Indian Ocean chosen to represent the islands’ music industry internationally.  During this time he played at festivals in both the Middle East and Europe, as well […]

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Heritage Survival

  Zee Guveya & the Heritage Survival Band are a group of exceptionally talented musicians from Zimbabwe hailing from the country’s capital Harare. Their particular style of Afro-fusion draws on modern influences whilst upholding familiar traditional rhythms. Lead singer and guitarist Zivai ‘Zee’ Guveya was first noticed at the tender age of 16, when he […]

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Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh

Born into a family of traditional oral historians or Griots in The Gambia, Jali Nyonkoling Kuyateh is a master of the African harp or Kora, an instrument built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a notched bridge like a lute or guitar. Jali has […]

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July Julay

  Originally from the Dominican Republic, Bachata and Salsa singer, July Julay is now resident in Manchester, UK.  His vocal expertise has gained him recognition throughout Latin America and has led to TV and radio performances around the Globe. Upon moving to the UK, July rapidly established a reputation as one of the leading Bachata […]

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Kausary

  Originally from Trujillo on the North Coast of Peru, Kausary use traditional instruments to perform the original melodies from magnificent cultures such as the Quechuas and Aymaras within their repertoire of traditional Andean and contemporary Latin sounds, styles typical of the Andean highlands, coastal lowlands, Amazon basin and forest. In the Andean language of […]

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Los Amigos

Mariachi songs are sung throughout Mexico and beyond, and have become a key part of the country’s national identity  Immigrants, descendants of Mexicans living abroad, as well as Latin Americans, have made the modern mariachi a symbol of community identity. Learning by ear is the main means of transmission of traditional Mariachi, and the skill […]

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Mickey Van Gelder

Mickey grew up in Ilford, Essex and had a conventional, mainstream Jewish upbringing. His grandparents were all from Russia and Poland. He has always loved Jazz and Blues and even at school in the 1960s he was listening to people like Big Bill Broonzy, Charlie Parker and the Basie Band. But underpinning all his musical […]

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Olivia Moore and Unfurl

Violinist Olivia Moore trained as a classical violinist from childhood, later breaking away from the classical genre to explore the art of improvisation. Her curiosity took her through many different styles of music: Jazz; Indian; Cuban music and Flamenco. All of these have contributed to her own unique and distinctive world music voice.  She has […]

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PapaSam Alafia

Sam Maitland, aka Papa Sam Alafia, moved to the UK in the late 1980s from Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa. Sam has recorded and performed with many African and international artists He has played music extensively throughout the UK and has performed live at a number of festivals, renowned venues like the African Centre at […]

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Salim Sabri Qawwali

Salim Sabri, student of the highly acclaimed and world famous Haji Maqbool Ahmed Sabri (Sabri brothers) Pakistan, started his singing career at the age of 12. Coming from a musical/Sufi background, the art of Qawwali was inherited by Salim from his maternal uncle who is an established Qawwali singer in India, by the name of […]

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Sidiki Dembele

Sidiki Dembele moved to the UK in 2009, after touring for two and a half years as lead solo percussionist with the amazing touring circus company, Afrika! Afrika!. He has played professionally since childhood and has been the figurehead of the accomplished Denifari company and school in his native Abidjan since its inception in 1999. […]

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The Jadid Ensemble

The Jadid Ensemble is a UK-based instrumental group of five musicians brought together by guitarist and composer Glenn Sharp. All the group’s members have a passion for the music of other nations and cultures. Their individual training in flamenco, Indian or Arabic musics has given these musicians a wide range of influences on which to […]

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Valentina and Voces del Sur

Valentina grew up outside her native homeland, after the 1973 coup in Chile. She settled in Scotland on meeting guitarist David Russell at the Edinburgh Festival. Together they founded Voces del Sur, making their debut at the legendary old Bongo Club in Edinburgh. Valentina writes and sings songs of exile, love and social change, inspired […]

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Zoreh Jooya

The singer Zohreh Jooya was born in Mashhad in the East of Iran.  With an Afghan father and Iranian mother, she has absorbed both cultures. She originally came to Europe to study classical European music, and has now settled in Vienna. Zohreh Jooya offers a variety of performance options: a)    Afghan Ensemble – Traditional Afghan […]

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