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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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