Dynamic Art Management and Constanta City Council invite you join them on the 27th, 28th and 29th of August, in Casino Plaza, from 20.30, at the First Edition of the World Music Mamaia Festival. Three nights of dazzling show, sound and dance in a colorful and animated melange, artists from four continents are bringing the fascination of their native lands.
World Music is a combination of ethnic traditions, modern sounds of jazz, pop, rock or alternative, exotic and universal, a fresh, intense and straightforward emotion for everyone, perfectly suited for the summer break atmosphere of Mamaia, the Pearl of the Romanian seaside.
Maria João from Portugal, with 15 albums recorded at the Universal and Polygram record labels.
Duquende from Spain, the ‘Flamenco Singer of the 21st century’.
Sevda Alekperzadeh from Azerbaijan, mixing jazz, soul, new wave, African griots music and traditional Azerbaijani khananda techniques.
Madras Special, featuring vocalist Sandhya Sanjana, are spicing up indian ragas with a touch of jazz, funk and pop.
Etran Finatawa from Niger, with the longing and mistery of the Sahara, a refined mixture of the Tuareg and Wodaabe cultures.
Mercadonegro brings together artists from Cuba, Peru and Columbia into one of the most important salsa dura groups of the moment. Performing with them is the renowned american flautist and 2006 Grammy winner, Dave Valentin.
The art of Maria João combines diverse and eclectic influences, from ethnic to electronic music and avant-garde jazz.
Her brilliant career started in 1982 at the Hot Club Jazz School in Lisbon. Back then, a new star of the Portuguese and European jazz was born. Ever since her first album in 1983, Quinteto, Maria João has enjoyed tremendous success and her shows are constantly being awarded at genre competitions, such as the one in San Sebastian, Spain.
Numerous projects followed, in the company of great jazz personalities, like Carlos Bica and his quintet, the free-jazz pianist Aki-Takase, the Cal Viva group and the pianist Mário Laginha, António Pinho Vargas, Gilberto Gil, Joe Zawinul, Bobby Mc Ferrin, Laureen Newton, Bob Stenson, Christof Lauer, Saxofour. She has recorded no less than 15 albums. Her refined inflexions and the depth of her vocal expression have always made her scenic presence an event. Maria João has naturally and successfully integrated into choreography shows like that of the Paulo Ribeiro dance company, called ‘Ao Vivo’.
Born in Sabadell, Spain, in 1965, the flamenco singer Juan Cortès Santiago ‘Duquende’ started his remarkable career in 1992, gracing on the most prestigious stages in Spain and around the world. His first album, recorded with the guitar maestro, Tomatito, places him amongst the greatest cantaori of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Without abandoning his solo career, Duquende joins Paco de Lucia’s far-famed septet in 2000. Together, they started a long-term tour in some of the most important European and North American cities.
His shows are always a chance to see prominent flamenco guitar players, such as Huan Habichuela, Tomatito, Juan Manuel Conizares and Juan Gomez ‘Chicuelo’. The latter is a faithful presence to Duquende, since Chicuelo participates in the whole process, from the first steps of the composition up to recording or shows for large audiences.
Duquende has added a sixth title to his discography in 2006, Mi forma de vivir.
Etran Finatawa – literally stars of tradition – meld the Touareg and Wodaabe-Fulani culture into a modern context, a symbol of peace and universal reconciliation. Its musicians come from one of the poorest regions of Western Africa, bordered by Mali, Algeria, Lybia, Chad and Nigeria. The group launched itself in 2004 at the Desert Festival, near Timbuktu, and has since travelled throughout Africa, Europe and America. They fascinate with the hypnotic sounds of their percussion that accompanies the high-pitched, staggering voices, as ornate as their traditional costumes.
Etran Finatawa approaches both repertoires and equally puts to work the musical and choreographic features of the two cultures. Wodaabe specificity lies in the long tunic, richly adorned with leather and ostrich feathers. The melodies accompany the dances that abound in ample, slow motion moves, on a rhytmical contour created by hand clapping or pumpkin-carved drums. The Touaregs, with their symbolic turbans, have always used a large number of string and percussion instruments and sung with high-pitched voices, similar to the European yodeling.
This universe of exotic sounds and images is enriched by solo interventions of the exceptional guitarist Alhousseini Anivolla that fit perfectly with the voices of the Wodaabe singers Bammo Agonia and Bagui Bouga, all combined into an exceptional performance.
Mercadonegro represent the new salsa wave. Their hit Mercadonegro llegò – the first track on their debut album – soon became a number one in the latino DJ charts and on the dance floors, keeping the spot for a few months in a row. The members of the extensive group are South-American immigrants, settled in Europe, and the group’s name betrays it’s African roots. Their style is not the pure salsa, that they learned from maestros like the violinist Alfredo de la Fé or Celia Cruz, the queen of the genre, whom they accompanied on the stages of various tours. It is a fresh style, a new vision that encompasses the immigration issue, integration into the Western and universal culture.
osè Armando Miranda, born in La Habana, Cuba, in 1974, is the lead singer and the author of many songs in their repertoire.
Cesar Correa, the son of two well-known musicians, was born in Trujillo, Peru, in 1975. Cesar plays piano and key instruments like no other. He is also a famous composer and orchestra conductor.
Rodrigo Rodrìguez was born in Cartagena de Indias, in 1974, the Columbian town closest to the Caraibean Sea. He is not only a singer and percussionist, the creator of the most glamorous successes of the group, but also a brilliant showman, an artist who has the stage running through his veins.
The solo artist featured by Mercadonegro during the Mamaia World Music Festival 2008 is Dave Valentin. Born in the Bronx, from Puertorican parents, and debuted at only 12 years old in the latino clubs as a percussionist. He will later dedicate himself to studying the flute and reaching master level with Hall Bennett and Hubert Laws, soon becoming one of the brightest stars of latino music. He is a flautist, composer and arranger, with 18 albums and a Grammy in 2006 in his portfolio.
Sevda Alekperzadeh has a strong, unique voice, with a style that mixes a wide range of influences from soul to jazz, from new wave to mugham, even borrowing from the African troubadours, the griots. But the thrilling catch is the intertwining between the khananda – Azerbaijani traditional singing technique, studied with Alim Qasimov – and the Italian bel canto, learned in Florence. Sevda was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1977, into a family of renowned writers and journalists. At 14, she made her debut. After that, she started improving her skills by studying with the greatest personalities of Azerbaijani music, like Rafik Babayev, Siyavush Kerimi or Rashad Gashimov. Between 1993 and 2001, Sevda was the lead singer of the Rast group, led by Rashad Gashimov. They released two compact discs and held numerous shows in Baku, Istanbul, and Ashkhabad. They also made it into the final of the Radio France International contest in 1993.
Her solo career highlight was the song Deme ki seviram, a hot hit on national TV channels. Today, Sevda is one of the best known and most beloved music stars in Azerbaijan. Her music clips are always in the top ten, and her eminent international career is extending with shows in Georgia, Israel, Italy and Poland.
Madras Special promotes a music style strongly rooted in the millennium-long traditions of South India. Percussion virtuoso Ramesh Shotham, the Hungarian spectacular violinist Zoltan Lantos, and the German bass funk and soul player Christian Zűrner accompany Sandhya Sanjana’s other-worldly voice. A steaming show, warm sounds, skillfully ornate ragas, irregular beat of a tavil drum spice up the jazz genre with the South Indian spirituality, funk and even pop. Madras Special is regarded as ‘top class’ in World Jazz, in World Music.
Ramesh Shotham, the leader of the Madras Special group, creates a modern music, open to the world, strongly rooted that is outside the clichés (Volker M. Leprich – Stadtrevue). The Indian percussionist has played together with Abou Khalil, Steve Coleman, Charlie Mariano, Sigi Schwab, Carla Bley and other impressive names in Jazz and World Music. He started his career as rock guitarist but he became fascinated with the universe of percussion and especially of the tavil drum that is specific to the South India.
The Hungarian violist, Zoltan Lantos, known as a group leader in Hungary, has a decisive role in the ensemble. His artistic skills, both sparkling and warm, are highlighted by his mastery of inflection in Indian ragas.
The German bass player Christian Zűrner has a lot of experience in funk and soul groups, but he has also played with guitarist Rainer Hartmann. Zűrner’s academic background, a combination of musician, theologue and specialist in cultural pedagogy, bring him to a deep understanding of Indian philosophy.
The Indian singer Sandhya Sanjana lives in Europe, both in Amsterdam and London, an opening that made her able to combine various European vocal styles with the traditional Indian ones. She has highly successfully toured worldwide, and her presence beside Alice Coltrane proves the superlative of her performance.