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AFRICA ENTSHA – THURSDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

Africa Entsha were discovered busking in a rarely visited part of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Formerly known as Soweto Entsha, they were catapulted into the limelight when they performed at the2010 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg.    By the following year they were wowing audiences in France, Cuba and at the Edinburgh Fringe in the UK, where they scooped The Spirit of the Fringe Award.  Now the group have changed their name to Africa Entsha, which in Zulu means “New Africa”.

Africa Entsha’s performances come straight from the South African oral tradition, acapella sung in a Gospel style.  At the very heart of the performances lie Zulu songs, but their repertoire also includes doo wop and pure pop covers.  Africa Entsha completely captivate their audiences with their rhythm, style and spirit and the sheer energy of their dance moves.

MEDIA REVIEWS

“AFRICA ENTSHA”,a smart click a cappella  five-piece  who reached a global audience last year performing at the at the World Cup Opening Ceremony, are distinct from the other African music shows that have stormed The Fringe in recent years in that they freely blend western pop elements of the male vocal harmony tradition into their performance, making for a diverse set withdraws on the vibrancy of 1950’s doo-wop,the all-singing, all-dancing presentation of the 1960’s soul groups and the more saccharine tendencies of the modern R&B outfits as much as the soft ,healing invocations and exhilarating spirit of their own tribal cultures.

In any case, their four singing is simply exquisite. Some context regarding their repertoire would have been nice though. If their English languages songs are any barometer, “Soweto Entsha” are big on heart swelling messages of solidarity and spirituality.”

Fiona Shepherd, The Scotsman ,Aug 2011

“In a music market saturated with cloned bubblegum pop and industry-peddled garbage, AFRICA ENTSHA are welcome breath of fresh air. It’s difficult to encapsulate just how ridiculously joyful you are likely to feel when you hear them sing their live a cappella numbers…you can’t bottle this stuff. Writing about their homeland, blessings and feeling good in general, their music is infectious in the loveliest way possible. Using their voices to mimic percussion and bass is utterly incredible and their harmonies are so tight, you can’t help but laugh at the sheer brilliance of it all. These boys are going to be massive. Stop reading this review and go and see yourself. Absolutely first class.”

Steph Jones, Manchester Radio Online, July 2012

 

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HENRY FUNG – CHINESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC – FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2013, BRIDGEWATER HALL FOYER

Henry Fung’s musical career began with his first Erhu lesson from his father at the tender age of ten.  Practice of up to 10 hrs a day perfected his craft and by the age of 17 he was proficient enough to join the Huang Kwong Chinese Orchestra.  This gave him experience in Erhu performance both in groups and as a soloist in front of a variety of different audiences.

At the age of 22, Henry gained qualified teacher status in Hong Kong.  He then devoted his time to teaching and organising Chinese Music Clubs in schools and colleges throughout the country. During these years, Henry became increasingly involved in Cantonese Opera Clubs, with the result that his style of playing became heavily influenced by the traditional Cantonese Style.

When Henry moved in UK in 1998, his devotion to his chosen career led him to gain recognition within the Chinese community here.  This led to opportunities to work in schools in Manchester, teaching workshops and giving Erhu demonstrations.

Due to his experience and Erhu playing skill in Cantonese Opera Music, Henry has won the hearts of many Cantonese Opera singers and musicians in this country and is now the Musical Director of the renowned Cantonese Opera Club Manchester’s Chinatown.

The erhu is a bowed string instrument with a small body and a long neck. There are two strings, with the bow inserted between them. With a range of around three octaves, it’s sound is rather like the violin, but with a thinner tone due to the smaller resonating chamber. In the orchestra they are usually divided into 1st and 2nd parts.

 

Hok Pang Chu

HOK PANG CHU – CHINESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC – FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2013, BRIDGEWATER HALL FOYER

Hok Pang Chu was born in China and has been playing the Yang Ch’in, for 10 years, He works as a Cantonese Music leader and is the Musical Director of the  Pak Ming Cantonese Opera Club in Leeds and the Wah Sing Cantonese Opera Club in Liverpool. He also plays both the violin in Cantonese style and Cantonese Erhu. His performance skills are highly well regarded amongst fans of Cantonese opera throughout the UK.

The yang ch’in is a Chinese hammered dulcimer, originally from Persia (modern-day Iran). The name originally translated as foreign zither.

 

Sui Sang Lau 

SUI SANG LAU –  CHINESE TRADITIONAL MUSIC – FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2013, BRIDGEWATER HALL FOYER

Sui Sang Lau was born in Hong Kong and has been singing Cantonese Opera songs since he was a young boy. He began learning the Chinese flute 13 years ago as a student of Henry Fung. He has now graduated to become a leading musician in Cantonese Opera clubs in both Manchester and Leeds.

Chinese flutes are generally made from bamboo, although they can be (and have been) made of other materials such as jade.

 

Anupama Bhagwat

ANUPAMA BHAGWAT – FRIDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER – GHANDI HALL, WITHINGTON

Anupama Bhagwat is an Indian sitar player, who was born in Bhilai, India in 1974. She was introduced to playing sitar at the age of nine by her uncle.   Bhagwat trained under R. N. Verma of the Maihar gharana and travelled to Bhilai at the age of 13 to train under Bimalendu Mukherjee  of the Imdadkhani gharana.  She performed for All India Radio beginning in 1994 and was awarded a national scholarship by the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Bhagwat, who is now based in the USA regularly performs both in America and India. She continues to train as a sitar player and listens to Indian classical singers to constantly improve her technique.

Anupama Bhagwat is currently on her first tour of the UK. Her tremendous control of the sitar, love for the raga and virtuoso skill is a sheer delight to listen to. She is accompanied by Gurdain Rayatt, a rising star of tabla.

 

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DJ MAYEVA – BIG SATURDAY: WORLD MUSIC – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

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 Croydon Summer Music Festival and Harewood Hall in Leeds.  She also hosted the We Face Forward Closing Party in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester in the summer of 2012.

Mayeva plays music to suit any ambiance – from laid back chilled beats from India and Morocco, through to the latest Samba and Salsa dance club sounds passing through Balkan beats, reggae and African rap along the way.

Under her broadcasting name, Geli, she produces and presents Cultural Collage, a monthly world music and cultural magazine programme  which is broadcast live on ALL FM 96.9 Community Radio in Manchester on the first Sunday of each month between 10am and 12 noon.

 

 Marina Berg

MARINA BERG – BIG SATURDAY: WORLD MUSIC – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

Marina is an exceptional Russian musician, having gained a scholarship to St Petersburg Musical Academy at age 16, she graduated in accordion, piano and music teaching.

Performing across Europe she eventually settled in England, graduating at Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) degree in media studies. She also holds an Advanced Teaching Certificate (UK).

Marina’s primary instrument is the Concert Accordion on which she specialises in a diverse number of styles: French, Italian, Russian, Jewish, Irish, Balkan, Arabic and World Music.

She is also an accomplished composer, painter, and computer artist.

 

 

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KANCHAN MARADAN – BIG SATURDAY: WORLD MUSIC – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

Performer, teacher and choreographer Kanchan Maradan has been dancing since childhood. She completed an MA in Kathak, one of the classical dances of India, under the guidance of Prerana Shrimali, doyen of Jaipur Gharana. She is also a trained Indian vocalist.

A registered artist with ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) since 2004, she has also received the Junior Fellowship from the Indian Ministry of Culture, from 2005-2007.

Kanchan has been teaching since 2000 and has performed extensively around the world, including in Brazil, France, India, Japan, Russia, Sweden and the UK.  She has also worked with world famous Brazilian Director, Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Constant Gardener, Blindness).

 

LOS AMIGOS – BIG SATURDAY: WORLD MUSIC – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

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 is usually passed down through families and through performance at festive, religious and civil events.

Los Amigos Manchester are Hugo Nuevo and a combination of his Paraguayan friends who are keeping Mexican Mariachi music alive.   Coming from a long tradition of Latin American folk and popular music, the musicians enjoy bringing the Mexican party vibe to a wide variety of events in the UK and Europe.

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PAPASAM ALAFIA – BIG SATURDAY: WORLD MUSIC – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

Sam Maitland, aka PapaSam 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 Covent Garden, Smolensky’s at the Strand, the ‘Sounds of Africa’ concert on Clapham Common London and the Bristol Carnival where he was filmed with his band Alafia for MTV African Music Show.

He has toured the United States and Japan with the African band Rokoto and has worked with the Post Modern African Peoples Dance Group Sakoba. In 2008 Samuel Maitland went with Sakoba at the University of Limerick, Ireland, for a week’s educational work with first year Performing Arts students.  He appeared at several Manchester venues as part of the We Face Forward Festival in Manchester last year, both running workshops and performing.

 

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GOLTY FARABEAU – BIG SATURDAY: WORLD MUSIC – SATURDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER MUSEUM

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 as the French Caribbean.  As well as composing and playing his own music, Golty performs traditional sega music from the Seychelles, seggae music – a fusion of sega and reggae and covers music by reggae luminaries such as Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, who have had a great influence on his own work.  Golty Farabeau has released seven albums to date and currently plays with his UK-based band Jahmadou.

 

CANTOR ADAM CAPLAN – CANTORS & KLEZMER – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER JEWISH MUSEUM

Cantor Adam Caplan’s musical career began as a youngster. He sang in various choirs and was a regular child soloist in his local Synagogue. After studies with local Cantors and Musicians, he soon became a regular service leader in his synagogue.

After time in Yeshivot in Gateshead and Jerusalem he became the Cantor in Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation, Cheadle. In 2005 he was appointed Cantor at the Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, Manchester, a position he continues to serve with distinction.

Adam is a popular synagogue and wedding Cantor, and his mellifluous tenor voice has been heard at both Services and weddings throughout the UK and abroad. He coaches youngsters from within his synagogue to become proficient service leaders and singers. He has also started a volunteer choir within his synagogue which performs to popular acclaim.

Adam has sung together with many world renowned Cantor in both Synagogue service and on the concert stage, including performing with Yaakov Motzen, Yanky Lemmer, Yechezkel Klang, Sol Zim, and other stars, as well as choirs from his home town of Manchester, Leeds and Basel.

 

CANTOR MODI SPITZER –  CANTORS & KLEZMER – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER JEWISH MUSEUM

Cantor Modi Spitzer has a strong lyric tenor voice. His career as a Cantor started at the young age of 13 when he conducted services at the Tottenham and South Tottenham Hebrew Congregations.  He quickly gained a sought after reputation and acted as a freelance Cantor throughout his teenage years.  By the age of 20, whilst studying at a Jerusalem college, he was invited to officiate as a guest Cantor at the prestigious Great Synagogue in Jerusalem.

Cantor Spitzer has performed in the USA, Europe and all over the UK, having held positions in St Anne’s, Newcastle and having sung in numerous choirs too.  He has most recently been appointed Cantor to the Bury Hebrew Congregation, a large Synagogue in North Manchester.

He is known for intertwining modern tunes into the synagogue service, and his sweet melodious voice has earned a reputation for keeping the Cantorial art still relevant in today’s musical world.  He sings regularly with his Synagogues’ choir and has trained boy soloists to accompany him.

Cantor Spitzer, lives in Manchester with his wife and son, and descends from a long line of German Rabbis.

 

CANTOR NATAN FAGLEMAN –  CANTORS & KLEZMER – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER JEWISH MUSEUM

Cantor Natan Fagleman grew up in Manchester having moved to England from Israel at a young age. Having studied voice and the Cantorial Arts with teachers in Israel and the UK, he was awarded the Julian Klein Memorial scholarship to attend the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, where he studied with the giants of Cantorial Music, such as Naftali Herstik and Raymond Goldstein. Upon his return, he secured the position of Minister and Cantor to the Sale and District Hebrew Congregation, where he uses his talents to inspire great devotion in communal prayer.  He is also a soloist with the Manchester Jewish Male Voice Choir and the Northern Convener of the European Cantors Association. Natan is currently studying for the Rabbinate where he hopes to succeed in fulfilling the role of both Cantor and Rabbi to his community.

He has a dynamic tenor voice that lends itself to singing the classics of the Golden Cantorial Age; a label given to the first half of the twentieth century when Cantorial music was at its most popular. He attempts through his impassioned recitals of classical repertoire, to inspire a sense of devotion, adding layers of interpretation to the bare bones of ancient prayer texts.

Fraylach Spielers Klezmer Band

 

THE FRAYLACH SPIELERS KLEZMER BAND  – CANTORS & KLEZMER – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER JEWISH MUSEUM

The Spielers – as they are affectionately known – were formed as the result of a request by a theatre in Leeds to put together a programme of “mood” music for a Holocaust play being performed in the early 90s. Since then, the Spielers have progressed and played at more and more events. These include folk festivals, Jewish weddings, mlava malkahs, bar and bat mitzvahs. The Spielers have played all over the North of England and are considered the “premier” klezmer band in the North of England.

For this event, the Spielers line up is Phil Cammerman, clarinet and vocal (and musical director of the UHC choir), Steve Shulman, violin, Nigel Waterhouse, accordion and Lawrence Levin, bass.

The band’s repertoire is an eclectic mix of traditional klezmer together with Yiddish and some liturgical pieces – in addition we have songs involving audience participation.

The Fraylach Spielers sound is as authentic as it comes –  real Jewish Soul music -otherwise called ‘chicken soup’ music

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LOS DESTERRADOS – SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2013 – MANCHESTER REFORM SYNAGOGUE

Los Desterrados bring vibrant new life to the ancient music of the Sephardic Jews. Fusing Spanish Flamenco and the fiery Gypsy melodies of the Balkans and Greece with the rhythms of North Africa and Turkey, Los Desterrados have created a rootsy Mediterranean sound that is wholly their own.

Featuring traditional instruments such as the cajon and oud with vocals in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic Jews, or Hebrew, the unconventional arrangements and rousing rhythms Los Des wield are heavily influenced by the music they’ve all grown up on as native North Londoners – rock n’ roll, jazz, folk, flamenco, funk and soul.

 Black White & Beige

BLACK, BROWN & BEIGE

Black, Brown and Beige will be supporting Los Desterrados at the festival.  The band consists of Carol Jason, Johanne Levy and Jill Fogden.  Carol and Johanne are sisters, and have a long history of performing together in many styles, including singing Jewish songs, which goes back to their childhood.

All three members of Black Brown & Beige are musicians in their own right.  Carol’s career has included touring the UK and abroad, playing bass guitar in pop groups, rock bands and Big Bands.  She has played with cabaret groups including TV performances and at the London Palladium.  As well as performing with Black Brown & Beige, she conducts choirs, and works with Big Bands and jazz ensembles.

Johanne studied piano, clarinet and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, and although classically trained, has always had a keen interest in many other styles of music, especially jazz.  She works as a music teacher as well as performing in diverse settings, including weddings, theatres and jazz clubs.  She has recorded an EP of her own songs at Blueprint Studios.

Jill is also a singer/songwriter.  She trained as a concert pianist and her music encompasses the classical and the contemporary, while her voice expresses emotion at its rawest.  She released her first album “Listen to my Story” in 2011, and is currently working on her second.

Black Brown & Beige share their passion for music, sing in 3-part harmony and perform songs dear to each of them from diverse genres.

 

Jane Wass

JANE WASS – DANCELANDS! LAUNCH – FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2013 – FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE

Jane Wass is a dancer based in the North of England, with a passion to engage others in “doing” dance – not just watching it.  Her speciality is traditional Egyptian, as opposed to cabaret bellydance styles.  Through her school, Mazazik, she teaches around Europe and she has performed in England, Ireland, Finland and Spain.  She is known particularly for her work with live music.

 

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JOKEH SILLAH – DANCELANDS! LAUNCH – FRIDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2013 – FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE

‘JOKEH’ is a Gambian Dance Artist internationally recognised for her knowledge and inspirational teaching techniques of traditional West African Manding Dance. Her entire life has been dedicated to music and dance with a particularly great understanding of West African Culture.

Jokeh is the sole manager of her own dance group “African Ballet”, which has been established since 1989. The Gambian based drum and dance ballet troop currently includes many artists from Guinea, The Gambia and Senegal and continues to be a platform for past and present performers establishing recognition teaching and performing around The World.”African Ballet” still remains to be the most successful djembe dance troops in The Gambia, regularly performing at roots and culture festivals, major hotels and ceremonies.

In 1996 Jokeh travelled to The United States with The Gambian National Troop performing and teaching Djembe, Sabar Wolof and Jola Dance to enthusiastic students from many States. Jokeh’s teaching of West African traditional and modern dance styles has encouraged students from Europe, The US and Scandinavia, many visiting annually wishing to study authentic dance in her hometown of Serrekunda in The Gambia. This region in particular cultivates a great many dance artists and musicians, but more recently it’s Jokeh’s own children who are becoming recognised artists, teaching students and creating their own groups.

In 2002 Jokeh began performing and playing an influential role with Sankandi (the present official Gambian DanceTroop). Later during the same year Jokeh was invited by Jaliba Kouyate to choreograph all dance movements and star for the video release in his collaboration with Mamanding Kuyate And Badinya Group

.Since 2003 Jokeh has been based in Manchester and co founded Santa Yalla Arts. Jokeh is Artistic Director and Principal African Dancer providing performances,educational programmes, workshops and private tuition.