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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


Watch the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRKf7jPGKlY
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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March 10, 2014 — 


'The New Voice of Brazil" Brings Her
"Bold, Melodic, Post-Samba Joyride"
To the US This March and April

Luisa Maita On Tour

Luisa Maita 2014 US Tour
21    New York, NY     Jazz at Lincoln Center 
22 New York, NY Jazz at Lincoln Center 
23 Collinsville, CT Bridge Street Live
24 Portland, ME One Longfellow Square
26 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
28 Cambridge, MA Regatta Bar
29 Arlington, VA Artisphere
30 Troy, NY Sanctuary for Independent Media
02 Pittsburgh, PA Thunderbird Cafe
04 Madison, WI Dobhan
05 Chicago, IL Mayne Stage

Listen to Da Lata - Um Amor A Mais Feat. Luisa Maita
Da Lata - Um Amor A Mais Feat. Luisa Maita

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Luisa Maita "Lero-Lero"
Cumbancha Official Store. http://shop.cumbancha.com/releases/lero-lero.html
iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lero-lero/id374893343?uo=4&at=10laYX
Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039208DA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0039208DA&linkCode=as2&tag=cumbancha-20
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Luanda , Angola
Festival Nacional da Cultura
Portet-sur-Garonne , France
O Mediterraneo
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Bahia de Luanda , Angola
Festival Nacional da Cultura
Montreal , Quebec , Canada
Kfar Saba , Israel
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