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January 10, 2017 — 

International sensation Idan Raichel, well-known and loved as the leader of the Idan Raichel Project and partner with Mali's Vieux Farka Touré in the Toure-Raichel Collective, is making a bold new move by returning to the stage solo on his Piano-Songs Tour.

In his intimate solo concerts, Idan shares personal stories of his musical journey and reveals how his melodies sounded before being produced for recordings, collaborations & full-band presentations. Idan will present songs from his entire career, including his latest critically-acclaimed Cumbancha album At The Edge Of The Beginning.



Feb 19 Wien, AT Porgy & Bess
Feb 21 Milano, IT Blue Note
Feb 22 Verona, IT Teatro Camploy
Feb 23 Malmö, SE Victoriateatern
Feb 25 Florence, IT Sala Vanni
Feb 26 London, UK Rah Rah Room
Feb 27 London, UK Rah Rah Room
Mar 1 Madrid, ES Sala Galileo
Mar 2 Barcelona, ES Sala Apolo
Mar 4 Worpswede, DE Music Hall Worpswede
Mar 5 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
Mar 6 Genève, CH Alhambra
Mar 7 Leipzig, DE Moritzbastei
Mar 8 Prague, CZ Divadlo U hasicu
Mar 9 Berlin, DE Lido
Mar 12 Heidelberg, DE Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
Mar 13 Paris, FR New Morning
Mar 14 Paris, FR New Morning
Mar 15 Roma, IT Auditorium Parco della Musica


Mar 17 Atlanta, GA City Winery
Mar 18 Wilmington, DE World Cafe Live 
Mar 19 Nashville, TN City Winery
Mar 20 Chicago, IL City Winery
Mar 21 Chicago, IL City Winery
Mar 22 New York, NY City Winery
Mar 23 New York, NY City Winery
Apr 25 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Apr 26 Vienna, VA The Barns at Wolf Trap
Apr 29 Boston, MA Berklee Performance Center
May 4 San Fran, CA The Regency Ballroom
May 6 Los Angeles, CA The Luckman Fine Arts Complex 

For the latest updates visit www.cumbancha.com/events

December 05, 2016 — 

"Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope." - Songlines


Songlines Magazine, an essential guide to the best music from around the world, has announced their picks for the Best Albums of 2016 and we are proud to see that the Cumbancha release Wa Di Yo from Haitian supergroup Lakou Mizik has made this very coveted list.

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We have launched the Cumbancha Spotify Channel, featuring exclusive artist playlists and thoughtfully curated selections of our favorite songs from around the world for a variety of moods and moments.

We just added an exclusive playlist curated by
Lakou Mizik featuring songs that have inspired them. The playlist features lots of Haitian roots music along with many selections that may surprise you!

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October 04, 2016 — 
"Coming six years after Maita’s debut, Fio da Memória proves that the wait wasn’t in vain. Rather than delve deeper into samba and bossa nova classicism and let others update it with remixes, Maita and cohorts modernize the deep history of the music themselves. The result is a striking album full of spare but heavily percussive downtempo tracks that foreground the smokiness, subtlety, and empowerment in her voice."
- Pitchfork

(read the entire review by clicking here)

BUY THE ALBUM: Cumbancha / iTunes / Amazon
September 23, 2016 — 
Luisa Maita
 “On the whole, Fio Da Memória is awash with creative ideas, dense arrangements and a fierce electronic palette. This is the kind of album that soars high above you through the clouds, before swooping down and flying you away into the opaque, samba-drenched night.” – Rhythm Passport

“Like another paulista musician who has achieved some success in North America, Céu, Luísa Maita’s new material ventures deep into electronic territory, with some foreboding textures that to my ears recall as much Portishead’s last album as the warmer MPB shades of [debut album] Lero-Lero." – Sounds and Colours 

"When Maita first appeared on the scene with a more traditional Brazilian sound there were always twists & turns - hints of dub or experimentation, which have progressively come to the fore. She has now produced this album of darker leftfield electro rock no-wave shoegaze pop with the odd nod to classic Brazilian music. Music lovers rejoice, Brazil purists beware!" – Global Soldier 

“If this is what Brazil’s electronic age sounds like I’m all for it.”
World Music Central

"Blending hypnotic, downtempo grooves with ethereal vocals (in both Portuguese and English) and occasional splashes of guitar, Maita creates a shimmering soundscape that is at once of Brazil and the world on her second album."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Luisa Maita On Tour

SEP 23 – Toronto, ON - Small World Music Festival 
SEP 25 – Montreal, QC – POP Montreal/Bar Le Ritz PDB
SEP 26 – Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
SEP 27 – Boston, MA - The Regattabar
SEP 29 –  New York, NY - Subrosa
SEP 30 – New York, NY - Subrosa
OCT 1 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 4 – Chicago, IL - Martyrs'
OCT 7 – Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
OCT 8 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 10 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi's
Additional Luisa Maita Links:
YouTube / Facebook / Twitter / Website
September 01, 2016 — 


“A crazy quilt of Haitian musical styles, from contemplative acoustic balladry to ecstatic chanting and throbbing compas. It’s fun but also moving.” - CD Hotlist

Lakou Mizik, Wa Di Yo
Cumbancha Official Store
Additional Lakou Mizik Links:
YouTube / Facebook / Twitter / Website

August 12, 2016 — 
"Blending hypnotic, downtempo grooves with ethereal vocals, Maita creates a shimmering soundscape that is at once of Brazil and the world on her second album." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Luísa Maita’s new material ventures deep into electronic territory, with some foreboding textures that to my ears recall as much Portishead’s last album as the warmer MPB shades of Lero-Lero." - Sounds and Colours

Luisa Maita



Luisa Maita
Luisa Maita

SEP 23 – Toronto, ON - Small World Music Festival 
SEP 25 – Montreal, QC – POP Montreal/Bar Le Ritz PDB
SEP 26 – Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
SEP 27 – Boston, MA - The Regattabar
SEP 29 – New York, NY - Subrosa
SEP 30 – New York, NY - Subrosa
OCT 1 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 4 – Chicago, IL - Martyrs'
OCT 7 – Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar Cultural Center
OCT 8 – Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL)
OCT 10 – Oakland, CA – Yoshi's
May 13, 2016 — 
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“African, funk and rap influences combine in an energetic performance. They have developed into a tight, attacking unit, in which the virtuoso
kora work is integrated into sturdy playing from the band. Exuberant virtuosic fusion.” - The Guardian (UK)

Joe & Sekou's "Monistic Theory"

"The second album from the rapper, beatboxer and songwriter from Syracuse, New York and the Guinean kora virtuoso is built around smartly sculpted arrangements on fully-developed new songs. The key lies not in the glorious collision of two contrasting cultures but how seamlessly they are intertwined in a common musical language.
- Songlines


Joe Driscoll has gained fame over the last decade for his unique blend of folk, funk and hip-hop. Sekou Kouyate, from Guinea, is one of the most innovative and virtuosic players of the kora, the 21-stringed West African harp. When these two seemingly disparate artistic forces are combined, an incendiary musical reaction takes place.

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate’s electrifying second album, Monistic Theory, brings together two musicians from vastly different backgrounds in search of the commonalities that are uniquely revealed by artistic expression.


Buy The Album
Joe & Sekou's "Monistic Theory"
Cumbancha Official Store. http://shop.cumbancha.com
Additional Joe & Sekou Links:
YouTube / Facebook / Website

Cumbancha artists are touring all over the world in 2016.

May 06, 2016 — 


Cumbancha Artists On Tour



Lakou Mizik

Lakou Mizik is a multigenerational collective of Haitian musicians formed in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. The group includes elder legends and rising young talents, united in a mission to honor the healing spirit of their collective culture and communicate a message of pride, strength and hope to their countrymen and the world.

"The sound of Vodou drummers, Rara horns and an accordionist blend into a soulful and party-oriented rasin experience, an Afro-Soca Carnival vibe of the highest order.” NPR’s All Songs Considered

May 06 BRIC House Ballroom, Brooklyn, NY
Jun 04 PVD Fest, Providence, RI 
Jun 07 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Jun 09 The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
Jun 11 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, VT
Jun 30 Feast & Field Festival, Barnard, VT
Jul 08 Montreal Jazz Fest, Montreal, Canada
Jul 09 Harbourfront Festival, Toronto, Canada
Jul 13 Ohio City Stages Summer Series, Cleveland, OH
Jul 14 Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA 
Jul 15 Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, Canada




Daby Touré

Mauritanian-Senegalese singer, songwriter and guitarist Daby Touré returned in 2015 with a phenomenal new album on Cumbancha and a renewed creative energy. Touré has shared the stage and studio with Peter Gabriel, Souad Massi, Enzo Avitabile, Skip McDonald and The Touré-Raichel Collective. Whether he appears solo or with his full band, Daby Touré never fails to astound audiences with his ethereal voice, masterful guitar work and catchy original songs.

"Everyone’s favourite Paris-based Mauritanian singer- songwriter is back. With his wide-ranging voice, virtuosic guitar work, and knack for songwriting, Amonafi repositions Daby as a force to be reckoned with.” - Songlines

May 06 Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, VT 
May 08 Waking Windows, Winooski, VT 
May 29 Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GA
Jun 03 Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, VT 
Jun 04 Stonecutter Spirits, Middlebury, VT 
Jun 17 Tourterelle, New Haven, VT 
Jun 29 Montreal Jazz Fest, Montreal, Canada 
Jul 01 Radio Bean, Burlington, VT 
Jul 09 TD Sunfest, London, Canada 
Jul 10 TD Sunfest, London, Canada 
Jul 13 Middlebury Festival On The Green, Middlebury, VT
Jul 14 Festival D'Ete de Quebec, Quebec, Canada 
Jul 15 Bread & Butter Farm, Shelburne, VT 
Jul 20 Festival International Nuits D'Afrique, Montreal, Canada 
Jul 21 Feast & Field Festival, Barnard, VT 
Jul 28 Lincoln Center Atrium, New York, NY 
Aug 05 Edmonton Folk Festival, Edmonton, Canada
Aug 12 Central Park Sessions, Madison, WI 
Aug 13 Chicago Reggae Festival, Chicago, IL

This tour is supported in part by the globalFEST Touring Fund: globalFEST.org



Francesca Blanchard

Born and raised in France, Francesca Blanchard traveled the globe with her family before settling in the small town of Charlotte in beautiful rural Vermont. Her intimate music, sung in French and English, reflects on her travels, both physical and emotional, and reflects influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Françoise Hardy. 

"Colored by her love of folk, rock, jazz, French chanson, soul, world music and pop, Ms. Blanchard takes Deux Visions beyond the standard spare singer-songwriter route by encompassing one genre into another and folding one influence into another.” - World Music Central

May 07 Main Street Landing, Burlington, VT 
May 08 Waking Windows, Winooski, VT 
May 14 Kiki Sol, Berlin, Germany 
May 15 Kulturcafé Lichtung, Cologne, Germany 
May 18 Onze Bar, Paris, France 
May 19 Sunset Sunside, Paris, France
May 24 St Giles' Cathedral (Lunchtime Concert Series), Edinburgh, UK
May 24 The Mash House, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
May 25 The Troubadour, London, United Kingdom
May 28 The Slaughtered Lamb, London, United Kingdom 
May 29 The Arts House, Bristol, United Kingdom 
Jun 04 59 Rivoli Art Gallery, Paris, France 
Jun 16 Wanderlust Festival // Stratton 2016, Bondville, VT
Jun 20 Sofar Sounds, New York, NY 
Jun 21 Make Music New York, New York, NY 
Jun 21 Pete's Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY 
Jun 22 Club Passim, Cambridge, MA 
Jun 23 La Sala Rossa, Montreal, Canada 
Jun 26 French Heritage Day 2016, Winooski, VT 
Jun 30 Pentangle Arts Summer Concert Series, Woodstock, VT 
Jul 08 Corazón Performing Arts, Topanga, CA 
Jul 18 The Triple Door, Seattle, WA 
Jul 22 Calgary Folk Festival, Calgary, Canada 
Aug 11 Wanderlust Festival // Tremblant 2016, Mont Tremblant, Canada 
Aug 18 Summervale, Burlington, VT 
Sep 10 Otis Mountain Get Down, Elizabethtown, NY 
Oct 01 Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe, VT



Luisa Maita

A young Brazilian singer that NPR has praised as "The New Voice of Brazil", Luísa Maita received the Brazilian equivalent of the GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2010. Luísa will release a new album in September 2016 and has recently recorded with Da Lata and Ladytron. The second album from the Brazilian star has strong downtempo electronica influences. Dreamy, sexy and undeniably cool, this record has the potential to be a huge crossover success.

"Ms. Maita’s fusion is particularly lean and elegant, both on her album and onstage; she has a deft understatement akin to that of the Canadian songwriter Feist." – The New York Times

Jun 21 Music on the Half Shell, Roseburg, OR
Jun 25 Solstice Festival, Cleveland, OH
Oct 1 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX
Oct 8 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, TX




Rocky Dawuni

Influenced by the soulful beats of Fela Kuti, the positive messages of Bob Marley and the infectious, sing-along anthems of Michael FrantiK'naan and MatisyahuRocky Dawuni's songs straddle the musical boundaries between Africa, the Caribbean and the US to create a universally appealing sound that unites generations and cultures. Rocky Dawuni's sixth album, Branches of the Same Tree, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Reggae Album category.

Jun 04 PVD Fest, Providence, RI
Jul 04 Grand Park, Los Angeles, CA
Jul 08 TBA, Riga, Latvia
Jul 09 TBA, Santiago, Spain
Jul 10 Afro Latino Festival, Bree, Belgium
Jul 14 Woodstock Festival Poland
, Warsaw, Poland
Jul 15 Sommerfestival Der Kulturen, Stuttgart, Germany
Jul 16 Stimmen-Festival Rosenfelspark, Lörrach, Germany
Jul 17 Colours of Ostrava Festival, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Aug 06 Levitt Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 15 Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Sep 16 Lotus Festival, Bloomington, IN 
Sep 17 Lotus Festival, Bloomington, IN 
Sep 18 Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Oct 15 Afro Funke' Presents "Africa Rising”, Los Angeles, CA




Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.

May 13 Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
May 21 Musician's Corner, Nashville, TN
May 22 Haymarket Whiskey Bar, Louisville, KY
May 23 City Winery, Nashville, TN
Jul 07 Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 08 Fright Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale, CA
Jul 09 Kanbar Center For The Performing Arts, San Rafael, CA
Jul 15 Spirit of Music Garden, Chicago, IL
Jul 16 Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival, Chicago, IL
Jul 22 Festival International Nuits D’Afrique, Montreal, Canada


Idan Raichel

Producer, keyboardist, Lyricist, composer and Performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet's biggest stages. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. Over the past 13 years, Idan has collaborated with American pop stars India.ArieDave Matthews and Alicia Keys, not to mention a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal's Ana Moura, France's Patrick Bruel, Italy's Ornella Vanoni, Germany's Andreas Scholl, and Mali's Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few. The Idan Raichel Project’s spectacular live show has enchanted audiences worldwide.

Jun 01 Jericho Jewish Center, Jericho, NY *solo piano concert
Jun 03 JCC Manhattan, New York, NY *solo piano concert
July 03 Schloss Neuhardenberg, Neuhardenberg, Germany *piano concert + guests


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