World Music in Manchester (April 2013 events listing)

A quiet month by recent standards, but there is still plenty worth
recommending, including Manchester’s most well known public Holi
celebration at Platt Fields Park,.  The sole North West performance of
one of Cuba’s top acts today – Alexander Abreu Y Havana d’Primera over
in Radcliffe. The second Manchester Flamenco Pena is sure to be packed
out.  The charismatic Brazilian singer Joyce is back at Band on the
Wall. Oh and yours truly will performing as DJ Mayeva at Afro Sonido at
Islington Mill as part of the Salford University International Festival
of Music and Dance!

Saturday, 6 April 2013
12-3pm – Discover Bangladesh @ Manchester Museum
Cost: Free

Come and explore Bengali customs, try on traditional dress and enjoy
Bengali performances with your family and friends. Bangladesh is a
country of culture, literature, cuisine, beautiful dresses, and the
famous Bay of Bengal. Special performances will take place at 12 & 2pm

This event is being held in partnership with LCB, Language and Culture
of Bangladesh. LCB is a supplementary school based in Fallowfield that
teaches the young Bengali generation the culture and history they need,
to understand their past, present and future.

Manchester Museum, University of Manchester, Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9PL

Saturday, 6 April 2013
1-4pm – Holi Festival of Colours @ Platt Fields Park

Cost: Free

Come and celebrate the Indian Festival of Holi by the lakeside in
Platt Fields Park.   There will be a range of springtime activities
(including delicious Indian vegetarian food available at the cafe)
alongside Playing with Colour  –colouring ourselves with brightly
coloured dry powder paints, accompanied by live and recorded music.

Platt Fields Park
Wilmslow Road
M14 5LL

Fri 12 April 2013
7.30pm – The Destroyers + Sheelanagig @ Band on the Wall

Cost: £13.00 / £15.00

A night of furious folk and Balkan madness with two of the most
energetic and colourful bands out there – Sheelanangig and The

Sheelanagig’s unique blend of Balkan and Celtic Folk Mayhem has been a
firm fixture on the festival circuit for many years. The band have
developed a devoted following with their energetic and irreverent live
performances, combining elements of story-telling and street theatre
with intricate and irresistibly danceable music.

The Destroyers are a 15-piece ensemble who perform gypsy jazz that
blends Balkan, Celtic and roots rhythms together.

Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street
Northern Quarter
M4 5JZ

Friday, 12 April 2013
8pm-3am – Roots of Salsa Pre-Party with Son Yambu @ Revolucion de Cuba

A Celebration of Cuban Culture Music & Dance

Cost: £5 adv/£6 door (free entry for full day pass holders for Saturday event)

Come and join the promoters of Saturday’s Roots of Salsa event with a
pre party with special guest dance teachers, djs and guests including
Cuban Band Son Yambu Making Their Northern Debut and djs Pedrito
Gonzalez (Cuba) y Giusy Chisari (Italy)

Tel: 07963757622

Revolucion de Cuba
11 Peter Street
M2 5QR

Saturday, 13 April 2013
7pm – Flamenco in Manchester presents: April Pena

Cost: £5

Live performance, dance demonstrations and flamenco jam. Bring your
own tapas (cold) & snacks. Bar available

The Klondyke Club
1 Burnage Range
M19 2HQ

Saturday, 13 April 2013 – Sunday, 14 April 2013
9.15am-3am – Salsa Cabana Presents: Alexander Abreu Y Havana d’Primera
@ Radcliffe Civic Suite
Cost:  £70 all day event/£25 party night with headline band.

Alexander Abreu’s only North West date as part of the band’s Pasaporte
Tour tops of a the 2013 Roots of Salsa all-day event at Radcliffe Civic

The All-Dayer will focus on Pilon,Conga,Chango,Orishas,Son,Cha Cha Cha
and Rumba (Yambú,Guaguancó & Columbia) Also Men& Ladies Styling in
these dances.From Beginners/Improver’s/Intermediate/Advanced Dancers

All day afternoon Workshops are followed by a part night with social
dancing until late.

Tel: 07963757622

Radcliffe Civic Suite,
Thomas Street,
M26 2UH

Thursday, 18 April 2013
1.10pm – Aquarelle Guitar Quartet @ Bridgewater Hall
Cost: £9-£5

Manchester Mid Day Concerts Society presents the Auarelle Guitar
Quartet which incorporates Michael Baker, Vasilis Bessas, James Jervis
and Rory Russell performing music which includes the themes from Frida
and The Motorcycle Diaries

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley St
M2 3WS

Thursday, 18 April 2013
7.30pm – ESIP presents: Classico Latino @ RNCM
Cost: £14

Classico Latino blends the extraordinary breadth and variety of Latin
American music with the beauty of the classical idiom, performed with
verve and virtuosity and creating music with an extraordinary appeal to
people from all cultural backgrounds.

Formed in 1999 by Colombian pianist Ivan Guevara and two rising stars
of the British classical music scene, cellist Graham Walker and
violinist Lizzie Ball, Classico Latino developed a unique style by
combining classical music techniques with the Latin American melodies
and rhythms. Their new album Journey Through Latin America was recorded
at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and presents iconic melodies from
across the continent as well as original new works.

Carole Nash Recital Room
Royal Northern College of Music
124 Oxford Rd
M13 9RD

Thursday, 18 April 2013 & Friday, 19 April 2013 Times tbc –
Festival of International Music and Dance @ University of Salford The
University of Salford’s Music Directorate is pleased to announce its
2nd Festival of International Music and Dance. The Festival serves as
the culmination of a community engagement project; celebrating
diversity and stimulating debate on the relationship between music,
identity and community.

Cost: Free

All artists in this year’s festivities are local music and dance
groups, including Bangdrum, The Chinese Cultural Centre (Manchester),
The University of Salford Choir, Rome Mossabir, Capoeira Conviver
(Manchester), The Salford University Drumming group, Afro Sonido and
Jali Nyongkoling Kuyateh with his University of Salford Kora Group.

Venue to be confirmed – updates can be found on the following link and
by listening in to Cultural Collage Radio Show on ALL FM 96.9 between
10am and 12 noon on Sunday, 7 April 2012 –

Friday, 19th April 2013
7pm-12 midnight – Afro Sonido @ Islington Mill
Cost: Free

Afro Sonido present a night of live music and DJ’s with our usual
blend of latin and afro sounds.

We will start the night in a Jazzy way with Kurfuffle playing live
from 7 to 7.30.

Senor Caramba will follow on with a jazzy latin set followed by San
Sonido. Our guest DJ Mayeva will take over at 9 till 10pm.

At 10.30 Kajamor Family will play a LIVE traditional West African
percussion set which will get you in the mood for dancing. Then to
finish the night of San and Senor will take you on a journey into a
world of good music till midnight…

This event part of University of Salford Festival of International
Music and Dance.

Islington Mill
James Street
M3 5HW

Friday, 19th April 2013
8 pm – Joyce @ Band on the Wall
Cost: £15.00 / £17.00

Brazilian music legend Antonio Carlos Jobim once called Joyce Moreno
‘one of the best singers of all time. [She has] bossa, tuning,
improvisation, rhythm, musicality, femininity, courage, total command
of the ball.’

Emerging onto the thriving bossa nova scene of the 1960s, Joyce
quickly became a star, acclaimed both for her songwriting and for her
musicianship, both as a singer and a guitarist. She has played Band on
the Wall many times over the years and has a great love for Manchester
and the venue – so much so she actually wrote a song about it!

Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street
Northern Quarter
M4 5JZ

Saturday, 20 April 2013
1.00 pm – Music for the Mind and Soul @ The Bridgewater Hall
Cost: £12-£10

Rajeeb Chakraborty (Sarod) & Kousic Sen (Tabla)

Trained in both Indian and Western Classical Music, Rajeeb Chakraborty
travels extensively around the world collaborating and performing
across genre and style with ease.

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley St
M2 3WS

Saturday, 20 April 2013
9.30pm – The Soul Circle Gang
Cost: £5

The Soul Circle Gang have been consistently wowing audiences from big
festival stages, to packed venues. Made up of experienced musicians
they are blending elements of funk, soul, world, and reggae to forge
something fresh, exiting and new. Live performances are always a flurry
of energetic grooves, fearless improvisation, soaring vocals and sweet
harmonies. In 2012 ‘The Gang’ took to the festival stages of Beat-
herder, Beacons and Sheffield’s own Tramlines. Just off the back of
their ‘Live In Session’ release, they are due to release the brand new
single ‘Fresh Fruit’ in early 2013.

On the night we will be mixing up original tracks and some carefully
selected covers from the funk, soul, world, and reggae styles.

Matt and Phreds
64 Tib Street
Northern Quarter
M4 1LW

Monday, 22 April 2013
9pm – Mundo Jam @ Matt & Phreds
Cost: Free entry

The last Monday of the month sees an eclectic fusing of styles,
inviting singers and instrumentalists from any musical tradition to get
involved. The Kefaya Collective, led by Al MacSween (piano) and
Giuliano Modarelli (guitar) and featuring Cormac Byrne (percussion),
Joost Hendrickx (drums) and Kenny Higgins (bass) are renowned for their
versatility and deep understanding of different musical traditions and
will support musicians of any genre that want to get involved. So
whether your thing is Afro-Cuban, Indian classical, Balkan gypsy, Irish
trad, Flamenco or Arabic music, expect a high level of improvisation
and creativity that flows across borders and traditional limitations.

Any standard of player welcome from any genre – just as long as you
remember to bring your ears!

Matt and Phreds
64 Tib Street
Northern Quarter
M4 1LW

Friday, 26 April 2013
7.30pm – Shreya Ghoshal @ Bridgewater Hall
Cost: £75-£25

Shreya Ghoshal is one of the most prolific singers today. Her 2013
tour coincides with 100 Years of Bollywood and this landmark will be
celebrated via a special tribute to the legends.

The Bridgewater Hall
Lower Mosley St
M2 3WS

Friday,  26 April 2013
8 pm – Dead Belgian @ Band on the Wall
Cost: £8/£10

Dead Belgian play the music of Jacques Brel with a twist of stunning
originality and devotion that has been garnering them serious attention
from the music critics and standing ovations.

They began life in 2007, inspired to share Brel’s music with all who
would listen. Each member brought their own influences to the band,
from European folk to progressive rock. The band have a great rapport
with audiences, who are often amazed at how many Jacques Brel songs are
familiar to them – either through originals, translations or English
language adaptations.

“Alternating between French and English, singer Fionnuala Dorrity
lives the songs as Brel did – coquettish during “Madeleine”, passionate
in “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and tortured in “Au Suivant”. Highlight of the
set though was the concluding “Le Moribond”, a rousing and upbeat
version which will cast out memories of Terry Jacks and Westlife for
ever'” The Word

Band on the Wall
25 Swan Street
Northern Quarter
M4 5JZ