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“I am still dabbling in the music business as a partner with my old friends and colleagues Catherine Steinmann and Guy Morris in Carthage, a music publishing company. We will send out info from time to time on our composers’ live shows and other news events. If you’d like to opt out of these newsletters but stay connected to my periodic rambling reports, please let us know.

Best  – Joe”

Chango Spasiuk – Brand new album plus tour dates for Argentina’s accordion hero

Accordion master Chango Spasiuk has single-handedly brought about a rebirth of the soulful and seductive dance music of northeastern Argentina known as chamané. ‘One of the great originals of the Latin music scene’, said last Friday’s Guardian in a 4-star review of his new album, Pyandi, out this week on World Village.  Stunning as his album is, Chango is at his best live and his quartet will begin their UK tour this week.  Highlights will include an unmissable London show at the Union Chapel on Saturday 28 February. Chango will follow up with a US tour in March including a date at New York’s Carnegie Hall.  Full tour dates below.

20 Feb 09 UK, Pontadarwe – Pontadarwe Arts Centre

22 Feb 09 UK, Bristol – St George’s 

25 Feb 09 UK, Leeds – The Wardrobe

26 Feb 09 UK, Newcastle – The Sage Gateshead

28 Feb 09 UK, London – Union Chapel

4 Mar 09 UK, Oxford – Wesley Memorial Church

26 Mar 09 USA, Minneapolis – The Cedar Cultural Center

27 Mar 09 USA, New York – Carnegie Hall

3 Apr 09 USA, Boston – Somerville Theater

4 Apr 09 USA, Los Angeles – The Getty

5 Apr 09 USA, Los Angeles – The Getty

7 Apr 09 USA, San Luis Obispo – Grace Church

9 Apr 09 USA, San Francisco – Yoshi’s

Tony Allen signs exclusive recording deal with World Circuit

‘Perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived’ Brian Eno

We are delighted that the legendary Nigerian drummer and co-creator of Afrobeat has signed an exclusive record deal with World Circuit Records, home to, among others, the late Ali Farka Toure, Buena Vista Social Club and Orchestra Baobab. The first album under this agreement (and his first since Tony collaborated with Damon Albarn and Paul Simenon on The Good, The Bad and The Queen) will be ‘Secret Agent’ due for release in June this year. A tour is also planned. World Circuit rarely sign new artists – Grammy Winner Toumani Diabate was the last artist to join their label in 2003.

Meanwhile, a jam-packed Cargo was the place to be on 29 Jan when Tony Allen and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble headed up Red Bull Academy’s Broad Casting event joined by star guests Ty, Baaba Maal Natty, and even Damon Albarn, who made a late appearance on stage. The night rocked. For those who missed it you can hear the concert in full at the Red Bull Radio website.

New album plus London show for Mali’s treasured singer Kassé Mady Diabate

The beautiful voice of Kassé Mady Diabate has made him one of the most treasured Griots in his native Mali. In this exciting double bill at the Barbican Kassé will be performing songs from his new album Mande Djeli Kan which will be released in the UK in March by Wrasse Records.

6 Apr 09 UK, London – Barbican Centre (supporting Orchestra Baobab)

Ivo Papasov tours the UK

Following the critically acclaimed release of Dance Of The Falcon last summer and an outstanding gig at Cargo in London in the autumn, the King of Bulgarian wedding music will return to the UK later this spring to play some key dates.  Ivo is one almighty clarinet virtuoso, whose solos swoop and soar in amongst the frenzied gypsy rhythms and jazz riffs of his magnificent band of gypsy musicians.  His is a live show of huge energy – staggering and uplifting.  No surprise that Frank Zappa said of him: ‘Ivo Papasov’s wedding music, played first thing in the morning, provides thorough and long-lasting attitude adjustment for the busy executive’.  His double bill with Emir Kusterica at the Barbican on May 9th will be a memorable night.

1 May 09 UK, Bristol – St George’s

4 May 09 UK, Brighton – Komedia

5 May 09 UK, Edinburgh – Picture House

6 May 09 UK, Gateshead – Sage Gateshead Hall 2

9 May 09 UK, London – Barbican Centre (with Emir Kusterica’s No Smoking Band)

For further information about any of the above please contact Catherine Steinmann

Tel: 020 7229 3000 Email: