ARTIST ROSTER OF REPRESENTATION 2014/2015 Dear promoter/ festival programmer, friend. You have in front of you the updated artist roster of World Connection Agency for 2014 and 2015. World Connection Agency is an international bookings agency and artist management office based in Haarlem, The Netherlands and recently opened office in Leuven, Belgium. The label was founded in 1999 and the agency was founded in 2002 to support the labels artist and is working since with promoters, venues and festivals in more than 40 countries worldwide. We book a wide variety of artist from around the globe.
World | Roots
Pop | Singer Songwriter | Crossover | Hip hop | Electronica
Latin | Salsa | Cuba | Colombia
World | Roots | Fado FATOUMATA DIAWARA (Mali/France) Fatoumouta Diawara is getting rave reviews for her debut album on World Circuit and amazes crowds at all the festivals and concerthalls she is performing. She collaborated and recorded with the likes of Bobby Womack, Herbie Hancock, Mulatu Astatke and Damon Albarn. A true star of African music. In the summer of 2014 she will tour with
Cuban Jazz Pianist Latest cd : ‘Fatou’ Sept 2011 on World Circuit Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Paris, France www : www.fatoumatadiawara.fr Touring period : April & May into June 2014 + Early November 2014 – March 2015 Territory : BeNeLux , SCANDINAVIA , Baltic States
B A L O J I (Rep. Dem. Congo/ Belgium) Hip Hop Cool meets Congolese Rumba
Baloji’s unique sound is colored with influences of Soul, Afro Beat, Congotronics and Hip Hop. Baloji released a new album on Crammed Disc in November 2011 and performed all over Europe in 2012 and 2013.
Latest cd : ‘Kinshasa Surcusal” – Crammed/ Coast To Coast Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Brussels, Belgium www : www.baloji.com Touring period: whole year generally available, Festivals, Clubs Territory : Netherlands Only *
TAMIKREST (Mali) The Spiritual sons of Tinariwen. Sahara Rock & Desert Blues at its very best. Currently released their 3rd studio album “Chatma’ on the German indie label ‘Glitterhouse’ . This latest album received a lot of critical acclaim from journalist and music lovers. Raw Sahara Rock & Dsert Blues. Latest cd : “Chatma” – Sept. 2013 Glitterhouse Rec Line up : 8 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Timbuktu, Mali www : www.tamikrest.net/en Touring period : 22 February until 03rd of April 2014 + Summer 2014 Territory : Netherlands Only (*collab with La Candela)
ALINE FRAZÃO (Angola / Portugal)
Afro Soul/Lusophone Singer Songwriter/Bossa Nova
Aline Frazao a young and inspiring singer-‐song writer with Angolan Roots living in Portugal. She just auto-‐released her debut album and is already the promise for Lusophone music and the Afro influences Jazzy Singer Songwriter style already captured the attention of artists like Lenine. She already performed concerts in The Netherlands, Spain and Portugal and is on the verge of a break trough.
Latest cd : ‘Movimento’ -‐ 2013 Coast Company Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Lisbon Portugal www : www.alinefrazao.com Touring period: whole year 2014/2015 – March 2014 BeNeLux & GAS TourTerritory : EUROPE (exept Spain, Portugal) 2
ANA MOURA (Portugal)
Fado / Fado Pop One of the greatest voice and personalities of Portuguese music today. Everywhere she goes the audiences are captured by her performance, voice and elegance. Her brand new album ‘Desfado’ produced by star producer Larry Klein has received 4 and 5 star reviews. Ana Moura brings two musical worlds together on ‘Desfado’ and currently tours the globe. Latest cd : ‘Desfado’ – Universal Music 2013 Line up : 5 on stage & 3 crew Based in : Lisbon, Portugal www : www.anamoura.com.pt Touring period : April 2014 -‐ Summer 2014 -‐ October 2014 Territory : BeNeLux (exclusive)
DEOLINDA (Portugal) Portuguese folk-‐pop/ fado –pop
“They reinvent tradition with humor, elegance and insight. Deolinda is one of the most refreshing bands of Portuguese music.” (Jornal de Letras -‐ PT)
Latest cd : ‘Mundo Pequenino’ -‐ Sons Em Transito 2013 Line up : 4 on stage & 3 crew Based in : Lisbon, Portugal www : www.deolinda.com.pt Touring period : March 2015 + whole year upon request Territory : BeNeLux, Greater Scandinavia*, Baltics*, Eastern Europe* * Collab. With Sons En Transito. No exclusive
(Morocco/France) Singer Songwiter/ Blues
Meet Hindi Zahra and her original gently undulating sense of melody. With a subtle, understated guitar accompaniment, a dash of gypsy guitar between the lines.
Latest cd : “Hand Made’ on EMI/ Blue Note Next Cd : “Until The Next Journey’ EP/ New full album expected in 2014 Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Paris, France www : www.hindi-‐zahra.com/ Touring period : as from May 2013 Territory : Netherlands Only
MOSTAR SEVDAH REUNION (Bosnia) Sevdah, the blues of the Balkans
The new line up of Mostar Sevdah Reunion are presenting “ Tales of a Forgotten City” , a new repetoire based on old Sevdah songs. They are simultaneously releasing a cd and a documentary film on Mosrar and Sevdah music. MSR played a WOMEX showcase in 2006 and released an handful of albums on World Connection and Snailrecords.
Latest cd : “Tales of A Forgotten City” (World Connection/ Snail records) Line up : 6 on stage & 1 crew Based in : Bosnia www : www.mostarsevdahreunion.com Touring period : Whole year 2014 Territory : BeNeLUX/ UK/ NORTHERN EUROPE
Pop | Singer Songwriter | Crossover BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR (USA/GHANA) Old School Hip Hop, Afro Beat & Funk Blitz and his band, the Embassy Ensemble, pack a brilliant fusion of styles. You can hear late-‐80s hip-‐hop alongside contemporary African soukous and highlife, as well as echoes of Afrobeat artists such as Fela Kuti. In the last tours, after showcasing successfully WOMEX, SXSW, MaMa and Les Transmusicales de Rennes he toured constantly Europe and played over 80 festival shows and countless club dates.
Latest cd : ‘The Warm Up EP’ (Jakarta Records, sept 2013), New album 2014 Line up : 7 on stage & 2 crew Based in : New York/ USA www : http://vimeo.com/channels/blitz Touring period : April to August 2014 Territory : NORTHERN EUROPE (BeNeLux, Scandinavia, Baltic’s, UK)
GABY MORENO (USA) Blues| Soul| Retro| Singer-‐Songwriter After releasing 2 successful albums on World Connection Label, Gaby Moreno released her 3rd all Spanish album ‘Postales’ on the Metamorphosis label, before getting signed to Warner UK. She is dedicating almost all of 2013 touring with Hugh Laurie & his Copper Bottom Band before releasing her 4th full English album on Warner UK in 2014.
Latest cd : ‘Postales’ 2012 -‐ Metamofosis / Upcomming on WARNER 2014 Line up : 4 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Los Angeles, USA / Germany www : www.gaby-‐moreno.com Touring period: as from mid May 2014 and into 2015 Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
NINA ATTAL (France)
Blues| Soul ‘n Funk
Nina Attal is a true discovery. Playing the blues guitar, leading her own band, composing, singing, performing and recording at a leading label in France at the age of just 20!. A true revelation in Funky Blues ‘n Soul music. A highlight at many jazz festivals.
Latest cd : ‘Yellow 6/17’ – 2012 on PIAS NEW ALBUM SPRING 2014 Line up : 7 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Paris, France www : www.ninaattal.com Touring period : whole year 2014 Territory : BeNeLux (exclusive)
MONSIEUR PERINE (Bogota, Colombia) Manouche Swing & Latin Alternative Monsieur Perine are hailing from Bogota and take Manouche Jazz, Circus Swing and Latin Alternative to another level. In March 2013 their European debut album was released and a first tour with over 30 dates was a fact. They are at ease at Pop, Jazz, World Music and Theatre Festivals. Latest cd : ‘Hecho A Mano’ 2013, on Flowfish / Broken Silence
Line up : 7 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Bogota, Colombia www : www.mperine.com Touring period : May into July 2014 Territory : BeNeLux (exclusive)
BLACK GANDHI (Barcelona/ Spain) Soulfull Reggae / Rocksteady
Meet Mel Semé, composer ad lead vocalist of Barcelona based soul & reggae outfit BLACK GANDHI . Black Gandhi performed with artist such as Kymani Marley, Buika, The Wailers amoingst others. They recorded 2 Cd’s “ Joy’ (2008) and ‘Into Light’ (2013) on Satelite K . They toured the World Sessions in October 2013.
Latest cd : ‘Into Light’ (2013) One Drop Music/ ��Satelite K Line up : 5 on stage & 1 crew Based in : Barcelona, Spain www : http://blackgandhi.com Touring period : whole year 2014 Territory : EUROPE
Latin | Salsa | Cuba | Colombia
GILBERTO SANTA ROSA (Puerto Rico)
One of the 5 greatest vocalist and biggest name in Salsa today. Filling stadiums and arena’s in Latin America and the USA, selling out large venues year after year in Europe. Multiple Grammy & Latin Grammy winner. In 2012 and 2013 Gilberto Santa Rosa played 22 sold out shows in Europe.
Latest cd : ‘Gilberto Santa Rosa’ (Sony Music 2012) Line up : 13 on stage & 6 crew Based in : San Juan, Puerto Rico www : www.gilbertosantarosa.com Touring period : late May 2014 until mid June 2014 Territory : EUROPE (including North Africa/ Middle East)
LESLIE GRACE (USA/ Dominican Rep.)) Bachata & Latin Pop
Leslie Grace is by far the most interesting current talents in Latin Music. With only 18 years of age she signed with Sergio Georges label Top Stop Music and released allready 2 albums. With her smart and contagiuous mix of Bachata sung in English and Spanish Latest cd : ‘Mi Musica’ Top Stop Records 2013
Line up : 6 on stage & 4 crew. Based in : NY, USA www : www.lesliegraceweb.com Touring period : July & August 2014 Territory : Northern & Central Europe
GRUPO NICHE (Colombia) Hommage to Jairo Varela The most emblematic Colombian Salsa groups of all times. With numerous number one hits in both Colombia as among the Latin Communities world wide. They will tour 2013/14 to bring homage to the late founder Jairo Varela and to present their new repertoire and the all time favorites to the European public.
Latest cd : ‘Tocando el Cielo Con Las Manos’ (2013) Line up : 14 on stage & 3 crew Based in : Cali, Colombia & Miami/ USA www : www.gruponiche.com Touring period : Late March-‐ early April-‐ Late July & Early August Territory : EUROPE 5
ELVIS CRESPO (Puerto Rico) Every latino and non Latino knows Elvis Crespo through his 90-‐ties mega – superhit ‘Suavemente’ and later also “Pintame’. Multiple Grammy and Bilboard award winning artist Elvis Crespo released his latest album “One Flag” on in December 2013 and is one of the most sought after Latin-‐ Caribbean entertainers of the last 20 years. Currently has a smash hit with a re-‐do of ‘Sopa de Caracol’ with Pitbull.
Latest cd : ‘One Flag" (Universal Music Latino 2013) Line up : 15 on stage & 5 crew Based in : Miami, Florida / San Juan,Puerto Rico www : www.elviscrespolive.com Touring period : Late July/ Early August + November 2014 Territory : EUROPE in collaboration with Cuba & Mas Prod.
LUIS ENRIQUE (USA) Multiple Grammy winning Latin artist Luis Enrique released 'Soy Y Seré' in 2013 and keeps being on the forefront of what we call "Salsa Romantica meets Latin Pop' He proofs that class and style comes with age and experience.
Latest cd : ‘Soy & Seré" (Sony Music 2013) Line up : 13 on stage & 6 crew Based in : Miami, Florida www : www.luisenriquemusic.com Touring period : July 2014 Territory : EUROPE in collaboration with GKP *
LA CHARANGA HABANERA (Cuba) Is the first and only 'Boy Band' of Cuba. They are still at the forefront of Cuba's mordern Pop music called ‘Timba' since the early nineties. They have toured Europe year after year with succes. The are back in Europein February for a 17 dates tour presenting 'Se Sufre Pero Se HGiza" their new album.
Latest cd : ‘Charanga Light’ (2013, Planet Records) Line up : 14 on stage & 3 crew Based in : Cuba www : www.charangahabanera.net Touring period : February 2013 / late july – mid august 2013 Territory : CENTRAL & NORTHERN EUROPE * in collaboration with Fiesta Booking Italy.
LAZARO VALDEZ & BAMBOLEO (Cuba) Lazaro Valdez & Bamboleo’s origins are from the mid 90’ties. They revolucionized Cuban popular music letting in elements of R&B. BAMBOLEO has always toured Europe. In May 2014 they will release there next album called ‘CUBANIA’ on which they return to a more ‘traditional’ musical Cuban stylo for All audiences.
Latest cd : “Cubania” to be released may 2014 Line up : 13 on stage & 2 crew Based in : Havana – Cuba www : www.lazarovaldesybamboleo.com Touring period : June & July / November 2014 Territory : BeNeLux/ Scandinavia/ Eastern Europe (Collab With Nueva Onda)
GERARDO ROSALES & Su Combo Mundial (Venezuela)
Multi Talented Venezuelan percussionist Gerardo Rosales lives between Venezuela and The Netherlands. In The Netherland he formed his actual Combo Mundial . High energy & authentic Salsa from the 70’ties! He will release a new album on Challenge Records in fall 2013.
Latest cd : ‘Siguelo’-‐ 2013 (Challenge Records) Line up : 9 on stage + 2 crew Based in : The Netherlands/ Venezuela www : www.gerardorosales.eu Touring period : Whole Year upon request Territory : WORLD WIDE
TONY SUCCAR presents: UNITY (USA) The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson
Multi Talented Peruvian-‐American percussionist, composer and arranger Tony Succar lives in Miami and initiated this incredible project between Latin and the musical legacy of Michael Jackson. He recorded the most emblematic songs of the late superstar of pop into a powerful Latin version sung in both Spanish as well as English and invited the Latin worlds most renowned vocalist for the project. With vocalist: Tito Nieves and Michael Stuart Latest cd : ‘Unity“ 2013 (Universal Latin 2014)
Line up : 16 on stage + 4 crew Based in : Miami USA/ Puerto Rico www : www.unitylatintribute.com Touring period : July & early August ( Festivals) + Oct. 2014 Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
ADALBERTO ALVAREZ & SU SON (Cuba)
Adalberto Alvarez is considered to be one of Cuba’s most influencial composers arranger and songwriter for dance music. Het is called ‘El Caballero del Son” and has produced and recorded over 35 albums over the years. After an absence of some years he is now back with a brand new Album and a strong, vivid live show and toured june 2013 Europe.
Latest cd : ‘Respeto Pa’ Los Mayores’ (Artex 2013) Line up : 15 on stage & 2 crew Based in : La Habana -‐ Cuba www : www.adalbertoysuson.com Touring period : first halve of March 2014 Territory : EUROPE (Collab With Ysla Producions)
Latin Eclectic| Electronic | Festival Acts NORTEC present BOSTICH & FUSSIBLE (Mexico) -‐ Eclectic Latin Electonica Tijuana Soundscapes
“Bostich and Fussible spend the disc hopscotching through genres: Latin horns and accordions share space with metronomic house beats while Daft Punk-‐esque vocoders drone over acoustic indie-‐rock strumming. As the styles tumble harmoniously into one another, Bostich + Fussible hit a sweet spot that's less "world music" than blissfully whirled music.”
:’Tijuana Sound Machine’ -‐ Nacional Records
Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew. Based in : Tijuana Mexico/ San Diego USA www : www.nor-‐tec.org Touring period : as from Late May-‐ June-‐ July -‐ Agust 2013 7
CUBAN BEATS ALL STARS (Cuba/ Spain) Eclectic Latin Dance & Urban Latin Hip Hop
After the eternal sabattical of the Cuban Urban super group ORISHAS, the backing band decided to continue to perform and craft an new sound based on the ORISHAS sound. Recently RUZZO, former rapper & songwriter of the original band decided to join the new project. They are currently finishing recording their first album as Cuban Beats All Stars. Latest cd : currently recording -‐ Jenny Records (release may 2014)
Line up : 5 on stage & 2 crew. Based in : Madrid, Spain www : www.cubanbeatsallstars.com Touring period : All Year Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
LA MAKINA DEL KARIBE (Colombia) Urban Afro Colombian Champeta Punk & Cumbia Funk
Back by popular demand, after great shows, such as Roskilde and Amsterdam Roots Festival in the summer of 2011, Wassermusic & Afro Caribbean in 2012 and Couleur Café, Fusion, Festival Mundial and Afro Latino in 2013. Big city Afro Colombian Champeta-‐Punk and Cumbia – Funk.
: ’14 Chankletazos Terapeuticos’-‐ Chusma Records
Line up : 6 on stage & 2 crew. Based in : Bogota Colombia www : www.lamakinadelkaribe.com Touring period : May-‐ June-‐ July 2013 Territory : EUROPE / MIDDLE EAST/ NORTH AFRICA
FAMILY ATLANTICA (UK/ VE/ GH) Afro Beat meets Latin America on both sides of the Atlantic
Family Atlantica is a London based project that stitching together dispate styles from across the atlantic with similar ancestry. Led by leadvocalist Luzmira Zerpa, this band was one of the revelation at both Womad as well as WOMEX in 2013. Signed to the label Soundway. Ready to hit the European Festivals in 2014 &
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: 'Family Atlantica'-‐ Soundway Records
Line up : 7 on stage & 2 crew. Based in : London UK www : www.familyatlantica.com Touring period : All Year Territory : BeNeLux
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