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Clandestino Festival

Anoushka Shankar (IN)

Anoushka Shankar (अनुष्का शंकर) (b. 1981), is a sitar player and composer from India. She is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar player, and Sukanya Shankar. She began playing sitar under her fathers guidance at the age of nine and blossomed into a wonderful musician. She is becoming increasingly known for not only her recital work but for her own classical Indian compositions.

Born on 9th June 1981, when Shankar was eight years old her father began training her in the sitar. She gave a public performance at the age of thirteen; since then she has become a world famous sitar artist. Through her father, she is the half-sister of Grammy Award winner Norah Jones. After her parents reunited, from age seven on she lived in E...

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Yasmine Hamdan (LB)

ياسمين حمدان (Romanized: Yasmine Hamdan) is a Lebanese singer, songwriter and actress, now based in Paris. She became known with Soapkills, the duo she founded with Zeid Hamdan while she was still living in Beirut.

Yasmine Hamdan joined forces with Marc Collin (Nouvelle Vague (band)) to write and produce her first, self-titled solo album, which came out in France and Lebanon in 2012 on Kwaidan Records), and is released internationally (in a revised version with five new tracks) in 2013 by Crammed Discs under the title Ya Nass. In this album, which blends pop, folk and electronic sounds with melodies and lyrics inspired by various Middle-Eastern traditions, Read more on . User-contributed text is available under the ...

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Totó La Momposina (CO)

Legendary Colombian vocalist Toto la Momposina brings together the music of three races, indigenous porro, puya and gaita with Afro-Latin cumbia, mapale and sexteto. Toto was born in the northern village of Talaigua, Colombia, on the island of Mompos. As its name suggests, Talaigua was once an Indigenous land. The Spanish invasion five hundred years ago forced the population inland. "The music I play has its roots in mixed race," she explains. "The flutes are pre-columbian, the drums of course are from Africa, and the guitar from the conquistadors." However, she points out that the Spanish guitar actually has its roots in Moorish Africa.

If many of her songs sound a bit Cuban, it is for good reason. Through the 19th century, t...

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Meridian Brothers (CO)

Baloji (BE)

Baloji, former MC of Starflam, is a Belgian rapper with Congolese roots. Born in Lubumbashi in 1978, he lived in Kinshasa, Ostende and Liège where he started his careers. After leaving Starflam in 2004, he decided to leave the music business for good. After 25 years without any contact, he received a letter from his mother. As they spoke on the phone she asked him what he had done in all those years. After a lot of reflexion he finally answered and produced a biographic album titled Hotel Impala (2007).

In 2010 he released Kinshasa Succursale. Read more on . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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