Three of our agents recently traveled to Womex 2015 in Budapest and wandered into what turned out to be a magical daytime showcase by Belem. All of us were instantly mesmerized by their musicianship and artistic vision, so we couldn’t be happier to welcome them to our North American touring roster!

Belem is a duo comprised of Didier Laloy (diatonic accordion) and Kathy Adam (cello). Although they traveled through Europe with the group ‘Panta Rhei’ and shared the stage for Didier’s own projects—Didier Laloy Invites, [Pô-Z]s, Noir’s and Nonsens—we had to wait for 23 years before a direct collaboration emerged.

For decades, Laloy and Adam had been thinking about experimenting with expressive chamber music, and today the duo provide a suite of compositions at the crossroads of their diverse experiences. Belem’s music is strong but simple, subtle and surprising—a music where silence, dynamics, and the most elegant and crazy rhythms are free to intersect. Musical images collide, as this gentle and daring duo lead us on a unique musical journey.

A fantastic New York Times article on the roots of King Sunny Adé:

“From Bhojsons, the musician would stroll down the rail track all the way to his rented room in Mushin, some three miles north. It was the mid-1960s and the young man, Sunday Ishola Adeniyi Adegeye, still an unknown artist, could not afford the cab fare home.

Today, 69 and long known as King Sunny Adé, he is a wealthy man and one of Nigeria’s most famous musicians…”

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Please welcome to our North and South American touring roster the breathtaking Estonian fiddler, singer, and composer Maarja Nuut.

Combining traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics, Maarja creates a space where classical minimalism and experimental music meet the village traditions of pre-war Europe.

Recommended if you like: Arvo Part, Philip Glass, La Monte Young, Bon Iver, tune-yards, and Sigur Rós.

(New York, N.Y. | October 6, 2015) Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is proud to announce musician Rocky Dawuni has joined the organization’s Leadership Council.

“We are honored to have Rocky Dawuni join the Leadership Council and know he will bring new insights and energy to support our work,” said Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “In April, we had the privilege to work with Rocky as part of the Concert for Social Justice and are looking forward to future collaborations.”

The Leadership Council supports the activities and programs of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, providing strategic advice, opening doors, and using their talents to advance social justice. In addition to Dawuni, the council includes President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, and other luminaries committed to supporting human rights.

“The primary mission of my music has been focused on amplifying the greater good and being an instrument for justice and the defense of human rights,’ said Rocky Dawuni. “Is an honor to join the esteemed Robert F. Kennedy Leadership Council and have the opportunity to champion its vision and aspirations.”