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Marion Meadows receives Honorary Doctrate

On May 7, 2016 Marion Meadows was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the prestigious Wilberforce University. Marion has long been a voice for music education and promoting Humanity through his music. Wilberforce will honor his life’s work at their graduation commencement and Marion will play a new composition during the ceremony.

Etienne Charles – San Jose Suite New Release

“an irrepressible trumpeter and percussionist”—The New York Times

“Etienne Charles is a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean musics into a modern jazz conception.”—NPR “All Things Considered”

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Trinidad-born trumpeter Etienne Charles’ sixth full-length release, San Jose Suite, is set for release June 10 via Culture Shock Music. Composed by Charles and commissioned through a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the ambitious ten-part suite explores the histories, cultures and musical traditions of three Western settlements that share a name: San Jose, Costa Rica; San Jose, California; and Charles’ native St. Joseph, Trinidad (known as San Jose during

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TRUMPETER & VOCALIST HUGH MASEKELA RECEIVES BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR “JABULANI”

Trumpeter and vocalist Hugh Masekela’s album “Jabulani” has received a GRAMMY® for Best World Music Album, as announced by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) on December 5, 2012. All nominations were for albums released from October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. Winners will be announced at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM ET/PT from Staples Center in Los Angeles, airing live on the CBS Television Network.

As a child in Witbank, South Africa, Masekela recalls the celebratory songs that filled his home town in the weeks prior to the weddings of friends and family members. In the month before the wedding of his aunt and uncle

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo set to release Friends 2 CD Set and North American Tour

The group assembled a two-disc set of recordings that capture Ladysmith Black Mambazo reaching across the cultural divide and joining hands with musicians from around the globe. Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends – set for release on January 10, 2012– contains 30 tracks featuring the world renowned South African group in collaboration with some of the most esteemed and influential recording artists, choirs and orchestras of the past several decades: Paul Simon, Lucky Dube, Emmylou Harris, Hugh Masekela, Natalie Merchant, The English Chamber Orchestra, Sarah McLachlan, Phoebe Snow, Taj Mahal and many more.