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Melange of traditional and urban rhythms at Druga Godba

Ljubljana, the Krizanke Open Air Theatre.
The Nigerian band Egypt 80 and its front-man Seun Anikulapo Kuti performing at the Druga godba world music festival.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Druga Godba, a long-running festival of world music, will bring 20 performers from 18 countries to Ljubljana between 22 and 30 May. The line-up includes acts ranging from Portuguese fado to flamenco, jazz and new African electronica.

The organisers have described the programme as a mix of traditional and urban rhythms by artists committed to music as an art form that is broad yet intimate.

Some of the highlights include the Spanish duet Tarta Relen, Columbian musicians Meridian Brothers and Faizal Mostrixx as a representative of new African electronica.

There will also be a performance by Vieux Farka Toure, described by some as the Jimi Hendrix of the desert, and by Chicago jazz veterans Damon Locks & Ken Vandermark.

Portuguese Fado singer Mariza, who returns to Ljubljana after two sold-out concerts in 2007 and 2016, will present her new album as well.

The kick-off concert is by RaĆ¼l Refree, the Spanish producer and composer, and Maria Mazzotta, the Italian singer who is a member of the legendary Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino but will perform solo here.

The final concert on 30 May is a double bill featuring La Chica, a French-Venezuelan performer who blends classical and contemporary tunes, and Sudan Archives, an American act that fuses avant-garde pop, R&B and hip hop.

The accompanying programme features talks with the artists, a roundtable on new eastern music, and a dance workshop with Faizal Mostrixx.

The full programme in English is available here.


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