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Alma Welcomes “B” The Underwater Bubble Show!

It is with great excitement that we announce the newest member of the Alma artistic family, “B”–The Underwater Bubble Show!  (or… ” The Unexpected Journey of Mr. B in the Colorful Underwater World of Bubblelandia”).  Direct from Latvia, this well-balanced blend of drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortions, sand art and magic also includes the amazing beauty of soap bubbles making “B” unique and perfect for any audience.  The show is rich in stage effects using the latest laser technology, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes, gigantic smoke rings, smoke-filled soap bubbles, optical illusions and many other surprises.  We would encourage you to watch their video on our website, and see for yourself what a beautiful production this is…

You may also visit the show’s website to learn
more about   their latest productions.  We are extremely pleased to be booking this fantastic new  attraction for the 2016/17 season. We will be taking holds for this tour starting immediately,  and Mr. B will also be at APAP in January for the Up Next Pitch Sessions.  Welcome to Alma, Mr. B, and The Underwater Bubble Show!

Cirque du Soleil meets giant bubbles” Latvian Press

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Alma Welcomes Estampas Portenas to Roster

Alma Artist Booking is extremely excited to announce our newest roster addition to Alma, the Buenos Aires Tango Company, Estampas Porteñas. Founded in 1997 by celebrated dancer and choreographer, Carolina Soler, Estampas is one of the most recognized tango companies in the world today.  They have performed in more than 20 countries on five continents touring extremely successful productions like “Tango Fire” and “Tango Feeling”.  Their newest project which is currently in development will be “DESEOS…Stories of Longing and Desire Told Through Argentine Tango and Music.”  This new spectacular will tour with a company of 26 and include exciting technical elements of lighting and staging that will separate their new show from any other tango production seen before.  “DESEOS” will tour North America in the Fall of 2016, and dates are already being secured for this ground-breaking tour.
Please visit their page on our website to learn more including sampling video and music from their latest performances.  We look forward to visiting with you about this very talented new act, and discussing dates for the 2016/17 season.  We will be taking holds for this tour starting immediately, or will be happy to schedule time to visit with you at the upcoming regional conferences. Welcome Carolina, and ESTAMPAS PORTEÑAS to Alma!

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Nigerian Afropop Superband, LAGBAJA returns to US for the first time in 9 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Nigerian Afropop Superband, LÁGBÁJÁ returns to US for the first time in 9 years

A chorus of African drums establish the rhythmic entrance for the band, the pounding beat yields to a plaintive voice calling out over the punctuation of the percussion, and eventually a statuesque and provocative figure appears dressed in traditional Yoruba attire, his face is shrouded by a colorful mask.  He is Lágbájá, (the masked one) the creative and musical force behind the band and one of Nigeria’s most popular contemporary artists.  Standing all of 6 feet 5 inches in height he creates a formidable presence wherever he goes, and is one of the most recognized and beloved figures on the musical scene in Nigeria today. However, he is not just a musician, but a true Renaissance man, an activist on political and social themes, a software developer, and a celebrity who has appeared on national TV shows such as Project Fame, and X-Factor West Africa where he served as a mentor to aspiring young artists.

With a collection of 10 musicians and crew, this most popular band from West Africa will make its first appearance in the US since 2006.  They will perform some 20 different concerts across the US including some premier international festivals including:  New Orleans Jazz Festival, Festival International de Louisiane (Lafayette), and Lake Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC.  Other major appearances include Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids, Atlanta, New York and Washington DC.  Full details of the tour can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1569658236637748/ .  The band has performed not only in the US and Canada but internationally in Europe, South America, and across Africa.  They have also shared the stage with such distinguished names as George Benson, Salif Keita, Papa Wemba, Youssou N’Dour, Earl Klugh and Hugh Masekela

Lágbájá is a Yoruba word that means somebody, nobody, anybody or everybody. It perfectly depicts the anonymity of the so called “common man”. The omnipresent mask and the name symbolize the faceless, the voiceless in the society, particularly in Africa. Once you see Lágbájá’s mask you are reminded of your own facelessness.  While the appearance of the band and the presence of traditional instruments might make one think that this band is something of a museum piece, nothing could be further from the truth.  The music of Lágbájá incorporates what he likes to refer to as “Africano” music, emphasizing the interplay of traditional African drums and Western instruments which create a unique and enchanting soundscape. His music is a product of various influences ranging from traditional Yoruba music to Jazz.  This Africano music incorporates the many iterations of African music across the diaspora including blues, jazz, calypso,  funk, and hip-hop.

In additional to composing music for his band, this musical pioneer has also developed software that brings the African talking drum to the digital world. In a bid to share his African grooves with the rest of the world and make African rhythms understandable and accessible to everyone, Lágbájá has developed and produced the first ever comprehensive digital library of “drag and drop” Yoruba grooves he calls “Africano Manchine”. An artistic marriage of man and machine, Africano Manchine works seamlessly with popular Digital Audio Workstations such as Ableton Live and Pro Tools and plays a major role in his newly pioneered Elektro Groove Music (EGM).

But perhaps the most important part of Lágbájá’s work is on the socio-political scene in Nigeria.  As an activist performer, he has been inspired by the legacy left by the late Fela Kuti a human rights activitist and political maverick who used his music to speak out against injustices in Nigerian society.  In the most recent presidential elections, it was the voice of Lágbájá that was ubiquitous in the media and through his music, inciting Nigerians to get involved in choosing their future.  He produced an EP aimed directly at the Nigerian public and placing the responsibility for their society directly on their own shoulders.  “200 Million Mumu” was an indictment of the electorate and their abdication of responsibility, dubbing them Mumu, or cattle, simply following the herd.   He said that he created the piece from a “weeping heart.”  “Undoubtedly, we the people are to blame for our woes,” Lágájá states in the accompanying video (https://youtu.be/vPytmuhYDAU ) “The ‘leaders’ have discovered that they can get away with anything… ANYTHING! Because of our docile “mumurity” as uncritical and comatose minions. Because we never stand up to them and demand probity.”  The video proceeds with images of past Nigerian despots including the recently defeated Goodluck Jonathan, who became the first incumbent president to lose a re-election bid.  While the tone of the video is accusatory and angry, the author keeps the feeling light by using humor and even presenting himself as a cartoon character complete with mask and Yoruba attire.  This is a technique Lágbájá has employed successfully throughout his career using the masked character as a foil to his biting social commentary.   http://youtu.be/01zvnAivCbU   The performer goes on,  “the simplest way to start (fighting the status quo) is to fight with your mind…fight with your vote!”

While the artist may appear to be a complicated and complex individual, without a doubt the best way to understand his message is to hear the music and see the band appear live.  North American audiences will finally that opportunity once again beginning April 18th.

For more information about your local performance by Lágbájá contacting:_______________________.

Tour representation, press materials and interviews can be arranged by contacting:  Alma Artist Booking, info@almaaristbooking.com 248-268-4239

More information at:  http://almaartistbooking.com/lagbaja/

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Alma has a new Telephone Number!

While we tried to hold on to our old number as long as possible, in the name of progress, we have finally decided to obtain a new number in our local area code. Please take note of our new phone number here at Alma:

248-268-4239

We look forward to staying in touch with you via our new number, our old number, text message, Skype, fax, Facebook, Linked in, Twitter, Telex or whatever other mode of communication that works best for you. Thanks for your business and continued support of our Alma roster.

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Samite to tour “Alive Inside” sponsored by AARP

  Ugandan composer/multi-instrumentalist/music therapist, Samite, of Uganda will participate in a tour sponsored by AARP to explore the role that music can play with memory retention, especially in the elderly.  The tour was inspired by Samite’s particpation on the documentary film, “Alive Inside” which explores this theme in great depth.  This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

 

The tour will take place in several stages, here’s the latest schedule of confirmed dates.  Let us know if you’d like to attend one of these appearances in your area and we’ll get you details:

MON     Apr 20   MA-Springfield

TUE        Apr 21   NH-Manchester

WED      Apr 22   CT-Hartford

THU       Apr 23   NY-New York

FRI          Apr 24   PA-Philly

MON     May 4    MI-Detroit

TUE        May 5    OH-Cleveland

WED      May 6    OH-Columbus

THU       May 7    IN-South Bend

MON     May 18NV-Reno

TUE        May 19CA-Sacramento

WED      May 20OR-Medford

THU       May 21OR-Portland

FRI          May 22WA-Seattle

 More dates coming in the Fall.

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Alma Tours for 2017-18

Please review these national and international touring plans emerging for our artists.  Here is an up-to-date look at potential touring plans for acts on the roster…

Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli”

 

B–The Underwater Bubble Show–early/mid Oct 2017–Midwest;  late Oct 2017-Rockies, Northwest;  late Oct/early Nov 2017-West Coast/Southwest; Spring 2018 North American Tour

 

 

 

 

Barbara Furtuna–Spring 2018 Southeast/East Coast

 

 

Kiran Ahluwalia–East Coast general avails,  Midwest–early March 2017;  Calif-Feb. 2018;  LOVEfest Mar/Apr 2018

 

 

 

Feufollet–General avails–LA/TX/AR, SouthEast–late March/early April 2017; East Coast–June 2017

 

 

 

Lo Cor de la Plana–US tour Fall 2017, East Coast

 

 

Plena Libre–Southeast/East Coast–early June 2017 West Coast; mid-June East Coast; mid-Aug 2017 Midwest

 

 

 

Ronstadt Generations–Southwest–June 2017; East Coast July 2017;  Fall 2017-Midwest/East Coast

 

 

Samite–Northeast-general avails;  March 2017–WI/MN/IA/IL; California Fall 2017

 

 

 

Simon Shaheen– General avails–Zafir tour–East Coast–March 2017;  Midwest-Apr 2017

 

 

Tlen-Huicani–Texas-May 2017

 

 

Los Folkloristas

 

 

Sultans of String–Fall 2017-New England, Spring 2018 NY, PA