Sierra Nevada World Music Fest Adds Don Carlos & Kora

THE 17TH ANNUAL SIERRA NEVADA WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
WELCOMES DON CARLOS AND KORA

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival is pleased to announce that Don Carlos and Kora will be performing at the 17th annual musical celebration. SNWMF 2010 will be held at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds June 18 through 20. The fairgrounds, in the heart of Anderson Valley (Boonville), are just 30 minutes south west of Ukiah.

Don Carlos was born and raised in Western Kingston, Jamaica in a very deprived district known as Waterhouse. Don Carlos began singing in 1973 as a member of Black Uhuru. He sang alongside Garth Dennis and Derrick Simpson, the leader of the trio. Don played a key role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, produced by Prince Jammy in 1977 which was later re-released as The Black Sounds of Freedom. After some time finding his sound as a soloist, Carlos blossomed in May 1981 releasing the heavy cultural roots album Suffering for Negus Roots. He has since become very popular in the live scene and has released twelve solo albums working alongside Gold, his backup vocalist and co-writer. Some of his most notable albums include Harvest Time, Day to Day Living and Them Never Know a Natty Dread were released in 1982. Spread Out, also released in 1982, commonly known now as Laser Beam, had many fan favorites. Carlos still maintains his roots flavor and awesome melodies to this day; he continues to grow in popularity and still performs all over the world.

Kora are a New Zealand reggae, rock, dub & roots band, originally hailing from Whakatane. Four musical brothers from the Kora family, Laughton, Francis, Stuart and Brad, began playing together as a band in the early 1990s, winning the national Rockquest high school band competition in 1991 and the East Coast region Battle of the Bands three years running, earning a release on Tangata Records for their efforts. In early 2002 Kora's core members Laughton and Francis recorded a four song demo while on holiday in Queenstown, sharing songwriting duties with local muso Dan McGruer who also joined them on bass guitar and keyboards, and inviting visiting Madagascan tourist Lilou to lay down vocals on the song "Barely Can See." Kora's four track demo caught the attention of Wellington-based record label LOOP Recordings Aota in late 2002, leading to the release of Barely Can See on the label's LOOP Select 004 compilation CD in December. In 2007, the group released their acclaimed self titled album, much to the adoration of their loyal following.

Lineup
Los Van Van
Baaba Maal
Fat Freddy's Drop
Don Carlos
Barrington Levy
Marcia Griffiths
Tony Allen
Playing For Change
Soul Syndicate
Alborosie
David Rodigan
Stone Love
Rootz Underground
Sambadá
Sarazino
Johnny Clarke
Vernon Maytone
Prince Alla
Ooklah The Moc
Kora
Ras Kush
Queen Makedah
Youssoupha Sidibe
More artists to be announced soon...

http://snwmf.com/

[Published on: 3/26/10]

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