Boubacar Traore touring North American this December!

Concerted Efforts is honored once again to present the legendary Malian ballad singer – Boubacar Traore on tour this December, 2016. Boubacar Traoré carries within him all the beauty of African blues. A diamond among the jewels of Mandingo music, he shines with the dark glow of exceptional purity. Only the voice of “Kar Kar” Read more | For more info on Boubacar Traore and upcoming tour dates, visit his artist page


Buffy Sainte-Marie wins Best Contemporary Roots album of the Year and Best Aboriginal Album of the Year Junos for Fire In The Blood.  Click here to read more on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 2016 Juno Award Wins at CBC For more info and upcoming tour dates for Buffy Sainte-Marie visit her artist page Read more | Full Story on Buffy Sainte-Marie's Junos Awards Win

Leyla McCalla featured in NPR’s ‘Songs We Love’

From NPR, “It’s an exhilarating thing, hearing a musical virtuoso explore her voice’s unanticipated potential in all of the ways that Leyla McCalla does. She’s a formally trained cellist who’s loosened her playing from the strictures of classical technique, teasing out its more nimbly rhythmic qualities. She’s a cunning interpreter and arranger, equally at ease with English, Read more | Read the full interview & listen to "A Day For the Hunter, A Day For the Pray" at NPR Music

Birds of Chicago on NPR’s Weekend Edition

From NPR…”The two members of Birds of Chicago, Allison Russell and JT Nero, used to cross paths on the road when on tour with their own bands. They joined up musically and then — as these things happen — they became a couple. Their latest album, out now, is called Real Midnight.” “The two characterize much Read more | Listen to the full interview at NPR

Rhiannon Giddens to be inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame

Rhiannon Giddens will be inducted into the Music Hall of Fame of her home state of North Carolina along side The Avett Brothers and Kelly Pickler. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Kannapolis, N.C. Read more about the inductees at Country Standard Time. For More info on Rhiannon Giddens & upcoming tour Read more | Read about the inductees at Country Standard Time

Carrie Rodriguez releases her new album, Lola

Lola, the new album from Carrie Rodriguez, is released today and it has already earned high praise and attention from the press.  NPR Music says, “The self-proclaimed ‘half-gringa, half-Chicana fiddle[r]’ has made an album that combines seemingly disparate influences into one gloriously cohesive Spanglish statement…The seemingly improbable cultural mashups are a perfect expression of reality for Read more | Stream the full album at NPR Music

Rhiannon Giddens & Sam Lee receive honors at this year’s Folk Alliance International

Congratulations to Rhiannon Giddens on winning Album of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards and to Sam Lee for the Spirit of Folk Award! You can catch Sam Lee’s official Folk Alliance showcase on Thursday night, Feb 18 at 7.15pm in the Century C Ballroom.   Read about Sam Lee & the other Spirit of Folk award Read more | Read about Sam Lee & the other Spirit of Folk award recipients here

Congratulations to Eliane Elias on Grammy Win!

Congratulations! Eliane Elias wins Grammy Award for Made in Brazil (Best Latin Jazz Album). Eliane Elias who has sold over 2 million records over the span of her career just won a Grammy Award for her album Made In Brazil (Concord) in the category Best Latin Jazz Album. The Associated press gave the album 5 stars and The New Read more

Birds of Chicago’s ‘Real Midnight’ now streaming on NPR First Listen

You can now stream the entire new album from Birds of Chicago, Real Midnight, at NPR First Listen! NPR writes, “Real Midnight, their Joe Henry-produced second studio album, finds Russell and Nero memorializing the intense, freewheeling, all-too-fleeting attachments of youth (‘Remember Wild Horses,’ ‘Times And Times’), eulogizing fellow dreamers (‘The Good Fight’) and meditating on mortality (‘Sparrow’). Really, Read more | Stream the album at NPR First Listen

GoGo Penguin Reviewed by Pitchfork and More!

The new GoGo Pengin album, Man Made Object, is garnering rave reviews from Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, PopMatters, & more! Pitchfork writes, “The album comes on the heels of a revival of sorts for jazz music; where artists like Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington fused the genre with their own blends of rap, rock, electronica Read more | Read the full review at Pitchfork