Barry O'Sullivan Magazine World Music
Born in Iran, Hamed Sadeghi is an acclaimed multi-award winner Persian-Australian tar player and composer known for his innovative blend of Persian classical music with Western contemporary and jazz music. Hamed has performed on a variety of projects as well as performing solo on the tar.
83-year-old Astrud Gilberto gazes out of the window of her residence at the Society Hill Towers overlooking the Derwent River in Philadelphia; one of her cats lazily stretches on a rug, dappled by sunlight beaming in between the open curtains. On the walls of her home hang several paintings she has recently made, while photos of her two sons, João Marcelo and Gregory, standing with their wives and her grandchildren, enjoy pride of place on the mantle.
Born On This Day
Benny Moré or Beny Moré as he was also known, embodies the best of Cuban music, its rhythm, its soul, its humor, and its joy. He is the greatest singer ever to emerge from Cuba, and is regarded as the benchmark for all Cuban soneros.
One of nineteen children, Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré, was born on August 24, 1919 in a poor neighborhood named Pueblo Nuevo, in the town of Santa Isabel de las Lajas in the province of Las Villas.