[by Kate Hickson, Powys, Wales] These remembrances remain in a state of change as and when updates arrive, details get corrected, information emerges and useful weblinks appear. Updated 12 June 2013.
7 April – The US film-maker Les Blank died at the age of 77 in the Berkeley Hills area of the San Francisco Bay. Born on 27 November 1935 in Tampa, Florida, he made film portraits of Clifton Chenier, Mance Lipscomb and Lightnin’ Hopkins among other subjects.
The Guardian published Les Blank’s obituary in its edition of Friday, 10 April 2013: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/apr/12/les-blank-dies-documentary-music
11 April – The Oakland, California-born violinist Sue Draheim died aged 63 in Berea, Kentucky.
The Independent published Ken Hunt’s obituary in its edition of Wednesday, 29 May 2013: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/sue-draheim-widely-admired-folk-violinist-8635048.html
17 April – One of the breakthrough female vocalists of Zanzibar Bi Kidude died. Graeme Ewens’ Guardian obituary of her, ‘Bi Kidude, one of Zanzibar’s greatest singers, dies – Enigmatic performer of taarab music and one of the first Zanzibari women to sing in public’ is recommended reading: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/apr/17/bi-kidude-dies