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Le Grand Kalle (Joseph Kabasele)
Le Grand Kallé:His Life His Music (2-CDs and Book)
Joseph Kabasele and The Creation of Congolese Music - an epic collection by one of the seminal forces in modern African popular music, compiled, annotated with a 100+ page book written by Ken Braun (in English and French) traces the life and times of Le Grand Kallé. This is an indispensable collection for anyone who wants to hear the music presented in a beautiful package and relive the glory days of Congolese music.
Topic World Series
Drumming and Chanting In God's Own Country: The Temple Music Of Kerala In South India
Recordings in and around the Hindu temples of Kerala in Southern India between 1995 and 1997, which demonstrate the vast range of performance genres. The huge percussion orchestra performances, the ancient styles of devotional singing, and the small music ensembles featuring rare traditional instruments like the huge C-shaped horn, the kombu, are some of these electrifying styles.
The Toure-Raichel Collective
The Tel Aviv Session
Israeli jazz pianist Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré pull off a remarkeable cross-cultural session with grace and ease, Just listen.
Teranga! Senegal (2 Cds)
On any given day or night in recent years, you could turn on a radio or TV in Senegal and hear at least one of the songs in this new compilation. Many of the artists tap into various roots in the fertile soil of Senegalese culture; others stand apart and draw what they like from near and far. Sharing this double album, released in partnership with SEN TV and ZIK FM in Senegal, are Les Frères Guissé with their lean, acoustic sound, the indomitable Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane and a new generation of artists such as Queen Bee, with her wry commentary on personal and social mores, and Wally B Seck, one of the most charming young romantic singers on the scene, plus many more. Listen
This Danish 'ministry of fiddles' has a strong, vibrant sound. Cello, violins and viola offer a classical structure, but the tunes are traditional and trad/arr, and full of life and energy. Ditte Fromseier, Kirstine Elise Pedersen and Kirstine Sand play pieces that range from simple elegance to thundering passion, echoing modern energies one moment and and baroque elegance the next. Listen!
The Oxford Girl and other stories
A set of all-new acoustic recordings to mark Oysterband's 30th anniversary' - 14 classic cuts from across the band's history, reimagined and rearranged for now.
Dalakopa et al
Vindens hjul - Gammeldansmesse
Sacred music composed by Henning Sommerro and performed by the ensemble Dalkopa and a chamber group of musicians and singers (1996 release)
This trio of Danish musicians will grab your attention and your heart in the first few bars. Really, try it. Svestar is Anne Roed Refshauge, vocals; Marie Sønderby, piano; and Kirstine Sand, fiddle. They play old Danish folk songs and ballads (viser) along with their own new material, about love and - more often the case - unrequited love. All three musicians studied at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Denmark and have backgrounds in both classical and traditional music. The mix of backgrounds gives a new and exciting angle to the old folk songs. Svestar is an old Nordic word for "Sister." Guest musicians: Torben Sminge on flugelhorn; Kirstine Elise Pedersen on cello.
Vidar Skrede Dynamo Band
Vidar Skrede presents his Nordic inspired compositions with a new band. The sound is made from hardanger fiddle and ordinary fiddle, together with Finnish musicians Pilvi Järvelä on harmoniom and Jani Kivelä on cittern.
The second round for this allianceof Senegalese roots and Mississippi blues, and every bit as solid as the first. Guelel Kumba - guitar, vocals, Eric Deaton - electric guitar, Kinney Kimbrough - drums, Justin Showah - bass, Papa Assane M'baye - percussion, Jeff Callaway - trombones Listen
Tales of Subliming
Somewhat of a departure from Zulya's previous albums, Zulya revisits the fairytales of her childhood, creating her most adventurous work to date. She explains, "Subliming has two meanings; turning from a solid into a gas instantaneously - like dry ice, or becoming finer, purer. There's often a transformation in fairy stories. They are about our journeys to achieve individuality in a symbolic form. Some say each of us identifies with our own fairy story or with a character from one. Tales of Subliming is a collection of vignettes from these characters' lives, little scenes from their journeys." Her vocals float above a musical backdrop that features brass arrangements (courtesy of newest band member Eamon McNelis); a Tom Waits inspired tuned and mallet percussion; plus newer sounds courtesy of percussion loops, manipulated piano tones and hurdy-gurdy. The end result sees Zulya breaking new sonic ground on her 2010 recording.
Africando's 8th studio album, this is the first not recorded primarily in New York. This time the Africando masterminds, producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maïga, bring New York's top Latin musicians – led by pianist Oscar Hernandez – to Paris. There they reunite with the group's vocal stars, Medoune Diallo, Sékouba Bambino, Amadou Ballaké and Shoubou, along with distinguished guest singers from diverse African and American countries, singing, all told, in 10 different languages.
Ellika Solo Rafael
Swedish fiddler Ellika Frisell and Senegalese kora player Solo Cissokho expand to a trio with Mexican percussionist Rafael Sida Huizar on their latest acoustic gem.
Various Artists-SE Asia
Longing for the Past: The 78 rpm Era in Southeast Asia
(Special order: allow 2 weeks for shipment) 272-page hardcover book with 4 CDs in beautiful, embossed slip case. - An amazing collection of music and reading. It is is the first survey of the 78 rpm record era in Southeast Asia, to my knowledge. This boxed set features 4 CDs with 90 tracks of music spanning six decades (1905-1966), and a 272-page book with essays and annotations by leading ethnomusicologists that is amazingly illustrated with more than 250 vintage photographs, record labels, and sleeves. In the age of the download, this is the proof that real, in-your-hands music and books are still not only important, but rewarding to the extreme.
Van-Anh Vanessa Vo
The Vietnamese artist performs her own compositions plus works by Erik Satie and Kim Sinh; and some Vietnamese traditional songs. Van-Anh Vanessa Vo devotes her life-long passion and mastery of the dan tranh (zither) to the creation of distinctive music blended with a cultural essence that she expands outside of the tradition to new fields. This recording features Kronos Quartet as guest artists.
The globe trotting ensemble returns with a vibrant but subtle new recoding that fuses the various members roots in the music of India, Andalusia, contemporary classical and much more.
Kristi Stassinapoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis
Let me start by saying 'Highly recommended." This Greek duo returns with a thoroughly rootsy and yet completely modern take on Greek folk music that includes ancient instruments with modern technology. I usually try to keep the hyperbole to a minimum, but this is quite brilliant.
A great new band that mixes tradition and innovation. The record presents Piedmontese traditional melodies in new arrangements
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Makrame - Hekla Stalstrenga
Hekla Stålstrenga is an ensemble that reinvents the folk music of northern Norway into something new, with a contemporary energy that never loses sight of its roots. Makramé is their 2011 release. The musicians are Ragnhild Furebotten (fiddle), Tore Bruvoll (guitar), Anne Nymo Trulsen (vocals), Ole-Jakob Larsen (drums), Trond-Viggo Solås (bass) and Eivind Steinholm (audio engineer).
Tientalaw - Zani Diabate and Les Heritiers
In the 1980s and at the helm of The Super Djata Band, Zani and his fellow musicians became the toast of the Western concert circuit. As critic Robert Christgau put it: "Super Djata's groove is harder than Zairean soukous and fiercer than Senegalese mbalax". As a Diabaté, one of Mali's most renowned griot families, Zani had been schooled in not just the kora and balafon but also dance and percussion, and perhaps his distinctive guitar playing reflected this synthesis. Blistering solos with unpredictable and angular episodes identified him as one of the region's great players with a style that, in some ways, was well-suited to European ears. Sadly whilst putting the finishing touches to Tientalaw Zani, according to reports, entered the studio with guitar strapped on in readiness but shortly suffered a stroke. He later died in a Parisian hospital on the afternoon of January 5th, 2011. Listen
Slav to the Rhythm - Farmers Market
Only Stian Carstensen, the Norwegian guitarist, accordionist, pianist, organist, kavalist - the list goes on and on - could have come up with such an album. His ability to defy geography and genre is legend and his musical abilities, and those of the people he surrounds himself with, is top notch. Better still, this like every other recording he has made, is completely new and different from what precedes it. Hard pop, global jazz, Balkan dance music, Russian surf tunes and more all collide and collude to make this a compelling piece of progressive roots-pop.
Mixtur - Fjarin
Fjärin is a trio of two Danish musicians - Søren Stensby (violin) and Kasper Ejlerskov Leonhardt (guitar) - and Swedish/Estonian bass player Johannes Vaht. On their second album they also feature three additional musicians - on accordion and flute Rune Cygan Barslund, who plays in the band Kasír; on the piano it is Oscar Johansson, who plays jazz in Copenhagen; and the Norwegian singer Mia Marlen Berg, who last year won a Danish Music Award with the group IKI for best vocal jazz release 2011. All the compositions on this album are new material . Fjärin believes that folk music has not stagnated, but can and will renew itself and be mixed with other genres. Violist Stensby explains the title of the album: "'The album is a mixture of all the music which has inspired us though the years." Fjärin belong to the new generation of folk musicians, searching their individual musical roots, to create a musical expression that gathers music traditions of Sweden, Denmark and Estonia, but also keep themselves open to improvisation and new thinking.
Roots and Shoots - Tradish
Their eclectic approach to Irish music has sent them across Europe touring in recent years. "Roots and Shoots" consists of traditional and new compositions that draw on the energy that flows from the roots of Irish music. It starts with a crazy trip through Galway, and ends up going out to wherever Irish music is loved and nurtured. As part of a living tradition, Tradish are interested in exploring ways to connect the old and the new, the past and the present, respecting the roots yet keeping the music fresh and alive. Every member of Tradish has spent the best part of their lives playing everything from small pub sessions to concert and festival performances, giving Tradish the ability to not only satisfy the hardcore trad. crowd, but also to reach out to a wider audience who might not otherwise listen to traditional music. John Pilkington: vocals, guitar, bouzouki, stepping; Louise Ring Vangsgaard: fiddle, viola, vocals; Brian Woetmann: bodhrán, percussion, vocals, stepping
Alla Drömmars Sång - Lena Willemark, Mats Öberg and Jonas Knutsson
Three of Sweden's most respsected performers in any genre, vocalist and violist Lena Willemark, pianist Mats Öberg and reeed player Jonas Knutsson together create a whole new folk-art form for Sweden. They have all worked together in folk, jazz and art music ensembles for decades, and here they mix traditional material from Lena's home of Älvdalen with own original pieces and a surprising cover of The Beatles with a strong sense of unity, in a recording created in one day, as they simply let go and just played music. Highly recommended.
Trollfageln: The Magic Bird - Emilia Amper
Emilia Amper is often cited as one of the great nyckelharpa players. ('World Champion' on the instrument, a title she won in 2010.) For Trollfågeln, her first solo disc, she has devised a programme which demonstrates the numerous facets of her own musical personality, and of her instrument. Firmly grounded in Swedish traditional music, Emilia Amper has also worked with musicians from many other backgrounds, and regards folk music as a common international language, and a way of combining tradition with spontaneous improvisation in a playful reflection of our own times.
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