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Faustino Santalices
Gravacions Historicas De Zanfona 1929-1949
Zanfona and bagpipe player Anton Seoane (of the Galician ensemble Milladoiro) put together this collection of historical recordings of the zanfona (hurdy gurdy). The album embraces all the work of Faustino Santalices and what he recorded from 1929 to 1949 including and two compositions that were only recently discovered.

 


Djanbutu Thiossane
Ass, Mass and Pap
Senegalese trio of singers Ass, Mass and Pap N'Diaye with a small ensemble

 


Valfart
Pa vej
This Danish quartet plays in a Nordic style, but their influences are far ranging, with disparate roots in Scandinavia, North America, the Balkans and the Middle East. Using flute, vocal, violin, hardingfele, bouzuki, accordion, percussions, santur and joik, they create a new Nordic folk music.

 


Various artists
40 Years' Credibility: the history of KKV (4 CDs)
Norway's oldest and most influential independent label, KKV (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) celebrates its 40 years' anniversary by releasing a compilation of highlights from more than 5000 tracks of original recorded songs and compositions published throughout its lifetime; 4 CD's with 12 tracks from each decade. Artists include Bjørn Eidsvåg, Kari Bremnes, Sigvart Dagsland, Kenneth Sivertsen, Sondre Bratland, the choir SKRUK, Iver Kleive, Knut Reiersrud, Ketil Bjørnstad, Randi Stene, Ole Paus, Kata Cardenal (Nicaragua), Silvio Rodriguez (Cuba), Rim Banna (Palestine), Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat (Iran), Anita Skorgan, Povl Dissing (Denmark) and Carola (Sweden).

 


Arto Jarvela
On the Coast (Arto Plays the fiddle, Vol. 3)
The thrid in Arto Järvelä's series of fiddle solo recordings tracing the history of the music in Finland. 19 more tunes by the master musician. Notes in English as well as Finnish.

 


Milladoiro
O Nino do Sol
The 2003 release by one of Spain's most influencial new roots ensembles continues their work of bringing the gaitas, zanfonas, harps, flutes, accordions, strings and percussion of their Galician tradition into the new century with style, grace and a fine ear.

 


Jaune Toujours
Barricade
Andrew Cronshaw writes in fRoots: ' Led by singer Piet Maris, with his energetically-pumped small accordeon plus a hot rhythm unit of double bass and drums and a wild and incisive trumpets and reeds section, they have a very fully-formed, complete sound and rhythmic approach whose components and inspiration are difficult to pin down. Not like a fusionist thing where now you hear this influence, now another; this is so natural that it feels like it's always been there...'

 


Les Ambassadeurs
Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako
A specially mastered double album compilation of the original 1975 - 1977 recordings by one West Africa's greatest bands, the one which first set Salif Keita on his road to worldwide success. Including tracks never released digitally or on CD before, also containing the first ever release of two recordings from the vaults of Radio Mali. The whole album reveals both the traditional and international side of this inspired band. In 1969 an ambitious army lieutenant, a key member of the new junta which had seized power only the previous year, decided that a band was needed to entertain customers at the Motel De Bamako, then a popular venue set in the shade of mango trees on the banks of the river Niger. With his patronage, a group coalesced and in 1972 it attracted guitarist Kanté Manfila, followed a year later by perhaps its most famous member, Salif Keita. The band took its job seriously. It is with great pleasure that Sterns are able to present this compilation of spe

 


Dino Saluzzi Group
El Valle de la Infancia
Argentine bandoneonist-composer-improviser Dino Saluzzi returns to his roots. Recorded in Buenos Aires, it's the first of his discs to feature his "family band" since 2005. Here Dino is heard with his brother Felix on tenor sax and clarinet, his son José María on guitars and nephew Matías on basses. Friends joining the party are 7-string guitarist Nicolás "Colacho" Brizuela and drummer Quintino Cinalli, brought in by Dino to gently expand the sense of freedom that informs his music. This is a RootsWorld Music of the Month CD donated by ECM Records. All proceeds go to suppport the magazine and radio program.

 


Dwight Lamb, Jensen and Bugge
Live in Denmark 2013 (Part Two)
Since their first CD in 2010 the fairytale with Dwight Lamb has continued and has taken trio trio far and wide. Jensen & Bugge went to Quebéc to play at a festival and at a restaurant in town Mette started talking to a Scottish accordion player. He started telling her a story that he had heard at a festival in California: two young Scandinavian musicians found an old forgotten treasure of a folk music repertoire out on the Midwest prairie.

 


Yölariis
Yolariis
YÖLARiiS is new folk music by Dan Svensson (percussion, melodeon, cittern, vocals, tenor banjo), Per Knagg (bass, vocals), Anna Elwing (vocals, fiddle, singing bowl) and Jens Ulvsand (bouzuki, vocals). Their music is defiantly modern and global, yet deeply imbued with the ancient melodies and rhythms of Sweden. highly recommended

 


Poetry and music of Ashiqs
Traditional music of Azerbaijan
Along with mugham, ashiq poetry and music constitute the major part of oral music heritage of the Azerbaijani culture. This CD represents some of the best of this music being made today. Your purchase of the CD supports RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show." It was donated by the label to help us ensure the futurre of both,

 


Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps
The Jig Is Up
H.M. Rounder Peter Stampfel is back again, in a series of recordings made 1989–1999 with a host of different musicians, but all pulled together by his insatiable, exploratory lust for good songs, odd ideas and bizarre juxtapositions (and a Quicktime video clip, too!).

 


Habadekuk
Kaffepunch
The second recording by this dynamic Danish roots mini-big band follows up their epic Hopsadaddy rather brilliantly, with more great brass, strings and reeds, some new attitude and solid musicianship, as expected.

 


Ellika Solo Rafael
NOW
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.

 


Afrissippi
Alliance
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

 


Zulya
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.

 


Stian Carstensen
Farmers Market
Norwegian, Bulgarian and Indian musicians find common ground in what they refer to as speed-Balkan-boogie.

 


Sofia Jannock
áššogáttis (by the embers)
The Swedish Sami singer will bring a number of references to mind, from the energy of Varttina to the jazzy sophistication of lena Willemark. But ultimately, she can stand on her own. This is her second recording, and its mix of sami roots, pop and jazz has many moods, from pure pop to complex new music. A fine singer, a great band and a willingness to experiement make this one well worth your consideration. Give her a listen.

 


Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita
Clychau Dibon
From the RootsWorld review: "Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita connect two ancient musical traditions separated by a vast ocean on Clychau Dibon. Finch is an accomplished concert harpist who grew up on in a small village near Aberaeron on the shores of Cardigan Bay in Wales... Keita grew up in southern Senegal in the town of Ziguinchor on the Casamance River. His mother's family, the Cissokhos, are griots and his father is a descendant of Manding king Sundiata Keita... The interplay between both musicians is fascinating and remarkable... The cultures of Wales and Senegal may differ, but these artists share their musical histories with honesty and enthusiasm." The CD won numerous awards in 2013 and was worthy of them all. Highly recommended.

 


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Roye Mi : Songs from Kurdistan - Sakina - 14.99
Kurdish singer Sakîna and her small ensemble based in Istanbul, sing mostly traditional songs, sometimes straight with instruments like kemence and bildur, sometimes with a progressive outlook using western woodwinds, strongs and piano.


Bitar - Skra - 17.99
A 2007 release I only recently discovered, a Danish quartet of fiddles, viola, guitar and percussion. Give it a listen
Birdlife
Kokssoffan
Botar

40 Years' Credibility: the history of KKV (4 CDs) - Various artists - 30.99
Norway’s oldest and most influential independent label, KKV (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) celebrates its 40 years’ anniversary by releasing a compilation of highlights from more than 5000 tracks of original recorded songs and compositions published throughout its lifetime; 4 CD’s with 12 tracks from each decade. Artists include Bjørn Eidsvåg, Kari Bremnes, Sigvart Dagsland, Kenneth Sivertsen, Sondre Bratland, the choir SKRUK, Iver Kleive, Knut Reiersrud, Ketil Bjørnstad, Randi Stene, Ole Paus, Kata Cardenal (Nicaragua), Silvio Rodriguez (Cuba), Rim Banna (Palestine), Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat (Iran), Anita Skorgan, Povl Dissing (Denmark) and Carola (Sweden).

After the Tempest - Baka Beyond - 16.99
After 20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village.Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians. Baka Beyond was conceived in 1992 by British musicians Martin Cradick and Su Hart after a 6 week visit to the Baka Forest People deep in the heart of the Cameroon rainforest. Recently Baka Beyond have had something of a renaissance. The injection of some young blood in the form of Clyde Kramer on drums (who has spent several months himself playing music with the Baka in the forests of Cameroon) and Ellie Jamison on vocals has invigorated their sound. The new album is more of a band album than their last. The interplay between Clyde's drumming and Ayo's percussion particularly give the album a more live feel.

Traditional music of Azerbaijan - Poetry and music of Ashiqs - 21.99
Along with mugham, ashiq poetry and music constitute the major part of oral music heritage of the Azerbaijani culture. This CD represents some of the best of this music being made today. Your purchase of the CD supports RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show." It was donated by the label to help us ensure the futurre of both,

The Creative Music Archives - Various [live] - 21.99
In 1971, in Woodstock NY, Ornette Coleman, Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso founded the Creative Music Studio, a place and an idea that was to become one of the most important performance spaces for jazz, modern classical and the then-unnamed "world music" scene in the United States. On its 45-acre campus, hundreds of live concerts were recorded, many heralded as landmark performances. Many of these concerts featured combinations of musicians from jazz, classical and world music traditions that never played together before or after. Performers include Foday Suso and the Mandingo Griot Society (Adam Rudolph, Hamid Drake, John Marsh); Ismet Siral; Nana Vasconcelos; Olu Dara; Oliver Lake; Ed Blackwell and many others

Silent Night - Tapani Rinne - 17.99
Nordic/Sami electro-pop artist takes on Christmas and winter songs familiar and unknown

Kainuu - Sanna Kurki-Suonio and Riitta Huttunen - 17.99
The Sanna Kurki-Suonio and Riitta Huttunen duo´s debut and also Sanna's first recording in six years on her own name. They have restored old Finnish traditional songs and hymns from Kainuu region with a sound that is very simple but beautiful, featuring only Sanna's voice and Riitta's kantele. The 'power of less' is revealed to once again be more.

Clychau Dibon - Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita - 19.99
From the RootsWorld review: "Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita connect two ancient musical traditions separated by a vast ocean on Clychau Dibon. Finch is an accomplished concert harpist who grew up on in a small village near Aberaeron on the shores of Cardigan Bay in Wales... Keita grew up in southern Senegal in the town of Ziguinchor on the Casamance River. His mother’s family, the Cissokhos, are griots and his father is a descendant of Manding king Sundiata Keita... The interplay between both musicians is fascinating and remarkable... The cultures of Wales and Senegal may differ, but these artists share their musical histories with honesty and enthusiasm." The CD won numerous awards in 2013 and was worthy of them all. Highly recommended.

Flat/Sikvedek - Grencsó Open Collective - 16.99
István Grencsó, the dominant figure of the Hungarian avant jazz scene, is in prime form with his two-generation quartet on this new album. Original compositions and arrangements, and one traditional song reimagined as jazz. Featured Artists: István Grencsó: tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute; Máté Pozsár: piano; Róbert Benkó: double bass and Szilveszter Miklós: drums, percussion.

Greek Rhapsody: Instrumental Music from Greece 1905-1956 - Various - 39.99
152-page hardcover book with two CDs featuring 42 Greek instrumental recordings made between 1905 and 1956. This compilation offers, for the first time, a unique panorama of the instruments and styles of the Greek music from the first half of the 20th century. Author and compiler Tony Klein is a British musician, researcher, and writer, based in Sweden. He has played and researched Greek music for 40 years, and studied with, among others, the veteran Stelios Keromitis. In 2005, in collaboration with collector Charles Howard, he produced and annotated the CD Mortika – Rare Vintage Recordings from a Greek Underworld.

The Raga Guide: a survey of 74 Hindustani ragas - Various - 49.99
Joep Bor's definitive guite to the raga, a 4 CD set with an accompanying 196 page book.

Live At Shepherds Bush Empire (PAL DVD) - Bellowhead - 22.99
The carnival folk big band are captured live during their Burlesque tour at their sold-out London Shepherds Bush Empire show on September 26th 2007. This is the first ever official DVD from the much loved 11-piece group. In addition to the 98 minute concert, the DVD follows the group off stage and on the road with over an hour of bonus documentaries and interviews. PAL DVD Only

Sages Comme des Fous - Niou Bardophones - 16.99
Van Morrison once said, “the bagpipe is the only instrument that can threaten the electric guitar” and that point is made clearly obvious, once again, with the Niou Bardophones’ latest opus of improvised traditional music, the fruit of an unlikely match between the rhythms of Central Brittany and the free jazz style of Albert Ayler (who also played bagpipes)! Featured Artists: Erwan Keravec: bagpipe; Guénolé Keravec: bombards; Ronan Le Gouriérec: baritone sax; Jean-Marie Nivaigne: drums

Live - SANS - 17.99
SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio (of Hedningarna), multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country's heart-rendingly voice-like reed pipe, the duduk. Formed by the musicians who made Cronshaw's most recent CD, The Unbroken Surface of Snow, SANS is an instrumental and vocal combination not found in any other band in the world. The entire program was recorded live in 2013.

Meeting Point (Live) - Bain, Moller and Molsky - special order-18.99
Recorded live at the Liverpool Philharmonic in a fine concert by three great musicians: Shetland fiddler Aly Bain, American Bruce Molsky (vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar) and Swedish bouzoukispelman Ale Möller (mandola, harmonica, wooden whistle, harmony vocals). Recorded in concert, these three musicians bring together their cultures in songs and instrumentals, virtuoso playing and fine spirits.

The Singing Gobi Desert - Prism Quartet - 16.99
Partnering here with the ensemble Music from China, PRISM presents works by four Chinese-born American composers. The Singing Gobi Desert reveals that saxophones and Chinese instruments have a natural, if unexpected, affinity. For nearly 30 years, PRISM has stood at the vanguard of new music ensembles, commissioning works across a broad spectrum of styles, and demonstrating the saxophone’s versatility.

Salam - Al Andaluz Project - 17.99
Al Andaluz Project presents the collaboration of Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the medieval kingdom Al Andalus on the Iberian peninsula, including styles and cultures that were definitely influenced by the cultural achievements of this epoch. On this recording they include songs from the ancient Occitan region of southern France alongside those from the Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian tradition. Featured artists on this recording include Michael Popp: ud, saz, dilruba, fidel, tar - Sigi Hausen: vocals/ Iman Kandoussi: vocals - Ernst Schwindl: hurdy gurdy, nyckelharpa, harmonium - Aziz Samsaoui: quanun - Jota Martinez: hurdy-gurdy, citola, lavta and Sascha Gotowtschikow: percussion

Ayer y Hoy - Mikata - 12.99
Ten new arrangements of salsa dura and Latin jazz classics from the 1960's and '70's to the present day, featuring plenty of brass, percussion and virtuoso solos.

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