Most of our CDs have been imported from Europe or Asia. They are not all shrink-wrapped, and I am not going to con you by wrapping them here just to make you think they have been sterilized in America. I guarantee that the CDs and the contents are all brand new and in perfect condition. Whenever I can, I use recycled shipping materials. They may not look as pretty on the outside, but they save money and keep the trash dumps a little bit emptier.
Thanks- Cliff, cdRoots
Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano : Ilé
Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. Omar's newest recording, Ilé, marks a homecoming for the 7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer to the Latin Jazz influences of his formative years in late '80s and early '90s Havana. During this period, Omar savored the music of Pancho Quinto, Lázaro Ros, Rubén González, Machito, Benny Moré, Arsenio, Cachao, Lili Martinez, Peruchin, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Ilé means homeland in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, derived from the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this new studio recording. This CD was donated by and artist and Otá Records in support of RootsWorld.
The Henrys : Quiet Industry
(Release date: June 10) The 2015 release by Toronto legends, The Henrys. Led by kona-guitarist Don Rooke, with Hugh Marsh (violin), John Sheard (pump and electric organs), Andrew Dowling (acoustic bass), David Di Renzo (percussion) and vocalists Gregory Hoskins and Tara Dunphy. This one is heavy on lyrics and introduces a great new singer to the band. Highly recommended.
Norron : Ojeblikket
Norrřn is a new Danish trio that produces music that uses the roots to challenge the ear. Their CD Řjeblikket features Pia Nygaard on the violin; Nina Veng on the flutes and pipes; and Anja Prćst Mikkelsen on the clarinets.
Himmerland : The Spider in the Fiddle
The band calls it "New Danish music across styles, cultures and frontiers." A multi-culti band with roots in many parts of the world, they build a sophisticated sound with a small band. The members are Eskil Romme (sax), Ditte Fromseier (violin, vocal), Morten Alfred Hřirup (guitar, vocal), Andrzej Krejniuk (electric bass) and Ayi Solomon (percussion). This is the RootsWorld's Music of the Month selection for December, 2014. (This CD was donated by the band to help support the magazine and radio program.)
Djessou Mory Kante : River Strings: Maninka Guitar
More than a decade and a half after his first international solo release, Djessou Mory Kanté returns with a collection of beautifully crafted instrumentals. Rooted in the Maninka traditions of Guinea and Mali, River Strings flows with rich melodic interchanges; like the Niger River which inspired these recordings. Younger brother of Les Ambassadeurs' guitarist Kanté Manfila and regular guitarist for such renowned singers as Salif Keďta and Sékouba Bambino, Djessou Mory Kanté's musicianship is gentle and understated and shows just why he is the guitarist to whom others turn. fRoots says: 'There are no vocals, no stunt guitar treatments, nothing to buttonhole the listener apart from the sense of all-rightness generated by faultless layers of guitar playing.' Cliff says: "the album is hitting many listeners, including me, like a gentle bolt of lightening. "
Kiran Ahluwalia : Sanata : Stillness
In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia's new offering, Sanata: Stillness, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation. At once contemplative and rockin', traditional and innovative, Kiran's hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one's heart and on the world stage. Born in Patna, India, Kiran's parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist and arranger Rez Abbasi - a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics. This CD was donated by the artist as generous support of RootsWorld.
Anouar Brahem : Souvenance
The music of Souvenance, by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic, was recorded in 2014 – six years after oud-master Anouar Brahem's last ECM album, The Astounding Eyes of Rita. "It took a long time to write this music," he acknowledges, noting that his emotional world had been usurped by the unfolding story of political upheaval sweeping first through Tunisia then through the neighbouring countries. Extraordinary waves of change, accompanied by great hopes and fears. "I don't claim a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia," says Anouar, "but I have been deeply affected by them." New directions for the music find Fran?ois Couturier returning to the Brahem group, frequently supported by subtle string orchestration. The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the contributions of the quartet members – and, above all, Anouar Brahem's unique oud-playing – stand out in bold relief. This
Three Metre Day : Coasting Notes
Three Metre Day is an original, Canadian roots music trio whose members are violinist Hugh Marsh, guitarist Don Rooke and pump organist and vocalist Michelle Willis. This debut for the Canadian trio is warm, intense and complex, offering songs both beautiful and edgy. Fans of The Henrys, take note!
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino : Quaranta 
Founded in 1975, the band spearheaded the revival of pizzica tarantata, an ancient folk music born in Salento, the southernmost part of Italy's Puglia region. Pizzica originally was played in rituals meant to cure peasants of tarantismo, an illness purportedly caused by tarantula bites. In the healing rites of tarantismo, music, dance, and colors all were employed to relieve the distress of the afflicted. (From George De Stefano's RootsWorld interview) With a new generation, the band continues to embrace its legacy while forging new ground. This CD celebrates 40 years of continuous exploration and innovation in Italian music. This CD was donated by Ponderosa Records and the artists, as an offer of their generous support of RootsWorld magazine and radio. All proceeds support RW.
JPP : Skywire - Taivaankansi
The fiddling Finns return with a 2015 recording that brings their usual mix of great traditional tunes and a heavier empahsis on compositions by members and friends. Highly recommended!
E.T. Mensah & The Tempos : King of Highlife Anthology (4 CDs and book)
The founding father of the most popular style of dance music in Africa, which spread like a bushfire across the continent and beyond during the 1950s and 60s, E.T. Mensah 'The King of Highlife' is a true legend of African music. These classic tracks, 69 in total, many of which have not been available for more than 50 years, have been digitally transferred at the National Sound Archive with the cooperation of the Mensah family and estate. This 4 CD boxset includes a 64-page biography by Highlife expert John Collins, making it the ultimate music lovers compendium of one of the most revered of all African composers and band leaders.
Dreamers' Circus : Second Movement
The Danish trio (Rune Tonsgaard Sřrensen, violin; Ale Carr, cittern; Nikolaj Busk, piano & accordion) returns with their second recording of cross-genre folk music. Guests include a folk choir and The Danish String Quartet
various : Hawai'i: Under the Rainbow
This sound story is an audio 'film' about Hawaii from the point of view of a foreigner making a musical travelogue. Features music from the eighteenth through twenty-first centuries - children's songs, nature songs, sounds from festivals, slack key guitar music, and old hula chants. Beautiful illustrationsin a distinctive and award-winning small-book package. Artists include Halau O Keaunui: hula; George kuo: slack key guitar; Gordon Mark: ukulele; KoAloha Ukulele: ukulele; Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus; Ho'oheno; The 'Ohana.
Guldmus : Hvid Nat
Spanish guitar, cello and Danish lyrics are the audial pillars of the debut album Hvid Nat ("White Night"). The lyrics of Morten Musicus, vocalised by Mia Guldhammer, contain more light than darkness despite being centered around death and fear through 10 quiet, but swinging songs.Mia Guldhammer and Morten Musicus are both veterans in playing medieval music and folk songs, but this time they're exploring new paths - albeit their roots in the folk music of old are still present.Accompanying them is Swedish cellist Thommy Andersson, who has been a part of, among others, the New Jungle Orchestra for many years. Andersson contributes a mix of edge and presence to the album that compliments the duo particularly well.
Miriam Ariana and Lene Hřst : Vingefang
From the RootsWorld Review: Can a bustling Brazilian song and Swedish slangspolska happily coexist? Can a Denmark-based duo without a squeezebox do justice to a Dominquinhos song about a sensitive accordion? The answer seems to be "yes, indeed." Vingefang - Miriam Ariana (voice and strings) and Lene Host (voice, guitar and percussion) bring a clarity to their music that seems to demand the word "delightful." Whether it is their own compositions or a journey through the music of France, Denmark, Sweden and Brazil, they make it all their own, with only a gentle bit of assistance on two tracks, and a bit of overdubbing by the duo on a few others.... Ariana and Hřst seem to know the value of simplicity and use it to great advantage on these eight tunes and songs. Vingefang is a delight.
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.
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