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Parchman Farm: Alan Lomax's Photographs and Field Recordings: 1947-1959
2 CD and book set of recordings and photographs from the notorious penitentiary in Mississippi where Lomax recorded some of his most memorable tapes. Compiled by by Damon Krukowski

 


Hekla stålstrenga
Dyrandé
Ragnhild Furebotten (fiddle), Tore Bruvoll (guitar), Anne Nymo Trulsen (voice, harmonium), Trond-Viggo Solås (bass) og Ole-Jakob Larsen (percussion).

 


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.

 


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.

 


Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies
The Parish Notices (The Art Edition)
The 1988 classic has been reissued with three bonus tracks and special artwork by Wolfgang Wolff. Considered by many to be Jez's best recording, it displays prominent rock and world beat influences in addition to traditional folk influences.

 


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.

 


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 Høirup (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.)

 


Trio Mio
Grevinden/Countess/Gräfin
The Trio Mio is back - now with new energy and one of the rising stars and most radiant lights in Scandinavian roots music today. Trio Mio is a band with its very own captivating style of energetic and elegant contemporary folk music - and with a twist of jazz and other genres. Kristine Heebøll, Violin and vocals; Peter Rosendal, Piano, wurlitzer, flugabone and vocals; Jens Ulvsand, bouzouki, guitar and guitar.

 


Basco and DR Big Band
Live at DR Byen
A 5 song EP by the Danish quartet of cittern, accordion, horns, vocals, accordion, fiddles and mandolins, joined by the Danish national radio's band. Live and wild.

 


Sudan Dudan
intil I dag
"Two well-respected young musicians from Norway, Marit Karlberg and Anders E. Røine present their voices surrounded by the stark plucked and bowed sounds of guitars and langeleik (Norwegian zither), focusing on strong melodies that are traditional, yet brand new. The sound is almost placeless and timeless, with a bit of the mournfulness of an Appalachian ballads that will appeal to listeners from around the world." Roots

 


Various artists
Real World 25 (3 CD set)
A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection, donated by Real World Records, and all proceeds go to suppport the magazine and radio program. 3 CDs, 38 tracks trace the rich and diverse history of one of the major 'world music' labels - from the polyphonic singing of Sardinia to the gospel music of Alabama; from modern Indo vocals experiments to the women of Finland, from traditional Tanzanian harps to global fusions fostered by Real World's studio encounters.

 


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.

 


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.

 


Rim Banna
The Mirrors of My Soul (US edition)
The Palestinian singer who gained global recognition as part of the Lullabies from the Axis of Evil project returns with a Norwegian band in a modern recording of Palestinian songs. It veers from emotionally charged, sparsely arranged songs to full-tilt pop-rock, and has the huge advantage of not allowing a drum machine within 4000 miles of the studio. As Arab pop goes, this is throughly unique.

 


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,

 


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 Keïta 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. "

 


Various
Golden Afrique
Reissued in 2014, and still essential. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the popular music scene in Africa exploded with new ideas of merging ancient culture with contemporary ideas and tools. This first volume in the series includes artists form Guinea , Mali , Guinea-Bissao , Gambia , Ivory Coast , Chad and Senegal – many of the tracks are available on CD for the very first time. Artists include Youssou N'Dour, Salif Keita, Baobab de Dakar, Bembeya Jazz National, Super Eagles, Amazones de Guinea, Miriam Makeba, Super Mama Djombo, Maitre Gazonga along with a host of artists you may never have heard of before. Double CD with informative book includes 24 full tracks and 2 and a half hours of music.

 


Ragnhild Furebotten
Never On A Sunday
In this solo project, the Norwegian fiddler joins together traditional music for fiddle with an ensemble of horn players in arrangements by two of the country's top jazzmen. Strong melodies and folk music create a combination of light madness, north Norwegian esprit and delicious Nordic melancholy.

 


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.

 


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.

 


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.

 


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.

 


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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
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Traditional music of Azerbaijan - Poetry and music of Ashiqs - 21.00
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 future of both,

The Creative Music Archives - Various [live] - 21.00
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

40 Years' Credibility: the history of KKV (4 CDs) - Various artists - 26.00
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).

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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