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Thanks- Cliff, cdRoots
Kandia Kouyate : Renascence
The MandÚ art of jeliya carries a long and complex tradition of fine distinctions and endless debates about the qualities that earn its hereditary poets, musicians and soothsayers the highest accolades and honorifics. But on the great jelimusolu (female singers) of our time, there is near-unanimity regarding Kandia KouyatÚ: she is a ngara. More than a skilled singer, a ngara is the extraordinary artist who possesses what many would say is a paranormal aura of majesty. Read more and listen.
Blink : Blink
Blink is four women from five countries who met at the Nordic Master in the Folk Music programme in Norway. Together they have travelled throughout Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland for almost two years, seeking out old traditions, creating new music, and exploring the sensitive and powerful constellation of the two strings and two voices of Johanna-Adele JŘssi (Estonia) on fiddle, vocals; Jullie Hjetland Jensen (Denmark/Norway) on vocals, autoharp; Charlotta Hagfors (Finland) on vocals, percussion and Emilia Amper (Sweden) on nyckelharpa, vocals.
Karl Seglem : Laerad
This is Karl's first goat horn (only) album, recorded over three years with a host of artists accompanying him on everything from ancient instruments to modern electronics.
Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico : Songs of Thessaloniki
Greek singer Yannatou and her wonderful ensemble return with an hommage to her hometown in northern Greece, a political and cultural crossroads that she brings to life with songs from the people who made the city great.
Banda Brisca : Io ballo brisco
The first official CD by an Italian dance band that has been out there for 15 years, a live CD by a band whose mission is to play live and let people dance, everywhere they go.
Meridian : Prime
Meridian produces innovative and wonderful folk music focused on driving chordal work of Richard Jones (accordion), the intricate melodic lines of Chris Walshaw (pipes/whistles/flutes) and the rhythm 'n' groove harmonies of Anna Tabbush (fiddle/flute). Anna, raised in the tradition, also sings and adds vocal lines. Meridian play arrangements of tunes and songs for concerts and Euro-dances and provide the glorious sound of raw folk energy, laced with finesse.
Nidi d'Arac : Taranta Container
This 2010 release includes 7 songs from previous recordings that have been rearranged and newly recorded with a modern shape and sound much closer to the bands liver performances.The band says, "The best way to make a song live is to play it. Performing since '98, it has become important to us to restyle our old tracks through the interpretation of the musicians and their instruments that over the years have given birth to our concerts in Italy and abroad ." The CD also includes 5 remixes from 5 representative artists, DJs and producers: Gaudi from London, DJ ClicK from Paris, DJ MPS Pilot from Amsterdam, the Portuguese Mr Tos and Piers Faccini, the Italo-English singer and advocate of the music from Salento.
Zulya : elusive
Contemporary music from the steppes of Tatarstan. Zulya Kamalova creates and album of exquisite songs inspired by both the music of the world and by her own Tatar heritage. Accompanied by a sparse, ingenious ensemble (of everything from Tartar fiddle and jews arp to accordion and bass), this is an artful, beautiful recording.
Jensen and Bugge + H°irup : Slid din tid
Mette Kathrine Jensen, Kristian Bugge and Morten Alfred H°irup celebrate the fiddler and composer Borcher Madsen┤s 200th birthday. Madsen (1815-1897) was from the Southern Danish Islands of Falster and one of the regions most talented musicians and dance music composers of that time.
Amadou Balake : In Conclusion
Amadou BalakÚ is probably most familiar to listeners for his many years fusing Latin and African rhythms as a key member of Africando. But before and after that part of his career, he was a beloved artist at home, and these recordings, the last he made before he died in 2014, are a testament to his Burkinabe roots. They were made in a theater in Ouagadougou with the local musicians he has been playing with, most in single live takes. Essential and highly recommended.
Unaja (Jutta Rahmel and Maija Pokela) : Unaja
Rahmel and Pokela play the kantele, the Finnish folk zither than has over the years expanded into a large instrument for playing all kinds of music from classical to jazz as well as folk. Both women are members of the ensemble Kardemimmit, and this is their first CD as a duo. Most of these 10 tracks are voice and kantele, with occasional additional guests adding throat singing on one track, and percussion on 2 others.
Lamia Bedioui and the Desert Fish : Athamra
Bedioui and company travel the seas from Italy to Algeria, from Tunisia to Greece, from Marseilles to Sicily, in search of sounds from the tradition they can make their own.
Meikenut : Rev
A great new band that mixes tradition and innovation. The record presents Piedmontese traditional melodies in new arrangements
Djessou Mory Kante : River Strings: Maninka Guitar
More than a decade and a half after his first international solo release, Djessou Mory KantÚ 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 KantÚ Manfila and regular guitarist for such renowned singers as Salif Ke´ta and SÚkouba Bambino, Djessou Mory KantÚ'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. "
Deux accords diront : Eisherz
It's been ten years since the foundation of deux accords diront, 10 years that Anne Niepold and Aline Pohl have been creating their universe. Their motto? Adventure! Not trad, nor jazz, nor classical, nor world but a mix of all and none that creates a genuine and funny performance - fascinating, surprising, spontaneous, free. Eisherz (heart of ice) tells the story of the heart through the music: its beats, its palpitations, its arhythmias, crises and arrests - its restarts, its humors - some dark, some light - its 'take heart!'
Zani Diabate and Les Heritiers : Tientalaw
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 DiabatÚ, 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
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