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I am pleased to carry a select set of titles from the Alula label. Alula Records explores contemporary world music from all over the world, releasing recordings from the tradition as well as venturing into more contemporary roots music. Click on the image or links below to read more about each title and hear some audio samples and songs. For a short time I will be offering these titles at a special price.

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Ephat Mujuru
Journey of the Spirit

"Shona Mbira music embodies all the qualities which positive music should have: it is healing, happy, entertaining, reaches the heart, it has beauty and moves. Mbira music is spiritual because it transmits positive energy. It is like a deep cleaning of our thoughts. The purpose of this album is to create a special atmosphere that will clean our minds, so needful in this world of too much information." - Ephat Mujuru

Cabruêra
Cabruêra

Cabruêra produce a unique, youthful Brazilian folk-rock that incorporates a lot of different elements on its way to a unique sound.

Vayo Raimondo
I am a tango / Yo soy un tango

Vayo Raimondo expresses the poetry of the authentic tangos with a dramatic new voice and style. Inspired by the great vocalists of the past, Vayo explores the interaction of his voice with two distinct acoustic instruments of the genre, Mario Nuñez's guitar and Toto Damario's bandoneon. Vayo's ensemble defines a musical direction that embodies the growth of the popular art form. Their performance of classic themes captures the passion and elegance of tango.

Nass Marrakech
Sabil 'a 'Salaam

Sabil 'a 'Salaam ("The Path of Peace") explores the musical elements which connect sub-Saharan Africa with the Mediterranean. This album brings together aspects of the black diaspora and those of Arab culture in an exciting recording that, while firmly based in the traditions of the Gnawa, also reaches out to the wider global musical community.

"The effect on the listener is to suspend him in a non-directional time frame inducing a trance-like total awareness of the present moment.... the music is undiluted in its directness and power to transport the listener. Very potent stuff!" - Aaron Howard, RootsWorld

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Mamadou Diabate
Tunga

"What sets him apart from the throng is his flair for making this ancient instrument sound as though it was invented yesterday. At a mere twenty-five years old, Diabate makes a reverent nod toward tradition, and then takes the kora down his own new path. He incorporates blues and jazz elements into his original compositions, and arranges traditional material to sound fresh and contemporary. Diabate likes to experiment with articulation on the kora, one moment sounding crisp and dry, the next liquid and flowing. In his hands the instrument can sound like everything from finger-style guitar to hammered dulcimer." - Peggy Latkovich, RootsWorld

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