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Manuel Luna y Brena la Musica - Papeleria Rocio (objetos de escritorio)
Roc and iacute;o's Stationary Shop (writing materials) is sort of a reissue of Luna's Los galles de Londres, with re-mixed and remastered tracks from the original LP recording, plus many newly recorded versions of other songs made in 2004. Luna explores his childhood memories and does some musical experimentation on the traditions of Cantabria in Spain with an acoustic ensemble of gaita, panderadulzaina, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, percussion, bass, accordion and more, as well as an imaginative, light touch with electronics and recorded effects.

Joao Afonso - Zanzibar
A prime mover in the new folk scene in Portugal, this singer with east African heritage mixes worldly roots with a world-wise lyricism.

Jabu Khanyile - Umbele
The South African vocalist's 2001 release features a mix of roots and township jazz.

Jabier Muguruza - Enegarren postala
This pop recording from Basque Spain sits on the border between folk-ballad and schmaltz, I know, but this is just such a great voice that I am willing to forgive the sometimes overly-lush production just a bit. Muguruza has been described as 'a cantautor of infinite gentleness' by El Periódico. El País de las Tentaciones says he has a tenuous voice that modulates with subtlety and the lyrics fly with the fine irony of the mundane. And El Pais says 'it is an ironic, subtle and intensely poetic vision.'

Gerardo Nunez and Perico Sambeat - Cruce de Caminos (jazz viene del sur)
New jazz-flamenco routes, without the usual new-agey nonesense... solid musicianship and great vocals.

Maria Salgado - Abrecaminos
María Salgado returns to her Castillian roots, mixing them with Eastern and Sephardic elements and new compositions in a splendid work of delicate turns and elegant musical arrangements, embossed with the peacefulness of Bierzo.

Manuel Luna y La Cuadrilla Maquisera - Romper El Baile
Cantabrian singer and folk arranger.. click and listen!

Pablo Guerrero - Suenos Sencillos
Guerrero's thirteenth Spanish release. Some listeners may recognize his inimitable, understated baritone from A Maria Teresa Vera (Intuition, 1999), the superb tribute to the grand Cuban singer-songwriter. The accompaniment is sparse (acoustic guitar, bass and backing female voices), putting his pensive lyricism up front, a masterful illustration of the artistic virtues of less-is-more. Guerrero is a musician who has made a conscious choice to live at the margins of a music industry whose modus operandi is to homogenize everything in its grasp. Spanish speakers will appreciate the inclusion of the original lyrics. They emanate from the soul of a poet deeply concerned with the relations of power that deform community life on the planet. Guerrero's unassuming philosophical reflections upon mundane experience acknowledge the precious, fleeting character of human existence, the delight to be taken in everyday social relations, and the healing powers of love and a famously unfettered imagination. In the Spanish do

La Bruja Gata - Baile de libelulas
The Dragonfly Dance this band does moves carefully through a compositional bent a la Maria Kalaniemi (who accordionist Javier Palancar can compete with on every level of expertise!), the spirited energy of Kepa Junkera, touches of eastern European darkness and an overarching sense of sheer ebullience. The accordion dominates in this unique Spanish band, driven by percussion, bass and mandola, colored by zanfona, flutes, dulzaina, violin, clarinet and bass clarinet.

Joao Afonso - Missangas
Born in 1965 in Mozambique of a Portuguese family, Afonso early on began to make new connections between the music of east African and his traditional homeland of Portugal, and his music has always reflected his dual cultural citizenship. This is his first solo album, created in 1997 under the production of Julio Periera, and it shows the magnificent range of musical tones he is capable of, as a musician and as a composer.

Joao Afonso - Outra Vida
Portuguese-via-Mozambique artist João Afonso's 2006 release is as warm and occasionally quirky as what I have come to expect from this songwriter and singer. This one has some more Afro-pop inferences than previously, and it is rhythmically solid while still holding on to the subtle and sweet tone that is Afonso's trademark. Comes in a a small hard-cover book, with charming drawings, and lyrics in Portuguese, with Spanish translation.

La Musgana - En Concierto
Live recording from the seminal Spanish folk ensemble La Musgaña

Livaneli - Hayata Dair - Sobre La Vida
As a writer, composer, film director, philosopher, activist and humanitarian, Turkish artist Omer Zülfü Livaneli is a true Renaisance man. This album of peoms set to music is his life's story told through a fiction called music. Recorded in Athens and Istambul with musicians of both countries. A bonus disc includes a video documentary with interviews and fragments of performances, with guests like Al DiMeola, María Farandouri, Maria del Mar Bonet, Joan Baez, Yorgos Dalaras y la Orquesta Sinfónica de Londres.

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