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Orkestina - Positivity
This is the 4th release by these musicians from Bulgaria, Spain, Ireland and the UK. More sacred and profane music from the Gypsy and Jewish communities of Romania, Bulgaria and Poland is played by a raucous band of accordions, violins and bass, Bulgarian gadulkas, clarinets and percussion.

Manuel d'Oliveira and Mediterraneo - Amarte
This CD by the Portuguese guitarist was recorded live in 2005, in Praça de Santiago, Guimarães. The musicians of the ensemble Mediterrâneo are José Lima (acoustic bass), David Leão (flute and bagpipe), Mário Gonçalves (drums) and Rui Ferreira (piano).

Marta Topferova - La Marea
Born in Prague, steeped in both European and Latin American musical traditions, Topferova now lives in New York, where she has forged a strongly European, Latin nuevo-jazz sound. This recording, all sung in Spanish, offers her original sound, and original songs, backed by an ensemble focused around her voice and Edmar Castañeda's South American folk harp, joined by violinist Jenny Scheinman, French horn from Chris Comer, Angus Martin's accordion, flutist Yulia Musayelyan, percussionists Neil Ochoa, Urbano Sanchez and Chris Eddleton and Topferova's own cuatro and guiro.

Mamadou Barry - Niyo
The Guinean musician plays tenor, alto and soprano sax, flute and percussion. A connoisseur of all the sub-region's rhythms and music styles, Barry is open to all musical trends. Niyo was recorded with some of Conakry's best musicians, all generations included, both modern and traditional with three of the finest female voices in Guinea. he merges rootsy tradition, Afrobeat energy and Manding melodies into his own sound. Listen

So Kalmery - Brakka System
So Kalmery is originally from the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country sadly so often in the headlines over the last years. His story is one marked by the rich history but also the misfortunes of this part of Africa. His father was assassinated because of his close ties to the independence leader Patrice Lumumba, and So Kalmery became an orphan and a refugee at the age of seven... He spent many years fleeing from the various wars that devastated the region and finally found asylum in Zambia. It was during this period that the humanism which permeates his songs was forged. Very young, he learned music and played in numerous local orchestras. He established himself in Europe following a tour with the great Congolese musician Franco. A prodigious musician, an insatiable traveller, a poet, singer and dancer in search of the roots and the values of humanity, So Kalmery is an atypical and mystical figure, who plays an unclassifiable music which is at the crossroads of blues, folk music, soul and pop:

Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg - Saints and Tzadiks: Yiddish and Irish Songs
Vocalists Susan McKeown and Lorin Sklamberg (of the Klezmatics) present a fascinating album combining Yiddish and Irish songs culled from rare archive material and old recordings, with themes common to the Jewish and Irish traditions: love, death, betrothal, betrayal and the demon drink. The bulk of the Jewish material is drawn from the Ruth Rubin Archive at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, where Sklamberg serves as Sound Archivist. The Irish songs come from both the popular and the ancient Gaelic sean nós traditions. Listen

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra - Book One
Founded in December 2002 by its current artistic director, Irvin Mayfield. They perform and present educational programs that draw upon the rich musical and cultural traditions of "the birthplace of jazz," where the group is based. Book One, the group's debut recording, is a showcase of Irvin Mayfield's original compositions for big band and features cameos by vocalist Johnaye Kendrick, R and B singer John Boutté and a singing/scatting turn by orchestra member Leon "Chocolate" Brown.

Habib Koité and Bamada - Muso Ko
1990s classic from the Malian guitarist: 'Guitarist Habib Koite is from Mali, but this rising star represents the contemporary sound of African pop. His first album, which is now being re-released here, is mostly made up of upbeat songs that electrify a variety of regional styles. The accompanying translated lyrics show Koite to be a songwriter that takes on weightier subjects than the usual vacuous party fare. The songs don't translate easily, resembling fables at times, but there is no mistaking the message of his hit, "Cigarette A Bana (The Cigarette is Finished)." Koite's brisk, breezy songs layer call-and-response singing over a seamless mix of African percussion and Western instruments. His academic training shows up most notably in his sophisticated arrangements, which continually change textures, keeping his songs as appealing to the head as the feet.' - Marty Lipp, RootsWorld

Various Artists - Drop the Debt
Sixteen titles, a hundred musicians, fourteen nationalities, one message. For Drop The Debt, a group world renowned musicians has come together to raise awareness of a humanitarian crisis. Each of the tracks here has been either written especially for this album or selected due to its relevance to the topic. Artists include Teofilo Chantre and Cesaria Evora, Chico Cesar, El Hadj N'Diaye , Massilia Sound System, Sally Nyolo, Lokua Kanza, Oliver Mtukudzi, Soledad Bravo... more.

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