Samurai Accordion : Te
In this the second such project under the Samurai name, ' five of Europe's most successful and creative veteran practitioners/composers, come together for a disc that features the diatonic accordion. Full of variety, this disc gives a nice overview of how the instrument is used by its most successful exponents, across Europe. With Riccardo Tesi (Tuscany/Italy), Markku Lepistö (Finland), David Munnelly (Ireland); Kepa Junkera (Basque Country/Spain) and Simone Bottasso (Northern Italy).
Monsieur Doumani : Angathin (The Thorn)
This trio was founded in 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (trombone, flute). They turn Cypriot folk music inside out, add poetry and politics, and on their third album, they have created what I think is a masterwork of nearly-all-acoutic folk, rock and roots.
Luisa Cottifogli : Come Un Albero D'Inverno
Italian singer Luisa Cottifogli came to my attention in 2000 with her remarkable first recording, Aiò Nenè. The recording was subtitled, "I come from the North, but I am from the South," and explored the dichotomy between Italy's colder, richer, more urban north and its warmer, poorer and more rural south. But she was born in the Alps and that is where she returns on Come Un Albero D'Inverno, as she and her ensemble proclaim in the opening track, "Yodel," where they take what in other parts of the world is considered a cliché of the past and place it in the bold, beautiful now. A highly recommended recording that focuses on the human voice in solo and ensemble settings.
Boubacar Traore : Dounia Tabolo
Boubacar Traore is not only one of Africa's best guitarists and songwriters, he is also one of my avorite artists, in any genre from any where in the world. His performance is personal. His voice is a thing of rugged beauty; his guitar playing a prod to the ear - crisp and punctuated. It is accented rather than overwhelmed by the musicians assembled in the studio. Dounia Tabolo was recorded in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his usual mates, Vincent Bucher (harmonica) and Alassane Samaké (calabash, shaker & percussion). Joining them are Cedric Watson (violin & washboard), Corey Harris (guitar and voice), and Leyla McCalla (cello and voice). These CDs were donated by the artist and Lusafrica, so all proceeds go to support RootsWorld. Please note that this CD comes in a simple sleeve with the complete booklet. No jewel box.
Didier Laloy : Belem and The MeKanics
Belgian accordionist and composer Dirier Laloy has always been adventurous, and his new trio recording is no exception. Joining him are cellis Kathy Adam and Walter Hus, a creator of a 'mechanical orchestra' of acoustic organ pipes, accordions and percussion instruments, playing alone, controlled by Hus' computer and music software. Laloy describes it all as 'music with fellinian flavors.'
WoWaKin : Kraj za miastem
The trio WoWaKin was founded in the spring of 2016. The three musicians in the ensemble (Paula Kinaszewska, Bartlomiej Wozniak and Mateusz Wachowiak) bring together a wide range of experience in classical, jazz and contemporary music, and use those skills to explore the roots of Polish village dance music. They recreate the spirit of a traditional village celebration, drawing a new generation of dancers into trance-like state through inventive, open-ended improvisation using a repertoire of mazurkas, oberkas, polkas, kuyaviaks, and Polish-style tangos. Beside the violin, three-row Polish accordion and drums they use banjouke and harmonica.
Kapela Maliszow : Wiejski Dzez [Village jazz]
Kapela Maliszów says "We don't play traditional music, we are tradition!" Wiejski Dzez" [Village jazz] is testament to the Maliszów's unrelenting urge to explore the types of music not necessarily popular or well received in the rural communities. Village jazz represents their very unique and individualized approach to harmony. Listening to their music you can still discern the trance-like and inconceivable rhythms and melodies of mazurkas, but something different also comes to the surface a new quality.
WOR : Sssht
This Belgian band likes to say that they go "Back to the 1780's" with a full throttle sound that uses old Flemish souces to build their repetoire. They delved into manuscripts of music saved by old village and city musicians from Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Leuven and then go full tilt into making them their own, with baritone and soprano saxophones, bagpipes, muestte, accordion and guitar. cap-21899
Kries : Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks
Kries makes wonderfully raw yet thoroughly modern music from Croatia. Driven by men's voices, bowed strings, primitive flutes, drums and more, this is music that speaks to centuries of history and the future, as well. This is a RootsWorld Music of the Month recording, donated by the artists to help support RootsWorld radio and magazine projects. All of your purchase price goes to support RootsWorld.
Basco : Interesting Times
Basco tell stories. Their music is complex and varied, from hard hitting, high-speed reels through sweet and melancholy tunes that tell of loves won and lost, fitful fever-dreams and songs that when you come down to it, are really just about sex.Basco's material is nearly all original, stealing shamelessly and frivolously from Nordic, English, Celtic and American idioms.
Makan Badje Tounkara : Daba
Badje has been pursuing a rich career, notably alongside such renowned artists as Salif Keïta, Baba Maal, Ami Koïta, Tata Bambo, Kandia Kouyaté and his aunt Mah Damba. Considered an innovator of the Mande instrument, he has added three strings to his ngoni to open up the range of sound.
Saeid Shanbehzadeh : Pour-Afrigha
Saied Shanbehzadeh combines bagpipes and saxophones with the voice of Rostam Mirlashari, the jazz guitar of Manu Codjia and the percussion of Naghib Shanbehzadeh. Pour-Afrigha ("descendant of Africa") is the name that Saeid's mother, born of the third generation of Africans deported to Persia from Zanzibar and enslaved there.
Phønix featuring SangKa : Groovy Guzheng
Yes, a terrible title, in my opinion, for a really fine recording. Here is one of the leading Danish folk bands collaborating, quite closely, with a Chinese guzheng player, and making it all work.
Rannok : Gammelt, Nyt, Lant og Blat
A Danish duo (abetted by some friends) delivers rough-hewn folk music with a lot of energy. Michael Graubaek on fiddle, viola, mandolin, baking paper and toe tapping; and Theis Langlands on piano and pump organ.
Habadekuk : Mollevit
Here's the 10th Anniversary recording from one of Denmark's best folk big-bands, pulling out the stops on traditional Danish fiddle tunes arranged for fiddles, brass, percussion, keyboards, bass and accordion.
Wimme and Rinne : Human
Two of Finland's bravest artists, Tapani Rinne and Wimme Sari, join forces again to explore the limits of human voice and human instruments. Based on the ancient Sámi joik singing, the two artists stretch the boundaries to find beauty, energy and occasionally, the dissonance of the music, propelled by Tapani Rinne's clarinets and electronic processing, aided on some tracks by additional voices, fiddle, piano or percussion. This was the Music of the Month pick in RootsWorld for July, 2017.
Fendika : BiraBiro
I am pleased to offer this recording from Ethiopia, by a troupe of musicians, singers and dancers based at a night club in Addis Ababa that bears the name Fendika. The ensemble is led by Melaku Belay, who fashions new music from the traditional roots of many different regions of Ethiopia. Nardos Tesfaw - vocals Endris Hassen - masenko Misale Legesse - kobero Melaku Belay - dance, backing vocals, claps Zenash Tsegaye - dance, backing vocals, claps These CDs were donated by Terp Records, so all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program. We thank them for their generous support.
Maria Kalaniemi and Eero Grundstrom : Svalan
Finnish accordionist and singer Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium (pump organ) player Eero Grundström have created a set of new works and reworkings of old songs from the Finno-Swedish tradition. They range from the lyrical to the challenging, and touch on both the east and west, from the western sea to the eatern reaches of Karelia. On some tracks they are joined by Pekko Käppi (bowed lyre and vocals) and Mikko Kosonen (guitars).
Kala Jula : Mande Kulu
Mande Kulu is a quartet with Samba Diabaté on guitar and ngoni, Vincent Zanetti on guiatar, harp-luth and percussion, Hélène Labarrière on bass, Jacky Molard on violin and alto. While the music is deeply endebted to the Mande tradition of Mali, this global quartet finds new ways to reach its spirit.
Gjermund Larsen : Salmeklang
The Norwegian fiddler explores Nordic hymns as played by fiddler Hilmar Alexandersen (1902-93) and the Norwegian-Swedish cross-border folk music tradition. Performed by the Gjermund Larsen Trio (Sondre Meisfjord, double bass · Andreas Utnem, grand piano), with the trio Nordic - Magnus Zetterlund (mandolin), Erik Rydvall (keyed harp) and Anders Löfberg (cello).
Sabil : Zabad, l'écume des nuits (Twilight Tide)
The duo Sabil is Ahmad Al Khatib ('ud) and Youssef Hbeisch (percussion). On this album, they are joined by Elie Khoury on bouzouki and Hubert Dupont on acoustic bass in an exploration of Arabic music and modern composition and improvisation. This was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording in 2017. These CDs were donated by the artists and record label, and all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.
Unni Lovlid : Hymn
Folk music is the core of this project by one of Norway's finest traditional and modern vocalist, this time combining the Japanese gagaku tradition that brings together contemporary and traditional music from Japan and Norway. Musicians on this recording are Hakon Thelin on acoustic bass, Remi Miura on the sho, and Kaizan Harago on shakuhachi.
Erlend Viken Trio : Nykomlingen
Erlend Viken leads his trio on fiddle, Hardanger fiddle and vocals, with Marius Graff on guitar, electric guitar, banjo and lead vocals, and Leo Svensson Sander on cello and vocals. Three tracks include Oyvind Skarbo on drums.
Jonas Simonson : Till Tranland
The Swedish fluatist is joined by Emma Johansson on the flute, and Ellika Frisell and Mia Marin on the fiddles and viola. 'To Craneland' is a tribute to the water bird and its migratory patterns, and features compositions from all of the ensemble's members.
Danyel Waro : Monmon
Danyel Waro has always stayed faithful to the acoustic tradition of Maloya of Reunion Island. As a musician and poet, he sings Creole with unparalleled emotion: 'Maloya, for me, is first and foremost about the word. I'm looking for the cadence, the image, the rhythm in the word. Maloya has put me in touch with Reunion, with its people, with our language.'
Frigg : Frost on Fiddles
Recording number eight for this Finnish ensemble of fiddles, mandolins, acoustic bass and guitars is an expansive group of pieces that explores some of the richer possibilities of the Finnish folk orchestra, from rousing polsskas to complexe arrnagements of original works.
Olov Johansson, Erika Lindgren Liljenstolpe and Robert Larsson : Maskin
Three masters of the craft of Swedish fiddle playing focus on the Uppland tradition. The common love for the light, swinging and yet high energy fiddle style that Viksta-Lasse, Eric Sahlström, Curt Tallroth and Bosse Larsson championed brings us a wonderful recording of Swedish strings.
Trio Tekke and Dave De Rose : Zivo
The trio bring along a percussionist for their third recording. Formed in London in November 2005 by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras, vocals, and a member of Monsieuer Doumani), Lefteris Moumtzis (guitar, vocals) and Colin Somervell (double bass), the band experiments with a raw, acoustic reinvention of the rebetiko of Greece and beyond.
Olov Johansson and Catriona McKay : The Auld Harp
Swedish nyckelharpa and Scottish harp come together in the hands of two leading players of the instruments from their respective countries. The repetoire includes traditional Scots and Swedish songs and original compositions by both players.
Catriona McKay and Olov Johansson : Foogy
They met in Stockholm 2002 to share a concert with their bands, Väsen from Sweden and Shetland based Fiddlers' Bid. Backstage before the concert Catriona asked Olov "Do you know this one?" and played Eric Sahlström's Spelmansglädje. Join their exploration of traditional and new music from Scotland and Sweden, the sound of Scottish harp and Swedish nyckelharpa.
Zephyr : October Ocean
From the review in RootsWorld: 'Görån Mansson, Jonas Simonson (from Groupa), and Richard Ekre Suzzi utilize a variety of wind instruments from Sweden and afar, such as the bamboo Bansuri flute. An all-flute trio can certainly have an ethereal sound, as the band demonstrates but Zephyr go well beyond such stereotyping and they construct compositions that indulge in world music influences. They are also a remarkably percussive group, the melodic washes are undergirded by deep tones that, combined, lend a slightly Asian air. Zephyr make a compelling and intriguing showcase for the power and universality of, and experimentation possible with, wind instruments.'
Maes, Martin, Gruel : Feule Caracal
Two great experimenters of the diatonic accordion, Frenchmen Christian Maes and Janick Martin, and the explorer percussionist Etienne Gruel. That's all there is. The accordions are both acoustic and run through effects, the percussion is mostly from the middle east, and with these simple tools and elements of jazz and rock, they push back the borders a few degrees.
Carmen Souza w. Theo Pascal : Creology
Carmen Souza is daughter of Cape Verdeans and one of Portugal's great singers. Her 8th album is a collaboration with Portuguese bassist, writer and arranger Theo Pascal. They have created a new set of songs using the Creole music from around the world, mixing their inherited traditional cultural elements with other modern ideas. Their inspiration on this album comes from ex-colonial Portuguese countries- Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Brazil, Cuba and then on to New Orleans. It's a joyous celebration of mixing culture, music and tradition that is as old as the human race.
Aman Aman : Música i cants sefardís d'Orient i Occident
Mara Aranda and Efrén López of the well-received Spanish ensemble L'ham de Foc have brought together a number of musicians to explore Sephardic music under the name of Amán Amán. They maintain their forward vision on these tracks, as they traverse Sephardic turf in Greece, Turkey, the Balkans and Spain.
Riccardo Tesi,Galeazzi,Ledda, di Marco, Biolcati, Salvadori, Lega : Bella Ciao
Fifty years ago, 'Bella Ciao' was a profoundly important show mounted by the Nuovo Canzoniere Italiano. The program highlighted the burgeoning research into folk song over the period 1954-1964, and as such, it was poised to help further the Italian folk revival. The new album version of Bella Ciao, supervised by accordionist Tesi, celebrates the 50th anniversary. Tesi gathered together major Italian folk and political artists for this event, and the musical component of the songs has been updated to include guitar, accordion, clarinet, bass, and percussion.
Dancas Ocultas and Orchestra : Amplitude
The Portuguese accordion ensemble presents original works (and one traditional folk song) in unique arrangements, joined by Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, with Carminho, Dead Combo and Rodrigo Leao.
Tunde Jegede and Derek Gripper : Mali in Oak
British kora and cello player Jegede and South African guitarist Gripper join together to explore the music of Mali in a unique set of their own arrangments of the tradition. Recorded at the Globe Theater (as in, Shakespeare’s Globe), the sound is gorgeous, the music superb, and the musicianship of the highest level.
Lena Willemark and Cecilia Zilliacus : Dansa
Two of Sweden's most highly respected musicians join forces for a beautiful set of songs. Classical violinist Cecilia Zilliacus, and folk and jazz musician Lena Willemark, create an album for voice and violin drawing on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Crüger, Svante Henryson, Jakob Regnart and Sven-David Sandström.
Trad.Attack! : Kullakarva - Shimmer Gold
This Estonian band uses tradition as a jumping off point for a vocal infused, high energy folk music that jusmps into the same territory as Hedningarna and Varttina. They take traditional songs – sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices – and build pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums and an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew’s harps.
Zenobia : Blot En Ild
The 2017 release by this Danish trio of women is an elegant set of 16 instrumental compositons and lyrical songs, some from classical texts, all original music set for accordion, piano and voices. The booklet contains full lyrics in Danish, and a synopsis of each song in English.
Mynsterland : Mynsterland
A young group of Danish string players, singers and a clarinetist tackle a wide-ranging set of songs and tunes from Back to Nickel Creek on fiddles, cello, reeds, guitar and bass.
La Rondinella : Sephardic Journey (1999)
The music of Spain and the Spanish Jews. The CD is divided into two programs: Sephardic Songs and The Spanish Renaissance.
Boot : Soot
Boot is Hållbus Totte Mattsson (mandora, Baroque lute, from hedningarna), Ola Bäckström (violin, bouzouki, well known fiddler and member of Swap) and Samuel Andersson (percussion, hurdy-gurdy, octave violin; from Hedningarna, Godrun), three well respected Swedish musicians who are familiar with tradition in a powerful new trio recording.
Al Andaluz Project : Al-Maraya
The Al Andaluz Project weds the main female voices fromEnsemble Estampie (Sigrid Hausen), Aman Aman and L’Ham de Foc (Mara Aranda), together with Iman Kandoussi (from Morocco) to a tapestry of lush acoustic instrumentation evocative of the Iberian Middle Ages. Al-Maraya is the Al Andaluz Project’s second CD.
Berit Opheim, Nils Okland and Bjorn Kjellemyr : BNB - ein song frå dei utsungne stunder
Berit Opheim, Nils Økland and Bjørn Kjellemyr are inspired by a wide variet y of classic styles but find common ground in the field of improvisation.Berit Opheim has won the traditional Landskappleiken with her shining vocal. Nils Økland is an extraordinary music who plays fiddle, hardanger fiddle and viola d 'amore. Bjørn Kjellemyr's double bass and his recent fondness of the colascione, a bass lute from the Renaissance, adds the appropriate gravity to this recording, performed live in the Ullensvang church in Norway. There is a deep tradition here, but also an untamed avant garde, and together they make BNB a highly recommended CD.
Knut Kjok and Dag Garden : Fra folk te' folk
Knut Kjøk (violin) and Dag Gården (accordion) lend a new energy to the traditional tunes of Norway.
Mari Eggen and Helene Høye : Glod (Glow)
Two Norwegian fiddlers bring together a high level of musianship and a lively sense of the tradition in a series of folk tunes and tunes inspired by the Norwegian fiddle heritage.
Vintermane : Vintermåne
Exciting and beautiful new music from Norway. Anne Gravir Klykken (vocal), Frøydis Grorud (sax) and Torjus Vierli (keyboards) flirt with tradtion, but keep it personal and unique.
Frigg : Economy Class
(Back in stock) Frigg return with their third studio album, advancing their place as young leaders of the Nordic roots music movement. Frigg continue to forge a unique concoction of string music from many cultures through the filter of their native traditions of Finland and Norway. With elements of Appalachian, Celtic, and Eastern European folk influences, this band of fiddles, bass, guiatar, mandolin and percussion delivers another brilliant collection.
Lena Willemark : Blåferdį (Blue Journey)
Features songs and lyrics, composed by Lena, sung in the Elfdalian language of her home region of Avdalen, Sweden. Program notes and lyrics are translated to Swedish and English in the booklet. It's performed with voice, strings and percussion supplied by Lena, Mia Marin, Emma Reid, Mikael Marin, Leo Sander and Tina Quartey. (Quite a cast!) It is, I think, one of her best (and that goes a long way, I think), so this comes with my biggest "highly recommended" gold star on it. In stock now.
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Issa Juma and Super Wanyika Stars : World Defeats The Grandfathers
Wanyika Stars was the defining sound of Kenyan Swahili rumba in the late 70s and early 80s, and Issa Juma was a pivotal figure in both creating and giving it new directions. His powerful baritone voice was indisputably the best of the Wanyika clan and, constantly experimenting, his style could change with each producer and session. Carefully re-mastered, full-length recordings that include bona fide hits alongside rare, never-before-released tracks, this album is a long-overdue homage to a brilliant vocalist and band-leader, an innovative and accomplished musician. Listen
9Bach : Anian + In Your Voice
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection. The Welsh contemporary folk band's 3rd album, released in 2016, is a superb mix of modern and ancient. David Cox wrote in RW that 'this is a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own… a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own.' The second disc is poetic reinterpretations of the Welsh lyrics in English poetry and prose. Highly recommended.
Various : Greek Rhapsody: Instrumental Music from Greece 1905-1956
152-page hardcover book with two CDs featuring 42 Greek instrumental recordings made between 1905 and 1956. This compilation offers, for the first time, a unique panorama of the instruments and styles of the Greek music from the first half of the 20th century. Author and compiler Tony Klein is a British musician, researcher, and writer, based in Sweden. He has played and researched Greek music for 40 years, and studied with, among others, the veteran Stelios Keromitis. In 2005, in collaboration with collector Charles Howard, he produced and annotated the CD Mortika Rare Vintage Recordings from a Greek Underworld.
Tao Ravao and Thomas Laurent : Au Bout Du Petit Matin
Malgache string player and vocalist Ravao and French harmonica player Laurent offer a window into primarily Francophone and Francophone-associated tunes. Though a few tracks would be well known to even casual listeners of jazz, rock, and Afro-Latin styles, the way Ravao and Laurent capture their energy with only two performers is much more novel. Ravao plays both guitar and kabosy, a box-shaped wooden guitar common in musics of Madagascar, while Laurent sports a twelve-hole chromatic harmonica not dissimilar to the voice-like emotionality popularized by musicians like Toots Thielemans and Gregoire Maret.
Alakotila, Järvelä, Kennemark : Nordik Tree
Arto Järvelä, Timo Alakotila and Hans Kennemark, three formidible artists from Finland and Sweden, in a collaboration for fiddles and harmonium (pump organ).
Afenginn : Retrograd
This unorthodox Danish small orchestra performs music that is high-energy, humorous and virtuoso bastard-ethno music: original folk music-based compositions containing odd meters, wildness, energy and catchy melodies, but also moments of meditation and melancholy. Thwre are hints of klezmer and other eastern European sounds, but the final mix is all their own
Trio Mio : Pigeon Folk Pieces
The second effort by the Danish tro led by violinist Kristine Heeboll with Jens Ulvsand on bouzouki and guitar and Nikolaj Busk on piano and accordion. A touch of the contemporary avant garde meets the deeply traditional folk in a recording that is .
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.
Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 2 (The Silk Road)
Korea's foremost composer and kayagum (6-string zither) master performing new works on this ancient instrument that crosses centuries, cultures and traditions. '...lyrical, picturesque, meditative and brief.... authoritatively produced and performed.' FANFARE Magazine (Korean Import)