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various artists : Lost in China
I don't often choose a compilation recording for Music of the Month, but I made one of the exceptions for this recording, a collection of songs by 13 different artists or ensembles from urban Beijing to the desert of Xinjiang, mostly younger artists looking to explore and sometimes confound local traditions. Most of the musicians have not been heard outside of China, or even their own region, before so I think this makes a case for choosing this CD.
ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)
Aurelio : Darandi
Celebrating 30 years of Garifuna music by one of the region's most important contemporary artists, Darandi is a tour de force of Latin American music. The CD is packaged in an illustrated hard-cover book with historical and biographical notes, as well as notes on each of the songs.
Serendou : Zinder
Breton flutes meet flutes and percussion from Niger in a unique new recording of cross-cultural music. Yacouba Moumouni (flute, vocals), Boubacar Souleymane (singer, percussionist, guitar and kountigui – a one-stringed lute), and Jean-Luc Thomas (ebony flute, electronics, vocals) are joined by a few guests on percussion, strings and tuba.
Omar Sosa and Sekou Keita : Transparent Water
The latest global collaboration by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. This time around Sosa he works with Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita to create new music with roots in multiple African regional musics (Mandinka and Yoruba), but add Chinese reeds (sheng master Wu Tong), Japanese koto (Mieko Miyazaki) along with Afro-Latin piano and percussion (Venzuelean artist Gustavo Ovalles). (A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection)
Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis : NYN
About this 2016 release by the Greek roots-pop trio, Nondas Kitsos wrote in RootsWorld: "With NYN, Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis have created an absolutely wonderful reprise to their Greekadelia. Here they are, addressing the meltdown of Greece by offering music of incomparable beauty and inventiveness." Deep folk roots, rich poetry and a remarkable neo-psychedelic sound bring it all together.
Florida Memory : 3 CDs of Florida folklife
Three CDs of blues, folk and gospel from the Florida Folklife Collection.
Tell The Truth: Blues and Gospel
Shall We Gather at the River
Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night
This set of CDs was donated by State Library & Archives of Florida in support of RootsWorld. All proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.
Dawda Jobarteh : Transitional Times
Dawda Jobarteh was born in Gambia, part of a family of hereditary musicians, including his grandfather, the legendary Alhaji Bai Konté. His new CD is a blend of tradition remembered and an immigrant's vision of new worlds. The music swerves from pure solo strings to jarring, modern motifs. He plays with pop and jazz idioms, but it always feels very rooted in the old world. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated byt eh labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.
Sidestepper : Supernatural Love
A band who pioneeered electro-Cumbia and other Colombian sounds released this album in 2016 to great acclaim. This time out, it's full of deep acoustic sounds and instruments, recorded in the Colombia countryside. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated by the labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.
various artists : Stilling Time: Traditional musics of Vietnam
American musician Philip Blackburn travelled to Vietnam in late 1993 to record the village music of the nation and came home with a remarkable portrait of a culture both deeply reverential of the past and yet still dynamic and growing.
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin : Aupres Du Poele
From the Canadian Maritime province of Prince Edward Island, here is a band that plays fast and loose with the Scottish and Acadian traditions that permeate this part of the world, adding touches from Europe and beyond. The goat skin (and other percussion) of Caleb Gallant and the strings (guitar, fiddle) from Rowen Gallant and Jesse Périard (who also adds some pump organ) join their voices together in Auprès Du Poêle.
Guy Klucevsek : The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour
Cliff's favorite accordionist is joined by a marvelous cast of characters on a musical 'tour' of all the strange corners of Mr. Klucevsek's musical mind. Guy is capable of sweet sentiment, weird bursts of humor, flights of eastern European fantasy and moments pure, sublime bliss. This is a RootsWorld music choice, and all of your purchase price goes to supporting the magazine and radio programs.
Vieux Kante : The Young Man's Harp
The blind kamale ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 This is the first time the album has been released. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques and dazzling abilities, with the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, makes this a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.
Hazmat Modine : Extra-Deluxe-Supreme
This NYC bad of brass, harmonica, guitars and rhythm defies easy description wit their original blend of American roots music with whatever crosses their path. Give it a listen! A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
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.
Kandia Kouyate : Renascence
The Mandé 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 Kouyaté: 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.
Mahsa Vahdat : A Cappella: The Sun Will Rise
The record is a pilgrimage to a beauty marked by stains of love and dreams. In old churches, castles and halls - in Van, Istanbul, Oslo, Wroclaw, Provence and Alhambra, Mahsa's voice fills rooms of hidden stories and mysteries. Her orchestra is just the echo from walls and vaults, floors and columns in the rooms she and her engineer and producer Erik Hillestad chose for recording the voice-only songs. A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
Ferhat Tunc : Kobani
Ferhat Tunç is the kind of singer, rare in today's popular data stream, who must bear witness to the politics of his art in everyday life. Despite having been persecuted, sentenced, and jailed for his sonic activism, if not also because of the infractions inflicted upon him by his own government, Tunç has persevered in focusing his attention on those who have, less fortunately, paid with their lives. Recorded in Istanbul and Oslo, and mixed at the latter city's famed Rainbow Studio by master engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug, Kobani is Tunç's deepest mission statement yet.' - Tyran Grillo, RW
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
Lakou Mizik : Wa Di Yo
The band was formed by musicians young and old from Jacamel, Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. Their brand new recording is titled Wa Wi Do 'You Tell Them - We Are Still Here.' Says band member Steeve Valcourt: "We have nearly lost everything - but we'll never lose our culture." This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection for 2016, donated by the record label to support the magazine. (The bar code has a small mark over it to indicate it was donated.)
Saba Anglana : Ye Katama Hod - The Belly of the City
Born in Mogadishu, the duaghter of an Italian father and Ethiopian mother, Saba Anglana has made her home in Rome, Italy, but has brought in influences from her historical roots and beyond, merging them all into a powerful musicial and sometimes, political statement. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection for 2016.
RAM : Ram 6: Manman M Se Ginen
These rhythms don't walk alone. They come with melodies and songs and spirits and knowledge. They come with rituals. says Richard Morse, leader of the Port au Prince band RAM. The Haitian ensembles 6th album is a fine piece of work, fusing local instruments and rhythms with contemporary enrgey and politics. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.
Ponk : Postfolklor
This trio brings together Czech, Slovak and Moravian folk lore with a contemporary acoustic touch. At the heart of the band is the hammered dulcimer or zither known as the cimbalom, a tool common to many eastern European traditions. But musician Eduard Tomastík pushes the instrument into a new range of more modern sounds, carried by the vocals, bass and violin of bandmates Michal Krystynek and Jakub Nozicka. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection, and helps support the radio program and magazine.
Three Cane Whale : Palimpsest
A unique intstrumental trio from England features Alex Vann - mandolin, bowed psaltery, bouzouki, zither, banjo, dulcimer; Pete Judge - trumpet, cornet, dulcitone, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel, tenor horn; Paul Bradley - acoustic guitar, miniature harp. You'll hear some strains of this music that will remind you of Spiro (with whom they share a member) or the late, great Simon Jeffes and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, but there is a much wider, deeper range of music here, an original streak the evokes landscape and sky. This CD was donated by the artists to support the publication and broadcasts of RootsWorld, so all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.
Anne-Mari Kivimäki : Lakkautettu kylä (A closed down village)
The third in her Suistamo series, A Closed-Down Village musically explores Finnish WWII evacuees, wartime, leaving one's home and the current reality in the Karelian village of Suistamo that used to be part of Finland but now belongs to Russia. The music has been inspired by the life and the stories told by the Karelian storyteller and accordion player Ilja Kotikallio (1894-1961). This was donated by the artist for RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' series, and all proceeds from the sale support the magazine and radio program.
Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar : Fatteliku - Live in Athens, 1987
Youssou N'Dour and his band at their peak, from a live concert in Greece in 1987.Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.
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.
Monsieur Doumani : Sikoses
The stunning second release by this Cypriot trio is as punchy and political as the first. A brilliant mix of acoustic folk music and modern sensibilities, peppered with musical and lyrical humor. This is RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' selection for June, 2015 and your full purchase goes to support the magazine and radio program.
Spiro : Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
A quartet from England combines folk acoustics and art music precision to create a personal chamber music sound using accordion, piano, violins, mandolins and percussion. They present 14 compositions that lay outside of any category, refusing any pigeon hole.
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino : Quaranta 
Founded in 1975, the band spearheaded the revival of pizzica tarantata, an ancient folk music born in Salento, the southernmost part of Italy's Puglia region. Pizzica originally was played in rituals meant to cure peasants of tarantismo, an illness purportedly caused by tarantula bites. In the healing rites of tarantismo, music, dance, and colors all were employed to relieve the distress of the afflicted. (From George De Stefano's RootsWorld interview) With a new generation, the band continues to embrace its legacy while forging new ground. This CD celebrates 40 years of continuous exploration and innovation in Italian music. This CD was donated by Ponderosa Records and the artists, as an offer of their generous support of RootsWorld magazine and radio. All proceeds support RW.
Himmerland : The Spider in the Fiddle
The band calls it "New Danish music across styles, cultures and frontiers." A multi-culti band with roots in many parts of the world, they build a sophisticated sound with a small band. The members are Eskil Romme (sax), Ditte Fromseier (violin, vocal), Morten Alfred Høirup (guitar, vocal), Andrzej Krejniuk (electric bass) and Ayi Solomon (percussion). This is the RootsWorld's Music of the Month selection for December, 2014. (This CD was donated by the band to help support the magazine and radio program.)
Kiran Ahluwalia : Sanata : Stillness
In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia's new offering, Sanata: Stillness, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation. At once contemplative and rockin', traditional and innovative, Kiran's hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one's heart and on the world stage. Born in Patna, India, Kiran's parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist and arranger Rez Abbasi - a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics. This CD was donated by the artist as generous support of RootsWorld.
Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano : Ilé
Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. Omar's newest recording, Ilé, marks a homecoming for the 7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer to the Latin Jazz influences of his formative years in late '80s and early '90s Havana. During this period, Omar savored the music of Pancho Quinto, Lázaro Ros, Rubén González, Machito, Benny Moré, Arsenio, Cachao, Lili Martinez, Peruchin, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Ilé means homeland in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, derived from the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this new studio recording. This CD was donated by and artist and Otá Records in support of RootsWorld.
Anouar Brahem : Souvenance
The music of Souvenance, by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic, was recorded in 2014 – six years after oud-master Anouar Brahem's last ECM album, The Astounding Eyes of Rita. "It took a long time to write this music," he acknowledges, noting that his emotional world had been usurped by the unfolding story of political upheaval sweeping first through Tunisia then through the neighbouring countries. Extraordinary waves of change, accompanied by great hopes and fears. "I don't claim a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia," says Anouar, "but I have been deeply affected by them." New directions for the music find Fran?ois Couturier returning to the Brahem group, frequently supported by subtle string orchestration. The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the contributions of the quartet members – and, above all, Anouar Brahem's unique oud-playing – stand out in bold relief. This
Dino Saluzzi Group : El Valle de la Infancia
Argentine bandoneonist-composer-improviser Dino Saluzzi returns to his roots. Recorded in Buenos Aires, it's the first of his discs to feature his "family band" since 2005. Here Dino is heard with his brother Felix on tenor sax and clarinet, his son José María on guitars and nephew Matías on basses. Friends joining the party are 7-string guitarist Nicolás "Colacho" Brizuela and drummer Quintino Cinalli, brought in by Dino to gently expand the sense of freedom that informs his music. This is a RootsWorld Music of the Month CD donated by ECM Records. All proceeds go to suppport the magazine and radio program.
Monsieur Doumani : Grippy Grappa
This Cypriot band Monsieur Doumani has been making quite a name for itself both at home and abroad in the last 6 months. They take the sounds of their native Cyprus and put it through a blender - making the music both more accessible to a new audience, while also respecting the roots, keeping them healthy and growing. They blend a serious sense of tradition with a cutting social satire and a playful wit. Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments) are musical bandits steal whatever they can and forge it into something all their own, enveloped in a smoky haze of poetry and sharp musical arrangements. The purchase of this CD is for a donation to support RootsWorld, the magazine and radio show of the world's music.
Various artists : Real World 25 (3 CD set)
A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection, donated by Real World Records, and all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program. 3 CDs, 38 tracks trace the rich and diverse history of one of the major 'world music' labels - from the polyphonic singing of Sardinia to the gospel music of Alabama; from modern Indo vocals experiments to the women of Finland, from traditional Tanzanian harps to global fusions fostered by Real World's studio encounters.
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