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Transsylvanians : Live in Berlin
Hungarian speedfolk' recorded live in concert…. Utter madness from the Hungarian folk-rockers

Khaled : Ya-Rayi
The acknowledged 'master of rai' returns to his roots in Oran for this 2004 release, produced by Philippe Edel. This limited edition includes a bonus DVD (30 minutes program) which includes videos of 3 songs (one live performance) plus interviews and photographs

Faudel : Another Sun
Rai crossover master Faudel's 2003 release

various : Mali: The Bambara Music of Baninko
Recordings from the Musee d'ethnographie in Geneva's 'Archives internationales de musiques populaire' series. Special order - allow 3 weeks for shipment. See the complete series.

Various Artists : Danco Dievis (Latvian Dances Vol 2)
...riveted my attention. The lead cut Perkonitis, by the Dancu Muzikas Grupa, sets the mood. That group—along with Dziga, Laimas muzykanti, and Dandari—showcases a youthful vitality that makes clear these folks like to dance. Suseklis and Vezu Dancis follow, each with its own degree of wild abandon. Slower, reel/waltz-like songs vary the pacing, and a variety of instrumentation is presented. A few cuts seem Germanic (e.g. Saimniekdeli), yet all are traditional, with influences that have accumulated over the centuries. - Dick Dorsett, RootsWorld

various Faroese Artsists : Kingosangur
This is a documentary recording of traditional unaccompanied religious vocal music of the Faroe Islands. Some of the songs date at least as far back as the 17th century.

Ben Canar : Nedudai
Ben-Canar lives in the ancient city of Safed, the cradle of Cabala, on the Israeli-Syrian border. However, he can trace both Polish and Russian elements through his ancestry.

Tuscae Gentes : Viva Faliero!
Songs, sounds, stories around Val di Bisenzio and Tuscany, an homage to Val di Bisenzio and its poets, leading us in unexplored territories of folk songs.

Valeriu Cascaval : Cymbalum De Moldavie
Moldavian cimbalom

Folk Music in Sweden series, volume 9-10 : Three Traditional Folk Singers (2 CDs)
72 songs recorded by Swedish radio between 1952 and 1963, including jocular ballads, pastoral songs, love songs, drinking tunes, religious songs and songs of the sea. Sung by Lena Larsson (Gullo, Bohuslan), Ulrika Lindholm (Jamtland) and Svea Jansson.

Various : Music from Uganda 2
Presenting the new music, in which the traditional forms have been developed and popularised. The rhythm here is the centre of a band of about fifteen thumb pianos, a one-man band or a genuine party band playing dance music on modernized harps. Recordings made by Swedish national radio.

Gunnell Mauritzson : Silhuette
The music of Lars Gullen

Eliseo Parra : Viva quien sabe querer
(Long Live He Who Knows How to Love), the latest recording by Spain's Eliseo Parra, is a sterling example of both successful contemporary presentation of traditional themes and the masterful use of diverse recording techniques.' - RootsWorld

Kristian Blak, Vera Kondrateva, Yggdrasil : Lipet El : Seven Brothers
Kristian Blak once again steps into difficult and strange musicical worlds on this recording with Khanty singer Kondrateva. The Khanty people live in an autonomous region in western Siberia, with a culture far removed from Russia. Incorporating these songs into any western framework woudl be challenging, but Bkal and his ensemble push it to the limits of folk, jazz and 'new music.' Click and listen. I can't explain it.

Idrissa Diop : Yakar
Diop marries the jam-happy flights of Funk fancy with the incisive virtuosity of Latin ensembles, with an urban French/African flavor. It's jubilant and full of surprises; ambitious, self-assured Afropop.

Various Greek artists : folk music of Greece (Topic 907)

Wissam Murad : Min Ba'd
One of the lead vocalists and leaders of the Palestinian ensemble Sabreen steps forward with a rich recording of modern songs rooted in tradtion, accompanied by an excellent ensemble of ud, bass, percussion, violin, kanoun and cello.

Great Big Sea : Courage and Patience and Grit
A live concert recording on 2 discs, one CD and one DVD, including traditional and original tracks such as "Captain Kidd," "Sea of No Cares," "Scolding Wife," "Jack Hinks," and more. The DVD features an additional four music videos, including a rare clip of a song they recorded with The Chieftains, "Lukey."

Bala Et Ses Balladins : Objectif Perfection

Criolo : Nó Na Orelha
"possibly the most important figure on the Brazilian pop scene" says Caetano Veloso. Not exactly small praise from an obscure source. The child of migrants from the North East of Brazil to the commercial hub of São Paulo, Kleber Gomes, aka Criolo, grew up in Grajaú (Zona Sul), one of the many shanty towns that circle this modern megacity. A mud-floored shack with no running water was the start to Criolo’s life on the flipside of Brazil, a tough urban environment that nevertheless has a sense of community he clearly cherishes. Using music to try to make sense of the city’s crazed reality, Criolo does not claim to speak for everybody, he just wants to channel all that rage and hope and tell it like it is.

Kaira Ben : Singa
Debut disc by a mix of Senegalese and Malian musicians.

Fratelli Mancuso : Cantu
The brothers Mancuso have made a mark in Italy for their unique - sometimes lush, sometimes raw but always artful - interpretations of Sicilian folk music. On Cantu, the composer/singer duo is accompanied by great ensemble including Enrico Rava (trumpet), Luciano Biondini (accordeon), Michele Acolese (guitar), Stefano Bollini (piano) and guest vocalist and narrator GianMaria Testa.

Milladoiro : O Nino do Sol
The 2003 release by one of Spain's most influencial new roots ensembles continues their work of bringing the gaitas, zanfonas, harps, flutes, accordions, strings and percussion of their Galician tradition into the new century with style, grace and a fine ear.

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

Pjotr Leschenko : 1931-1937: Gloomy Sunday
The charismatic Russian singer Pjotr Leschenko in recordings from 1931 to 1937, the years Leschenko was well on his way to conquering the whole of Europe from his exile in Bucharest. The accent is on tangos, with the focus being the title track, the legendary peaen to despair by Sam M. Lewis.

Pjotr Leschenko : 1931: Gipsy Songs & Other Passions
Leschenko was known as 'the king of the Russian tango' and his singing was passionate and rich. Born in a Russian town south of Odessa in what was to become Romania after the 1st world war, he became an icon throughout eastern Europe, one of the most sought after popular singers of his time. These 1931 recordings are part of the work from what were considered to be from his peak years from the early to mid 1930s.

6 Australes : Eclipse: Nuevas canciones de Buenos Aires
The music of 6 Australes has its roots in the Río de la Plata region, but emerged in Berlin; composed and performed by Argentinean and German musicians, brought together by the Tango. Musically they go beyond Tango, opening up to various forms of Latin-American music as for instance Milonga, Zamba, Chacarera, Bossa Nova or Candombe. Out of this joining they create their own distinctive style, that merges melodic passion with rhythmic diversity and - together with the poetic power of Sergio Gobi’s lyrics - enriches the tradition of Spanish-American song.

The Merlin Shepherd Kapelye : Intimate Hopes and Terrors - Tales from the Kishkes
Musician, teacher and interpreter of traditional East European klezmer clarinet is joined by the former Soviet Union Klezmer All Stars or, in his own words, some of the greatest klezmer players in the world today. Klezmer played with such passion, Jewish music directly from the heart, the soul, music from the gut, the kishkes, the very center of the human spirit. Jewish music that comes closer to one of the many ways that it may or probably may not have sounded so long ago.

Fatang : Fatang
Swedish trio plays traditional folk music from the province of Uppland and new compositions. Peter Rousu (electric bass and guitar), Olle Bohm (percussion) and Henrik Eriksson (nyckelharpa - keyed fiddle).

various South African artists : Homeland - A Collection of South African Music
A collection of danceable South African township jive. Most of the tracks are drawn from South African albums that went gold there in the late 1980s. With the Boyoyo Boys, Mzikayifani Buthelezi, Elias Mathebula, Manka Le Phallang & others.

Boris Kovac and Ritual Nova : Ritual Nova 1 and 2
Serbian artist Kovacs describes himself as 'a contemporary naive composer.' This CD compiles his two late 80s LPs; His label calls it 'folk, jazz and minimalism filtered through a post-Eno sensibility, with a spiritual integrity reminiscent of Arvo Part."

Various Artists : LA TARANTELLA DEL GARGANO: Le tradizioni musicali i Puglia - vol. 2
The traditional music of Puglia. Vol 2. - An ample collection of songs for serenata and tarantella in the fascinating melismatic style of the peasant culture of the Gargano, to the sounds of the chitarra battente, chitarra francese, castagnole, & tamburo. There are also pieces from the artisan world (tarantella, quadriglia, valzer fiorato) with mandoline and violin. Recordings from 1980 to 1988.

Melis and Lara : Launeddas
Masters of the Sardinian 'proto-bagpipe' reed instrument called the launeddas

Napoli Mandolin Orchestra : Mandolini All'Opera
This second project by the ensemble from Naples, Italy presents some musical melodrama, reworking the tradition of the Italian plectrum clubs, which, between XIX and XX century, popularized the opera outside the legitimate theater. Her they take on a fantasia from Bellini, Verdi's Traviata, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Bizet's Carmen and others, all given a romantic yet visceral reinterpretation that is both antique and refreshing.

La Macina : Vene il sabado e vene il venere…
A classic piece of Italian roots music from 1981 is reissued on CD in 2006. This was the first recording by this quartet of strong voices, accompanied by guitar, dulcimer, accordion, tamburello and other small percussion.

Silvio Peron and Gabriele Ferrero : Ballo delle Valli Occitane d'Italia
Traditional folk tunes from various parts of the Occitane valley of Italy, performed in duets by fiddler Ferrero and accordionist Peron, accompanied on three tracks by ghironda, clarinet and another violin.

Filippo Gambetta : Andirivieni
The Italian accordionists 3rd recording exoplores his Ligurian traditions as well as Nordic, Balkan, Celtic, French and classic music with Claudio de Angeli (acoustic guitar) and Riccardo Barbera (bass) and various assembled guests.

Piero Brega : Fuori dal Paradiso
One of the most beautiful voices of Italian popular music, winner of the Ciampi Award in 2005 with his debut record "Come Li Viandanti", is back with his second work, "Fuori dal paradiso", a record of original songs written by Brega and Martire, arranged by Mark Hamlyn and produced in collaboration with the Gianni Bosio Club. The record, twelve tracks, expresses the origins and the relevance of Brega's music, who, since his beginnings in the '70's with the Canzoniere del Lazio, has always loved the contamination of the tradition with the driving force of the rhythmic instruments. Also in "Fuori dal paradiso" music and words flow in a series of tales and colours, moving from waltzes to ethnic suggestions. Brega is in love with Rome and with its dialect, and gives us a well-balanced record in which personal stories mix easily with fantastic tales.

Flavio Sala and Juan Lorenzo : Encuentro
Flavio Sala, born in Campobasso, and Juan Lorenzo, a flamenco guitarist who has studied in Sevilla, and who has played with such great artists as Andrea Bocelli, Mario Reyes (Gipsy Kings), Al di Meola and Pino Daniele, seek a common ground on which the classical tradition and the flamenco legacy can thrive, experimenting and defining a new guitar language inside of classical Venezuelan themes, Granada flamenco, and jazz-like improvisation.

Anders Hagberg : The Herd
Old traditions like herding calls, jojks and overtone flute meet musicians of the 90-s in an unlimited improvised world music. Anders Hagberg is well established in Scandinavia and has toured internationally with other crossover groups such as Mynta, New Jungle Orchestra and Winduo.

Kocani, Fresu, Salis : Kocani Orkestar meets Paolo Fresu and Antonello Salis
This one leaps out to the edge, with the inimitible Balkan brass band joined by two Italian jazz experimenters for a raucous, surprising and completely unexpected set of musical adventures. 60 minures of great music from various live performances during late February and early March of 2004

Asha Bhosle : The Golden Voice of Bollywood
A compilation of 14 film pieces by the great Indian singer singer includes 'Ab to Mile Hai' from the film 'Caravan'; 'Yeh Hai Reshmi Zulfon Ka Andhera' from 'Mere Sanam' and 'Do Lafzon Ki Hai Dil Ki Kahani' from 'The Great Gambler.'

Chichimeca : Barbari
A young acoustic band from Sardinia has a lot of attitude and a lot more talent. They are using modern instruments (guitar, accordion, bass, drums, percussion and voices) in a strong display of new Italian roots.

Roland Schiltknecht with Alan Koushan : Tunsch
a handsome, impressionistic album of contemporary music making, intuitively informed by myth and the purity of folklife yet it escapes typing or direct comparison with any similar developments elsewhere in Europe. Quite a find. - Steve Taylor, RootsWorld

Wimme : Cugu

Djanbutu Thiossane : Ass, Mass and Pap
Senegalese trio of singers Ass, Mass and Pap N'Diaye with a small ensemble

various artists : Hardangar Fiddle (Norway)
Traditional music for the hardangar fiddle (hardingfele) from Norway, by performaers young and old inclusing Håkon Høgemo, Lorentz Hop, Synnøve S. Bjørset, Lars Underdal, Åse Teigland.

Knut Buen : Slåttedikt
Traditional fiddle tunes from Norway by one of the old masters. Recorded in 2012.

Piccola Bottega Baltazar : Poco Tempo,Troppa fame
Subtitled 'Omaggio a Fabrizio de André', this is the first recording by the band from Veneto, Italy. It's a svelte production of songs by the songwriter Fabrizio de André that quotes French chanson, Italian folk, bits of jazz and even a touch of tango, played out by a small ensemble of voice, two accordions, guitar, bass and percussion, with a little trombone and violin added for color.

Piccola Bottega Baltazar : Canzoni in forma di fiore
The 2004 recording by this sophisticated ensemble from Padua, Italy features Marco Toffannin on accordion, Giorgio Gobbo on guitar and vocals, Sergio Marchesini on painao and accordion, Antonio De Zanche, aka 'the Mayor' on double bass player and Massimo Aiello on drums and percussion, with some interesting guest coloration like duduk, saxophone and such. The songs are all original this time around, but they maintain a dream-like quality of time passing and the mellowness of a proper aging.

QQQ : Unpacking The Trailer
QQQ unspools folk music from a place where bluegrass, Norwegian wedding marches, progressive rock, and post-minimalism have merged into a funky, engaging hybrid. Dan Trueman plays the Hardanger fiddle, Monica Mugan is on classical guitar, Beth Meyers on viola and Jason Treuting does the drums and percussion.It is a wild and decidedly non-traditional mix, yet the music still sounds ancient and rooted.

Ingrid Bjone, Dr. Jonas Fjeld, Ola B. Johannesen : Neonlys pa Wergeland
Neon Light on Wergeland' presents the Norwegian poet and nationalist in an unusual musical light.

Jan Eggum : Hjertnuser
Norwegian singer-songwriter is known as "the face of the melancholy" with songs of lovelorn lives, loneliness and sorrow, and occasionally a social critic. Accompanied by a small ensemble of percussion, bass, occasional horns, he can move run from raw to schmaltzy, from pop rock to jazz. (Songs sung in Norwegian)

Bijan Chemirani : Eos
Bijan Chemirani, scion of one of Iran’s most famous musical families, began his professional career while still in secondary school. His subtle percussion has graced the works of several traditional CDs recorded in France by l'empreinte digitale. Eos offers a program of music fusing Persian tradition with cross-cultural Middle Eastern and European sounds. With Pierre Ruiz, guitar; Henri Tournier, flute; Loy Ehrlich, kora; with Manu Théron, Keyvan Chemirani and Stelios Petrakis.

I Cantori di Carpino : La Tarantella del Gargano
Eugenio Bennato directs the ensemble of battente guitarist and vocalist Sacco Andrea (born in 1911), accompanied by two other elderly singers (Maccarone and Piccininno) and by a group of 5 young people from Carpino (between 13 and 20 years old) who accompany their grandfathers in the unmistakable fantastic style of Carpino.

Morten Harket : Poetenes Evangelium

Solfrid Molland : Katedral for tapte drommer
On Katedral for tapte drømmer [Cathedral of Lost Dreams], the Norwegian accordionist is joined by some great names in Balkan music: Romanian hotshots Taraf de Haiduks, French-Russian gutarist Pascal de Loutcher and Gypsy singer Ionut Guluna.

Carola : I natt blir värden ny - Jul i Betlehem II
The norwegian vocalist presents a second collection of old and new Christmas songs in the Holy Nativity Church in Bethlehem, bringing moods and sounds from the region of the world where Christ was born. Her second visit to the city of David has inspired her to new interpretations of famous Christmas songs, featuring the musical expression of Bethlehem. Carola wonderful voice is complemented by musicians from Norway, Sweden and the Middle East.

Dalakopa et al : Vindens hjul - Gammeldansmesse
Sacred music composed by Henning Sommerro and performed by the ensemble Dalkopa and a chamber group of musicians and singers (1996 release)

Agnes Buen Garnas : Draumkvedet
Agnes Buen Garnås sings Norwegian medieval songs accompanied by flute, hardingfele, organ, saxophone and harp. With Harold Gundhus (flute and saxophone) , Knut Buen (hardingfele), Warren Cardstrom (Celtic harp) and Kare Nordstoga (organ).

Kalinka Zgurova : Voice of Strandja
Bulgarian Folk Songs'

Fedor Sándor Dimó / Various Artists : Lost Eden / Elveszett Éden Vol 2
This is the follow up to the phenomenal Lost Eden collection made by Ferenc Kiss and company. These recordings were collected by Gyorgy Martin in the 1950s and 60s and focus on Gypsy dances from the upper Tisza region of Hungary.

Boban Markovic Orkestar : Millennium
the 2000 release by the Balkan brass band king

Besh o droM : Besh o droM
New music from Hungary

Stein Versto : Urjen. Slåttar Etter Olav Og Eivind Groven
Solo hardingfele (hardangar fiddle) performances of tunes from Olav and Eivind Groven.

Simon and Olle Simonsson, Kjell-Erik Eriksson : Drängkammarlåtar (Farm-hand Tunes)
The trio plays music that was in fashion among country people in Sweden at the beginning of this century. Simon and Kjell-Erik (of Hoven Droven) play the fiddle as well as Simon's brother Olle, who also ccompanies on zither and guitar. Most of the tunes come from the fiddlers from &Aulvdalen in Dalecarlia and Offerdal in Jamtland.

L'ham de Foc : Canco de dona i home
8 musicians from Valencia, Spain mix traditional ideas with contemporary root/fusion music and include influences from Spain with the Middle East, India, Australia, Greece and North Europe

L'ham de Foc : Cor de Porc
The third recording by this Spanish band finds them deeply immersed in the music of Greece, the Balkans and the Adriatic.

Rarefolk : Unima Verse
The third recording by this Spanish band features a world-y mix of Asian, African, Mediterranean and other music in a folk-jazz-pop mix.

Yayo Caceres : Exteriors
Argentine composer, accordionist and guitarist really challenges your preconceptions about chamame, tango and other folkloric traditions with a recording that is part roots, part avant art music and always surprising.

various : Lesotho Calling: Lesiba and Sekhankula Music
Producer and field recordist Michael Baird has found the lesiba, an odd but entrancing stringed instrument that is blown like a flute -- still played by cattle herders in southern Africa's mountain kingdom in 2006. These are raw, simple songs, pure folk music in the harshest sense, with no fusion or production.

Ensemble Tierra et al : Misa Criolla
Ricardo Cabrera, Ensemble Tierra and members of the Philharmonic String Octet Berlin present a Latin American interpretation of the Catholic mass

Natasa Mirkovic and Nenad Vasilic : Soulmotion
Unique interpretations of famous Yugoslavian pop/rock classics from ’70s and ’80s, featuring solo voice and double bass by Bosnian singer Natas Mirkovic´ and Serbian bassist Nenad Vasilic.

Black Market Tune : Drifters and Vagabonds

various : En Hildringstime (a tribute to Erik Bye)
A group of Norway's foremost pop artists got together in 2004 on a Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation studio to pay tribute to Erik Bye who had recently passed away. Here the concert is finally released on CD, and on "En Hildringstime" (Magic Twilight) we include a rare gem, the bonus track "Drom" (Dream), the last song recorded by Erik Bye before he died, and which is a key part of the movie about him ¿ "Giganten" (The Giant).

Ole Paus : Sanger Fra Et Hvitmalt Gjerde I Sjelen
Norwegian contemporary songs. Ole Paus' lyrics tell stories of seduction, vanity, indifference and intimacy, with an ironic twist and a serious tone. The listener might think of the songs as preludes in a minor key to the inevitability and perhaps necessity of a doomsday. Then again, one may also regard them as entertaining or poetically innocuous small sketches of life. From this unique duality comes the power to move the soul, hence the working title's metamorphosis into "Songs from the whitewashed fence of the soul", opening for a much broader and richer interpretation of the songs. 2005 release

various artists : Passing With The Time
Popular Bulgarian folk songs may have familiar tunes to fans of the various choirs and large ensembles so popular in the last few decades, but here they go 'back to the roots' using solo voice or instrument, or duets of one voice and one instrument. The program by Milen Slavov, who is composer, music producer, accordionist and who has been living in the USA since 1997. The CD also includes performances by singer Zhivka Papancheva, the gaida player Petyo Kostadinov, kaval player Lyuben Dossev, and Teodor Dimitrov on gudulka .

La Moresca : Senza Cchui terra

La Rionda : Incantatrice (ES5313)
A new album for this ensemble, which is the best known and full of history in Liguria traditional music revival. A large band with great voices (Laura Parodi and Max Manfredi) and appreciated musicians. The arrangements are the result of a particular work lasted more than 4 yearsand they are really able to let you taste Liguria and its sea traditions. Bravos! of Trad Mag during summer 2001.

Hans Fredrik Jacobsen : Vind (Wind)
Norwegian flute sax and kantele player and his ensemble alternate between jaunty folk tunes and electro-expermiments, always centered on the 'wind' of the title in Norwegian folk tunes, Celtic and new age inspirations and some downright southern American feel on a few tracks. Instuments include guitar, percussion, bagpipes, nyckleharpa, harp and synths provided by Annbjorg Lien, Knut Reiersrud, Tome Hulbaekmo and Frode Fjellheim.

Giangilberto Monti : La belle epoque della Banda Bonnot
Twenty songs by Boris Vian, most of them unpublished, adapted in Italian and performed by this renowned Milanese song-writer and singer. The aim is to re-propose the story of the French anarchical outlaw Jules Bonnot. and this double CD follows the steps of the radio play written by Monti himself, produced by the Swiss Italian Radio. It was the winner of the Prix Suisse 2004 from Swiss national radio, in the fiction section.

E.Y.F.O. (European Youth Folk Orchestra) : ETFO
Mediterranean music comes to its highest level in this debut album for a virtuous player of friscaletto, a particular kind of flute typical of the Sicilian tradition. Guitars and percussion provide the arrangements of this hot CD, giving more than passing attention to an Arabian sound.

Le Vija : La cadrega fioria (ES5309
Some of the best musicians of Piedmontese traditional music play together in Le Vijà: it was the Regional Administration of Piedmont who commissioned the creation of this band from Turin's FolkClub and EthnoSuoni. The group joins experienced musicians and young, clever ones. The repertoire gives an example of the various kinds, styles, cultures and languages of a Region rich in musical traditions. Basically acoustic, Le Vijà's sound includes modern interpretation of the traditional repertoire, both for the refined use of instruments and the sophisticated arrangements.

Suriscot Trio : Phases
Take the traditional tunes with hurdy-gurdy, fiddle and two-rows melodion, add the keyboards and mix it up with a large does of improvisation. This is a trio whose sound can show the way for the tomorrow's European folk music. These young musicians embrace technology and make new routes.

Carmelo Salemi : Hybla (ES5320)
The Mediterranean music comes to its highest level in this debut album for a virtuous player of friscaletto, a particular kind of flute typical of the sicilian tradition. Guitars and many percussions provide the arrangements of this hot CD, giving more than an eye to the Arabian sound. Listen!

Various Artists : Tulikulkku
The experimental side of the Finnish new folk movement is exemplified in these tracks by Tuulenkantajat, Hedningarna, Niekku, Pirnales, Martti Pokela, Pohjantahti with Wimme Saari, Me Naiset, Etnopojat, Primo

Geoff Muldaur : Beautiful Isle of Somewhere
The great and often quirky jazz-blues singer and guitarist in a live performancein Bremen, Germany. Muldaur’s new interpretations of mostly classic blues, folk, jazz and gospel material reach a rare kind of intensity and depth. Both of his duo albums with ex-wife Maria are considered certified roots music classics and his name is inseparable from the history of the American folk and blues revival, but rarely has Geoff Muldaur sounded better than on this particular album. It’s a remarkable comeback after an 18-year-absence from the music business by a wonderful artist delivering acoustic roots music built to last.

Dino Saluzzi, Jon Christensen : Senderos
The Argentine bandoneon master and the Norwegian percussionist join forces in a striking series of duets.

Gianluigi Trovesi Ottetto : Fugace
Released in August, 2003: The Italian reed man in an all-Italian octet that celebrates the spirit of early jazz in a thoroughly contemporary context.

Yggdrasil : Duologues
Faroese composer Kristian Blak creates new works with the Danish painter Anders Hjuler. They imagine "duologues' between ancient and modern figures from philosophy and literature (Beatrice and Dante; Munch and Nietzsche; Mandela and Dalia Lama, Lao Tse and Confucius) performed by the reknowned Nordic ensemble Yggdrasil.

Banda de Armada Portuguesa : Antologia do Centenario 1903-2003
The Portuguese Navy Band is presented in a series of songs dating back to the earliest days of recorded music and coming right up to 2003. Brass bands and vocal groups in true navy band styles and a few surprises.

Tapia eta Leturia : Ero

La Talvera : Pòble Mon Pòble
2003 release by the noteable Occitania roots ensemble received the 'Choc de la musique' award from Bravo Trad Magazine

Otto Lechner and Anne Bennent : gwundrig
Art songs for theater works by Robert Walser performed by vocalist Anne Bennett and accordionist Otto Lechner.

Jouko Kyhala : Saalas
Harmonica master Jouko Kyhälä (of Svang) is joined by Piia Kleemola (violin), Pekka Lehti (bass), Janne Lappalainen from Varttina (bouzoki) and Abdissa Assefa (percussion) for a wide ranging musical tour.

Niou Bardophones : Sages Comme des Fous
Van Morrison once said, “the bagpipe is the only instrument that can threaten the electric guitar” and that point is made clearly obvious, once again, with the Niou Bardophones’ latest opus of improvised traditional music, the fruit of an unlikely match between the rhythms of Central Brittany and the free jazz style of Albert Ayler (who also played bagpipes)! Featured Artists: Erwan Keravec: bagpipe; Guénolé Keravec: bombards; Ronan Le Gouriérec: baritone sax; Jean-Marie Nivaigne: drums

Grencsó Open Collective : Flat/Sikvedek
István Grencsó, the dominant figure of the Hungarian avant jazz scene, is in prime form with his two-generation quartet on this new album. Original compositions and arrangements, and one traditional song reimagined as jazz. Featured Artists: István Grencsó: tenor sax, bass clarinet, flute; Máté Pozsár: piano; Róbert Benkó: double bass and Szilveszter Miklós: drums, percussion.

Sväng : Schladtzshe
The Finnish harmonica quartet strikes again. "Schladtzshe!" is both a swear and a toast. The band explains it: "Brothers! Let us make our mistakes with pride, for life otherwise is a mere collection of irrational occurrences. Let us empty our abundant, if sometimes bitter, drink with joy!" You'll just have to listen.

Alamaailman Vasarat : Vasaraasia
The Hammers of the Underworld have been called Ethnic brass punk and kosher-kebab jazz. With pump organs, a horn section, drums and cello for a rhythm section, and a WHOLE lot of attitude, this band presents a unique, modern vision.

Nguyen Le : Homescape
With Paolo Fresu: trumpet, flugelhorn; Dhafer Youssef: oud, vocals. French-Vietnamese jazz musician Nguyên Lê stands out as a unique explorer of sound. Homescape is based upon improvised duos with either Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu or oud player and vocalist Dhafer Youssef. Lê’s postproduction then crafts these performances into a piquant series of moving and thrilling world-jazz tracks.

Lang Linken : Knorifas
Lang Linken is one of the most experienced Danish folk music bands. In the early 70s. The young Lang Linken started as a band, which learned from the old traditional fiddlers, musicians and female singers and still today Lang Linken stand as one of the links between young musicians and the original traditional Danish folk music.

Balogh Kálmán and Gipsy Cimbalom Band : Aroma
2003 release by Hungary's best known player of the hammer-dulcimer (cimbalom), accompanied by a stellar group of musicians on guitar, bass, violins, horns, derbouka and vocals. Stellar, as always.

Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng : Afrijazz
Afrijazz is percussionist Kwaku Kwaakye Obeng's shout-out to the inspirational spirits of Monk, Randy Weston, Max Roach, Anthony Braxton, Chief Bey and a host of kindred others. Kwaku brings together the sounds of his native land with African-Brazilian, Jamaican and African American strains, in an imaginative recording whose genius reveals its embedded subtleties only gradually.' - RootsWorld

Fred Ho : Once upon a time in Chinese America

Fernhill : Llatai

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.

Habib Koité and Bamada : Muso Ko
Reissue of the great 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

Salem Tradition : Fanm
Music from the island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean by singer Christine Salem and her ensemble. Once consider music of slaves, linked to Africa and voodoo tradition, maloya music was considered 'low brow' and given little public support. In recent years there has been a revival, led by Daniel Waro, and a number of younger performers have come forward. The maloya rhythm is beaten out on indigenous drums - the rouler, piker and bob, with Salem's voice (supported by two other female singers) soaring over the rhythms of the band.

Trio Ifriqiya : Petite planete
Fayçal El Mezouar was trained at the music school El Kordobia in Tlemcen, Algeria. For this trio, he has gathered around him jazz pianist and improviser Didier Fréboeuf and drummer Emile Biayenda, founder of the band Les Tambours de Brazza. Their music blends many styles including Arab-Andalous, traditional, jazz and contemporary. It highlights a kind of common musical language where elements from the Orient, Africa and Europe cross paths.

Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan : Hawa Hawa
Sitarist and singer Shujaat Husain Khan plays a northern Indian style called gayaki ang, which is a playing technique that pays homage to the human voice. .

Hassan Erraji : Awal Mara
It's been a long time since I have heard anything from Erraji, so it's a pleasure to har this new recording of this self described "part oud-flailing Hendrix, part transmitter of ancient culture." The Moroccan multi-instrumentalist knows north African folk styles and western classical violin and piano and totally understands jazz, and it all comes together again with the rythm section of Ben Stevens and Kenny Higgins and Erraji on Arabic lute, ney flute, qanun, violin, keyboards, voice and hand drums with additional vocals by his daughter.

Pete Morton : Flying an Unknown Flag
2005 recording of Pete's own materia. Pete's vocal and guitar are joined by Roger Wilson (fiddle, guitar, mandolin), Neil Segrott (bass) and Chris Parkinson (accordion, harmonica).

Peters and Tyrall : Clear the Road
Their record company says (and we would agreee): Brian Peters and Gordon Tyrrall perform traditional music with vibrancy and virtuosity....Brian is a leading English exponent of the melodeon and anglo-concertina, with an innovative approach to styles ranging from dance music to rock'n'roll, and a reputation that has earned him bookings at squeezebox festivals from Holland to Quebec; he can also turn his hand to guitar. Gordon is the duo's main guitarist, a brilliant and original player who stands comparison with the greatest singer/guitarists of the folk scene, and is also a fine flute player equally at home with Irish reels or old English dance music...

Antonello Paliotti : Musica Obliqua
As the artist writes, this is "a record that presents the peaceful (and sometimes less peaceful) coexistence of my musical thoughts about ballet, cinema or simply about dreams." Performed by the Orchestra Collegium Philarmonicum directed by Gennaro Cappabianca.

Rocky Roads, Long Dog & The Umbrella Bear Brothers : Routes
Three different Danish bands experimenting with genres

Oller and Company : Mondeolino

Xavier Grall : Chante par Dan Ar Braz

Nohavica, Kocko, Putzlacher, Lipus : T?šínské Niebo / Cieszy?skie Nebe
A Czech ensemble with singer Jaromír Nohavica, poet Renata Putzlacher, musician Tomáš Kočko and director Radovan Lipus – artists who have a close relationship to Tešínské Slezsko region of the Czech Republic - stage a performance with with the actors of Czech and Polish Tešínský Theatre based on the songs of Jaromír Nohavica. Accompanied by a small theater orchestra (piano, accordion, guitar, reeds and strings)

Dazkarieh : Incognita Alquimia
The 2006 release from the Portuguese world music ensemble.

Various : Congotronics Vol 2 (CD/DVD - PAL format)
Hot on the heels of the remarkable Congotronics 1 is a fresh selection of even more amazing sounds, courtesy of no less than seven electro-traditional bands from Kinshasa, all especially recorded and produced for this set and featuring Sobanza Mimanisa, Kasai Allstars, Kisanzi Congo, Masanka Sankayi, Bolia We Ndenge, Basokin, Konono N°1 and Tulu. Complete CD and video perforrmances on DVD (video disc is PAL format). Aptly subtitled 'Buzz'n'Rumble from the Urb'n'Jungle.' If you loved Konono No. 1, you will be equally enthralled by these other bands. See also: Congotronics 1

various : I Passiuna tu Christu'
Canto di questua pasquale della Grecia Salentina' (The Passion of Christ: Easter Songs of the Greek-Speaking Region of Salento) offers a long musical play (bruscello) about the passion of Christ, performed more or less as it would be on the streets of Salento, in the griko tradition of the region. The 76 page booklet includes commentary in Italian and English; lyrics in dialect, Italian and English; and musical transcription. 23 minutes.

Tom Ellis : Southern Exposure

Nelson Angelo : Caterete
Composer, musican and singer Nelson Angelo is joined by many of Brazil's most wanted musicians including Edison Machado, Dom um Romão, Novelli and many others. With his deep knowledge of Brazilian harmonies and his unique way of arranging and performing, this makes for a highly interesting release.

Karen Mose : Vingefang
Mose (a member of the Danish roots-rock band Phonix) offers both new and traditional songs on this fine contemporary folk recrding. Chris Nickson writes in his DanskMusic blog, "there's ample imagination going on here and some absolutely stellar performances, not least from Mose herself… Mose's voice [is] a superbly sensitive instrument... [songs that] have a lush, floating quality." For me, I find it genre bending at its best.

Tafiychuk Family : Hutsulshchyna No 2
Volume two of the music by this family from the Hutsul village of Bukovets, between Kosiv and Verkhovyna in the Ukrainian part of the Carpathian Mountains focuses on songs and improvisations of traditional melodies performed on violin and instruments such as sopilka, floiara, telenka among others. As with all Koka Records, this is beautifully packaged, and annotated in English.

Mateja Gorjup : IJEKARU
This completely unique Slovenian vocalist and composer presents original and traditional songs with minimalist accompaniment on small instruments and simple electronics. It's impossible to describe, so best that you simply listen.

Rudiger Carl and Sven-Ake Johansson : Djungelmusik med sång
Swedish experimentalists Rüdiger Carl (accordion, clarinet) and Sven-Åke Johansson (accordion, drums and voice) push the limits on this 1997 recording, made live in a Stockholm bookstore. Their free-association approach to music makes this challenging for those in need of a countable beat, but the mood is elegant, bizarre or beautiful at each turn and the results are nothing short of unique.

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.

Kvarts, Opheim, Myhren and Mistereggen : Skal, skal ikkeje
Music for a Norwegian folk-theater production by the ensemble Kvarts plusBerit Opheim, Øyonn Groven Myhren, Birger Mistereggen.

Hoven Droven : Turbo
The 2004 release by the band that most epitomizes Swedish roots-rock.

Tumult : Wallegnav
A creative mix of curious, melodies, colourful harmonies, heavy, sweating rhythms, and inspiration from various musi-cal styles is how they define new Danish folk music. Tumult consists of four experienced musicians from Odense with each an individual musical background and experience; a hardcore folk-fiddler and singer, a popular rock guitarist, a hardcore retro bass player and a groovy rock drummer. It is the meeting of musicians with each their musical culture and background that gives rise to new possibilities and adventures. Prejudices are being reduced and the limits for what you can do with the music become fluid. Most of the group's repertoire are new compositions, but it also includes traditional material:, songs, ballads and tunes from Denmark, which are treated affection-ately in new interesting arrangements. Tumult started spreading in Odense in the autumn of1999 - we are looking forward to the release of their debut-cd in 2001.

Jørgen Dickmeiss, fiddle, vocal, bodhran / Thomas Kristofferse

Abild : Methea
Methea (Mette Marie Jacobsen) was the daughter of a Danish businessman in the 1760s. For her 16th birthday, her father has a musician from odense make her a music book. Abild has taken the music from that book and recreated it for a modern folk quartet of violins, keyboards, accordions, mandolin, guitar and bratsch.

S. Naimpalli and M.Balvally : Live At Trinity Club, Bombay 1967
A tabla duet in trital, with harmonium by Lehra and recitations by Pandit Taranth (who has never been heard on record before), recorded live in Bombay, 1967. Remastered for CD in 2005.

Gunner Friis : Kalejdoskop
Gunner Friis is considered a pearl among pearls of Danish folk musicians, a fiddler who still regularly plays traditional music for dances around the country. Kaleidoscope presents a series of recordings, some solo, most with some of the musicians who hold him in high esteem. The CD was created as a gift to Gunner Friis on his 60th birthday in 2005.

Nigun : KlezJazz
This Hungarian bands mixes Jewish music (folk, klezmer, Sephardic, and sacred) with jazz and free-improvisative elements. This music is characterized by both the melodic turns of Jewish music and improvisational elements. The aim of Nigun is not only preserving heritage but creating new values.

Bernard Woma : ..in Concert
Master Ghanaian xylophonist Bernard Woma captivates audiences through his performance of traditional Dagara Gyil music and inventive original compositions. A highly energetic and virtuosic live performance together with Mark Stone (percussion) and Kofi Ameyaw (xylophone, percussion).

Kiss Ferenc : Sounds of seven towers
Features the a decade-plus of programme music pieces composed by Ferenc Kiss. Among others we can hear the world-famous composition written for the Hungarian Pavilion, which was designed by Imre Makovecz for the Expo 1992 in Seville; the accompanying music written for the folk-dance gala programme at the Szeged Open Air Festival; some music excerpts to the dance choreographies by Jolán Foltin and other rarities.

Ensemble SON : To hear with the mouth

Nidi d'Arac : Taranta Container
This 2010 release includes 7 songs from previous recordings that have been rearranged and newly recorded with a modern shape and sound much closer to the bands liver performances.The band says, "The best way to make a song live is to play it. Performing since '98, it has become important to us to restyle our old tracks through the interpretation of the musicians and their instruments that over the years have given birth to our concerts in Italy and abroad ." The CD also includes 5 remixes from 5 representative artists, DJs and producers: Gaudi from London, DJ ClicK from Paris, DJ MPS Pilot from Amsterdam, the Portuguese Mr Tos and Piers Faccini, the Italo-English singer and advocate of the music from Salento.

Stine Michel : Frejas Viser
Singer Michel is joined by a fine band of Danish folk and modern musicians: Gustaf Ljungren: mandolin, clarinet, tenor guitar; Perry Stenback: guitar, nyckelharpa, dobro; Nikolaj Busk:keyboards, accordions, harmonium; Hal Parfitt-Murray: violin, cello, bratsch, mandola; Morten Lundsby:bass; Jesper Uno Kofoed: drums and percussion

Harald Haugaard and Anders Mogensen : Spirits
Haugaard seeks new ground in this fusion of Danish folk music and jazz-rock sensibilities. Jazz percussion, guitar and bass by Anders Mogensen, Krister Jonsson and Jonas Westergard bring new ideas to the Danish folk dance tunes they grab and reinvent. It's aggressive but never distorted, and the power of Haugaard's fiddling is never overcome by the strength of Mogensen's drum kit.

Serras : Second Hand
This is the second recording by the Danish fusion-folk ensemble Serras, whose members span the Danish folk music scene as players in bands like Puls, Haugaard and Hoirup, Sorten Muld and many others.

Phonix : Collage
The Danish quartet returns from their 2004 tour with 13 songs recorded live in Brussels, Chicago, New York City, Bielefeld, Montreal, Toronto and several places in Denmark. Some new pieces, some Phonix favorites, all done with new energy by vocalist Karen Mose, accordionist Jesper Vinther Petersen, clarinet and bass clarinetist Anja Praest Mikkelsen and percussionist Jesper Falch.

Moving Cloud : Sweet Nyaa
w guest Donal Lunny on 11 of the 13 tracks

Morild : Dromte mig en drom
On Dromte mig en drom Morild present Danish songs in new wrapping. In a blend of folk, jazz and modern grooves, the trio of musicians playing drums, bass, saxophone and keyboards (with guest fiddler Makiko Hirabayashi) interpret traditional songs - tales of faith, hope, love, life and death. This may be pretty smooth for the more 'folk' listener, but their mix of sharp instrumental skills and a fantastic lead singer, Anne Duehoim, help keep this recording from falling into a mainstream jazz trap.

Soren Krogh : Krogh synger Aakjaer
Danish guitarist, singer and songwriter accompanied by a small ensemble of accordion, violins, mandolin, etc. The songs are based on the history and writings of 19th Century Danish agrarian and political rabble-rouser Jeppe Aakaer. His songs are much in the same spirit of his hero, poet Robert Burns, writing of country life and the comman worker with grit, melancholy and humor. (And FYI: the songs are all sung in Danish.)

Soren Korshoj : Naermest naesten nogen
The Danish singer and songwriter Soren Korshoj has released his solo album Naermest naesten nogen (Almost Naked) 12 songs composed by Soren Korshoj; guitar and vocals in Danish. Soren is also know as one of the members of the Danish folkband Instinkt.

Kaetter Quartet : Den sidste schottish - Live
The Danish folk, jazz and rock ensemble recorded live at the Tarm Festival

Pete Morton : Mad World Blues

Afro-Semitic Experience : The Road That heals the Splintered Soul
The Afro-Semitic Experience is a six piece group with a jazz and world music sound. Their music is a merging of the many elements of their cultures. Much of what they play has a strong spiritual center to it - their repertoire contains a heavy dose of music from the Jewish synagogue and the African-American church. This new work is an exploration of the deep well of myths, epics and stories that unite all cultures.

Liam Bailey : Flesh and Armor
Pure pop with American roots - not my usual catalog addition, but I make exceptions for musicians with a wry outlook, an unusual voice and a certain sense of production restraint. Liam and his team of musicians have all of this working for them, so if you have the occasional, selective soft spot for intelligent pop music like I do, you might want to give this one a listen.

Duo Bertrand en Cie : Couleurs Racines
French traditional and new compositions from Brittany

Livio Guardi and Wilson Montuori : Diomedee
Guitar and vocal duo from Florence mixes Tuscan roots with many contemporary guitar styles, accompanied on some tracks by percussion, flute, bass, harmonica, mandolin and bouzouki

Balladeus : het meisje aan de toog

Pham Duc Thanh : Vietnamese Traditional Music
Experience the diverse traditional sounds of Vietnam as performed by multi-instrumentalist Pham Duc Thanh and singer Lieu Nguyet Lan.

Eralio Gill : The Art of the Paraguayan Harp
Steeped in the rich tradition of the Paraguayan harp masters, Eralio Gill's seductive style highlights the beauty of this distinct sounding instrument. This remarkable collection of original and adapted compositions evokes vivid images of Paraguay.

Draghici, Damian : Românian Gypsy Panflute Virtuoso
The great Românian prodigy redefines the art of the panpipe. Joined here by renowned Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk and world percussionist and producer Randy Crafton, Draghici plays traditional Românian Gypsy, Greek and Turkish tunes

V.Poulsens Kapel : Fanden er los
The 2005 release of Fanden er los celebrates the 25th anniversary of this marvelous traditional ensemble of piano, fiddle, mundharpe and accordion. Simple, straightforward dance tunes from Denmark are the order of the day, with a side of Quebec and Cape Breton to keep it sprightly. Un-affected folk music for dancing and listening by the trio of Valdenar Poulsen (aka Jes Kroman), Vagn Poulsen (aka Sonnich Lydom) and Vera Poulsen (aka Malene Daniel Beck).

Uhrbrand-Lydom-Cahill : Spring, with Mats Vingin and Peter Rosendal
Originally formed as a trio in 1998. Peter Uhrbrand, Sonnich Lydom and Sèamus Cahill has now been joined by two outstanding jazz musicians Mads Vinding (bass) and Peter Rosendal (piano) in what can only be described as a rare meeting of musical genres, that of folk and jazz. In a sense Spring is not only a meeting of different musical styles, but also a meeting of the great traditions of Nordic and Celtic music. One of the band members is an Irishman now settled in Denmark and so it seemed natural that songs from the Irish tradition should also be included on this CD. ULC's choice of material blends beautifully together.

Qvale's Ensemble : Gronn
An unusual pop recording from Norway features a unique singer backed by an adventurous ensemble, and produced by Farmers Market legend Stian Carstensen.

Mats Eden (composer) : Apple Blossom
An album that focuses on Mats Eden as composer, with 16 performances of his pieces played by a variety of artists in a number of styles from folk to classical to contemporary art music.

Gabor Gado : Modern dances for the advanced in age
Hungarian guitarist Gábor Gado and his ensemble offer "a tongue-in-cheek sextet rounded out by a pair of saxes, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums... a certain down-at-the-heels dancehall feel: odd time changes, droll, edgy tango, cha cha and calypso, a guitar owing as much to Hendrix, Hawaii and heavy metal as to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, while the spirits of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini drift by for the album closer, 'Moon River,' a place you've never been but might want to reconnoiter." - RootsWorld

Cheikh M.Al-Halbawi : Sufi Chants from Cairo. La Confrerie Chadhiliyya. Cheikh M.Al-Halbawi

The Aissawa of Fes : MOROCCO. Trance Ritual. The Aissawa of Fes

Topic World Series : Islam Strings - Flutes and Trumpets
Two of the original Tangent 'Music In The World Of Islam' albums on one CD. Intriguing and beautiful music from parts of Africa, Europe and Asia which are, or have been, Islamic. Recorded at weddings, religious festivals

Tandarandan : Adalgisiana
The return of Tandarandan, two years after their marvelous 'Epata, music of the seasons' and focused on music for dancing in an homage to all the old musicians who they have met along the way.

Spillemand! : musik fra Carl Nielsens barndom
Danish fiddlers Christoffer Thorhauge Dam and Nikolaj Forskov play tunes and songs associated with the childhood of Carl Nielsen, one of Denmark's most noted composers to celebrate his 150th birthday.

Perry Stenback & Dekadansorkestern : Cornelius och Andra Visor (Live at Buzz's Farm, Denmark)
Danish guitarist Perry Stenback and his Dekadansorkestern play the "Danish Songbook," of composers like Cornelis Vreeswijk, Evert Taube, Dan Andersson, Myhre / Hovland as well as Stenback's original songs (and one by Chico Buarque). It's a Danish take on blues and jazz. DVD film, recorded live in Aro, Denmark.

The Henrys : Quiet Industry
The 2015 release by Toronto legends, The Henrys. Led by kona-guitarist Don Rooke, with Hugh Marsh (violin), John Sheard (pump and electric organs), Andrew Dowling (acoustic bass), David Di Renzo (percussion) and vocalists Gregory Hoskins and Tara Dunphy. This one is heavy on lyrics and introduces a great new singer to the band. Highly recommended.

Alfred and Mattias Bismo : Fele
The twin brothers Bismo were born in 1918 in Bismo, Skjak, Norway. This CD includes 27 tunes recorded by NRK (Norwegian national radio) in the 1970s and 80s.

Kristian P. Åsmundstad : a synge gamalt
Recordings by the Norwegian folk-singing legend made in 1937,1954 and 1959 by NRK (Norwegian national radio). He was one of the most significant singers from Gudbrandsdalen, Norway and has had an impact a lot of contemporary young performers of the tradition.

Fridtjof Erneshagen : hardingfele

Furnes, Holsen and Sandal : Hardingfele
Archival recordings of three oldtime fiddlers from Norway - Nils Furnes (1901-1990), Johannes Holsen (1910-1992) and Knut Sandal (1913-1964) - recorded by Norwegian national radio NRK.

Les Ballets C. De La B. : Import Export
This is a live recording of the songs and music as they are performed this theater production directed by Koen Augustijnen. With Steve Dugardin (altus) and the Kirke String Quartet.

Fin Alfred : Sange fra min vandring
Songs from my Travels: 60 years of singing traditional Danish songs and ballads" is a wonderful presentation of classic folk songs from Denmark. In 2009 Fin Alfred is celebrating his 60th anniversary as a traditional singer by releasing his 20th album and by touring in Denmark with his son, guitarist Morten Alfred Hoirup. They are accompanied on the CD by Anders Hofset (bass) and Claus Fossing (drums).

Jaques Vandevelde : Charmes

Sexteto Tanguedia : Sara VersoIl Matino

Shantalla : Shantalla 1

Yggdrasil : Den Yderste O

Holger Laumann and Plumm : Aller Aettir
Plúmm emerged as a band of very young and talented jazz musicians at the Havnar Jazzfelag (Torshavn Jazz Club) in the early eighties. This CD they recorded with Danish saxophone player and composer Holger Laumann.

various : Harmonikutururin 10 ár
Harmonikutúrurin is a result of an accordion trip with the passenger ship Norrona. For several years this special music and dancing tour of the islands has been very popular among the passengers, and this CD gves you a bit of the feel of this Faroese ocean voyage, without the beer or the swells.

Kristian Blak et al : Klaemint
Klæmint is a suite by Kristian Blak composed to be played in a grotto - Klæmintsgjógv - on the coast of Hestur, Faroe Islands. The music is recorded on location May-August 1998. Klæmint is a common man's name on the island of Hestur, originating from the latin Clemens - 'mild, gentle'.

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies : Doolally
studio album from Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, released July 2004. It features 12 new Jez Lowe songs, arranged by the band, Jez Lowe, Kate Bramley, Andy May and Sean Taylor.

Camilla Granlien Band : Jarnnetter
Two great poets from Lom: Tor Jonsson (1916–1951) and Olav Aukrust (1883–1929). Though their views of rural life were far apart, it held a great influence on them both. Tor Jonsson faced much hardship in his youth and came to be critical of the closely-knit rural society, while Olav Aukrust, a champion of religious and national causes, held a more positive view of rural communities, people and lifestyles. Differences notwithstanding, it is obvious from the titles and form of their poems that both drew inspiration from traditional music. We have set some of their poems to traditional tunes both old and recent, and included a few songs they might have heard at home.

The Solidarity Singers : Solidarity, It Can't Be Beat
In the economic and political times that are on the horizon, it's probably more important than ever that the average folks stick together and sing. That's what The Solidarity Singers of the New Jersey Industrial Union Choir are doing, adapting classic songs of labor and liberation to the new times; the age old folk-process in action. It's neither slick nor what you'd call professional, but homespun, genuine and personal.

World Mankeri Orchestra : Thauma
Unique avant garde folk music from Finland. 'The mankeri is the perfect counterpoint to the liru; like Djivan's sublime duduk offsetting Pharoah's reedy rhaita or Don Byron's thoughtful clarinet vs. Bird's frenetic alto. It adds a warm, introspective side that contributes to what is overall an enjoyably challenging, remarkably consistent and utterly original recording.' - RootsWorld

Carl Erik Lundgaard : To-rader pa Dansk (Two Row Danish)
At the age of 14, Carl Erik Lundgaard started his professional career as a musician. 35 years later Carl Erik is still going strong, giving a special priority to his solo career on the diatonic accordion. Carl Erik´s repertoire consists of traditional Danish folkmusic from the last several centuries as well as originally composed contemporary folk music.

Karl Skaarup with Kristian Bugge : Musiker/Musician
Traditional Danish folk music presented by an 85 year old master on the accordion, accompanied by fiddle

Carl Erik Lundgaard : Yderland
Danish diatonic accordionist joined by a wide ranging ensemble of tradtional and modern musicians including Harald Haugaard, Mads Riishede, Christoffer S. Moller and many others. Yderland consists of primarily new material from accordionist Carl Erik Lundgaard, arranged and produced in cooperation with bassist Mads Riishede. The music is expressive, and has stories to tell, both serious and humorous.

Demko Kurtov's Zourna Group : Zourna
A programe of instrumental melodies and horo dances from Southwest Bulgaria. The zurna is a wooden flute with cane reed and oboe-like sound, very important in traditional Bulgarian music.

La Chicana : Cancion Llorada
This Argentine ensemble, a vanguard of the new 'new tango,' is a house favorite at cdRoots. Cancion Llorada is part retrospective, part compilation. It includes unreleased tracks as well as songs fro their previous recordings. Even if you already have their wonderful Tango Agazapado, this one is a must-have.

Fin Alfred : Handvoerkersange og Skoemteviser
Fin Alfred has been working with labor songs, old folk songs and the songs of the travelling people, since he was a young man in the years after the 2nd World War. On his travels he met and exchanged songs with craftspeople and travellers from all over Europe and the Nordic countries. With Claus Fossing (drums), Morten Alfred Hoirup (guitar) and Anders Hofset (bass)

Boda spelmanslag : Latar pa Bodamal
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Boda Spelmanslag in 2003. In addition to the tracks which were on the first edition there are another ten fantastic Boda tunes which were recorded at the time of the 1979 LP but and are now available for all to hear.

Snakes In Exile : Second Skin

Budapest Klezmer Band : Train 7.40
Besides traditional Jewish compositions, the album contains pieces from the Budapest production of'Fiddler on the roof'.

Tapia eta Leturia : Ero
Tapia and Leturia are among the best known bands from the region. They are highly repesected as great traditional players, but when they perform as "The Band" they present a contemporary pop sound that still incorporates their Basque roots into a highly modern style.

Antonello Paliotti : Coppola Rosso
The Red Cap is, as the artist puts it, "an autobiographic record which takes its name fron a theatre play with the same title. The play represent the world to which I have been a witness: the world I inherited from my ancestors, the world of war and poverty as experienced at home - unbelievable as it may seem - of those wanting to live and who found the strenght to laugh without second thoughts. Technically, Coppola Rossa is a study of the song as a musical form. It can be interpreted from at least two viewpoints: at first hearing, that of folk tunes, traditional or not. At a second, more in-depht approach, that of the classical processing of material taken from the popular tradition, or at least from my personal tradition: that of somebody in his forties, who grew up with Schoenberg, The Beatles, Debussy, Canfora, Mingus, Berg, Mina, Rota, Chaplin, Satie, Iviani, Brecht.... And so, Coppola Rossa is a tribute to these monuments, which, although intheir death throes, I still feel alive."

ZetaBoo : OuterRail
ZetaBoo arrives for a second round with this down to earth CD, a unique blend of pop, jazz and folk-roots. Composer Jarmo Saari offers songs that are melodic and folky, spontaneous and intuitive. Marko Timonen provides the swinging percussion that is at the heart of this new recording, driving a more relaxed band of vocals, accordion, keyboards, guitars, cavaquinho, trombone, lapsteel, keyboards, citara, and bass (Pekka Lehti) , a bit more subtle than their previous releases. The theme of the disc is the outer rail and homesickness. Says Saari: 'This is like a series of traveller's landscapes. The journey is more important than arriving. The traveller prefers to follow a flitting butterfly or the advice of a stranger than a tourist map. Boldness and spontaneity are rewarded.'

Vicente Soto : eStar Alegre
The Spanish singer performs his own interpretations of alegrías, bulerías and tangos, what he calls 'the most extroverted side of flamenco.'

Alan Klitgaard : Regnens Harpe (The poetry of Halfdan Rasmussen and Ib Spang Olsens)
The Rain Harp' is not intended as songs but as poetry with the quite deliberate changes of rhythm and meter along the way that makes them alive and dynamic. Halfdan Rasmussen is not only a great poet, he is also an excellent craftsman. Musically these should be thought of as Danish, but that could very well be related to the songs and colors of Ireland, a theme or just an interval taken from the Irish musical tradition. Regnens Harpe is not folk music, and certainly not traditional music, but Alan has worked with the songs, as the traditional singer does: the song rather than the singer. Musicians are Rasmus Zeeberg (guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin), Palle Hjorth (piano, horgan), Steffan S. Sorensen (bas, violin), with many guests including Andy May, Dick Gaughan, Sonnich Lydom, Rosamelia Avila Andersen and many others.

Tumult : Den Bagvendte
Their fourth CD, in their usual great style, the band invites everybody to join them in a party and in a moment of reflection. Hip, Danish folk music from the musical underground, where diverse genres float naturally together. Tumult's contagious joy and dedication lead the way in a number of fresh songs. The band has also dusted off a couple of old folk songs, which are revived and breathe the characteristic twist of Tumult.

Bengt Berger : Beches Brew Big
The quintet from Bengt Berger's much praised last album Beches Brew has grown to nine members in this live recording from two nights in Stockholm and Gothenburg, likewise the music has grown in depth, power and expression. The mix of tradition and new modes of expression as well as the impulses from some of the great traditions of the world and the collective approach to ensembles and solo work shows a strong relationship to Charles Mingus way of making music. Some of the best and most personal musicians in Sweden are necessary for this: Violinist Livet Nord; saxophonists Thomas Gustafsson, Jonas Knutsson and Sir Thomas Jaderlund; Keyboard genius Mats Oberg; Göran Klinghagen and Max Schultz on banjos and guitars; Stefan Bellnas, bass and Bengt Berger on drums.

Africando : Viva Africando
Africando's 8th studio album, this is the first not recorded primarily in New York. This time the Africando masterminds, producer Ibrahima Sylla and arranger Boncana Maiga, bring New York's top Latin musicians, led by pianist Oscar Hernandez, to Paris. There they reunite with the group's vocal stars, Medoune Diallo, Sekouba Bambino, Amadou Ballake and Shoubou, along with distinguished guest singers from diverse African and American countries, singing, all told, in 10 different languages.

Banda Brisca : Io ballo brisco
The first official CD by an Italian dance band that has been out there for 15 years, a live CD by a band whose mission is to play live and let people dance, everywhere they go.

Meikenut : Rev
A great new band that mixes tradition and innovation. The record presents Piedmontese traditional melodies in new arrangements

Raffaella De Vita and Roberto Cognazzo : Macario, Parole E Musica
Macario, Words and Music presents the comic music of Turin-born singer Macario, called 'the comic who fell from the Moon.' These are songs taken from stage revues and films from 1938-1954, performed by vocalist De Vita and pianist Cognazzo, accompanied on some songs by guitarist Silvano Biolatti.

Various Faroese : Tradarbokin
Traðarbokin - Jogvan og Leifur Trondarson is a 2 CD collection of field recordings of traditional Faroese music sung by brothers Jogvan and Leifur Trondarson, recorded in the 1970s.

Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil : Ravnating (Konsert)

Klakki : Lemon River
Jazz and folk influenced pop music from Faroe Islands

Kristian Blak and Yggdrasil : The Four Towers and Heygar of Dreygar
Two suites composed in 1983 and 1985 by Faroese artist Blak and perfoemed by his ensemble.

Jean-Christophe Renault : La est la question
Piano solos of original compositions by the Belgian musician. Listen

Kristian Blak : Ravnating (studio recording)

Kartik Seshadri : Illuminations
Performances of two ragas by Sitar virtuoso Kartik Seshadri, recognized as one of India's outstanding musicians and a student Pandit Ravi Shankar.


Sarah Aroeste : a la una (in the beginning)
An fine and promising debut release by a young American singer exploring Sephardic music in the modern world. The music ranges from traditional folk forms to jazz, rock and many of the hyphens-in-between, supported by a strong ensemble using traditional and modern instruments.

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

Juan Carranza : Mareas
Costa Rican born guitarist Juan Carranza merges traditional and new flamenco with an undercurrent of Latin and North African rhythms on this collection of ten original songs. This is no slick pastiche a la Gipsy Kings, but rough and ready roots music played with great energy and skill, delivered with passion and creative spark.

Oswaldinho : Um Bom Forro
More accordion music from the unique Rio-born Brazilian master

Lars Hollmer : 12 sibiriska cyklar / Vill du hora mer
The Swedish composer, accordionist, and multi-instrumentalist's 1981 and 1982 recordings on one disc.

Dan Gisen Malmquist : Eldringen
Swedish Composer and clarinet player, Dan Gisen Malmquist, has been playing and composing music for the past twenty years. He has his own characteristic tone as a musician and a very distinct feeling for melody as a composer.

Roland Schiltknecht with Alan Koushan : Tunsch
a handsome, impressionistic album of contemporary music making, intuitively informed by myth and the purity of folklife yet it escapes typing or direct comparison with any similar developments elsewhere in Europe. Quite a find. - Steve Taylor, RootsWorld

Pino de Vittorio : Neroitalia

Eugenio Bennato : Da lontano
Taranta power returns on this 2005 release by one of Italy's best-known roots innovators. The band is, as always, stellar: Bennato on vocals, mandola and classical guitar with Erasmo Petringa, cello, lute, mandolincello and guitar; M'barka Bentaleb, vocals and percussions; Zaina Chabane, vocals; Roberto Menonna, guitare battente and vocals.

Paris to Kyiv : Fragmenti
The 2005 release by this Canadian based, Ukraine inspired global music ensemble. Marvelous music, a first rate ensemble of Julian Kytasty, Richard Moody, Paul Yee, Christian Dugas, Alan Schroeder and Rodrigo Muñoz and of course, the voice of Alexis Kochan.

Bulgara : Bear's Wedding
A raw mix of Bulgarian 'wedding music,' jazz, rock and folk music performed with hyper-energy by seven great musicians on kaval, gayda (bagpipe), gadulka, tambourine, electric bass, drums and percussion.

Naftule's Dream : Live in Florence
a live concert performance by one of the most agressive and innovative of the 'new Jewish fringe' bands

Oxalys and Els van Laethem : Tusschen de Twee
The poetry of Guido Gezelle revisited by Dick Van der Harst has new flavours. Forget the Flemish romantic decorum, those songs travel between the gypsy, flamenco, Brazilian and many more styles. Any cravings for heartwarming melodies or sparkling humour? Take your pick!

Aux âmes etc ... : hip-pop-song-citadine poetry
The stand-out feature of this project is that in a single poetic spirit it brings together younger and older artists whose media for expression are as varied as rap, hip-hop, urban poetry, the written word, pop music and so on. The common denominator is the swing and groove of the lyrics. It's a journey, an invitation to let yourself be carried along in a flow of words as they are spoken, read, sung or shouted, in French or in English, where poetry takes precedence over protest without obscuring the political power of the text: "Poètes, vos papiers!" ("Poets, your papers!") as Leo Ferre once proclaimed. Listen to Narcissus and Transmigrant

Karim Baggili : Lea and Kash
Karim Baggili's fourth album merges together new compositions and unique musical sounds. Music critics have said that his music "is captivating and vivid with precise and elegant arrangements" Listen

Klezmic Zirkus : 13, chemin des mandarines
At 13, Chemin des Mandarines, a poetic song crosses the nearby rue des Pierres. One can hear in the far, the frantic brass of a freylach, the eclectic sounds of Montreal, some ritornellos with their memories still full of eastern Europe. A journey in Klezmic Zirkus 's contrasted world. Here or there. Yesterday or today. Eyes half shut or wide open. It doesn't matter, the intensity does. As years have been passing by, Klezmic Zirkus (Aurelie Charneux : clarinets and compositions, Julien de Borman : accordion, Adrien Lambinet : trombone, Pierre Greco : double-bass and guitar, Wouter Roggemans : drums) has created its own idiom, which has patiently matured during some 150 public performances. Klezmic Zirkus finds its identity between tradition and modernity, structure and improvisation. Its unbridled rythms apeal to the body, its soulfull melodies to the heart, its sometimes elaborated structures to the mind. It's musicians' sincerity and synergy are delightful to see over and over. Listen

Karoline de la Serna : Traduzca
When Karoline expresses herself in writing, she does so in order to liberate herself, release herself, cry, laugh, and quite simply to live. When her words are transformed into music, she opens the heart and mind. It is Karoline's desire to be true to herself through her music. Listen

Tom Theuns : Songs from the river
Belgian singer/songwriter takes a logical creative step after 20 years of collaborations with musicians from throughout the world. Listen

A.Attia, H.Desarbre : Jewish Liturgies
A special re-issue of Jewish liturgical chant sung by Adolphe Attia, the officiating Prime Minister of the Grande Synagogue de la Victoire in Paris. The role of the officiating minister, the chaliah tsihour, is basic in the synagogue. His song alternates with the rabbi's sermons and teachings. Attia is accompanied by Herve Desarbre, playing the organ of Val-de-Grâce.

Various : Spring in Niavaran
During May and June 2004, everal concerts in Teheran focused on meetings between Iranian artists and European artists Bazar Bla (Sweden), Hamon Martin Quartet (France), Christophe Joneau Trio (France), Persiano (Iran, Norway). This recording features both indivdual works and jamm-session collaborations among the artists.

Pete Morton : Swarthmoor
All original material, just Pete's vocal and guitar as you hear him in concert.

Elof and Wamberg : 12 'Ornli' syge tracks for'ukulele og kontrabas!
Danish music, jazz and more for upright bass (and occasional violin) and ukelele. That's it. Simple, musical fun by two great musicians.

Dwight Lamb, Jensen and Bugge : Live in Denmark 2010
American one-row accordionist Lamb and Danish duo Mette Kathrine (five-rowed accordion) and Kristian Bugge (fiddle) present more than 100 years of their musical and family history - from Vendsyssel DK to the Northern USA and back again. They are joined on some tracks by Vagn Dahl Hansen (piano) and Karl Skaarup (five-rowed accordion) in a wonderful set of live tunes from the tradition.

Miguel Gil : Eixos
Miquel Gil goes on researching new textures, colors and ways to sing the lyrics written by young poets in Catalan language. This trip includes texts by Enric Casasses, Manel Rodríguez Castello, Feliu Ventura. Guest musicians include Manel Camp, Joan Garriga, David Pastor, Borja Penalba..., and of course Gil's regular band.

Contradanza : Meridional
The second recording by the Sevillian ensemble seeks to create new folk from Andalusia, balancing their new outlook with respectful approaches to the popular song book and the creative impulse.

The World Mankeri Orchestra : Inky Joy
The Finnish etno-pojat returns with their 2004 release of edgy winds, subtle percussion, bass and strings. Heikki Syrjanen and Pekka Westerholm - winds (including lira and mankeri) and kantele; Olli Penttila - bass; Markku Penttila - percussion and bass; and Petri Pentikainen, percussion and drums.

Stefano Valla, Attilio Rocca, Ettore Losini : Tilion
An uncommon birthday present for a very uncommon person: Attilio Rocca is known as 'Tilion,' one of the fathers and keepers of the folk tradition in the area of the Four Provinces. Young at the age of 70, Tilion has his etrenal friends gather around to celebrate his life with a glass of Gutturnio, a salami of Varzi and plenty of good music to accompany his accordion.

Clare Fader and The Vaudevillains : Seventh and Trade
Singer and writer Clare Fader and company are back with their second release, and it is, if anything, weirder, darker and more quirky than the first. It's part cabaret, part Jaques Brel, perhaps a skittering dose of The Doors without the amplifiers and leather. The Vaudevillains: Aaron Bachelder, drums; Andy Mabe, upright bass; Brad Cokendolpher, guitar; and Mary K. Elkins, cello.

Oskorri and the Pub Ibiltaria 6 : Pub Ibiltaria 6

Oskorri : The Pub Ibiltaria 4
Continuing its musical adventure, Oskorri presents the live recording of the concert given at Pío Baroja square of Bilbao on 21 December 2005. This is the tenth album that the band dedicates to Basque popular music. As in previous releases, the work includes the lyrics and scores of each song

Alexander Sopchek : Masks
In the lineage of Sun Ra, Fela and other unclassifiable artists, a musician from Beograd creates his own sonic universe, rooted in the rhythms of Africa and branching out into future jazz. 7 tracks, no pigeonholes.

Various : Cosmic Sounds Remixed
Artists from around the world join forces to pay tribute to the Cosmic Sounds label (Italy, Austria, Croatia, England, Hungary, Australia, Japan and Serbia). Each of them chose one track from the CS catalogue and gave it a fresh touch. 8 remixes of tracks by Arkestra One, SHQ, Jerome Richardson, Dusko Gojkovic and others by DJs from across Europe and Asia.

Elisabeth Engdahl and Thomas Gustafsson : Piece In Peace
Composer, arranger, band leader, saxophonist, keyboardist Elisabeth Engdahl is also a noted player of the church organ. Together with husband Thomas Gustafsson, she performs somewhat sacred music from various sources, classical, jazz as well as their own compositions. Thomas Gustafsson was the first "Swedish National Treasure" awardee, He played in Bitter Funeral Beer Band in the early 80's as well as many others throughout the years. On this album he plays the soprano saxophone exclusively.

Schal Sick Brass Band : Maza Meze
The 3rd recording by Schal Sick Brass Band is another carnival of noise from Europe, still strong on the Balkan side, but with other flavors generously added to the mix. Released in 2000 and still as hot now as it was then!

various : für Jose Afonso
Jose Afonso (1929-1987) was a leader in the creation of a political songs (canção de intervenção) movement against the totalitarian regime of Portugal leading up to the 1974 revolution. This collection gathers together an excellent group of artists under the direction of Julio Pereira to pay contemporary tribute to this master of the Portuguese nova canção.

Hot Vultures : Vulturama
Ian Anderson and Maggie Holland offer a uniquely English approach to blues, old-time country and a few choice modern songs assisted by Martin Simpson, Dave Peabody, Simon Mayor, Hilary James, Mike Cooper, Pete Coe, Chris Coe, Al Jones and more.

various : Percussion Rituals of Kerala, Vol. II: Tayambaka
Recordings from the Musee d'ethnographie in Geneva's 'Archives internationales de musiques populaire' series. See the complete series.

Antonio Paolo Pizzimenti : Adagio
Unlike his previous recordings, which were both sountracks for film or theater works, this is an original work conceived as a multimedia piece (the CD includes a video 'story'). All the music is composed and performed by Pizzimenti, with the voice of Simona Barbero punctuating some of the tracks. It is all stark, moody and cinematic, as Pizzimenti's work always is.

Shahid Parvez : Kushal
The Indian sitarist in a live recording in 2004 at Turin, Italy's Gong Festival. This is a performance of 'Raga Shyam Kalyan' accompanied by Sankha Chatterjee on tabla.

The World Mankeri Orchestra : Valkoista Sukua
Founded in 1984 as Etno-Pojat, the World Mankeri Orchestra is an innovative (and aggressive) 'primitive jazz" ensemble that features hand-made, ancient reeds, horns, and drums and electric bass, and on this recording young Finnish vocalist Meri Titola, who brings a new dynamic to the ensemble's powerful noise.

Isglem : Fire
Isglem is one of Norway´s leading groups working with freely improvised music. This recording is a duo performance by reedist Karl Seglem and percussionist Terje Isungset.

Tromso Kunstforsyning : Tur
Experimental new music from Tromso, Norway performed on cello, trombone, electronics, voice, piano and percussion.

Apanui : E Tau Nei
fRoots says: 'What we have here is a beautifully subtle, understated (though often powerful, as on the war dance Taku Pu ) and very attractive blend of Maori traditional song forms, rhythms, oratory and harmonies with R and B, reggae, trip hop, garage and a whole mix of recent dance technology. That sounds like a familiar process with equivalents the world over these days, but this one mostly achieves that near-impossible melding where the elements accentuate each other rather than detract...'

Sharma, Rahul : Native Signs

Ronu Majumdar : A Sacred Space

Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps : The Jig Is Up
H.M. Rounder Peter Stampfel is back again, in a series of recordings made 1989–1999 with a host of different musicians, but all pulled together by his insatiable, exploratory lust for good songs, odd ideas and bizarre juxtapositions (and a Quicktime video clip, too!).

Slobo Horo : Divane
The Balkan Finn rock band ride again on this 2001 release of high energy dance and art music.

Kimmo Pohjonen and Eric Echampard : Uumen
Kimmo Pohjonen (accordion)/ Eric Echampard (drums) joined forces in 2001 with the goal to make totally improvised music, live on stage with no rehearsals. They have succeeded in their aim to ride the edge of melody, counterpoint, energy and tension as proven by the enthusiastic audiences at each performance, as well as by the satisfaction and exhilaration of the two players.

Joe Townsend Band : Joe Townsend Band
uk jazz zither accordion balkan

Wassim Soubra : Sonates orientales
Sonates orientales is an album of instrumental music performed by Lebanese pianist and composer Wassim Soubra. Is it classical music? Jazz? World music? No matter what, it deserves further investigation, for Soubra writes using the grammar of classical music (harmonies, counterpoint) combined with the sounds of his childhood, and the result is a western composition that tells an eastern, Lebanese story.

Music From Vietnam Vol 5 : Minorities of the central highland and coast
These recordings were made with a modern mobile digital studio by Swedish Radio in the Central Highlands and on the coast. The music is primarily vocal, accompanied by drums, flutes, horns, shawms, bamboo and porcelain instruments, with a strong emphasis on gongs handed down through many generations.

SongJa Chee : Gayageum Sanzo
SongJa Chee (Gayageum) and Man Choi, (Buk). Sanzo (or sanjo) is a style of traditional Korean music, involving an instrumental solo accompanied by a single drum, either the Janggu, an hourglass-shaped drum or the Buk, a barrel drum covered in cowhide. Chee's reconstruction of the Song GeumYeon ryu Sanzo reveals a true masterpiece, expanding and extending the language of the traditional Sanzo with wide-ranging melodies and complex rhythmic patterns - a passionate summation of a life's work.

Iver Kleive : Hyrdenes tilbedelse

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan : Mystic Sarod
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (sarod) with Sabir Khan (tabla) perform Raga Desh / Durga (Ragamala) - time: 55:00

Ammasu Akapoma Group : The Music of Ammasu - Brong-Ahafu Ghana 1976
A musical portrait of the Village of Ammasu in the Brong-Ahafu region of Ghana. The Ammasu Akapoma Band is the hottest funeral band in the region and on this album you will find ritual and recreational drumming, singing in sorrow and happiness, children's music, a brass band and more. Includes a 28 page booklet with text and pictures.

Gabor Gado : Modern dances for the advanced in age
Hungarian guitarist Gábor Gadó and his ensemble offer "a tongue-in-cheek sextet rounded out by a pair of saxes, trumpet, trombone, bass and drums... a certain down-at-the-heels dancehall feel: odd time changes, droll, edgy tango, cha cha and calypso, a guitar owing as much to Hendrix, Hawaii and heavy metal as to Wes Montgomery and George Benson, while the spirits of Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini drift by for the album closer, 'Moon River,' a place you've never been but might want to reconnoiter." - RootsWorld

Osman, Gubara and Co : In the kingdom of the Lyre

Tore Bruvoll and Jon Anders Halvorsen : Trillar For To
Norwegian vocalist Halvorsen and guitarist Bruvoll, joined by Christian Svensson, Jorun Marie Kvernberg, Oslo Fagottkor, Sondre Meisfjord

Daniele Sepe : L'uscita dei gladiatori
1997 recording by one of Italy's most aggressively innovative roots musicians.

Nikos Xydakis : Tenedos
The Greek composer, pianist and singer. Born in Cairo,, he immigrated with his family to Greece in 1963. Much of his music has its rooted in the Greek theater. With Dora Masclavanou and Eleftheria Arvanitaki

Iasis : Iasis
Roots meets jazz in this unique Greek ensemble's 1996 work

Gabriel Yacoub : The Simple Things We Said
A collection of songs, including 4 in English, some old and some new, plus some previously unreleased. All are new recordings made in Paris in 2001. The album is all acoustic.

Archimedes Badkar : Tre
Reissue of a 1977 recording by a Swedish jazz-folk-rock fusion outfit that was pretty pioneering for their time, and still sounds fresh all these years later. It combined a raw jazz attitude with a flair for more folky melodies, all twisted around with attitude and energy. Fans of Arbete-Fritid and David Amram will get it right away, but you have to love long jazz solos!

Daniele di Bonaventura and Alfredo Laviano : Transumanza
Daniele di Bonaventura, bandoneon and Alfredo Laviano, percussion

Aulis Kivinen : Isani poika
Music for kantele and vocals by one of the 'old masters' of the instrument. Includes Finnish traditional and popular songs, plus renditions of 'Love Me Tender and 'In The Mood.'

Aarnio Sisarukset : Hameen Polkka
The Aarnio family band, recorded in Finland in 1936, featured the typical pellimannimusiikki instrumentation of fiddles, kantele, clarinet and also ocarina on some songs

DJ Dolores : Aparelhagem
Aparelhagem literally means 'equipment,' and is the Brazilian slang expression for 'sound system.' It is both the title of the album and the name of DJ Dolores' new live band and features female singer Isaar, a horn section with a distinct Nordeste-cum-reggae flavour, rock guitar, percussion, vintage synths, and DJ Dolores on laptop and turntables.

Hughes de Courson and Patrick Modiano : fonds de tiroir 1967
These two founding members of Malicorne produced a recording of bitter songs, strange characters, daring and fresh arrangements, with Bruno Coulais as arranger. In 1979 [the year Modiano wins the Prix Goncourt, France's utimate literature prize], the album is released with no succes at all... since then, fonds de tiroir 1967 has been a cult album, much coveted by French musicians, artists and the discerning public alike. Coming in November 2005.

various Artists (soundtrack) : Amnesia (a film by Gabriele Salvatores)
Includes original music for the film by Daniele Sepe, and songs by Macaco, Leonard Cohen, Corporate Avenger and Ojos De Brujo

Vito Ranucci and Napoli Est : Il giardino delle delizie
Neopolitan arranger, composer and saxophone player Ranucci is joined by the large ensemble Napoli Est for his 2007 work.

Guiseppe Cusumano : Sciallaba

Pancho Amat : De S. Antonio a Maisi

Berger Knutsson Spering : Up Close
Swedish musicians Bengt Berger, drums Jonas Knutsson, saxophones Christian Spering, bass recorded this set of songs at Studios La Buissonne in Provence. It includes original works, an interpretation of a South Indian piece, trad/arrs of some Swedish polskas as well as Paul Motians 'It should have happened a long time ago' and Ellington's 'In A Sentimental Mood.' Jazz as only the Scandinavians play it.

Berger, Knutsson, Spering, Cherry, Cherry : See You In A Minute
Bengt Berger, Jonas Knutsson, Christian Spering, Eagle-Eye Cherry and Neneh Cherry in an international homage to the late, great Don Cherry

Annea Lockwood : Thousand Year Dreaming

Stephen Mosko : Indigenous Music

Song and Turner : Love and Fear
Vocals and kayagum performances from Jeff Song, and celli performances by Matt Turner. The CD was taped live in a recording studio with each piece a complete improvisatory effort.

Exquisite Corpses : Exquisite Corpses From Ps 122

Peter Garland : Border Music

Eleanor Hovda : Ariadne Music

Electroacoustic Arists from Latin America : From The Other Side

Tom Guralnick : Broken Dances

Orlando Jacinto Garcia : Celestial Voices

Annea Lockwood : Thousand Year Dreaming

Jerry Hunt : Haramand Plane

Steve Peters : Emanations

Eve Beglarian : Overstepping

Stuart Saunders Smith : Wind In The Channel

Tom Hamilton : Off-Hour Wait State

Bailey and Bendian : Banter
Pioneering guitarist Derek Bailey and percussionist Gregg Bendian in a lively game of musical ping pong. It startles and plays with sound images that are so alive they walk into the room and announce themselves. They don't take off their hats. They don't bother to sit down. They just appear--with an attitude.

Jerry Hunt : Ground

Jin Hi Kim and Joseph Celli : No World Improvisations
Korean-American composer/performer Jin Hi Kim and composer/double reed virtuoso Joseph Celli in five works that seem to cross the borders between new, experimental and world music.

Sabreen : Ala Fein
arab, palestine, palastine, arabic,holy land, holyand, jerusalem,

SOS : Cammenann
They blend Mediterranean sound and Neapolitan lyrics, and as they put it, 'contaminations melt down to create a half-caste and strange rock.' They start the journey in a Naple's neighbourhood, taking inspiration by the' 'Neapolitan Sound' of the 80's (Pino Daniele, Avitabile, Senese, E' Zezi and Almamegretta) and add Egyptian, Nigerian, Senegalese and Algerian influences to make a melting pot of styles, races, cultures and traditions.

Various : Music from Vietnam 3
The different ethnic groups living in various parts of the country, all have their own languages, religions, customs - and music. This CD includes several examples of the rhythmic music played on a tuned gong, plus love songs, instrumental music and religious vocal music.

Birgitta Ulfsson : Levda Teatervisor
Birgitta Ulfsson has collected 15 songs from 50 years on the theater and cabaret stages in Finland and Sweden. She has added a few short poems, as she usually does in her frequent performances around Sweden and Finland, together with pianist Lowe Pettersson. Here's an unusual art-music experience for those interested in the flow of the language as well as the melody.

Elmer Balasz Group : Around the world
The Hungarian drummer and his ensemble of piano, bass, guitar and percussion in a set of jazz based on Hungarian roots, with Mihály Dresch on flute, David Yengibarjan on accordion, and vocalists Gábor Winand and Henriett Czerovszky.

Moncef Ghachem, Biagio Guerrera and Pocket Poetry Orchestra : Quelli che bruciano la frontiera
Those who burn the border is a recording of extraordinary news, dedicated to the plight of North African immigrants who seek their fortune on the coasts of Sicily, the crossroads of a revolution that will leave an indelible mark in the history of the Mediterranean. Refined work, constantly torn between reading literature and music, poetry and civil protest songs. A sea, two great poets and a musical ensemble of exceptional quality make a recording of great depth.

Ensemble Sinigaglia : La crava mangia ij more
Enrico Negro, Mario Cosco, and Ignazio Viola are three skilled guitarists from Turin, already known by classical-music enthusiasts as Trio Vivaldi. But since music has no strict borders, it was not difficult for themn to trespas into the folk repertoire. Their guitars' melodies intertwine with Paola Lombardo's perfect voice to pay tribute to Leone Sinigaglia, the great father of the traditional Piedmontese patrimony of songs.

Sol De Nit : B-91 00-SNspain catalan catalunya

Werner Larsen : Aleina pa ei naken jord
Blusey folk singer from Norway, kind of in the vein of Berthold Brecht and Tom Waits at times, more American country at others, and occasional traditionally Norwegian. Here's a sampling.

Henricksen, Isungset, Seglem : Daa
Three of the more adventurous musicians in Norway team up to create bold new music with some deep roots but ultimately with an unswerving sense of innovation and a passion for the new.

Tromso Kunstforsyning : Tur
Øystein Blix, Trombone; Bernt Simen Lund, Cello, Electronics; with guests: Sizzle Othaka, Vocal, Nasra Ali Omar, Percussion, Electronics, Havard Graff, Piano, Trond Sverre Hansen, Drums. Taking improvisation and free forms in art and music as its starting point, the ensemble has collaborated with musicians from a variety of genres in developing its concept further. Several of these musicians appear as guests on this recording. This work of Tromso Kunstforsyning (TK), founded in 1999, presents a broad cross-section of the ensemble's intriguing soundscape. It is TK's first CD, and gives the listener an idea of what improvised music can sound like at 70° north.

Camilla Granlien : Begjaer
On Begjaer the Norwegian singer offers a gorgeous a capella performance of traditional folk songs

Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 3 (The Labyrinth)
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)

Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 1
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)

Boris Kovac : The Mask
Theater works by Serbian composer Boris Kovač in a wide range of styles and perfomances, edited and published by the artist.

Luis diMatteo : Candombe Uruquayo
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Stephen Brandt-Hansen : I Julens Lys
Popular and esoteric Jule songs by the Norwegian singer and a small ensemble with Iver Kleive on piano, plus harmonica, keyboards and a choral group.

Kari Bremnes : LY
LY (Shelter) features 11new songs spanning a wide range of ideas, visions and musical temperament. Bremnes looks into the nooks and crannies of life, writing about how she sees the world through her eyes, the ugly and beautiful, light and dark,anger and love, about dancing, death, the fate of a strong woman on the polar island of Svalbard, and about finding warmth. In short, about seeking shelter. (In Norwegian)

Lars Bremnes : Stayer

Elin Furubotn : Det Som E Na (What is now)

Andrew Cronshaw : The Unbroken Surface of Snow
British musician and composer Andrew Cronshaw is joined by a global enseble of Tigran Aleksanyan, Ian Blake, Sanna Kurki-Suonio.

Carlo Salemi : A sud dell'anima
Salemi's 2002 recording, Hybla, was centered on his virtuosity on friscalettu. 2005 is time for a more complete work, emphasizing the versatility of this great Sicilian artist. Here Salemi proves himself not only to be a gifted musician but also a composer, a singer and a refined arranger.

Milann and Laloy : La Marquise
Belgian duo of voice, guitar and diatonic accordion, along with friends on bass, drums and percussion.

Julius Winger : Kjaerlighet og andre misforstaelser
Love and other misunderstandings' is 9 tracks of down to earth and direct philosophizing on the small and big issues in life, particularly love. The musicians include Andreas Utnem, piano, Mads Eliertsen, bass, Mathias Eick, trumpet, Halvor Lillesund, accordion, Frode Barth, guitar, Trygve Seim, saxophone, Øyvind Braekke, trombone, Jan Erik Kongshaug, guitar, Lars Andreas Haug, tuba, Johannes Martens, cello, Kristine Martens, cello, Pia Tjelta, Andrea Braein Hovig and Silje Lundblad, vocals. The song "Hovedoen" features guest artist Kari Diesen.

Leieboerne : Folg oss hjem, Ole Paus
Leieboerne (The Tenants) take a selection of songs by a legendary Norwegian songwriter, add a classic 70s folk-rock sound and ask Folg oss hjem, Ole Paus (Take us home, Ole Paus). The band says 'If you are a tenant you rent, you don't own. The nice thing about renting is that you can rearrange the furniture a bit and then pretend that you own... Renting from Ole Paus brings you into a fascinatingly huge house full of cellars and attics... But we do want to mention all the fabulous stuff we found in the attic that we dragged down into the living-room, that's why there are many songs from Oles earliest period.'

Henning Sommerro : Sullabullyam
Pianist and vocalist Henning Sommerro sings and plays his own original songs, with lyrics by Edvard Hoem. Since the 1970s Sommerro and Hoem have been collaborating on hymns and songs from Biblical sources to comment on the contemporary world. Hans Fredrik Jacobsen plays flutes and Edvard Hoem recites the lyrics on one track.

Iver Kleive : Juleevangeliet

Tone Hulbaekmo and Hans Fredrik Jacobsen : Langt nord I skogen
These selections are for children, as well as adults who remember the advice and wisdom of their grandmother. Tone Hulbaekmo plays Norwegian harp, Hans Fredrik Jacobsen plays various flutes and reeds, and Celio de Carvalho on rhythm instruments are the core ensemble, joined by accordion, pump organ, guitar, bass and more in both Norwegian folks songs and influences from around the world.

Ostad Elahi : The Paths of Divine Love

Simona Barbera : Mirto
A powerful and inspired Italian singer, born in Genoa and residing in Sicily, Barbera offers a daring reinvention of 'an imaginary Sicily' that is rich in tradition but far from traditional. Performed a capella or accompanied primarily by percussion or piano, these songs lit, roar and shreik across the imagined landscape, reinventing old themes as contemporary art.

Valkyrien Allstars : Valkyrien Allstars
Three Norwegian fiddlers join forces to bring the tradition to life - Ola Hilmen, Tuva Livsdatter Syvertsen and Erik Sollid, joined by a full band, push the music into pop, rock, jazz and even some traditional folk songs. Listen and Listen

Hughes de Courson and Patrick Modiano : fonds de tiroir [1967]
These two founding members of the seminal French folk-rock band Malicorne produced a recording of bitter songs with strange characters and daring, fresh arrangements by Bruno Coulais. In 1979 [the year Modiano wins the Prix Goncourt, France's utimate literature prize], the album is released with no succes at all... since then, fonds de tiroir 1967 has been a cult album, much coveted by French musicians, artists and the discerning public alike. Now it's here, and its quirky nature is yours to hear. .

Jonas Knutsson and Mats Oberg : Live
Saxophone maestro Jonas Knutsson and the keyboard genius Mats Oberg have played together since childhood and know each other inside out. The is a recording of a concert in Stockholm, February 2008.

Jan-Olof Andersson : En Ruben Nilson-kvall
Ruben Nilson (1893-1971) was a Swedish song writer, painter and craftsman. This is a tribute to his music by contemporary Swedish musicians Jan-Olof Andersson, Christer Karlberg and Olle Anderson

Topic World Series : Healing Feasting and Magical Ritual: Papua New Guinea
Songs and dances of hunting, war, work, totemistic ritual, cannibalism, myth, initiation, courtship, rain-making, funerals, magical healing, shark catching and marathon feasting, recorded in remote coastal and inland villages in five far-flung regions of Papua New Guinea, to the north of Australia.

Skogumsbrorne : Slattespel fra Gudbrandsdalen
Norwegian ensemble Skogumsbrorne revives the music of some classic regional fiddle styles by the brothers Skogum on Slattespel fra Gudbrandsdalen.

Isglem : Null G
Norwegians Terje Isunset (percussion, voice, drums) and Karl Seglem (saxophone, goat horm voice) in a 1993 recording of new routes in Norwegian rhythm and noise.

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.

V.A. : Batonga Across the Waters
The Music of the Batonga of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The first album ever of the beautiful music of the forgotten Batonga people of Zambia and Zimbabwe, who were forced to move by the rising waters of Lake Kariba in 1958. Recorded in the Zambezi valley in 1996. Listen

Peregoyo y su combo Vacana : El Rey del Currulao
For the first time in more than thirty years, Peregoyo y su Combo Vacaná have returned to the international arena with a new recording and with the same musical force that made them famous. The new record is a testament to the musical prowess of this giant of Colombian rhythms with a seminal influence on the history of its music.

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.

Berit Opheim, Nils Okland and Bjorn Kjellemyr : BNB - ein song fra dei utsungne stunder
Berit Opheim, Nils Økland and Bjorn 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. Bjorn 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.

Dalava : The Book of Transfigurations
Guitarist Aram Bajakian and vocalist Julia Ulehla’s Dálava project is an homage to traditional Moravian folk music, taking melodies transcribed over 100 years ago by Ulehla’s great-grandfather, and reinventing them in stirring, sometimes avant-garde musical language.It delves into deep territory; conjuring ancestors, animating spirits, and crafting musical microcosms around the gem-like folk melodies. This fractured village music channels the voices of a bygone era. Their first album was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' pick, and this one is equally engaging.

uKanDanZ : Awo
They describe the sound as 'Ethio-Crunch' and it's clear from their sound and lineup - guitar, bass, drums and sax - that they're heavily inspired by Getatchew Mekuria's skronky improvisational work with The Ex. Awo is the group's second recording, after their 2012 debut Yetchalal, and it's heavy listening. Guilhem Meier's thunderous drumming, Benoit Lecomte's rattling bass, and Damien Cluzel's metallic guitarwork churn out a surprisingly nimble post-rock groove that begins somewhere between System of a Down and vintage Black Sabbath, and ends up in a much, much weirder place. But the real stars here are Lionel Martin's agitated sax improvisations and Guebreyes's plaintive Amharic vocals.

Phillip Peris : Digeridoo
solo performances on digeridoo - 5 tracks, 68 minutes

Paras Nath : Flute bansuri
Bansuri flute of northern India - Paras Nath is from a family of flautists dedicated to the art going back four centuries. The CD opens with the Raga Megh which is played during the monsoon season. 8 tracks, 70 minutes.

Bragr : Danmarkar'n
A trio of strings and percussion, Bragr features Swedish guitarist and nyckelharpa player Perry Stenbäck, and two Danes - percussionist Christine Dueholm and Jesper Frost Bylling on acoustic bass. All provide vocals on some tracks. They blend tradtional music from regions in both countries, and make them personal and unique.

Javier Ruibal : las dramas primero
Javier Ruibal is surely one of Cadiz' greatest hidden treasures. A singer and guitarist of immense talent and diversity, a man of warmth and charm with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, Ruibal's sound is one which gorges itself on cultures and traditions, sampling and tasting and spinning a web that is entirely contemporary and idiosyncratic.' - RootsWorld

Kristian Blak : Fuglar, Fiskar & Folk
Faroese artist Kritian Blak has composed and performed a suite of short piano studies based on folk songs and tales of the title subjects, 'birds, fish and people.'

Kwartet Jorgi : Muzyka na trabke gitare i flet
Music for trumpet, guitar and flute, by one of Poland's most repsected modern music ensembles.

Fionia Stringband : Rat for usodet / Rough N' Ready
Rustic and lively folk music including everything from polkas to lyrical tunes to warm-hearted waltzes. The music is handpicked mainly from the Danish and Scandinavian repertoire with links to Québec and Cape Breton. The band is a meeting between two generations of folk musicians based on a shared passion for traditional melodies. The members consists of three of Denmark's best traditional musicians, fiddlers Michael Graubæk and Jes Kroman and pianist Theis Langlands.

Munir Bashir : ...and the Iraqi Traditional Music Ensemble

Groupa : Kind of folk - vol. 1 Sweden
The 2016 release by one of the most important and revolutionary groups in the Nordic roots movement. Terje Isungset, drums, perc, mouth harp; Mats Eden fiddle, viola d'amore, accordion; Jonas Simonson, flutes, bass clarinet.

Gunnell Mauritzson : Ater
Gunnel Mauritzson 'Åter' One of Sweden's very best folk singers with a band consisting of some of the most interesting musicians within the new Swedish folk music.

Peeni Waali and Schildpatt : Sha
The 2006 brainchild of the amazing Fizze of Switzerland. He says: 'Sound-stalking through Alpine and Persian inflections, drum n' bass oriental improvisations, remixes, dubs, ambiances,collages and genuine creations...' Features santur master Alan Kushan.

Nelson Angelo : Caterete
Composer, musican and singer Nelson Angelo is joined by many of Brazil's most wanted musicians including Edison Machado, Dom um Romão, Novelli and many others. With his deep knowledge of Brazilian harmonies and his unique way of arranging and performing, this makes for a highly interesting release.

Mallebrok : Levende Brav
They say they are 'crossing new borders between folk music, experimental electronica, jazz inspirations and pop.' Founded in 2014, he band consists of experienced musicians from folk music, medieval music, electronica and big band jazz, so they have grounds for their appraisa This is not medieval music with electronics nor Scandinavian folk music with eastern hand drums and trombone. It is something that is quite different.

Paul Raackow : Mi Refugio
new tangos for solo musician, from this Berlin based bandoneon (accordion) player

Various Artsists : Travellin' Companion 3: A Musical Journey to Germany
A collection of new and unexpected roots music from Germany includes ULMAN, Schal Sick Brass band, Di Grine Kuzine, Jams and a dozen more.

Vlada Kanic : En passent med aksent
Born in Belgrade and now living in Norway, songwriter and singer Kanic has made truly local music: he has taken his songs of war and peace in the Balkans and presented them to a Norwegian audience, in his adopted language. It's a bold move for an immigrant, but the songs carry a potency and the music accompanying them is superb. The Norwegian press has responded positively and so have audiences. Balkan music fans will find plenty to love in the musical accompaniment, too, with it's great sonic mix from a band of accordions, bass, guitars, cimbalom, violins and more.

Various Artists : Stjerner Lyser Hvite: The Songs of Jens Gunderssen
This double CD release marks the 100 years since the actor, director, theater manager, composer, singer and poet Jens Gunderssen was born. Jens Gunderssen became nationally known through radio, phonograph, live events and tours. His soft-spoken, warm and melodic folk songs, often to his own guitar or lute accompaniment, represented an almost separate genre when he came on the phonograph market in the 1940s.

Halfdan Kjerulf : Songs From Norway
Maria Lindberg-Kransmo, vocalist and Stephanie A. Freeman, pianist.

Miquel Gil with Savinna Yannatou : En Concert (CD and DVD)
An epic event: the meeting of two great European singers, and backed by an incredible ensemble made of Primavera en Salonico and Orqestra Arabe de Barcelona. CD and DVD (PAL format, playable on computers and most DVD players). Highly recommended.

Knut Reiersrud : Klapp
The Norwegian guitarist and writer continued his exploration of new musical borders in 1995 with music dedicated to yet another overlooked instrument, tha hand of man.

Brice Duisit : La Passion de Clermont: Hora vos dic vera raizun
The turn of the first millennium was experienced by people of that time not with fear that the world was coming to an end, but rather with hope that the world would be renewed, as 'the promise of a new Spring'. Thus, Christ's Passion came to symbolise the resurrection of the Church; a great reformation began. Seen in that context the lyric poem La Passion de Clermont takes on its full meaning. Brice Duisit performs vocals and vièle a archet.

VA : Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70's Ghana
14 rare and unreleased tracks from Sweet Talks, African brothers, Black Star Sound, Ebo Taylor, and many others. Ghana Soundz is a painstakingly assembled collection of Afro-beat and Afro Funk, most of which has never been released outside of Africa and some of which is unreleased anywhere. This package will also appeal to collectors as it includes a full 16 page booklet highlighting the history of the Ghana recording industry and reproductions of original LP sleeves

various- Norway : Havardspel - Slattar Etter Havard Giboen
The music of the old Norwegian master performed by Gunleik Smedal, Hoye Kvale, Trygve O. Vagen, Eivind Mo, Olav S. Londal, Olav K. Øyaland, Olav K. Øyaland and many other.

Kjetil Londal : Londalsspel II
The Londal style represents a unique branch of Norwegian traditional music, distinguished by what Tuddal writer O.J. Rui called "its supple, clean playing style and effortless fingerings." Numerous fiddlers have seen the Londal style as an ideal and emulated its characteristic, lyrical sound. There's hardly a fiddler in Telemark that hasn't been influenced by the Londal style, and this is true for a number of other districts as well.

Ole Olsen Fykse : Religiose folketonar
Born in 1879 in Fykse, Kvam on the north side of the Hardanger fjord in Norway. This is a collection of religious songs, sung a capella by Fyske in various locations, that exemplify the church music of the region form the early part of the 20th century. Excellent nots in English and Norwegian.

Leif Aasane : Bygutt
From Kongsberg in Buskerud, he had his roots in the municipality of Flesberg, Numedal. Leif's father played the hardanger fiddle, too, so he was steeped in the round dance tradition from an early age, and became a fiddler through the influence of Ole Naerlieie (1887–1955). This is a collection of recordings made by NRK (Norwegian national radio).

Aditya Verma : Sarod Traditional Music from India
Distinguished sarod player Aditya Verma, accompanied by Vineet Vyas on tabla, performs two dynamic evening ragas. This digitally recorded disc contains a 16-page booklet.

Various Artists : Carohrani - Z korenu moravskeho folkloru
Carohraní - Z korenu moravskeho folkloru (Magic Playing: Music from the roots of Moravian folklore) presents 13 ensembles and artists on 22 tracks. Good notes on the songs in English, France, German, Czech.

Sukke : Introducing Sukke
A nicely priced introduction to the klezmer music of Dutch accordionist Sanne Möricke, English clarinetist Merlin Shepherd, and German bassist Heiko Lehmann. Solid playing, no surprises and a traditionalist presentation.

Hwang Byung-ki : Kayagum Masterpieces Vol 4 (Sounds of the Night)
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)

Le Nozze di Carlo : Le Nozze di Carlo
Their premise is that they make 'ethnic and psuedo-ethnic music.' Perhaps, but then, we all take ourselves too seriously, so why not? This quartet from New York plays accordion, bass, sax and guitar, they all sing, they have a good time playing old Italian folk songs, modern Italian pops, Irish and pseudo-Irish ballads, polkas, sea chanteys, jazz odysseys, mini-operas, and 'the occasional game of croquet.' Relax and enjoy.

Various Artists : All Children in School
A benefit for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund and UNICEF's global schooling project features 15 tracks by Ani di Franco, Susheela Raman, Luigi Cinque, Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare, Gabin Dabire, Dulce Pontes, Uxía, Marlevar, Omara Portuondo, Susana Baca, Sainkho, a duet by Teresa Salgueiro and Caetano Veloso, and others

Theodosii Spassov : Welkya
The kaval master and a small ensemble merge Bulgarian folk, jazz and a general spirit of enthusiasm and creativity. Written and arranged by Theodosii Spassov - kaval, vocals, bagpipe with Yanka Rupkina - vocals, Boika Velkova - recitatives, Georgi Petrov - gadoulka, Valentin Yankov - tamboura, Georgi Donchev - bass, Stoyan Yankulov - percussions.

Sacha Silva : Anatomy of a Coup
An unusual ensemble mixes flamenco, Indian classical and modern music with heady questions of personal and political issues, music, as the band says, 'that reads the newspaper.' An original sound, adventurous but rooted in traditions from around the world, and not a hint of "world-beat' or 'world fusion.' Highly recommended

Warren Storm, Willie T and Cypress : Cypress

Kimmo Pohjonen : Kluster
2002 release from this Finnish accordion innovator

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 Periodico. 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.

Yannis Aggelakas : O Hamenos Ta Pairnei Ola
Soundtrack from the Greek film 'Loser Takes All' by Nikos Nikolaides, made by one of the countries leading rock-pop writers and an artist who has crossed all genre-boundaries in the last few years, both solo and with his band Trypes.

Giovanni Nuti and Co : les voix des femmes
A song-cycle focused on the voices of Lucia Lippi, Rossella Ruini and Emanuela Berti and arranged by Riccardo Galardini. Nuti has merged classical, popular, jazz and traditional vocal styles in a set of songs, accompanied by guitar, charango, mandolin, acoustic bass, flutes and violins.

Sergei Sverev : Olonkho Doidutui Toiyuga
Sergei Afanas'evich Zverev (1900-1973), also known as Kyyl Uola, is considered by many to be one of the greatest Sakha musicians of this century. This is a restored and re-mastered edition of his first recording, made in 1951.

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