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various artists : Lost in China
I don't often choose a compilation recording for Music of the Month, but I made one of the exceptions for this recording, a collection of songs by 13 different artists or ensembles from urban Beijing to the desert of Xinjiang, mostly younger artists looking to explore and sometimes confound local traditions. Most of the musicians have not been heard outside of China, or even their own region, before so I think this makes a case for choosing this CD.


Sabreen : Death of the Prophet
Palestinian art music ensemble


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


Boubacar Traore : Dounia Tabolo
Boubacar Traore is not only one of Africa's best guitarists and songwriters, he is also one of my avorite artists, in any genre from any where in the world. His performance is personal. His voice is a thing of rugged beauty; his guitar playing a prod to the ear - crisp and punctuated. It is accented rather than overwhelmed by the musicians assembled in the studio. Dounia Tabolo was recorded in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his usual mates, Vincent Bucher (harmonica) and Alassane Samaké (calabash, shaker & percussion). Joining them are Cedric Watson (violin & washboard), Corey Harris (guitar and voice), and Leyla McCalla (cello and voice). These CDs were donated by the artist and Lusafrica, so all proceeds go to support RootsWorld. Please note that this CD comes in a simple sleeve with the complete booklet. No jewel box.


Monsieur Doumani : Angathin (The Thorn)
This trio was founded in 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (trombone, flute). They turn Cypriot folk music inside out, add poetry and politics, and on their third album, they have created what I think is a masterwork of nearly-all-acoutic folk, rock and roots.


ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)


Kries : Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks
Kries makes wonderfully raw yet thoroughly modern music from Croatia. Driven by men's voices, bowed strings, primitive flutes, drums and more, this is music that speaks to centuries of history and the future, as well. This is a RootsWorld Music of the Month recording, donated by the artists to help support RootsWorld radio and magazine projects. All of your purchase price goes to support RootsWorld.


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.


Zig Zag Trio : When the bees are gathering honey
The Gypsy wedding music of Bulgaria has been made famous by the likes of Yunakov and Papasov, but this ensemble is every bit their equal as they thunder through Gypsy music, crazy jazz and wild improvisations on accordion, tupan, percussion and guitar. Highly Recommended!


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.


Mads Hansens Kapel : Pa den forkerte side
Born in the Danish tradition, they play the old tunes with heart, soul, and strength, keeping the music of generations alive and bringing it into the 21st century. The music is straightforward and honest, creating a space of exploration and playfulness. As the dancing tunes are living things, constantly evolving throughout the ages, so are the music of Mads Hansens Kapel, interpreted with equally respect for the tradition and the curiosity of the contemporary. This debut release "Pĺ den forkerte side" present 5 great tunes composed by legendary music director Ditlev Trappo Saugmann Bjerregaard (1852-1916).


Srikanth, Svensson, Moberg and Eden : Nordic Raga
Jyotsna Srikanth, Dan Svensson, Par Moberg and one of our favorite artists, fiddler Mats Eden merge Nordic folk music traditions with the improvisational and structural idiosyncrasies of the Indian raga form. What results is not an easternized Nordic music, nor a northerized Indian music, but something completely their own. This is a RootsWrold Music of the Month selection, donated by the artists and label, and all proceeds support the radio show and magazine.


WoWaKin : Kraj za miastem
The trio WoWaKin was founded in the spring of 2016. The three musicians in the ensemble (Paula Kinaszewska, Bartlomiej Wozniak and Mateusz Wachowiak) bring together a wide range of experience in classical, jazz and contemporary music, and use those skills to explore the roots of Polish village dance music. They recreate the spirit of a traditional village celebration, drawing a new generation of dancers into trance-like state through inventive, open-ended improvisation using a repertoire of mazurkas, oberkas, polkas, kuyaviaks, and Polish-style tangos. Beside the violin, three-row Polish accordion and drums they use banjouke and harmonica.


Trio Tekke and Dave De Rose : Zivo
The trio bring along a percussionist for their third recording. Formed in London in November 2005 by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras, vocals, and a member of Monsieuer Doumani), Lefteris Moumtzis (guitar, vocals) and Colin Somervell (double bass), the band experiments with a raw, acoustic reinvention of the rebetiko of Greece and beyond.


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