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Category Archive for 'World Music'

Check Our Catalog Staff Benda Bilili is a group of paraplegic street musicians who live in and around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa, Congo. Four senior singer/guitarists on makeshift wheelchairs are supported by a young, all-acoustic rhythm section, and a 17-year-old prodigy performing infectious guitar-like solos on a one-string electric lute he designed [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Francois Luambo Makiadi remains a towering figure even in death, probably the greatest the Congo (later Zaire) has ever produced, and as the leader of the long-running O.K. Jazz group, he was one of the fathers of the modern Congolese sound. By the age of ten he was already the master of [...]

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Lhasa: Lhasa

Check Our Catalog “As on her previous albums, the subtle beauty of Lhasa’s art unfolds slowly, taking you deeper into her vision with each listen.” –All Music Guide

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Khaled: Liberte

Check Our Catalog “On every count it’s a winner, a return to real rai, with Khaled never in better voice, and singing his heart out with the kind of passion that’s been missing for far too long.” –All Music Guide

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Kailash Kher: Yatra (Nomadic Souls)

Check Our Catalog “The songs float, with mere hints of more modern traditions buried within more timeless sounds…This may be the sort of album that only comes around once every few years, and one with something to hear that’s completely new and special.” –All Music Guide

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Oumou Sangare: Seya

Check Our Catalog “If she sang in English, Oumou Sangare would likely be mentioned in the same breath as artists such as Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, vocalists who not only fashioned a unique manner of putting across in a song but directly and poignantly addressed the lives and struggles of women in their music. [...]

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Cesaria Evora: Nha Sentimento

Check Our Catalog “At 68, her voice might not have quite the suppleness it had when she burst onto the world stage 20 years ago, but it’s still a delicious, sensual instrument, still part-Portuguese, part-Brazilian, and still instantly identifiable, her music drawing from sources African, European, and Latin, but with the unique flavor of Cape [...]

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Check Our Catalog “What’s most impressive about Sin Frenos is how it’s yet another impressive effort by La Quinta Estación. After two albums laden with hit singles, a couple chart-topping smash hit ballads, and five years of international success and touring, one might expect the band to fall into a holding pattern. That’s clearly not [...]

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Le Vent du Nord: La Part du Feu

Check Our Catalog “The quartet (plus guests) wheel freely through it all…they’ve developed into a superb, tight unit, but one which so obviously enjoys the music. They do what they do, and they do it very well.” –All Music Guide

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BLK JKS: After Robots

Check Our Catalog “All context aside, After Robots just plain rocks–a hugely creative, expansive and forceful piece of work.”–The Guardian

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Check Our Catalog “The pairing of Afro-Majorcan vocalist Concha Buika and Afro-Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés has apparently been a long time coming. But they are here together on this lovely recording, featuring songs from a wide variety of composers, in a handful of duets, or with the Valdés’ band backing them…Clearly a chemistry exists here, [...]

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Lionel Loueke: Mwaliko

Check Our Catalog “Mwaliko is an excellent step forward for Loueke, who is quickly proving to be an innovative force in 21st century jazz.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Among Friends is a collection of music in the Cape Breton tradition; sets of tunes from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton arranged nicely for the fiddle, pipes, piano and guitar. All three are good players and their playing has some reminiscences of older dance hall sounds with dust in the air and [...]

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Check Our Catalog Jerry and Nancy Bell (The Celtic Bells) are a husband and wife team sharing both Scots and Irish ancestry, sharing stories and tunes to make you grow, with Irish harp, Scottish bagpipes, flute, bodhran, mandocello, tin whistle and tenor banjo.

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Check Our Catalog “It’s a serene, completely agreeable hour…. Chucho has a bit of an edge with speed, power and dexterity, but here and there, especially when they deftly switch roles of ostinato and soloing, it can become hard to guess who’s who. Bebo is an elegant musician, but also one who won’t be outdone; [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Playing for Change is producer Mark Johnson’s multimedia project intending to tie the world together via music. Johnson traveled the globe between 2004 and 2008, finding musicians in every corner of the world, from African villages to the streets of Santa Monica, then recorded them, usually singing American rock and pop classics, [...]

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Bebel Gilberto: All in One

Check Our Catalog “The set features several strongly tropical numbers, like the gentle ‘Cancao de Amor’ and a fine cover of her father’s original bossa nova classic ‘Bim Bom.’”–Billboard.com

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Check Our Catalog Throw Down Your Heart chronicles banjo virtuoso and 18-time Grammy award winner Béla Fleck’s musical journey to Africa to explore the little known African roots of the banjo. Bela’s boundary-breaking musical adventure takes him to Uganda, Tanzania, The Gambia, and Mali, and provides a glimpse of the beauty and complexity of African [...]

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BoA: BoA

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Check Our Catalog “Charmingly blunt and unpolished, Fortress instantly casts Maria as a distinctive talent among her established Scandinavian contemporaries.”–Slant Magazine

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