Most of our CDs have been imported from Europe or Asia. They are not all shrink-wrapped, and I am not going to con you by wrapping them here just to make you think they have been sterilized in America. I guarantee that the CDs and the contents are all brand new and in perfect condition. Whenever I can, I use recycled shipping materials. They may not look as pretty on the outside, but they save money and keep the trash dumps a little bit emptier.
Thanks- Cliff, cdRoots
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin : Aupres Du Poele
From the Canadian Maritime province of Prince Edward Island, here is a band that plays fast and loose with the Scottish and Acadian traditions that permeate this part of the world, adding touches from Europe and beyond. The goat skin (and other percussion) of Caleb Gallant and the strings (guitar, fiddle) from Rowen Gallant and Jesse Périard (who also adds some pump organ) join their voices together in Auprès Du Poêle.
Elisabeth Vatn : The Color Beneath
Originally created to accompany light installations in an old water reservoir in Norway, this improvised works feature her on bagpipes, reeds, harmonium and other instruments, performing with Anders Røine (Norwegian dulcimer, langeleik, jew'sharp, violin).
Hazmat Modine : Extra-Deluxe-Supreme
This NYC bad of brass, harmonica, guitars and rhythm defies easy description wit their original blend of American roots music with whatever crosses their path. Give it a listen! A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
9Bach : Anian + In Your Voice
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection. The Welsh contemporary folk band's 3rd album, released in 2016, is a superb mix of modern and ancient. David Cox wrote in RW that 'this is a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own… a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own.' The second disc is poetic reinterpretations of the Welsh lyrics in English poetry and prose. Highly recommended.
Ferhat Tunc : Kobani
Ferhat Tunç is the kind of singer, rare in today's popular data stream, who must bear witness to the politics of his art in everyday life. Despite having been persecuted, sentenced, and jailed for his sonic activism, if not also because of the infractions inflicted upon him by his own government, Tunç has persevered in focusing his attention on those who have, less fortunately, paid with their lives. Recorded in Istanbul and Oslo, and mixed at the latter city's famed Rainbow Studio by master engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug, Kobani is Tunç's deepest mission statement yet.' - Tyran Grillo, RW
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
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.
Saba Anglana : Ye Katama Hod - The Belly of the City
Born in Mogadishu, the duaghter of an Italian father and Ethiopian mother, Saba Anglana has made her home in Rome, Italy, but has brought in influences from her historical roots and beyond, merging them all into a powerful musicial and sometimes, political statement. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection for 2016.
Crane Dance Trio (Eden, Perez, Simonson) : flyger igen
Mats Eden (violin, strings), Jonas Simonson (flutes) and Mattias Perez (guitar) join forces for a set of original compositions by all of the players, plus two traditional songs.
PONK : Postfolklor
This trio brings together Czech, Slovak and Moravian folk lore with a contemporary acoustic touch. At the heart of the band is the hammered dulcimer or zither known as the cimbalom, a tool common to many eastern European traditions. But musician Eduard Tomastík pushes the instrument into a new range of more modern sounds, carried by the vocals, bass and violin of bandmates Michal Krystynek and Jakub Nozicka. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection, and helps support the radio program and magazine.
Kandia Kouyate : Renascence
The Mandé art of jeliya carries a long and complex tradition of fine distinctions and endless debates about the qualities that earn its hereditary poets, musicians and soothsayers the highest accolades and honorifics. But on the great jelimusolu (female singers) of our time, there is near-unanimity regarding Kandia Kouyaté: she is a ngara. More than a skilled singer, a ngara is the extraordinary artist who possesses what many would say is a paranormal aura of majesty. Read more and listen.
Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar : Fatteliku - Live in Athens, 1987
Youssou N'Dour and his band at their peak, from a live concert in Greece in 1987.Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.
Annbjorg Lien : Drifting Like a Bird
The Norwegian fidler, singer and songwriter's 2016 recording presents a collection of songs about life at sea and on land around the North Sea Basin, based on interviews with sailors and seamen to collect stories and impressions. Withkeyboards and production by her long time collaborator Bjørn Ole Rasch, she is also joined by Irish singer Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Norwegian vocalist Tori Wrånes, Swedish cellist Anders Löfberg (Nordic, Majorstuen), Swedish guitarist Roger Tallroth (Väsen), and drummer Rune Arnesen.
Jansberg : Terra Nova
Danish fiddler Henrik Jansberg explores new territories with his self-named band. All tracks have been developed in close collaboration with producer Søren Brylle, based on Henrik Jansberg's strong melodies with roots in folk music. They move from traditional folk to modern turmoil, hard-pumped technobass to country-cruise reels, danceable ballads and even a tribute to Shetland.
Blink : Blink
Blink is four women from five countries who met at the Nordic Master in the Folk Music programme in Norway. Together they have travelled throughout Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland for almost two years, seeking out old traditions, creating new music, and exploring the sensitive and powerful constellation of the two strings and two voices of Johanna-Adele Jüssi (Estonia) on fiddle, vocals; Jullie Hjetland Jensen (Denmark/Norway) on vocals, autoharp; Charlotta Hagfors (Finland) on vocals, percussion and Emilia Amper (Sweden) on nyckelharpa, vocals.
Karl Seglem : Laerad
This is Karl's first goat horn (only) album, recorded over three years with a host of artists accompanying him on everything from ancient instruments to modern electronics.
Tazajo Tamboo : Suena mi Tamboo
Carlos Tález and Nestor Guitiérrez, founding members of venezuelan ensemble Huracán de Fuego present the Afro-Venezuelan drum on their first new duo project. Afro-Venezuelan percussion mixed with guitar,bass and piano, are focus on new forms without forgetting its roots. The deep voice of Carlos Tález and powerful percussion of Nestor Gutierrez lead the band through traditional sounds, melodic songs, drum fantazias and a little calypso, reggaeton and cumbia to keep things spicy.
Enrico Fink : Il Ritorno Alla Fede Del Cantante Di Jazz
'The Jazz Singer's To Faith' is an exploration into Italian Semitic tradition from a decidely modern viewpoint by one of Italy's premier Jewish musicians. With Amit Arieli,clarinet; Stefano Bartolini,saxophones; Arlo Bigazzi,bass, Percussion, programming; Enrico Fink, voice, flute, programming; Alessandro Francolini, acoustic guitar; Filippo Pedol, double bass; Guglielmo R. Gagliano, programming and featuring Orio Odori and la Banda Improvvisa.
Vieux Kante : The Young Man's Harp
The blind kamale ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 This is the first time the album has been released. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques and dazzling abilities, with the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, makes this a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.
Rydvall / Mjelva : Vardroppar
Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle) player Erik Rydvall and Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva are both counted among the foremost folk musicians of their generation in Scandinavia. Vårdroppar was recorded at a church in Hallingdal, Norway
Mahsa Vahdat : A Cappella: The Sun Will Rise
The record is a pilgrimage to a beauty marked by stains of love and dreams. In old churches, castles and halls - in Van, Istanbul, Oslo, Wroclaw, Provence and Alhambra, Mahsa's voice fills rooms of hidden stories and mysteries. Her orchestra is just the echo from walls and vaults, floors and columns in the rooms she and her engineer and producer Erik Hillestad chose for recording the voice-only songs. A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
Arohi Ensemble : Ahimsa: Love Is the Weapon of the Brave
This ensemble of musicians from india, Venezuela and the US perform improvised music based on Indian traditions, but not in a strictly traditional way. Led by Beirut born American artist Paul Livingstone, the band includes Pedro Eustache, Abhijit Banerjee, Peter Jacobson, Dave Lewis, Pandit Rajeev Taranath and Somnath Roy
Kimmo Pohjonen : Sensitive Skin
Composer and accordionist Pohjonen is joined bya strong cast of Finnish and European musicians, plus Kronos Quartet, on a series of his own compositions on this 2016 release.
Djessou Mory Kante : River Strings: Maninka Guitar
More than a decade and a half after his first international solo release, Djessou Mory Kanté returns with a collection of beautifully crafted instrumentals. Rooted in the Maninka traditions of Guinea and Mali, River Strings flows with rich melodic interchanges; like the Niger River which inspired these recordings. Younger brother of Les Ambassadeurs' guitarist Kanté Manfila and regular guitarist for such renowned singers as Salif Keïta and Sékouba Bambino, Djessou Mory Kanté's musicianship is gentle and understated and shows just why he is the guitarist to whom others turn. fRoots says: 'There are no vocals, no stunt guitar treatments, nothing to buttonhole the listener apart from the sense of all-rightness generated by faultless layers of guitar playing.' Cliff says: "the album is hitting many listeners, including me, like a gentle bolt of lightening. "
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.
Three Cane Whale : Palimpsest
A unique intstrumental trio from England features Alex Vann - mandolin, bowed psaltery, bouzouki, zither, banjo, dulcimer; Pete Judge - trumpet, cornet, dulcitone, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel, tenor horn; Paul Bradley - acoustic guitar, miniature harp. You'll hear some strains of this music that will remind you of Spiro (with whom they share a member) or the late, great Simon Jeffes and The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, but there is a much wider, deeper range of music here, an original streak the evokes landscape and sky. This CD was donated by the artists to support the publication and broadcasts of RootsWorld, so all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.
Anne-Mari Kivimäki : Lakkautettu kylä (A closed down village)
The third in her Suistamo series, A Closed-Down Village musically explores Finnish WWII evacuees, wartime, leaving one's home and the current reality in the Karelian village of Suistamo that used to be part of Finland but now belongs to Russia. The music has been inspired by the life and the stories told by the Karelian storyteller and accordion player Ilja Kotikallio (1894-1961). This was donated by the artist for RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' series, and all proceeds from the sale support the magazine and radio program.
Mats Eden : Pastern
Mats' solo album of fiddle and diatonic accordion tunes, both newly composed and traditional from sweden and Norway. Seth Premo writes in RootsWorld: 'an exhibition of his fiddle playing and interpretation style in a traditional context, and though it is not unsentimental, it has a consistently strong energy about it.'
Geitungen : Langt Ute
Geitungen presents tunes that were once popular with party-goers in the hinterland of Rogaland county, tunes that were dance-floor favourites, the hits of yesteryear. Geitungen play the tunes in the rhythmic old style. The three musicians' fiddles, melodeon, mandolin, hardanger fiddle, mandola and guitars make an expression that is straightforward and the music ranges from cosy, warm mazurka to hot-headed hopsars and plaintive waltzes, sometimes with elements of more contemporary popular music styles in the arrangements.
Unaja (Jutta Rahmel and Maija Pokela) : Unaja
Rahmel and Pokela play the kantele, the Finnish folk zither than has over the years expanded into a large instrument for playing all kinds of music from classical to jazz as well as folk. Both women are members of the ensemble Kardemimmit, and this is their first CD as a duo. Most of these 10 tracks are voice and kantele, with occasional additional guests adding throat singing on one track, and percussion on 2 others.
Lamia Bedioui and the Desert Fish : Athamra
Bedioui and company travel the seas from Italy to Algeria, from Tunisia to Greece, from Marseilles to Sicily, in search of sounds from the tradition they can make their own.
I Wayan Sadra : Karya
New Music Indonesia Vol.III : I Wayan Sadra, one of Indonesia's most interesting and influential experimental composers. Working with musicians, dancers, poets and instruments from Java, Bali, Sunda, Sumatra and in the U.S.,Sadra combines a unique contemporary aesthetic with his early training in Balinese music and his knowledge of the varied regional traditions of Indonesia to create a compelling body of music that is both Indonesian and International.
Wai : Wai 100 Percent
Producer/musicians Mina Ripia and Maaka McGregor have produced a sound that features guest vocalists singing in traditional tone, vocal patterns and harmonies over a musical bed of organic, natural beats and rhythms (human breaths, insect, and bird sounds), indigenous percussion (poi) and action sounds (body slaps, haka stamping, etc). A variety of contemporary grooves complement the overall sound of WAI.
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