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Keletigui et ses Tambourins : The Syliphone Years (2 CDs)
A 2 CD retrospective of one of Guinea's most wonderful bands, recorded from 1968 to 1970. They were at the forefront of the movement to bring 'authenticite' to the popular music of Guinea, while bringing in jazz and Cuban roots in ways that were, at the time, thoroughly unique. Highly recommended
Balla Et Ses Balladins : Authenticité: The Syliphone Years
2 CD collection by one of Guinea's most interesting and influencial bands. Listen
Amadou Balake : In Conclusion
Amadou Balaké is probably most familiar to listeners for his many years fusing Latin and African rhythms as a key member of Africando. But before and after that part of his career, he was a beloved artist at home, and these recordings, the last he made before he died in 2014, are a testament to his Burkinabe roots. They were made in a theater in Ouagadougou with the local musicians he has been playing with, most in single live takes. Essential and highly recommended.
Dawda Jobarteh : Transitional Times
Dawda Jobarteh was born in Gambia, part of a family of hereditary musicians, including his grandfather, the legendary Alhaji Bai Konté. His new CD is a blend of tradition remembered and an immigrant's vision of new worlds. The music swerves from pure solo strings to jarring, modern motifs. He plays with pop and jazz idioms, but it always feels very rooted in the old world. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated byt eh labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.
The Bhundu Boys : The Shed Sessions (2 CDs)
One of the best guitar bands in the world, this is the epic Zimbawean band recorded early in their career and at the height of the talents and energy. Your purchase of this CD supports RootsWorld Radio 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.
Solju : Odda Aigodat (New Times)
Ulla Pirttijärvi is familiar to many who follow the music of this part of the world, having forged a long career in both folk and art music circles, bringing the voice of the Sapmi people to the world. Her daughter adds a more contemporary voice to the mix on this new album, Odda Áigodat (New Times), where they are also joined on some tracks by throat singers, percussionists, cello, bass and some keyboards, and members of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. At the heart of it is always the sound of the unique and mesmerizing vocal technique called joik and songs in the Sapmi language. They present raw, primal folk chants, gorgeous folk songs and some outer-fringe new sounds throughout the recording.st-wamato
Samurai Accordion : Te
In this the second such project under the Samurai name, ' five of Europe's most successful and creative veteran practitioners/composers, come together for a disc that features the diatonic accordion. Full of variety, this disc gives a nice overview of how the instrument is used by its most successful exponents, across Europe. With Riccardo Tesi (Tuscany/Italy), Markku Lepistö (Finland), David Munnelly (Ireland); Kepa Junkera (Basque Country/Spain) and Simone Bottasso (Northern Italy).
Darshan : Raza
A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection. Inspired by the mystical poetry and songs of Judaism, Brooklyn based Darshan breathes new life into ancient Hebrew and Aramaic texts. With a deep interest in the connection between music, poetry and their own religious experiences, rapper Eden Pearlstein (ePRHYME) and singer Basya Schechter (Pharoah's Daughter), joined by a stellar ensemble, turn classic texts and traditional prayers into contemporary arrangements that reach into the past and pull it into a world of pop, folk and jazz. (Read more and listen here)
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.
Kapela Maliszow : Wiejski Dzez [Village jazz]
Kapela Maliszów says "We don't play traditional music, we are tradition!" Wiejski Dzez" [Village jazz] is testament to the Maliszów's unrelenting urge to explore the types of music not necessarily popular or well received in the rural communities. Village jazz represents their very unique and individualized approach to harmony. Listening to their music you can still discern the trance-like and inconceivable rhythms and melodies of mazurkas, but something different also comes to the surface a new quality.
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.
Luisa Cottifogli : Come Un Albero D'Inverno
Italian singer Luisa Cottifogli came to my attention in 2000 with her remarkable first recording, Aiò Nenè. The recording was subtitled, "I come from the North, but I am from the South," and explored the dichotomy between Italy's colder, richer, more urban north and its warmer, poorer and more rural south. But she was born in the Alps and that is where she returns on Come Un Albero D'Inverno, as she and her ensemble proclaim in the opening track, "Yodel," where they take what in other parts of the world is considered a cliché of the past and place it in the bold, beautiful now. A highly recommended recording that focuses on the human voice in solo and ensemble settings.
ba.fnu and Yann-Fanch Kemener : YFK-2016
Czech band meets legendary Breton singer Yann-Fañch Kemener. The Czechs have an affinity for both Czech and other European styles, but especially Breton fest-noz tunes. Yann-Fañch Kemener supplies the Breton vocals distinguished by a call-and-response pattern, that accompanies dancing. The musicians largely work with tracks that Kemener collected, while three of the tracks feature modern lyrics. The whole work is conceived as a 'calendar' with songs and recitations for each month. (A RootsWorld selection)
Aurelio : Darandi
Celebrating 30 years of Garifuna music by one of the region's most important contemporary artists, Darandi is a tour de force of Latin American music. The CD is packaged in an illustrated hard-cover book with historical and biographical notes, as well as notes on each of the songs.
Serendou : Zinder
Breton flutes meet flutes and percussion from Niger in a unique new recording of cross-cultural music. Yacouba Moumouni (flute, vocals), Boubacar Souleymane (singer, percussionist, guitar and kountigui – a one-stringed lute), and Jean-Luc Thomas (ebony flute, electronics, vocals) are joined by a few guests on percussion, strings and tuba.
Omar Sosa and Sekou Keita : Transparent Water
The latest global collaboration by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa. This time around Sosa he works with Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita to create new music with roots in multiple African regional musics (Mandinka and Yoruba), but add Chinese reeds (sheng master Wu Tong), Japanese koto (Mieko Miyazaki) along with Afro-Latin piano and percussion (Venzuelean artist Gustavo Ovalles). (A RootsWorld Music of the Month selection)
Wimme and Rinne : Human
Two of Finland's bravest artists, Tapani Rinne and Wimme Sari, join forces again to explore the limits of human voice and human instruments. Based on the ancient Sámi joik singing, the two artists stretch the boundaries to find beauty, energy and occasionally, the dissonance of the music, propelled by Tapani Rinne's clarinets and electronic processing, aided on some tracks by additional voices, fiddle, piano or percussion. This was the Music of the Month pick in RootsWorld for July, 2017.
Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis : NYN
About this 2016 release by the Greek roots-pop trio, Nondas Kitsos wrote in RootsWorld: "With NYN, Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis have created an absolutely wonderful reprise to their Greekadelia. Here they are, addressing the meltdown of Greece by offering music of incomparable beauty and inventiveness." Deep folk roots, rich poetry and a remarkable neo-psychedelic sound bring it all together.
Florida Memory : 3 CDs of Florida folklife
Three CDs of blues, folk and gospel from the Florida Folklife Collection.
Tell The Truth: Blues and Gospel
Shall We Gather at the River
Where the Palm Trees Shake at Night
This set of CDs was donated by State Library & Archives of Florida in support of RootsWorld. All proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.
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.
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.
Sabil : Zabad, l'écume des nuits (Twilight Tide)
The duo Sabil is Ahmad Al Khatib ('ud) and Youssef Hbeisch (percussion). On this album, they are joined by Elie Khoury on bouzouki and Hubert Dupont on acoustic bass in an exploration of Arabic music and modern composition and improvisation. This was a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording in 2017. These CDs were donated by the artists and record label, and all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program.
Fendika : BiraBiro
I am pleased to offer this recording from Ethiopia, by a troupe of musicians, singers and dancers based at a night club in Addis Ababa that bears the name Fendika. The ensemble is led by Melaku Belay, who fashions new music from the traditional roots of many different regions of Ethiopia. Nardos Tesfaw - vocals Endris Hassen - masenko Misale Legesse - kobero Melaku Belay - dance, backing vocals, claps Zenash Tsegaye - dance, backing vocals, claps These CDs were donated by Terp Records, so all proceeds go to support the magazine and radio program. We thank them for their generous support.
Sidestepper : Supernatural Love
A band who pioneeered electro-Cumbia and other Colombian sounds released this album in 2016 to great acclaim. This time out, it's full of deep acoustic sounds and instruments, recorded in the Colombia countryside. This is a RootsWorld CD choice. These CDs are donated by the labels and artists to help RootsWorld raise money to remain online and on the air. All of your purchase gos to support those efforts.
various artists : Stilling Time: Traditional musics of Vietnam
American musician Philip Blackburn travelled to Vietnam in late 1993 to record the village music of the nation and came home with a remarkable portrait of a culture both deeply reverential of the past and yet still dynamic and growing.
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin : Aupres Du Poele
From the Canadian Maritime province of Prince Edward Island, here is a band that plays fast and loose with the Scottish and Acadian traditions that permeate this part of the world, adding touches from Europe and beyond. The goat skin (and other percussion) of Caleb Gallant and the strings (guitar, fiddle) from Rowen Gallant and Jesse Périard (who also adds some pump organ) join their voices together in Auprès Du Poêle.
Guy Klucevsek : The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour
Cliff's favorite accordionist is joined by a marvelous cast of characters on a musical 'tour' of all the strange corners of Mr. Klucevsek's musical mind. Guy is capable of sweet sentiment, weird bursts of humor, flights of eastern European fantasy and moments pure, sublime bliss. This is a RootsWorld music choice, and all of your purchase price goes to supporting the magazine and radio programs.
Vieux Kante : The Young Man's Harp
The blind kamale ngoni virtuoso Vieux Kanté had many fans in Bamako, thanks to his electrifying shows in the city, but he was practically unknown outside of Mali. He had just finished recording an album that almost certainly would have launched him and his band on a brilliant global trajectory when he died unexpectedly at age 31 This is the first time the album has been released. Exemplified on this album, his signature techniques and dazzling abilities, with the skills and sensibilities of his bandmates, makes this a musical revelation. The album notes are by the author Banning Eyre, who also contributes his unpublished photos of Vieux Kanté.
9Bach : Anian + In Your Voice
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection. The Welsh contemporary folk band's 3rd album, released in 2016, is a superb mix of modern and ancient. David Cox wrote in RW that 'this is a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own… a pensive, sometimes mysterious disc, with a sound all its own.' The second disc is poetic reinterpretations of the Welsh lyrics in English poetry and prose. Highly recommended.
Kandia Kouyate : Renascence
The Mandé art of jeliya carries a long and complex tradition of fine distinctions and endless debates about the qualities that earn its hereditary poets, musicians and soothsayers the highest accolades and honorifics. But on the great jelimusolu (female singers) of our time, there is near-unanimity regarding Kandia Kouyaté: she is a ngara. More than a skilled singer, a ngara is the extraordinary artist who possesses what many would say is a paranormal aura of majesty. Read more and listen.
Mahsa Vahdat : A Cappella: The Sun Will Rise
The record is a pilgrimage to a beauty marked by stains of love and dreams. In old churches, castles and halls - in Van, Istanbul, Oslo, Wroclaw, Provence and Alhambra, Mahsa's voice fills rooms of hidden stories and mysteries. Her orchestra is just the echo from walls and vaults, floors and columns in the rooms she and her engineer and producer Erik Hillestad chose for recording the voice-only songs. A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
Ferhat Tunc : Kobani
Ferhat Tunç is the kind of singer, rare in today's popular data stream, who must bear witness to the politics of his art in everyday life. Despite having been persecuted, sentenced, and jailed for his sonic activism, if not also because of the infractions inflicted upon him by his own government, Tunç has persevered in focusing his attention on those who have, less fortunately, paid with their lives. Recorded in Istanbul and Oslo, and mixed at the latter city's famed Rainbow Studio by master engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug, Kobani is Tunç's deepest mission statement yet.' - Tyran Grillo, RW
A RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' recording.
Lakou Mizik : Wa Di Yo
The band was formed by musicians young and old from Jacamel, Haiti after the earthquake of 2010. Their brand new recording is titled Wa Wi Do 'You Tell Them - We Are Still Here.' Says band member Steeve Valcourt: "We have nearly lost everything - but we'll never lose our culture." This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection for 2016, donated by the record label to support the magazine. (The bar code has a small mark over it to indicate it was donated.)
Saba Anglana : Ye Katama Hod - The Belly of the City
Born in Mogadishu, the duaghter of an Italian father and Ethiopian mother, Saba Anglana has made her home in Rome, Italy, but has brought in influences from her historical roots and beyond, merging them all into a powerful musicial and sometimes, political statement. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection for 2016.
RAM : Ram 6: Manman M Se Ginen
These rhythms don't walk alone. They come with melodies and songs and spirits and knowledge. They come with rituals. says Richard Morse, leader of the Port au Prince band RAM. The Haitian ensembles 6th album is a fine piece of work, fusing local instruments and rhythms with contemporary enrgey and politics. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.
Ponk : Postfolklor
This trio brings together Czech, Slovak and Moravian folk lore with a contemporary acoustic touch. At the heart of the band is the hammered dulcimer or zither known as the cimbalom, a tool common to many eastern European traditions. But musician Eduard Tomastík pushes the instrument into a new range of more modern sounds, carried by the vocals, bass and violin of bandmates Michal Krystynek and Jakub Nozicka. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection, and helps support the radio program and magazine.
Anne-Mari Kivimäki : Lakkautettu kylä (A closed down village)
The third in her Suistamo series, A Closed-Down Village musically explores Finnish WWII evacuees, wartime, leaving one's home and the current reality in the Karelian village of Suistamo that used to be part of Finland but now belongs to Russia. The music has been inspired by the life and the stories told by the Karelian storyteller and accordion player Ilja Kotikallio (1894-1961). This was donated by the artist for RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' series, and all proceeds from the sale support the magazine and radio program.
Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar : Fatteliku - Live in Athens, 1987
Youssou N'Dour and his band at their peak, from a live concert in Greece in 1987.Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom. This is a RootsWorld 'Music of the Month' selection.
Karl Seglem : Laerad
This is Karl's first goat horn (only) album, recorded over three years with a host of artists accompanying him on everything from ancient instruments to modern electronics.
Monsieur Doumani : Sikoses
The stunning second release by this Cypriot trio is as punchy and political as the first. A brilliant mix of acoustic folk music and modern sensibilities, peppered with musical and lyrical humor. This is RootsWorld's 'Music of the Month' selection for June, 2015 and your full purchase goes to support the magazine and radio program.
Spiro : Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow
A quartet from England combines folk acoustics and art music precision to create a personal chamber music sound using accordion, piano, violins, mandolins and percussion. They present 14 compositions that lay outside of any category, refusing any pigeon hole.
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino : Quaranta 
Founded in 1975, the band spearheaded the revival of pizzica tarantata, an ancient folk music born in Salento, the southernmost part of Italy's Puglia region. Pizzica originally was played in rituals meant to cure peasants of tarantismo, an illness purportedly caused by tarantula bites. In the healing rites of tarantismo, music, dance, and colors all were employed to relieve the distress of the afflicted. (From George De Stefano's RootsWorld interview) With a new generation, the band continues to embrace its legacy while forging new ground. This CD celebrates 40 years of continuous exploration and innovation in Italian music. This CD was donated by Ponderosa Records and the artists, as an offer of their generous support of RootsWorld magazine and radio. All proceeds support RW.
Kiran Ahluwalia : Sanata : Stillness
In stillness, movement is not only possible, it is a promise. Indeed, Kiran Ahluwalia's new offering, Sanata: Stillness, is nothing short of a musical roadmap to personal and global transformation. At once contemplative and rockin', traditional and innovative, Kiran's hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and Western Jazz shows us that borders are meaningless in one's heart and on the world stage. Born in Patna, India, Kiran's parents survived the strife of political upheaval between India and Pakistan during partition, escaping the riots and warring factions to ultimately settle in Toronto where young Kiran was raised. Living proof that the heart can indeed show us the way, she met NYC-based Pakistani-American guitarist and arranger Rez Abbasi - a musical and marital partnership that transcends place, position, and politics. This CD was donated by the artist as generous support of RootsWorld.
Omar Sosa Quarteto AfroCubano : Ilé
Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots. Omar's newest recording, Ilé, marks a homecoming for the 7-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist and composer to the Latin Jazz influences of his formative years in late '80s and early '90s Havana. During this period, Omar savored the music of Pancho Quinto, Lázaro Ros, Rubén González, Machito, Benny Moré, Arsenio, Cachao, Lili Martinez, Peruchin, Chucho Valdés, and Irakere. Ilé means homeland in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, derived from the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this new studio recording. This CD was donated by and artist and Otá Records in support of RootsWorld.
Anouar Brahem : Souvenance
The music of Souvenance, by turns graceful, hypnotic, and taut and starkly dramatic, was recorded in 2014 – six years after oud-master Anouar Brahem's last ECM album, The Astounding Eyes of Rita. "It took a long time to write this music," he acknowledges, noting that his emotional world had been usurped by the unfolding story of political upheaval sweeping first through Tunisia then through the neighbouring countries. Extraordinary waves of change, accompanied by great hopes and fears. "I don't claim a direct link between my compositions and the events taking place in Tunisia," says Anouar, "but I have been deeply affected by them." New directions for the music find Fran?ois Couturier returning to the Brahem group, frequently supported by subtle string orchestration. The strings have a glowing transparency and fragility in these pieces, often providing shimmering texture against which the contributions of the quartet members – and, above all, Anouar Brahem's unique oud-playing – stand out in bold relief. This
Dino Saluzzi Group : El Valle de la Infancia
Argentine bandoneonist-composer-improviser Dino Saluzzi returns to his roots. Recorded in Buenos Aires, it's the first of his discs to feature his "family band" since 2005. Here Dino is heard with his brother Felix on tenor sax and clarinet, his son José María on guitars and nephew Matías on basses. Friends joining the party are 7-string guitarist Nicolás "Colacho" Brizuela and drummer Quintino Cinalli, brought in by Dino to gently expand the sense of freedom that informs his music. This is a RootsWorld Music of the Month CD donated by ECM Records. All proceeds go to suppport the magazine and radio program.
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