ANN: new African CDs at cdRoots
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Tulear Never Sleeps - Tsapiky guitar music from south west Madagascar
Fierce, highly energized guitar music (electric and acoustic) from
Tulear in Madagascar. Ian Anderson of fRoots says the set contains
"the fearsome lead guitarists and full-scream singers who fuel the
region's all night dances, plus a smattering of the acoustic roots of
the genre. It's a set that's right up there with other legendary
Earthworks compilations like The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto." (A
lot of shops online and off are not stocking this wonderful release...
a mystery to me! I have a good supply all the time.)
Zion Roots - Abyssinia Infinite
Featuring the great Ethiopian singer Ejigayehu 'Gigi' Shibabaw, this
is a prime example of how to merge ancient sounds with modern
technology. Produced by Bill Laswell, and featuring an excellent band
from many places.
The Drummers Of The Nile In Town: Cairosonic - Mahmoud Fadl
Join Mahmoud Fadl on his walk down Cairo's Mohamed'Ali Street, the
notorious musicians' hang out, where he meets up with master drummers
Mohammed "Kallo" Sobhi and Magdi Berbish, the Khalil family (flagship
of Said musicianship) and the legendary Hasaballah Brass Band of Egypt.
Various artists - African Horns
A long time personal pick, "African Horns" is a great set of music
from South Africa, an inimitable mix of jazz and roots. It includes
what is also one of my all time personal fave tracks in any genre, a
raw and wonderful piece called "Next Stop Soweto" that features
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) on cello as the rhythm section.
Paroles d'Anges - Armand Amar
A global opera composed by Amar and choreographed by Anne Marie Porras
is loosely based on traditional themes from India, Turkey and Morocco,
but ultimately it is a modern conceit, a swirling mirage of musicial
sounds, full of percussive energy and great voices. Musicans include
John Boewell - tabla and percussion, Gewar Khan, Kamaycha, Abdul
Racheed Khan - voices, Hardun Teboul- lute, Didier Francois
-nyckelharpa and violoncello, and Laurent Levesque - keyboards
Not too far out of Africa:
BBC Radio host Charlie Gillett compiles a 2 CD set of his personal and
often quirky choices for the best world music available in 2003. It's
a worthy compilation for anyone looking to broaden their horizons and
Gillette's choices are definitely genre-bending.
Al-Kindi Ensemble w/ Sheikh Habboush - Aleppian Sufi Transe (2 CD set)
Sheikh Habboush is a Sufi cantor and a spiritual leader with uncommon
vocal talents and irresistible charisma. The Al Kindi Ensemble's 2 CD
set offers a selection of music exploring the texts of the great Sufi
masters. The unusual mingling of voice and strings adds depth to the
ecstatic chanting of Sheikh Habboush. The Al-Kindî Ensemble, founded
by the French qânûn player Julien Jâlal Eddine Weiss is currently
considered among the best groups devoted to classical Arab music.
Mesopotamia (2 CD set) - Munir Bashir
Munir Bashir descended from a long line of Iraqi musicians, regarded a
supreme master of his instrument, the oud, and a leading
representative of the musical tradition called the Maqam. He shapes
the modal structure of the Maqam and renders a highly charged
emotional atmosphere. Bashir is to Iraqi music what Ravi Shankar is to
Indian - its most famous exponent, revered the world over, and the
face of his nation's music to a global audience. This double CD set
presents completely new and unissued material.
Zifna - Etnika
The second recording from this innovative band from Malta, Etnika once
again explores the roots of their local music as well as expanding the
tradition into the new century. The band has grown into a small
orchestra of traditional and contemporary instruments, with the
rasping wail of the zummara and zaqq (bagpipe), the strum of the
mandolin, the pluck of the violin, the beat of the drum and the roar
of the electric bass and keyboards all adding new meaning to the old
roots. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
It's About Time - Mikata
Mikata, based in New Haven, CT, has been performing traditional
African and neo-African music nationally and internationally since
1980. The group performs traditional music from West and Central
Africa, the Caribbean and Brazil and also performs original music with
an African/Latin groove and a strong message of social protest.
Personal favorites from my own backyard.
Other recent releases:
Kekele - Congo Life
A Banna! - Banda di Avola
Arzan - La Lionetta
Guzulka - Vladimir Denissenkov
Different Tongues - Brian Peters
Frontiera - Aes Dana
Manouche e dintorni - Maurizio Geri Swingtet
Passion du Tango - Sextet Mayor
This Train - The Wayfaring Strangers
Go Tell It On the Mountain - Blind Boys of Alabama - 14.99
a la una (in the beginning) - Sarah Aroeste
Atlas Travel - Don Rooke
K - Kepa Junkera - BACK IN STOCK
Om Sommeren - Haugaard and Hoirup
Waltz Rromano - Earth-Wheel-Sky Band
Les chemins des forains - Patrick Saussois & Alma Sinti
Classic - Baltinget
Fastland - Sula
Concert Program - Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Incanti - Elena Ledda