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    cdRoots New Additions http://www.cdroots.com contact2@cdroots.com ... cdRoots Recommends - the proprietor s personal picks http://www.cdroots.com/faves.shtml
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 10, 2006
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      cdRoots New Additions

      cdRoots Recommends - the proprietor's personal picks


      New releases:

      Nathalie Natiembe - Sanker
      The record label says: The extraordinary voice of Réunion Isle singer
      Nathalie Natiembé first hit the international scene 1997. Natiembé is
      passionate about her country, the roots of her language and her music.
      This stripped-down, percussive odyssey into the rhythms of Maloya
      brings together the sounds and the musicians of the Indian Ocean
      Islands and the African mainland in a beautiful record. Voice,
      percussion and accordion (by the great Regis Gizavo) never sounded so
      full, or so sweet.

      Ti Fred - Sitantelman
      The record label says: Maloya, the music of the creole people of the
      small island of La Réunion, seemed in danger of dying out. Castigated
      as the music of slaves, linked to their African past and to voodoo
      tradition, the Maloya was officially frowned on and received no state
      support. Recent years have seen a revival of interest, led by Daniel
      Waro - the father of Maloya - and a number of younger performers have
      come forward. The Maloya rhythm is beaten out on local drums - the
      rouler, piker and bob. Ti Fred, born Fred Belhomme, appeared as a
      percussionist in the ground-breaking Daniel Waro band. he supplies
      ecstatic vocals to the mix of bangers and shakers.

      Hugh Tracey recordings - Bulawayo Jazz - 1950, '51, '52
      The record label says: In no book of the history of jazz will you find
      any mention, let alone a chapter, about an exciting style of jazz
      developed in Africa in the early 1950s - in Bulawayo to be precise,
      economic heart of then Southern Rhodesia now Zimbabwe and gateway to
      and from South Africa. This is a grand omission. Here, finally, is the
      evidence. The dominant figure in the Bulawayo scene was August Musarurwa.

      Hugh Tracey recordings - Colonial Dance Bands - 1950 and 1952
      The record label says: This album presents a variety of African bands
      playing dance music during the colonial period. Recorded in the
      British colonies of Kenya, Tanganyika and Northern Rhodesia,
      Portuguese East Africa, and Belgian Congo. Some bands were
      professional outfits playing to Europeans, mostly in hotels, others
      were enthusiastic amateurs. Each and every one was a pioneer in their
      way, and deserve tremendous respect for that alone.

      Hugh Tracey recordings - Kenyan Songs and Strings - 1950 and 1952 - $18.99
      (cdRoots# st-tracey-030)
      The record label says: The selection of music here is comprised of a
      capella choirs and songs accompanied by string instruments. Except for
      two guitar tracks and one oud track, the string instruments are all
      lyres - chepkongo, kipukandet, thum, litungu. The strummed lyres sound
      very guitar-like, at times positively post-punk, and then the
      wonderful buzzing bass sound of the plucked thum, with strings made of
      cow tendons. And an array of beautiful traditional vocal styles.

      The Cool Crooners - Isatilo
      Genuine 'old school' vocal music from southern Africa. This group of
      senior crooners from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe present some classic sounds
      from the early days of pan-African pop music, steeped in the township
      sound and mbaqanga of South Africa, but well imbued with Congolese
      rumba, American jazz and R'n'B and later, rock and roll. It's terribly
      retro, and very right!

      Salem Tradition - Fanm
      Music from La Réunion in the Indian Ocean by singer Christine Salem
      and her ensemble. Once consider music of slaves, linked to Africa and
      voodoo tradition, maloya music was considered 'low brow' and given
      little public support. In recent years there has been a revival, led
      by Daniel Waro, and a number of younger performers have come forward.
      The maloya rhythm is beaten out on indigenous drums - the rouler,
      piker and bob, with Salem's voice (supported by two other female
      singers) soaring over the rhythms of the band.

      Women Of Egypt 1924-1931: Pioneers Of Stardom And Fame
      Featuring: Umm Kulthumm, Fathiyyah Ahmed, Munira al-Mahdiyyah etc....
      A CD compilation of Arab women, stars of Egyptian theatre and song who
      recorded in the nineteen twenties and early thirties. Taken from
      original 78rpm recordings of the time and remastered to the highest
      standards, this collection features among others the legendary Umm
      Kulthum. Between 1890 and 1920, theatres and European-style cabarets
      sprang up all over Egypt. Performers flocked there from all over the
      Arab world and from Europe. Isadora Duncan, Pavlova and Mistinguette
      included Cairo in their world tours. At their peak, the most famous
      female Arabic women singers were earning as much, if not more, than
      their male counterparts. The 1920s was the heyday of this music and
      its recordings and these performers can be seen as having struck a
      blow for the emancipation of women. The Wall Street crash and the
      associated economic downturn marked the end of the recording
      industries' boom years, leaving us a legacy of remarkable performances
      of immense power.

      Tabu Ley Rochereau And Afrisa International - Kaful Mayay 1973
      Not only neo-traditional 'Kaful Mayay' but also gorgeous 'Nzale,'
      hypnotic 'Aon-Aon' and 5 other tracks from the early 70s, including
      two making their first appearance on CD.

      Grand Kalle et l'African Jazz - Merveilles du Passe 1958-60; Volume 1
      Grand Kallé, Dr. Nico, Dechaud, Mujos, Vicky Longomba, Rochereau,
      (briefly) Manu Dibango: the first great modern Congolese band at its
      peak. Marvelous indeed and truly essential.

      The above 2 titles are part of a large reissue series from the
      Sonodisc label via Syllart. Here are the other titles available:
      Grand Kallé & L'african Jazz - Merveilles Du Passé, Vol. 2 (1961-1962)
      Grand Kallé & L'african Jazz - Succes Des Années 50/60, Vol. 1
      Grand Kallé & L'african Jazz - Succes Des Années 50/60, Vol. 2
      Grand Kallé & L'african Team - Volume 1
      Grand Kallé & L'african Team - Volume 3
      Grand Kallé & L'african Team - Volume 2
      Grand Kallé & L'african Jazz - Merveilles Du Passé, Vol. 3 (1966-1967)
      African Fiesta - Nico, Kwamy, Rochereau & L'african Fiesta
      African Fiesta - Makila Eyina Nzoto
      Tabu Ley Rochereau - Le Seigneur Rochereau
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - À L'olympia
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - L'afrisa International
      Rochereau & Franco - Lisanga Ya Banganga (2 CDs)
      Tabu Ley Rochereau - Rochereau, Sam Mangwana & L'African Fiesta National
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - Tete Nakozonga
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - Sacramento
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - Rochereau & L'african Fiesta National, Vol. 1
      Tabu Ley Rochereau And Afrisa International - Kaful Mayay 1973-75
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - Rochereau & L'african Fiesta National, Vol. 2
      Tabu Ley Rochereau - 1968/1969
      Tabu Ley Rochereau - 1971/1972/1973
      Rochereau, Tabu Ley - Sorozo

      Malecon Social Club - Como me gustas
      I know, you are saying 'been there, done that,' and to some extent,
      you might be right. But it's great Cuban roots music, brilliantly
      performed, and the fact that someone was there before them just means
      they have a higher level to achieve. I think they made it.

      Mangalepa - Endurance
      Congolese musicians who settled in Nairobi, Kenya, Les Mangalepa
      became one of the biggest bands in East Africa in the late 70s, when
      they recorded these tracks.

      Taos Amrouche - Berber Songs of Kabyle (5 CD set)
      Marguerite Taos Amrouche was a major figure in both French and
      Algerian culture: a sophisticated author of influential novels in
      French, and a singer-musician whose expressive voice and penchant for
      ethnomusicological detective work did much to preserve and propagate
      traditional music of the Berber and Kabyle people. This is a
      comprehensive collection of her Arion recordings of the 1970s,
      including 95 songs on FIVE (5) CDs. IN a nice presentation box,
      includes a 140-page booklet with extensive notes and texts at a very
      good price.


      See more recent releases and additions here:
      [ni:d] - nid
      Troka - Raharinki
      The Eighteenth Day of May
      Johanna Juhola - Miette
      Freija - Lempilauluja
      JPP - Artology
      Alakotila, Järvelä, Kennemark - Nordik Tree
      Scotland: The Music And The Song, A 20-Year Profile Of Greentrax
      Anna-Kaisa Liedes - Utua
      Andre Taieb and Naguila - Chants mystiques sefarades - $16.99
      Fairport UnConventionAl
      Alamaailman Vasarat - Vasaraasia
      Alamaailman Vasarat - Kaarmelautakunta
      Maria Rojas - Silverringar små och stora
      Solas - Reunion: A Decade of Solas (CD+DVD)
      Oytsres: Klezmer Music 1908-1996 (originally issued 1999)
      Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan - Gayaki Ang
      Budiman Uun - Banondari
      Lalgudi G J R Krishna and Lalgudi J Vijayalakshmi - Bow to the violins
      Pjotr Leschenko - 1931-1937: Gloomy Sunday

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