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Artist Profiles: Veronika Bulycheva

Russian singer, guitarist and composer Veronika Bulycheva was born in the Ural region of Russia. In 1992, she emigrated to Paris. After many years of successful artistic career fate brought her with a wonderful instrumental ensemble Emerald from Ekaterinburg, representing traditional “balalaika-rock” in the spirit of Balkan-styled carelessly-drunken music. She sings in Russian and in … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Veronika Bulycheva

Artist Profiles: Darmas

Six young musicians formed Darmas, a band propelled by the rhythms they derive from traditional Malay classics like the Joget (a traditional Malay dance from Malacca influenced by the Portuguese colonial dance of Branyo), Zapin (a Malay dance found in Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei) and the Canggung (Malay dance with Thai influences). The central element … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Darmas

Artist Profiles: At Adau

Malaysian ensemble At Adau was formed in June 2014. They perform ancient melodies and rhythms from the different tribes in Borneo fused with contemporary elements. The group mixes sape lute tunes from the Orang Ulu  and  traditional percussion from the Bidayuh and Iban with their own arrangements to deliver a modern folk  medley of songs … Continue reading Artist Profiles: At Adau

A Guitar Tribute to Women and Equity

Pablo Romero Luis – Desnudas de palabras (Pablo Romero Luis, 2019) Desnudas de palabras (bare of words) is a wonderful tribute to women. Madrid guitarist Pablo Romero Luis admires the courage of women in their struggle to change society in favor of equality. It is also an instrumental ode to song. The album recovers a … Continue reading A Guitar Tribute to Women and Equity

Enthralling Joik and Accordion

VILDÁ – Vildaluodda (Bafes Factory, 2019) On Vildaluodda (Wildprint) Finnish duo VILDÁ offers a contemporary amalgam of Sami transcendent yoiks, shamanic beats and improvisation along with elements from other musical traditions. The human voice and the accordion define the essence of the album. Hildá Länsman (Sámiland, Finland) and Viivi Maria Saarenkylä (Finland) are deeply influenced … Continue reading Enthralling Joik and Accordion

Artist Profiles: Mehdi Nassouli

Mehdi Nassouli was born in Tarudant, southern Morocco, engaged in Gnawa culture. A phenomenal musical talent, he learned to play various musical instruments at an early age, becoming especially passionate about the three-stringed Gnawa bass lute, the guembri (also known as sentir and hajjuj). Before launching his international career, Mehdi Nassouli spent a decade traveling … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Mehdi Nassouli

Top Global Music Talent at Sarawak?s Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

The acclaimed Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will be back July 12-14, 2019 for its 22nd consecutive year. Announced as bigger than ever, organizers expect over 20,000 music fans from the region and beyond as well as visiting tourists.  The event will take place at the scenic Sarawak Cultural Village in Kuching (Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo), … Continue reading Top Global Music Talent at Sarawak?s Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

Yiddish Music Brooklyn Style

Michael Winograd – Kosher Style (OU People, 2019) Clarinet virtuoso and composer Michael Winograd explores the roots and evolution of Yiddish music on Kosher Style. Winograd grew up during the Yiddish music revival in the United States and has become one of its leading performers. Kosher Style celebrates the music scene and atmosphere of Brooklyn, … Continue reading Yiddish Music Brooklyn Style

Belize’s Garifuna Collective Reveals 2019 Tour Dates

The Garifuna Collective, Belize’s acclaimed Afro-Indigenous roots music band will be touring Europe and North America in support of its new album, Aban, this summer. This will be its first major international tour since 2014. Aban is set for worldwide release June 21st, 2019 on Belize’s Stonetree Records. The European part of The Garifuna Collective’s … Continue reading Belize’s Garifuna Collective Reveals 2019 Tour Dates

First-Class Malian Music from Hama Sankare

Hama Sankare ? Niafunke (Clermont Music, 2019) If you’ve ever heard Malian artists like Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum, Le Troup Regionale de Nia funke, L’Orchestre de Gao, Songhoy Allstars or BanKaiNa, you’ve heard Alpha Ousamane ?Hama? Sankare. This vocalist, calabash player, composer and arranger is a kind of musical cornerstone in Mali’s musical landscape … Continue reading First-Class Malian Music from Hama Sankare