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Pioneering South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

Johnny Clegg, a singer-songwriter and guitarist known for mixing Zulu music with Western influences, died on July 16, 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clegg founded two highly influential interracial bands, Juluka with Sipho Mchunu and Savuka with Dudu Zulu. Ms Beauty Dlulane, Chairperson of the the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts … Continue reading Pioneering South African Musician Johnny Clegg Dies at 66

The Elegant Progressive Folk of Pekka Nättinen

Pekka Nättinen – Usein Kasvoin (Pekka Nättinen, 2014) Usein Kasvoin is a superb genre-defying album by Finnish multi-instrumentalist Pekka Nättinen. On Usein Kasvoin, Nättinen brings together Finnish folk, medieval influences, contemporary jazz, global percussion, blues and progressive rock elements. Pekka Nättinen plays a wide range of fascinating flutes and other wind instruments along with spellbinding … Continue reading The Elegant Progressive Folk of Pekka Nättinen

Fiddles of the World Come Together

French guitarist Mathias Duplessy put together a fascinating project called the Violins of the World. The current version of the ensemble was showcased at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo). Duplessy and Violins of the World includes Duplessy on guitar, vocals and throat singing; Chinese erhu master Guo Gan; Mongolian horsehead … Continue reading Fiddles of the World Come Together

Symphonies of the Taj

Abhishek Ray – Symphonies of the Taj (Music Today, 2011) This album is intended to evoke some of the grandeur and romantic aura of the Taj Mahal, widely regarded as the “Eternal symbol of Love.” The music is symphonic, and blends Indian sounds along with Arabic and other world influences. Instruments like sarangi, flute and … Continue reading Symphonies of the Taj

Interview with Sarawakian Band At Adau

When you think of Scotland, does the drone of bagpipes start playing in your mind? Does Hawaii spark strains of a ukulele-laced ‘Over The Rainbow’? Or perhaps Bugs Bunny singing ‘Aloha Oe’? At the mere mention of Sarawak, I hear the soothing lilt of the sapé. Just a decade ago, the sound of Borneo was … Continue reading Interview with Sarawakian Band At Adau

Young Cordoba Guitarist Juan José León Wins 2019 Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest

Talento Flamenco (Flamenco talent) closed its third edition at the 2019 Cordoba Guitar Festival. In a crowded courtyard at the Posada del Potro, the Fosforito Flamenco Center hosted on July 12th the hard-fought final of the Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Contest 2019, organized by the Cristina Heeren Foundation. The award went to Cordoba-born Juan José León. … Continue reading Young Cordoba Guitarist Juan José León Wins 2019 Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment Talent Contest

Cutting Edge Vietnamese Virtuosity and Fiery Gnawa Trance at Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

The air conditioned Theater Stage at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2019 presented Hà N?i Duo and Mehdi Massouli on Day 1, Friday, July 12, 2019. Hà N?i Duo is a project featuring traditional Vietnamese singer and dan K?ny player Ngô H?ng Quang and renowned jazz guitarist Nguyên Lê’. The music performed at the Rainforest … Continue reading Cutting Edge Vietnamese Virtuosity and Fiery Gnawa Trance at Rainforest World Music Festival 2019

Flute Dialogs with Darbuka

Auster Loo ? Rhythm And Breath (Homerecords.be, 2016) The Belgian music act Auster Loo includes flute player Lydie Thonnard and percussionist Simon Leleux. The duo was created during a musical trip to Morocco in 2014. Rhythm & Breath is a musical conversation between the flute and the darbuka (North African goblet drum). On a handful … Continue reading Flute Dialogs with Darbuka

Freedom and Leela?s Mantra Fusion

Freedom and Leela – Ru (Times Music, 2011) This is an album for the more spiritually inclined. The 9 tracks are renditions of sacred Hindu mantras, blended with an acoustic fusion of flute, piano and guitar. Not as electric or percussion-heavy as other fusion artists like Prem Joshua, this CD is decidedly more mellow and … Continue reading Freedom and Leela?s Mantra Fusion

Vocal Worldly Delights from Moira Smiley

Moira Smiley – Unzip The Horizon (Moira Smiley Music, 2018) Itinerant American multi-instrumentalist, composer and prodigious singer Moira Smiley has toured the world with various ensembles. Her solo album Unzip The Horizon contains a delightful set of songs where she delivers remarkable solo, overdubbed and layered vocals. Her influences include contemporary American folk music, blues, … Continue reading Vocal Worldly Delights from Moira Smiley