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Fufu Tryout

Dominic Egli’s Plurism with Feya Faku – More Fufu (Unit Records, 2016) More Fufu is an album Swiss jazz drummer Dominic Egli. His band Plurism plays contemporary jazz with some world music influences such as Latin beats and kalimba. Plurism?s special guest on More Fufu is renowned South African trumpeter Feya Faku. More Fufu includes … Continue reading Fufu Tryout

The Beautiful World of Elemotho

Elemotho – Beautiful World (ARC Music EUCD2721, 2017) Elemotho is the artistic name of award-winning Namibian musician and singer-songwriter Gaalelekwe Richardo Mosimane. Beautiful World is his new album where he showcases his talent as a songwriter. The album opens with a beautiful song featuring vocals, mesmerizing mbira, guitar, birds and spoken word. Throughout the album, … Continue reading The Beautiful World of Elemotho

Artist Profiles: Malinky

Malinky were Danny Kyle Open Stage winners at Celtic Connections in 1999. Their song-centered repertoire combines a deep appreciation of tradition with a vibrant freshness of approach taking in both classic ballads and outstanding original songwriting alongside sparkling instrumental sets. Malinky’s current line-up features founding members Steve Byrne (vocals/bouzouki/guitar) Mark Dunlop (whistles/bodhran/vocals) Jon Bews (fiddle/vocals) … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Malinky

Artist Profiles: Manny Oquendo

Bandleader Oquendo was a veteran of the days when Latin bands crowded into a studio to polish off a recording in an all-night session. “The first recording (singer) Tito Rodriguez did we took the 7th Avenue train to record for SMC label,” Oquendo recalled. “Tito Puente did the arrangements. You recorded on monaural with just … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Manny Oquendo

Delightful Goldenhair

Goldenhair by Brian Byrne and James Joyce (Node Records, 2016) Goldenhair is an album composed by acclaimed Irish musician Brian Byrne. He wrote and arranged the music with lyrics based on the writings of James Joyce. Despite the Irish origin, don?t expect an Irish folk music album. Goldenhair focuses primarily on jazz. The album includes … Continue reading Delightful Goldenhair

Reggae Gold 2017 Available Tomorrow

VP Records has announced the release of the 24th volume of its Reggae Gold compilation series. Reggae Gold 2K17 features current hits and exclusives and will be available tomorrow, July 21st. The exclusives include the new hit from R&B star Estelle, ?Love like Ours? featuring Tarrus Riley.

Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet Release Music Video

Rising Malian world music act Trio Da Kali and the renowned Kronos Quartet have recorded a superb single titled ?Eh Ya Ye?. This song will appear on Trio Da Kali?s upcoming album ‘Ladilikan’ scheduled for release on September 15, 2017. The video was made in Casamance (Senegal) and includes dancers Amadou Kande, Cheikh Omar Preira, … Continue reading Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet Release Music Video

Steel Pan Melting Pot

Steel Pan Fusion – Melting Pot (Steel Pan Fusion, 2017) Steel Pan Fusion is an excellent London band led by Trinidadian steel pan maestro and composer Wade Austin. He takes the versatile steelpan to the exciting world of jazz fusion with a group of skilled colleagues that add electronic keyboards, creative drumming, funk bass, soca, … Continue reading Steel Pan Melting Pot

Exploring Raga

Various Artists – Musical Explorers – Colours of Raga (ARC Music EUCD2730, 2017) This 2-disc set contains a music CD of field recordings made in India in the late 1960s by the late Deben Bhattacharya, featuring various artists playing ragas. The second disc is a DVD with a very interesting 30-minute film titled Ragas, also … Continue reading Exploring Raga

Fine Choro from Toronto

Tio Chorinho – Chora Brazil (Tio Chorinho, 2016) Tio Chorinho is a great instrumental ensemble from Toronto that specializes in choro music, a Brazilian genre from the Rio de Janeiro region. It?s lively, uplifting music that brings together Portuguese guitar traditions and African beats. The group?s sound revolves around the sounds and interplay of the … Continue reading Fine Choro from Toronto