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Afrobeat Star Femi Kuti Releases Video for “One People One World”

Acclaimed Afrobeat musician Femi Kuti will release a new album titled One People One World next month. The music video for the album’s title track is now available. “One People One World” was shot at The Shrine in Nigeria, the dancehall and concert space Femi built as a memorial to his father, Fela Kuti. On … Continue reading Afrobeat Star Femi Kuti Releases Video for “One People One World”

Reggae Drummer Steve Nisbett Dies at 69

Steel Pulse founder Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett died on January 18, 2018. Steve Nisbett was born in Nevis (West Indies) March 15, 1948. His family moved to the UK in 1957. The Recording Academy released the following statement: ?We are deeply saddened by the passing of esteemed reggae artist and GRAMMY winner Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett,? said … Continue reading Reggae Drummer Steve Nisbett Dies at 69

Dylanesque Welsh Folk

Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion – Dal i ‘Redig Dipyn Bach (Sain SCD2773, 2017) Dal i ‘Redig Dipyn Bach is the fifth album by Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion, one of the leading folk music acts from Wales. Unlike other Welsh artists that draw influences from the Celtic music tradition, Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion has a folk-rock … Continue reading Dylanesque Welsh Folk

Soothing Journey

Shambhu – Soothe (Acoustic Shine, 2017) As the title indicates, this is a very relaxing album, targeting the new age music market. Soothe mixes melodic instrumental music with smooth jazz, world music influences (primarily from India) and ethereal sounds. Two well-known musicians appear on the album: wind instrument maestro Paul McCandless and virtuoso bassist Michael … Continue reading Soothing Journey

Tal National to Perform in Brooklyn

Acclaimed Nigerien band Tal National is set to perform in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Littlefield. The band will be presenting its latest album Tantabara on Fat Cat Records. Tal National reached international praise with Kaani (2013), the group?s first release outside of Niger. The band’s second international album was Zoy … Continue reading Tal National to Perform in Brooklyn

Sri Tyagaraja ? Musi-Drama: A Pongal Boananza for Muscat Music Lovers

  Saint Tyagaraja strode the field of Carnatic music as a colossus. While there is no way of establishing how many kritis he actually composed (estimates vary from 6000 to 24000, but less than a 1000 are extant), there is no doubt about the extraordinary influence he had on the development of Carnatic music practice. … Continue reading Sri Tyagaraja ? Musi-Drama: A Pongal Boananza for Muscat Music Lovers

The Joropo of the Colombian and Venezuelan Plains

Joropo is a musical genre and dance form found in the plains of Venezuela. Los Llanos, the broad plains of western Venezuela and eastern Colombia, watered by the Orinoco River and its tributaries, are home to música llanera (literally, ?plains music?), the engaging musical traditions created by ranching people with a love for cattle, horses, … Continue reading The Joropo of the Colombian and Venezuelan Plains

The Samba de Roda

The samba de roda is a traditional Afro-Brazilian dance from the state of Bahia (Brazil). It has been associated with capoeira for many years. The instruments used in samba de roda groups includes atabaque, berimbau, chocalho, and pandeiro, accompanied by singing and hand clapping. UNESCO Proclamation 2005: “The Samba de Roda of Recôncavo of Bahia” … Continue reading The Samba de Roda

The Angklung

Angklung is an Indonesian musical instrument consisting of two to four bamboo tubes suspended in a bamboo frame, bound with rattan cords. The tubes are carefully whittled and cut by a master crafts person to produce certain notes when the bamboo frame is shaken or tapped. Each Angklung produces a single note or chord, so … Continue reading The Angklung

Artist Profiles: Andrew Tosh

Andrew Tosh, the tall, slender third son and virtual carbon copy of reggae legend Peter Tosh has been predicted to carry on the family’s musical tradition since first gaining recognition with a powerful performance at his father’s funeral in 1987. He’s been delighting audiences across the world with his brilliant live sets and Grammy-nominated recordings … Continue reading Artist Profiles: Andrew Tosh