Lili Boniche’s Trésors de la musique judéo-arabe is out today! Get it on Amazon: http://ow.ly/xQq8v The album includes 3 previously unreleased bonus tracks!
Praise for 2013’s Anthologie:
"incredible dexterity and creativity…He’s a fantastic singer." - PRI’s The World
"You hear wonderful Arabic modes, great guitar playing, and a powerful Imam-Cantor style voice…The songs drip with feeling." - KCRW Rhythm Planet
Coming on June 10 is Trésors de la musique judéo-arabe by Algerian crooner Lili Boniche! With the added bonus of three previously unreleased tracks, this album is one of the cornerstones of modern Arab-Andalusian music. Music infused with the heady aromas of the spice markets and the scents of the Mediterranean, here the rumba of Algiers, there the festive chaabi. The album is an absolute must-have for all lovers of these joyful songs, which remain both timeless and strikingly modern.
Pre-order it on iTunes: http://ow.ly/x1gQL or Amazon: http://ow.ly/x1hjJ
Praise for Anthologie (2013):
"[Boniche has] this incredible dexterity and creativity…He’s a fantastic singer."
- PRI The World
"You hear wonderful Arabic modes, great guitar playing, and a powerful Imam-Cantor style voice…The songs drip with feeling."
-KCRW Rhythm Planet
Coming in June, World Village releases the late Algerian singer Lili Boniche’s classic album Trésors de la musique judéo-arabe with 3 previously unreleased tracks! http://ow.ly/wOvpt
Adnan Joubran “is a ferociously gifted oud player in his own right…the relaxed mood owes much to the small band of collaborators who join him here; most notably cellist Valentin Moussou, who brings a wistful elegance to the original compositions…What this recording doesn’t have is the rigour and obsessive attention to detail that characterise Le Trio Joubran’s CDs. However…this is part of Behind Borders charm.” - 4 STARS, Songlines Magazine
Out next Tuesday - along with Melingo’s Linyera and Natalia M. King’s SoulBLAZZ - is the first solo album by Adnan Joubran of Le Trio Joubran: Borders Behind! Pre-order it on iTunes: http://ow.ly/vlWVT or Amazon: http://ow.ly/vlX7j
On “Borders Behind”, Adnan Joubran collaborates with the Indo-French tabla player Prabhu Edouard, the French cellist Valentin Moussou and the Spanish saxophonist and flautist Jorge Pardo. The music radiates both tenderness and strength, suffused with the heady perfumes of jazz, all spun together by the intricate touch of Joubran’s oud.
(via Womadelaide: Emel Mathlouthi and Rachid Taha review | Music | theguardian.com)
"… in 2007 her protest tune Kelmti Horra (My Word Is Free) became the ubiquitous soundtrack to the wave of change in the Middle East.
For her first Australian show, Mathlouthi chooses to debut the music she has been working on since the emergence of that song. It’s a darker, harder-edged sound driven by a laptop and a violin. But it’s the astonishing range and sensuousness of Mathlouthi’s voice that is most compelling. There are swoops and growls reminiscent of Bjork, whom she cites as a major influence, and even traces of her goth past as she picks out minimal, reverberant lines on electric guitar which make you wonder if she’s also been listening to the XX .
The encore is a surprise: a solo version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by way of Jeff Buckley, before she closes with the surprisingly fragile, deceptively undemonstrative tune capable of felling a regime. “Marry me Emel!” shouts a smitten admirer. “Okay,” she replies. He may need to join the queue.”
En Chordais and Kyriakos Kalaitzidis perform music from their March release The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo at The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts this Thursday! http://ow.ly/tZhZk
The group also performs in NYC on Friday at Alwan for the Arts and Saturday at The Lincoln Center’s Atrium.
Styles, timbres, temperaments and textures of the vocalists couldn’t be more wide-ranging, various and interesting. Some of them shout—field shouts. Nodira Primatova supplicates like a love-lorn banshee in her Uzbek song “Ey Dilbari Jononim.” Maria Farantouri sings the album’s most affecting song, “The Stranger,” in a high, haunting voice of exquisite sensitivity. Amartuvshin Baasandorj’s “Chandmani untag,” a Mongolian style song, is an exotic tour de force because his mouth and hand jive— like Tibetan overtone – harmonic or throat – singing—growls in gritty lower pitches or whistles and whines like a jews harp.
This project is a collaboration between two ensembles: En Chordais, directed by virtuoso oud play player Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, and Constantinople comprising brothers Kiya and Ziya Tabassian (Kiya plays setar, sings and composes, Ziya explores the infinite possibilities of the tombak and other percussion instruments), and Pierre-Yves Martel— a viola da gamba player from Montreal.
There is a whole world of listening here, a generously packaged feast for the ear and the mind. Five Stars.