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Check out a preview of our October release: 310 Lunes, a double-disc set from Lo’jo (lojomusic), celebrating the group’s 32nd year (310 moons)!
The first CD features new instrumental versions of some of the group’s most memorable tracks, arranged by Renaud-Gabriel Pion in the spirit of modern chamber music. The second is a re-release of their very first album, The International Courabou, unobtainable since its confidential debut in 1990.
Check out a video of Bibi Tanga playing the funky “Upset” at the Festival Au Fil des Voix!
Check out clips from Mamani Keita’s recent concert in Lithuania!
Our Throwback Thursday this week: Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar’s Shime (2009)!
Culture Musical Club began life as part of the youth organization of the Afro Shirazi Party during Zanzibar’s struggle for independence back in 1956. Today, Culture Musical Club is not only the largest, but also one of the most prolific and successful orchestras of Zanzibar as they present taarab music. In addition to innumerable performances in Stone Town, villages of Zanzibar and on Tanzania mainland, this group has toured internationally with outstanding success and has won over audiences in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Arab Emirates and Reunion. They perform new compositions on a regular basis and have developed a distinct and uniquely Swahili style.
Songlines Top of The World
Chicago Reader 20 Favorite International Releases 2010
"Several beguiling, popular Zanzibari styles are present…“Muziki Ni Kazi Yetu,” a pungwa song (possession music), is an elegant, soothing bit of exoticism, while “Rejea Tena Chuoni” features mughani-style vocal improvisation imparting a universally resonant message: ‘Go back to school.’”
"A strong rhythmic pulse throbs through each piece, but Culture Musical Club retains a measured calm; this isn’t wild club music…it’s unlikely that Culture Musical Club won’t suck you in with their hypnotic sound."
Coming to World Village in September: Marcio Faraco's Cajueiro!
Each one of French-Brazilian Márcio Faraco’s songs is exemplary in its finesse and fragile balance between gentleness and seriousness. His distinctive style is free of pathos but has traces of his illustrious influences, João Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes.
Preorder now on iTunes: http://ow.ly/zw8OJ
New album teaser for Tony Allen’s Film Of Life, due out in October on Jazz Village.
Get the single “Go Back” on iTunes now!
Here’s our Throwback Thursday: our 2008 release of Soul Science by Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara!
With fat, buzzing bass lines, no-holds-barred guitar licks, playful yet virile rhythms, searing fiddle riffs, pounding, viscerally percussive groundswells and vocals that feel as old as the ages yet fresh as the dawn, Soul Science is less of a cross-cultural collaboration than an arresting, endlessly fascinating dispatch from a new nation entirely. Justin Adams (electric and acoustic guitars, Tamashek lute, percussion, banjo, vocals) and Juldeh Camara (lead vocals, one-string fiddle, West African banjo, percussion) have achieved a white-hot synthesis instigated by centuries of history refracted through the kaleidoscope that is the information age.
NPR Music - The Best African Music of 2008
KEXP - Top Ten Albums of 2008
PopMatters - The Best Albums of 2008 & Best World Music of 2008 (#1)
BBC Sound of the World - Record of the Month
Songlines - Best Albums of the Year
"What really sets this album apart is the amalgam of Adams’s cool, confident take on rock, with Camara’s wailing chops and spectacular rich and emotive ritti sound. Few African blues tracks rock as hard as the edgy, searing, backbeat-driven ‘Ya Ta Taaya’” - Afropop