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Tony Allen ”reunited with Damon Albarn on album track ‘Go Back.’ It’s a song that’s cool and collected, a perfect fit for Albarn’s vocals. Lots of jazzy moments involved as well that make it an all around smooth listen.”
"Go Back" is out now on iTunes! http://ow.ly/AI7Q1 The full album Film of Life is out October 14: http://ow.ly/AI7W8
Afrobeat legend Tony Allen's Film of Life drops October 14! Preorder it on Amazon: http://ow.ly/Ay0iJ Get the single “Go Back” now on iTunes: http://ow.ly/Ay0pX
"The smooth, syncopated rhythms sway and roll…as pianos elegantly purr chords, and Damon Albarn holds melancholy court” - Afropop Worldwide
"Mamani Keïta, a fully nuanced singer in the best of African vocal arts traditions, hailing from Mali, has put together a group that combines West African traditional instruments, such as the stringed ngoni (played beautifully by Moriba Koita) and percussion, with the electricity of bass guitar and the spectacularly right-on electric guitar of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté.
All this on her latest album Kanou (World Village).
The combination of the natural bluesiness of the tradition, the call-and-response vocals and the strong groove conjoins with a rock-blues presence that is near irresistible.
Ms. Keïta sings with complete command and authority…Excellent album! Very recommended.”
The enigmatic Lo’Jo performs at Globalquerque on September 19 and 20! http://ow.ly/AsbSH
Their new album 310 Lunes is due out in October: a double-disc set with new instrumental versions of the group’s most memorable tracks and a re-release of their very first album, The International Courabou! lojomusic
"…Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, the oud player of considerable skill has directed this musical excursion with great attention to detail—both idiomatically as well as musically. The musical exactitude is expressed in instrumentation, from oud and the kanun, to the Chinese lute pipa and the Mongolian version of the African sentir, the tobshuur to the vocalastics of the powerful Kazak singer, Nadira Pirmatova and the Mongolian/Tuvan singing sensation Amartuvshin Bassandorj. The idiom is, likewise, informed by a certain concrete reality passed on by the expressive nature of the oud and the zither and the Indian santoor, which is transubstantiated by deeply profound writing which must be attributed to the singers and the musicians directed by the ineffable Kyriakos Kalaitzidis. The moving imagery in the narrative of Marco Polo is kept intact by dramatic playing of the myriad instruments especially the oud of Mr. Kalaitzidis and the santoor of Dhiruba Ghosh. The instrumentation is, of course, heightened by the soaring vocals from Ms. Pirmatova and the Farsi and Azeri vocalists and the depth defying overtones of Amartuvshin Bassandorj. But most of all it is the ensemble playing that informs the spectacular nature of the music of this album. The holistic approach taken by musical director Kyriakos Kalaitzidis is what causes the listener to catch his or her breath often during the musical sojourn.
All things considered, this is a remarkable album. Musically it is complex and the manner in which it incorporates the wide cultural topography that Marco Polo encountered on his travels makes it rather beautiful. Moreover, to have music written in the ethnic idiom of the various places presents a unique challenge and it would appear that the Ensemble Constantinople en Chordias and its artistic director Kyriakos Kalaitzidis have succeeded in making this unusual adventure a remarkable musical interpretation of one of the truly fabled voyages of discovery of any time.”
Emel Mathlouthi tours the US in September! Check out her schedule:
9/12 - Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit, MI
9/13 - Madison World Music Fest: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
9/14-15 - World Music Festival Chicago - Chicago, IL
9/17 - The Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
9/19 - Lotus World Music & Arts Festival - Bloomington, IN
Get Kelmti Horra on iTunes: http://ow.ly/A8eBW Amazon:http://ow.ly/A8eDz
Throwback Thursday’s album: Trova by Marta Topferova!
The music of Marta Topferova, the Czech-born, New York-based singer and songwriter, fuses a range of Latin American musical styles and rhythms that Topferova has studied and mastered since her childhood in Prague. Described as “a leading light of the nueva cancion movement,” Topferova’s sound blends folk and jazz that Topferova conveys through her silky hypnotic vocals and her crisp cuatro and guitar playing. Trova, her latest release on World Village, continues this extraordinary artist’s growth and development of her own unique and decidedly sexy Latin groove.
"She has a fine, breathy laidback voice and the ability to switch from gently urgent songs such as the opening Juligan to slow, breathy ballads such as La Pradera, and a handful of other peoples’ songs. It’s all very classy"
- The Guardian
"If nobody told you, you’d never guess that Latin singer Topferova is a Czech for whom Spanish is a second language…Topferova’s originals take in all of Latin America - bomba, bolero, tango - in an intimate, retro way that’s more Celina Gonzalez than Celia Cruz."
- The Boston Herald
Lili Boniche's Trésors de la Musique Judeo-Arabe is the Ringer of the Week on Jazz Weekly! http://ow.ly/A4sj3
"he was comfortable delivering tangos, rhumbas and even traditional Middle Eastern sounds in an intoxicating way that challenged you to either dance, pray or do both at the same time…Time travel at its best."
Get the album on iTunes: http://ow.ly/A4suf Amazon: http://ow.ly/A4sCd