Our February catalog is available online: http://ow.ly/ttS7A Get 20% off our webstore with the coupon code FEB11, good until Friday!
Looks like a fantastic month ahead!
Mamani Keïta is one of the great voices of Mali, a singer who knows how to bind her audience to her, all the better to seduce and then electrify them. She is also supremely charismatic, with a generous spirit that embraces the world and its music. All of which makes her an independent and socially engaged artist. On Kanou, (out February 11), which means ‘to love’ in her native Bambara, Keïta’s blazing vocals intertwine perfectly with the arabesques woven by the n’goni of virtuoso Moriba Koïta and the guitars of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté, a figurehead for the Bamako Rail Band during their glory years. Overflowing with a benevolent strength, this collection of searingly passionate songs is her first solo album, marking a decisive turning point in her career.
With Bring It Back (out February 11), vocalist Catherine Russell digs deeper into a rich vein of musical treasures. Mining legendary collaborations between her father, Luis Russell and the great Louis Armstrong, Russell brings along her team from two previous chart-topping albums, the latest of which won the Prix du Jazz Vocal from L’academie du Jazz and Grand Prix du Hot Club de France. Gems from the jazz age and swing era, performed with new arrangements for ten-piece orchestra, blend seamlessly with reinventions sourced from Blues icons Esther Phillips, Al Hibbler, Wynonie Harris and Little Willie John. Russell personifies the living heart and proud history of each song.
Mamani Keita - “Kanou” (Official Music Video) (by worldvillagevideo)
Due out February 11th!
Are you near Phoenix and want to win tickets to see Fado singer António Zambujo at the Musical Instrument Museum on January 31? Go here to win and watch him perform “Reader’s Digest” from the album Guia!
Take a walk on the wild side… everyone welcome! Violons Barbares (Barbarian violins) prove three times over that our own cultural heritage can only be enriched by contact with other cultures. Drawing collectively on their Mongolian, Bulgarian and French origins, these three musicians build a unique sound space; in concert, their creative union hits the right note every time and their first album is already a must-have for collectors. This second album, Saulem ai, explores many new directions without losing one drop of phenomenal energy!
During his six years as Artistic Director of France’s Orchestre National de Jazz, Daniel Yvinec never stopped leading his musicians into new territories, tackling the full range of contemporary music styles. For his swansong, Yvinec has joined forces with New York producer and arranger Michael Leonhart for a truly inventive and joyous musical celebration. The fruit of the duo’s collaboration is The Party, an album with a strong futuristic and international flavor, featuring several original pieces mixed alongside a series of reinterpretations that are as unusual as they are innovative. Amongst the artists revisited we find Serge Gainsbourg, Shuggie Otis, Talking Heads and Henry Mancini, whose song The Party provides the album with its felicitous title.
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Fado singer António Zambujo comes to the US next month! He performs at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex in Los Angeles on January 25: http://ow.ly/rnQDH
Zambujo also plays Carnegie Hall in NYC on February 8! http://ow.ly/rnQLp