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"The Summer Sessions week of dance parties kicks off with a rollicking, Cajun-fueled bang as zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier brings his Red Hot Louisiana Band for a spicy night of Creole dance music."
CJ Chenier heads to Northern CA next week! Catch him at SFJAZZ on August 7 and San Jose Jazz Summer Fest on August 9!
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
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
"Argentianian songwriter-singer-instrumentalist Daniel Melingo takes traditional Argentianian song and more-or-less turns it on its head. His album Linyera (World Village) gives your ears a cabaret-tango-cum-expansive music of dramatic impact and unexpected twists. So that suddenly you think Pink Floyd may have had a reincarnation of sorts, but no not exactly. It is beyond classification."
“‘Cumbiaaaaa !’ a voice shrieks, clearly heralding a party. There’s a nimble electric guitar, a percussive hip-shifting backbeat and this group of veterans swing into action…the Cumbia All Stars are reviving the psychedelic sound of Peruvian cumbia from Lima…there’s a new thirst for the music.” - London Evening Standard: http://ow.ly/ySQtR
Tigres en Fuga is out tomorrow! iTunes: http://ow.ly/yp2hj Amazon:http://ow.ly/yp2pK
Our harmonia mundi distribution catalog for July is up! Get 20% off webstore purchases with the code JUL8, good through July 12!
Melingo's Linyera is still in the Top 20 World Music Charts Europe for July! http://www.wmce.de/
"Daniel Melingo is the Bowie of Tango, innovating the art form, making it strange, playing with characters…The music is sweeping and orchestra" -Financial Times
iTunes: http://ow.ly/uXPMs or Amazon: http://ow.ly/uXQvx
“The Andean pop of Colombia and Peru shares the shuffling, infectious rhythms of cumbia, but where the former uses accordion and big bands, the latter favours the twang of surf-rock guitars. Drawn from bands from cumbia’s 70s glory years, the All Stars are Peru’s own Buena Vista, reprising old hits with a still deft touch. The intricate melody lines of their shimmering Fender guitars, intertwined with clattering Latin percussion, remain a mesmeric force, whether on instrumentals such as Lobos al Escape, or on whooping vocal numbers such as La Primavera Triste. Forget the pan-pipe cliches - Amazonian psychedelia strikes back!”
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