Dancing and Dreaming"
Nakai, Eaton, Clipman, Nawang
In A Distant Place
trial recordings together, R. Carlos Nakai and Nawang Khechog have
succeeded in combining their visions of music for meditation and
peace. On the same road
for many years, the two flutists – Nakai on cedar and Nawang on
bamboo – have pursued peace, contentment and joy through their
music, Nakai from the West and Nawang from the East. Nakai has found his way
using his Native American background solo and with scores of
has until recently walked the path solo composing pieces based on
Tibetan philosophy for TV and film scores. Now the two have found
success in their expression together.
William Eaton’s unique harp guitar provides the network of
notes for them to bond to. Will
Clipman’s acoustic percussion grounds the group. The chanting in both Native
American and Tibetan adds focus to an already meditative album. This album breaks new ground
in its spiritual aim, and it is well worth noting that with it, the
distance between the ancient Native Americans and the Tibetans has
Voices, Volume 2
Blue Flame (www.blueflame.com)
This challenging and
wide-ranging compilation takes you far beyond today’s pop divas. World beat predominates with Shai No Shai (France), Natacha
Atlas (Egypt), and Princess Erika (Africa). The Mamas (my personal
favorites) embody the Mediterranean renaissance in women’s music. Their song Amaria is
all that is best of today’s confident women artists. Just as with the rest of the
music world, reggae, Indian, middle eastern, and techno influences
combine with women’s voices for a new traditionalism. Women are combining local
traditions with western pop elements, with a sensibility all their
own. Pioneers like
Sheila Chandra and Yulduz Usmanova are presented alongside today’s
innovators like The Herbalizer and Vas. In women’s hands, the
music of the world is rendered with grace and assurance. Eighteen
pages of Guido.Artworks’s gorgeous photographic gallery of women
graces the liner notes in English and German.
Sings Dinu Vangu
Stern’s Africa (www.sternsmusic.com)
As a stylistic
vagabond, Sam Mangwana has embraced influences from all over the
globe. So much so he is
called Le Pigeon Voyageur. At
one time with Rochereau and then the Africa All Stars, he is an
acknowledged master of American Funk, Zimbabwean chimurenga and
Antillies Zouk. Here he
settles back to his favorite form – Congolese rumba. Even though many have
written Congolese rumba off, Sam sets out to prove that this form
still has life within it. In
songs written by guitarist Dinu Vangu, Sam’s sleek voice lords
over his first rate horn and rhythm section. As the music seeps into your
soul, you cannot help but be moved.
The unique rhythm and mood of the music clutches at you to
dance and sing along as best you can.
Vangu’s guitar predominates as the mover of the rhythm. His high twang takes you to urban dancehalls filled with
sweating fans driven by the music.
The universal appeal of Congolese rumba and soukous fills the
globe again, following Sam wherever he alights next.
Peregrina Music +49 7141 226822
The German label Peregrina has issued this sampler to acquaint you
with their artists from across Europe. Included are selections from
George Theodorakis, Rosanna & Zelia, Totem Trio, Maria
Farantouri, Sema & Taksim, Penguin Café Orchestra and others. Mostly oriented toward
singer-songwriter folk and light jazz vocals with interesting
accompaniment, these artists show European style and polish. Brazilian, Turkish and Greek
rhythms prevail. Ambient
backgrounds predominate in tracks like George Theodorakis’ Alientation
and Sambiente by PAmagieRA.
Especially interesting is the Piccola Orchestra Avion Travel
which bridges several genres in its view of Mediterranean music.
Every time you settle into a groove, the music takes new twists and
turns. Liner notes in German and English include detailed
information on each artist, their albums, musicians, and a press
review. This album will
delight you and head you off to find more from Peregrina’s
The Electronic World Of Music
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level the playing field by providing equal access to labels no
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accessible as is Sony, Capital, or any of the major brands. I try to give a
website for each label, when available. For more information, try
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