Don't Miss This Music . . .
Dear Friends: Here we are back after a few
months hiatus for a change in email address and change in website
but continuing the great music. The Culture Cafe website will be
back online soon. Here is some great music recently heard on the
Madredeus / Fado das Duvidas / EMI - Madredeus
returns with a far ranging, folky showcase of singer Teresa Salguero
backed by the restrained acoustic band. The bluesy longing of Fado
is tempered somewhat by hopeful enjoyable melodies.
Ali Farka Toure / Red & Green / World Circuit
- He's back with a more acoustic and blended sound, the organic
music of early years on Red and more recent music on Green.
Rough Guide to the Balkan Gypsies / World Music International
- It's intriguing to realize how influential the Balkan Gypsies
have been in European music. You will hear the beginnings of Hungarian
folksongs on the cimbalom, lovely French accordion tunes and the
awesome Balkan women's choir music, all with an organic Roma taste.
South Pacific Islands / Putumayo - A surprisingly varied and
very entertaining guide to the music of the South Pacific people
due to their penchant for melody and close harmonies. Favorites
are OK! Ryos and Whirimako Black from New Zealand. Includes a video
on the enhanced CD.
Rough Guide to Madagascar / World Music International - Includes
new stars of this island continent such as Hazolany, Jaojoby and
Ny Antsaly. Their roots in the music of their neighbors include
Arab, Chinese, Persian and African music.
Baubacar Traore / Kongo Magni / World Village
- Great guitar based music will remind you of Mississippi bluesmen
and African Kora storytellers.
Amadou et Mariam / Dimanche a Bamako / Nonesuch
- Produced by the French/Spanish pop star Manu Chao and including
a rich stew of danceable melodies, this is one of the best of the
year from Africa.
Lebeha Boys Garifuna Youth / Lebeha Drumming /
Innova - Teach kids to drum and they will learn their culture.
Here the boys from the country of Belize show off their mastery
of local drumming tradition from the Garifuna people.
Atlante di Musica Tradizionale (Roots Music Atlas) / Italia 3 /
Dunya Records - The best of recent developments in the Italian
folk heritage scene. There is roots music from just about every
region of Italy. Included are Riccardo Tesi's jazzy takes on local
folk roots with Banditaliana and the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra's
Putu Presents Mali / Putumayo - Well produced and edited, liner
notes in Fr, Eng and Span, includes live video clip of Habib Koite
doing Batoumamben music by all the major like Boubacar Troare, Iss
Bagayoyo, Tinariwen, and Mamou Sidibe
Putumayo Presents North African Groove / Putumayo - Whodathunkit?
- Algerians with Cuban son beats, Moroccans with Euro flavors, and
the indominatable Rai from Khaled and Cheb Mami - expect the unexpected
today from this part of the volatile world.
Warsaw Village Band / Uprooting / World Village
- With even more attitude than their first release, these young
musicians from Poland crank their hurdy gurdies, fiddles, and trumpets
to new highs. Focus on rhythms more this time. Just a lot of fun.
Jason McGuire / Distancias / Bolero - Very
nice flamenco guitar from this US based artist. Technically he shines,
but it is in the feeling for the music that he excels. Light percussion
on some tracks help break it up.
Where the World Meets / Times Square - I usually don't put compilations
from a label in here, but this one is much better than most includes
tracks by Mariza, the Peruvian legend Eva Ayllon, Tet Alhinho, all
of which have their own great albums out, but gathered here for
your convenience. Mostly latin and Caribbean.
Jack De Johnette & Foday Musa Suso / Music From
the Hearts of the Masters / Kindred Rhythm - Percussion from
two masters, one of the drums and one of the kora. They make straddling
cultures look easy. With bonus video footage. jackdejohnette.com
The Electronic World Of Music
Independent music labels have been quick to jump onto the
internet. Email, web sites, and the like offer inexpensive ways
of communicating with record stations and the general public. In
addition, this also helps level the playing field by providing equal
access to labels no matter what their size. An email or web site
for the smallest independent label is as 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 browsing for
World Music Links at Rootsworld.com/rw
. Or contact me at via email (see above).
Brian Grosjean, World Music Director
"World Peace Through Cultural Celebration"
WWUH Radio 91.3FM
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
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