Recent and Remarkable Releases
We receive around 30 new releases a month of just World Music at WWUH, in addition
to the new rock, folk, jazz, classical, urban and blues releases. We preview
every release and we try to play every new release several times on the show
over the air within a few weeks of receipt.
Here are some of the exciting new releases receiving play on the
Culture Café during the last few months:
Hurlak / Bucarest Blues / Iris Music - the French are coming by
way of Hungary and Romania to take over your Gypsy guitar and accordion
music. Listen in and hold on tight!
Various / Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco / World Music International – The
fabulously diverse country of Morocco comes alive with a little
curiosity. Hear what makes this one of the most sought after musical
tourist destinations in the world.
Orkestina / Transilvania Express / World Village – more
realism from Eastern Europe – fast, fun, well recorded, and
worth every bent gypsy lyric!
Ejigayehu Shibaba / Abyssinia Infinite / Network – Bill
Lasswell schmoozes the clear vocals of Gigi Shibaba into slick
and powerful updating of traditional Ethiopian pop.
New Primitives / Pilot Knob Music – I’m not usually
a blues/folk lover, but this infectious album came just at the
right time with the right mix of humor and quality tunes.
Umanji / Ndlala / Giant Steps, BMG Africa – Another South
African treat lands on our doorsteps and proceeds to sweep us off
our feet with smooth Afro-pop rhythms.
Soweto String Quartet / Our World / BMG Africa – this unexpected
gem shows again how we should be expecting only the best from African
musicians and producers. What could be better than an African String
Quartet playing Western and African music to the absolute highest
Various / Planet Buzz / Narada World – Narada joins with
Rhythm Music Magazine to search the world for relevant and influential
music from each continent. Included are Mosquitos, Tony Allen,
Lo Jo and Estrella Morente.
Habib Koite & Bamada / Foly / World Village –A live
album in support of his world tour. More Malian music with a top
Rubalcuba / Pasado y Presente / Universal - Cuban piano jazz legend.
Duade Neguinha / Te Amo / Realworld – Brilliant Brazilian
music with natural sound of the city
Peru Negro / Jolgorio / Times Square – The traditional Peruvian
folk troupe brings their love of the culture to the rest of the
world. This rewards continued listening.
World Music Label Websites:
Allegro (distributor) www.allegro-music.com/
ARC Music (UK Distributor) www.arcmusic.uk.co
Canyon Records (Native American) www.canyonrecords.com/
Felmay (Italian) www.felmay.it
Harmonia Mundi (world, classical and ambient) www.harmoniamundi.com/hmUS/homeus.asp
Intuition (European) www.schott-music.com/intuition/main.htm
Naxos World (Compilations from around the world) http://www.naxos.com/
Narada World – www.naradaworld.com
NorthSide (Nordic) www.noside.com/
RealWorld and Caroline (Peter Gabriel’s World Music Label)
Ryko, Hannibal, Tradition and other labels www.rykodisc.com/
Silverwave (Native American) www.silverwave.com/
Slask! (Swedish Folk and Rock) www.algonet.se/~slask/home.html
Traditional Crossroads (Middle Eastern) www.rootsworld.com/crossroads/index.html
World Music Network / Network www.worldmusic.net/home/index.html
Visit my website at:
More World Music Reviews at
Visit the home of World Music on the Web
Copyright©WWUH: May/June Program Guide, 2004