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Voices of the World
Progressive Music Reviews by
Brian Grosjean, host of Sunday morning FM On Toast
The Culture Café
 “World Peace Through Cultural Celebration”

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:

Peter Gabriel / Big Blue Ball / Realworld
This is Peter Gabriel’s  best homage yet to the world music that inflects the rest of his writing. I only need to say that on the album are Natacha Atlas, Francis Bebey, Billy Cobham, Tim Finn, Joji Hirota, Manu  Katche', Hossam Ramzy, Vernon Reid, Rossy, Marta Sebestyen, Karl Wallinger, Papa Wemba, Jah Wobble, Guo Yue and Hukwe Zawose. 

Darunam/Milan / The Last Angel On Earth / 64-56 Media
(http://www.thelastangelonearth.com/) - Composers/arrangers Radovan Jovicevic, Manu Narayan and Milan combine their talents on this multiculti brew of  Eastern European clarinets and flutes, middle eastern stringed things and keyboard beats from farther east.  A great listening experience. 

Idan Raichel Project / Within My Walls / Cumbancha Records
(http://www.cumbancha.com/welcome.php) - Returning with his collection of Israeli and Palestinian artists, Raichel's songwriting is backed up by modern beats and wonderful instrumentation.  Never overwhelming but often challenging.

Natacha Atlas and Mazeeka Ensemble / Ana Hina / World Village
(www.worldvillagemusic.com) Returning with a more ethnic flavor, Natacha Atlas showcases her
amazing vocal range over a very sympathetic collection of master musicians from around the Middle East.

Bajofindo / Mar Dulce / Succo Records
Gustavo Santaolalla leads these Argentinean and Uruguayan artists all over the Latin American map
blending modern tango beats and rhythms with South American melodies to come up with a complex and rich blend.  Elvis Costello guests. 

Dem Trio / The Fountain / Felmay
A beautiful tapestry of Turkish Musical Tradition
played by Okan Murat Ozturk, Murat Salim Tokac and Cenk Guray.

Iveroni / Heroic and Love Songs from Georgia / Beauty Saloon
This US - based, men’s chorus interprets the rich collection of tonal songs from Georgia with this high quality recording. Includes local instruments and percussion.

Mgzavruli / There is Such A Country; It Is Called Georgia / Dancing Crane
Mixture of female fronted folk dance music and
long winded men's choral music from this diverse country from this group based in New York.

Acquaragia Drom / Rom Kaffe / Finisterre
(http://www.finisterre.it/sito/15,acquaragia.html)  - Roma (gypsy) music expanded and extolled by these very experienced musicians from around Italy. 

World Music Label Websites:

Canyon Records www.canyonrecords.com/
Felmay (Italian) www.felmay.it
Harmonia Mundi (world, classical and ambient) www.harmoniamundi.com/hmUS/homeus.asp
Naxos World (Compilations) www.naxos.com/
Narada World – www.naradaworld.com
Putumayo www.putumayo.com/
Six Degrees Records – www.sixdegreesrecords.com
World Music Network www.worldmusic.net

Roots music and reviews www.rootsworld.com

The Culture Café online at  www.myspace.com/theculturecafe


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