Radical roots from Galicia

Xose Manuel Budiño

Zume de Terra (Boa, 2004)

Xosé Manuel Budiño
is yet another young modernizing traditionalist emerging from the corners of Europe’s
culturally depleted superstate. He’s a piper from Galicia and this release, the first to be widely available outside of Spain, moves on from his more acoustic debut and follow-up. With a large group of collaborators from a wide variety of cultures, Budiño has created a very contemporary-sounding release with clear Galician roots. His trademark pipe sound permeates throughout and he’s been busy creating the soundscape for the tracks here too. Some solid-sounding programmed beats and sub-melodies give substance, though there are times when they come over a little heavy-handed. Guest singers include Cape Verdean
, Lilian Vieira from Brazil and Budiño’s more famous compatriot (and long-time collaborator)

Mercedes Peón
. There are plenty of stand-out tunes, a couple that probably won’t last and one ‘secret track’ which, unheralded and unmentioned, features a number of vocalists and vocal styles from African, Indian and European origins – lovely stuff