All posts by Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced "Musica NA", a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

Irshad Hussain Khan died in Amsterdam

Irshad Hussain Khan
Irshad Hussain Khan
Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Irshad Hussain Khan died in Amsterdam on March 5th, at the age of 29. His health had been declining for a couple of years and he died of total exhaustion.

Music, especially the music of India, was his passion. Irshad was a well respected tabla player and his playing was characterized by technical virtuosity and tonal quality.

Irshad stemmed from a long line of Indian musicians (the Jaipur Gharana). His father Ustad Zamir Ahmad Khan, also a tabla player, introduced him to the tabla at the age of three. Irshad’s approach was strongly based on the old styles and the traditional repertoire, but he combined this with much of his own improvisational creativity.

As a very promising tabla player of the younger generation he has had the opportunity to accompany many great musicians of Indian classical music such as: Pandit V.G. Jog, Ustad Munir Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Sayeeduddin Dagar and G.S.Sachdev.

Irshad was always open for new possibilities and combinations with different musicians, styles and traditions. He performed with many well-known musicians in the fields of jazz and worldwide music traditions such as: Theo Loevendie, Joachim Kühn, David Vriessen, Philip Catherine, Ross Daly, and with percussionists like the Iranian zarb maestro Djamchid Chemirani and the African master drummers Fodé Youla, Adama Dramé, Omar Diabaté and Alfa Camara.

Irshad recorded and produced numerous CD recordings. He recorded a solo tabla album for Pan Records. His last production, released just several weeks before his death, was an album with the sarangi playing of his grandfather Ustad Munir Khan.


Traditional Music Encounter in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico – A traditional music festival set for the first week of March 2003 offers an
opportunity to learn about Mexican music, in particular, the music of Tierra Caliente, as well as traditional music from other countries. The Seventh Annual Encuentro de Dos Tradiciones will take place in Mexico City, Zitácuaro, Michoacán; and Tlapehuala, Arcelia and Cd. Altamirano, Guerrero between March 3 and 10.

The festival features award-winning, 90-year-old Juan Reynoso, known as Mexico’s Paganini of the Hotlands, plus Alan Jabbour and Bertram Levy with Old Time Tunes from Appalachia.

Other fine musicians from both Mexico and the United States will participate in 3 days of conferences and workshops in Mexico City and a 6-day trip to provincial Mexico where everyone is welcome to be part of the audience or participate in any of public concerts held infour different towns.

The bus tour from Mexico City to Tierra Caliente will also include a trip to the Monarch Butterfly Reserve, opportunities for jamming with other musicians and dance workshops. Not including airfare to Mexico City, the trip costs US$ 465 (March 6-11) or $540 (March 3-11) in
shared accommodations. For more information, write Phone: +52 71-3430, Fax” + 52 73-4979.


Rubén Blades Wins the World Music Grammy

Ruben Blades
Los Angeles, USA – Panamanian musician Rubén Blades won the Best World Music Album award for his recording Mundo, which combines Latin music with plentiful elements from other cultures. List of winners in roots music categories:

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Faith Hill
[Warner Brothers Records]

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Give My Love To Rose
Johnny Cash
[American Recordings/Lost Highway Records]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
Long Time Gone
Dixie Chicks
[Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)
Mendocino County Line
Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack
[Lost Highway Records]

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
Lil’ Jack Slade
Dixie Chicks
[Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records]

Best Country Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Artist names appear in parenthesis. Singles or Tracks only.)
Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
Alan Jackson, songwriter (Alan Jackson)
[Arista Nashville; Publishers: EMI April Music, Tri-Angels Music]

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Dixie Chicks
[Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Lost In The Lonesome Pines
Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys

Best Latin Jazz Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
The Gathering
Caribbean Jazz Project
[Concord Picante]

Best Rock Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Come Together
Third Day
[Essential Records]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
The Eleventh Hour
Jars Of Clay
[Essential Records]

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music: The James Blackwood
Tribute Album
The Jordanaires, Larry Ford And The Light Crust Doughboys
[Art Greenhaw Records]

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Higher Ground
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
[Real World]

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
[AFRT Music]

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album

(For choirs or choruses only, with or without lead vocalist(s).)
Be Glad
Carol Cymbala, choir director; The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
[M2.0 Communications]

Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
El Arte Del Sabor
Bebo Valdés Trio With Israel López “Cachao” & Carlos “Patato” Valdés
[Blue Note Records]

Best Salsa Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
La Negra Tiene Tumbao
Celia Cruz
[Sony Discos]

Best Merengue Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Grupo Mania
[Universal Music Latino]

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Lo Dijo El Corazón
Joan Sebastian
[Balboa Records/Discos Musart]

Best Tejano Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Emilio Navaira
[BMG U.S. Latin]

Best Traditional Blues Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
A Christmas Celebration Of Hope
B.B. King
[MCA Records]

Best Contemporary Blues Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Don’t Give Up On Me
Solomon Burke
[Fat Possum Records/Anti]

Best Traditional Folk Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Doc Watson & David Holt
[High Windy Audio]

Best Contemporary Folk Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
This Side
Nickel Creek
[Sugar Hill Records, Inc.]

Best Native American Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Beneath The Raven Moon
Mary Youngblood
[Silver Wave Records]

Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Jamaican E.T.
Lee “Scratch” Perry
[Sanctuary Records/Trojan Records]

Best World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Rubén Blades
[Columbia Records Group/Sony Discos]

Best Polka Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Top Of The World
Jimmy Sturr
[Rounder Select]


The Rough Guide to World Music

The Rough Guide to World Music is a 700-page book on just about every strand of global popular music. The guide consists of thirteen chapters, arranged according to regions that make broad musical sense. Each chapter then breaks down into a series of features on specific countries or genres of music.

At the end of each of these sections, you’ll find a selective discography: not an exhaustive listing, by any means, but one that covers most of the top recordings and the writer’s personal choices.


MusicHound World

MusicHound World
MusicHound World is a first buyer’s guide to world music. It includes a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar names and sounds, featured musicians span the globe from our closest neighbors to the farthest reaches. MusicHound World covers more than 1,100 acts and 300 compilation CDs with reviews and ratings to guide buyers.

World music veterans Angelique Kidjo and David Byrne kick off the journey with their forewords. Nearly 200 photographs contributed by noted world music photographers Jack and Linda Vartoogian add to the musical adventure.

Adam McGovern. Paperback. 7 1/2 x 9 1/4. 400 pages. 100 photos.
ISBN 1-57859-039-6. 


Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music

Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector's Guide to Jamaican Music
Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music
The Most Comprehensive Discography of Jamaican Records Ever Published. Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music is Compiled & Edited by Michael Turner & Robert Schoenfeld. It covers the period from the mid 1950’s through the late 1980’s, including the earliest releases on 78 rpm in the pre-Ska era. The styles included are Calypso, Mento, Blues, Gospel, Pop, Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. The data includes: Artist & Title, Jamaican Record Label & Matrix Number Plus UK Label and Number, Producer and Release Date. It is sorted alphabetically by Artist – From the Abyssinians to Tapper Zukie.A total of 400 pages and over 29,000 records indexed. 

ISBN: 0-9709663-0-X


The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The United States and Canada, Volume 3

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The United States and Canada, Volume 3
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The United States and Canada, Volume 3
The United States and Canada, Volume 3, is the latest volume published by Garland as part of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. This impressive collection of books is so far the most comprehensive body of work focused on world music. Every volume is an extensive reference guide that includes definitions of music styles, ethnomusicological studies by ethnic group and geography, glossaries and bibliography. 

The volume dedicated to the United States and Canada has 1378 pages and comes with an audio CD. It begins with a musical profile of the United States and Canada.

Part 2 ventures into the social and cultural contexts of music in North America, with articles about race and ethnicity, the influence of religious ideas and most music genres, ranging from bluegrass and indie pop to world beat and new age. Part 3 begins with the music of the indigenous peoples known as American Indians or First Nations, by regions.

The section dedicated to the United States has chapters dedicated to the music originated by African Americans, Caribbean and Spanish Americans, European Americans and Asian Americans. Section 3 focuses on Canada, describing the musical differences and influences by region. The final part of the book has a glossary as well as guides for publications, recordings and films/videos.

The brilliant project was edited by Ellen Koskoff. The book is published by Garland Publishing, a division of Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6. 

Buy The United States and Canada, Volume 3


The Rough Guide to Irish Music

The Rough Guide to Irish Music
The Rough Guide to Irish Music
The Rough Guide to Irish Music is a thick 560 page, pocket-sized book. Written by Geoff Wallis and Sue Wilson, it has a brief introduction about Irish music and its roots. There is a chapter dedicated to music styles, where the authors describe some of the most important categories in Irish music: reels, jigs, hornpipes, and marches.

Most of the book is dedicated to biographies of Irish musicians, listed by instrument. At the end of the book there is a great resources section with listing of Irish festivals, schools, organizations, record shops and media. ISBN 1-85828-642-5


The Rough Guide to Cuban Music

The Rough Guide to Cuban Music
The Rough Guide to Cuban Music
The Rough Guide to Cuban Music, written by Philip Sweeney,  is part of the pocket sized books published by Rough Guides. This specialized guide serves as complement to the larger Rough Guides to World Music.

Seeeney’s book has 350 pages. The first part of the book focuses on the origin of the peoples that now live in Cuba and the music their ancestors brought with them. It explains how both Spanish and African influences gave form to today’s Cuban music. The book gives special attention to some of the key musical forms in Cuba: son, bolero and trova. It also details how Cuban sounds influenced musicians from other countries.

Since this is a new book and not a reprint, the history of Cuban music reaches up to the end of the 20th century so it is very current. Most of the key figures in Cuban music are listed, with biographies and discographies, although many of the discographies are incomplete. There is also a short glossary of Cuban musical terms. ISBN 1-85828-761-8.