World Circuit Records has released the classic album ‘Moussolou‘ by Malian world music star Oumou Sangaré.
Originally released by World Circuit in 1991 the critically acclaimed album has been re-issued on deluxe 180 gram heavyweight vinyl together with a beautiful 10 page booklet and download card. The CD is enclosed in a ‘hardback’ style case with a 32 page booklet.
In February 1989 Oumou Sangaré, a twenty one year old singer from Bamako, Mali, travelled to the JBZ studio in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to record her debut cassette. The album came out the following year and caused a sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies.
Oumou will be touring as part of the Les Amazones D’afrique tour this summer:
June 29, 2016 – Festival Métis – Saint-Denis
August 5, 2016 – Festival du Bout du Monde – Brest
Jamaican roots reggae band Raging Fyah has a new studio album titled Everlasting (Dub Rockers). The five-piece Kingston collective recently toured the United States with Stick Figure.
Raging Fyah is performing at the 7th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, May 29 before heading out for their European tour. Later, Raging Fyah will return to the United States in July with twenty dates throughout the East Coast, Midwest, and West Coast with key headlining shows and a supporting slot with Jamaican roots revivalist Protoje on select dates.
Most of Raging Fyah’s musicians met at Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston before officially forming in 2006. The band includes Kumar Bent on lead vocals, Courtland White on guitar, Anthony Watson on drums, Demar Gayle on keyboards, and Delroy “Pele” Hamilton on bass.
Sicilian-born reggae vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist Alborosie has a new album titled Freedom and Fyah. Alborosie has spent over a decade living in Jamaica. He presents revolutionary songs with deep, heavy roots rhythms that have become his trademark.
Alborosie has produced a series of bestselling albums since his 2008 debut Soul Pirate.
Freedom and Fyah has a very intense dub influence, with signs of dub-step and electronic music in some of the tracks. Lyrically, he covers topics such as love, revenge, politics and other social commentary.
Diatonic accordion virtuoso and composer Kepa Junkera has announced the release of his new album titled Maletak. The album will be available June 3rd.
Kepa explains his concept as follows: “I’m so glad I kept the Triki suitcases!. I had stored them in the attic but they have acquired a special meaning for this project. They inspire me and tell me stories that they only know. The suitcases are the first to travel, they store the excitement generated right before you open them and discover what they contain, the essence of my days, the sonic reason for my travels, the worn nomad instrument waiting impatiently for its best moment.
I wanted to unite luggage and animals in impossible scenery that resonates deeply with my soul. We are in an ancestral landscape that feels close and ours. The Flysch reminds me of the folds of the triki and the ocean moves and roars just like the bellows that breathes in the air and marks the rhythm. Nature, animals, luggage, Sorginak … A journey after all, full of melodies and poetry. Enjoy this mixture and feel the power of nature, the arcane and the unusual.”
The Spanish regions of Galicia, Aragon, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Castilla y Leon are stages of this musical journey. Kepa is joined once more by the all-female ensemble Sorginak.
The guest vocalists include: Sorginak, Ion Elustondo, Beloki, Imanol Urkizu and Xabi Solano from the Basque Country. Eliseo Parra and Gritsanda from Castilla and Leon. Amadeu Guillem Rosell and Ballaz from Catalonia. Beatriz Bernard, Rocio Sapiña and Lourdes Escusol from Aragon. Xabier Diaz and Adufeiras de Salitre from Galicia.
Also featured is an impressive cast of musicians: Daniel Do Pando, Ibon Koteron, Oreka TX, Jose Luis Stack, Josete Ordoñez, Antonio Serrano, Diego Galaz, Germán Diaz and Pedro Lamas.
The CD will be released in a 24-page booklet with photographs by Igotz Ziarreta and Santi Yaniz and 10 cards which are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle created by Rober Garay and Alberto Palomera.
Canada-based South African singer and JUNO award-winning artist Lorraine Klaasen has a new album out titled Nouvelle Journée, or New Day, (Justin Time Records). It’s a collection of songs sung in Tsonga, Sotho, IsiZulu and Xhosa, as well as English and French, that have a slight political tone, infused with hip-shaking, toe-tapping rhythms.
Based in Montreal for more than 35 years, Klaasen creates an enticing mix of South African sounds, strongly seasoned with West Indian flavors.
The album features Congolese drummer Noel Mpiaza and Haitian musician Medad Ernest, who contributes his jazz and gospel groove on the accordion and keyboards. Local musicians completing the roster are Assane Seck, the most in-demand Senegalese artist in Montreal, brothers André and Ross Whitman (of the famed West Indian Soca band Jab Jab), as well as Quebec’s double-bassist master Cédric Dind-Lavoie, who has become a fixture on the local world music scene; and a trio of young backing vocalists: Anne Metellus, Melissa Gresseau, and Cynthia Binette.
Rounder Records has reissued the album Music of Veracruz by Los Pregoneros del Puerto. The reissue is part of Rounder’s back catalog of world music albums released into full digital distribution.
This delightful music from the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz in Mexico features diatonic harp, the four-string requinto, and the eight-string guitar called the jarana. The powerful vocals of group leader José Gutierrez and supported by string harmonies, while the majestic harp playing of Gonzalo Mata is a wonder to behold.
Rounder Records has reissued Crucian Scratch Band Music by Blinky & the Roadmasters. The reissue is part of Rounder’s back catalog world music albums released into full digital distribution.
From the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Blinky and the Roadmasters play a fascinating style of Caribbean dance music that fuses calypso, African-derived rhythms, Hawaiian ukulele, and a two-saxophone front line that might be otherwise heard in a Texas polka band. The word play in the English-language songs and the happy spirit of the music make for an appealing listening experience.
Rounder Records has reissued Tabu Ley Rochereau’s et L’Orchestre Afrisa’s Africa Worldwide album. Recorded in Louisiana during an extended stay in the United States during the 1980s, this album recording celebrates the exciting legacy of the late soukous star and originator Tabu Ley Rochereau. The reissue is part of Rounder’s back catalog world music albums released into full digital distribution.
Along with several other musicians, including Papa Wemba and Pépé Kallé, in then-Zaire in the 1960s, Tabu Ley brought Cuban rumba rhythms back to Africa, adding shimmering electric guitar sounds, a horn section, and his sweet lead vocals.
Locos Por Juana, a Miami-based world music and jam rock band, has announced that its new album “Caribe” (Rock the Moon Productions) will be released on June 17, 2016. Locos Por Juana is known for its pan-Latin musical influences.
Caribe (Caribbean in Spanish) contains Caribbean styles such as soca (Trinidad and Tobago), champeta (Colombia) and reggae (Jamaica). In celebration of this new album, Locos por Juana will be touring the United States.
Band members include vocalist Itagui Correa, guitarist Mark Kondrat and drummer Javier Delgado plus trombonist Lasim Richards and percussionist Carlos Palmet.
In 1967, newly independent Nigeria descendant into a Civil War to stop a secession of Biafra known as at the Biafran War. Families were asked to choose sides. Friends were separated by ideological cleavages. The war lasted three years. A million Nigerians were killed. Right after this war a phenomenal music scene was created in search of a new society.
A newly released album and an accompanying book Wake Up You! Vol. 1 tells the story of this after Biafran War Nigerian music that sought to heal social ills and unite a very young Republic through explorations in Funk, Psychedelia, and Rock, that led all the way to Fela Kuti, by compiling songs of several bands that participated in the before-mentioned scene.Wake Up You! Vol. 1 is released by Now Again Records.
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