Milwaukee, USA – The latest installment in the collection of reissues of Sheila Chandra’s recordings is The Indipop Retrospective. It features Chandra’s work on Indipop spanning 1983-2003. The enhanced CD retrospective includes a video of ‘Lament of McCrimmon/Song of the Banshee’ and 1 previously unreleased track, ‘Crescent Silver Scythe.’ During the early 1980s, Chandra and Indipop released 5 groundbreaking albums which allowed her to explore — with no commercial or media pressures — her deepening creativity as a vocalist, composer, and artist in the truest sense.
Copenhagen, Denmark – The 2003 edition of “Folk Music from Denmark” is now available. The album was released by MXP -Danish Music Export & Promotion in cooperation with the Danish Folk Council (Folkemusikkens Fælles Sekretariat) in the “Music from Denmark” series. The CDs are made for promotion only and sent out first and foremost to festivals and media abroad.
“Folk Music From Denmark” presents Danish artists on the current Danish folk scene in a broad sense: traditional dance music, folk rock, singer/songwriters and much more. Visit MXP on the internet at www.mxp.dk.
New York, USA – Putumayo released this week the follow up to the commercially successful World Lounge collection. Euro Lounge features a range of artists from the electronica and pop scenes including Arling & Cameron (The Netherlands), Gare Du Nord (Belgium), Mambotur (Germany / Chile), Mastretta (Spain), Bandabardo (Italy), Bossa Nostra (Italy / Brazil ), Gabin (Italy), Vanja Lazarova (Macedonia), S-Tone Inc. (Italy) , Thievery Corporation (USA), Ilhan Ersahin (Turkey) and Daniele Silvestri (Italy).
Berlin, Germany – Ballads at the End of Time is the title of the new album by Sebian act Boris Kovac & Ladaaba Orchest. The album, released by Piranha, is the second part of La Danza Apocalypsa.
The series features music inspired by life after the Apocalypse. “This is the second and the last CD album of the La Danza Apocalypsa Balcanica Project. I hope that such a theme will never inspire me again.” Boris Kovac
Cologne, Germany – Mirto is the title of the new album by Italian artist Simona Barbera. Released by German label Heaven and Earth, Mirto is dedicated to the birthplace of her parents, Sicily.
Each of her songs is dedicated to a place on the Mediterranean island. The poetic sound of the names like Milena, Palermo, Carini, Tindari or Corleone is more important to her than geographic or historical facts. Mirto is also a town on Siciliy. But Simona Barbera was probably thinking more of Mirto – myrtle – a typical Sicilian plant with magical powers, which when laid on the navel with bread, bay leaf and olive oil eases emotional and bodily pain.
Madrid, Spain – Saharawi musician Nayim Alal will present his new CD, Nar, in Madrid. The event will take place Thursday, March 27 at 10 p.m. at the Sala Hebe, Calle Tomás García, 17.
Nayim plays fiery desert blues. It is epic, amorous, nostalgic, brave, and also witty and humorous.
Los Angeles, USA – Indian singer Najma has returned after a long silence with a sensational album. Titled “Vivid,” it combines Najma’s unique vocals with rich harmonies, electronic beats and trance-like atmospheres. The album is available from Mondo Melodia/Ark 21.
This is her 5th album.
London, UK – Fiebre, a new album by Spanish world fusion band, Radio Tarifa, will be out soon in the form of a live album. Recorded during their 2002 tour, it will showcase the group’s unique musicianship in a live setting. A great live attraction, Radio Tarifa will tour again this year.
Radio Tarifa is the brainchild of Faín Dueñas, a former electric guitarist who realized that playing Anglo-Saxon rock wasn’t leading him anywhere. Instead, he sought new paths and learned about other kinds of music from foreign and southern Spanish musicians. Currently, he has become an specialist in African and Arabic percussion, as well as in string instruments from the lute family such as the Turkish cümbüs, the guimbri, sentir, ud; and Flamenco guitar.
Paris, France – The Cape Verdean diva has recorded a new album for her new record company, BMG France. The new CD is titled Sao Vicente di Longe (Sao Vicente so Far Away). The album will be released the first week of April. It was recorded in Paris, Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Several high profile guests appear on the recording: Caetano Veloso, Bonnie Raitt and Orquesta Aragón.
A worldwide tour will follow after the release of the album.
Louisville, Colorado, USA – On April 10, Sounds True will release the third volume in its series of recordings from the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music held every year in the city of Fes, Morocco.
The new recording is titled Under the Moroccan Sky and features artists from India, Algeria, Morocco, Senegal, United Kingdom, Egypt and France, recorded at the 1999 and 2000 seasons.