Dance on the Roof

Afrotysonia – Dance on the Roof

Afrotysonia – Dance on the Roof (NCB, 2017)

Dance on the Roof is the new album by Finnish band Afrotysonia. It’s a trio that combines Finnish traditional music, West African rhythms and melodies, and pop. the highlight is the interaction between the kantele and the percussion intruments. The English-language vocals are the weakest part of the project.

The lineup includes Sonja Korkman on vocals; Aino Kurki on kantele; and Macoumba Ndiaye on percussion. Guest vocalists: Tero Pajunen and Katri Liira.


Subhi’s Remarkable Hindi Jazz

Subhi – Shaitaan Dil / Naughty Heart

Subhi – Shaitaan Dil / Naughty Heart (2017)

Chicago-based Indian singer-songwriter Subhi has brought together jazz, pop and Indian music on her new album Shaitaan Dil (Naughty Heart) scheduled for release in September 2017.

Subhi combines contemporary jazz forms, classic swing, adapts Indian vocal percussion to a jazz configuration, incorporates Hindi and Urdu poetry, and stories about romance, departure and intercontinental migration.



In Chicago, Subhi worked with jazz pianist Joaquin Garcia. He rearranged her songs and Subhi really liked the results.





Shaitaan Dil is a charming album at the intersection of jazz and South Asian music.


Energetic Doctor Krápula

Doctor Krápula – Animal

Doctor Krápula – Animal (T3 Records, 2017)

Animal is the latest by Colombian band Doctor Krápula. On Animal you’ll find a mix of punk rock, ska, pop and some Latin American influences. Some of the lyrics revolve around political and social topics.

Although Doctor Krápula has some connection with the mestizo music scene, they’re primarily a punk rock act that should appeal to fans of this genre.

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Old Believers Chants from Western Russia

Choir Of Russian Pomor Old Believers Community of Veliky Novgorod – Oh, My Brethren and Sisters…

Choir Of Russian Pomor Old Believers Community of Veliky Novgorod – Oh, My Brethren and Sisters… (Sketis Music, 2016)

Oh, My Brethren and Sisters… is an album of traditional Russian spiritual verses performed by the Choir of Russian Pomor Old Believers Community of Veliky Novgorod. The Old Believers mix choral folk music and spiritual influences from the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Old Believers continue the liturgical and ritual practices of the pre-reform Russian Orthodox Church. The religious chants featured here are performed by the Pomor Old Believers choir from the western Russian city of Veliky Novgorod.


Top World Music Talent at Concert of Colors 2017 in Detroit

The 25th edition of the Concert of Colors festival is set to take place July 12-16, 2017 in Detroit. The free five-day festival will present world music genres such as African, reggae, and Latin along with electronica, soul and jazz artists.

The acts on Wednesday, July 12 at Third Man Records include gospel act Nikki D. Brown and the Sisters of Thunder, gospel band Pure Heart Travelers and Detroit-based musician and producer Warren Defever.

The African artists scheduled to perform include Zimbabwean band Mokoomba on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, and Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni. Mokoomba is touring North America in support of its new album, Luyando.

Latin music will be represented by East Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras, the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra and Colombian global electronica act Sidestepper. Las Cafeteras will also present a free workshop and performance at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation at 12 p.m., Friday, July 14.

The festival will also include additional free workshops, forums, film screenings and after parties. For the complete lineup and schedule go to


Guitarists Jose Maria Bandera and Amir John Haddad to Celebrate Paco de Lucía’s Final Work

Canción Andaluza, the last album released by guitar maestro and Paco de Lucía will be presented live for the first time as a tribute led by two world class guitarists, Paco’s nephew José Maria Bandera (a regular member of Paco’s band) and Amir John Haddad (El Amir). The concert will take place at the IV Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Paco de Lucía on July 18th, 2017 in Paco de Lucia’s birthplace, Algeciras (Spain).

Canción Andaluza focused on popular Andalusian music known as copla. It received two 2 Latin Grammy awards in 2014 for Best Flamenco Album and Best Album of the Year.
The lineup for this special concert includes José María Bandera on guitar; El Amir on guitar and bouzouki; Josemi Garzón on double bass; and Israel Katumba on percussion. Celebrated flamenco singer Arcángel is scheduled to appear as special guest.

July 18th, 2017
Parque María Cristina, Algeciras
10:00 p.m.


A Fusion of Urban Brazilian Styles

Da Cruz – Disco e Progresso (Boom Jah Records / Broken Silence, 2014)

Swiss band Da Cruz play a modernized version of Brazilian disco. It’s got funk, Brazilian samba and even an Afrobeat brass feel which makes it more exciting than the regular cheesy disco music of the 1970s.

The band is led by Brazilian vocalist Mariana Da Cruz who brings an authentic flavor to the band’s music. Disco e Progresso is a two CD set with one disc called Bright Side and the other titled Dark Side.

As the title indicates, Bright Side showcases the easygoing side of Brazil with a nice mix of dance tracks and Brazilian pop. Disc 2 features cutting edge rhythmic electronica with Portuguese-language vocals.

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Positive and Uplifting Reggae

Double Tiger – Sharp & Ready

Double Tiger – Sharp & Ready (Easy Star Records, 2017)

New York artist Double Tiger (Jay Spaker) makes appealing modern dub reggae loaded with electronic effects, reverb and pop hooks. On Sharp & Ready he incorporates a mix of Jamaican styles: ska, roots reggae, dub, dancehall and lover’s rock.

Despite the current political situation, Jay Spaker believes that it’s important to make positive and heartening music, bringing joy and inspiration to listeners.

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Wake Up

Jennifer Saran – Wake Up

Jennifer Saran – Wake Up (Tarpan Records, 2017)

Although Wake Up features celebrated South African ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Carlos Santana as guests, this new album by singer-songwriter Jennifer Saran is a pop effort, seeking a mass audience. It includes familiar songs, has sing along pop hooks and dance beats. The album wants to bring awareness to inequality and poverty throughout the globe.

The highlight of the album is Saran’s interplay with Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Wake Up includes covers of pop hits by Patty Page, Doris Day, Bill Withers, and George Michael.

Funds from Jennifer Saran’s musical projects go to various entities, including the Kuldeep Saran Memorial Trust, the Hong Kong Women’s Choir and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation in South Africa.

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