The New Pulse of World Fusion

ShapeShifters – The New Pulse of World Fusion

ShapeShifters – The New Pulse of World Fusion (WorldWide Records/Soundings of the Planet, 2000)

This is a largely instrumental album of world fusion music, featuring multi-instrumentalist Alain Eskinasi (of Brainscapes) on bass and guitar, Richard Hardy on wind instruments, and husband-wife team Aziz Paige on sitar and guitar and Khabira Paige on tanpura.

The album is smooth and well-textured, and the 11 tracks are a jazzy but mellow listen. We would recommend the tracks Equinox (upbeat, with fine sitar texture) and the joyful Pipers of Beltane. In sum, the album delivers what it promises: healing and ecstatic music in an East-West blend.

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Malian Sensation Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba to Release Miri in 2019

Bassekou Kouyate – Photo by Robin Chanda

 

Malian ngoni trailblazer Bassekou Kouyate has announced the release of a new album in 2019 titled ‘Miri’. The new recording, on Out Here Records, is scheduled for release on January 25, 2019.
Together with his band Ngoni Ba, Miri features his wife, vocalists Amy Sacko. Guests include Abdoulaye Diabate, Habib Koite and Afel Bocoum.

To celebrate the release of the new album, a series of UK dates has been booked, starting with the monumental Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow on January25, 2019, followed by London, Liverpool, Leeds and other locations.

Bassekou Kouyate’s earlier recordings include Segu Blue (Out Here Records), I Speak Fula (Out Here Records), Afrocubism (World Circuit Records), Jama Ko (Out Here Records) and Ba Power‘ (Glitterbeat Records),

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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen to Release You Can’t Stand The Heat in 2019

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Virtuoso newgrass mandolinist Frank Solivan and his band Dirty Kitchen have announced the release of a new album titled You Can’t Stand The Heat. The album is set for release on February 8, 2019 on Compass Records. This new project is being co-produced by Alison Brown, Compass co-founder and Grammy winner, and will feature guest vocal appearances from Danny Paisley, Dudley Connell. Michael Cleveland also appears on fiddle.

Frank Solivan left Alaska and moved to Washington, D.C., where he’s built a great reputation as a formidable mandolinist. The band includes award-winning banjoist Mike Munford, award-winning guitarist Chris Luquette and bassist Jeremy Middleton.

Frank Solivan’s discography includes I Am A Rambler ‎(2009), On The Edge ‎(2013), Cold Spell (2014) and Family, Friends & Heroes ‎(2016).

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Anoushka Shankar to Perform in Miami in March 2019

Anoushka Shankar

Acclaimed Indian music composer and sitarist Anoushka Shankar is set to perform on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center.

Anoushka is the daughter of Ravi Shankar and sister of Norah Jones. Anoushka Shankar studied sitar under her father from a very young age and has gone on to master the instrument and also expand her musical horizons.

She has collaborated with leading classical orchestras and pop artists as diverse as Sting, M.I.A., Herbie Hancock, and her sister Norah Jones.

Anoushka Shankar’s discography includes: Anoushka, Anourag, Rise, Breathing Under Water, Traveller, Traces of You, Home, and Land of Gold.

Accompanied by a stellar quintet for this concert, Anoushka Shankar returns to her roots with a concert of meditative Indian classical ragas.

Doors 6:00 p.m., Show 7:00 p.m.
Tickets

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Secrets of Seduction

Enigmatic Obsession – Secrets of Seduction

Enigmatic Obsession – Secrets of Seduction (FreeSpirit, 2008)

Listeners familiar with Enigma’s fusion of Gregorian chants and electronica will also appreciate this album by Enigmatic Obsession. The band features Jens Gad from Enigma (which also included Michael Cretu).

The 13 tracks of this album will appeal to fans of chillout and ambient music. The bonus track ‘Lifesign’ is superb, and we also recommend The Delta of The Red River, and Northern Horizon. Organs, guitar, flute, piano and basslines create a smooth foundation, blended with trademark soft whisperings in Spanish.

On headphones or turned up full blast on a good stereo, this is a perfect album for a late evening chill.

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Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer to Perform Together in NYC

L to R: Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain – Photo © 2018 Alan Messer

The Town Hall has announced a concert featuring Bela Fleck on banjo, Zakir Hussain on tabla and Edgar Meyer on double bass. The performance will take place Thursday, November 15, 2018 at The Town Hall in New York City.

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer plus Rakesh Chaurasia on flute will deliver a set where they combine bluegrass, classical, and South Asian musical traditions.

Fleck met Meyer in 1983 at a festival in Aspen, sat in “for a few songs” that night and “We have stayed in touch ever since, and we are deep friends.” The banjoist and bassist teamed up for a double concerto for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra in 2004. Its success led to another commission, for which they called on the dazzling Hussain for percussion.

Béla and I were both very big fans of Zakir, at least since high school,” Meyer said in an interview. “For most of our lives, he’s been one of the musicians we admired the most.”

The result was the remarkable The Melody of Rhythm; Triple Concerto & Music for Trio, recorded with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Slatkin and released on CD in 2009.

The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue and Broadway)
New York, NY 10036
Tickets at The Town Hall Box Office 212-997-6661 or Ticketmaster

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Feng Shui: The Eightfold Path

Chinmaya Dunster – Feng Shui: The Eightfold Path

Chinmaya Dunster – Feng Shui: The Eightfold Path (Times Music/New Earth Records, 2000)

Chinmaya Dunster was born in England in 1954, and has studied Western and Indian classical music extensively, particularly guitar and sarod. Dunster was also part of the fusion band Terra Incognita, with Prem Joshua. He later founded the Celtic Ragas Band.

Devotees of meditation, yoga and Buddhism would love the music and the superb liner notes on this CD, which describe the associated colour, image, element, direction, and emotional quality of each of the eight tracks.

The album also features Don Lax on violin, Sambodhi Prem on guitar, John Zagando on flute, and Alistair Couper on drums. In sum, this is a good fusion of East and West, though brief at barley 45 minutes in length.

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Mayan Cumbia Reggae

Doctor Nativo – Guatemaya

Doctor Nativo – Guatemaya (Stonetree Music, 2018)

Doctor Nativo is the artistic name of Guatemalan vocalist, songwriter and world traveler Juan Martinez. His music is inspired by Guatemalan folk music and spirituality and the steady, hip-shaking dance beats of Afro-Caribbean cumbia reggae.

Stylistically, Doctor Nativo delivers songs similar to the mestizo sounds of Manu Chao and Che Sudaka with a tropical Guatemalan flavor. He has also introduced Mayan-language rapping in two songs.

The lineup includes Doctor Nativo on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, and sound effects; Danilo Rodriguez on marimba, trombone, bass, cuatro, charango, harp, chirimilla, and backing vocals; Ivan Duran on electric guitar and bass; Guayo Cedeño on lead electric guitar; Carles Estruch on sousaphone; Sebas Sax on saxophone; Chela Torres on backing vocals; Rosa Bermudez on backing vocals; José López on backing vocals; Joshua Arana on Garifuna drum & maracas; Eli Levinson on samples and programming; Eduardo Santella on drums; Tzutu Kan on Maya rap vocals; El 20 and Zion M.C.H.E on rap vocals; Al Ovando on Maya guitar; and Juan Chacaj on shirin.

Buy the digital download version of Gutemaya or the CD/vinyl from doctornativo.bandcamp.com/

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Artist Profiles: Seun Kuti

Seun Kuti

Aftobeat saxophonist and vocalist Seun Anikulapo Kuti has kept the grace, energy and strength of his father Fela Kuti. With Egypt 80’s musicians, Fela’s legendary group, Seun plays live again the most original incarnation of Afrobeat: using the phrases, the solid brass section, the incomparable groove of African percussion and voices.

With an astonishing maturity, Seun leads with tremendous energy his band on stage, playing his father’s repertory as well as his own compositions.

Discography:

Think Africa (2007)
Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 (Tôt ou Tard, 2008)
From Africa With Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory Records/Because Music, 2011)
A Long Way To the Beginning (Knitting Factory Records, 2014)
Struggle Sounds, EP (Sony Masterworks, 2016)
Black Times (Strut Records, 2018)

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Artist Profiles: Majek Fashek

Majek Fashek

African reggae star Majek Fashek has been called a prophet and a poet, and is recognized as one of Nigeria’s greatest singers and musicians. His powerful world beat sound incorporates his core influences (Bob Marley, Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Jimi Hendrix), seamlessly meshing roots, rock, reggae and Afrobeat into a unique signature sound called kpangolo. Majek describes it as “the sound of many cultures coming together.”

Majek Fashek has always sung from the soul about the political and social struggles he has faced in his long and winding road from Nigeria to the U.S. He first attracted international attention in 1987 when his song, “Send Down The Rain” seemed to coax a rainstorm that ended one of the worst droughts in Nigeria’ s history. Performing at an outdoor theater, he saw the thirsty crowd yearning for just a few drops of water. No one could imagine the possibility of a downpour, but as Majek sang the lyric “the sky looks misty and cloudy; it looks like the rain’s gonna fall today,” clouds gathered in the sky, thunder cracked and rain soaked the barren ground. Since that momentous occasion, Fashek has become one of Africa’s most revered contemporary musical performers, rivaling Afro-reggae compatriots Alpha Blondy and Lucky Dube in recognition and popularity around the world.

While he developed an early interest in Jamaican riddims, Fashek was equally drawn to the music of Indian cinema. Learning to play guitar while in secondary school, Fashek joined a band called Jah Stix and, after graduating from the New Era College’s Arts Program, he began playing in Lagos nightclubs, universities and even prisons. Fashek enjoyed a close relationship with the legendary late Nigerian musician and bandleader Fela Kuti, (he includes a Fela composition “Water No Get Enemy” on his new release Little Patience). “He’s like my big brother,” Majek has said and like Fela, he not only delivers hard-hitting rhythms, but also a forceful criticism of social and political issues.

Discography:

Prisoner Of Conscience (Tabansi/Mango, 1987)
I & I Experience ‎(CBS, 1989)
Spirit Of Love (Interscope Records, 1991)
So Long Too Long ‎(Sony Music, 1991)
Rainmaker ‎(Lightyear Entertainment, 1997)
Little Patience ‎(November Records/33rd Street, 2005)

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