San Francisco, USA – Two new Rough Guide titles will be available this week.
The Rough Guide to Pakistan features the rich musical traditions of the Asian country. While qawwali, the ancient Sufi song style popularized by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, has overtaken almost every other kind of Pakistani music in terms of popularity and exportability, there are a great many other significant styles.
The country is justifiably proud of its many outstanding ghazal singers, with film and pop music also playing key roles in modern Pakistani music. This album explores all these styles to provide a striking insight into the deep-rooted music of Pakistan.
The Rough Guide to American Roots centers on the wealth of music that has developed and grown in the United States cannot be underestimated. It is the birthplace of jazz, blues, gospel, bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, zydeco and countless other folk styles.
Ranging from the early folk sounds of the Great Depression to the twangs of bluegrass and the soul of blues and gospel, The Rough Guide To American Roots is an indispensable collection of the giants of American roots music and introduces some of the finest musicians and the legendary performers that have contributed to the scene in the USA.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. 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.