Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.
The Most Comprehensive Discography of Jamaican Records Ever Published. Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music is Compiled & Edited by Michael Turner & Robert Schoenfeld. It covers the period from the mid 1950’s through the late 1980’s, including the earliest releases on 78 rpm in the pre-Ska era. The styles included are Calypso, Mento, Blues, Gospel, Pop, Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. The data includes: Artist & Title, Jamaican Record Label & Matrix Number Plus UK Label and Number, Producer and Release Date. It is sorted alphabetically by Artist – From the Abyssinians to Tapper Zukie.A total of 400 pages and over 29,000 records indexed.
The United States and Canada, Volume 3, is the latest volume published by Garland as part of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. This impressive collection of books is so far the most comprehensive body of work focused on world music. Every volume is an extensive reference guide that includes definitions of music styles, ethnomusicological studies by ethnic group and geography, glossaries and bibliography.
The volume dedicated to the United States and Canada has 1378 pages and comes with an audio CD. It begins with a musical profile of the United States and Canada.
Part 2 ventures into the social and cultural contexts of music in North America, with articles about race and ethnicity, the influence of religious ideas and most music genres, ranging from bluegrass and indie pop to world beat and new age. Part 3 begins with the music of the indigenous peoples known as American Indians or First Nations, by regions.
The section dedicated to the United States has chapters dedicated to the music originated by African Americans, Caribbean and Spanish Americans, European Americans and Asian Americans. Section 3 focuses on Canada, describing the musical differences and influences by region. The final part of the book has a glossary as well as guides for publications, recordings and films/videos.
The brilliant project was edited by Ellen Koskoff. The book is published by Garland Publishing, a division of Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6.
The Rough Guide to Irish Music is a thick 560 page, pocket-sized book. Written by Geoff Wallis and Sue Wilson, it has a brief introduction about Irish music and its roots. There is a chapter dedicated to music styles, where the authors describe some of the most important categories in Irish music: reels, jigs, hornpipes, and marches.
Most of the book is dedicated to biographies of Irish musicians, listed by instrument. At the end of the book there is a great resources section with listing of Irish festivals, schools, organizations, record shops and media. ISBN 1-85828-642-5
The Rough Guide to Cuban Music, written by Philip Sweeney, is part of the pocket sized books published by Rough Guides. This specialized guide serves as complement to the larger Rough Guides to World Music.
Seeeney’s book has 350 pages. The first part of the book focuses on the origin of the peoples that now live in Cuba and the music their ancestors brought with them. It explains how both Spanish and African influences gave form to today’s Cuban music. The book gives special attention to some of the key musical forms in Cuba: son, bolero and trova. It also details how Cuban sounds influenced musicians from other countries.
Since this is a new book and not a reprint, the history of Cuban music reaches up to the end of the 20th century so it is very current. Most of the key figures in Cuban music are listed, with biographies and discographies, although many of the discographies are incomplete. There is also a short glossary of Cuban musical terms. ISBN 1-85828-761-8.
In 1954, Alan Lomax and Diego Carpitella set out on a yearlong voyage of discovery that resulted in an exhaustive documentation of Italian folk music. “It was a mythic time. None of us suspected that that world – made of music, songs, poverty, joy, desperation, custom, violence, injustice, love, dialect, and poetry, formed over the course of millennia – would be swept away in a couple of years…by the voodoo of ‘progress.'” -Vittorio De Seta.
Songs of love and disdain, erotic and satiric songs, work songs and funeral laments – sung in dialect and Griko. Instrumental and vocal polyphony from the Salento, one of the most beautiful regions of Puglia, the southeasternmost tip of Italy’s heel, a crossroads between the East and West and the home of a unique heritage of traditional music.
San Francisco – The Rough Guide To The Asian Underground showcases British-Asian hybrid sounds, with a collection of solid scene classics and fresh, unreleased material. It includes material by artists that have achieved phenomenal success around the globe Musical styles and genres have always been blended together, as cultures intersect, to form new sounds and push the boundaries of experimentation. This has been felt in the UK where one of the most exciting forms of music to emerge in the last decade, Asian Underground, is a world of tabla-driven beats, Indian classical samples and frenetic drum’n’bass, trip-hop and techno.
Nashville, USA – Irish band Lunasa will kick off its US tour in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Celtic supergroup is known for its virtuoso musicians who perform a brilliant combination of Irish traditional music and contemporary influences.
Tallahassee, USA – The Florida Folklife Program recently announced the availability of “The
Florida Music Train” by folklorist and ethnomusicologist Laurie K. Sommers. This educational module includes an audio CD of archival, field, and studio recordings of Florida’s traditional music; five lesson plans; a full color poster; and background information about the artists and musical traditions represented in the unit. The audio CD includes an extensive range of 23 selections that allows teachers to create countless more lessons. The musical selections feature traditional music from such legendary Florida musicians as bluegrass fiddler Chubby Wise, Cuban singer Willie Chirino, klezmer greats The Epstein Brothers, Seminole musician James Billie and more.
Musical genres include blues, sacred harp, old-time, bluegrass, a cappella gospel, as well as music from Florida’s Greek, Seminole, Bahamian, Mexican, and Haitian communities.
Designed for use in elementary and secondary classrooms, the resource integrates music education with curricula in language arts and social studies.
For more information contact the Friends of Historic Properties and Museums, Florida Heritage Education Program, Museum of Florida History, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.
Marseilles, France – Hundreds of world music professionals will meet this week at Strictly Mundial, the second largest world music conference. From February 26th through March 1st there were will be dozens of showcases, a trade show, conferences and other events. If you plan to attend, visit World Music Central’s world music guide to Marseilles: World Music in Marseilles.
San Francisco, USA – The Rough Guide to the Music of the Balkans spans the complete range of Balkan folk. This new addition to the Rough Guide CD collection rounds up some of the best sounds from Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Romania, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The Balkan countries constitute a region of striking contradictions. While political borders have been changing regularly in recent years, Balkan music endures, even thrives, defying political, religious, linguistic and ethnic confines. The region is bound together with some of the most dynamic folk music in the world – as the Turkish brass sound and a series of Muslim influences have swept northward and westward, Western vocal harmonies, waltzes, polkas, bagpipe and accordion have flowed in the opposite direction.
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