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Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music

Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music
Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music

The 19-minute documentary Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music is now available online. The inspiring film, directed by independent filmmaker Reed Rickert, follows music producer Daniel Masson, best known for his Buddha Bar compilations.

Masson has the objective of creating a cultural bridge between the Western and Arab worlds. He traveled to Morocco to record musicians for his latest electronic music album. As the film develops to the final live performance of the album at the Festival of Sacred Music of Fes, the question in Daniel’s mind remains: Will this new blend of music styles be accepted by the Moroccan audience as well as the Western audience?

Walila: The Modern Sound of North African Sacred Music from Reed Rickert on Vimeo.


World Music Artists in Support of ‘Kids Against Malaria’ Project

Acclaimed musicians Martín Perna (Antibalas, Ocote Soul Sounds), Gangbe Brass, several members of Antibalas, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo have participated in the recording of a song to support the Kids Against Malaria initiative. The message of the song is pretty basic: sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito net and get to a medical provider as soon as you’re feeling sick.

The Kids Against Malaria effort started with a song written by teacher Sim D’Souza and his students at an arts and music elementary school in Whydah (Oidah), Benin, called CIAMO. The song reached musician and filmmaker Jon Fine, who produced the song by enlisting the support of renowned Afrobeat and world music artists.

The video is available here:


The “Kids Against Malaria” project was launched. It’s a multi-language musical project focusing on malaria treatment and prevention. With the international team, the producers filmed and recorded in New York City and Benin with support from the United States Embassy in Benin, UNICEF, The President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID, Peace Corps, the CDC, The UN Foundation and Harvard University.

Malaria is still widespread in much of the world. About 3.2 billion people – nearly half the planet’s population – are at risk. The disease, spread by the bite of female mosquitoes infected with Plasmodium parasites, is generally deadly for pregnant women and children under the age of five. It’s estimated that 1,200 children a day are dying from malaria around the world. Malaria is both preventable and curable.

All the proceeds from downloads, music videos, ringtones, educational videos, and social media initiatives, earned from the song will benefit CIAMO School of Music (for arts education), The UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign (to purchase nets) and Harvard University’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative (for Malaria research).

For more on information about the Kids Against Malaria project, visit


A Cappella Group Tuuletar Releases Live Concert Video

Tuuletar - Photo by Aija Lehtonen
Tuuletar – Photo courtesy of Tuuletar

Finnish a cappella quartet Tuuletar has released a video featuring a live radio performance of the song Tuu kerää at WOMEX 2016 in Spain. The show, videotaped on October 20, 2016, was part of the EBU WOMEX Radio Live Studio Concerts.



Tuuletar’s album Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal has been at the top of the international world music charts during the last months.


Tuuletar - Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal
Tuuletar – Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal

Alborosie Releases Strolling Music Video


Reggae star Alborosie has a new music video titled Strolling featuring guest artist Protoje. Strolling appears in Alborosie’s new album Freedom & Fyah.

The animated video was directed by Mauro Russo with art direction, animation and design by Fabio Gaudio. Editing and color grading by Andrea Belcastro. Animation team: Rob Grasso, Marcelo De Vivo, Eugenio Lostumbo and Giuseppe Talarico.

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Blues Guitar Stars Perform Opening Song for Tribute to B.B. King


A sensational band of guitarists, vocalists and the Basic Cable Band musicians performed the iconic B.B. King blues song “The Thrill Is Gone.” The late B.B. King, a 15-time GRAMMY award winner, was honored during the sold out show titled Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King that took place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California on September 1, 2016.

The impressive list included guitarists Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Slash, Quinn Sullivan, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker, and singer-songwriter ZZ Ward with the show’s music director Jimmy Vivino of the “Conan” TV show, joined by the Basic Cable Band, who served as the house band for the evening.


Taj Weekes & Adowa Release “Here I Stand” Music Video

Acclaimed roots reggae group, Taj Weekes & Adowa have released the music video “Here I Stand”. The song is the first single and centerpiece of Taj Weekes & Adowa 5th album, “Love, Herb & Reggae.” At its heart, the song is about love; love of many different kinds. It’s a song designed to create a movement of love and acceptance. Weekes states, “Love is a human rights issue. I don’t care who you love, all that matters is that you love.” With this sentiment, Weekes lyrically sought to create what has now been dubbed “an anti-homophobic anthem“, addressing head on the long standing issues that have created a wedge between the reggae and LGBT community.

The video, directed by award winning filmmaker Sachin Dharwadker, is produced in black and white. The masks and choreographed movements represent different types of relationships and at the center of it all is Taj Weekes declaring plainly and simply, “I will not judge.”

Now what really is the problem, we’ve been talking much of love, is it wrong to love another, cause it’s not your kind of love” – Taj Weekes

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Lakou Mizik Releases “Pran Ka Mwen” Music Video

Lakou Mizik
Lakou Mizik

Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik has a new music video featuring the track “Pran Ka Mwen” from the new album “Wa Di Yo.”

The video was developed, produced and directed by graduating students from Cine Institute, Haiti’s only film school.

The song “Pran Ka Mwen” was adapted and updated by Lakou Mizik from an old song performed by a woman named Francilia and recorded by the ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax in 1935. In Haitian Kreyol “Pran Ka Mwen” means ‘take care of me.”

Cine Institute is a division of Artists Institute, a scholarship based school focused on growing Haiti’s creative economy through professional training in Filmmaking, Audio Engineering and Music Production. To support the organization, visit:

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Noura Mint Seymali Releases Na Sane Music Video

Noura Mint Seymali
Noura Mint Seymali

Mauritanian sensation Noura Mint Seymali has released a new music video titled “Na Sane”. This song appears in Noura Mint Seymali’s upcoming album “Arbina” scheduled for release on September 16th, 2016.

The video was directed by Loïc Hoquet. Noura Mint Seymali’s band includes Noura Mint Seymali on vocals and ardin; Jeiche Ould Chighaly on guitar; Ousmane Touré on bass; and Matthew Tinari on drums.

Arbina is Noura Mint Seymali’s second international recording. Her previous album was the critically acclaimed Tzenni.

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Earls of Leicester Release “The Train That Carried My Girl From Town” Music Video

Earls of Leicester
Earls of Leicester

Bluegrass band Earls of Leicester has released a new music video featuring Release “The Train That Carried My Girl from Town”, one of the singles from its new album Rattle & Roar.

The lineup includes Jerry Douglas on dobro, Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar; multi-instrumentalist Jeff White on high harmony and mandolin; Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitars; Johnny Warren on fiddle; and Barry Bales on vocals and bass.

To capture the atmosphere of a live show, Rattle & Roar was recorded in one room, with all of the band members around microphones, with no separation between them.

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