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New Compilation Features Winners of the 2019 Russian World Music Awards

2019 Russian World Music Awards compilation

A compilation album featuring the winners of the 2019 Russian World Music Awards is now available.

The winners this year are:

Best world music project 2019
Dobranoch

Ethno experiment
Ayarkhaan

Authentic project
TriGolos

The best new ethno project
Oduchu

Legend of Russian world music
Huun-Huur-Tu

The best journalist
Vadim Ponomarev (Guru Ken)

Audience choice
Kolenkor

Album Tracklist:

  1. Dobranoch – Grapes
  2. Oduchu – On The Edge (feat. Tapemelancholy)
  3. Kolenkor – Russia
  4. Ayarkhaan – Dyogoi aiyy
  5. Vedan Kolod – Grief
  6. Aleksandr Muraviev – Blue caterpillar
  7. Kosmonavty – Gadala
  8. Glazova – Cloud
  9. Zulya – Fifth Day
  10. DaraYara – Vyleti Gulyu
  11. Testo – Matyushka
  12. Mediterranean Deconstruction Ensemble – Day De Senar
  13. Zemlya Legend – Your name
  14. TriGolos – Near the river
  15. Staritsa – Khodil gospod
  16. Pokrov Ethno – Yaga
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Barbaros Bozkir Releases Last Man in the Dream World

Barbaros Bozkir – Last Man in the Dream World

Turkish multi-instrumentalist Barbaros Bozkir has a new album titled Last Man in the Dream World. He plays world music with a cinematic feel. Each song is based on different stories. “‘I have a story, where the stories are turned into music.’’

The lineup includes Barbaros Bozkir on synthesizer, piano, accordion, melodica and guitar; Tolga Akşit on ud and clarinet; Alper Kekeç on percussion; Ardashes Agoshian on double bass; Firat Duyulur on fretless Bass; and Firat Duyulur on fretless bass.

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Manhu: Voices Of The Sani, the Sounds of Southwestern China

Manhu – Voices Of The Sani

The album Voices Of The Sani will present the living tradition of Manhu in Yunnan province, China. The album is set for release on January 31, 2020 on Riverboat Records

All five members of Manhu grew up in the villages of the Stone Forest region of Yunnan, the native soil of the Sani people. Manhu’s musicians were submerged in traditional Sani music from a young age, as well as inspired by modern rock music.

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Hungarian Band Terra Profonda Publishes For The Sake Of the Mountains

Terra Profonda – For The Sake Of The Mountain

Terra Profonda, a  Hungarian act that describes itself as a ‘shamanistic folk-blues’ band has a new album titled For The Sake Of The Mountains (Fonó Records).

The album was recorded entirely acoustic in the village of Sitke, Hungary at the Kálvária Chapel, which provided the right atmosphere for this project. This 9-track recording includes Terra Profonda’s original compositions.

The current lineup has been around for seven years with Krisztián Kiss on koboz, Irish bouzouki, saxophone; Mátyás Szabó on bass instruments; and frontman and lyricist Vincenzo Lo Buglio.

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Portuguese Multi-instrumentalist Madalena Palmeirim Releases Right as rain

Madalena Palmeirim – Right as rai

Right as rain” is the first solo album from Portuguese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Madalena Palmeirim, an artist with a 10-year long career.

Lyrics are in English, Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole. Guests include bassist Carlos Barretto, Brazilian singer MOMO, actress Sara Carinhas and performer Miguel Bonneville.

Madalena Palmeirim plays ukulele, cavaquinho and autoharp.

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Flamenco Jazz Masters Benavent, Di Geraldo and Pardo Release “Flamenco Leaks”

Benavent, Di Geraldo and Pardo – Flamenco Leaks

Flamenco Leaks is the new musical project of three great Spanish flamenco jazz musicians: Carles Benavent (electric bass), Tino di Geraldo (drums) and Jorge Pardo (saxophone and flute). Flamenco Leaks is their third album overall and second studio recording.

Back in 2000, the trio released their now legendary El Concierto en Sevilla (Concert in Seville).

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Transglobal Underground Announces New Album to Be Released in 2020

Transglobal Underground in 2019

World fusion and global electronica innovators Transglobal Underground have announced the release of a new album provisionally titled ‘Walls Have Ears.’ The recording is set for release in May 2020. It was recorded in London and Paris and will feature appearances from Natacha Atlas and Dub Colossus.

Transglobal Underground previous album was 2013’s
Kabatronics.

Next concerts:

Friday November 29th: Hebden Bridge Trades
Saturday November 30th: Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda, Gwynedd

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Strictly The Best 60 to Showcase Top Artists in Roots Reggae and Dancehall

Various Artists – Strictly the Best Vol. 60

VP Records has announced the release of Strictly the Best Vol. 60. The set includes current and breaking hits from some of the top artists in roots reggae and dancehall. The album is scheduled for release on November 22, 2019. For this latest release, the label will produce a live show to be broadcast Tuesday, November 19 from the BRIC production facility in Brooklyn, New York.

STB 60 includes an illustration by Japanese artist Murasaki, inspired by the scenery of the VP Records 40th Anniversary Concert held at Summer Stage in Central Park, New York in August.

STB 60 contains two discs of hits in one package. Disc 1 consists of reggae and lovers rock tracks. Highlights include “General” by Christopher Martin and “Together we Stand” by Richie Spice. Exclusives on the album include a remake of Lorna Bennet’s “Breakfast in Bed” by former Voice winner Tessanne Chin and “Lost My Heart” by emerging solo reggae artist, Kumar Bent.

Disc 2 features dancehall tracks. High spots include “One Way” by Vybz Kartel and “Glow” by Romain Virgo and Christopher Martin. The music video for “Glow” has recently accumulated over 628K views on YouTube. Another exclusive to STB 60 is “No Stress” by Noah Powa who has been attracting attention in New York City and beyond with recent interviews on Breakfast Club, Lip Service and an appearance on Angela Yee Day.

As our 40th anniversary year winds down, we are happy to release Strictly The Best 60,” said Richard Lue, Director of Business Development and Project Manager for VP Records. “Everything from the tracks, to the cover of the album by Murasaki, to the event coming up in Brooklyn, is aligned perfectly to celebrate the 60th edition of one of VP’s staple compilations,” he concluded.

STRICTLY THE BEST VOL. 60 Tracklisting

* Denotes Exclusive Track

Disc 1 – Singers

1. Play That Song (remix) – (feat. Agent Sasco) – Duane Stephenson

2. General – Christopher Martin

3. Only One – Beres Hammond

4. Girl Like You – Busy Signal

5. Breakfast In Bed – Tessanne Chin*

6. Million Reasons – Alaine

7. Change My Mind – Freddie McGregor

8. Lost My Heart – Kumar Bent*

9. Progress – Romain Virgo

10. Babylon Bridge – Emeterians (feat. Kymani Marley)

11. Better Tomorrow – Raging Fyah

12. Together We Stand – Richie Spice*

Disc 2 – Deejays

1. One Way – Vybz Kartel

2. Wileside Government – Jahvillani

3. Dutty Badmind – Alkaline

4. Clean Like Jesus – TeeJay

5. Glow – Romain Virgo & Christopher Martin

6. Something To Say – I-Octane

7. Life Short – Chronic Law

8. The Trophy – Shane-O

9. 1Option – Squash

10. Charge – Masicka (feat. Dunw3ll)

11. No Stress – Noah Powa (feat. Shams The Producer)*

12. Hold Back – Kes

13. Red Skirt – Munga Honorable

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Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records Boxed Set

Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records

The boxed set Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records is scheduled to be released October 25, 2019. The reggae and dancehall anthology includes 94-tracks. It is a multi-format limited edition (2,000 run) box with a 24-page booklet and art cards detailing the hits, the rarities, and the history of the world’s largest reggae label.

Down In Jamaica: 40 Years Of VP Records features 101 different artists. It tells the story in detail through a chronological survey of the key recordings that helped define the company, from early singles on obscure sublabels (Roots From The Yard, Jah Guidance, and Love) to the well-known VP Records brand that brought Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, and others into the international mainstream.

Compiled by DJ, writer, and VP Records Director of Catalog Development Carter Van Pelt, the set contains four 7-inch singles, four 12-inch singles, and four CDs, the first configuration of its kind for a box set package. The CDs include the chronology of hit songs, and the vinyl pieces bring back rare titles long out of print. The initial release is in the physical format only, with a digital release of the CD portion of the set on all streaming platforms in late November.

The singles format was the dominant vehicle for Jamaican music from its inception, and the collection tells the company’s story almost entirely from singles, taking its name from Red Fox and Naturalee’s 1989 hit.

“The goal is to tell the story of a continually owned and operated family business at the heart of the global growth of reggae, dancehall, and Caribbean music” said Van Pelt. “As a distributor and manufacturer, the company has brought some of reggae and dancehall’s most recognizable hits to the public over 40 years. This set ties that story together with some lost treasures in the form of vinyl rarities.”

Founded by Vincent and Patricia Chin as the US distribution arm of Randy’s Records from Kingston, Jamaica, Randy’s had been at the center of the Jamaican music industry since its inception. The VP chapter began in New York as reggae was on the verge of a major transition from Bob Marley’s era to the dancehall era of Yellowman, Chaka Demus, Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer.

Highlights from the set include Sean Paul & Sasha’s “I’m Still In Love With You,” Wayne Wonder’s “No Letting Go,” Beenie Man’s “Who Am I” and classics from Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs, and Dennis Brown and dozens of others. The vinyl selections include rare sides by Echo Minott, Freddie McKay, Junior Reid, Tenor Saw, and others, most available for the first time since their original pressings.

“We’re excited about the box set and the re-telling of our story,” said Randy Chin, President of VP Records, “It’s a great way to complete our 40th anniversary celebrations.”

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Joseph Tawadros Releases Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower

Joseph Tawadros -d Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower

Cairo-born Australian ud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros has a new album titled Betrayal of a Sacred Sunflower.

On this recording, Joseph Tawadros shifted from his customary high energy compositions. Betrayal of Sacred Sunflower is a more thoughtful and contemplative.

The majority of the musical pieces are minimalist and expansive, with long lasting notes giving the listener space to dream and to create their own images.

The album features ud, violin, piano, electric guitar, trombone and percussion.

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