Category Archives: New CDs

Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe Releases Homage to the fallen of the 1976 Soweto Uprising

Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe – June 16, 1976

African artist Mazambane neNqotho Zakhe has a new album titled June 16, 1976 (Umsakazo Records), featuring a inspiring tribute to the fallen of the 1976 Soweto Uprising.

With his ultra-baritone rasps, squeezed vocal phrases and distinguishing tribal marks, the great Mazambane carved out a significant place in history as one of South Africa’s most popular and recognizable vocal stars during the era of Mbaqanga township jive.

A familiar name to township audiences through the 1970s and well into the 1980s, he followed in the footsteps of Mahlathini, the first hugely successful ‘groaner’. Now in his 70s, Mazambane is the lone survivor of the era when groaners walked the African townships as heroes. But the changing times haven’t stopped him from creating excellent music.

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Tsuumi Sound System To Release Blinking Light

Tsuumi Sound System

Finnish world music band Tsuumi Sound System is set to release its new album Blinking Light on December 25, 2018.

Blinking Light is the band’s fourth album. Tsuumi Sound System combines Finnish folk traditions with classical music, jazz, Balkan and Celtic influences.

Earlier recordings include Floating Letter, Hotas, and Growing Up.

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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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Cape Verdean Music Star Lura Releases New EP Alguem di Alguem

Portuguese-Cape Verdean vocalist Lura has a new EP titled “Alguem di Alguem.” The recording features funaná, a vigorous, cheerful dance rhythm, as well as a duet with Gaël Faye. It’s a cover of the Teofilo Chantre song “Crepuscular Solidão”, a tribute to Cesaria Evora that the two artists performed for the first time in public at the 2018 Sakifo Festival on Reunion Island.

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Appleseed Recordings Celebrates 21 Anniversary with ‘Roots and Branches’ Set

Appleseed Recordings is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a monumental 57-song compilation that illustrates some of the most important matters of our time: gun violence, the opioid epidemic, dark money in politics, criminal justice reform, weaponized misinformation, injustice at the U.S. southern border and much more.

The 3-CD Roots and Branches features contributions from singer-songwriters, blues and rock musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Tom Morello, Donovan, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, Roger McGuinn, Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Tim Robbins, John Wesley Harding, Tom Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Jesse Winchester, Pete Seeger and Jackson Browne.

Since its foundation in 1997, Appleseed has lent its voice to significant issue: protesting Apartheid in South Africa and the Iraq War, fighting for peace in Northern Ireland and marriage equality in the United States and much more. As Tom Morello says in the album’s liner notes, “a musician’s responsibility is a simple one, and that is, through your music, to tell the truth.”

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Lusafrica Announces New Logo and Sublabel The Garden

Blinky Bill

Lusafrica, the seminal record company founded by José da Silva that introduced Cape Verdean and other lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) artists to worldwide audiences, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The label has a new logo and also a new sublabel called The Garden that will introduce emerging world music artists. The first act on The Garden is Blinky Bill, from Nairobi, Kenya. He’s a musician, electronic music experimentalist, DJ and producer.

Blinky Bill’s album “Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales” is scheduled for release October 19th, 2018.

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The Music of Southern and Northern Laos

The Akuphone label has put together a collection of recordings of several musical styles from the Laotian provinces of Champasak, Attapeu, Sekong, Saravan, Luang Namtha and Phongsaly in the compilation titled The Music of Southern and Northern Laos.

These recording feature the traditional music of South Laos minority groups. Popular modern music is widely spread but visitors are barely ever exposed to ancient acoustic practices from villages.
Mouth organs of various sizes exist among the Hmong and Bit as well as remarkable vocal techniques among the Lantene, Ahka, or Khmu who combine simultaneous singing and flute notes.

This collection also includes the Brao gongs, the Triang bamboo flutes, the Lao, Ta Oy, Alak, OI, Pacoh, or Nyaheun mouth organs as well as the powerful singing accompanying these instruments.
These performances were collected between 2006 and 2013 by Laurent Jeanneau, aka Kink Gong. A self-taught ethnologist, Laurent Jeanneau has gradually become one of the specialists of the field, building up a comprehensive sound archive.

The CD version gathers both Music of Southern Laos and Music of Northern Laos in a single disc. It contains liner notes in English, French, and Japanese and a download code.

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The Earls of Leicester to Release Live at the CMA Theater in September 2018

The award-winning sextet, The Earls of Leicester, is set to release an album titled Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Recorded during two nights, the 23-song set, features 14 new performances, and fan favorites from their two previous studio albums. The release date is September 28th, 2018.

The Earls of Leicester includes Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Barry Bales, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, and Jeff White.The ensemble’s previous albums include Earls Of Leicester (ganador del Grammy al mejor album de bluegrass) and Rattle & Roar.

Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame will be available in both CD and vinyl.

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