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.
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.
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.
‘İstikrarlı Hayal Hakikattir’ is the title of the second Glitterbeat album from Gaye Su Akyol, the celebrated singer-songwriter from Istanbul. Her music is a mix of Turkish roots, retro twang and rock.
Gaye Su Akyol will be performing songs from her new album at WOMAD Charlton Park festival, on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 3:00pm, in the Big Red Tent.
Gaye is also part of the WOMEX 2018 Official Showcase Selection and will be performing on Saturday, October, 27 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
American roots band Punch Brothers has released All Ashore. The album includes nine original songs written by the band.
In celebration of the release, Punch Brothers are on a thirty-eight-city United States tour that began at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in June and continues through September 17 at Red Rocks; additional stops include Nashville, Boston, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Orleans.
On September 14, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will release its sixth Shanachie Entertainment recording, Freedom, a collection of freedom songs from South Africa and beyond, marking the Centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
Soweto Gospel Choir Music Director Diniloxolo Ndlakuse said, “The significance of Nelson Mandela’s 100th commemoration to South Africans is, firstly and foremost a reminder of the role played by Nelson Mandela in moving South Africa from a position of being an undemocratic, oppressive society to one of a peaceful co-existence for all racial groups. Mandela represents love, peace, forgiveness and strength to the choir. He is a symbol of inspiration to the Choir.”
Soweto Gospel Choir sings in six of South Africa’s eleven official languages on Freedom but mostly in Zulu or Sotho, as well as English. The Choir’s first single is “Umbombela,” which means “train song,” is a composition that speaks of the travails experienced by black South Africans during the apartheid era, when migrant workers were forced to travel long distances away from their families in order to meet the harsh economic and political demands made by the government.
On October 4, 2018 Soweto Gospel Choir will start a US tour.
Flamenco vocalist and guitarist Diego Guerrero has released “La Cara B.” The live EP showcases the talent of this young musician, producer and composer who combines flamenco with salsa, jazz and other musical forms.
Thursday, May 31 at Las Armas in Zaragoza
Friday, June 1st at Café del Teatre in Lérida
Saturday, June 2 at Café Berlin in Madrid
Thursday, June 14 at Girona Jazz Festival
Portuguese guitar maestro Henrique Borges has a new album titled “Incursão” (Incursion). The recording features Henrique Borges on Portuguese guitar; Vânia Moreira on cello, Pedro Santos on accordion, Luís Teixeira on bass; Graciano Caldeira on classical guitar; and Maria João Sousa and Beatriz Jane on vocals.
The “Incursão” CD is an integral part of an artistic project that harmonizes three distinct areas: music, video and photography.
The album Incursão and the book (Urbex | Incursão) can be purchased at www.henriqueborges.pt and record stores.
Luar Na Lubre, one of the most veteran Galician folk music groups has a new album titled “Ribeira Sacra” (Warner Music, 2018). The Spanish band dedicates the album to the Ribeira Sacra, a scenic Spanish wine-producing region with terraced vineyards in the provinces of Lugo and Oorense.
The current libeup includes Bieito Romero on gaitas, accordion and zanfona; Belém Tajes on vocals; Antía Ameixeiras on fiddle; Patxi Bermúdez on bodhran, drums and jembé; Pedro Valero on acoustic guitar; Xavier Ferreiro on Latin percussion; and Xan Cerqueiro on flutres.
Guests include Víctor Manuel, SES, la Coral de Ruada, Félix and Castor Castro Vicente, Astarot, Nani García, and Marisa Valle Roso.