African American multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons will release his new album titled Black Cowboys on March 23, 2018 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
The album includes songs and poems connected with the thousands of African American pioneers who helped form the United States of America. The physical edition contains a 40-page booklet with wide-ranging notes and photos.
To celebrate their upcoming sold-out residency at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Irish music superband The Gloaming plans to release Live at the NCH, a live album recorded at the venue that has become their home from home. The album will be available on March 2, 2018 on CD, LP and digital formats.
To put Live at the NCH together Thomas Bartlett, the band’s producer and pianist Thomas Bartlett, reviewed two years of performances and chose six tracks: ‘The Booley House’, ‘Cucanandy’, ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’, ‘The Pilgrim’s Song’, ‘The Rolling Wave’ and ‘Fáinleog’.
These performances are extended and wander in unexpected new directions, incorporating new tunes and rearranging old ones. The Gloaming is Iarla Ó Lionáird (vocals), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (hardanger d’amore), Dennis Cahill (guitar), Martin Hayes (fiddle) and Thomas Bartlett (piano).
Mehmet Polat has announced the release of a new ud album titled Ageless Garden. “‘Music has been the best language with which to express my inner world for more than 30 years. And for the last 20 years, ud has been the main instrument on this journey. I composed these ten compositions during different phases of my life as a migrant musician. And I play them on this album through the lens of my vision of today.’
Guest musicians on the album include Alper Kekec (Turkey) on darbuka, daf and frame drums; Pasha Karami (Iran) on tombak; Shaho Andalibi (Iran) on ney; Yama Sarshar (Afghanistan) on tabla; and Zoumana Diarra (Mali) on kora.
Mehmet Polat will present the new album on February 21st, 2018 at 20.30 in Podium Mozaiek, Amsterdam.
Helsinki-based band Okra Playground is set to release a new album in March 2018 titled Ääneni Yli Vesien. The group combines traditional Finnish musical instruments with modern instruments and soundscapes.
Acclaimed Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Germany’s NDR Bigband are set to release Es:sensual on January 18. This is the international release of this album that previously available only in Germany.
Es:sensual is a continuation of pianist and composer Omar Sosa’s collaboration with Hamburg’s NDR Bigband (North German Radio-Norddeutscher Rundfunk) and renowned Brazilian cellist, composer and arranger Jaques Morelenbaum, whose inaugural effort can be heard on the Omar Sosa-NDR Bigband CD Ceremony (Otá, 2010).
Overdubbed (Echo Beach, 2018) is the new album by dub masters Sly & Robbie and Dubmatix. The album is scheduled for release January 19th, 2018. The recording will be available in 12″ Vinyl, CD, and digital formats.
Viajando Com O Som, The Lost ’76 Vice-Versa Studio Session by groundbreaking Brazilian multi-instrumentalist and composer Hermeto Pascoal will be available later this year.
Viajando Com O was recorded in just two days at Vice Versa Studios in Sao Paulo in 1976. The band included Zé Eduardo Nazario, Zeca Assumpção, Lelo Nazario, Mauro Senise, Raul Mascarenhas, Nivaldo Ornelas, Toninho Horta and Aleuda Chaves.
The audio and video were recorded during Fairport Convention’s 35th Anniversary Tour at The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke in England on February 23, 2002.
The lineup includes Simon Nicol on acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals; Dave Pegg on bass and vocals; Gerry Conway on drums and percussion; Chris Leslie on mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki and vocals; and Ric Sanders on violin.