Category Archives: New CDs

Bakalina Velika Releases Prvi krajec

Bakalina Velika – Prvi krajec

Prvi krajec is the new album of Slovenian act Bakalina Velika. Bakalina was initially a duo featuring singer-songwriter, farmer and poet Jani Kutin and accordionist Renata Lapanja.

The new album is a gathering of a much larger musical family. It is a musical adventure that takes the listener away from the hidden corners of ancient caves to the Tolmin peaks and features experimental textures and diverse sounds and instrumentation combined reflectively with Jani’s stories.

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Olah Gypsy Maestros Romano Drom to Release Give Me Wine

Romano Drom

Acclaimed Hungarian Gypsy band Romano Drom is set to release its new album, Give Me Wine, on May 31, 2019 through Riverboat Records.

Romano Drom means ‘gypsy road’ in the Romani language, and since the band’s creation in 1999, the band has traveled worldwide with its distinctive form of gypsy roots music. Led by Antal Kovács who co-founded the group with his late father, the album features recreations of ancient gypsy songs with new compositions, ranging from drinking songs and dances, to stories of love and hardship.

Singing in their Romani mother tongue, the band’s music is characterized by liveliness and vocal jousts and interplay.

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Mara Aranda Releases Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía

Mara Aranda – Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía

Spanish singer Mara Aranda has released “Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía” , the second volume of a pentalogy titled “Diaspora”, dedicated to the Judeo-Spanish traditions of Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia. The first album of the series “Sefarad en el corazón de Marruecos” was awarded “Best of Europe 2017” by the Transglobal World Music Chart.

Sefarad en el corazón de Turquía” (Sefarad in the Heart of Turkey) reflects the common past of the cultures on the Iberian peninsula that traveled with the exiled communities to their new destinations, and now, with “Diaspora”, they return to their origin.

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Angelique Kidjo to Release Celia Cruz Tribute Album

Angelique Kidjo – Celia

African music star Angelique Kidjo is set to release her new album Celia (Verve/Universal Music France) on April 19, 2019. The new recording reimagines and celebrates “The Queen of Salsa,” Cuban artist Celia Cruz. Guests on the album include Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen on drums, Meshell Ndegeocello on bass, Sons Of Kemet, and Gangbé Brass Band.

Angelique Kidjo is currently touring the United States, presenting songs from her 2018 album Remain In Light, which reconceptualized the music of influential rock band Talking Heads.

She will be at the Savannah Music Festival on April 6th, 2019 and at Carolina Theatre in Durham, North Carolina on April 8th. Other tour dates include:

April 11
Ulster Performing Arts Center
Kingston, NY

April 12
McCarter Theatre Center
Princeton, NJ

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Mahoran Musician M’Toro Chamou to Release Sika Mila

M’Toro Chamou – Sika Mila

M’Toro Chamou, a vocalist and guitarist from Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, has a new album titled Sika Mila (Le Cri de l’Océan Indien).

Sika Mila means preserve your culture and is scheduled for release on April 26, 2019. The album showcases Mahoran culture on an island experiencing a transformation ever since it became the 101st department of France in 2011.

To M’Toro Chamou, appreciating his culture, his roots, and identity is a necessity that must not be lost to the detriment of a culture that is not his own, or else fall into oblivion.

Sika Mila contains ten tracks that include traditional percussion from Mayotte, such as the taris and the n’goma, along with electric guitars, banjo and the harmonica.

M’Toro Chamou released Punk Islands in 2016.

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Kronos Quartet to Release an Album with Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat

American chamber music ensemble Kronos Quartet has recorded an album titled Placeless (Kirkelig Kulturverksted) with Iranian artists Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat.

This recording is a milestone for us,” says Mahsa Vahdat. “The wonderful musicians in Kronos Quartet have given our music new dimensions. By performing poems from Persia’s classical era, we have been coming closer to finding an organic connection between what we express in our art and the way we live.”

Kronos’ artistic director, founder and violinist David Harrington adds “We’re always trying to learn as much as we can, and now, recording with Mahsa and Marjan, we sometimes are able to make sounds we have never before heard from our instruments.”

The release date is March 1, 2019.

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Strut to Release Nigeria 70 No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987 Compilation


Various Artists – No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987

Strut Records will release another volume of its Nigeria 70 series titled No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987 on March 29, 2019. Compiled by DJ Duncan Brooker, this collection returns to a highly productive era in Nigerian music when well-known styles like highlife and juju were combined with Western jazz, soul and funk, and musicians conveyed a proud new message post-independence.

The producer highlights the extraordinary Ukwuani musicians from the Delta State region, including guitarist Rogana Ottah, Steady Arobby’s International Brothers Band and Don Bruce.

In addition, No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & JuJu 1973-1987 reveals the tight connection between Nigeria and Benin’s music, most prominently through Sir Victor Uwaifo and Osayamore Joseph.

Other artists Prince Nico Mbarga, the Nigerian-Cameroonian star; reggae singer Felixson Ngasia; Etubom Rex Williams;  and Jacob Lee’s Saxon Lee & The Shadows International Band.

Nigeria 70: No Wahala will be available on CD, 2LP and digital.

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The Rough Guide to the Music of Eastern Europe Out in February 2019

Various Artists – The Rough Guide to the Music of Eastern Europe

The latest edition of The Rough Guide to the Music of Eastern Europe will be released February 22, 2019.

The compilation includes Polish act Chłopcy Kontra Basia, Serbia’s Boris Kovač, Hungary’s Söndörgő, Croatian ensemble Kries,  Serbian/English duo Faith i Branko,  Hungarian gypsy band Romano Drom, Bulgarian artists Eugenia Georgieva and vocal ensemble Perunika Trio, Romania’s  Shukar Collective,  the Klezmer sounds of Don Kipper and She’Koyokh, and Bela Lakatos & The Gypsy Youth Project.

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