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.
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.”
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.
Live at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame will be available in both CD and vinyl.
‘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.
The Turkish artist’s previous album was ‘Hologram Ĭmparatorluğu’ released in 2016.
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
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Congolese band Les Tambours de Brazza is set to release its new album Kongo (Buda Musique ) on June 1st, 2018. The master drummers continue to perform with their impressive ngoma drums.
The group has added some changes: vocal and drum call and response and more modern instruments: guitar, electric bass, and drums.