Category Archives: New CDs

Lyra Virtuosa Kelly Thoma Releases As the winds die down


Kelly Thoma – Ama kopasoun oi kairo

Kelly Thoma, one of the finest performers of the Cretan lyra has a new album titled Ama kopasoun oi kairoi (As the winds die down).

Ama kopasoun oi kairoi includes original songs by Kelly Thoma featuring two of Crete’s most renowned singers, Vassilis Stavrakakis and Giorgis Manolakis. Lyrics by Mitsos Stavarkakis, Giorgos Dagalakis, Nikolaos Andreadakis and Kelly Thoma.

The musicians on the album include on Κelly Thoma on lyra, percussion; Vassilis Stavrakakis on vocals; Giorgis Manolakis on lauto, vocals; Giannis Papatzanis on percussion; Ross Daly on saz, percussion, tarhu.

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Brittany’s Astrakan Project Releases Inês

Astrakan Project – Inês

Astrakan Project has a new album titled Inês. Astrakan Project’s music was born somewhere between Brittany (West of France) and Istanbul. From their Celtic homeland, Yann Gourvil (strings, programming and loops) and Simone Alves (vocals) incorporate ancient songs and legends that they bring to life on stage, focusing mostly on mythological and tragic thoughtful themes.

The duo has been performing throughout Europe and beyond, including many tours in the UK, Germany, Belgium, and major festivals like FMM (Sines, Portugal), Makrocosm (Athens, Greece), Folk East (UK), Fling (UK) as well as tours in Kiev (Ukraine) in June 2015 & August 2016.

Astrakan Project has an earlier album titled Astrakan Project B.

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba to Release Miri in January 2019

Malian ngoni star Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni ba have a new album titled Miri, scheduled for release on January 25, 2019 on outhere records.

Miri is an album about affection, friendship, family and authentic values in times of crisis. Miri means dream or contemplation in bamana.


Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba – Miri

On Miri, Bassekou returns to his hometown, Garana, a small village at the banks of the Niger River. The instrumental song Miri captures that feeling.

Bassekou sits at the banks of the Niger far away from the noise, traffic jams and political mayhem of Bamako and thinks about life.

The international cast of guests includes Habib Koite, Afel Bocoum, Michael League, Dom Flemons, Abdoulaye Diabate, and Madera Limpia.

Bassekou Kouyate’s discography includes Segu Blue (Out Here Records, 2007), I Speak Fula (Out Here Records, 2009), Afrocubism (World Circuit Records, 2010), Jama Ko (Out Here Records, 2013) and Ba Power‘ (Glitterbeat Records, 2015)

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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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