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Reunion Islanders Release New CD

Paris, France – A new album from Reunion Island musicians Olivier Ker Ourio and Danyel Waro is ready for worldwide release. “Chemin de Kèr” is a mix of simple, exhilarating and emotional songs, many of them originally penned by Waro. They have been reinterpreted and given a jazz-world feel with the help of the harmonica, piano, chorus and percussion.

The album will be released on the 14th of May in the UK (Sterns) and in Belgium and Holland (Walboomers). Release will follow in the USA (Allegro). The pair will be in concert in France at the end of the year.

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The Rough Guide To The Music Of France

The Rough Guide to the Music of France
The Rough Guide to the Music of France
San Francisco, USA – The Rough guide collection travels to France this time. The music of France is incredibly diverse, with a plethora of styles such as chanson and bal musette being popular nationwide. Local regions within the country, some with their own languages, are preserving and developing their own musical traditions.

The arrival of migrants from all over the former French Empire, and elsewhere, during the last 100 years or so has added new sounds to this mix. The Rough Guide to the Music of France gives you a glimpse of the variety of instruments, vocal styles, influences and dialects, taking you on a musical Tour de France.

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Les Tambours de Brazza, 3rd CD

Les Tambours de Brazza  - Tandala</a Les Tambours de Brazza – TandalaTandala” across Europe on the 29th of April, release in Canada will be scheduled to coincide with their summer tour there. The French tour starts in May and will include festival dates at the Docks des Suds, Nuit d’Afrique and the Paléo Festival, dates have been scheduled through to July with more gigs to be confirmed. The group was brought together in 1991 by drummer, percussionist and author/composer, Emile Biyaenda who had been working in reggae, jazz and traditional music ensembles. Les Tambours fuse heritage with modernity: traditional instruments give the bass-guitar and congas a jazz-like resonance.

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Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition

Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition
Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition
San Francisco, USA – Rough Guide To Scottish Music 2nd Edition. This entirely new Rough Guide collection explores Scotland’s vibrant music scene. With a wonderfully rich and diverse heritage, Scottish music is constantly evolving while remaining deeply rooted in the past. Traditional instruments, such as the clàrsach and fiddle, are being embraced by a new generation eager to build on the skills of their forebears.

Focusing on what is clearly a living tradition, The Rough Guide To Scottish Music rounds up some of the key artists and talent in Scotland today.

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The Best of Battlefield Band

Battlefield Band - The Best of Battlefield Band
Battlefield Band – The Best of Battlefield Band
Boston, USA – Temple Records has released The Best of Battlefield Band, which is now available.

Battlefield Band has been touring the world for 33 years, and in that time has released 20 albums on the Temple Records label. This compilation disc contains 19 tracks, taken from 18 of those albums.

During the band’s time together there have been many line-up changes, and this gives the listener the opportunity to catch up with many of the musicians who have been a part of and still are a part of Battlefield Band – Alan Reid, Brian McNeill, Jamie McMenemy; John Gahagan; Pat Kilbride; Duncan MacGillivray; Sylvia Barnes; Jim Barnes; Ged Foley; Dougie Pincock; Alistair Russell; John McCusker; Iain MacDonald; Davy Steele; Mike Katz & Karine Polwart

Battlefield Band recordings available:

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Magic of the Persian Mystics

Zohreh Jooya and Madjid Derakhshani - Music of the Persian Mystics
Zohreh Jooya and Madjid Derakhshani – Music of the Persian Mystics
London, England – Music of the Persian Mystics (ARC Music) is the title of the new album by Zohreh Jooya and Madjid Derakhshani.

This album, composed by Madjid Derakhshani and sung by Zohreh Jooya, is based on poems of the Persian mystics Mevlana Rumi, Hafiz and Saadi. It is a blend of classical Persian music with the sounds of today; an unconventional combination of Oriental and European instruments.

Zohreh Jooya, raised in the holy city of Mashad in Iran, received a classical music education at the Academy of Music, Vienna and then earned a masters degree in opera at the “Conservatoire of the City of Vienna”. She currently pursues a singing career in both Oriental and European cultures with opera performances throughout Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

Madjid Derakhshani is considered one of the best tar players in Iran with the respectful title “Ostad”, meaning a master who can give the best performance on a classical instrument. His teacher on setar and tar was the legendary Mohamad Reza Lotfi. He has also recorded with the most famous Iranian singer Mohammadreza Shajarian.

In addition to the poems by Hafiz, Saadi and Mowlana Rumi there is also one from Shafii Katkany – added as an example of modern Iranian poetry to set a counterpoint of modern reality to the old mystics.

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Inti illimani Presents New Studio CD

Inti-Illimani - Lugares Comunes
Inti-Illimani – Lugares Comunes
Danbury, USA – The first studio album by Inti-Illimani in over five years with be out Coming out April 22. With Lugares Comunes, on Xenophile Records, the legendary Chilean ensemble celebrates its 35th year. The last year has seen the addition of three young new members, bringing renewed vigor and creativity to the band which is still going strong.

Inti-Illimani has been touring the United States in April and will be in Canada in May:

May 2 in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada at the Centennial Theatre

May 3 & 4 in Montreal, at the Salle Pierre Mercure

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The Emperor’s New Pipa

Pipa: From a Distance
Pipa: From a Distance
Franklin, USA – Naxos World released this week Pipa: From a Distance, presenting the wide musical range of the Chinese stringed instrument. The CD features traditional pieces as well as new melodies by pipa virtuoso Wu Man, well-known for her previous work with world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.

On this new release, Wu Man gives listeners an extensive introduction to the pipa and its versatility. Wu Man has earned respect and acclaim for her performances and recordings since the early 1990s. She has worked with many well-known artists in several genres, including composers Philip Glass, Bright Sheng, and Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), along with avant-garde musician and producer Brian Eno. She credits these collaborations as having given her the versatility needed to record this new improvisational album, about which she explains, “I wanted to see how far the pipa could go, and how diverse my musical style could be. That is why I made this album.”

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Sara González with Intimate Songs CD

(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Cuban singer and composer Sara González is working on a new CD and plans to start recording in May and includes a selection of the best moments of outstanding authors and singers of the 20th Century in Cuba. Entitled Canciones Intimas, the album will offer songs by Maria Teresa Vera, Ernestina Lecuona, Isolina Carrillo, Rita del Prado, Miriam Ramos, Teresita Fernandez and Liuba Maria Hevia and others. The album will be produced by the Bis Music label. Gonzalez told Cumbancha she is very excited about the project, and working intensely on the preliminary phase. Among her immediate plans is a tour in the Dominican Republic, on the occasion of the International Book Fair dedicated to Cuba in May.

Sara González has shared the stage with Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes, Augusto Blanca, Joan Manuel Serrat, Chico Buarque, Mercedes Sosa, Soledad Bravo, Daniel Viglietti, Pete Seeger, Roy Brown, Pedro Guerra, Beth Carvalho, Liuba María Hevia, Anabell Lopez, Marta Campos and Heidi Igualada. She was a founder of the Nueva Trova Movement and one of its main exponents.

She also was a member of the Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora (GES) del ICAIC, led by Leo Brouwer, where she studied Composition, Harmony and Orchestration. She has produced music for films, television and radio, besides taking part in several collective albums with other figures of the Nueva Trova Movement and the GES.

Her discography includes titles such as: Versos sencillos de Jose Marti (1975); Cuatro Cosas (1982); Con un Poco de Amor (1987); Con Apuros y Paciencia (1991); Si Yo Fuera Mayo (1996) and Mirame (1999).

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The Rough Guide to Ska

 The Rough Guide to Ska
The Rough Guide to Ska
San Francisco, USA – A source and inspiration for the future reggae explosion, ska developed in Jamaica in the early 1960s, helped by one of the pioneering producers of the time, Vincent ‘Randy’ Chin. The Rough Guide to Ska collects twenty cuts from those early days, a dozen of which are reissued for the first time in over thirty-five years.

Included are some of the great names associated with Jamaican music, such as the Skatalites and the Maytals.

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