Cologne, Germany – Mirto is the title of the new album by Italian artist Simona Barbera. Released by German label Heaven and Earth, Mirto is dedicated to the birthplace of her parents, Sicily.
Each of her songs is dedicated to a place on the Mediterranean island. The poetic sound of the names like Milena, Palermo, Carini, Tindari or Corleone is more important to her than geographic or historical facts. Mirto is also a town on Siciliy. But Simona Barbera was probably thinking more of Mirto – myrtle – a typical Sicilian plant with magical powers, which when laid on the navel with bread, bay leaf and olive oil eases emotional and bodily pain.
Los Angeles, USA – Indian singer Najma has returned after a long silence with a sensational album. Titled “Vivid,” it combines Najma’s unique vocals with rich harmonies, electronic beats and trance-like atmospheres. The album is available from Mondo Melodia/Ark 21.
London, UK – Fiebre, a new album by Spanish world fusion band, Radio Tarifa, will be out soon in the form of a live album. Recorded during their 2002 tour, it will showcase the group’s unique musicianship in a live setting. A great live attraction, Radio Tarifa will tour again this year.
Radio Tarifa is the brainchild of Faín Dueñas, a former electric guitarist who realized that playing Anglo-Saxon rock wasn’t leading him anywhere. Instead, he sought new paths and learned about other kinds of music from foreign and southern Spanish musicians. Currently, he has become an specialist in African and Arabic percussion, as well as in string instruments from the lute family such as the Turkish cümbüs, the guimbri, sentir, ud; and Flamenco guitar.
Paris, France – The Cape Verdean diva has recorded a new album for her new record company, BMG France. The new CD is titled Sao Vicente di Longe (Sao Vicente so Far Away). The album will be released the first week of April. It was recorded in Paris, Havana and Rio de Janeiro. Several high profile guests appear on the recording: Caetano Veloso, Bonnie Raitt and Orquesta Aragón.
A worldwide tour will follow after the release of the album.
Durham, USA – Following her first ever all-bluegrass release, The Grass Is Blue, Dolly Parton is back with another acoustic album focusing on her roots — Little Sparrow. Among the tracks is Dolly’s version of “Shine,” originally recorded by the rock group Collective Soul.
Dolly Parton’s The Grass Is Blue has won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Dolly’s version of Billy Joel’s “Travelin’ Prayer” was nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
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