French Band Ziline Presents New Recordings

Paris, France – French world music band has a new album available titled Ziline. The group’s official website allows the listener to download and listen to samples from the album on MP3 format.

Ziline is a world-music band from southern France. The group’s current line-up is: Pascal Buffin: composer, bass, sitar and programming; Jean-Claude Garcin: drums, percussion and background vocals; Victoria Faccioli: lead vocals and background vocals; and Stephane Mas: keyboards, background.


Japan for Sale

Japan for Sale, Volume 3
Japan for Sale, Volume 3
Various Artists

Japan for Sale, Volume 3 (Sony Music, 2003)

The Japan for Sale series showcases various current music styles produced in Japan. Most of the music on this album is too poppy for me, but there are some interesting discoveries among the bubble gum pop and post punk material.

The first great discovery is Goku, who combines jazz riffs with great electronic grooves and rapping. DJ Krush mixes electronic beats and scratching with sampled voices.

Loop Junktion creates a great concoction of funky jazz grooves with hip hop. And Kyoto Jazz Massive has developed a hybrid sound that combines exciting electronic beats with funk jazz.


A Reggae Great Gets His Due

Jackie Mittoo – Champion In The Arena 1976-1977
Jackie Mittoo

Champion In The Arena 1976-1977 (Blood and Fire BAFCD 042, 2003)

Jackie Mittoo is hardly the first name that comes to mind when you think of reggae, but the importance of the man in the history of Jamaican music cannot be overstated. A piano whiz from a very young age, he was in his mid-teens when he became the musical director at Clement Dodd’s famed Studio One in 1963.

His unmatched skills as a keyboard player and arranger, as well as his ability to turn bare-bones ideas into fully developed songs, led to his being a founding member of the legendary Skatalites as well. When the original Skatalites disbanded in 1965, Mittoo continued as an essential part of Studio One’s house band, playing with and providing guidance for some of the brightest stars in reggae.

From the late ’60s on, he divided his time between Canada (where he made his name recording easy listening music, of all things), Jamaica and England, eventually branching out into producing works by such artists as Musical Youth. But it was as a keyboard player that his brilliance was most evident, whether jamming in a smoky Kingston studio or a boozy British pub.
Champion in the Arena 1976-1977 collects tracks cut in Jamaica for producer Bunny Lee, and though it’s firmly within the realm of instrumental reggae with touches of dub, the versatility of Mittoo’s playing is evident throughout.

Over a foundation of riddims played by the likes of Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespeare (bass) and Chinna Smith (guitar), Mittoo lays out intricate solos, organ sweeps suggestive of gospel and soul music, murky riffing that accentuates the steadfast reggae pulse and cool jazz-like passages.

It’s atmospheric, rawly ambient beautiful stuff, and it grooves like nobody’s business. Jackie Mittoo’s death at the age of 42 was a tremendous loss to reggae, and the consistently excellent Blood and Fire reissue label has done lovers of the classic Jamaican style a great service with this crucial release.

Buy Champion In The Arena 1976-1977


British Tradition

Kate Rusby - Underneath The Stars
Kate Rusby – Underneath The Stars
Kate Rusby

Underneath The Stars (Pure Records. PRcD012, 2003)

British folk/traditional music doesn’t come much better than at the hands of Rusby and her crew of excellent musicians. The last CD celebrated her career to date and this new one sees her consolidating her place in the music. She revives songs from the tradition whilst developing her own songwriting skills. So we hear her once again putting superb tunes to the words of some well, and lesser, known lyrics. And as ever she is surrounded by arrangements that include fiddles, accordions, whistles and guitars.

The Good Man, which opens the CD tells a tale of wifely deception and a puzzled husband while lost love and press-ganging come together in Cruel. On Let Me Be, a girl wishes that men would leave her alone, except of course the man she wants who is ignoring her ! The course of true love and all that.One of the most beautiful melodies on a CD that’s overflowing with them has to be The White Cockade, another well known story of a young girl’s separation from her love who’s gone to serve the King. She delivers it flawlessly with some excellent accompaniment from John McCusker’s cittern in particular.

There are also a couple of collaborations. For example she mixes a Phil Cunningham tune with parts of a song from Newcastle, The Waters Of The Tyne, re-working the words in her own style. Bring Me A Boat is the result of this meeting and features a subtle brass quartet along with some fine nyckleharpa. There are several self-penned songs too which draw on the tradition and also her own life, as in the autobiographical, ‘Falling’.

Let’s face it, Rusby and band cannot put a foot wrong in their interpretation of British traditional music and the more contemporary material. Long may it continue.


Tango Siempre’s Nocturno

Tango Siempre

Nocturno (ARC Music, 2003)

Tango Siempre’s Nocturno, found on ARC Music, is ripe with all the sharp twists and turns and gentle caresses of the tango itself. Lush and sexy, Nocturno is the musical incantation of Pete Rosser on accordion/bandoneón, Ros Stephen on violin, Kylie Davies on double bass and Johnathan Taylor on piano. These four musicians extract the juice from every piece on this enchanting CD.

Tango fans are sure to enjoy “Silueta Porteña,” “Nocturno Tango” and “Invierno Porteña.” The classical and contemporary study of these fine musicians shines through on such pieces as “La Ultima Curda” and “Basslineloss.” “Pa’que Te Oigan, Bandoneon” speaks of the virtuosity and power of their extraordinary musicianship.

Tango Siempre’s Nocturno penetrates the soul and calls out the inner dancer.


TJ Nelson is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing Athena’s Shadow
<>. Set in Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena’s Shadow follows the adventures of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long forgotten family mystery. Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of little help in her quest. Along with her best friends, an attractive Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931. Traversing the line between the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to uncover Athena’s true crime.


Putumayo’s American Blues

Putumayo presents... American Blues
Putumayo presents… American Blues
New York, USA – Putumayo continues its series dedicated to blues music with American Blues. The United States Congress has designated 2003 as the Year of the Blues and both PBS (Public Broadcasting System) and NPR (National Public Radio) are producing series that will bring a much greater profile to the blues this fall.

With American Blues, which will be released on August 26, 2003, Putumayo continues its series of blues and blues-influenced albums that began in 1999 with Mali to Memphis: An African-American Odyssey.

American Blues is a collection of some of our favorite blues tracks by legends and rising stars that are helping to keep the blues alive and thriving.

The artists on this compilation have remained true to the roots of the blues, be those the acoustic guitar sounds of the Mississippi Delta, the urban electric drive of Chicago, or the swamp boogie of Louisiana. While they may have developed their own unique voices and approaches, they have made it their mission to respect the fundamental sound, structure and soul of the blues.


Box of the Blues

Box of the Blues
Box of the Blues
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA – Box of the Blues brings together 60 of the best songs in the Rounder Records blues catalog, offering a highly entertaining and varied listening experience that spans 50 years of blues history.

From Mississippi Delta originators, to well-known blues entertainers, to young blues innovators, to
many of the great names in soul music, here are performances both classic and obscure, all selected to represent the best that blues has to offer. Includes eight tracks never before released on CD. Compiled by Scott Billington.

1 61 Highway ( Mississippi Fred McDowell ) 03:10
2 See See Rider ( Babe Stovall, Herb Quinn ) 02:53
3 I Could Hear My Name Ringin’ ( Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Slim ) 03:32
4 Cheating and Lying Blues ( Robert Nighthawk ) 04:58
5 Lonesome Whistle ( Robert Jr. Lockwood & Johnny Shines ) 03:40
6 Broken Hearted Blues ( Etta Baker ) 04:50
7 I’m Gonna Make You Happy ( Buster Brown ) 03:33
8 Dooleyville Blues ( Boogie Bill Webb ) 02:06
9 One Kind Favor ( John Cephas & Phil Wiggins ) 02:53
10 Blues For Martin Luther King ( Otis Spann ) 03:40
11 Wind Howlin’ Blues ( David “Honeyboy” Edwards ) 03:15
12 Dying Crapshooter’s Blues ( Blind Willie McTell ) 03:07
13 Screamin’ And Cryin’ ( Big Joe Williams ) 03:15
14 Candy Man Blues ( Mississippi John Hurt ) 02:55
15 The Red Cross Store ( Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee ) 03:24

1 One More Mile ( Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown ) 04:14
2 My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble ( Carey Bell ) 04:49
3 Give Me Flowers While I’m Livin’ ( Champion Jack Dupree ) 05:52
4 Cool Blues Walk ( Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater ) 05:36
5 Port Arthur Blues ( Phillip Walker ) 04:34
6 Nobody But You ( Johnny Copeland ) 03:47
7 Jukin’ ( Willie Cobbs ) 06:22
8 Johnny’s Jump ( Johnny Young ) 02:19
9 Goin’ Out West (Part 1 and Part 2) ( Larry Davis ) 05:56
10 Walking By Myself ( Jimmy Rogers ) 03:05
11 Blues And My Guitar ( Lowell Fulson ) 04:49
12 Eighteen Year Old Girl ( J.B. Hutto & the New Hawks ) 04:17
13 I’m From Mississippi ( Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson ) 04:52
14 This is the Blues ( Lonesome Sundown & Phillip Walker ) 02:39
15 The Man from Mars ( Smokey Wilson ) 05:42

1 Change in My Pocket ( Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets featuring Sam Myers )
2 Blue House ( Marcia Ball ) 03:24
3 Meanest Woman ( Geoff Muldaur ) 03:47
4 Make Some Changes ( Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones ) 03:46
5 Down South Blues ( Tarbox Ramblers ) 04:03
6 How Long ( Chris Duarte Group ) 05:19
7 I’m the Toughest Girl Alive ( Candye Kane ) 03:07
8 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning ( Corey Harris ) 02:52
9 Frankie And Albert ( Rory Block ) 02:25
10 What That Means to Me ( Duke Robillard & the Pleasure Kings ) 02:48
11 Let Me Live ( Roomful Of Blues ) 03:50
12 Lovin’ Someone Else ( Little Jimmy King & the Memphis Soul Survivors ) 05:53
13 John Hardy ( George Thorogood ) 03:18
14 One Night Affair ( Smokin’ Joe Kubek featuring Bnois King ) 05:37
15 Shifting Sand ( Michelle Willson ) 04:42
1 Good Day For The Blues ( Ruth Brown ) 04:36
2 Outskirts of Town ( Wilson Pickett ) 03:24
3 Live And Let Live ( Bobby King & Terry Evans ) 04:41
4 Roadblock ( Johnny Adams ) 04:51
5 I Can Take You To Heaven Tonight ( Otis Clay ) 04:32
6 Got To Get Myself Some Money ( Solomon Burke ) 04:58
7 Nowhere To Hide ( Paul Kelly ) 03:28
8 What Can I Do (Somebody Tell Me) ( Little Buster & the Soul Brothers ) 03:56
9 Two Wrongs ( Theryl “Houseman” de’Clouet ) 03:51
10 I Stepped In Quicksand ( Charles Brown ) 05:26
11 Ain’t No Business Like Your Business ( Ann Peebles ) 04:00
12 Promised Land ( Holmes Brothers ) 03:33
13 You Don’t Know Nothin’ About Love ( Irma Thomas and Tracy Nelson ) 04:44
14 Bring It Home Daddy ( Ted Hawkins ) 03:08
15 Out Of The Dark ( Walter “Wolfman” Washington ) 05:55

Box of the Blues


North Indian Hawaiian Guitarist Tours Malaysia

Jaywant Naidu, a North Indian music Hawaiian guitarist from Hyderabad, has returned from his visit to Malaysia. He was invited to the country by Penang Ytl Arts Festival. Jaywant performed in the first week of June 2003 in a musical feature, Harmony, a unique musical evening playing on his Hawaiian guitar. The musical event was produced by Actors Studio at The Actors Studio, Greenhall. Jaywant presented several recitals in India and interacted with international groups under the aegis of Alliance Francaise,
etc. and has an expansive musical perspective. His recital in the Hindustani style played on a modified Hawaiian guitar was very much within the
grasp of both the Malaysian and international audience, the city being a popular
tourist attraction.

The Hawaiian guitar is modified minimally to suit the North Indian style,
added with 19 strings to produce a rich resonance and sounds like a Chitra Veena
or Gottu of South Indian origin. Played with the right hand holding the striker
and the left hand holding a narrow steel bar, the artist produces the Hindustani
Raga gliding the bar on the three main strings, striking them with the striker in the right hand.

Jaywant played a fine blend of the pure classical and light classical so as to be within the reach of the audience and was much appreciated for the sheer melody and the characteristic Indian style, which has a fine mix of melody and rhythm. His Jod and Jhala were particularly applauded. Maru Behag, Malkauns and Bagesri were the
melodies which Jaywant played. These were all instantly pleasing Ragas and there was no need for the audience to occupy themselves with any hard to understand but to enjoy tonic based melody and
swaying to the rhythm-based hand work. Jaywant also played at Kuala Lumpur and
received a good response, with more Indian audiences, apart from the Native
Malaysians, Chinese and other foreigners.

Jaywant spoke of his experiences describing the seaside beauty of Penang and
the modern city of Kuala Lumpur. Artist website is at


FFynnon’s Celtic Music From Wales


FFynnon, Celtic Music of Wales (Green Linnet GLCD1221, 2003)

Somewhere in the mid 90s I became a traitor to my Celtic heritage – I got sick and tired of Celtic music.  I know, I know.  Shame on me.  All those over-produced, sappy renditions of traditional folk tunes started to sound the same to me and I quit listening.  So when I got handed a Celtic CD to review, I eyed it with dread. 

Thankfully I can admit that Ffynnon’s Celtic Music From Wales on the Green Linnet label was pleasant surprise.  Ffynnon is comprised of Lynne Denman on vocals and bodhrán; Stacey Blythe on keyboard, accordion and vocals; and David Reed on six-string bass guitar, keyboard and vocals. 

The CD varies from sweet to sultry and doesn’t cover up the group’s sound with over production. The spare instrumentation of this CD allows the vocals to blossom. The sometimes bright keyboard work, coupled with bodhrán and accordion, offers that familiar Celtic mystery without lapsing into the cliché, with the chunky play of the six-string bass guitar lending a moody element to the mix.

Tracks like “Felton Lonnin” and “Ty Crwn” are chock full of Celtic charm. “Beth yw’r Haf” and “Dacw Nghariad” ignite the Celtic influence with some jazzy elements. It’s the six-string bass guitar that charges tracks “Chwaer Mari” and “Le Petit Cordonier” with a funky backdrop. For traditionalists, “Aros Mae” is a breathtaking vocal piece that captures the Celtic soul.

Ffynnon’s Celtic Music from Wales is an enticing work and proof that it’s safe for traitors like me to return to the tribe.



TJ Nelson is also a fiction writer. Check out her latest book, Chasing
Athena’s Shadow
<>. Set in
Pineboro, North Carolina, Chasing Athena’s Shadow follows the adventures
of Grace, an adult literacy teacher, as she seeks to solve a long
forgotten family mystery.  Her charmingly dysfunctional family is of
little help in her quest.  Along with her best friends, an attractive
Mexican teacher and an amiable gay chef, Grace must find the one fading
memory that holds the key to why Grace’s great-grandmother, Athena, shot
her husband on the courthouse steps in 1931. Traversing the line between
the Old South and New South, Grace will have to dig into the past to
uncover Athena’s true crime.


Guide to World Music in British Columbia, Canada

Alpha Yaya Diallo
Alpha Yaya Diallo
The British Columbia Guide for World Music, Part 1

Welcome to the Canada’s West Coast, better known as British Columbia. British Columbia is Canada’s youngest province and it has been described as sporty, radical, iconoclastic with a laid back attitude. This is also a province where Canadians cherish their leisure time, participating in various sporting activities or hanging out at music or arts festivals. The province has also been marketed to tourists as “super natural,” and if you take one look at the province’s beaches, forests and majestic mountains you can witness this super natural beauty. It’s no wonder that artists and musicians from around the world dig in their heels and make British Columbia their home.

This music guide will introduce you to some of the folk roots musical acts that have adopted this province as their home and I will focus on the lower mainland, Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands.I will not bore you with statistics or demographics, but I will remind you that the city of Vancouver and surrounding areas sports a multicultural environment, heavy on Asian music of all kinds. You will also find world fusion, Celtic, African, Latin and First Nation music in British Columbia.

The 26th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival featured the Bill Hilly Band (Victoria), Daniel Lapp and Lappelectro (Victoria), Lotus Ensemble (Vancouver/Quebec), Celso Machado (Vancouver), Harry Manx (Salt Spring Island), Sara Marreiros (Victoria), Safa (Vancouver), Jabulani (Vancouver) and the Vancouver World Music Collective.

Other groups residing in British Columbia are the Puentes Brothers, Asza, Jou Tou, Tzimmes, Silk Road Music, Orchid Ensemble, Mei Han & Randy Raine Reusch, Fana Soro & Masabo, Khac Chi Ensemble, Elyra Campbell, Sandy Scofield and Alpha Yaya Diallo.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive guide of world music in British Columbia. Due to touring schedules and summer holidays, many musical groups and their managers have not responded to my requests for information. And I would like to publish this guide before summer’s end so those viewers will be able to seek out these musical acts at festivals across Canada or upon visiting British
Columbia. However, I would like to thank Diana Imbert and Ellie O’Day for their kind assistance. Perhaps in the future, this guide will be expanded, for now, think of it as the tip of the iceberg.

I list the groups under country of origins and end with a section called “the best of all worlds” that will include world fusion groups.


Fana Soro & Masabo (Vancouver) hail from the Ivory Coast and features dancers, storytellers and drummers. The group has released one CD, Solognougo. Fana Soro & Masabo. E-mail:

Alpha Yaya Diallo (Vancouver) originates from Guinea and has become a proud fixture in Vancouver’s world music community. The African group has released several recordings with the most recently release in 2001, The Journey. To find out more information about this exciting group visit Alpha Yaya Diallo.

Asian (Korea, Philippines, Japan, China, India & Vietnam):

Mei Han & Randy Raine-Reusch (Vancouver) literally translate to East meets West since this married couple take the Chinese zheng into new territory. When master zheng performer Mei Han (also see Orchid Ensemble, Asza and Vancouver World Music Collective) teams up with experimental musician Randy Raine Reusch
anything can happen leading to innovative compositions found on their debut CD, Distant Wind. Mei is both a virtuoso zheng performer and zheng scholar bringing 30 years of expertise to the ancient Chinese instrument. Raine-Reusch has produced numerous records and owns a collection of 600 instruments from around the world. This intriguing couple makes their home in East Vancouver when they
are not schlepping their wares around the globe.

Khac Chi Ensemble (Vancouver) Although this traditional Vietnamese ensemble is a trio, I can only find biographical information on the two founding members. Award-winning composer and dan bau (1-string zither) virtuoso Ho Khac Chi and award-winning ban dan performer (first woman to win a prize on this instrument), Ngoc Bic makes up 2/3 of the ensemble. Bich also performs on the ko ni (a two-string stick fiddle). The couple moved to Vancouver after appearing at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in the early 1990’s. Since that time they have released several recordings on the Jericho Beach Music label, the most recent CD, Spirit of Vietnam, was released in 1999. Khac Chi Ensemble is a member of the
Vancouver World Music Collective.

Lotus Ensemble (Vancouver/Quebec) was born out of a collaboratory experience and features Liu Fang on pipa and Oliver Schoer on violin along with Ziya Tabassian on tombak and Pham Duc Thanh on at two-string fiddle called dan nhi, dan bau (monochord) and dan tranh (16 string zither). Lotus Ensemble marries Chinese, Persian Vietnamese and Euro-Canadian music. Sadly, I have not heard this music
so I can comment no further.

Harry Manx (Indian/Blues) might be described as a cross between a Mississippi blues man and an Indian sage. Equally adept on the 6-string banjo, lap slide guitar and mohan veena, this Salt Spring musical resident has recorded four CDs including: Dog, My Cat, Wise and Otherwise, Jubilee and Road Ragas. But catch him in a live performance so that he can cast his spell over you.

Orchid Ensemble (Vancouver) will also hold you captive with their delicate and soulful compositions which includes traditional Chinese music, Chinese contemporary compositions, as well as, music from other cultures. Their debut CD, Heartland (produced by Randy Raine-Reusch) features ensemble leader Lan Tung
on the Chinese two-string violin, (Erhu), Mei Han on the Chinese zither (zheng) and Canadian percussionist Jonathan Bernard performing on a marimba and an array of Chinese and Western percussion instruments. The end result proves spectacular and might just bring tears of joy to your eyes. The ensemble is a member of the Vancouver World Music Collective.

Silk Road Music (Vancouver) Although this group is Chinese in origin and a member of the one million Chinese-Canadians, Silk Road marries classical Chinese music with jazz, Brazilian, Celtic and Quebecois fare. And the group performs on a host of instruments spanning 6 continents according to a description featured in Rough Guides Canada CD. Silk Road Music released their CD Endless on Jericho Beach Music and is a member of the Vancouver World Music Collective.

Celtic and fiddle music:

Bill Hilly Band,, (Victoria) I must admit that this folky quartet grew on me. My first impression of this group’s Appalachian fare (twang with a capitol T) recalled the “dueling banjos” scene in the film Deliverance, which is not one of my favorite films. However, upon listening to their CD, All Day Every Day (Borealis Records), I acquired a good sense of the musicians’ technique and versatility. It isn’t every day that I hear a musical group bounce from an Italian tarantella to a swampy fiddle tune straight out of the Bayou of America’s sleepy south. Bill Hilly Band might be called Kitchen Party music of the West Coast.

Elyra Campbell (Vancouver) performs (on Celtic harp) and sings ancient Irish airs, laments, “mouth music” and lullabies sung in English and Scots Gaelic. She performs a cappella or with an array of jazz and world music performers, mostly covering traditional arrangements. Her music can be heard on her CD, Girl in a Tree. She is a member of the Vancouver World Music Collective.

Lappelectro (Victoria) led by super duper fiddling talent Daniel Lapp. The group includes Daniel on fiddle, of course, Rick May (bass), Jody Baker (percussion) and Justin Hayms (guitar). Daniel’s latest recording ReUnion features guest musicians that represent the who’s who of folk music, including, Kathryn Tickell (bagpipes), Tony McManus and Simon Thoumire and you can learn more about Daniel

First Nation:

Blackstone (British Columbia), are Cree singers from Saskatchewan with several CDs listed on the US label, Canyon Records. However, the Canadian distributor Festival Distribution has listed Blackstone under First Nation artists residing in British Columbia. For more information visit Canyon Records at

Nengayni Drummers (Central BC) is an all woman group of hand drummers.

Art Napoleon (Cree) is a traditional singer that resides in British Columbia. He released his CD, Outta the Woods a few years ago and one of his tracks was featured on James Keelaghan’s radio production, A Sense of Place in 2000 and was broadcast on the CKUA radio network. One of Art Napoleon’s tracks appeared in the radio series (Episode #8).

Sandy Scofield (Metis heritage of Saulteaux and Cree descent) This First Nation musical performer has a drop-dead powerful voice, often taking on social issues that are featured in her genre-blending repertoire. Her 2003 release, Ketwam (Kokum Records) marries traditional chants with folk fiddle and country music. The lineup of guest performers also proves impressive featuring Daniel Lapp (fiddle), Stephen Nikleva (guitar), the Nitsiwakun singers (Lisa Sazama, Shakti Hayes & Sandy) and
Winston Wuttunee (chants). Sandy’s 2001 release, Riel’s Road (Arpeggio) blends jazz, folk, blues and rock territories with the lyrics as biting as ever. Although she has performed traditional Indian music, she for all intent and purposes is a crossover artist. Sandy resides in Vancouver.

Sy Sterritt (Gitsan) I couldn’t find any information on this performer.

Klezmer or Gypsy:

Tzimmes (Vancouver) This klezmer group blends other cultures with traditional klezmer music and is a member of the World Music Collective. Tzimmes released KlezMyriad in 1998 and you can learn more about this musical act at

Latin Music:

Celso Machado (Vancouver) Originally from Brazil, Celso fell in love with Vancouver after performing in the city in 1986. He moved to Vancouver in 1992 and has been experimenting with new instruments and musical styles ever since. I’ve not actually heard Celso’s music, but if you visit you can learn more about his repertoire and available recordings.

Sara Marreiros (Victoria) Now that Mariza has brought Portuguese fados to public awareness, Portuguese-Canadian fado singer Sara Marreiros will be able to perform without the lengthy exposition about fados. Sara has a background in jazz as well and performs jazz, Brazilian music along with fados. You can hear her vocal talents in action on Djole’s 2001 release, Salt Water and Sara’s solo CD, Alma Da Terra (found on Syntonic Arts).

The Puentes Brothers (Victoria) I saw the Puentes Brothers perform at WOMAD USA in 2001. They dished out Cuban Son and ballads while whetting the appetite of a large dancing crowd. They play live quite often in British Columbia, but if you can’t catch the group live, than check out their CD, Morumba Cubano released on Alma Records, 2001.

Persian Music:

Safa (Vancouver) In the Farsi language, Safa translates to inner purity. The group Safa draws inspiration from Sufi poetry and Persian classical music. Yet, this group comprised of master musician (tar and setar) Amir Koushkani, Puerto Rican drummer Sal Ferreras and Francois Houle (clarinet) improvise and bend the formula. Safa released a CD titled Alight.

Best of All Worlds:

Asza (Vancouver) This eclectic ensemble fuses various musical traditions and has toured all over Asia and North America. Asza is a member of the World Music Collective.

Jabulani (Vancouver) I have read that this youth group has inspired adults with their musicianship. Jabulani is a member of the Vancouver World Music Collective. Here’s looking at the future of world music in also check out the
group’s first CD, Take it Easy.

Jou Tou (Burnaby) The members of this trio represent Quebecois, Chinese and South American music. Jou Tou released a self-title CD and the group is a member of the Vancouver World Music Collective. No web address listed.

Vancouver World Music Collective One might call this collective a utopian dream made reality or Vancouver’s crown jewel. Basically, the members of this collective hail from every culture imaginable. Filmmakers Georges Payestre and Jean Patenaude heard about the collective and were so impressed that they decided to make a documentary (to be released in 2004). For those fans of world music who love mix and matching instruments from various cultures, this is your dream come true. Members of the collective include Jou Tou, Khac Chi, Masabo Culture Company, Mei Han & Randy Raine-Reusch, Orchid Ensemble, Jabulani, Silk Road and Tzimmes. And the project’s mastermind is Diana Imbert. For more information see the links below.

Other artists:

Alma de Espana (flamenco)
Adel Awad (drums), Lady Bug Productions
Axe Capoeira (Brazilian), Barrao Productions
Dal-Dil-Vog, DDV Enterprises Records


Vancouver Folk Music Festival,

Rough Guides Canada

Part 2 will feature short reviews of CDs by British Columbia world music acts.
In the meantime, check out the artists listed in Part 1.


Your Connection to traditional and contemporary World Music including folk, roots and various types of global fusion