Rubén Blades Wins the World Music Grammy

Ruben Blades
Los Angeles, USA – Panamanian musician Rubén Blades won the Best World Music Album award for his recording Mundo, which combines Latin music with plentiful elements from other cultures. List of winners in roots music categories:

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Cry
Faith Hill
[Warner Brothers Records]

Best Male Country Vocal Performance

(For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
Give My Love To Rose
Johnny Cash
[American Recordings/Lost Highway Records]

Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
(For established duos or groups with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
Long Time Gone
Dixie Chicks
[Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records]

Best Country Collaboration With Vocals
(For a collaborative performance, with vocals, by artists who do not normally perform together. Singles or Tracks only.)
Mendocino County Line
Willie Nelson With Lee Ann Womack
[Lost Highway Records]

Best Country Instrumental Performance
(For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, without vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
Lil’ Jack Slade
Dixie Chicks
[Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records]

Best Country Song

(A Songwriter(s) Award. Artist names appear in parenthesis. Singles or Tracks only.)
Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)
Alan Jackson, songwriter (Alan Jackson)
[Arista Nashville; Publishers: EMI April Music, Tri-Angels Music]

Best Country Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Home
Dixie Chicks
[Open Wide/Monument/Columbia Records]

Best Bluegrass Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Lost In The Lonesome Pines
Jim Lauderdale, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
[Dualtone]

Best Latin Jazz Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
The Gathering
Caribbean Jazz Project
[Concord Picante]

Best Rock Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Come Together
Third Day
[Essential Records]

Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
The Eleventh Hour
Jars Of Clay
[Essential Records]

Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album
(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
We Called Him Mr. Gospel Music: The James Blackwood
Tribute Album
The Jordanaires, Larry Ford And The Light Crust Doughboys
[Art Greenhaw Records]

Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Higher Ground
The Blind Boys Of Alabama
[Real World]

Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album

(For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
Sidebars
Eartha
[AFRT Music]

Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album

(For choirs or choruses only, with or without lead vocalist(s).)
Be Glad
Carol Cymbala, choir director; The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
[M2.0 Communications]

Best Traditional Tropical Latin Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
El Arte Del Sabor
Bebo Valdés Trio With Israel López “Cachao” & Carlos “Patato” Valdés
[Blue Note Records]

Best Salsa Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
La Negra Tiene Tumbao
Celia Cruz
[Sony Discos]

Best Merengue Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Latino
Grupo Mania
[Universal Music Latino]

Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Lo Dijo El Corazón
Joan Sebastian
[Balboa Records/Discos Musart]

Best Tejano Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Acuérdate
Emilio Navaira
[BMG U.S. Latin]

Best Traditional Blues Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
A Christmas Celebration Of Hope
B.B. King
[MCA Records]

Best Contemporary Blues Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Don’t Give Up On Me
Solomon Burke
[Fat Possum Records/Anti]

Best Traditional Folk Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Legacy
Doc Watson & David Holt
[High Windy Audio]

Best Contemporary Folk Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
This Side
Nickel Creek
[Sugar Hill Records, Inc.]

Best Native American Music Album

(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Beneath The Raven Moon
Mary Youngblood
[Silver Wave Records]

Best Reggae Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Jamaican E.T.
Lee “Scratch” Perry
[Sanctuary Records/Trojan Records]

Best World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Mundo
Rubén Blades
[Columbia Records Group/Sony Discos]

Best Polka Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Top Of The World
Jimmy Sturr
[Rounder Select]

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Queen of the Gypsies: The Life and Legend of Carmen Amaya, by Paco Sevilla.

Queen of the Gypsies: The Life and Legend of Carmen Amaya
Queen of the Gypsies: The Life and Legend of Carmen Amaya

This is a substantial work on the life and times of the mythic Gypsy flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya, written by an American flamenco guitarist and aficionado.

The first comprehensive work on Carmen Amaya to appear in English, it compiles information from all previous Carmen Amaya biographies (most of which were published in Spanish).

The book also makes available some valuable unpublished interviews that discuss Carmen Amaya, those in her immediate circle and other flamenco performers of her time. An extensive collection of contemporary reviews of Spanish dance company performances from the 1920s to the 1950s is featured, especially reviews appearing in New York and Los Angeles newspapers.

There is also valuable information excerpted from recent interviews that have appeared in a number of flamenco journals, including the now defunct American journal “Jaleo” which the author edited.

review by Marie Jost

Sevilla Press, ISBN 0-9646374-1-3

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The Rough Guide to World Music

The Rough Guide to World Music is a 700-page book on just about every strand of global popular music. The guide consists of thirteen chapters, arranged according to regions that make broad musical sense. Each chapter then breaks down into a series of features on specific countries or genres of music.

At the end of each of these sections, you’ll find a selective discography: not an exhaustive listing, by any means, but one that covers most of the top recordings and the writer’s personal choices.

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MusicHound World

MusicHound World
MusicHound World is a first buyer’s guide to world music. It includes a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar names and sounds, featured musicians span the globe from our closest neighbors to the farthest reaches. MusicHound World covers more than 1,100 acts and 300 compilation CDs with reviews and ratings to guide buyers.

World music veterans Angelique Kidjo and David Byrne kick off the journey with their forewords. Nearly 200 photographs contributed by noted world music photographers Jack and Linda Vartoogian add to the musical adventure.

Adam McGovern. Paperback. 7 1/2 x 9 1/4. 400 pages. 100 photos.
ISBN 1-57859-039-6. 

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The Rough Guide to World Music, Volume 2: Latin and North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific

The Rough Guide to World Music, Volume 2: Latin and North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific
The Rough Guide to World Music, Volume 2: Latin and North America, Caribbean, India, Asia and Pacific (published August 2000 by Rough Guided Ltd., and distributed by the Penguin Group; ISBN 1-85828-636-0)

Well, I now know what my main activity is going to be this ‘rentrée’! Picking my way through the 673 pages of this book, or more accurately, encyclopedia, and following up on the countless leads provided! And what fun it is going to be! Part 1, dealing with Asia and the Pacific, takes up 269 pages, with 32 chapters covering from Afghanistan to Vietnam – with 7 chapters on Indian music. Part 2 covers the Americas in 357 pages, with 31chapters ranging from Andean music to Venezuela – with 8 chapters on music from the USA. The rest of the book – Part 3 – contains various directories, with information on record labels and shops, contributors (more than 80), and an index.

Since a thorough review is not possible at this time – I only just received the book – all I can do now is to communicate my preliminary impressions, formed by reading a few chapters on countries/genres in Part 2 of particular interest to me, and with which I am reasonably familiar. In the introduction, the editors state that the chapters are ‘designed to provide the background to each country’s music styles, explaining how they relate to history, social customs, politics and identity, as well as high-lighting the lives and sounds of the singers and musicians’. My one-word rating of their efforts: superb!

The contributors appear to know their stuff, and have managed to portray the sometimes confusing stories in question in an user-friendly, orderly and appealing way, with each chapter concluding with a discography of recommended recordings. The texts are very helpful in sorting out in an acceptable sequence who has produced what and when, and the discographies – coherent with the texts – are invaluable in suggesting what to look for! Of course, I am lucky enough to possess already a fair number of the recommended recordings, but I now better know what gaps I have in my collection, and how to try to fill them.

Given the overwhelming abundance of recorded material, as well as the obvious limits on available space, the discographies seem brutally restrained. I think that I have several other recordings worthy of mention, but will concede that the recordings listed probably reflect in a satisfactory, if not outstanding, manner the essence of the preceding texts.

One understandable and relatively minor disappointment, given the passing of several months between finalizing the texts and the physical appearance of the book, is that the stream of excellent new recordings never dries up. One could argue that this kind of reference book is out-of-date the moment it appears!

Another omission is any mention of regional, and indeed global, compilations which, in my experience, are both excellent introductions and usually my preference in terms of listening and programming, since I find variety more appealing. In my view, however, neither short-coming detracts significantly from the value of this publication, since it provides the essential foundation and edifice, onto which one can add on, as one sees fit.

It will take me months to digest this book, since each chapter is so crammed with interesting and useful information. Judging from my behavior in recent days I will be checking out items on a daily basis. I am now also thinking of rearranging my collection of ‘world’ music to match the order laid out in this book – and the previous volume, which I still have not fully absorbed!

Buy the book in North America

Buy the book in Europe

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Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music

Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector's Guide to Jamaican Music
Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music
The Most Comprehensive Discography of Jamaican Records Ever Published. Roots Knotty Roots, The Collector’s Guide to Jamaican Music is Compiled & Edited by Michael Turner & Robert Schoenfeld. It covers the period from the mid 1950’s through the late 1980’s, including the earliest releases on 78 rpm in the pre-Ska era. The styles included are Calypso, Mento, Blues, Gospel, Pop, Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. The data includes: Artist & Title, Jamaican Record Label & Matrix Number Plus UK Label and Number, Producer and Release Date. It is sorted alphabetically by Artist – From the Abyssinians to Tapper Zukie.A total of 400 pages and over 29,000 records indexed. 

ISBN: 0-9709663-0-X

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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The United States and Canada, Volume 3

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The United States and Canada, Volume 3
The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, The United States and Canada, Volume 3
The United States and Canada, Volume 3, is the latest volume published by Garland as part of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. This impressive collection of books is so far the most comprehensive body of work focused on world music. Every volume is an extensive reference guide that includes definitions of music styles, ethnomusicological studies by ethnic group and geography, glossaries and bibliography. 

The volume dedicated to the United States and Canada has 1378 pages and comes with an audio CD. It begins with a musical profile of the United States and Canada.

Part 2 ventures into the social and cultural contexts of music in North America, with articles about race and ethnicity, the influence of religious ideas and most music genres, ranging from bluegrass and indie pop to world beat and new age. Part 3 begins with the music of the indigenous peoples known as American Indians or First Nations, by regions.

The section dedicated to the United States has chapters dedicated to the music originated by African Americans, Caribbean and Spanish Americans, European Americans and Asian Americans. Section 3 focuses on Canada, describing the musical differences and influences by region. The final part of the book has a glossary as well as guides for publications, recordings and films/videos.

The brilliant project was edited by Ellen Koskoff. The book is published by Garland Publishing, a division of Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6. 

Buy The United States and Canada, Volume 3

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The Rough Guide to Irish Music

The Rough Guide to Irish Music
The Rough Guide to Irish Music
The Rough Guide to Irish Music is a thick 560 page, pocket-sized book. Written by Geoff Wallis and Sue Wilson, it has a brief introduction about Irish music and its roots. There is a chapter dedicated to music styles, where the authors describe some of the most important categories in Irish music: reels, jigs, hornpipes, and marches.

Most of the book is dedicated to biographies of Irish musicians, listed by instrument. At the end of the book there is a great resources section with listing of Irish festivals, schools, organizations, record shops and media. ISBN 1-85828-642-5

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The Rough Guide to Cuban Music

The Rough Guide to Cuban Music
The Rough Guide to Cuban Music
The Rough Guide to Cuban Music, written by Philip Sweeney,  is part of the pocket sized books published by Rough Guides. This specialized guide serves as complement to the larger Rough Guides to World Music.

Seeeney’s book has 350 pages. The first part of the book focuses on the origin of the peoples that now live in Cuba and the music their ancestors brought with them. It explains how both Spanish and African influences gave form to today’s Cuban music. The book gives special attention to some of the key musical forms in Cuba: son, bolero and trova. It also details how Cuban sounds influenced musicians from other countries.

Since this is a new book and not a reprint, the history of Cuban music reaches up to the end of the 20th century so it is very current. Most of the key figures in Cuban music are listed, with biographies and discographies, although many of the discographies are incomplete. There is also a short glossary of Cuban musical terms. ISBN 1-85828-761-8.

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