Artist Profiles: The Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers

The Sabri Brothers are Pakistan’s best known, phenomenally successful family of devotional singers, hailing from Kalyana in the East Punjab and with over 30 years of sung religious poetry behind them.

Backed by their five instrumental accompanists, the four Sabris – whose lineage stretches back to the 16th century to the revered Mian Tansen, a singer at Emperor Akbar’s court – are led by the soaring voices of the late Haji Ghulam Farid Sabri, whose periodic refrain of ‘Allah’ between songs has become a Sabri signature, and his younger brother Haji Maqbool Sabri. Both are internationally respected for their raw, energetic, highly original style in delivering popular pieces from the traditional Qawwali repertoire, and a unique percussion style.

Discography:

Balaghal Ula Be Kamalehi (EMI, 1971)
Nazana-E-Aqidat (Angel Records, 1974)
Sabri Brothers (Odeon, 1975)
Qawwal and Party (EMI, 1975)
Sabri Brothers (Angel Records, 1975)
Maqbool Sabri Sings Ghazals and Muqabala With Chanda Khanam (Star Records, 1975)
Ya Sahib ul Jamal (Odeon, 1977)
Sabri Brothers (EMI, 1979)
Sultan-e-Haram Ho Jaye Karam (EMI, 1980)
Sabri Brothers In Concert (Angel Records, 1981)
Ek Lajwab Peskash – Ghazals (His Master’s Voice, 1982)
Jhoot Ke Paon Nahin (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Behtareen Ghazlen (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Nazr-E-Shah Karim (AEA, 1983)
Ya Habib (Real World Records, 1990)
New Qawwalis 1990 (EMI, 1990)
Qawwali Masterworks (Piranha, 1991)
Pyar Ke Morr Live In U.K. Vol 1 (Star Compact Disc, 1992)
Doolha Heryaley (Multitone Prestige, 1993)
Ya Mustapha (Xenophile Records, 1996)
Jami (Piranha, 1996)
Maqbool Sabri Mahmood Sabri Qawwal Volume 3 (Sonic Enterprises, 1999)
Live In Moscow. Diwani (2003)

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Artist Profiles: David de Jacoba

David de Jacoba

David de Jacoba was born in Motril, Granada in 1985. He has a unique vocal style and exceptional ability as a singer. Since he arrived in Madrid in 2008, he began to sing along with great flamenco artist such as El Niño Josele, Joaquín Cortés and Tomatito.

David de Jacoba – Photo by David Mudarra

In 2010 he joined the group of Paco de Lucía, with whom he toured for three consecutive years.

At the end of 2014 he released his first album, Jubileo, that included well known artists such as Vicente Amigo, Pepe Habichuela and Josemi Carmona.

Discography:

Jubileo ‎(Nuba Records, 2014)

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Beloved Festival Announces 2019 Lineup

Beloved Festival has announced the 2019 lineup. Although the festival artistic director goes on an unnecessary rambling tirade against the term world music in the press release, Beloved Festival features well known world music acts, other musical genres and regional talent as well. The sacred art, music and healing festival will take place August 9-12, 2019 in Tidewater, Oregon.

The lineup includes Nahko and Medicine for the People, Digable Planets, Ghost Note, Sudan Archives, Dobet Gnahoré, Be Svendsen, ÌFÉ, Climbing PoeTree, Taina Asili, Jupiter & Okwess, Fanna-Fi-Allah, Alam Khan, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, Witch Prophet, and Yungchen Lhamo.

More at belovedfestival.com

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The Remarkable Nigerian Guitar and Beats of Toby Foyeh and his Orchestra

Toby Foyeh and his Orchestra – Pirates of Africa

Toby Foyeh and his Orchestra – Pirates of Africa (Kameleon Afrika Music, 2019)

Nigerian world traveler Toby Foyeh is an excellent guitarist, charismatic vocalist and band leader. After living in Nigeria and the UK, he is currently based in the United States where he put together a formidable band that performs irresistible Nigerian-rooted music.

Pirates of Africa is the new album from Toby Foyeh and his orchestra. It is a superb set of Nigerian styles such as Afrobeat, traditional Yoruba rhythms and call and response vocals, highlife, and palm wine combined with funk, jazz, rock, pop and Latin American music. Additionally, he treats the listener to memorable electric guitar work.

The lineup on Pirates of Africa includes Tony Foyeh on male lead vocals, backing vocals, lead guitars, flute and percussion; Frank Martins on rhythm guitars; Samuel Ebidighi on bass and backing vocals; Koby Adopoku Maxwell on bass; Femi Sanya on bass and percussion; Oscar Debe on drums and percussion; Tosin Aribisala on drums; Jojo Kuo on drums and percussion; Jerrol Pennerman on keyboards; JB Gnonlonfoun on keyboards; Dennis Ayandiran on talking drums and percussiin; Samuel Salawu on talking drums; Michael Baiyewu on percussion, batá drums, sakara, wood block; and Tari Nosika, Tolumide Yeboah, Gloria Osaghae, Lola Okusanmi, Feyi Okusanmi, Ronke Coker, Shafi Bello, Dele Odunaiya and Amaka Igbonezim on vocals.

Get previews and buy the album from kameleonafricamusic.com

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Absorbing Experimental Joiks from Torgeir Vassvik

Vassvik – Gákti

Vassvik – Gákti (Heilo, 2019)

Torgeir Vassvik has transformed traditional joik music from Samiland in Norway. His new album Gákti focuses on animism, which is a fundamental part of Sami culture.

The core of the Sámi culture is the animism: everything is connected, everything is alive,” says Torgeir Vassvik.

The ancient meets modernity in “Gákti.” Vassvik’s joik’s are fittingly interlaced with improvised instrumental music, electronic sound design, guitars two types of fiddles. The music crosses the boundaries of traditional world music and avant-garde experimentation.

The album includes personal joiks (a joik dedicated to somebody); celebrations of nature; companionship; love and female power; songs about climate change; songs for those who have left, but still live on; and joiks of the world from the viewpoint of indigenous people.

Personnel: Torgeir Vassvik on joik, guitar, frame drum, igil, birbyné, munnharpe, electronics; Hans P. Kjorstad on violin; Rasmus Kjorstad on octave violin; and Audun Strype on sound design.

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Riad Abdel-Gawad – Words of Peace (Medan Elmusica, 2019)

Riad Abdel-Gawad – Words of Peace

Riad Abdel-Gawad – Words of Peace (Medan Elmusica, 2019)

U.S.-based Egyptian composer, violinist and educator Dr. Riad Abdel-Gawad creates music that acknowledges the oneness of humanity. His new album Words of Peace comes out at a very difficult time for Riad Abdel-Gawad and his family. Their home was destroyed during the catastrophic Woolsey fire in 2018. Luckily, the CDs manufactured for this release were stored in a warehouse.

Riad Abdel-Gawad traveled to Cairo to record this album. There, he worked with 17 vocalists, chanters and instrumentalists. Words of Peace is a world music album that contains new musical compositions with elements of western oratorio and eastern wasla and nuba musical suite traditions.

Words of Peace proposes healing, spiritual and practical implements to our current-day existential predicament, delivering a social critique of the human species’ racism, corruption, and materialism, as well as its climate change disaster that directly affected Riad’s life.

The CD tells the story of humanity through Adam and Eve; speaks about the wisdom from religions actions againust racism; tells the little heard story in the West about Prophet Mohamed’s striving towards peace through the activism of politics, as well as speaks about the plight of our planet and its inhabitants through contemporary Arabic ands Nibian (African) poetry,” says Riad Abdel-Gawad . “This time there are also some incredibly improvised solos from singers, chanters and instrumentalists.”

Words of Peace is a beautifully-crafted, gracefully elegant album, highlighting Riad Abdel-Gawad’s mastery as a musician and composer. He’s joined by a outstanding ensemble of top talent from Egypt’s Arabic and Nubian traditions.

The CD booklet includes a striking cover, booklet and inside-tray art from two female contemporary Arab artists: Carelle Hosmsy and Behia Shehab. The liner notes contain fascinating details in Arabic and English.

Personnel: Riad Abdel-Gawad on violin; Ahmed Asteeka on electronic keyboard; Yaser Ontar on vocals; Mohamed Atef on kawala (flute); Mohamed Foda on nay; amal Ibrahim on vocals; Moustafa Abdel-Khalek on qanun; Taha essayad on cello; Islam El Qasabgy on oud; Ashraf Issam on riqq and duff; Hussein Darweesh on bass; and Khaloud Adel (soprano), Rahma Adel (alto) and Mohamed Khaked (tenor) on chorus.

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Artist Profiles: Collettivo Decanter

Collettivo Decanter

Collettivo Decanter was formed in Turin in 2012 by vibraphonist and keyboardist Marta Caldara (Syndone, Extremadura), guitarist Marco Perona (Mystical Trio), vocalist Alessia Galeotti (Jazz Art Orchestra, Gipsy Soul, Organic Quartet) and multi-instrumentalist and composer Vincent Boniface (L’Orage, TocTocToc, Pitularita, Extremadura) with the intention of creating of their own musical compositions, including songs and instrumental.

The ensemble skillfully mixes the deep traditional transalpine folk music with soulful flamenco soul and jazz vocals. The result is a multifaceted world music project that explores various rhythms and melodies.

The first album, Aria con da capo was released in 2012.

Emilia d’Hercole is the second album (Visage Music) featuring a mature quartet with an intense Mediterranean sound.

Collettivo Decanter –

The lineup in 2019 included Alessia Galeotti on vocals; Marta Caldara on piano; Marco Perona on guitar; and Vincent Boniface on accordion and winds.

Discography:

Aria con da capo (Dodicilune, 2012)
Emilia d’Hercole (Visage Music, 2018)

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New Orleans Music Legend Dr. John Dies at 77

Dr. John

Influential New Orleans pianist and singer-songwriter Mac Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, died June 6, 2019 of a heart attack.

“Malcolm John Rebennack Jr.—known to most as Dr. John—was a radiant singer, songwriter, and pianist whose career in music made him a New Orleans icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. “He earned 15 GRAMMY nominations and six GRAMMY Awards throughout his celebrated career, including Best Blues Album for his critically acclaimed 2012 album, Locked Down. His funky approach to blending musical styles and imaginative persona helped diversify the New Orleans Sound, which was on full display during an energetic performance with the Black Keys at the 55th GRAMMY Awards. This is a great loss for our industry and Dr. John will be deeply missed.”

For more information, read Dr. John’s Artist Profile.

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Artist Profiles: Shono

Shono

Combining the traditions of Buryat-Mongolian, the sound of Siberia and rock music, Shono (wolf in Buryat) Band was found in 2014 by musician and throat singer Alexander Arkhincheyev. Shono Band leans heavily on the Buryat musical traditions that includes musical epics or uligers, throat singing and the horse-head fiddle backing the lot with guitar, bass and drum driven rock music.

The group has received accolades on the Russian festival circuit and in performance spots in Russia and Siberia.

Shono released their first recording Okhotniki (Hunters) in 2015.

Shono Band’s members include Alexander Arkhincheev on throat singing vocals, moriin khuur, tsoor, sukha and huur, Evguenia Tomitova on yataga, Konstatin Tokarsky on drums and Vladimir Sidorov on vocals bass guitar and vargan.

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Artist Profiles: Sattuma

Sattuma

Formed in 2003 in Petrozavodsk, Russian Karelia, Sattuma is a Russian Karelian neo-folk music band that plays both traditional as well as their own compositions and arrangements, singing in Finnish, Russian and Karelian. They can often be scene on the concert hall, club and festival circuit. The name Sattuma is from the Finnish meaning “hitting the mark” or “chance or happenstance.”

Sattuma’s musicians are Eila Rinne on vocals, violin and jouhikko, Arto Rinne on vocals, bouzuki, kantele, harmonica and accordion, Vladik Demin on violin, flute, jembe and vocals and Dmitri Demin on clarinet, flute, mankeri, bagpipes, jembe, didgeridoo and saw.

Sattuma’s discography consists of Folk Music from Karelia and Finland (2003), Kudelma (2005), Palapeli (Sketis Music, 2008), Kinofilmi (2010), Joo Kylla! (Sketis Music, 2013) and Uuzi Kodi (2014). There is also the DVD of a 2010 performance of Live in Moscow. Club Dom available.

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