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La Danza de Las Semillas, Best World Music Album in May 2018

La Danza de Las Semillas by Spanish folk music innovators El Naán is the number one album in May 2018 at the Transglobal World Music Chart.

On La Danza de Las Semillas, the seven multi-instrumentalists perform a remarkable intermingling of contemporary Spanish folk music, Afro-Cuban chants and rhythms, folk-rock, and beyond.

The rest of the list this month includes:

2. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin (Monsieur Doumani)
3. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar (Bendigedig)
4. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
5. Djénéba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (Lusafrica)
6. Femi Kuti – One People One World (Knitting Factory)
7. Koum Tara – Koum Tara (Obradek)
8. Sara Tavares – Fitxadu (Sony Music Portugal)
9. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol (10h10 / Cristal)
10. Kora Jazz Trio – Part IV (Cristal)

11. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
12. Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Sudbina: A Portrait of Vida Pavlović – Vogiton
13. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cósmico – Glitterbeat
14. Samurai Accordion – Te – Visage Music
15. V.A. – I’m Not Here to Hunt Rabbits – Piranha
16. Okra Playground – Ääneni Yli Vesien – Nordic Notes
17. Orquesta Akokán – Orquesta Akokán – Daptone
18. Goran Bregović – Three Letters from Sarajevo, Opus 1 – Decca / Wrasse
19. Sopa de Pedra – Ao Longe Já Se Ouvia – Turbina
20. Son Palenque – Kutu Prieta pa Saranguiá – Palenque


El Naán: Spanish Folk Sensation

El Naán ‎– La Danza de Las Semillas

El Naán ‎– La Danza de Las Semillas (El Naán, 2017)

La Danza de Las Semillas (Dance of the Seeds) is the new crowdfunded album by Spanish band El Naán. The ensemble got together in 2009 inspired by the traditional music of the Iberian Peninsula as well as Cuban music and other global influences. El Naán is based in the Cerrato region of Palencia province, a depopulated area in northern Spain.

On La Danza de Las Semillas, the seven musicians deliver a superb mix of contemporary Spanish folk harvest songs and lullabies, Afro-Cuban chants and rhythms, folk-rock, and more.

El Naán uses a wide range of musical instruments, incorporating entrancing Spanish frame drums, numerous unconventional percussion instruments from various musical traditions, mesmerizing shepherd flutes, sound effects of wolves and storms, bouzouki, whistling, saxophones, electric guitar, and expressive male and female lead vocals and choruses. The band uses modern musical arrangements that borrow from jazz, world music and rock influenced by groundbreaking Spanish folk music artist Eliseo Parra.

The lineup includes Carlos Herrero on lead vocals, bouzouki, Cuban tres, and pandero (Spanish frame drum); César Díez on bass; Adal Pumarabín on drums and percussion; Javier Medíavilla on electric guitar and backing vocals; Héctor Castrillejo on flutes, backing vocals, percussion; César Tejero on alto, tenor and soprano saxophone; and María Alba on lead and backing vocals, percussion. Guest: Jorge Arribas on accordion.

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