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Shamanic Sonic Paradise

Poranguí – Poranguí (Sol Creation Records, 2019)

The Sol Creation Records release Poranguí is where fantastical rhythms rise from the earth, where vocals dive off cliffs to be buffeted by didgeridoos and flutes and where electronica seeps through the air like mist. Part shamanic ritual and part sonic wonderland Porangui is where listeners can find their rooted place on earth, fly along with the birds and perhaps on the edge of firelight dance just a little wildly.

Poranguí – Poranguí

Following up on the releases of the original motion picture soundtrack Ayahuasca and Ayahuasca Remixed, the live looping artist, musician and educator with an ethnomusicology background from Duke University, Porangui shows listeners and live audiences with way with meditative sounds and dance grooves with addictive results.

Everything I do live is steeped in improvisation, in spontaneous sound. A lot of the work I do musically is about connecting to what’s happening in the moment in a given space with a given group of listeners,” says Poranguí. “I try to get a feel for what is in the seen realm and the unseen realm, really tuning into the energetics of the space. That’s where the magic is.

Recorded at an opening ceremony for Lightning in a Bottle and at the Espiritu stage at Santa Fe’s Unify Fest, Porangui Live opens with an electronica and chant combination on “Ganesha,” and the magic musical carpet ride just takes off from there. The sound of frogs opens “Tonantzin” but is quickly taken over by the twangy goodness of didgeridoo wrapped around some tightly packed rhythms and soaring vocals. Just as wonderful is the delicate and dreamy “Oxum” with its birdsong, water sounds and silky vocals before the rhythms ramp up deliciously.

Porangui notes, “Music isn’t entertainment for me, as the goal is transformation. It’s a bridge to the heart, to a space where we can begin to imagine our best selves. This is crucial as our planet needs humans to upgrade themselves. For me, it’s coming into contact to our role as fire keepers. Technology is merely a different form of the fire we came to master long ago. We have a choice: to burn ourselves and everything around us with the fire of technology or to use it to illuminate the way.”

And, Porangui Live illuminates the way with offering of a percussion and mouth harp combo as a sort of invitation to play with the coyotes that can be heard in the distance on “Otorongo” or the flute lines along with rattles that sound like old bones against a thrum of percussion before evolving into a call to the night sky on “Danza Del Viento.” Closing with a kind of celestial lullaby on “Stardust,” Porangui lets us return to earth and revel in the night sky with loving vocals against dreamy electronica.

Snaring a little nature, riding waves of soaring vocals and hypnotic electronica and letting the mind of the listener slide from track to delicious track, Porangui Live is a kind of sonic sanctuary where listeners might just heal what ails them.

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Artist Profiles: Nortec Collective

Nortec Collective

The Nortec Collective is comprised of various artists. The first lineup included Fussible (Pepe Mogt), Bostich (Ramón Amezcua), Panoptica (Roberto Mendoza), Clorofila (Jorge Verdún) and Hiperboreal (PG Beas). These musicians created and perform a style of music called Nortec – a fusion of Norteño (“from the North”) and Techno, documenting the collision between the style and culture of electronica and traditional Mexican music.

Some former members of the collective created an offshoot called Niño Astronauta. The group released a debut CD, Niño Astronauta.

The 2005 album, Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3 (Nacional Records, 2005), features the hypnotic first single Tijuana Makes Me Happy, as well as the infectious Tengo La Voz.


Nortec Sampler ‎(Mil Records, 1999)
Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible – Nortec ‎(Opción Sónica, 2000)
The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1 (Palm Pictures/Mil Records, 2001)
Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3 (Nacional Records, 2005)
Tijuana Sound Machine (Nacional Records, 2008)
Nortec Collective Presents Clorofila: Corridos Urbanos (2010)
Bulevar 2000 (Nacional Records, 2010)
Border Revolver ‎(2013)
Motel Baja (Nacional Records, 2014)


Syrian Electronic Music Innovator Omar Souleyman To Perform at North Beach Bandshell in Miami

Omar Souleyman

Syrian musician Omar Souleyman is set to perform on Friday, October 5 at North Beach Bandshell in Miami. Omar Souleyman has released albums on Diplo’s Mad Decent record label and has collaborated with artists such as Björk, Four Tet, Modeselektor, and Giles Peterson.

Souleyman has become a leading electronic music artist. Although he started as a wedding singer in Syria with hundreds of albums under his belt, he has become a cult hero in the electronic music scene.

Omar developed a synthesized version of the Levantine dance music known as Dabke, incorporating modern electronic dance music. Recent albums include To Syria With Love, Wenu Wenu, Bahdeni Nami and Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts.


Artist Profiles: MIDIval PunditZ

MIDIval PunditZ

Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj a.k.a. the MIDIval PunditZ are spearheading the Asian electronica musical revolution from their home base in New Delhi with their raw energy in their music and their radical DJ-sets at Cyber Mehfils – events the two produce inspired by Talvin Singh’s influential Anokha club night in the U.K. Their love of Indian classical music is intrinsic to their aesthetic, as is their natural fusion of crushing beats and insistent digital sequencing.

The musical partnership of India’s Gaurav Raina and Tapan Raj dates back to their childhood years. Having cemented their acquaintance in grade school, several years’ separation would ensue before the two reunited in 1994. Each member brought his unique talents to the party: Gaurav was an architecture student who moonlighted as a radio DJ and Tapan, an IT specialist by day, engineered at a New Delhi recording studio where Gaurav’s station booked time. Both were veterans of India’s dance club culture and, more importantly, both shared a love of the spare yet soulful classical music of their homeland. Pooling funds begged from relatives and friends, the two set up their own studio and, by 1997, their partnership had coalesced into the MIDIval PunditZ.

Much as both Gaurav and Tapan liked the imported hip-hop, breakbeat, house and especially the drum’n’bass sounds of their club-hopping nights, the foreign sounds, “Didn’t leave an impression,” by Tapan’s account. Dedicating themselves to a fusion of their beloved classical ragas with the beats and loops of electronica, the nascent PunditZ circulated pressings of their initial efforts on New Delhi’s club circuit. These were well received, setting the stage for their initial contact with Talvin Singh, whose musical hybrids of Indian raga and electro-beats were gaining international notice. His positive response to the duo’s demos led to their meeting in 1998 when Singh visited India. In addition to the PunditZ being asked to contribute a track for Singh’s second Anokha compilation, they became part of Tabla Beat Science .

The MIDIval PunditZ have gained instant notoriety in the U.S. with their featured track in the hit film Monsoon Wedding and their recent involvement with Bill Laswell’s Tabla Beat Science Project. They were also a featured act in 2002’s Asian Massive tour, which had sold out shows in both Los Angeles.

The MIDIval PunditZ are the first-ever Indian electronica band to sign to an international label.


MIDIval Punditz (Six Degrees Records, 2002)
Let’s Enjoy, soundtrack (Times Music, 2004)
MIDIval Times (Six Degrees Records, 2005)
MIDIval PunditZ Remixed (2007)
Hello Hello (Six Degrees Records, 2009)
Light (Six Degrees Records, 2015)


Ammar 808 Tops the Transglobal World Music Chart in August 2018

The album Maghreb United (Glitterbeat) by Ammar 808 is the number one album on the August 2018 Transglobal World Music Chart. Ammar 808 is the cutting edge global electronica project of Sofyann Ben Youssef, the leader of acclaimed Tunisian act Bargou 08.

The rest of the list:

2. Fatoumata Diawara – Fenfo – Montuno / Shanachie / Wagram
3. Dobet Gnahoré – Miziki – LA Café
4. Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita – Soar – Bendigedig
5. Samba Touré – Wande – Glitterbeat
6. The Turbans – The Turbans – Six Degrees
7. Toko Telo – Diavola – Anio
8. Hermeto Pascoal – Hermeto Pascoal e sua Visão Original do Forró – Scubidu
9. Bombino – Deran – Partisan
10. Shadi Fathi & Bijan Chemirani – Delâshena – Buda Musique

11. Monsieur Doumani – Angathin – Monsieur Doumani
12. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Söndörgő – Szikra – Vetnasj
13. Anandi Bhattacharya – Joys Abound – Riverboat / World Music Network
14. Invisible System – Bamako Sessions – Riverboat / World Music Network
15. Rahim AlHaj Trio – One Sky – Smithsonian Folkways
16. Nancy Vieira – Manhã Florida – Lusafrica
17. Koum Tara – Koum Tara – Odradek
18. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light – Kravenworks
19. Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra – Avo Kanto – Satélite K
20. Solju – Ođđa Áigodat – Bafe’s Factory


Artist Profiles: Frederic Galliano

Frederic Galliano with African Divas

Frederic Galliano was born December 23, 1969 in Grenoble. He’s an eclectic musician who works with cutting edge electronic music, jazz and world music.

From the age of 14 he became interested in Cuban and Latin American music, French singer-songwriters and German electronic music of the 1970s. The jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane impressed him greatly. Later, his continuous search led him to discover African and Middle Eastern music.

For five years, 1987-1991, he devoted himself to sculpture. In 1994 he entered the circle of French DJs. He produced for the F Communications label since 1996 and created his own label, Frikyiwa, in 1998.

After his first two albums Espaces baroques and Live infinis (F-Com), he has focused his research on bringing electronic music, jazz and some African influences into contact. His different concepts of creation includes references to art, philosophy and diverse cultures of different countries.

Galliano traveled through several West African countries for several years. There he recorded some of the most important female voices of Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Niger and Guinea Conakry. The result of this work is the double CD Frederic Galliano And The African Divas, in which jazz musicians also participate.


Espaces Baroques (1997)
Live Infinis (1998)
Frederic Galliano And The African Divas (2002)
Sacré Live! (2004)
Kuduro Sound System (2006)
Kuduro Sound System volume 2 (2010)


Rise of the Shamstep

47Soul – Balfron Promise (Cooking Vinyl, 2018)

Balfron Promise is an album by 47Soul, a shamstep band that has been getting a lot of attention in the British press. Although currently based in London, the four musicians have Palestinian and Jordanian roots.

Shamstep is a genre created by 47Soul in which Palestinian traditional music such as dabke is combined with cutting edge electronic music and vocals in Arabic.

The synthesizer player produces some of most fascinating elements in the band, injecting high energy Middle Eastern melodies using distorted synthesizer sounds. The rhythm section is formidable, mixing electronic beats and acoustic percussion such as darbuka.

The lyrics focus on social injustice in London (Balfron Promise refers to residents of Balfron Tower being evicted due to gentrification) and sociopolitical problems in the Middle East.
The lineup includes Z the People on vocals and synthesizers; El Far3i (Tareq Abu Kwaik) on darbuka and vocals; Walaa Sbeit on percussion and vocals; and El Jehaz on guitar and vocals.

Buy Balfron Promise


Artist Profiles: Burkina Electric

Burkina Electric was the first electronica band from Burkina Faso, in the deep interior of West Africa. With its main base in the music scene of Wagadugu, Burkina Faso’s capital, it was, at the same time, an international band, with members living in New York, U.S.A. and Dusseldorf, Germany, as well as in Waga. In Burkina Electric’s music, the traditions and rhythms of Burkina Faso met and mingle with contemporary electronic dance culture, making it a trailblazer in electronic world music.

Before starting Burkina Electric in 2004, band members Mai Lingani, Wende K. Blass, Pyrolator, and Lukas Ligeti had become close friends as members of Beta Foly, a group that emerged from a workshop led by Lukas and Pyrolator in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, which, among other experiments, created some of the earliest fusions of techno/trip-hop with African traditional music.

The core band consisted of four musicians and two dancers, often augmented by guests. Rupert Huber, of the well-known Austrian electronica duo Tosca, collaborated and performed with the group on selected occasions. All songs were composed and choreographed collaboratively by all group members, and the music was directed toward an audience appreciative of electronica/club culture.

Much electronic dance music, even in Africa, still seems to employ the same rock and funk rhythms that have been used in Western pop for the past 50 years. Burkina Electric challenged this convention, enriching the fabric of this music by using different rhythms, equally danceable but rarely heard. Many of the songs were built upon ancient rhythms of the Sahel such as the Mossi peoples’ Waraba and Wennenga, little-known even in Africa outside of Burkina. The dancers, whose choreographies combined elements of the traditional and the modern, invited listeners to discover that these exotic rhythms groove at least as powerfully as disco, house or drum & bass!

The group also created new rhythms influenced by traditional grooves, and used sounds of traditional instruments and found sounds and soundscapes recorded in Burkina in unusual ways. It is truly African electronica, both experimental and entertaining. The performance is further enhanced by the use of live-manipulated video.

Award-winning singer Mai Lingani, a star in Burkina Faso because of her unique voice and charismatic stage presence, sings in Mossi, Diula, Bissa, and French. Wende K. Blass, one of Burkina’s premier guitarists, contributed soulful guitar melodies. Electronicist/VJ Pyrolator was of Germany’s most inventive pop musicians and a top producer ever since the days of the “Neue Deutsche Welle” some 25 years as a founding member of bands D.A.F. and Der Plan, while New York-based drummer/electronicist Lukas Ligeti received commissions from groups such as the Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can All Stars.

Burkina Electric was formed for a tour in Austria in 2004. In May 2006, the group performed at the Festival Jazz Ouaga in Burkina Faso and released its debut album, “Paspanga”, in Burkina Faso. Two video clips, produced for Burkinabe TV, received heavy play in Burkina Faso and surrounding countries.


Reem Tekre EP (Atatak, 2007)
Paspanga (Cantaloupe, 2010)


Deeply Mesmerizing Ud

Smadj – Solotronic (Whirling Wolf, 2017)

Solotronic is the new solo album by Smadj (Jean-Pierre Smadja), a French-Tunisian artist who has taken the ud (Arabic lute) to new realms. On Solotronic, Smadja delivers solo ud pieces where the lute appears in a calm acoustic form and fiery electric format as well. Smadj enhances the ud via electronic effects, using reverb, loops, and adding cutting edge electronic beats and ambient sounds at times.

Smadj’s Solotronica features a shape-shifting ud that is deeply mesmerizing, forward-looking and satisfying.

Buy the digital version of Solotronic


Tribal Sutras

Tya – Tribal Sutras
Tya – Tribal Sutras (New Earth Records/Times Music, 2001)

Fans of Deep Forest and Enigma would like this deep trance album. The influences are from around the world, and reflect sounds from Bulgaria to Australia. The 9 danceable tracks make for an interesting start to your party. Our pick is the fine track “Awake to Your Senses.”

All tracks are written and produced by Martin Scherl. The album is named after the Australian aboriginal word for ‘earth,’ and the holistic peace-loving message of the album fits in well with 21st century globalist thinking.