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Refugees for Refugees, Pooling Global Musical Talent

Refugees for Refugees – Amina (Muziekpublique, 2019)

It’s become fairly standard to sum up a person’s life in a single moment. We catch a glimpse of the face as some person crosses a border, disembarks from a ship or jockeys for space in a refugee camp and we sum up that life.

There are some who would chalk up the refugee story by making it part and parcel to tragedy, war or desperate circumstances, while the less sympathetic would see an unwanted burden. But that’s never the whole story. We don’t see bread bakers, engineers, nurses or store owners where the family’s store has successfully existed and operated for and by generation after generation of the same family. We certainly don’t see the keepers of traditional craft work like carving or needlework or artists or musicians. We dismiss the back story of the refugee, that life before being uprooted, and perhaps the most precious of that life. It is with some sadness that I think we might be truly missing out.

It’s somewhere in here that Muziekpubique, a non-profit organization in Belgium, has seen this missed opportunity. Running a program promoting folk and world music by way of concerts, music lessons and a record label. This clever organization and label has teamed up musicians from Pakistan, Tibet, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Belgium to create Refugees for Refugees, resulting in a second release of the recording called Amina, in support of Muziekpublique and Cinemaximiliaan, a kind of cross cultural crossroads for refugees in a Brussels park where refugees can get information, find friends and even watch a movie or find a creative project.

Refugees for Refugees – Amina

While the good deeds of Refugees for Refugees might be incentive enough to support this project, the better bet is to support this wonderful music. Amina is full of delightful surprises and lush pleasures. Composing and arranging most of the music on Amina by members of Refugees for Refugees, this collaboration where one musical tradition is seamlessly enfolded in another, sometimes in improbable combinations, comes across as wholly organic.

Pooling the talents of Pakistan’s Asad Qizilbash on sarod, Tibet’s Dolma Renqingi on vocals, Syria’s Fakher Madallal on vocals and percussion, Tibet’s Kelsang Hula on dramyen and vocals, Afghanistan’s Mohammad Aman Yusufi on dambura and vocals, Belgium’s Simon Leleux on oriental percussion, Iraq’s Souhad Najem on qanun, Syria’s Tamman Al Ramadan on ney, Syria’s Tareq Alsayed Yahua on ud and Belgium’s Tristan Driessens on ud Amina flows free in that otherworldly space where musicians, regardless of their country or tradition, meet and commune, that place where all the good things in music happen.

Hooking listeners from the opening strains of “Perahan,” Amina dazzles with a heady mix of vocals, ud and ney. And, the tracks just get better with “Semki Molem” with its rich combination of deep male chorus against the soaring vocals of Aren Dolma. The ud laced “Qad Hijaz” is just as powerfully stunning as “Kesaro Sarko.”

Other goodies include the sarod and quanun rich “Punarjanm,” “Tonshak” with its scratchy throat singing against Tibetan vocals by Ms. Dolma and musical combination of sarod, dramyen, ud, ney and bendir and all the glorious quanum riches of “Shuq.” “Tales of the Mountain” will raise the hairs on the back of your neck it’s that good, just as simple pleasures of sarod and dholla will delight on “After the Dust.” And still the goodies just keep coming with “Rose Gate,” “Wasla Qudud Bayati” “Lhasa” and closing track “Chaman Chaman.”

With Amina, supporting a good cause never sounded so good.

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Refugees for Refugees Announce Amina Release Tour

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World music ensemble Refugees for Refugees has announced an upcoming European tour to celebrate the release of its new album Amina.

Tour Dates:

16/02/2019 – Ancienne Belgiumlgique (Brussels, Belgium)
17/02/2019 – De Roma (Antwerpen, Belgium)
01/03/2019 – Salle Philharmonique de Liège (Belgium)
02/03/2019 – Maison Culturelle d’Ath (Belgium)
09/03/2019 – HandelsBelgiumurs (Gent, Belgium)
13/03/2019 – C-Mine (Genk, Belgium)
28/03/2019 – CC Brugge (Belgium)
29/03/2019 – Espace Ronny Coutteure (Grenay, France)
03/04/2019 – CC de Comines-Warneton (Belgium)
06/04/2019 – Centre culturel régional Action Sud (Viroinval, Belgium)
10/05/2019 – Ferme du Biéreau (Belgium)
16/05/2019 – Ter Vesten (Belgiumveren, Belgium)
28/05/2019 – Teatro do Trindade (Lisbon, Portugal)
29/05/2019 – Teatro Garcia de Resende (Evora, Portugal)
17/05/2019 – Quintet – Archipel 2019 (Brussels, Belgium)
13/07/2019 – Brosella Festival (Brussels, Belgium)
26/07/2019 – Glatt & Verkehrt Festival (Krems, Austria)

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Refugees for Refugees Announce New Album

Belgium-based world music ensemble Refugees for Refugees has announced the release of its second album ‘Amina.’ The ensemble will present the new recording at Ancienne Belgique (Brussels) on Saturday, February, 16, 2019.

Refugees for Refugees brings together acclaimed musicians from Syria, Tibet, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Belgium who are united by their yearning to intertwine links between their music.  The group has developed an original repertoire at the crossroads between their different traditions.  

Following two years of collaboration, this second album writes a new chapter in the Refugees for Refugees story. It represents reconstruction, the fresh energy needed to map out a new trajectory after being uprooted.

Breaking down musical barriers, the group offers a rich menu of sounds, from lively Afghan traditional songs to the refinement of the classical tradition from Aleppo and Baghdad, through the pure power of nomadic Tibetan chants, the weightless sounds of the Pakistani sarod, the subtleties of the Turkish ud and eastern percussion.

The ensemble’s debut album Amerli hit the top of the Transglobal World Music Chart in 2016.

Musicians:

Asad Qizilbash (sarod) (Pakistan-Belgium)

Aren Dolma (voice) (Tibet-Belgium)

Fakher Madallal (voice, percussion) (Syria-Belgium)

Kelsang Hula (dramyen, voice) (Tibet-Belgium)

Mohammad Aman Yusufi (dambura, voice) (Afghanistan-Belgium)

Simon Leleux (percussion) (Belgium)

Souhad Najem (qanun) (Iraq-Belgium)

Tammam Al Ramadan (ney) (Syria-Belgium)

Tareq Alsayed Yahya (ud) (Syria-Belgium)

Tristan Driessens (ud) (Belgium)

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The Best World Music Albums of 2016

World Music Central presents the Best World Music Albums of 2016. First, we begin with our top 20:

 

Gerardo Nuñez and Ulf Wakenius – Logos

 

1. Gerardo Núñez & Ulf Wakenius – Logos – ACT Music
2. Roberto Fonseca – ABUC – Impulse!
3. Bickram Ghosh – Maya, Bickram Ghosh’s Dedication to Ravi Shankar – East Meets West Music
4. Karsh Kale – Up – Six Degrees Records
5. Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold – Deutsche Grammophon
6. Josemi Carmona & Javier Colina – De Cerca – Universal Music Spain
7. La Banda Morisca – Algarabya – Fol Música
8. Dawda Jobarteh – Transitional Times – Sterns Africa
9. Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu – Eros – Tuk Music/Ota Records, 2016
10. Aziza Brahim – Abbar el Hamada – Glitterbeat Records
11. Jose Antonio Rodriguez – Adios Muchacho – Jose Antonio Rodriguez
12. Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles– Maarja Nuut
13. Las Hermanas Caronni – Navega Mundos – Les Grands Fleuves
14. Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina – Glitterbeat Records
15. Solas – All These Years – THL Records
16. Mor Karbasi – Ojos de Novia – Mintaka Music
17. Ana Alcaide – Leyenda – ARC Music
18. Harold López-Nussa – El Viaje – Mack Avenue Records
19. Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo – Cumbancha
20. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage – Qwest Records

Next, the best 10 from the editor of the Spanish-language Músicas del Mundo online magazine, Rafael Mieses:

Gino Sitson – Body and Voice

 

1. Gino Sitson – Body and Voice – Buda Musique
2. Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home – Sony Masterworks
3. Marquis Hill – The way we play – Concord Jazz
4. Voxtra – Encounter of Vocal Heritage– Muziek publique
5. Roberto Fonseca – ABUC – Impulse!
6. Michel Camilo & Tomatito – Spain Forever – Verve
7. Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World / A Mulher do Fim do Mundo – Mais Um Discos
8. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage – Qwest Records
9. Jack Dejohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In movement – ECM
10. Harold López-Nussa – El Viaje – Mack Avenue Record

Lastly, we include s the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC), co-founded by World Music Central’s Angel Romero

TWMC Best Albums of 2016

Refugees for Refugees – Amerli

 

1. Refugees for Refugees – Amerli – Muziekpublique
2. Bixiga 70 – III – Glitterbeat Records
3. Aziza Brahim – Abbar el Hamada – Glitterbeat Records
4. Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina – Glitterbeat Records
5. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Jardins Migrateurs – Ma Case
6. Rokia Traoré – Né So – Nonesuch Records
7. Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World / A Mulher do Fim do Mundo – Mais Um Discos
8. Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home – Sony Masterworks
9. Kayhan Kalhor, Aynur, Cemîl Qoçgirî & Salman Gambarov – Hawniyaz – Harmonia Mundi
10. Bonga – Recados de Fora – Lusafrica
11. Harold López-Nussa – El Viaje – Mack Avenue Records
12. Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Musique de Nuit – Nø Førmat! / Six Degrees Records
13. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis – Nyn – Riverboat Records
14. Ana Alcaide – Leyenda – ARC Music
15. Sam Lee & Friends – The Fade in Time – The Nest Collective
16. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage – Qwest Records
17. Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo – Cumbancha
18. Bombino – Azel – Partisan Records
19. The Gloaming – 2 – Real World Records
20. Las Hermanas Caronni – Navega Mundos – Les Grands Fleuves

To see the TWMC Top 50, go to www.transglobalwmc.com/category/charts/

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Transglobal World Music Chart for September 2016

The Refugees for Refugees album has hit the number one spot for a third month.

1 Refugees for Refugees – Amerli (Muziekpublique)
2. Kayhan Kalhor, Aynur, Cemîl Qoçgirî & Salman Gambarov – Hawniyaz (Harmonia Mundi)
3. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis – Nyn (Riverboat Records / World Music Network)
4. Ana Alcaide – Leyenda (ARC Music)
5. Khmer Rouge Survivors – They Will Kill You, if You Cry (Glitterbeat Records)
6. Kepa Junkera & Sorginak – Maletak (Fol Musica)
7. Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko – Jardins Migrateurs (Ma Case)
8. Calypso Rose – Far From Home (Because Music)
9. Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)
10. Mabiisi – Mabiisi (Akwaaba Music)
11. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage (Qwest Records)
12. Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World / A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (Mais Um Discos)
13. Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)
14. Tuuletar – Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal (Bafe’s Factory)
15. 2016: Afro Celt Sound System – The Source (ECC Records)
16. M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – Mezcla (Glitterbeat Records)
17. Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi)
18. Quintet Bumbac – Libre Voyage dans les Musiques des Balkans (Collectif Çok Malko)
19. Kimi Djabaté – Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)
20. Fanfare Ciocărlia – 20 (Asphalt Tango Records)

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Transglobal World Music Chart for August 2016

The Refugees for Refugees recording is once more the number 1 album this month.

1. Refugees for Refugees – Amerli (Muziekpublique)
2. Ana Alcaide – Leyenda (ARC Music)
3. Lakou Mizik – Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)
4. 2016: Afro Celt Sound System – The Source (ECC Records)
5. Calypso Rose – Far from Home (Because Music)
6. Mabiisi – Mabiisi (Akwaaba Music)
7. Kayhan Kalhor, Aynur, Cemîl Qoçgirî & Salman Gambarov – Hawniyaz (Harmonia Mundi)
8. Elza Soares – The Woman at the End of the World / A Mulher do Fim do Mundo (Mais Um Discos)
9. M.A.K.U. Soundsystem – Mezcla (Glitterbeat Records)
10. Kepa Junkera & Sorginak – Maletak (Fol Música)
11. Leyla McCalla – A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey (Jazz Village / Harmonia Mundi)
12. Quintet Bumbac – Libre Voyage dans les Musiques des Balkans (Collectif Çok Malko)
13. Bombino – Azel (Partisan Records)
14. Gerardo Núñez & Ulf Wakenius – Logos (ACT Music)
15. Kimi Djabaté – Kanamalu (Red Orange Recordings)
16. Yo-Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)
17. Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold (Deutsche Grammophon)
18. Aziza Brahim – Abbar el Hamada (Glitterbeat Records)
19. Mahsa Vahdat – A Cappella: The sun will rise (Kirkelig Kulturverksted)
20. Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate – Monistic Theory (Cumbancha)

21. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis – Nyn (Riverboat / World Music Network)
22. Vigüela – Temperamento (ARC Music)
23. Khmer Rouge Survivors – They Will Kill You, if You Cry (Glitterbeat Records)
24. Burak Malçok – Saklı Nefes / Hidden Breath (Onearth Records)
25. 9Bach – Anian (Real World Records)
26. Djelimady Tounkara – Djely Blues (Label Bleu)
27. La Banda Morisca – Algarabya (Fol Música)
28. Elektro Hafız – Elektro Hafız (Pharaway Sounds)
29. Fanfare Ciocărlia – 20 (Asphalt Tango Records)
30. V.A. – Space Echo: The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed (Analog Africa)
31. Jean Luc Thomas & Ravichandra Kulur – Magic Flutes (Hirustica)
32. Maarja Nuut – Une Meeles (Marina Records)
33. Mamadou Barry & Afro Groove Gang – Tankadi (Label Bleu)
34. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage (Qwest Records)
35. Mor Karbasi – Ojos de Novia (Alama Records)
36. Imarhan – Imarhan (City Slang)
37. Derek Gripper – Libraries on Fire (New Cape Records)
38. Joseph Tawadros – World Music (Joseph Tawadros)
39. Terra Sangue Mare – Terra Sangue Mare (Terra Sangue Mare)
40. Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan & Elmira Darvarova – Amalgam (Affetto)

More about the chart: www.transglobalwmc.com

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