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enero 15, 2020

Boncana Maïga - Koyma Hondo

He Afro Funk side of the Latin Soul maestro !

Born in Gao ( Mali), Boncana Maïga is one of the most talented and popular producer of west african music since the 60’s. He studied flute and latin arrangements in Cuba during the 60’s and founded the famous « Les Maravillas du Mali » in 1968.

He became orchestra leader for the national ivorian tv in Abidjan in the mid seventies, toured all over the world with the famous Africando band.

During his recording sessions in NYC at the beginning of the 80’s with a lot of « Latin musicians » from Puerto Rico, Venezuela or Colombia, Boncana Maïga also recorded few rare Funky tracks with heavy breaks !With the artist, we decided to reissue four rare tracks from 1978 to 1982 dedicated to dancefloor , included a really rare soundtrack for the oil company of Ivory Coast called « Petroci ».

In 2018, he’ll be back on tour with « Les maravillas du Mali « , still have a weekly TV show on TV 5 Monde and with this reissue will continue to warm your Afro Funk parties !

Side A

– Koyma Hondo ( 3.58)
– Zourou ( 4.16)

Side B

– Yala M’le ( 4.28)
– Petroci ( 2.23) 

enero 10, 2020

Etran Finatawa - The Sahara Sessions - 2013

Etran Finatawa ("the stars of tradition") is the only band in the world that combines the cultures of the Bororo (distinguished by their unique face paintings) and the Tuaregs. The Bororo or Wodaabe culture adds special characteristics to the music: the polyphonic song and its percussion, which joins the Tuareg traditions sounds. The result is a type of desert blues that comes from the Sahel savanna (Niger).
Released in 2004 during the Festival au Désert, in Mali, Etran Finatawa belong (like Bombino or Tinariwen) to that saga of artists who have made the desert blues something suggestive and unmistakable, a spectacular direct that can be seen in their previous work Tarkat Tajje - Let´s Go! (2010), recorded on their European tour of 2009. In it they create a unique and different sound, where their ideas and concerns regarding their traditional way of life are threatened with extinction, in a society immersed in a change Global continuous. His second album Desert Crossroads (2008) was an exploration of the difficulties of being a nomadic people.
And in May 2013 they released their third album to date, The Sahara Sessions. The title perfectly defines the essence of the group's work, for which they decided to set up a recording studio in the middle of the desert on the outskirts of the city of Korey Gourou, in Niger.
The result is a disc that sounds different. The cuts that compose it feel more pure and convey a suggestive sound that transport to the arid desert (its starry nights and its calm), with its particular guitar and percussion riffs that are intertwined in each theme creating a perfect fusion between rhythm and the melodic base that compose them. To all this are added the voices of Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla and Bammo Agonla, who invite us to reflect on the conflict of survival of the culture of the Tuareg peoples.

Political problems and serious economic difficulties represent a dangerous threat to the nomadic way of life and the rich cultures of Niger. Hopeful in a solution to these problems, Etran Finatawa celebrates its cultural roots and calls for the conservation of nomadic peoples to be a priority for both Niger and listeners around the world.

Tracks list:
01. Matinfa
02. Gonga Timouhar
03. Icheraid Azaman
04. Wa Oyan A Wa Imouss I Bastila
05. An Mataf Germanawen
06. Eldam
07. Ahewalan
08. Bakuba
09. Atherlak
10. Djojaréré
11. Issaud
12. Is Ler Is Salan
13. In De Hallad
14. Im Raharan
15. Taborilit
16. Toumast

enero 05, 2020

Idir - La France des Couleurs...

Idir is the stage name of Hamid Cheriet, an Algerian singer-songwriter born in the Kabilia region in 1945. He is one of the greatest exponents of Amazigh folk music. In the early seventies he supported the beginning of the career of the young and controversial anti-Muslim singer Lounès Matoub (who would be killed by Muslim fans in 1998). In the mid-seventies he managed to popularize "A vava Inouva", a Cabilian song in the Berber language. In 1999, Idir recorded the album Identités, where Khalida Toumi, Karen Matheson, Manu Chao, Geoffrey Oryema, Brahim Izri, Thierry Titi Robin, Barbès National Orchestra, Dan Ar Braz, Maxime Le Forestier, Zebda and Gnawa Diffusion, collaborated others.

In 2007, in pleine campagne présidentielle française, Idir signed an album non politique mais républicain: La France des couleurs. L'album, «défend les couleurs de la France» comme aime à le répater l'artiste lui-même. Sur cet album, il invite la jeune génération à composer avec lui des chansons autour de ce thème qui lui est cher, l'identité. Named by artistes comme Akhenaton, Grand Corps Malade, Zaho et beaucoup d'autres posent ainsi textes, rage et sensitites aux côtés du tonton kabyle.

01. Je Viens de Là l'On M'Aime (04:00)
02. La France des Couleurs (03:23)
03. Ce Cœur Venu d'Ailleurs (03:44)
04. Marche Sur Jérusalem (04:13)
05. Lettre à Ma Fille (03:22)
06. Tout Ce Temps (02:45)
07. Africa Taferka (03:41)
08. Retour (03:04)
09. Interlude (00:17)
10. Ya Babba (03:50)
11. Mama (04:53)
12. Sous le Ciel de Marseille (03:41)
13. Afous (02:54)
14. Médailles en Chocolat (03:46)
15. A Mon Père (03:32)
16. Pèlerinage (03:20)
17. D'Où Je Viens (04:07)

diciembre 30, 2019

Angélique Kidjo - Eve - 2014

Eve is the title of Angélique Kidjo's new work, a wonderful compilation with a series of songs dedicated to the culture of women in Africa, a tribute to their strength, their femininity and their constant struggle for independence and freedom.
Produced by Patrick Dillett (collaborator of artists of the caliber of David Byrne), the name of the album is a clear dedication to Angélique Kidjo's mother and has been recorded including up to ten choirs of women from Benin and Kenya, who accompany the " New Mama Africa "singing in different native dialects and languages, including Fon, Yoruba, Goun and Mina. The singer launches this new work in conjunction with the edition of "Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music", an autobiography published by Harper Collins.
"Eve is an album of memories of the African woman with whom I grew up and a testimony of the pride and strength behind the smile that hides everyday problems," says Kidjo, whose awards include a 20-year discography and thousands of concerts all over the world. "Their voices emanate positivity and grace in difficult times. In this recording I let the voices of women show their beauty to the world," he adds. "Eve shows the positivity they bring to their towns, cities, culture and the world."
For the realization of Eve, Angélique has also had an impressive team of artists such as guitarist Lionel Loueke, drummer Steve Jordan, bassist Christian McBride and with the extraordinary participation of the original Senegalese percussionist Magatte Sow. We can also listen to Dr. John (piano), Rostam Batmaglij (Vampire Weekend guitar), Kronos Quartet and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra on the album.

With the popular Nigerian singer Asa she sings "Eva", and for the traditional Congolese song "Bana" she has the charismatic voice of her mother Yvonne.

"Eve is dedicated to women in Africa, their resilience and beauty," says Kidjo. "These women have very little materially, but when they smile it is as if they had jumped on the moon and hung on it. As long as we are strong, we will move forward with dignity." Definitely, Eve stands as one of the summits of Kidjo's impressive career, a demonstration of her absolute technical level, a perfect album for those of us who love and admire African cultures.

01. M´Baamba (Kenyan Song)
02. Shango Wa
03. Eva (con ASA)
04. Interlude: Agbade
05. Bomba (con Rostam Batmaglij)
06. Hello (von Trio Teriba)
07. Blewu
08. Kamoushou
09. Kulumbu (con Dr. John)
10. Interlude: Kletedjan
11. Ebile (con Kronos Quartet)
12. Awalole (con Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg)
13. Bana (con Yvonne Kidjo)
14. Orisha
15. Interlude: Wayi
16. Coari

diciembre 25, 2019

Mad Sheer Khan - 1001 Nights - 2000 - Argelia

Born in the Algiers casbah, Mad is the son of an Algerian mother and a Persian father. He began composing at age fifteen, with the idea that music is a universal language that everyone understands, that sound has the power to contribute to a better future. Mad plays the dilruba (former original violin from northern India born more than 300 years ago) and the esraj, and has delved into Persian music, Baul music, and Gnawa music.

At the age of 17 he took to the road with his guitar, and for a year he was living on the street, beginning his learning in a radical way.

Since the age of 18, when he founded the Rahmann group, Mad has played with John McLaughlin, Nico, from Velvet Underground, Mickael Riley (Steel Pulse / Reggae Philarmonic Orchestra), Sapho, Harem, Mickael Hutchence, Keziah Jones, Axel Bauer and Sting. The result of all those past experiences, and their personal feelings about the emigration of people and cultures is currently defined under the expression of "traditions avant-garde".

In 2000, Mad releases "1001 Nights" (Erato / Warner classic), a composition for 7 singers from 7 different cultures (Navajo, Tibetan, Algerian, Gnawa, Indian, Hebrew and Persian) combining a classical chamber orchestra with prestigious soloists as L. Subramanian or Alla. "1001 Nights" ranked 6th on the European List of World Music.

01  Night of Algeria 5:34
02  Night of Gnawas 9:44
03  Night of Hebrews 8:34
04  Night of Navajos 8:55
05  Night of Tibet 7:43
06  Night of India 11:20
07  Night of Persia 11:13

diciembre 20, 2019

Aurelio - Landini - 2014

Aurelio Martínez is a Honduran artist from Garifuna culture, and one of the main exponents (along with Andy Palacio) of his traditional music. The Garífunas are a town of African origin that lives on the Central American Caribbean coast, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. A town that has never renounced its identity or its culture.
His album entitled Garifuna Soul (2004) is probably, along with Umalali (The Garifuna Women´s Project), the best record recorded in the history of this traditional music. Originally from Paplaya, Honduras, his childhood town has become the cornerstone of his new work, Lándini ("landing" in Garifuna), a disc dedicated to his mother (his main influence and central character of his life, he says Aurelio himself) and a tribute to his land and its people.
Songs elaborated hand in hand with his mother María Martínez, along with traditional themes, in which he incorporates elements from a wide variety of sources but in which the heart of Garifuna music beats. Stories that Maria composes, based on community events and personal experiences. She teaches the verse and the chorus of the songs to her son, and Aurelio ends up finishing the theme, like a story, adding other verses, in the purest traditional style.
"My mother is the only source of inspiration for this album," says Aurelio. "My mother sees herself reflected in me, to a large extent, the only one in the family who has been able to fulfill her dream of singing professionally. She transmits the songs to me, and gives me advice about music. She is the best example that I have in my life what a human being should be, my main and confident advisor. " "Irawini" reflects this emotional bond. Composed by Maria, she tells us about the feeling of listening to Aurelio on the guitar in the distance, while anxiously awaiting his return home every night.

Garifuna songs, whether new or old, are full of humor and reflections. They are chronicles of events in the life of a community. Others talk about personal suffering (for example, "Durubei Mani" and "Nafagua", in which the loss of a loved one is lamented). The producer of the album, Ivan Duran, explains that "when a Garifuna song becomes popular in the community, it is usually not because it contains a catchy melody or because it is a fun song. It is because the experience that is transmitted in the song resonates with the listeners' own experiences. " These songs are reused, transforming over time thanks to the fact that those who interpret them add new names and places, new thoughts and verses.
In its simplicity is where Garífuna songs find their unexpected depth. These are issues that often have a double meaning that encompasses the ambivalence of life, the gray area between love and restlessness, between happiness and misfortune. It is a combination that Garífuna troubadours have refined to perfection, linking dynamic and optimistic rhythms with melancholic and felt melodies.

In the recording of Lándini, Duran, who is a native of Belize and has dedicated most of his professional life to working with Garifuna artists, strived to accentuate this double nature of the songs, with their complex emotional resonances. The touches of Duran are restricted and subtle, leaving the center of attention in Aurelio and in the delicate and passionate interpretations of his band, in the percussion sounds, vocals and guitars masterfully performed by Guayo Cedeño.

Tracks list:
01. Sañanaru (I Can't Handle Her)
02. Nando (Leonardo)
03. Milaguru (Miracle)
04. Nafagua (I Will Try)
05. Nari Golu (My Golden Tooth)
06. Lándini (Landing)
07. Lirun Weyu (Sad Day)
08. Durugubei Mani (Evil People)
09. Irawini (Midnight)
10. Funa Tugudirugu (Newborn Child)
11. Nitu (Older Sister)
12. Chichanbara (Ginger)

diciembre 16, 2019

Terra Incognita - Tribal Gathering - 1997

In Tribal Gathering Chinmaya Dunster, Ravi and Prem Joshua have gathered a collection of styles from around the world, from America to the Middle East, Africa, India and the Balkans. All handmade, the music is impressive a meeting of some of the most magical instruments in the world, kora, sitar, flutes, drum and Sarod giving a sense of color to the mixture of excellent rhythms and beautiful sounds, a highly recommended album.

Prem Joshua: sitar, flutes
Chinmaya Dunster: sarod
Ravi: kora (African harp)

01 Kafi (5:01)
02 Etruscan Places (6:24)
03 Tilak (4:54)
04 Sacred Dance (2:48)
05 Cala Violina (4:29)
06 Sufis And Gypsies (5:47)
07 Mountains Of The Moon (6:54)
08 Under The Carob Tree (3:33)
09 Rhythem House Classic (4:16)
10 Never Mind The Pandits (4:52)
11 Havana Baba (2:34)
12 Tribal Gathering (7:31)
13 Zenith (3:11)
14 Shahana (6:12)