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junio 29, 2020

Anouar Brahem - Conte de L'incroyable Amour - 1992

In October 1991 Anouar Brahem recorded his second album for ECM, Conte de L'incroyable Amour. And although this album and its predecessor still have a typical traditional atmosphere, we can already see the different musical directions that our oud master could take. Anouar in his youth was not limited to listening to Arab music, he did not hesitate to explore other parts of traditional music: from the Mediterranean, to the most remote, on the border of Iran and India. For this work Anouar Brahem hired the services of the Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner Sufi teacher of the Mevlevi Emeritus flute player of the nai instrument traditionally used in trance ceremonies for dancing dervishes. Another Erguner compatriot, clarinetist Barbaros Erkose and again Tunisian Lassad Hosni on percussion (darbuka and bendir).

AnouarBrahem: oud
BarbarosErköse: clarinet
KudsiErguner: nai
Lassad Hosni: bendir, darbouka

    Le chien sur les genoux de la devineresse
L'oiseau de bois
Lumière du silence
Conte de l'incroyable amour
En souvenird'Iram

junio 28, 2020

Calypso - Vintage Songs From the Caribbean - 2002

Calypso (2002) is a Putumayo collection that includes Calypso classics and popular songs from the golden era of Caribbean music.
In the 1950s, calypso and other Caribbean folk styles had international repercussions, after the release of "Calypso" by Harry Belafonte in 1956, one of the best-selling records in history. From then on, artists from Barbados, Trinidad, the Bahamas, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands became interested in this new audience. Thus, the rhythms, catchy melodies and double meaning lyrics of Caribbean music reached millions of North American homes.

This album brings us a selection of classics from the legendary ART Records, as well as other gems from various periods of Caribbean musical history. Calypso goes back half a century, to a romantic era that seemed to have been lost in time.

Tracks list:
01. Don't Touch Me Tomato - George Symonette - Bahamas
02. Yes, Yes, Yes - Calypso Mama - Bahamas
03. Take Me Back To Jamaica - The Jolly Boys - Jamaica
04. Crazy Like Mad - Leslie Scott & Irene Williams - Bahamas
05. Peas And Rice - Blind Blake And His Royal Victorians - Bahamas
06. Linstead Market - Lord Composer - Jamaica
07. No More Rocking And Rolling - King Sparrow - Grenada
08. Goombay Drum - The Percentie Brothers - Bahamas
09. Fed-A-Ray - Lord Beginner - Trinidad
10. Kim - Lord Shorty - Trinidad
11. Little Nassau/Bahama Mama - Andre Toussaint – Haiti/Bahamas
12. Barbados Carnival - Mighty Panther - Trinidad
13. J.P. Morgan - The Percentie Brothers - Bahamas
14. The Limbo Song - Frankie Anderson - Bahamas
15. It's Always Springtime In Nassau - Delbon Johnson - Bahamas

junio 24, 2020

Brian Keane & Omar Faruk Tekbilek - Fire Dance - 1990

Omar Faruk Tekbilek, one of the main representatives of oriental music, has more than a dozen albums to his credit, and the album Fire Dance (1990) is one of the most applauded in his career. Second album of his international career, it was his second production with Brian Keane (famous composer and musician who ventures into the music of esoteric, Celtic and Tibetan veins) after his celebrated debut with Süleyman The Magnificent (1988), soundtrack of the movie of the same title.

This album can be interpreted as a natural progression from Süleyman, Faruk and Keane's experimentation with instruments from the Middle East and North Africa along with guitars, synthesizers and sophisticated orchestrations, expanding their attention from Turkey to include music from North Africa, Egypt and other Arab and Middle Eastern sources, without distancing himself from the styles that marked and shaped his career in its beginnings, such as Zingara or Sufi music.

Tracks list:
01. Somewhere in the Sahara
02. OğlanBoyun
03. A Call to Prayer
04. Desert Twilight
05. A Passage East
06. Song of the Pharaohs
07. Beledy
08. Fire Dance
09. Ask
10. Village Song
11. Modern Mystics
12. Sahara (reprise)
13. Spirit of the Ancestors
14. Halay

junio 22, 2020

Taj mahal & keb' mo' - Tajmo - 2017 - USA

TajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who have already built individual iconoclastic legacies that have broadened and broadened blues traditions in new adventurous territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, combining their voices, personalities, and guitar styles to create vibrant and immediate music, firmly rooted in tradition and governed by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthem "Waiting in the World to Change".

1.Don't Leave Me Here Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 05:02 
2.She Knows How To Rock Me Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 02:40 
3.All Around the World Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 03:22 
4.Om Sweet Om Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' , Lizz Wright 03:35 
5.Shake Me In Your Arms Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 05:58 
6.That's Who I Am Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 04:17 
7.Diving Duck Blues Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 04:28 
8.Squeeze Box Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 03:16 
9.Ain't Nobody Talkin' Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 04:00 
10.Soul Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 06:00 
11.Waiting On the World To Change Taj Mahal , Keb' Mo' 02:42

junio 20, 2020

Miss Blues - Bad Prospects - 2009 - Oklahoma - USA

For Dorothy Choncie Ellis, of Live Highway, Texas has been a glorious time journey.

Orphaned at a young age, self-determination and love for life and people have led her on many life adventures.

Think for a minute about the live youngster, who momma instilled in her love and respect for books and learning.

From the service dependent cotton fields, Dorothy pursued studies, earning a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Her journey has brought her close to a doctorate, but she has other passions as well.
All along the way, Big-Time Blues sang, and self-published.

"for blacks" Dorothy only a collection of memories in 1979. Dorothy became Miss Blues "when you are a black rat went to sound on the strings. She has performed with Richard" Groove "Holmes, Little Joe Blue , Drink Small, and others; opened by Bo Diddley, has performed at many blues festivals, including Arcadia Blues Festival, Pinedale Blues Festival, Southwest Blues Heritage Festival, Dawn to Dusk Blues Festival and more.
Blues Miss Dorothy Ellis, has the soul of the blues inside. Miss blues and her blues band have performed at festivals across the United States and the world!

He was inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame in 2004!
In 2007, Blues Miss was voted the Best Blues Band in Oklahoma, and received a "Woody" award from the Oklahoma Gazette, which called her "the first lady of the blues state - whole soul and allows you to I know how to sing songs at the top of their lungs in a way that their many admirers have come to call the Texas Cry! "

01. Blood Running Cold [03:43]
02. Billie's Blues [04:47]
03. Bad Prospects [04:04]
04. Rub Board Boogie [01:49]
05. Trapped [04:43]
06. Midnight Cry [04:11]
07. Sinkin Sinkin Sinkin [06:07]
08. It's Gonna Rain [02:54]
09. Cold Mountains [06:47] 

junio 19, 2020

Brazilian Cafe - 2009

Brazilian Café (2009), another edition of the Café de Putumayo series, brings together a captivating selection of samba, bossa nova and jazz performed by stars and young stars of Brazilian music.

Most of the artists on this CD have been inspired by Antônio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes and others and other later composers. Brazilian Café includes songs by legendary singer-songwriter Djavan and jazz star Rosa Passos. The album also features songs by Paris-based composer Márcio Faraco, samba revivalist Teresa Christina, electro-bossa hipster Katia B and eclectic vocalist Ceumar, already featured in other Putumayo collections. With the careful presentation aesthetics that Putumayo is accustomed to, Brazilian Café also includes a recipe for pavê de café, a popular Brazilian coffee dessert. To enjoy.

01. Djavan • Embola a Bola (Cateretê)
02. MárcioFaraco • Na Casa Do Seu Humberto
03. Teresa Christina and Grupo Semente • Para Não Contrariar Você
04. CarlinhosCor Das Aguas • Tempo Interno
05. Ceumar • Feliz e Triste
06. Toco • Outro Lugar
07. Katia B • Viajei
08. Rosa Passos • Pequena Música Noturna
09. Alexandre Leão • Vumbora Amar
10. Marcia Salomon • Quando o Carnaval Chegar
11. Arranco de Varsóvia • Força da Imaginação
12. Ana Costa with Oswaldo Cavalo • Pra Que Pedir Perdão

junio 15, 2020

Miriam Makeba - Mama Africa the very best of - 2001

Makeba began singing in the 1950s with the Manhattan Brothers group, after which she founded her own band, The Skylarks, which mixed jazz with traditional South African music. In 1963, the South African government banned all of her records and prevented her from returning to the country. She lived abroad for almost 30 years, in the United States, Europe and Guinea, until in 1990 Nelson Mandela, after her release, convinced her to return.

Miriam Makeba was the first African woman to win a Grammy in 1965. Two years later, she achieved international fame with the “Pata Pata”, a song inspired by a dance in the Johannesburg shanty town. In 2001, she was awarded the Otto Hahn Peace Prize, awarded by the German UN Association. In 2002 she was awarded the Polar Music Prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Mama Africa the verybest of Miriam Makeba is a compilation of 25 themes that define her musical career, including her first songs as a member of Manhattan Brothers and The Skylarks. Serve as a tribute to this impressive woman who lived committed to the fight for civil rights and against racism, a delivery that she carried out until the last moment of her life.

Tracks list:
01. Tula Ndivile
02. Laku Tshoni 'Ilanga
03. Ntyilo Ntyilo
04. Holilili
05. Orlando
06. Intandane
07. Live Humble
08. Sindiza Ngecadillacs
09. Phansi Kwalomhlaba
10. Hush
11. Sophiatown Is Gone
12. Miriam and Spokes´ Phatha Phatha
13. Umqokozo
14. Pata Pata
15. Kilimanjaro
16. Thanayi
17. Can't Cross Over
18. Carnival
19. Chicken (Kikirikiki)
20. African Convention
21. I Shall Sing
22. Malaika
23. Jolinkomo
24. West Wind
25. The Click Song

junio 14, 2020

Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music - Usa

Ry Cooder has always believed in "reciprocity in music", and this could not be more evident in his career than with his fifth album, Chicken Skin Music (a colloquialism from Hawaii, synonymous with goosebumps). Even more than usual, Cooder refuses to recognize geographic or musical boundaries by presenting "Stand By Me" as a gospel song with a northern arrangement, or Jim Reeves' country-pop classic, "He'llHave to Go , "with the rhythm of a bolero, the interaction of Flaco Jiménez's accordion and Pat Rizzo's alto sax. On other tracks, two of Hawaii's great guitarists and singers Gabby Pahinui and guitar master Atta Isaacs on Hank Snow's hit "Yellow Roses" and the beautiful instrumental "Chloe". If Cooder's approach to music is stylistically diverse, his choice of material certainly follows suit. Sustained by a couple of Leadbelly compositions, Chicken Skin Music is a collection of songs ranging from the aforementioned themes as an ancient minstrel shows the medicinal "I Got Mine" and the syncopated R&B "Smack Dab in the Middle ". Blind Appalachian composer Alfred Reed also participates in "Always Lift Him Up", featuring a Hawaiian gospel tune, "kanaka Wai Wai" woven into the instrumental section. As he explains in the album notes himself, Cooder understands the connection between these seemingly disparate styles. This is nothing more than eclecticism for its own sake. Chicken Skin Music is probably RyCooder's most eccentric recording since its inception, but it's also one of the funniest.

* Ry Cooder – BajoSexto, mandola, bottleneck guitar, French accordion, electric guitar, slack-key guitar,   tiple, Hawaiian guitar, vocals
* George Bohannon – horn and baritone arrangement
* Oscar Brashear – cornet
* Red Callender – upright bass, tuba
* Chris Ethridge – bass
* Terry Evans – vocals
* Cliff Givens – vocals
* Laurence Fishburne - vocals
* Hugo Gonzales – banjo
* Chet Himes – engineer
* Milt Holland – percussion, drums
* John Ingle – engineer
* Atta Isaacs – slack-key and acoustic guitar
* Fred Jackson, Jr. – tenor saxophone
* Flaco Jiménez – accordion
* Herman E. Johnson – vocals
* Jim Keltner – drums
* Bobby King – vocals
* Henry Ojeda – bass
* Gabby Pahinui – steel guitar, vocals
* Benny Powell – trombone
* Pat Rizzo – alto saxophone
* Russ Titelman – banjo, bass, vocals, producer

1. "The Bourgeois Blues" (Leadbelly) – 3:22
2. "I Got Mine" (Traditional) – 4:28
3. "Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai" (Traditional) – 6:01
4. "He'll Have to Go" (Joe Allison, Audrey Allison) – 5:07
5. "Smack Dab in the Middle" (Chuck Calhoun) – 3:18
6. "Stand by Me" (Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller) – 3:38
7. "Yellow Roses" (Ken Devine, Sam Nichols) – 6:11
8. "Chloe" (Gus Kahn, Neil Moret) – 3:00
9. "Goodnight Irene" (Leadbelly, John Lomax) – 4:32

junio 12, 2020

Umalali - The Garifuna Women´s Project - 2008

Umalali (which means “voice”), edited in 2008, is part of the project to disseminate the Garifuna culture of musician Andy Palacio and Belize producer Ivan Duran, where the leading role is that of the women - who put their voices - from “ The Garifuna Women's Project ”. The gestation of the record work spanned ten years. Its producer, Iván Durán, invested the first five in touring the various countries where some vestige of Garifuna culture is preserved, observing traditional festivals and ceremonies and going to their houses to hear them sing in their everyday environment. He discovered, he explains, not only voices of extraordinary beauty but also the strength and courage of those anonymous women who are the main responsible for spreading the history of their people through their songs. It took five more to capture all that richness on an album and manage to match the essence of those traditional voices and rhythms with the contemporary air of Durán's own arrangements.

The tour of the different countries with a Garifuna population is clearly perceived in the various themes, as well as the variety of influences of this culture. Traditional percussions are mixed with the sounds of the strings of the jarana, with the African rhythms and with the Caribbean rumba, especially highlighting the impressive voices of the women, sometimes torn, sometimes sweet and mellow, but always charged with emotion and feeling.
Tracks list:
01. nibari (my grandchild)
02. mérua
03. yündüyaweyu (the sun has set)
04. barübanayagien (take me away)
05. hattie
06. luwübürisigala (hills of tegucigalpa)
07. anahaya (here i am)
08. tuguchilielia (elia´s father)
09. fuleisei (favours)
10. uruwei (the government)
11. áfayahádina (i have traveled)
12. lirunbiganute (sad news)

junio 11, 2020

Ebo Taylor - Yen Ara - 2018 - Ghana

Ghanaian legend Ebo Taylor returns with perhaps his best album to date. But don't take our word for it. That comes directly from the man himself. And he should know after more than 60 years in business.

Listen to Yen Ara and you won't just hear the high-energy afrobeat, sweethighlife, jazz, and konkoma influences he's famous for. There is also a disco pulse and strong percussion on the tracks, produced by Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Rachid Taha, Robert Plant) and recorded in the Electric Monkey Studio room in Amsterdam. An Ebo Taylor for these times, you might say.

His group, Salt Pod City Band, are all chosen local musicians who present two of their children. A proper lineup on an album whose titles mean "we". And they're in good shape, ripping tracks like 'Krumandey' (a sure-fire party starter) and 'Mind Your Own Business' (a simple message delivered over a frenetic drum beat).

Furthermore, 'AboaKyirbin' will please fans of afrobeatgrooves, while Taylor might be inciting riots at his next gig with 'Mumudey Mumudey', we hear him call for 'preshaaah' and it brings us to a call and response like la trumpet takes us higher. And the raising of those horns in 'Ankoma'm' evokes some of his best work such as 'Love & Death' and 'Come Along', the latter recorded with the Pelikans and featured in a recent Mr Bongo reissue.

1. Poverty No Good /
2. Mumudey Mumudey /
3. Krumandey /
4. Aboa Kyirbin /
5. Mind Your Own Business /
6. Ankoma'm /
7. Abenkwan Puchaa /
8. Yen Ara /
9. Aba Yaa

junio 09, 2020


Lucia Magdalena de la Cruz Cuya, (* Lima, August 20, 1953) is a renowned Peruvian interpreter and folklorist. He plays Afro-Peruvian genres and Creole waltzes.

In 1970 he participated in his first International Song Festival, beginning his trophy harvest, conquering nothing more and nothing less than 27 festivals that allowed him to earn the name of "The Queen of Festivals", in which he knew how to leave the name of Peru very high.

Lucia was preferred by the most renowned composers of our environment, who did not miss the opportunity to offer her songs, such as: Vieja Limeña, I want you to be with me, The Hours I Lost, In this Room, I believe that there is a God, between others.

Lucia has recorded 17 Long Durations on acetate disc and 10 on Cd’s

junio 08, 2020

Rajery, Ballake Sissoko, Driss el Maloumi - 3ma - 2008

Three virtuosos of the strings, each on his instrument, have come together to make this delicious album of encounter between African musicians. Rajery, "the prince of the valiha", a tubular zither made from a bamboo cane (the ropes they said were used to be bicycle brake ropes); Ballaké Sissoko with the kora, an African harp made of gourd, and Driss el Maloumi, one of the best composers and performers of Oud, the Arab lute.

3ma comes from the three countries to which the musicians belong, Rajery from Madagascar, Ballaké Sissoko from Mali and Driss el Maloumi from Morocco, achieving a crystalline and evocative sound that they move to places that are only visited with the imagination.

Tracks list:
01. Anfass
02. Awal
03. 3ma
04. Kouroukanfouga
05. Rania
06. Véro
07. Mainte
08. Toufoula
09. Kadiatou
10. Morengy
11. Taxi Brousse
12. Discours de Présidentd'Afrique (bonus)

junio 07, 2020

Tor Dietrichson - Global Village - 1987

Tor Dietrichson is a nationally recognized percussionist, singer, songwriter, music educator, and artist with more than 35 years of experience. His extensive knowledge of both the East Indian tabla and the Afro Cuban conga gives him a unique perspective. He has been a recipient of a grant from the State Arts Commission to teach drums and tabla tabla and has received the prestigious Min-On Art Award from Daisaku Ikeda, who is the leader of Soka Gakkai International, a secular Buddhist organization.

At 16, he moved from Seattle to the Bay Area at 18 studying tabla with Zakir Hussain, becoming the youngest member of the legendary Diga Rhythm Band with Zakir Hussain and Mickey Hart drummer for Grateful Dead. They rehearse incessantly on a daily basis, played some great concerts and released the album, Say, in 1976. He also recorded and played with The Grateful Dead, has played in numerous Latin ensembles, including one with Karl Perazzo and Rebeca Mauleón, and directed his Latin-Jazz-Salsa group Thunder God and the Underdogs, which included the legendary pianist Carlos Federico, saxophonist Martín Fierro and guitarist Steve Kimock.

Returning to Seattle in 1982 at age 26, he began his next project. Tambo with this new band showed his talent as a composer and signed a recording contract with Global Pacífic. In 1987 he released with Global Pacífic Global Village the album is distributed worldwide. The album peaked at # 2 on the New Age charts and # 7 on the New Contemporary Music charts. The album featured Zakir Hussain, flutist Paul Horn, guitarist Joaquín Liévano and was produced by acclaimed violinist Steven Kindler, who also played the violin and keyboards on the album.

From Ancient and primitive rhythms to exciting and contemporary compositions, this musical travelogue explores the sounds of Africa, India, Latin America, Persia and the Far East.

Dallas Smith, Paul Horn, Zakir Hussain, Steve Kindler, David Friesen, Joaquin Lievano, Scott Cossu

1. Global Village
2. Rupak
3. Shadow Puppets
4. The Conjurer
5. Tambo
6. Carnival Rhumba
7. Minarets
8. Tabla Tala
9. Khartoum
10. Homeward Journey

junio 04, 2020

Souad Massi - Meskelil - 2005

Mesk Elil, published at the end of 2005, is the result of the artistic and cultural baggage wisely combined and enriched by the maturity of the years. For his recording he had outstanding contributions from some musicians such as his faithful guitarist Jean François Kellner, the percussionist Mino Cinelu or the Maltese guitarist Djely Moussa Kouyaté (who accompanied Salif Keita). Ismael Lô, Pascal Danaé, Rabah Khalfa and DabyTouré also collaborated, as well as instrumentalists, with their voices, forming the respective duets with Souad Massi. This select diversity turns the album into a mixture of traditional and current airs that travels from the lands of the Tuareg to the warm Antillean rhythms, providing wealth and quality. A wonderful album where his roots and his passionate mysticism are allied in a moving way in an act of sensitivity and honesty available to few.

As for the lyrics of his songs, most of them written by Souad herself, all of them give off a certain nostalgic tone that does not detract from their beauty. In many of them he remembers his native land from such symbolic things as the intense aroma of the jungle mother that perfumes the Algerian nights (the magnificent "meskelil"); He also dedicates other songs to the memory of some places from his childhood, or to expressing the pain caused by the distance of his loved ones, or he makes an affirmation of identity such as "miwawa", a song he sings with the Mauritanian Daby Touré and in which they proclaim together the desire not to lose their roots. In short, they are songs of exile, an expression of crossed feelings of love for his land and sadness for everything that led him to get away from it.

Mesk Elil is an album full of nuances and influences and, above all, an opportunity to enjoy the deep and captivating voice of this beautiful, generous, sensitive and moving woman, who is overflowing with talent and humanity.

Tracks list:
01. kilyoum (soon)
02. denyawezmen (that´s life)
03. ilham (inspiration)
04. meskelil (honeysuckle)
05. manensaasli (miwawa) (i won´t forget my roots)
06. dardgedi (my grandfather´s house)
07. hagdawalaakter (there´s worse)
08. tell me why
09. khalouni (let me)
10. malou (why is my heart sad)
11. mahli remix

junio 04, 2020

Hasna el Becharia - Djazair Johara - 2001

Hasna el Becharia is a committed, free-spirited and non-conformist woman. An artist born in southern Algeria who, from a young age, felt the need to go against the current and defend, with her music and her courageous attitude, the rights of women in Algeria and the Sahara. Heir to a lineage of Gnawa musicians, her first rebellious step was to learn, hidden, to play the guembri, a string instrument of Gnawa origin reserved only for men. The next, to bring to life music of extraordinary rhythms accompanied by acoustic and electric guitar, inviting, with the traditional sounds of gnawa, to enter in transit, interpreting popular songs and personal compositions.

After thirty years of career, Hasna's first album, Djazair Johara (2001), full of fast-paced rhythms so typical of the Maghreb and the Sahara, has a strength close to what rock could be. The instrumentation is simple but vibrant and the choirs impressive; the content, all a claiming song.

Tracks list:
1. Bouri Bouri Manandabo
2. Djazaïr Johara/Ah Oueja
3. Koul Chi Al Oualidine
4. Jinger Mama
5. El Lil Lil, El Lilibiya
6. Hakmet Lakdar
7. Lala Y Lala/Ya Loubena
8. Brani Britou
9. Radi Braïde