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noviembre 26, 2021

Ache Contigo - 30 Temas Santeros Originales - CD 2


01. Mi Veneración - Miguel Matamoros

02. Babalu Ave - Carmen Flores

03. Saludo a Chango - Los Compadres

04. Los tres amigos - Aragón

05. Papa Elegua - Orq. Reve

06. San Lázaro - Celina y Reutilio

07. Flores para tu altar - Jacqueline Castellanos

08. Mi ruego a Ochun - Caridad Cuervo

09. Yemaya - Alberto Tosca

10. Ochun del Cobre - Gina Martin

11. Oye mi ritmo - Cuarteto las D'aida

12. El hijo de Elegua - Celino y Reutilio

13. Elube Chango - Cheo Marquetti

14. El rey del mundo - Celina y Reutilio

15. Rezo a Oya - Manguare

noviembre 25, 2021

Leyla McCalla - Vari - Colored Songs - 2013


Born in New York and living in New Orleans, Leyla McCalla anchors her roots in Haiti. She is a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, an American folk music group, she makes her solo debut with Vari-colored songs, an old school sonorous treatise that links the blackness of the Caribbean with the African American folk and blues heritage. She is a notable singer and outstanding cello player that she here plays without a bow, pinching the strings (she also plays banjo and guitar).

Leyla herself pays tribute to the poet, novelist and essayist Langston Hughes, whose work is linked to the so-called Harlem Renaissance. McCalla sets some of his vibrant poems to music. She also reviews other Hughes writing harmonized by Kurt Weill. In addition, the repertoire includes traditional songs sung in Creole (she recovers Kamèn sa w fè?, A piece recorded in Port-au-Prince, in 1937, by the musicologist Alan Lomax). Vari-colored songs is the work of a singular and necessary artist in times of excess and forgetfulness.

Leyla McCall has been a part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops for the past two years. The cross-pollination of her Haitian roots with the African-American folk blues tradition endows her music of her with a unique, highly poetic freshness.

Leyla McCalla - Vari-Colored Songs (2013)

A Tribute to Langston Hughes 

01. Heart Of Gold (3:00)

02. When I Can See The Valley (2:12)

03. Mesi Bondye (2:27)

04. Girl (2:53)

05. Kamen sa w fe? (2:21)

06. Too Blue (2:27)

07. Manman Mwen (3:19)

08. Song For A Dark Girl (2:51)

09. Love Again Blues (2:40)

10. Rose Marie (2:57)

11. Latibonit (3:49)

12. Search (3:19)

13. Lonely House (3:26)

14. Changing Tide (3:00)

noviembre 21, 2021

Issa Bagayogo - Timbuktu - 2002


Singer-songwriter Issa Bagayogo offers an innovative take on the rich musical tradition of Mali, his native land, combining his roots based on acoustic textures with the sounds of electronic music and dub. The result is one of the most personal and original fusions between West African traditional music and electronic music that can be found today, adding to that movement that has been called "afro-electro".

Released by Six Degrees, Timbuktu's recording began in Mali, where Bagayogo began to incorporate funky bass lines and electronic beats into the rich Wassulu tradition (century-old culture of the south-west of the country). Along with his ngoni, his velvety voice and with the production of Yves Wernert, Issa's songs are about community issues and social denunciation.

The most compelling aspect of Timbuktu is the way the rhythms come together, both those that belong to a western context of club music and the traditional sounds of griot music. "Baro", with its blues guitar, catchy backing vocals and acoustic yet contemporary sound, is a good example of this. "Sisi", which is about drug abuse by youth, begins with the ngoni and includes the balafon, traditional drums, a wind section and soft female choirs. "Tounga" has the sound that defines the Current Afro-pop: sharp electric guitars, rock tempo and a vibrant bass; it is in this song that Bagayogo sings about emigration and the fight for cultural and artistic integrity.

"Dambalou", a song composed in honor of the warriors who built the Mandingo empire, has been thoroughly worked, with a slowed electronic rhythm, an excellent acoustic guitar solo, and the sounds of Brazilian samba. On the other side of the musical spectrum of this album is precisely the piece that gives title to the album, "Timbuktu", which has a sound full of blues, timeless, even with a touch of Arabic roots, drinking from the same musical influences that other great figures from Mali such as Ali Farka Touré and Habib Koité. Bagayogo's lyrics idealize Timbuktu as a multi-ethnic city, where Muslims, Christians and people from different ethnic groups in Mali live together in harmony.

"Gnele" has an electronic rhythm that already sounds like a mix for dance floors. "Nogo" ("Pollution") has one of the most sophisticated productions of the work, thanks to the combination of traditional instruments and Issa's voice. "Saye Mogo Bana" is a fusion of acoustic and digital percussion, electric and acoustic strings, modern production techniques, and a timeless theme, "death makes flesh disappear, but not your name." And "Dama", the piece that closes the album and that also deals with death, is a party that manages to offset the weight of acoustics and electronics, recalling one of the oldest traditions in Mali: the drums that serve to mark funerals.

The late Charlie Gillet, one of the great BBC personalities who promoted the "BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music", said at the time of Issa Bagayogo: "The more I listen to his music, the more I think it is destined to become a classic. of African music in general and of the Malian scene in particular ". 

Tracks list:

01. Sisi

02. Baro

03. Tounga

04. Nogo

05. Timbuktu

06. Dambalou

07. Toroya

08. Saye Mogo Bana

09. Banani

10. Gnele

11. Tamagnoko

12. Dama

noviembre 19, 2021

Gurrumul - Djarimirri - Child of the Rainbow


Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island, Australia, January 22, 1971-Tiwi, Darwin, Northern Territory; July 25, 2017) was an Australian aboriginal musician, who sang in the Yolngu language.

He was born on Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island), off the coast of Arnhem Land, in northern Australia, about 580 kilometers from Darwin. He belonged to the Gumatj clan of the Yolngu and his mother was from the Galpu nation.He was born blind, never learned braille and did not have a guide dog or use a white cane. Yunupingu spoke a few words of English, and he was said to be extremely shy.

He played drums, keyboards, guitar, and didgeridoo, but it was the clarity of his singing voice that had attracted rave reviews. He sang stories of his land in both languages (Galpu, Gumatj or Djambarrpuynu, all Yolŋu Matha) and English. Before Yothu Yindi, he is now with the Saltwater Band. 

1 Waak (Crow) 5:08

2 Galiku (Flag) 5:01

3 Ngarrpiya (Octopus) 6:09

4 Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow) 5:08

5 Djolin (Musical Instrument) 5:56

6 Marrayarr (Flag) 7:42

7 Gapu (Freshwater) 5:21

8 Djilawurr (Scrubfowl) 5:04

9 Baru (Saltwater Crocodile) 5:50

10 Gopuru (Tuna Swimming) 6:34

11 Djapana (Sunset) 5:08

12 Wulminda (Dark Clouds) 7:56

noviembre 17, 2021

Djelimadi Tounkara - Sigui - 2002


Djelimady Tounkara is an impressive musician from Mali, both on acoustic and electric guitar, and on n'goni (a mixture of harp and lute), an instrument considered to be the African forerunner of the banjo. Tounkara began his career with jazz in the Missira area of Bamako in the 1960s, and was a founding member of the legendary The Rail Band of Bamako alongside Salif Keita and Mory Kanté. Since then he has done a great job to make the music of his country known to the world. In 2001 Djelimady Tounkara won the "BBC Radio 3 Awards For World Music" award for Africa, and in 2002 he launched Sigui on the market, work in which Tounkara reinterprets the traditional jeli (songs of the members of the caste responsible for keep an oral history of the village or tribe). 

Tracks list:

01. Mande Djeliou

02. Gnima Diala

03. Sigui

04. Ayebo

05. Diaoura

06. Amary Ndaou

07. Djanfa Magni

08. Samakoun

09. Makan Djan Woule

10. Senelalou

11. Yamaryo

noviembre 16, 2021

La Orquesta de Flautas "Diadema"


La Orquesta de Flautas "Diadema" profesionalizada desde el año 2006, pertenece a la Música de Concierto de la Empresa Comercializadora de la Música y los Espectáculos "Rafael Lay" en  Cienfuegos. Bajo la batuta de su creadora y directora la Lic. Bronia Mejías Polo han obtenido su mayor logro en el 2013 al integrar el Catálogo Nacional de la Música de Cámara del Centro Nacional de la Música de Concierto como única agrupación de su tipo en el país.


Esta agrupación creada en el año 2001comenzó como proyecto escolar de la especialidad de flauta en la Escuela de Arte “Benny Moré “de Cienfuegos Su aporte a la cultura cubana comienza con el bello repertorio que adaptó para su conjunto de flautas como complemento de la enseñanza a sus alumnas, por ello fueron aplaudidas en importantes escenarios.

Lo novedoso de este formato contemporáneo cubano radica en romper los límites tradicionales de un flautista para convertirse en espectáculo.


Su repertorio exhibe los clásicos más disimiles géneros musicales: Concierto, Sonata, Danza, Jazz, Tango, Canción, Guaracha, Rumba, Conga. Las obras más representativas de la música europea se encuentran en su repertorio como muestra de la formación musical de estas flautistas y en cuanto a la música cubana interpretan desde lo clásico a lo popular como fieles herederas de Richard Egües y Efraím Loyola.


Solo dos (2015)

A toda flauta (2019)

Homenaje a José Manuel Vázquez del Rey (2019)


La Orquesta de Flautas Diadema ha participado en varios festivales nacionales e internacionales como el 6to Festival de vientos de La Habana en 2002, el XII Festival de Música de Cámara de la Habana en el 2015, el Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea en La Habana (2015), el Festival "A Tempo con Caturla" en Villa Clara (2016), entre muchos otros.


Concierto Conjunto con la Camerata Cortés en los jardines del instituto cubano de la música 2006

Concierto de Navidad en homenaje al flautista E. Loyola 2006

Gala clausura de los premios casa de las Américas (Cienfuegos)2007

Invitados al Concierto de la agrupación “Distelfinken” en el teatro Tomas Terry.

Entrada al Catálogo Nacional de la Música de Concierto (2013)

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noviembre 09, 2021

World Music Network - The Rough Guide to Samba - 2001


01. Leci Brandao - Saudacao a Ossain

02. Moacyr Luz - Jogo Rasteiro

03. Paulo Moura e Os Batuta - Pelo Telefone

04. Duo Barbieri - Schneiter - Choro No. 2

05. Dona Ivone Lara - Axe de Langa

06. Velha Guarda Da Mangueira - Mangueira Chegou

07. Cartola - Quem me ve sorrindo

08. Zizi Possi - O que e o que e

09. Bezerra da Silva - Malandro e Malandro e mane e mane

10. Da Melho Qualidade - Manifestacao do povo

11. Grc Escola de Samba Vai Vai - Nostradamus

12. Elton Medeiros - Meu Viver

13. Monarco - Feliz eu vivo no morro

14. Nelson Sargento - Infra Estrutura

15. Jards Macala - Favela

16. Osvaldo Pereira - Olha Ze

17. Fam Lia Roitman - A Cebeca

18. Luciana Mello - O mar Serenou

noviembre 08, 2021

Bouquet - Dressed Up Animal



Bouquet is a Cuban rock band founded in 2003 in Cienfuegos by Aivis Prieto and Pavel Cama, to date the band has been a pioneer in a unique style of Cuban rock, being faithful to its sound and showing an excellent performance on rock stages. of the whole island.

Bouquet performs as an amateur group at a university festival, playing covers and wins the provincial festival. Shortly after, it was formed as a rock band, composing and playing its own songs and, in 2007, it became a professional.

In all these years Bouquet has been faithful to its style, which has managed to leave its mark in each concert or festival that they have passed through throughout the Caribbean island with a serious and spectacular performance in each presentation. Without a doubt, the exceptional voice of its singer and founder Aivis Prieto and the virtuosity of Pavel Cama on guitar have been the highlight of the various EPs that have been left as evidence of his musical development.

Dressed Up Animal

Last album of the band, second LP but first of pure original songs. It includes two songs from Bouquet's early years, from EPs that enjoyed local popularity, now recorded with quality production.

Dressed Up Animal will be the first in a trilogy with a similar approach, the result of which will be a sample of all the different styles and influences that have been shaping the band over the years, and in turn, it will have a strong sense of unity in its own poetic microcosm. 


Prior to the release of this new album they left us tracks of the same quality with the singles "Las Grandes Chicas" and "Mind Blower" 




Bouquet is currently part of the national catalog of excellence of the Cuban institute of music.

The song “Fantasma” was nominated in 3 categories at the Cuerda Viva 2007 awards.

The video clip of “Lighting” was nominated at the Lucas Awards for the best rock video.


The band has participated in national and international festivals for rock and alternative music such as the annual AHS Rock Festival in Villa Clara and Cienfuegos in 2019, the National Alternative Music Festival.

Bouquet has maintained a constant participation in all editions of the Ciudad del Mar Alternative Music Festival and other Specialized Rock and Fusion Festivals. It was even part of the Ibero-American Culture Festival.

Musical style

The Bouquet's musical style consists of an eclectic hard rock with influences from grunge, metal, and progressive rock, as well as traditional music and Cuban songwriting.

Where to find them 







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noviembre 04, 2021

Tamikrest - Chatma - 2013


Tamikrest means "Intersection" in the language of the Kel Tamashek, a nomadic tribe from the north of the Sahara, commonly known as Tuaregs. The project is headed by Ousmane Ag Mossa and Wonou WaletSidati, the latter known for her involvement in Tinariwen. With them they share situations, influences and many of the sounds of the Tuareg culture (as can be seen in their previous works, Adagh, from 2010, and Toumastin, from 2011): like Tinariwen, Tamikrest has to live in exile due to to the political situation of his country, a condition that feeds his music, in a mixture of the traditional sound of the Sahara, rock and blues.

Recorded between the Czech Republic and Slovenia, the song that opens the album, "Tisnantan Chatma" ("The suffering of my sisters") is that sad tribute that sings to the oppression experienced by women in northern Mali. The album has absolutely hypnotic moments, as in "Itous", and others more leisurely, as in "Achaka Achail Aynaiandaghchilan", "Timtar" and "Adounia Tabarat", but the general tone is marked by the intensity of themes with a high influence of rock like "Imanin Bas Zihoun" or "Djanegh Etoumast".

A powerful, impeccable work, with a virtue shared by other groups and artists in the region: that of knowing how to transmit, like no one else, an attitude of struggle against pain through music. 

01. TisnantanChatma (The suffering of my sisters)

02. Imanin bas zihoun (Nothing will make my soul joyful)

03. Itous (The Objective)

04. AchakaAchailAynaiandaghchilan (Tomorrow, Another Day)

05. DJaneghetoumast (I Say To The People)

06. Assikal (The Journey)

07. Toumastanlet (We Have A People)

08. Takma (Pain)

09. Adouniatabarat (Life)

10. Timtar (Memories)

noviembre 03, 2021

Seckou Keita SKQ - The Silimbo Passage - 2008


Known as "the Jimi Hendrix of the kora", Seckou Keita is a brilliant advocate of the lesser-known sounds of the kora repertoire of southern Senegal. The innovative twists he introduces into improvisation on this 21-string harp-lute distinguish Keita's sound, an eclecticism that is reflected in his quintet, whose members hail from Senegal, Italy, Egypt and the Gambia.

The Seckou Keita SKQ Quintet is one of the most acclaimed bands on their tours, seducing audiences from Montreal to Manchester, Sweden or Senegal with their captivating music and their wonderful ability to bring their instruments together. Seckou Keita SKQ is comprised of Seckou Keita himself on kora, Davide Mantovani on double bass, Surahata Susso on percussion, the distinctive sound of Samy Bishai on violin, and the charming voice of Binta Susso.

Seckou Keita sets himself apart from other musicians in his inimitably distinctive sounds, becoming one of the most innovative and creative kora players today. All the virtuosity and magic of Keita and his quintet are exhibited on the album The Silimbo Passage (2008). Unclassifiable and charming fresh sound. 

01. bemo

02. mande arab

03. fondingke

04. Chelima

05. miniyamba

06. kontedjula

07. souraressi

08. dingba don

09. kanuforo

10. missing you