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junio 25, 2022

Judy Mowatt - Black Woman - 1980 - Jamaica


One of the 3 backing vocalists of I-Threes (backing vocalists who accompanied Marley with The Wailers) who had a great participation in the reggae scene in both the 70s and 80s. Her voice spiced works by Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Big Youth, Pablo Moses, Freddie McGregor, U-Roy, and the Wailing Souls. Judy's small leap came when Marcia Griffiths asked her to record arrangements for a song by Bob Andy at Studio One in 1974 and, consequently, meet Rita Marley and form The I-Threes. With this solo album adding Only A Woman (1982) we find a singer full of lyrics of religious content and in defense of women, with sweet harmonies and excellent bases played by excellent musicians, on this album we find Chinna Smith, Harold Butler, Steven Coore, Freddie McGregor.


Strength To Go Through

Concrete Jungle

Slave Queen

Put It On

Zion Chant

Black Woman

Down In The Valley


Many Are Called

Siters Chant

junio 25, 2022

Izaline Calister - Speransa - 2009


Tumba, seú, Antillean waltz, musik di zumbi, tambú, are words that designate some of the rhythms of the island of Curaçao, in the Dutch Caribbean, land where the prodigious voice of Izaline Calister emerged. With this vast musical identity in tow, which is also manifested in the fact that she sings in her mother tongue (Papaiamento), Izaline ventures into a project that pours into jazz a style that is as explosive as it is sweet.

Izaline Calister is the muse of Curaçao, in the southern Caribbean, a small but tremendously musical island, where European, African and Caribbean styles converge.

She was raised in her native Curaçao until she was eighteen, at which age she emigrated to Groningen (Holland), she studied at the Prins Claus Conservatorium in the same city. Izaline began as part of Latin-jazz groups, participating in the work of Dissidenten, and as a vocalist for the Pili Pili Band, replacing the great Angélique Kidjo (until 1999). It was in this group where she met Tony Lakatos who would later accompany her in her first solo work, Soño di un muhé (2000), which was a real event in her country.

Mariposa (2002), Krioyo (Creolé, in Papiamento, 2004), Kanta Hélele (Sing Hélele, 2006) and Speransa (2009) are part of his works, an exciting musical experience full of native rhythms and powerful instrumentation in which the varied and tasty percussions stand out. Above all, Izaline's suggestive voice that she sings in Papiamento, as the best way to transmit the experiences of her people and to promote her language in the international community.

Recognized in musical gatherings as demanding as the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Izaline Calister's voice is governed by an irrefutable originality. Formed under the influence of jazz players like Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson and Elis Regina, her passionate singing has found its own way, West Indian and irremediably contagious.

Official website: Izaline Calister

Tracks list:

01. Mi Pais (My Country)

02. Gym

03. Pueblo Lanta (People Get Up)

04. Kalor (Heat)

05. Porfin (Finally)

06. Awa (Water)

07. La la la

08. Speransa (Hope)

09. Juny

10. Forsa (Strength)

11. Amigu (Friend)

12. Preteksto (Pretext)

13. Kadena Enkantá (The Enchanted Necklace)

junio 12, 2022

CéU - CéU - 2005


The CéU album was nominated, in 2007, at the Grammy Awards as "Best Contemporary World Music Album". And it is that Maria do Céu Whitaker Poças, Brazilian singer and composer, not only has a magnificent voice but also knows how to combine modern rhythms with traditional sambas to create a fresh and very personal sound.

CéU, which means sky, is inspired by the sounds of the urban jungle of São Paulo, by the rap of the streets and by the music with which he grew up at home (trained in music theory, he is a specialist in violão -typical Brazilian guitar- ). Influenced by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu, her music is a journey through the variety of Brazilian rhythms that have their roots in the original African culture, be it samba, soul, rhythm and blues, hip hop, afrobeat or electrojazz music.

Tracks list:

01. vinheta quebrante

02. lenda

03. malemolência

04. roda

05. rainha

06. 10 contados

07. vinheta Dorival

08. mais um lamento

09. concrete jungle

10. véu da noite

11. valsa Pra Biu Roque

12. ave cruz

13. o ronco da cuíca

14. bobagem

15. samba na sola

junio 10, 2022

Bombino - Deran - Niger - 2018


How to celebrate the desert at home, how to protect it, develop it, unify it, respect it and, above all, never forget it, are the main themes of Bombino's new album 'Deran'. They are dressed in ten songs of rare maturity and power that mark a turning point in the career of a guitarist and composer who was born in the shade of an acacia tree some fifty miles northwest of the ancient city of Agadez, and who has since promoted to the new guitar Tuareg Generation. It's a throwback to the source of everything that makes Bombino who he is.

"My mission for this album was always to get closer to Africa," he says. It is no surprise then that the decision has been made to record 'Deran' as close as possible to his native Niger in the south of the Sahara. The ideal location arose in the form of Studio Hiba, a high-flying recording facility owned by King Mohammed VI located in an industrial suburb of Casablanca in Morocco. There, Bombino and his long-term stable band - including Tuareg Illias Mohammed on guitar and vocals, American Corey Wilhelm on drums and percussion, and Mauritanian (who lives in Belgium) Youba Dia on bass - slept, ate and music in happy isolation. His circle was widened by Moroccan percussionist Hassan Krifa, and by Bombino's cousins ​​Anana ag Haroun (vocalist of the Brussels-based Tuareg band Kel Assouf) and Toulou Kiki (singer and star of the film Timbuktu), who came to add some 'gang' voices. After Casablanca, the tapes were flown to Boston to be embellished by friend and Sudanese keyboardist Mohammed Araki.

Bombino and the crew conjured up an itinerant journey through the mystery of contemporary Saharawi sounds, from the raw diesel rock of opener 'Imajghane' ('The Tuareg'), to the camel gait of 'Tenesse' ('Idleness'), the tender cadence of Midiwan ('My Friends') and the 'Tuareggae' style which is Bombino's only contribution to desert music in the song 'Tehigren'. The whole desert is there, hard and gentle, tragic and playful. But more than anything 'Deran' is honest and true. Deran, Deran, Alkheir. "My best wishes, my best wishes, for peace."


1. Imajghane

2. Deran Deran Alkheir

3. Tehigren

4. Mikiwan

5. Tenesse

6. Ouhlin

7. Adouni Dagh

8. Tamasheq

9. Takamba

10. Adouagh Chegren