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The Wisdom of Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri – Sabiduría (Ropeadope, 2017) Award-winning pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri, who?s one of the greatest names in Latin jazz, showcases his wide-ranging musical talent on Sabiduría (wisdom in Spanish). Along with his band of Latin music masters, Palmieri has invited an impressive cast of jazz musicians to perform on his album. This is … Continue reading The Wisdom of Eddie Palmieri

Syriana?s Ipiros Remixes for a Great Cause

Syriana – Ipiros Remixes (Realworld Records, 2017) This 5-track digital-only EP features several variations of Ipiros. This song was originally made for Syriana?s Road To Damascus album that came out in 2007. However, it never made it to the album and was only previously released as a remix on the vinyl A Life in Film. … Continue reading Syriana?s Ipiros Remixes for a Great Cause

Fiery Salsa from Tampa

Orchestra Fuego – Salsa Brava (Orchestra Fuego Productions, 2016) Orchestra Fuego is a great classic salsa band from the Tampa Bay area in Florida. The high energy twelve-piece band composes its own material and their old school style incorporates Cuban and Nuyorican elements. In addition to salsa, the band also performs other Latin American music … Continue reading Fiery Salsa from Tampa

Malian Vocalist Oumou Sangaré to be Presented 2017 WOMEX Artist Award

Malian vocalist and advocate Oumou Sangaré is the winner of the WOMEX 2017 Artist Award. The acclaimed singer will perform as part of the Showcase Festival and Professionals? Meeting in Katowice, Poland this October. ?This award is for all African women and people from all of Africa. They are the ones who have encouraged me … Continue reading Malian Vocalist Oumou Sangaré to be Presented 2017 WOMEX Artist Award

Music to Realize Peace

Rahim Alhaj – Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings SFW40577, 2017) Two ancient traditions meet on Letters from Iraq: Oud and String Quintet, western classical music and Arabic music. Oud (Arabic lute also known as ud) maestro Rahim Alhaj has been living in the United States for over a decade and … Continue reading Music to Realize Peace

Super Ape Indeed Returns to Conquer

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System – Super Ape Returns to Conquer (Subatomic Sound SS 033CD, 2017) The wizard of dub music, Lee “Scratch” Perry will release Super Ape Returns to Conquer on September 22, 2017. The new album is an explosive mix of percussive roots reggae, masterful dub electronic effects, Ethio brass and … Continue reading Super Ape Indeed Returns to Conquer

Madison World Music Festival Reveals 2017 Line-Up

The 14th annual Madison World Music Festival lineup was announced this week. The festival takes place September 15 and 16 in Madison, Wisconsin (USA). Venues include the Memorial Union Terrace and Fredric March Play Circle as well as the large stage in the Willy Street Fair. The concerts are all free and open to the … Continue reading Madison World Music Festival Reveals 2017 Line-Up

Enthralling Songs of the Mountains

Balsam Range – Mountain Voodoo (Mountain Home, 2016) Mountain Voodoo was released on November of 2016 and it?s a superb contemporary bluegrass album by western North Carolina band Balsam Range. This talented group of musicians is one of the rising stars in the bluegrass scene with its captivating mix of harmony vocals and masterful instrumental … Continue reading Enthralling Songs of the Mountains

The Best of Lau 2007-2017

Lau – Decade – The Best of Lau 2007-2017 (Reveal Records, 2017) The Best of Lau 2007-2017 is a great opportunity to discover the music of Lau, one of the finest British folk groups of the past decade. The trio?s inspiration draws from Scottish and English folk music as well as contemporary bluegrass and acoustic … Continue reading The Best of Lau 2007-2017

Thunderous and Passionate Farafina

Farafina – Bolomakote (Intuition, 1992) The raw, percussion-driven but still melodic sounds of Farafina burst forth on this 1992 release. Layers of drumming provide a solid foundation for bala (wood and gourd xylophone), flute and lyrics that focus mainly on the subject of man’s place in the world and the fulfillment of destiny. But don’t … Continue reading Thunderous and Passionate Farafina