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world music Oh, taken to knead the bread of war,
Oh to make the loaves of malice.
The cart of war is covered in tar,
The standard of war is covered in sand.

Mari Kalkun and he ensemble Runorun present a complex vision of early Estonian folk music on her new album, Tii ilo. Waldemar Wallenius explores these songs of war and beauty from Estonia and beyond


world music Cape Verdean singer/songwriter Elida Almeida has been making a bit of a splash since the release of her debut album last spring. One listen to Ora doci Ora margos ("Sweet times, Bitter times") will tell you why she's blowing up on three continents right now: it's a smart, confident debut from a talented 22 year old with a big future ahead of her. The album's 13 tracks are a self-assured mix of traditional Cape Verdean sounds. Tom Pryor reviews, and you can listen to some songs.


world music Totó la Momposina was among the first to bring Afro-Colombian roots music to the wider world. Totó subsequently took up residence in Paris, studied music at the Sorbonne, and performed her traditional repertoire for appreciative European audiences before returning to Colombia. Then she accepted an invitation to England to tour and to record La Candela Viva, her inaugural European release. Exhumed from the Real World archives nearly a quarter century later, studio outtakes from those sessions, now digitized, are the foundation of Tambolero. The result spans the spectrum of Afro-Colombian music, augmented with newly recorded bass tracks and choral backing by two of Totó's granddaughters. The recording's title track, an extended Afro composition, is in tribute to now-deceased master drummer (tambolero) Paulino Salgado "Batata," whose driving rhythmic signature pervades the production... Micheal Stone reviews, and you can listen to a full song.


world music On the 172nd edition of RootsWorld Radio, we'll begin by heading back to the 1780s with the Belgian band, Wör. We'll hear a bit of Ellington-as-ska by Italian brass band Bandakadabra. We'll also explore a few songs from the latest episodes of Anne-Mari Kivimäki's 'Suistamo Suite.' Then we'll finish off the program with a rebroadcast of a half hour set by Denmark's Trolska Polska in a live performance at 'The Old Mill' at The Tønder Festival in Denmark.

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world music Trolls, giants, gnomes, and pixies... perhaps. But Greg Harness found a lot more depth to the music of Trolska Polska, a band of Swedes and Danes who explore the darkness and light of the Nordic woods. Their album {moss} pays tribute to trolls, so much so that the band defines their musical genre as Nordic TrollFolk. Read Greg's review and hear a full track from the album.


world music Malian vocalist Kandia Kouyaté's new album definitely lives up to its title. Renascence, her first recording since Kouyaté suffered a stroke in 2004, represents a rebirth of her career, and of her sound, one of the most distinctive in West African music. During her seven-year recovery, she hardly spoke, let alone sang. Even after she had recovered, she had no interest in recording again. But one of her greatest admirers, the Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sylla, doggedly pursued her, and, in 2011, convinced her to return to the studio. George de Stefano explores the revival of one of the great voices of Mali.


world music Like Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Fela Kuti, Cesaria Evora has only grown stronger since her passing. While there's no evidence to suggest that the diminutive Cape Verdean singer was ever actually a Jedi, her legend has continued to grow since her death in 2011. Celebrated abroad as "The Barefoot Diva," but known at home simply as "Cize," Evora has been the subject of tributes and covers by everyone from Santana to Stromae, and her impressive body of work continues to win her new fans to this day — which seems to be the premise behind this new Greatest Hits release from the Lusafrica label. Tom Pryor listens to the emotionally raw, yet soothing voice of Cape Verde.

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Youssou N'Dour: Fatteliku: Live in Athens
Hear N'Dour and his band Etiole de Dakar as they hit their peak in this 1987 concert recording.
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world music Pundits often speak of “going green” as if all it involved were more considerate allocation of resources and regulation of harmful industry. Yet with this comes the responsibility of creating more resources in turn and balancing injury with abundance. Greenness entails awareness of this world in all its forms, physical and metaphysical alike. The music of Stephan Micus engages both persuasions, enriching the inner lives of those fortunate enough to hear it while encouraging a harmonious and, above all, creative relationship with the environment. Nomad Songs is a return to the most essential forces of his physics: push and pull. Tyran Grill traces Micus's own nomadic musicical life - its itinerancy and the honoring those deprived of it.


world music Yeah, Japanese bands that are named for European mountain ranges and play alt-fusion music based on Balkan sources are just so darn commonplace. But even in such an oversaturated genre, The Dolomites stand out. I mean, really, how can you go wrong when your starting point is a guy whose heritage has equal footing in Japan and Romania, actually chose to learn to play the accordion as a youngster and had a different band everywhere he went, based on whatever adventurous local musicians he could recruit? Stevhen Koji Baianu, the guy to whom I'm referring, makes it work. Tom Orr revisits the band's Japan Years.


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"Petit Pois / Sanoy," a song from the album Solo and Indrė ,
music made from the roots of Senegal and Lithuania by Solo Cissokho and Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė


"Ndobine," a song from Fatteliku - Live in Athens, 1987,
the newly issued concert recording by Youssou N'Dour et le Super Etoile de Dakar from Senegal.


world music Occitania has a rich musical tradition --many traditions in fact -- from the Aran Valley in the Pyrenees, almost as far east as Turin. In the Italian Occitan valleys, in Piedmont, that tradition often takes on a jazzy or brassy flavor --seen also in neo-traditional Piedmontese groups like La Lionetta -- that is exemplified in these two new recordings. The Bottasso brothers, as Duo Bottasso, from the Occitan-speaking areas of Piedmont, recorded the lovely Crescendo at the Only Music Studio in Turin, the same place that brother Simone, diatonic accordion player, recorded All for One with The Folk Messengers. A contrast in styles, but there are similarities also. Both share the clear, crisp instrumental vision of Carlo Miori who recorded and mixed each album. David Cox takes us into the music.


world music For well over thirty years now, the Oysterband has been one of the U.K.'s preeminent folk groups. The Oysters are – as declared by fRoots magazine – icons, a group bursting at the seams with talent. Lately, solo ventures are emerging from the Oysters camp. True, Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper) left the Oysterband in 2013, but he was so invested with the Oysterband for many years that I am teaming his second album, Palace Of Tears, with the second solo album, Never Stop Moving, from Oysterband lead singer John Jones. Both CDs are essential storytelling in the folk tradition, and very different. John Jones' album, recorded with his backing band The Reluctant Ramblers, strikes one as a bit more direct lyrically, as well as more hook-laden. Jones is really in fine fettle here; the man simply has a great voice. While Never Stop Moving is a strong folk album with a slight pop sheen, the album works with challenging themes. Lee Blackstone reviews a few new pearls.


world music Razia's latest release is entitled Akory, which translates from Malagasy to “What Now?” The artwork that accompanies the CD includes pictures of trees and children, two of the central themes within the album. Madagascar born and New York City based, Razia is a musician and activist who spends much of her time raising global awareness of the rapid deforestation going on in her homeland. Razia and her group provide a message of unity and urgency throughout this dynamic recording, rooted in a variety of the musical styles found within Madagascar. She is joined by several popular Malagasy artists, including D'Gary and Teta on guitar, Regis Gizavo on accordion and Rajery on valiha. Alex Brown shares his thoughts, and you can listen to some samples of the music.


world music While boogaloo's heyday in the 1960s was short, it tenaciously if sporadically holds onto life. The group Spanglish Fly moves the base of operations to Brooklyn from Spanish Harlem, but it shows us that the powerful musical stew can still make us smile and get us wanting to move. Boogaloo sprang out of New York's mix of African American and Latin American communities, taking the chewy funk of soul and making it dance to the clave. The band's second album, New York Boogaloo regularly captures the music's original street-oriented spirit of fun and deceptively easygoing musicality. Bandleader Jonathan Goldman, a fan of the overlooked old style, pulled together some Brooklyn brass players, Latin rhythm section musicians and fronted the band with the sultry deep vocals of Erica Ramos. Marty Lipp takes you to Brooklyn to hear their sound.


world music Multi-instrumentalist, composer, and poet Karl Seglem has developed a reputation in his native Norway as the foremost virtuoso of the traditional bukkehorn, or billy goat horn. Drawing on an extensive background in jazz and free improvisation, Seglem has extended the instrument's function beyond a signaling device for shepherds into unprecedented realms of performance. On Lærad (The Tree), he takes the spirit of world music to heart by offering up the sounds of three distinct instruments—the tongue-horn, trumpet-horn, and antelope-horn—to a host of arrangers and guest artists. All of this yields a multi-faceted collaboration you'll not want to pass up. Tyran Grillo gets deep inside the ancient sound of bone.


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Music from Finding Anyplace by Ozere

The moment I listened to this quintet from Canada, I was struck by how both familiar and yet original their music was. The compositions and songs have clear roots in folk traditions, but an equally strong affinity with classical and modern art music. Finding Anyplace spans a lot of aural territory, so one song was not going to be enough to demonstrate what they offer. I chose two from the CD to share with RootsWorld's readers. Ensemble leader, violinist and vocalist Jessica Deutsch tells us a little more about them


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world music Posthumously released recordings can be rueful treasures. But Amadou Balaké was more fortunate than many in that his posterity was not only well documented during his various heydays, but he remained at the peak of his powers and in strong demand almost until the end of his life. There could not have been a more touching and apt finale to one of African music's most prolific and celebrated careers than the recordings preserved on In Conclusion. Christina Roden shares his final, joyous sounds, and you can listen to a full song from the CD.


world music It is no secret that The Demon Barbers have been interested in the dance element of English folk music. In the past, they have launched programs which have set traditional English clog and rapper dancing aside hip hop dance and break dancing. The results have been surprising, highlighting similarities between disparate styles which are grounded in expression and passion. And how often has dance been captured on an English folk release, apart from the classic Morris On and other Albion Band experiments with morris dancing? Apart from the festival stage, dancing is usually implied on a band's release – a secondary focus, even though music and dance are a crucial combination as productions of the body. So it is that on Disco at the Tavern, Damien Barber and his compatriots go 'all in' with a new show that fearlessly combines mostly English folk with influences from a myriad of dance music styles... Lee Blackstone is mesmerized by the glitter ball.


world music Video Feature: "Rebetiko"

A film written, produced, and directed by Thomas Künstler
Watch the film and read the artist's words about this atmospheric video inspired by love, and a love for rembetiko music.


world music In world-music there is sometimes an “eat your vegetables” undercurrent: you should listen to this because it is good for you and, even more importantly, these earnest musicians have been unjustly ignored by the world around them. As well-meaning as these proselytizers are, they sometimes lose sight that many turn to music for comfortable, easy fun. The band Nation Beat, in its mission to unite the rural music of Brazil and the United States, creates genre-busting songs that could keep a lecture hall full of ethnomusicologists busy documenting for a week, but I think they'd rather keep a club full of partiers dancing for a night. On Carnival Caravan, Nation Beat teams with the New Orleans band Cha Wa for an EP that intermingles two musical genres that themselves are crossbreeds of various cultures. Marty Lipp takes you to the party, and shares a full song from the new recordings.


world music Through modern and ancient history, the Mediterranean Sea has been and remains one great maritime highway uniting continents and cultures. Today the Med serves as a fence and too often, tragically, a graveyard separating the prosperous peoples of the North and West from the oft-troubled South and East. Historians for their part recall that the Med was once politically united under the Roman Empire, that its borderlands have been constantly in flux, and that many languages, notably Greek, Latin and Arabic and their descendants, have vied for dominance. Lamia Bèdioui is a Tunisian-born Greek resident who, along with her Desert Fish present a stunning sequence of storytelling in music that circles the Great Sea and back again, examining in particular the Greek, Romance and Arabic cultures of the countries known today as Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, Algeria, Greece, Tunisia and Morocco. She has a voice that can handle these challenges, and she takes on each of these traditions in Athamra. David Cox explores these 14 stories of the sea.


world music Musical field recordings done in places that have recently recovered from or are embroiled in civil war, or perhaps in places that are exceedingly poor, can and do often result in music made out of necessity, perhaps in spite of the atrocious conditions that manifests such sounds to begin with. Native Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka's recent documentary "Beats of the Antonov," explores this very determination among the “Blue Nile” people of war torn South Sudan. In fact, four recent releases on musician, producer, and traveler Ian Brennan's IRL label connect naturally with Kuka's film's observances about the importance of raw art not only in General Paolino's South Sudan, but also in Acholi Machon's Northern Uganda, a section of the country only recently restored from civil conflict, child soldier recruitment and death, as well as the intensely rural, resource-deprived southern African country of Malawi, where a group of young men who spend their days selling roasted mice on sticks- a street food borne out of nutritional necessity- play music in their off hours as Malawi Mouse Boys. These recent releases also show off some fantastic music, without the often deadening “world music” production values that sucks the life out of sounds that would otherwise have had so much to offer. Bruce Miller looks at three pieces of raw African acoustics.


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"Rya Joro" means "Unforgettable Night" or "Bad Night." The video was created to remember what happened during the Gatumba massacre, but also makes mention of other massacres and displacements. All of the artists are Banyamulenge living in Kenya. Music, dance and poetry are among the most important parts of the Kinyarwanda culture. Viewers of "Rya Joro" will notice that the stories of massacres of the Banyamulenge people are told in epic fashion. The themes of God and mercy and denial run through the narrative. Kinyarwanda lyrics traditionally celebrate stories of bravery, but in recent days have turned to tragedy. Georgianne Nienaber gives us the context.


world music Cristina Pato, Davide Salvado, Anxo Pintos and Roberto Comesaña have come together to create Rústica, a project that one could best describe as a homecoming. The project highlights the inner workings of this small ensemble, and the result is decidedly not the over-produced product of a world music superstar. Cristina Pato's incredible gaita playing does not overwhelm the musicians, and the performances are so pure that Pato does not emerge as a leader as much as an integral part of a quartet speaking with one mind... Lee Blackstone finds Rústica a fertile collaboration in Galician tradition. Read more and listen to a full track from the new CD.


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world music Born in Mexico City, Rana Santacruz now resides in that hot-bed of all things global, Brooklyn, NY. His latest release, Por Ahi ("Somewhere") is a complex compound of Mariachi memories, Balkan brass, and American roots with a rock and roll heart and accordion lungs. With lyrics that run from poetic to humorous, he traces an immigrant's urban landscape that is completely at odds with all the stereotypes we are deluged with in the media. Rana Santacruz is one of a kind... Listen!


world music Ale Carr, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, and Nikolaj Busk, known collectively as Dreamers' Circus, create a folk music all their own. And yet, to call them unique is to do them a strange disservice because, in their self-fashioned world, the sounds of Dreamers' Circus are everywhere. The trio started when its musicians connected during a jam session in Copenhagen, by the end of which their future was sealed. "We had to follow this sound,” says Carr. “From there on, we were the servants of our music. This was a context were anything could happen..." Tyran Grillo says their Second Movement is a must have. Read his review and listen to some of the music.


world music Listen to the sound of the Canadian Maritimes in a RootsWorld audio feature of the trio Vishtèn. Their new release is called Terre Rouge, and they are graciously sharing a full song from the CD with our readers. Their original composition "Trois Blizzards" was inspired by a series of severe, record breaking snow events in the Canadian Maritimes, and I think it exemplifies the trio's strengths. Listen!


world music Sally Nyolo invokes the power and mysticism of the tiger on her latest release, Tiger Run. Her family name, “mó ngone metame mezeï,” translates in English to “daughter of the tiger's whiskers.” She takes that name to heart and delicately balances the essence it's strength with a graceful agility. Her eighth album is also influenced by the sound of the outside world. Nyolo makes a conscious effort to draw attention to the mutual relationship between music and nature as she sings with distinction in Eton, English and French. Alex Brown reviews her uneven but adventurous new songs.


world music An electronic Intifada is the logical—one might argue inevitable—cultural and political product of a zone of effective incarceration and deprivation... The assault on Palestinian livelihood, dignity, identity, and human rights has not obliterated the creative spirit of a people that continues to engender artistic ensembles such as Checkpoint 303. The Iqrit Files concerns the 1948 evacuation and 1951 reduction to rubble of the Palestinian village by that name near the Lebanon border, and more recent efforts of its descendants to return. The CD combines field recordings, radio broadcast clips, ambient everyday sounds, the ritual Upper Galilee singing of Jawaher Shofani and Wardeh Sbeit, and the poetry of Jihad Sbeit, alogn with historic voice samples including Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley... Michael Stone urges you to turn off the smartphone and step into the frame of those for whom life is anything but a video game.


world music The Ilkka Heinonen Trio succeeds in broadening our vision of the strange contraption called jouhikko - the Finnish proto-fiddle - taking a studied and varied approach. At times Heinonen makes it sound almost like proper violin and and some numbers might not fit a "folk/ethnic" label at all, being very reminiscent of modern modal jazz. Joined by bass and percussion (with a touch of electronics), Heinonen's Savu is a complex and unusual foray into the Fuinnish new-roots biosphere. Waldemar Wallenius muses over a typical, modern day Finnish musical puzzle.


world music Scottish supergroup? Take two pipers, two fiddle players, one banjo player, a master of the bodhran, a bass/synth player, an accordionist , a flautist, an electric guitar player, and a drummer, all with serious folk and rock pedigrees, and put them in a studio and see what happens. They are Treacherous Orchestra and their new album is Grind. An exhausted Lee Blackstone takes you inside.


world music Leaping from surf to Sufi with stops in Asha Bosle and Yma Sumac territory, Bombay Rickey offer a bouyant east-west pop music that's a long way from Bollywood. on Cinefonia. Tom Orr takes you to where wild west meets mystic east. -


world music Naples has long enjoyed a reputation as Italy's most musical city. But the Puglia region, and particularly the southernmost part, Salento, now challenges the Campanian capital's dominance. Puglia boasts a rich and diverse musical culture that encompasses everything from folk forms like the now world-famous pizzica to alternative rock to hip-hop. Three new albums display the creative vitality of the contemporary scene. Two are by native Puglia artists – the singer and percussionist Antonio Castrignanò and the band Kalàscima – one by a northern Italian convert, the pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi. The Torino-based Einaudi, in fact, is the connective tissue among the three recordings. He has twice conducted the orchestra at the annual La Notte della Taranta festival in Salento, whose players have included Castrignanò and Kalàscima's founder and lead percussionist Riccardo Laganà. Einaudi is a guest on Kalàscima's Psychedelic Trance Tarantella and Castrignanò appears on Einaudi's Taranta Project. George de Stefano explores 3 Pizzica 3.


world music Xáos is the project of Ahetas, a Greek painter and musician, and Dubulah, best known for his work in Transglobal Underground and Natacha Atlas. The album Chaos is a deeply ambient work - tone poems of the Greek landscape and subconscious. Ahetas, Dubulah, and Giorgos Kalaitzoglou (on double bass) challenge listeners with immersive soundscapes that juxtapose ancient Greek instruments with electronics.... Lee Blackstone listens to a Greek ambient music that is ritualistic and primal.


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world music One writer referred to them as "a band whose name does not give us the highest of hopes," but The Henrys might be the best band you have never heard of. Achieving regular critical acclaim since their first release in the early 1990s, they nonetheless remain steadfastly iconoclastic, quirky and uncompromising. But there's more than a name to this acoustic ensemble, and you should raise your hopes and give a listen to their latest project, Quiet Industry. The editor lets you in to the factory to see what this little Canadian industry is creating these days.


world music Fiddle. Mandolin. Accordion. Guitar. That sounds like a folk music lineup. And it is, except when it isn't. Spiro is an English quartet that uses this instrumentation as they ride that artsy edge between folk and classical music on Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow. The listener who chooses to ride along this edge will be deeply rewarded. The title comes presumably from the poem by John Keats which sets forth a number of contrasts:
  •   Infant playing with a skull;
  •   Morning fair, and shipwreck'd hull;
  •   Nightshade with the woodbine kissing;
  •   Serpents in red roses hissing;
    As Spiro is a purely instrumental ensemble, they play around with aural contrasts, beyond simply the aforementioned folk and classical settings. Greg Harness shares his thoughts on this unique English ensemble.

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    In his book "Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology," philosopher David Abram describes our understanding of landscape in almost musical terms. Sensory cues such as smells and sounds invite specific associations with the places we inhabit in a symphony of life experience. The music of fiddler-composer Aidan O'Rourke likewise treats landscape as an interpretable score, which one need only light with attention to see it burn. Music for Exhibition & Film is the first in a projected series of EPs dedicated to O'Rourke's soundtracks and incidental music, and its final pieces take direct inspiration from Abram's book. Tyran Grillo finds multilayered work of art that survives on emotional insight.


    world music Ron Fricke's 1992 classic Baraka endures as one of the most consummate examples of non-narrative cinema. Its montage of images from around the world was even more eclectic than the soundtrack that went along with it. But despite the many ceremonies, creative arts, and labors that Fricke documentedincluding death pyres and ritual baths in the river Gangeshe never captured the Hindu religious festival known as Holi. Had he done so, it might have looked something like Radhe Radhe, filmmaker Prashant Bhargava's ode to this so-called “festival of colors.” Given the film's subtitle, “Rites of Holi,” and the fact that Holi is practiced in the spring may put one in mind of Igor Stravinsky. This is no coincidence. Although not a direct homage to Stravinsky, Radhe Radhe was the result of a commission for the 100th anniversary of the Russian composer's 'Rite of Spring,' and one of a dozen projects freshly created in its honor. It is still a ballet of sorts, not least of all for the dialogic contributions of Indian-American pianist and composer Vijay Iyer. Tyran Grillo explores this unique collaboration of vision and sound.


    world music Monsieur Doumani is a trio from the island of Cyprus, and Sikoses is the group's second album. Together, Antonis Antonious (who plays the tzouras, a relative of the bouzouki), Angelos Ionas (guitar), and Demetris Yiasemides (flute and trombone) are credited with not only paying tribute to traditional Cypriot music, but also updating and experimenting with the island's folk music. While Monsieur Doumani's first full-length album in 2013 concentrated on traditional Cypriot songs and tunes, Sikoses ranges further afield, with original compositions and some occasional electronic manipulation... Utilizing Greek influences, Turkish influences, and plenty of inspiration from beyond the shores of Cyprus, Monsieur Doumani provides deep and profound commentary about present-day Cypriots and their current conditions.
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    world music If you've liked Pekko Käppi's unrestrained bursts of jouhikko on his previous recordings, you're forgiven for expecting more of the same on Sanguis Meu, Mama! His ancient and primitive string instrument (a Finnish variation of a bowed lyre) is just right for shamanic, hypnotic ritual music and the like. And he does look like a witch doctor, with long hair and flailing hands obscuring the mysterious play thing in his lap. He does rip some hard riffs on a couple of tracks toward the end of his newest work, but are you ready for a mellow string warrior? Sweet love songs, even? No, sweet love songs don't have blood and mayhem all over them. Even if most of the songs are newly written, they definitely draw their inspiration (and bloodlust) from murder ballads of yore, known in every land that man has ever trampled someone under foot. Waldemar Wallenius takes you to the sweet, dark places of Pekko Käppi & K:H:H:L.


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