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  1. 1. Maite Hontelé - Te Voy A Querer

    Maite Hontelé, Dutch by birth but Colombian by heart, has changed for good the way to look at and experience Latin American music. Her music is an invitation to be happy, to enjoy good taste and to Caribbean nostalgia. It is a perfect blend of European elegance and tropical color and joy. Te Voy A Querer is Hontelé's follow up from her 2014 release Déjame así, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category "Best Salsa Album".

  2. 2. Cheikh Lô - Balbalou

    According to Cheikh Lô, his latest album Balbalou "returns to the importance of spirituality, at a time when hateful groups like Boko Aram are diverting Islam away from its humanist foundations". In Wolof and Bambara, Cheikh Lô challenges the African heads of state, major purveyors of coups d'etat (Doyal naniou, with the voice of the great Malian singer Oumou Sangaré). Moreover, with a style marked by irony, and sometimes a touch of provocation, this man from Dakar puts two opposites, water and fire, against each other, as symbols of the dangers posed by everyday life (Balbalou, chatting, with Ibrahim Maalouf on trumpet). Musically Produced by Andreas Unge, partly recorded in Sweden, the album develops a very clear sound and plays the cultural openness card even more strongly. By chance during a studio session, the Africans encountered the accordionist Fixi, whose musical conversation with the Jamaican reggae singer Winston McAnuff had been playing on stage and on the airwaves since 2013. They also met the Paris-based Brazilian singer Flavia Coelho, full of character and contradiction. Together they concocted Degg Gui (Truth), a track with an unstoppable melody, full of grace and single pitch, and where the accordion gently explores the other side of the Atlantic - something Cheikh Lô had already started with Lamp Fall in 2006 some tracks on which he had recorded in Salvador de Bahia with the group of afro percussionists Ilê Aiyê. For Cheijh Lô is curious – a quality that keeps his music forever interesting

  3. 3. Bamba Wassoulou Groove - Farima

    "Anyone seeking pure guitar energy and signs of a healthy musical revival in Bamako need look no further. Led by three guitarists, notably Moussa Diabaté of Super Rail Band fame, Bamba Wassoulou Groove both electrify old Malian classics and compose endearing new Bamana tunes. Uner the guidance of musical director Bamba Dembélé, the seven-man band reinvent the great 1970s standard 'Bina' and allow Diabaté's guitar new unbridled freedom in songs like 'Fadegnacouma', 'Lolo' and the title-track. Dembélé's reputation reaches back to the Super Djata Band that he founded in the late 70s. The percussionist proves he has lost none of his agility in marrying rock, native blues and rhythms from the southern Wassoulou region. The warm voice of Ousmane Diakaté drives many Dembélé's compositions to telling effect, but this is a collective effort where the balafon of Mory Kouyaté shoulders the dizzying riffs of the guitar trio. This is likely to light up the dance floors throughout the African continent." - Songlines 

  4. 4. Khaira Arby - Gossip

    Khaira Arby , legendary desert blues diva of Timbuktu, her fifth album, gossip. One of the first women to break onto the music scene in Northern Mali in the late 1970s, her powerful voice endears her to worldwide audiences. Her music has grown from traditional griotte as she encounters other cultural influences. The female counterpart to Ali Farka Toure in the roots of American delta blues. During the recording of these tracks political and social conditions in Mali destabilized. Rebellion, coup d'état, corruption, invasion, fundamentalism, all influence Khaira and her band. Two songs, "Djamba" and "La Liberte," plea for tolerance and peace.

  5. 5. Carlos Gardel - The Rough Guide To Tango Legends: Carlos Gardel

    Carlos Gardel’s style and charisma set him apart from all other singers and musicians of his time. This definitive collection of 27 lovingly remastered classic tracks shows why he remains the undisputed ‘King Of Tango’.

  6. 6. Namgyal Lhamo - Musical Offerings 2: An Anthology Of Tibetan Classical Songs

    Namgyal Lhamo was born in 1956 – the year of the Chinese invasion into Ticket – just over the border in Nepal. Her mother taught her nomad songs and she studied classical songs from the 17th century and Tibetan opera at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. After her study she became known internationally as the ‘Nightingale of Tibet’. Musical Offerings 2: An Anthology Of Tibetan Classical Songs is her latest album.

  7. 7. Tal National - Zoy Zoy

    Niger borders Nigeria, Mali and Ghana. Collected within this former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in the membership of Tal National. As such, the nation enjoys a greatly varied mix of cultures and ethnicities, all richly steeped in music. It is no stranger to highlife, kora and afrobeat musics, while giving the world Tuareg Blues and a unique brand of hip-hop. In Tal National’s music can be heard the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf and the exquisite griot guitar of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. Zoy Zoy is a distillation of Tal National’s traditional roots and tireless drive into pure joy and celebration. The songs are intense yet sophisticated, combining original numbers with new arrangements of West African folk songs, dealing with themes of love, tolerance, peace, feminine beauty and the woman’s physical dance expression based on traditional African rhythms. The band speaks French, but use the American expression “very rock and roll” quite seriously, implying their awareness that the loud guitars and bewildering rhythmic complexity separate them from their West African peers. 

  8. 8. Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - Quaranta

    "You wait for months for an album that will cure tarantula bites, and then two come along at once. Last week saw the release of Ludovico Einaudi’s Taranta Project, which reworks the hypnotic folk dance music of south-east Italy that is traditionally reputed to have such power. Now comes a powerful and varied set from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, who were among the celebrity cast taking part in Einaudi’s project, but here mix traditional influences with angry new political songs. Their starting point is the pounding tamburelloframe drum, which is matched against edgy, attacking harmony vocals and a swirling instrumental lineup that includes bouzouki, violin, accordion and bagpipes. There are fiery dance pieces, wailing unaccompanied vocal harmonies, and, best of all, the thoughtful and angry Solo Andata (“one-way ticket”), a lament for migrants dying in the Mediterranean as they try to reach Italy, that ends with a frenzied violin work-out." - The Guardian

  9. 9. Barbecue Bob - The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Barbecue Bob

    Barbecue Bob was one of the best-selling and most innovative blues artists of the late 1920s before he died at the age of just 29. Undoubtedly some of the most engaging early blues that you are likely to hear, his original and witty compositions had a huge influence on many of the blues greats that followed.

  10. 10. Curro Piñana - El Alma Lastimada Y Otros Poemas

    "In setting the work of 11th-century Andalusian Sephardic poet Solomon Ibn Gabirol to music, the singer and academic Curro Piñana is shrewdly tapping one of the many deep wells of influence that have enriched flamenco in its long journey across territories and time. He is also extending flamenco’s religious source material, which have hitherto typically adhered to Roman Catholic sources, such as the writings of the mystic Saint John of the Cross. Musically, this album is a masterstroke, skillfully melding Piñana’s soulful, mellow vocals with minimalist poems (adapted from the Hebrew originals by Antonio Parra) that evoke powerful existential dramas. One deals with a man sick with love in his ‘alma lastimada’ (wounded soul), and Jewish exiles escaping through the mountains under starry skies. Thoughtfully, English translations have been included in the liner notes. Piñana brings a luminosity to the darkest of lamentations, and three able guitarists and two backing singers further amplify the emotional appeal of this well-crafted, original album." - Songlines