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  1. 1. Cara Stacey - Things That Grow

    'Things That Grow' is a fluid musical project exploring the sonic possibilities of southern African musical bows within improvisatory contexts. On this album, Cara Stacey performs contemporary compositions and improvisations on the umrhubhe and uhadi bows with Shabaka Hutchings (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Seb Rochford (drums), Ruth Goller (bass), Crewdson (concertronica), and Dan Leavers (synths/production). Combining original compositions by Cara and Shabaka with freely conceived improvisation, this recording aims to stretch the boundaries of bow music in an ensemble and create something entirely new. 

  2. 2. Davide Salvado - Lobos

    Always old and always new -  this is the the root of Davide Salvado's new album 'Lobos'. A docile bewitching collection of trakcs based on the folklore and traditions of his native Galicia. A young man but a veteran of music, his album which goes for a walk not only for in this region, but Madrid and elsewhere.

     

  3. 3. Alif - Aynama-Rtama

    Alif is the collective sound of five musicians at the forefront of independent music in the Arab world. Conceived in 2012 and taking its name from the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, Alif features Khyam Allami (Oud), Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Vocals/Buzuq), Bashar Farran (Bass), Maurice Louca (Keys/Electronics) and Khaled Yassine (Drums/Percussion). 

    Their self-produced debut, Aynama-Rtama (Arabic - translated as Wherever It Falls) is a reflection of its time and environment. Recorded between Beirut in Cairo in 2014, it is a shape-shifting album that twists and turns when you least expect it. Innovative instrumentation, poignant words from avant-garde poets such as Sargon Boulos and Mahmoud Darwish, and the abstract worlds penned by the band’s vocalist Tamer Abu Ghazaleh coalesce to create an intense labyrinth of sounds and emotions. The startling synergy combined with the band’s wide ranging influences, giving birth to a soundscape that is at once familiar and unknown.

  4. 4. Daby Touré - Amonafi

    Singer, songwriter and guitarist Daby Touré returns in 2015 with a phenomenal new album on Cumbancha and a renewed creative energy. Based in Paris, France, Touré hails originally from Mauritania with family roots in Senegal. While his father and uncles formed the pioneering Afropop band Toure Kunda, Touré has always followed his own music path, with influences ranging from African folk melodies and desert blues, to jazz, pop, reggae, funk and soul. Blessed with an open mind and an explorer's spirit, Tourés catchy songs are as likely to appeal to fans of African stars Habib Koité and Youssou N'Dour as they are to followers of Bob Marley, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder

  5. 5. Mary Afi Usuah - Ekpenyong Abasi

    Ekpenyong Abasi possesses a raw power that must have made it leap out of the aforementioned stack of heat warped LP's presented to the music archaeologists. This is hardly the high energy sweaty dance party in which afrobeat thrived, but rather a soporific ritual that transports the listener away from Lagos and into Afi Usuah's home territory of Cross River State. "Art isn't something [Nigerians] view as important", Afi Usuah said of her philosophy, "but it's our arts that have exported the most positive image of Nigeria. It's the arts that show us who we really are".

  6. 6. Quadro Nuevo - Tango

    Quadro Nuevo is Europe’s answer to the Argentine tango.  Arabesques, Balkan swing, ballads, daredevil improvisations, the melodies of old Europe and the lightness of the Mediterranean merge into fabulous songs full of joyous colour.

    These melodies tell of the vagabond life, of experiences and encounters on this great journey of life, of small coincidences and grand moments, of tenderness and wild temperament driven between the winds of east and west, caught between consuming yearning and joyful fulfillment – between the bitter and the sweet.

  7. 7. Chico Trujillo - Reina De Todas Las Fiestas

    Chico Trujillo is one of Chile's most important orchestras. They are the soundtrack to every party from Arica to Punta Arenas. Their mixture of classic cumbia, bolero, reggae, latin american and balcanic music has assured them an audience from every generation and walk of life.

    The band started as a side project from the ska/punk band LaFloripondio in 1999 in Valparaíso. Twelve years and five albums later they have come to simbolize a uniquely cocktail rooted in the cumbia of the pre-Pinochet days and they have managed to include every aspect of the chilean popular culture. Chico Trujillo has meshed bits and pieces from the past with the global influence of the alternative culture and have fusioned everything under the pan-latin flag of the cumbia. The exuberance of the band represents a comeback to the ballroom and the pleasures of the night.

  8. 8. Steinar Strøm - Blåmåndagen

    An exciting release from Norwegian fiddler Steinar Strøm. Steinar is one of the few leading fiddlers of the folk traditions around his home in the Sigdal area. Since he was little he learned from the older fiddlers in the village, such as Knut Bakke, Nils Stubberud , Gunnar Stubberud , Engebret Hiåsen , Ola Hiåsen , Torstein Small and Per Enderud . He is an A- class fiddler with interesting interpretations of tradition.


  9. 9. Kala Jula - Sangoyi

    This is a set of acoustic wonderment, an intimately recorded feast of strings, with Zanetti also providing some percussion and Diabaté sometimes switching to ngoni or bass. Trumpeter Yannick Barman guets on three cuts, and his powdery precision recalls the talkative modality of the Beirut brassman Ibrahim Maalouf... 
    The duo maintain an intimate feel for most of the pieces, but import just the right amount of extra colours to periodically expend the palette.

    Gilles Simond

  10. 10. Esther Merino - Mil y una Razones

    Esther Merino's latest releases takes inspiration from Malaga , Huelva , Seville, Jerez and Extremadura as well as looking to the neighboring country of Portugal with a beautiful lullaby and hints of fado. Esther Merino has been surrounded by great artists for this recording, made in the studios of guitarist Pedro Sierra in Seville. Musicians also featured include a collaboration with Manuel Parrilla in tribute to Paquera de Jerez and the guitarist Juan Manuel Moreno Extremadura whose compositions appear on the album.