The second album from international phenomenon The Gloaming explores new harmonic voices, new moods and styles and songs, while delivering the uniquely visionary music that only a supergroup of master musicians can.
The traditional Afro-Brazilian berimbau is a disarmingly simple instrument: a single steel string, a wooden bow, a resonating gourd. Thanks to custom tuneable instruments expertly hand-crafted by David 'Snappy' White, composers Gregory Beyer and Alexis C. Lamb and the dedicated talent of ensemble Projeto Arcomusical take the berimbau to new heights of collaboration, interplay, and communication.
Amira Medunjanin once again draws deep from the wellspring of traditional Sevdah of the Balkan region with revivifying new arrangements of ancestral songs. She also introduces new compositions to her repertoire.
For the last five years, Tinariwen has been busy criss-crossing the globe while expanding their audience. Their eighth studio album was recorded at various locations across the world, which added some new magic to their music.
After 30 years of war with Ethiopia and a decade of seclusion, the Asmara All Stars introduce some of the best musicians from Eritrea. Recording an album is not an easy task in a country where many aspects of life are dominated by political concerns, and where every working musician gets a salary from the state. The Asmara All Stars project is all about leaving politics behind and focusing on making exciting music.
Combining tropical and mainstream sounds with poetic lyrics, Prince Royce has taken the music world by storm. His latest promises to be his most powerful yet and features appearances from Zendaya, Farruko, and more.
Aziz Sahmaoui sets out once more with his magical group, conjuring up sonorous dreams and intoxicating trance states.
"It is the mixture of Gnawa rythyms with keening Moroccan vocals and Senegalese flavours that makes Mazal and album of strong tunes and great variety."--Songlines
A Golden Age of Jewish music almost forgotten - the songs captured in 1930s' Berlin by Hirsch Lewin on his Semer label. The Semer Ensemble brings this astonishing music back to life with critically acclaimed concerts and their first album, recorded live at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin, in November 2015.
It is true some legends of Arabic music have permeated the international music market: Oum Kalsoum's powerful voice is respected the world over and Rachid Taha's modern rai is the soundtrack to the American blockbuster Black Hawk Down. There are many reasons the artists on this album haven't reached quite the same zenith and it's certainly not down to a lack of musical talent. This compilation is a selection of rare finds and choice cuts from the Arab musical world and it's Diaspora.
Alex Cuba (born Alexis Puentes in 1974 just outside of Havana) was a multi-styled multi-instrumentalist who got his start as a small child with his father's group, Lost Puentes. Alex moved to Canada in 1999, and it was there that the creative direction of his music began to move away from the more traditional aspects of the Cuban sound.
Led by Calexico's Sergio Mendoza, Orkestra Mendoza fashion a borderless music that spans the Americas embracing mambo, cumbia, and mariachi with the same vigor as psychedelic pop, twang rock, and analog electronics.
The purpose of this new release is to present traditional dance music with reels, gigues, and quadrilles that belong to the collective memory of Québec and that have been passed on and transformed along the ages. This living folk music, which is happily performed in pubs, is interpreted by Québec's favored musical ensemble, the fiddle and piano duet.