Rough Guide to North African Cafe / World Music
Network - everything seems familiar on this release of music
from the back streets of Cairo, Morocco, and Algeria. The music
has an easy flow of acoustic instruments and experienced musicians.
Includes something from Barrio Chino, Abdel Gadir Salim and Tarik
in the far reaching mix of tango and flamenco songs, as well as
instrumental tracks including some drum n bass.
Tanariwen/ Aman Iman / World Village - These
Tauregs from Central Africa shocked the world in 2005 with their
first bluesy African outing. This one is even more mature, and stays
true to their roots. Longish songs staying with the same rhythm
and key throughout - mesmerizing and really cool.
Jose Maria & The Clinch Fado Boys / Any Day Now
/ Jose Maria - this surprising release of folky US country music
and bluesy Portugesefado written by Jose Maria caught my attention
for its easy listening tunes and great instrumentation. Clark Tenakhongva
/ Po'li / Canyon - with an honesty and love of the music only found
with those who live it, Clark Tenakhongva writes and performs songs
of the Hopi people of western US. With the most minimal of instrumentation
- frame drum and shakers, one can feel at home among his songs.
Thomas Mapfumo / The Long Walk / Caroline -
More Zimbabwean pop from the "Lion of Zimbabwe". Thomas Mapfumo
now lives in Oregon and tours extensively, playing and lecturing
about Zimbabwe. This is a musical background for his struggles within
his home country and a way to keep the music alive while awaiting
the inevitable fall of the government.
Juan Carmona / Orillas / Caroline - Once in
a while an album arrives which is so impressive it pulls the genre
to a new place beyond its borders. Juan Carmona is a flamenco guitarist
who has mastered the form and is now taking it to new locations
- this time to Morocco where Carmona has personal roots. The mix
of Gnawan instrumentation and singing is perfect and his songwriting
and production talent will be noticed by those outside the genre.
The instrumental backup such as string sections and symphonic beddings
show his production prowess. In addition, he has released a new
classical album at the same time, which is equally impressive.
Putumayo World Party / Putumayo - an eclectic
mix of party music from all over time and space, including surprising
appearances by the 70's group Osibisa, the reggae of Burning Spear
and the Mexican Rock of Los Pinguos.
Ibrahim Ferrer / Mi Sueno / World Circuit -
more stately, fabulous and carefully produced jazzy Cuban music
from one of the charter members of the Buena Vista Social Club.
This is his last live recording, finished by his followers a few
weeks after his death in August 2005 at the age of 78. This release
is the result of his lifelong obsession with Cuban boleros. The
first acknowledged tune of the genre, "Tristezas," was composed
in Santiago by Pepe Sánchez during the late 1800s.
Bob Brozman Orchestra / Lumiere / Riverboat
- Brozman has been traveling the world for years collecting musical
trinkets. He displays them all here. The music ranges from Turkish,
Indian, Calypso, and tango to ska and waltz . Amazingly, every instrument
is plucked and strummed and overdubbed by Bob. Think Tango / World
Music Network - collection of tango greats like Quinteto Suarez
Paz and Melingo presenting South American tango for your dancing
pleasure. Also a fundraiser for Oxfam.
Zap Mama / Supermoon / Heads Up - Marie Daulne
continues the Zap Mama mystique and writes and sings all the tracks
on this new album. Less techno and 80's, more fluid and organic
than recent hit-oriented efforts, and much more likeable.
Rough Guide to the Music of Brazil / World Music
International - where does one start to show off the music of
a rich and diverse land such as Brazil? How about including international
talents such as Carlinhos Brown, Chico Cesar, and Bebel Gilberto?
Every track is another slice of the seemingly neverending love of
music from this rich country.
Rough Guide to the Music of Vietnam / World Music
International - Vietnam has been modernizing behind our backs,
but in a way very respectful of traditional culture. Now with less
outside influences, the indigienoius talents are coming forward.
The music ranges from light singing and whistling to full bands
performing complex arrangements. A very unexpected place.
Jerry Leake / The Turning - Percussion Expansions
/ Rhombus Publishing - Jerry Leaks uses his melodic percussion technique
on dozens of percussion instruments f ro m all over the world. His
performance is especially great on the balafon (similar to a xylophone)
where he can use his percussion to developed melody. These pieces
mostly start with African or Indian traditional songs, worked in
with new instrumental ideas.
Sultans of String / Luna / Factor - mix of
swing, Mediterranean goulash and lots of indigenous fun from this
It is my goal during my show to present music
from the rest of the world, which enlightens and entertains. The
Culture Café is a place where one can learn and be enriched by the
cultures of other humans occupying this earth.
It is my hope that once you hear the honest and emotional music
from another culture there's no reason anymore to be afraid of them.
This is the beginning of peace in our hearts and in our countries.
Join me on my website to see all my music
reviews, some links to concert websites, a list of world music labels
Streaming audio from a recent Culture Café
show can be found at: wwuh.org/program/music/folk/sunday/culture_cafe.html
Other highly recommended websites for music
from the rest of the world: Afropop Worldwide - based on the weekly
Public Radio show: afropop.org
World Music to listen to and purchase: CDRoots.com
Links to ethnographic studies from the University
of Indiana: library.music.indiana.edu/music_resources/ethnic.html
Or email me for specific requests:
Brian Grosjean, World Music Director
"World Peace Through Cultural Celebration"
WWUH Radio 91.3FM
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117
Office: (860) 768-4703
E-mail Brian: firstname.lastname@example.org
WWUH Program Guide 2007