Category World/International

Betsayda & Parranda El Clavo (Odelia) Loe Loa

Traditional Venezuelan music meant to be sung together with a group. Makes you feel like you are a part of the party! Very uplifting and celebratory music that makes you feel the roots of this rich musical culture. Great percussion! ALL GOOD!! Advertisements

Ruben Gonzalez (World Circuit) Introducing…

Hard to believe this legendary Cuban pianist hasn’t released a solo album before this! He’s a favorite among the Buena Vista Social Club, has played with everyone, and this album is a masterpiece of classic Cuban music. All Good!!

Chicago Afrobeat Project (Self) What Goes Up

Another solid release from this diverse group. Lots of different vocals including Chance the Rapper gives this album a different feel from song to song, but the Afrobeat holds it together. Great instrumentation and the vocals vary depending on the song. Start with 1, 2, 6, & 8

Lila Downs (Sony) Salon, Lagrimas, Y Deseo

 Grammy winner and Mexican songstress is back with a dramatic, emotional, romantic, and empowering album for the times. A great mix of traditional sounds and a buttery voice that carries deep feelings. I liked the more upbeat tunes as opposed to the ballads, but that’s just me. Try 1, 4, 6, 9, & 12

Black Seeds (Easy Star) Fabric

NZ rockers bring another dynamic release! For the uninitiated, they sound like Depeche Mode & Daft Punk had a baby that Ziggy Marley and Deepak Chopra raised. The result is an album that has a vintage 80s emotion, with modern bass & blips/blobs, a positive and new agey lyrical approach, all on a backbone of […]

Battle of Santiago (MWPC) La Migra

AfroCuban music from Canadian/Cuban group. Solid latin tunes with well placed vocals. Afrobeat feel at times as well as electronic. Good stuff! Start with 1, 2, 4

Retribution- Tanya Tagaq

Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq produces her third album with this release which is taking on many awards in the Canadian Music scene (Summer 2017).  There is a big difference in each track with track 1, Ajaaja, there is a sweetness with voice and call and response in balance.  Lots of feeling in this sport […]

Stick Game Songs of The Paiute- Judy Trejo

Wonderful historical and traditional songs played during traditional stick games.  Judy Trejo makes a great presentation with song and drums.  Play all!     njoy

Amir Elsaffar–Not Two

Excellent mix of Middle Eastern with jazz orchestra, flowing, with punctuation of pecussion. Play!

Songhoy Blues – Resistance (Fat Possum)

Adventurous new music from this four-member Malian band & numerous musician friends. Mixes guitar-driven Sahara desert blues with elements of other genres that impressed them while on world tour; soul, funk, R&B, & a little hip-hop too. Super guitar & nice horns, keyboards, percussion, vocals … It’s all here.

Ensemble Novo – Who Saw You Then, Who Sees You Now (Frosty Cordial)

Talented quintet from Philadelphia covers Brazilian gems from the late 60s & early 70s bossa nova era. Arrangements lean toward mellow jazz, with guitar, vibraphone, tenor sax & flute, bass, & percussion.

River Song-Evan Pritchard

All music performed  by Evan Pritchard with traditional songs arranged by Evan.  Subtitle says it all: Native American songs for healing and contemplation.  Especially wonderful prayers in Lenape and Algonquin languages and Micmac, Evan’s heritage.  Guitar is played as well as flute and drum.  Voice of The Land, a spoken word with the names of […]

Nina Miranda – Freedom of Movement (Six Degrees)

Daughter of a Brazilian dad & British mom, and having lived in both countries, this vocalist was well-prepared to create this masterful musical fusion of two worlds. Traditional Bahia rhythms meld seamlessly with arrangements inspired by classic & modern British & US artists. Lots of variety. Explore!

Melodic Intersect – Looking Forward (Aimerc)

Gorgeous Indian classical music layered with western jazz improvisation. Various tracks feature nicely blended strains of sitar, jazz organ & piano, guitar, sax, & Cajon. The ensemble’s 6th studio album. Masterful & well worth exploring!

Los Wembler’s de Iquitos – Ikaro del Amor (Barbes)

From the isolated jungle city of Iquitos, Peru on the Amazon River, here is the first Amazonian band to electrify the local dance music & kick-start the Cumbia Amazonica movement. Founded in 1968 by a father & his 5 sons, the EP features Chicha – Peruvian Cumbia with indigenous melodies incorporating surf & psychedelic rock. […]

Music Action Ensemble – Foundation (Giant Steps)

The Music Action Lab  was set up for musicians who seek to have a social impact through music. The 9 musicians on this CD were selected from nearly 100 applicants from 22 countries to collaborate in creating this original music with socially conscious themes. Influences from the Middle East, India/Pakistan, and more. Diverse styles but […]

James Whetzel & Yas – Life is Raining (Olin Place)

Sarod master & composer Whetzel first met the Algerian-born Parisian poet YAS more than a decade ago, & they have yearned to pursue a collaboration ever since. Finally, they have reunited to make this music, and it was well worth the wait! This combination of rhythmic musical arrangements & the recitation of French poetry works […]

Hermanos Morales – Los Autenticos del Moka (self-released)

Who are these musicians? No idea…! Nothing on Google except access to songs. Anyway, great Latin folk with lots of heart & soul. The on-line cover says 100% Cuban music, but it reminds us of the beautiful folksy street music heard on the Pacific coast of South America. Check it out!

Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)

This Lebanese jazz pianist & composer explores the music of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, khaleej music with roots in African polyrhythm, like jazz has. These mostly original tunes reconnect Arabic, African, & western jazz while preserving Arabic quarter tones & styles, with pleasing effect. All good…Wonderful music! Filed in World section

Uncombed Hair- Annie Humphrey

New to the studio here at WRUV FM Burlington from this Ojibwe artist, Annie Humphrey all original and described as alternative music but has a message within.  Great stories are told in this CD like a story about Winona LaDuke. (track called Tipi To A Tesla).  We The People, a track that challenges us all, […]

Fuego- Rushingwind and The Native Groove

Alive with drums (Nelsen Rios) and dancing rhythm, Rushingwind and the Native Groove (the band) gifts us with Fuego, the latest release with multi-award winning Native Flute Player, Steven Rushingwind (Cahuilla/Opata).  Call it World Beat or Native Fusion and play all these instrumental tracks for best results!!

Dosti Music Project – Travelers (Found Sound Nation)

The product of a collaborative musical residency hosted by this Brooklyn-based artist collective and involving musicians from Pakistan, India, & America. Running through the tracks are influences from all of these places: Sufi Ghazals, Bengali & Tamil folk tunes, & even Appalachian fiddle. Celebrates our common humanity. Fantastic music!

Lula Pena – Archivo Pittoresco (Crammed Discs)

Subtle, plaintive, acoustic masterpieces with smoky vocals from this Portuguese singer, songwriter, guitarist, & poet. Traces of fado, ladino, flamenco, & more contribute to this quiet Iberian gem. Check it out!

Las Cafeteras – Tastes Like LA (self-released)

Folksy East LA Latin band that mixes traditional and modern Mexican/Latin influences while singing about their largely immigrant community and the challenges they face in achieving their dreams in today’s America.

Alex Cuba – La Unico Constante (Caracol)

La Unico Constante means ‘The One Constant.’ Smooth, mostly acoustic, folksy Latin songs with longing, soulful vocals in Spanish. Might some think of him as the John Denver of Havana?