Category World/International

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Mariza – Mundo (Nonesuch)

Mariza is reputed to be the greatest contemporary singer of the iconic and often melancholy Portuguese genre of fado, and she is certainly the most successful. On this innovative CD she mixes traditional styles with some pop and electronic influences, and achieves wonderful outcomes.

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Elage Diouf – Melokaane (Pump Up the World)

Second CD from this talented singer/songwriter who lives in Canada but grew up in Senegal. Recorded in Montreal, Toronto, Paris, & Dakar Senegal. Nice 80’s style Afro-pop (RIYL Salif Kieta) with modern elements that add to the listener’s interest.

Tigris Hamasyan/Henriksen/Aarset/Bang–Atmospheres

A lovely mix of, as the title suggests, quiet, ambient works of Armenian folk tunes infused with jazz and classical improvisations. Play!

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Alsarah and the Nubatones – Manara (Wonderwheel)

Second CD of “East African Retro­pop” from a former resident of the Nile River Valley and her band. Created after the passing of their original oud player & an extended sabbatical in Morocco. Explores themes related to migration & immigration. Exotic & evocative.

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Acid Arab – Musique de France (Crammed Discs)

Great collection of current Arab tunes from Parisian DJ/producers Guido Minisky and Hervé Carvalho, with contributions from an impressive list of musicians from the Arab world. Contributors include Syrian Rizan Said (dabke), Istanbul’s Cem Yildiz (vocals and saz), the Yemenite sister trio A-WA (vocals), Rachid Taha, Jawad El Garrouge, and Sofia Saidi. Exciting, trancey, evocative…

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Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina (Glitterbeat)

From Mauritania, West Africa, with her own takes on Moorish/trans-Saharan musical styles… Her strong vocals are complemented by strong guitar from her husband, who uses rich quarter-tones in imitation of the Moorish lute. With complex spiritual lyrics in the griot tradition. Special music!

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Etienne de la Sayette – Maputo Queens (Paris DJs)

Usually touring around the world with one of his bands, composer/arranger/producer/saxophonist Etienne still somehow found time to put together this gorgeous collection of deep, pensive Afro-jazz tunes – his 1st solo CD effort. Then, in response to a request from WRUV-FM, he mailed the CD to us from South Korea! Great tunes… Definitely deserves some […]

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Nordic Passage- Steven Rushingwind and Age Reite

Beautiful instrumental with Steven Rushingwind and friend Age Reite.  Steven interviewed on Moccasin Tracks worked on this for a few years with Age.  His flute playing is beautiful with piano ( track one) and other instruments: drums, sax on Happy Moccasins tracks and vocables are heard.  enjoy and play all!  (stevenrushingwindmusic.com)  Steven is a multi- […]

The Universal Flute

Ethereal, gracious works by Cowll, Matsumara, Brown and others for Asian instruments. Trk 5 with voice is faster. Play most! Suitable for world programming.

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Water Is Life I- Various Artists

In this CD produced by Native American Music Awards 16 artists contribute to this CD called Water Is Life I.  Inspired to contribute to the Oceti Sakowin and their stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline that would bring crude oil under the Missouri River,water Protectors are included in this CD as well as NAMMY 2016  […]

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Teresa Cristina – Canta Cartola (Nonesuch)

Live concert in Rio de Janeiro by the renowned Brazilian samba vocalist Teresa Cristina & master guitarist Carlinhos Sete Cordas, playing the music of Angenor de Oliveira (known as “Cartola,” meaning “top hat”). Fairly mellow, historically important, rich, & beautiful.

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Ravi Shankar – In Hollywood, 1971 (East Meets West)

Two-hour concert recording from a private 1971 concert in Ravi’s Hollywood home. One of the guests was George Harrison, and some say this experience is what led to their collaboration in the concert for Bangladesh later that year. Two CDs, four long Ragas.

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Luisa Maita – Flo da Memoria (Cumbancha)

Brazilian downtempo from a Sao Paulo native who also happens to be one of Vermont’s favorite Brazilian divas. Smoldering, dreamy shoe-gaze with fuzzy guitar & bass, and strong percussion enlivening distinctly Brazilian rhythms. Title means “Memory Thread.” Artist’s website here Appearing at Higher Ground on September 26 2016.  

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Richard Bona – Heritage (Qwest)

Seventh CD from this renowned Cameroonian singer-songwriter, but the first recorded with his Afro-Cuban band “Mandekan Cubano.” Beautiful compositions & vocals highlight the African rhythms that so often contribute to the very essence of Cuban music. Nice!

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Zomba Prison Project – I Will Not Stop Singing (Six Degrees)

Another fine collection of heartfelt tunes from male & female inmates of the dilapidated 19th century maximum security prison in Malawi – now ranked the poorest nation on Earth. Proceeds go to the legal defense of inmates. The project has been attracting international attention to the situation in the prison.

David Starfire- Karuna

Not only did David Starfire get an all-expense paid trip to Thailand, but through Crowdsourcing he produced an album incorporating his psy-dub sound with classical instruments played by Burmese Refugees. Not only is there a seamless blend of these two seemingly different music styles, but each track borrows themes and ideas from another making the […]

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Bossacucanova – The Best of Bossacucanova (Six Degrees)

This Grammy nominated band has been providing a new take on bossa nova since their first 1999 CD, tastefully infusing the classic sounds with dance grooves, electronica, & notable guest appearances. Here are some of their most popular tracks.

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Sonzeira – Tam Tam Tam Reimagnined (Brownswood)

Brazilian musical culture was gravely disrupted by a military coup in 1964. Here, Gilles Peterson joins the ranks of those seeking to resurrect what was lost, working with top contemporary musicians to re-imagine “Tam Tam Tam;” a 1957 recording with distinctly Afro-Brazilian flavors. Surely quite different from the original!

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Kevin Bowers – Nova (Machinery)

From a talented drummer who has studied Brazilian percussion, here is a mixed collection of nice Brazilian drumline tracks & pop-rock tunes with nice drumming but often tenuous connections to world music. Vocals in English except track #12, in French.

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Dreams from The Grandfather-Robert Tree Cody

Both an educator and counselor Robert Tree Cody has taught folklore, crafts, music and traditional ways.  In this CD from 1993 Canyon Records Tree gifts us with voice and flute playing. Vocables in track 3 and voice in track 5 greets the 4 directions.  Moonlight dance is drum with the flute in beautiful harmony of […]

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Breathe Deep the Dusk Fall- Louie Gonnie

Sung in traditional style with rattle and drum we are gifted with the feelings of gratitude for this beauty and feelings of humble existence s Louie says in the notes for Track 7, Transcendence and the Drum, ” a new dawn reflecting our yesterday.  Hearts on fire with spirit s blaze in tranquility.  There is […]

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Roman Orona- Circling Spirits; Contemporary Apache Songs

Most of the songs are sung in Apache and vocables with Roman Orona in the lead vocals and playing drum, bells and sometimes his voice is also the backing vocals with each track giving the experience of feeling part of the round dance happening with this music in the circle of life with the indigenous […]

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The Fifth World- 7th Generation Rise

Goodshield Aguilar,(Writer of the songs,Producer and Injuneer) shares this “Indigenous Soul” music with messages and guests that include John Trudell (Track 7), Mignon Geli (flute player) and Linda Faye Carson. (track 3)  Spoken Word and stories and current news clips pepper the songs  Seven,The Fifth World, Sierra War Cry.  Its FCC clean so play all!!

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Palo! – Yo Quiero Guarachar (Rolling Pin)

Our favorite Afro-Cuban funk Band & 2015 Grammy Nominee from Miami! Led by the talented pianista & Cubaphile Steve Roitstein, featuring powerfully beautiful lead vocals by Leslie Cartaya, plus Ed Calle’s great sax, driving bass, & smokin’ percussion. Get ready to dance! Apt CD Title means ‘I Wanna Have A Blast.’ 

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Aditya Prakash Ensemble – Mara (self-released)

Gorgeous Indian fusion from a brother & sister who are South Indian classical musicians, & many of their talented friends. The music is also the soundtrack to a dance performance portraying the story of the demon Mara, who tried to tempt Buddha off his path to enlightenment. Really fine compositions, as one might expect from […]