Category World/International

Macaco

Macaco – Historias Tattooadas (Sony)

The Barcelona-based artist, also known as Dani Carbonell and formerly lead singer for Ojos de Brujo, draws from diverse Latin traditions in weaving folksy yet sophisticated arrangements that bring to mind many of the musical traditions of the Spanish colonies in America. Worthy!

Tumbao

Rebel Tumbao – Rebel Tumbao (Sacred Rhythm Music)

(Review by Lilly Xian) Rebel Tumbao’s first official release summons listeners with their sensational fusion of Cuban, Jamaican, and American urban roots music. The movement sets the pace with the vibrancy and syncopation of Afro, Latin, and Reggae rhythms and continues in propulsion by jazzy keys, smooth horns, spoken word, and soulful, bilingual vocals. The […]

Dom La Nena

Dom La Nena – Soyo (Six Degrees)

Sweet and singsongy tracks from this young Brazilian cellist/singer/songwriter, whose given name is Dominique Pinto, and who is based in Buenos Aires. The songs exhibit flairs of upbeat indie rock and Latin rhythmic folk, and are written in Portuguese, Spanish, French and English. All the instrumentation is performed by Dom and Brazilian musician Marcelo Camelo, who co-produced […]

Nico Marks

Nico Marks — The California-Jamaica Sessions (Santa Juanita)

Poppy rock-reggae from a guy who made it to the 5th round on American Idol in 2007. Relaxed beach tracks for those who are into it — much of it might feel sappy to a non-connoisseur of the genre. RIYL: Sublime, 311, Bob Marley

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Honor The People-Casper Loma-da-wa

Casper Lomayesva  with The Mighty 602 Band from Mesa, Az. Casper is the Lyrics master and Voice from Hopi 3rd Mesa.  Reggae with old school consciousness.  If Your Are Ready, track 6 includes a shout out to Vermont Natives!  Play All!

Les Freres Smith

Les Freres Smith – Free to Go (self-released)

A 12-member orchestra from Paris, France with 10 years’ experience specializing in high-energy Afrobeat & Ethiopian-flavored tunes. Fresh, complexly layered compositions played with crisp precision and awe-inspiring coordination between tight, raucous horns, complex percussion & bass, masterful guitar & keyboarding, & redolent vocals. A WRUV exclusive (until others catch on) provided directly from the band. […]

Cameron Siegal & Friends - World Junk

Cameron Siegal & Friends – World Junk (Mola Mola)

High school teacher, composer, & percussionist Siegal leads this 14-member ensemble on a tour de force through beautifully conceived arrangements of his own & others’ Brazilian & African inspired compositions. Strongly infused with jazz & funk, nice violin, cool flute, jazz piano, steel pan(!), prayer bowl(!), & more – really creative and downright gorgeous! Website […]

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