Articles tagged world music

25 Apr 2016 // 7:02 AM

Rokia Traoré: Né So

With her latest album, Malian singer-songwriter Traoré has made something beautiful and moving from the traumas of war and personal crises

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29 Mar 2016 // 2:02 AM

Lakou Mizik: Wa Di Yo

Wa Di Yo marks the debut of one world band that could rightfully be making world headlines.

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Various Artists: Soul Sok Séga

This set shines like on Séga, the traditional music of the island of Mauritius, and leaves you feeling like you've got no choice but to dig in and learn more about this tradition.

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3 Feb 2016 // 12:00 PM

Imarhan - “Assossamagh” (Singles Going Steady)

Assossamagh" is a steady road-tripper's dream. Guitars have a serious strut, and Imarhar follows the beat of his own metre.

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28 Dec 2015 // 3:00 AM

The Best World Music of 2015

Selections from Brazil, Cuba, Gaza, Mali, and Romania, highlight this list compiled by five enthusiastic world music writers.

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Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun

Junun is proof that any amount of common ground, no matter how small, can still helps ideas take flight.

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Kanaku y el Tigre: Quema, Quema, Quema

The Peruvian folk outlet release a more studied, atmospheric effort for their worldwide debut.

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Los Crema Paraiso: De Pelicula

The Venezuelan bossa nova outlet is at it again, this time bringing some worldwide fan favorites into the fold.

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The Dolomites - “Wakannai” (video) (premiere)

A Balkan-Japanese polka with tribal scatting? Sure, why not?

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Totó La Momposina - “La Candela Viva” (video) (premiere)

Revisit classic Colombian music in celebration of the new album by the reigning Queen of Cumbia.

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23 Jun 2015 // 2:05 AM

Dylan Stark: Heartland

An ambitious, modernistic debut with epic scale.

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Trevor Hall - “To Zion” (audio) (Premiere)

Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall's new track lovingly blends folk, reggae, and Sanskrit.

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Forty Martyrs: Armenian Chants from Aleppo

A haunting piece indicative of the trials currently facing dedicated Armenians in the face of war, any fan of world music would find this record a profound addition to their collection.

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Imam Baildi - ‘III’ (album stream) (Premiere)

With their third studio LP III, Imam Balidi take the music of their native Greece and transform it with modern popular music tricks and conventions, to a wildly fun effect.

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Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino: Quaranta

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino marks its 40th anniversary with a portrait of Italy and its discontents.

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Taraf de Haïdouks: Of Lovers, Gamblers and Parachute Skirts

Taraf de Haïdouks mix the old and the new on their 25th anniversary set.

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Tipsy Oxcart - “Homecoming” (audio) (Premiere)

First heard in a Turkish pickup truck, and once known as a theme to a '90s Israeli sitcom, "Homecoming" receives its newest iteration by the Brooklyn Balkan outfit Tipsy Oxcart.

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Brooklyn Gypsies - ‘Sin Fronteras’ (album stream) (Premiere)

World music comes together in Williamsburg in the latest album by Brooklyn Gypsies, Sin Fronteras: "Without Borders".

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Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco, and Mbaqanga 1975-1985

Then the brass hits, trumpets double saxes in sforzando swells changing chords on the bar line as the singer talks about "our time."

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Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar

A haunting tribute to traditional Vietnamese music and the Vietnam War.

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The Sound and the Warmth: An Interview with Cardiknox

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"New York's Cardiknox are taking more steps in their goal of world domination. With their debut record Portrait out, the band are dreaming big, wanting to transcend the indie pop scene.

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