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Hedvig Paulig, Ilmo Ranta, Jan Söderblom - Erkki Melartin: Songs to Swedish Texts (2018)

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Hedvig Paulig, Ilmo Ranta, Jan Söderblom - Erkki Melartin: Songs to Swedish Texts (2018)

Hedvig Paulig, Ilmo Ranta, Jan Söderblom - Erkki Melartin: Songs to Swedish Texts (2018)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 53:25 | 220 MB
Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Toccata Classics | Catalog: TOCC 0416

The Finnish composer Erkki Melartin (1875–1937) wrote around 250 art-songs, often grouping settings of different languages and different dates into unrelated and sometimes untitled opus numbers. But what might be a nightmare for the musicologist is a treasure trove for the enthusiast for Nordic song, as this recital of some of the best of Melartin’s Swedish settings will prove, with music that often sounds rather like Sibelius tinged with French Impressionism.

Abdallah Oumbadougou - AMGHAR: The Godfather of Tuareg Music, Vol. 1 (2024)

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Abdallah Oumbadougou - AMGHAR: The Godfather of Tuareg Music, Vol. 1 (2024)

Abdallah Oumbadougou - AMGHAR: The Godfather of Tuareg Music, Vol. 1 (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 369 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 159 Mb | 01:09:03
World, Desert Blues | Label: Petaluma Records

Amghar: The Godfatdher of Touareg Music - VOL. 1 is the first career retrospective of the legendary, late Tuareg innovator Abdallah Oumbadougou, who is considered the Godfather of the Tuareg / Desert Blues genre and was a primary influence of current artists Bombino and Mdou Mocktar. It features 14 tracks, newly remastered by 5 time GRAMMY winning engineer Michael Graves, and includes 6 unreleased, never before heard tracks. The gorgeous Double Vinyl package also includes extensive historical liner notes from Tuareg expert and historian Andy Morgan and lyric translations in Tamashek, French and English. The cover portrait of the artist was created by Nigerian born illustrator Diana Ejaita who is notable for her extensive cover work with the New Yorker magazine. 'He was like a father to us. Like our first inspiration' - BOMBINO

Nitin Sawhney - Human (2003) [Japanese Edition]

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Nitin Sawhney - Human (2003) [Japanese Edition]

Nitin Sawhney - Human (2003) [Japanese Edition]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 379 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 144 Mb | Scans ~ 156 Mb
Electronic, Downtempo, Trip-Hop, World Fusion | Label: V2 | # V2CP 157 | 01:02:43

The sixth album from the world fusion maestro. Forging ahead with his trademark collision of disparate styles including Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Indian Classical and Drum 'n' Bass, Human showcases a deeper sense of spirituality and peace than before and features vocals by previously unknown young singers, most of them discovered by Sawhney himself. Other than that, "Human" includes contributions from several long term colleagues of Sawhney who've become familiar largely through previous appearances on his albums. These include the whispery vocals of Tina Grace and the comforting tones of Bengali vocalist Jayanta Bose as well as Anglo-Yemeni singer Natasha Atlas.

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

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Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)

Kronos Quartet - Floodplain (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 427 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 190 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Contemporary Classical | Label: Nonesuch | # 7559-79828-8 | 01:18:50

The Kronos Quartet continues to broaden the repertoire for string quartet beyond the Western European tradition with Floodplain, an album of music all written or arranged for the ensemble. This album moves the ensemble even further afield from the conventional quartet; the players frequently double on folk instruments, and in one of the pieces they don't use their own instruments at all, but newly invented ones, created especially for this album. The selection of music is broadly eclectic and includes arrangements of a popular Arab song from 1940 and an ancient Christian hymn from Lebanon, a collaboration with a Palestinian electronic ensemble, and an original piece by a Serbian-American composer. The album has a number of guest artists, including the Azerbaijani Alim Qasimov Ensemble, Terry Riley playing tambura and Wu Man playing electric sitar.

Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas - A Time to Remember (2023)

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Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas - A Time to Remember (2023)

Elina Duni, Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel & Fred Thomas - A Time to Remember (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 224 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 126 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:53:44
Ethnic Jazz, Vocal Jazz | Label: ECM Records

A Time To Remember is a continuation of the special synergy that inhabited Elina Duni’s acclaimed Lost Ships and finds her regrouping with that album’s quartet of guitarist Rob Luft, Matthieu Michel on flugelhorn and Fred Thomas on percussion and piano. As the title suggests, the notion of ‘time’ pulls through the programme like a theme, connecting music from different parts of the world – traditionals, popular songs and original compositions – in performances of deep lyricism but also fleet-footed folklore. The repertory spans Albanian and Kosovan traditionals, American songs like the Broadway classic “I’ll Be Seeing You” and Stephen Sondheim’s musical ballad “Send In The Clowns” as well as originals by Rob and Elina. Commenting on the group’s last effort, Jazzwise said that “the sum of Duni and Luft’s work together seems greater than their individual achievements, where concept and conceptualisation have combined to produce a classic.” A Time To Remember should confirm that proposition and further expands on the qualities explored previously.

Aziza Brahim - Mawja (2024)

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Aziza Brahim - Mawja (2024)

Aziza Brahim - Mawja (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 205 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 83 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:34:57
World, Desert Blues, Female Vocal | Label: Glitterbeat Records

Sahrawi singer-songwriter activist Aziza Brahim’s fifth album Mawja (Wave in Hassaniya Arabic) is fashioned from a simple but powerful foundational palette: Saharan and Iberian percussion entwining with stately guitars and warm, enveloping bass.

Nitin Sawhney - Prophesy (2001) [Japanese Edition]

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Nitin Sawhney - Prophesy (2001) [Japanese Edition]

Nitin Sawhney - Prophesy (2001) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 393 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans ~ 207 Mb
World Fusion, Electronic, Downtempo, Trip-Hop | Label: V2 | # V2CI 102 | 01:07:19

With Beyond Skin, Nitin Sawhney set a high bar for global fusion music. Now he's raised it with Prophesy, taking advantage of a larger budget to bring in Indian strings, a South African choir, a Chicago cabbie, soul singer Terry Callier, and Nelson Mandela, among many other things. But what could have been an awkward grab bag of sound comes together under Sawhney's sure hands and inspired songwriting. He makes the unusual work. On "Sunset," for instance, flamenco and rai meet Brazil, and the vocals of Cheb Mami and Nina Miranda work to glorious effect. Trilok Gurtu contributes some stunning kannakol (vocal percussion) to "Breathing Light," while Natacha Atlas beguiles with her singing on "Acquired Dreams." But this is more than a collection of great tunes–it's an album that ponders the way our world and civilization is developing, asking questions and challenging assumptions while still delivering some sumptuous grooves and melodies.

Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin (1999) Japanese Edition

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Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin (1999) Japanese Edition

Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin (1999) Japanese Edition
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 487 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 180 Mb | Scans ~ 120 Mb | 01:18:28
Downtempo, Jazz-House, Trip-Hop, Ethnic Fusion | Label: Toy's Factory | # TFCK-87993

Nitin Sawhney's Beyond Skin works on at least two levels. First, it's a plea against racism and war, relating, as Sawhney writes in the liner notes, that one's identity is defined only by oneself – that identity is "beyond skin." Second, the music is an extremely accomplished blend of classical, drum'n'bass, jazz, hip-hop, and Indian elements. The album's political statements are seen most clearly in the samples imbedded in the beginning and ending of most tracks. Dealing with nuclear testing and identity, the samples are effective in setting the tone for the songs. The music is quite lush, featuring among other instruments, tablas, pianos, and cellos to equally beautiful effect. The production brings a crystal-clear polish to nearly every element in the mix, whether it's the passionate, intense vocals of the Rizwan Qawwali Group on "Homelands" or the stunning, impossibly gorgeous voice of Swati Natekar on "Nadia." The entire album is bathed in eclectic touches which never fail to maintain a poetic, accessible sense of charm and wonder. Rarely has electronic music been crafted with as much substance and style as it has on Beyond Skin. Sawhney travels back and forth between genres quite effortlessly. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin - Touristes (2015)

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Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin - Touristes (2015)

Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin - Touristes (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
Label: Six Degrees | # 657036-1230-2-1 | Time: 00:36:50
World Fusion, African, Indie Folk, Desert Blues

Like his legendary father, Ali Farka Touré, Vieux is a guitarist who likes to collaborate. He has worked with the Israeli keyboard player Idan Raichel, and now comes an even more powerful partnership, with American singer Julia Easterlin. The opening Little Things starts with the familiar guitar lines of that Malian favourite Kaira, before Easterlin eases in to nudge the song towards western balladry. Elsewhere, this bravely original fusion switches from an African funk treatment of Fever Ray’s I’m Not Done to slow, thoughtful laments. The traditional In the Pines has been covered by everyone from Lead Belly to Nirvana, but is here reworked with chilling, whispered vocals and desert blues guitar, while the most startling track is a slow, African-edged treatment of Dylan’s Masters of War, which sounds like a pained meditation on the recent chaos in Mali.

Alune Wade - Sultan (2022)

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Alune Wade - Sultan (2022)

Alune Wade - Sultan (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 391 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:01:28
World Fusion, Afro-Cuban Jazz | Label: Yellowbird Records

Few artists would dare to tackle quite such a kaleidoscope of music styles and accompanying socio-political issues in the space of 12 songs and 66 minutes. And yet France-based Senegalese virtuosic bassist, vocalist and composer Alune Wade, who’s worked with Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Oumou Sangare, Bobby McFerrin, Youssou N’Dour and others, achieves this with effortless mastery on Sultan, his fifth solo album in 15 years.

Debademba - Souleymane (2013)

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Debademba - Souleymane (2013)

Debademba - Souleymane (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb
Label: World Village | # WVF 479082 | Time: 00:45:05 | Scans included
West African, World Fusion, African Jazz

Debademba is a group formed from the magical encounter of two fellow musicians: guitarist and inventive beat master Abdoulaye Traore from Burkina Faso and Malian singer Mohamed Diaby, a charismatic griot. These colorful characters are, like the other members of the group, Parisian Africans who are very prominent on the capital's cosmopolitan live music scene. The kind of music they make is modern and explosive, drawing from afrobeat, highlife and mbalax styles, with hints of Mandinka music mixed in, all combined with strong blues elements and the occasional nod to rock. Souleymane is a powerful manifesto and an invitation to celebrate.

Les Amazones d'Afrique - Musow Danse (2024)

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Les Amazones d'Afrique - Musow Danse (2024)

Les Amazones d'Afrique - Musow Danse (2024)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 238 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 92 Mb | 00:39:07
World, Electronic, Afrobeat, Funk, Dub, Female Vocal | Label: Real World Records

Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; and a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent. They were formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014 by three renowned Malian music stars and social change activists, Mamani Keïta, Oumou Sangaré and Mariam Doumbia, and the collective has since expanded to involve many female artists from across Africa and the diaspora.

Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)

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Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)

Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included
Flamenco, Rumba Catalana, World Fusion | Label: Columbia | # 468 648-10 | 00:45:36

Formed in France, but rooted in Spanish flamenco tradition, the Gipsy Kings began incorporating pop into their buoyant Latin sound in the late 1980s, eventually leading to massive international success. Released in 1991, ESTE MUNDO finds the ensemble offering up a potent set of acoustic guitar-driven tunes that are marked by percussive strumming, dexterous lead work, and the husky, emotive vocals of bandleader Nicholas Reyes. The core group of six-string players is bolstered on some songs by bass, horns, and/or drums, giving ESTE MUNDO a vibrant atmosphere, particularly on songs such as the surging "Baila Me" and the dreamy title track. Although much of the album is upbeat, the Gipsy Kings also ease into a few mellow instrumental numbers, including the gentle "Lagrimas" and the slightly funky "Ternuras." One of the most consistent and confident outings in the Gipsy Kings' catalogue, ESTE MUNDO is sure to please flamenco aficionados and many other world music fans.

Iftin Band - Mogadishu's Finest: The Al-Uruba Sessions (2022)

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Iftin Band - Mogadishu's Finest: The Al-Uruba Sessions (2022)

Iftin Band - Mogadishu's Finest: The Al-Uruba Sessions (2022)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 378 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 181 Mb | 01:18:58
World, Afrobeat | Label: Ostinato Records

Seven years in the making, the official retrospective of one of Somalia's most famous and beloved private bands, Iftin. Digitized from cassettes recorded between 1982 and 1987 at the legendary Al-Uruba hotel's secret studio and the jams for the masses performed in the basement of Somalia's national theater. Banaadiri rhythms from Somalia's south, Mogadishu's finest vocalists, Dhaanto reggae-like guitar licks, and smoldering brass blend seamlessly with the sounds of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa to form one of rawest, most cosmopolitan eras of music anywhere. Iftin's Mogadishu is where the world's sounds begin and end.

Gipsy Kings - Luna de Fuego (1983)

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Gipsy Kings - Luna de Fuego (1983)

Gipsy Kings - Luna de Fuego (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
New Flamenco, Rumba Catalana, World Fusion | Label: Columbia | # 466763 2 | 00:37:27

The Gipsy Kings had major crossover success with their splendid and innovative third album, which used drums, bass, percussion, and synthesizer to beef up the sound. This French import is their first album from 1983, and it is a much more traditional affair, with only acoustic guitars, voices, and hand claps. It shows that artistically the sound did not need to be beefed up; the music is still wonderful. How can an array of seven guitars and full-throated passion not be wonderful? Commercially, the additions to their sound helped break The Gipsy Kings through to a larger audience, but now that their name is known, it should be possible for more people to go back and appreciate this album. It is in no way crude or unpolished, and the artistry and playing are of an equally high quality.