playlist for May 6, 2006
host/producer Mark R. Thomas
Song From the Planet
Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs
'S Ambo Éara - The Man for Me
Village / Harmonia Mundi
website: Susan McKeown
On her new World Village cd, "Blackthorn"
Susan McKeown breathes new life into a dozen little-known Irish love
songs, nine of them sung in Gaelic.
The Village Lanterne
Rennaissance rock music from former Deep Purple guitarist, Richie
Blackmore, and vocalist, Candice Night.
The Shine of Dried
Artist website: www.Cibelle.net
"The Shine of Dried Electric Leaves"
is the second album by London-based, São Paulo raised, Cibelle,
(pronounced see-BELL-ee). This record is a quiet masterpiece, full
of inventive and quirky arrangements.
Je Reste au Lit
As is the case of many trends, "what
is old becomes new again." Nouvelle chanson is sweeping Paris
with the rejuvinated sounds of traditional chanson although this time
around influences from around the global are being infused. Sit back
and listen as a new generation of French musicians set the stage for
the future by looking to the past.
Slavic Soul Party
Shall I Throw it Down?
A nine member brass band
based in NYC that melds Gypsy, East European, Mexican and Asian imigrant
backgrounds with American jazz and soul.
Gypsy Punks - Underdog
Artist website: www.gogolbordello.com
mixes punk, ska, jazz, and the traditional Roma music of Ukraine,
where band leader Eugene Hütz grew up.
Hütz also acts and can be seen staring, as the Ukranian translator,
alongside Elijah Woods, in the movie "Everything
- All Things Considered - Weekend Ed. to listen to an entertaining
interview with Eugene Hütz.
A Middle Eastern musical mosaic
The Female Japanese
Trio, Rin recently released their US debut, "Inland Sea"
which fuses traditional Japanese instruments, rhythms and melodies
with contemporary Western popular music.
My Heart Holds
website: Yoshida Brothers
The new album from the Yoshida brothers, Ryoichiro and Kenichi who
play the ancient Japanese three stringed, banjo-like Tsugaru-shamisen.
Some Things Are OK
website: Karsh Kale
Karsh Kale says of his cross cultural
world music collaboration... "Each piece of music represents
the sounds that exists between the doorways of the worlds we travel
through... and to communicate we speak in Broken English."
Para La Habana
The sixth album by award winning guitarist, Johannes Lindstead, features
musicians from Cuba, Venezuela, and Greece. Kick your feet up and
mellow out for an exceptional musical journey to the tropics.
di korpu ku alma
Lura may be taking over the reins of Cape Verde Islands most famous
singer, Cesaria Evora. Lura's songs are based in the musical styles
of Cape Verde such as batuku and funana. I've listened this recoding
in entirety five or six times and get my highest World Music rating:
Entre Cada Palabra
De Amarillo se viste la tarde
Entre Cada Palabra (Between
Each Word) is the new album from acclaimed Columbian vocalist and
songwriter, Marta Gomez. Her previous album, "Cantos de Agua
Dulce" (Songs of Sweet Water) earned Billboard's nomination for
Best Latin JazzVocalist 2005.
Beat Pick of the Month
Nights of Fire
Guitar virtuoso, Roni Benise leads a spectacular stage show called
"Nights of Fire." It includes 50 dancers and performers,
and has been shown on PBS. You can think of it as the "Latin
"Nights of Fire" will be on nationwide tour during April
and May, including a May 14th performance at the Minneapolis Orpheum.
Arena Al Viento
Smilin' Castle Music
"Best Austin Band of the Year - 2002-2003"
The Rough Guide to
subtitle: a fast-paced Latin dance,
filling dancefloors across the Spanish speaking world.
Viento del Olvidao
Peruvian singer/songwriter Susanna Baca sings folkloric Afro-Peruvian
songs passed down through the generations. In 1995, she was "discovered"
by David Byrne and signed to his Luaka Bop Record Label. This is her
fourth record under the Luaka Bop imprint.
Até Quem Sabe
Brazilian singer Rosa
Passos has one of the world's most beautiful voices. We will hear
Rosa Passos singing "Até Quem Sabe."
Dance With The Wind
website: Mary Youngblood
Mary Youngblood is the premier female
Native American flute player in the country. "Dance with the
Wind" is her fifth album.
Twilight of Hope
website: Scenic Listening.com
A unique fusion ancient
voices, with Gregorian chant and various world vocals woven into a
rich musical tapestry.
Animal Totems 2
website: Arvel Bird
Native American musician Arvel Bird
plays the violin and native flutes. Each song on the album is didicated
to a different animal totem. The liner notes comment on the meaning
of each animal totem. - - "Badger represents the need to dig
deeper, go beneath the surface of a situation, event or idea."
The polyphonic rhythms
of French-Madagascar trio, Wa-Zimba, featuring vocals by Malagasy
bassist, Julio Rakotonanahary.
Singer/songwriter, Thandiswa is a huge star in her native South Africa.
Her background is in pop her music sounds of South African rock.
We will be hearing the longest track
on the record, it features vocals by Kékélé,
Mbilia Bel, and Isabel Martinez. Sit back and enjoy the flowing music
of the Congolese rumba..
Rakandao (Abdou Mbaye, vocals"young brother" in Wolof,
An incredible African sound journey transporting listeners through
an atmospheric soundscape of village voices, and ambient sounds of
nature including insects, animals, thunder.
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