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New World Music

On the way to Memorial Day weekend, our world music “repeat plays” go to electronic group Thievery Corporation with their fantastic twist on classic bossa nova, Tuareg musicians Tinariwen’s newest album and the latest psychedelic tropicália from Caetano Veloso. Here’s the Top Ten:

1 THIEVERY CORPORATION-Saudade
2 TINARIWEN – Emmaar
3 CAETANO VELOSO –  Abracaco
4 LA MISA NEGRA – Misa De Medianoche
5 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES- Silt
6 HAFEZ NAZERI- Rumi Symphony Project Untold
7 OMAR SOULEYMAN- Wenu Wenu
8 SAN LAZARO- Serendipity
9 ANA TIJOUX- Vengo
10 FAREED HAQUE- Trance Hypothesis

imageIf you’re shopping for new world music, keep an eye out for KALI MUTSA- Souvenace, ILHAN ERSAHIN’S WONDERLAND- The Other Side and BADI ASSAD-Between Love And Luck.

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Latest World Music

imageHow’s your spring break? If the pollen count and your allergies are keeping you inside, you can still sit back and travel the globe like a jet setter with new releases discovered by the KZSC World Music Department. Tops this week are the funky-jazzy Canadian group Souljazz Orchestra, traditional/original Nubian musicians Alsarah & The Nubatones, and Las Cafeteras’ self released album full of Afro-Mexican rhythms. Forget the pollen count; here’s the Top Ten Count of new World Music CDs:

1 SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA Inner Fire
2 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES Silt
3 LAS CAFETERAS It’s Time
4 TINARIWEN Emmaar
5 JAMAZE Around The World
6 BEATS ANTIQUE A Thousand Faces, Act I
7 BOSSACUCANOVA Our Kind Of Bossa
8 VAADAT CHARIGIM The World Is Well Lost
9 RODRIGO Y GABRIELA  9Dead Alive
10 ANGELIQUE KIDJO Eve

And if you’re looking for a strong dose of cumbia, check out this Oakland based group: LA MISA NEGRA “Misa de Medianoche”

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Newest World Music

The Ides of March turned out to be a bummer for Caesar, however it also marked the beginning of the new year for the Romans. It’s a new season of world music releases at KZSC including station favorites from the experimental fusion group Beats Antique, internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist Bombino plus the collaborative work of Sudanese vocalist Alsarah with French electronic artist Debruit. A modern, haunting take on Sudanese music heard through the sonic lens of French electronic, I can’t tell you how much I’m loving “Aljawal Soundway”. And we just received one by Pink Martini with The (“Sound of Music”) Von Trapp Family. Theatrical world music? More on this one next time. Here’s a quick look at 10 new world recordings worth hearing:

1 BEATS ANTIQUE A Thousand Faces, Act I Beats Antique
2 BOMBINO Nomad Nonesuch
3 DEBRUIT AND ALSARAH Aljawal Soundway
4 OMAR SOULEYMAN Wenu Wenu Ribbon
5 LAS CAFETERAS It’s Time Self-Released
6 VAADAT CHARIGIM The World Is Well Lost Burger
7 DIDI FAVREAU Deal With It Didi Favreau
8 BOSSACUCANOVA Our Kind Of Bossa Six Degrees
9 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES Silt Wonderwheel
10 JAMES WHETZEL Beats For Venus