BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR: The Warm Up EP

          BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR The Warm Up EP Jakarta Records 062 www.jakarta-records.de   If you’re looking for a world music perspective in hip-hop, look no further than Ghana-born hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador. His third release on Jakarta records, The Warm Up EP (available for free … → read more

RIP Bagui Bouga of Etran Finatawa

Tuareg musician Bagui Bouga, calabash, odilirou (traditional flute) player and vocalist and co-founder of the Niger-based band Etran Finatawa, passed away on Friday, August 2nd, in Switzerland after suffering a severe asthma attack. The group Etran Finatawa, meaning ‘the stars of tradition,’ play the traditional songs and music of the … → read more

Chiwoniso Maraire Passes at 37

Chiwoniso

Chiwoniso Maraire, beloved Zimbabwean mbira player and singer of traditional Shona music has passed away at the very young age of 37, after a battle with lung infection. She was known best for her contemporary playing style and unique musical directions. Concrete details about her passing are scant, thought it … → read more

MONSIEUR DOUMANI: Grippy Grappa

Monseiur Doumani- Grippy Grappa

          MONSIEUR DOUMANI Grippy Grappa Monsieur Doumani www.monsieurdoumani.com   Straight outta Nicosia, Cyprus, the trio of Monsieur Doumani are three young men on a mission to revitalise Cypriot folk music. Their first release, last year’s Cyfolk, saw them tackling eight traditional pieces. This full-length has 11 … → read more

Afropop Worldwide Celebrates 25 Years

Afropop Worldwide is celebrating 25 years on public radio and they’d love if you and your friends would join them on Sept. 19 in New York City for their 25th Anniversary Concert Gala, featuring Grammy nominee and African lute virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba from Mali. Atendees will have … → read more

MONICA DA SILVA: Brasilissima

Monica Da Silva: Brasilissima

          MONICA DA SILVA Brasilissima Socialite Fiasco Music www.socialitefiascomusic.com   The second album from Brazilian vocalist da Silva (who has long lived in the US), continues and develops the unalloyed joy of her debut. She mixes up sophisticated Brazilian pop (known as MPB) with some silky … → read more

EINAR OLAV LARSEN TRIO: Lysblåin

Einar Olav Larsen Trio: Lysblain

        EINAR OLAV LARSEN TRIO Lysblåin Etnisk Musikklubb 84 www.emcd.no einarolavlarsen.no/   Fiddler Einar Olav Larsen is probably best known as part of the Norwegian-Finnish band Frigg. But here, in company with pianist Daniel Rossing Trustrup (who has worked with Chuck Berry) and bassist Audun Larsen, he … → read more