Posts Tagged ‘Kronos Quartet’

playlist #170 (8/29/11)-after the storm

August 30, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #170 – Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene made its way up the East Coast yesterday. Vermont has been the state hardest hit by flooding, with three confirmed dead, thousands out of power, thousands more displaced, and entire towns destroyed and cut off due to washed out roads and bridges. Today’s show is dedicated to the incredible people of my home state as we try to recover from this disaster. (The thumbnails above are all from photos I’ve taken over the last couple of days. There are no words to describe the breadth of this situation.)

I’m also sad to say this my last program, as life is taking me to Boston for a new job. It has been my great pleasure for nearly three years to share Monday afternoons with you and groove to great tunes at The Radiator (community radio 105.9FM in Burlington, VT and online at www.theradiator.org. Check it out.)

And a great many thanks to everyone who makes the station possible: volunteers, staff, underwriters, and…you, the community. Here’s my last “World of Music” playlist.
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Langston Hughes: Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The Rivers / Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The Rivers-Black Poets Read Their Work / Rhino WordBeat 8012 – (USA)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve Forecast 14194 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Black Kold Madina: Trouble The Water / Trouble The Water / BKM 1 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Free Agents Brass Band: We Made It Through That Water / Treme HBO Soundtrack / HBO 14910 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Sister Rosetta: Didn’t It Rain? / This Train / Proper Box 1304 – (USA)
Kermit Ruffins: I Can See Clearly Now / Livin’ a Tremé Life / Basin Street Records 107 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
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Stewart Sukuma: Kadivaé Mõnõ / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Allen Toussaint: Hang Tough / Crescent City Gold / High Street Records 10324 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Stanton Moore: When The Levees Break / III / Stanton Moore (self-produced) 83648 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Kronos Quartet & Nihavent Sirto: Tanburi Cemil Bey / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (TURKEY)
Tom Waits: More Than Rain / Franks Wild Years / Island Records 422-842-357 – (USA)
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band: Deep River / Deep River / Riverwalk Jazz Volume VIII 1998 – (USA)
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Rebirth Brass Band: Tornado Special (Ooh Nay Nay) / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / MG 1085 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood / Texas Flood / Epic 38734 – (USA)
Dr. Michael White: Katrina / Blue Crescent / Basin Street Records 504 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Aaron Neville: Cry Me A River & The Greatest Love / My Greatest Gift / Rounder 2102 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Gumbo: It’s Raining / Never Tell Me To Quit / Wild Rose Artists 2009 – (USA)
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Allen Toussaint: Long, Long Journey / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch 480380 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
The Subdudes: It’s So Hard / Annunciation / High Street Records 10323 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World / Louis Armstrong-Ken Burns Jazz / Columbia Legacy 61440 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
The Blind Boys of Alabama: I’ll Fly Away / Down in New Orleans / Time Life 19548 – (USA)

black angels

May 31, 2011

George Crumb had been working on his iconic work Black Angels (for electric string quartet) for nearly a full year before he expressed its association with the Vietman War. The connection was probably inevitable on some level. The year of its compostion spanned most of 1969, and the first few months of 1970.

Black Angels has been on my mind recently, with Memorial Day on the calendar yesterday. So I popped it in today (the definitive recording on Nonesuch with the Kronos Quartet) and gave it a good long listen.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard it – long enough for the many additional ‘instruments’ in it to jump to the forefront and remind me all over again what I love about Crumb’s vision and his innate ability to express it. There are sewing thimbles, glass rods, water glasses, paperclips and mallets. There are maracas, and tam-tams and bass bows  – along with the usual two violins, viola and cello of the Quartet itself.  It’s a whole choir of disparate voices, unified in chilling purposefulness.

This is music that sings and buzzes, it’s furious and sedate and it wails. Black Angels is not a work intended for surface solace, but rather of raw emotional expression. It is a piece of perfect intensity to acknowledge the singular mix of loss and pain and senselessness and reconciliation and resolve that is represented in our national occasion of Memorial Day.

Here’s the second movement – “Absence” – from George Crumb’s Black Angels.

playlist #111 (4/19/10)-earth day

April 19, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #111 – Songs from the natural world for Earth day’s 40th anniversary this week
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Los Mirlos: La Danza de los Mirlos (dance of the birds) / The Roots of Chicha / Barbès Records 16 – (PERU)
Lila Downs: Los Pollos (the chickens) / Shake Away / EMI 2437 – (MEXICO)
Ozomotli: La Gallina (the hen) / Latin Funk / Rough Guide 1196 – (USA)
Emilie-Claire Barlow: O Pato (the duck) / The Very Thought of You / EMG 443 – (CANADA)
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Rodrigo y Gabriela: Stairway to Heaven / Rodrigo y Gabriela / ATO Records 30 – (MEXICO) * On the Flynn Mainstage – Sat. 5/8, 8pm – FLYNNTIX.ORG *
Consuelo Luz: Las Estreyas (the stars) / A Jewish Odyssey / Putumayo 182 – (CHILE/CUBA/USA)
Buika & Chucho Valdes: Luz de Luna (moonlight) / El Último Trago / Warner Music Spain 68614 – (SPAIN/CUBA)
Color de Rumba: Estrellita (little star) / Color de Rumba / Cassava Latin Rhythms 9 – (TORONTO, CANADA)
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Rose: Saisons (seasons) / Rose / Source etc. 696582 – (FRANCE)
Georges Brassens: Le Vent (the wind) / Georges Brassens / Wagram Music 3093622 – (FRANCE)
Maryem & Ernie Tollar: Il Matar (the rain) / Cairo To Toronto / http://www.maryemtollar.com 9 – (EGYPT/CANADA)
Calima: Gatito Perdido (lost kitten) / Azul / EMI 94877 – (SPAIN)
Niyaz: Golzar (come, the meadows are in bloom) / Niyaz / six degrees 657036 – (IRAN) * on a poem by Rumi *
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Peret (“King of the Rumba”): El Mosquito / La Salsa de la Rumba / Sony 837122 – (SPAIN)
Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80: Mosquito Song / Seun Kuti + Fela’s Egypt 80 / disorient 56 – (NIGERIA)
Lila Downs: La Cucaracha (the cockroach) / Una Sangre / EMI 78049 – (MEXICO)
La India Canela: La Culebra (the snake) / Merengue Típico from the Dominican Republic / Smithsonian Folkways 40547 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
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Tinariwen: Mano Dayak / Aman Iman-Water Is Life / World Village 468067 – (MALI)
The Idan Raichel Project featuring Anat Ben Hamo: Mai Nahar (river waters) / Within My Walls / Cumbancha 10 – (ISRAEL)
Mariza:  Vozes do Mar (voices of the sea) / Terra (earth) / 4Q 1814 – (PORTUGAL)
Kronos Quartet:  Kara Kemir / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (SAN FRANCISCO/KAZAKHSTAN)
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Rajery: Gasikara (madagascar) / Sofera / Marabi 46820 – (MADAGASCAR)
Razia: Ny Alantsika (nature’s lament) / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
The Eames Brothers Band: Earth Blues / Open Road / http://www.eamesbrothersband.com 2005 – (MADE IN VT)
Rupa & the April Fishes: Les abeilles (the bees) / eXtraordinary rendition / Cumbancha 7 – (USA)
Steel Pulse: Earth Crisis / Earth Crisis / Elektra 60315 – (JAMAICA)
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Walela (Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Coolidge, & Priscilla’s daughter Laura Satterfield): Wash Your Spirit Clean / New Native Music / Narada 63933 – (USA)  *sung in Cherokee*

playlist #82 (9/21/2009) – last day of summer!

September 21, 2009
Kailash Kher
World of Music
Pgm #82 – Fun in the Sun: welcoming tomorrow’s autumn equinox with the last summer world party music of the season
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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The Blind Boys of Alabama (with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band): Uncloudy Day / Down in New Orleans / Time Life 19548 – (N’AWLINS)
Marcia Griffiths: I Shall Sing / Truly / Heartbeat 11611 – (JAMAICA)
The Jolly Boys: Ripe Tomato / Sunshine ‘n’ Water / Ryko 10187 – (JAMAICA)
Rupa & The April Fishes: La Linea / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA) *NEW – preview, not yet released! *
Kronos Quartet: Nihavent Sirto (Trad. Turkish) / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (SAN FRANCISCO /TURKEY) *NEW*
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Simone Lo Porto: Il Girasole (The Sunflower) / Italia / Putumayo 290 – (ITALY) *NEW*
Sidestepper: San Juan Good Vibe Mix / La Buena Vibra Sound System / Sony 88697 – (COLOMBIA)
Belgistan: Iggy Bop / Musiques et Danses du Belgistan / http://www.belgistan.be 1003 – (BELGIUM)
NG La Banda: No me Molestas Más / The Best of NG La Banda / Hemisphere 21391 – (CUBA)
Calypso Rose featuring Soft/Fred Deshayes: Summertime / Calypso Rose / CMG 2308 – (TOBAGO)
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Indian Ocean: Khajuraho / Kandisa / Times Music, India 1 – (INDIA)
Alicia Villareal: Pepe LePew / Cuando el Se Cruza / Universal    2264 – (MEXICO)
Rajery: Sofera / Sofera / Marabi 46820 – (MADAGASCAR)
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Ensemble La Perfecta: Jojo / Tumbélé / Soundway 17 – (GUADELOUPE) * NEW – preview – being released in early October *
Emily Loizeau: Dis-moi Que Toi Tu Ne Pleures Pas (Tell Me You’re Not Crying Anymore) / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc-Polydor 531407 – (FRANCE) *NEW*
Giorgio Conte: Gnè, Gnè / Il Contestorie / Historie di Note 30 – (ITALY)
Mariachi “Arriba Juárez”: Tenías Que Ser Tan Cruel / Gracias, Juan Gabriel! / Spartacus 27006 – (MEXICO)
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Emeline Michel: Moso Maman / Cordes et Ame / Cheval de Feu 1 – (HAITI)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Kar Kar Main Haara / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha 14 – (INDIA) *NEW – preview, not yet released! *
Niyaz: Arezou /Niyaz / Six Degrees 657036 – (IRAN)
Ralph Thamar: Les Enfants du Soleil (Children of the Sun) / Mega Zouk / Stemra 3005012 – (FRENCH WEST INDIES)
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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Work Song / An Anthology-The Elektra Years / Elektra 62124 – (USA)
Tinariwen: Chet Boghassa / Amassakoul / Triban Union 14 – (WESTERN SAHARA)
Rokia Traoré: Koronoko / Tchamantché / Emarcy 530785 – (MALI)
Kaya: Sensé / Rough Guide to the Music of the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 –  (LA RÉUNION)
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that’s all, folks.

September 20, 2009

Marcia Griffiths-TrulyLast day of summer, and hey – it’s been a great one! Tomorrow’s the autumn equinox so we’ll give summer a big sendoff on this week’s World of Music. Nothing but straight-ahead fun grooves, from reggae legends Marcia Griffiths and Black Uhuru to the very newest tunes from Rupa & the April Fishes, India’s Kailash Kher, and the ever-adventurous Kronos Quartet.

We’ll swing by the sunny islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique with the new recording Tumbélé! , and catch some festive mariachi sounds from Mexico’s Alicia Villareal, and Los Mariachis “Arriba Juárez”. 

It’s the annual summer-ending “Fun in the Sun” show this week. (Lame title, but great music.)

World of Music is blues, jazz, poetry and roots. Every Monday on the Radiator from 3-5pm ET: online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

playlist #73 (6/1/2009)-Festival previews, jazz poetry, new world music

June 2, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #73 – 6/1/09 – Previews of the Discover Jazz and Waterfront Festivals; classic jazz poetry, and new world music.
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Jack Kerouac: History of Bop / Readings on the Beat Generation / WordBeat 90044 – (USA)
Will Bernard w/Andy Hess, John Medeski & Stanton Moore: Gonzo / Blue Plate Special / Palmetto 2008 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival on Tue. 6/9, 10pm: * http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … ernard.php *
The Funkees: Akula Owu Onyeara (Don’t Beat the Madman) / Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues, 1970-1976 / Sound Way 9 – (NIGERIA)
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Utia: Danza Ritual / Eterno Navegar / World Village 498024 – (BRAZIL)
Kronos Quartet: Tanburi Cemil Bey / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (SAN FRANCISCO/TURKEY) *NEW*
Buddy Guy featuring Eric Clapton: Every Time I Sing The Blues / Skindeep / Silvertone 734316 – (USA) * At the Burlington Waterfront Festival w/Bettye Lavette on Thu. 7/9: http://celebratechamplain.org/content/view/175/123/ *
Langston Hughes: The Story of the Blues / The Voice of Langston Hughes / Smithsonian Folkways 47001 – (USA)
Tiris: El Leil, El Leil (The night, the night) / Sandtracks / Sandblast 1 – (MALI)
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Anat Cohen & The Anzic Orchestra: Cry Me A River / Noir / Anzic 1201 – (USA/ISRAEL) * Opening the Discover Jazz Festival this Friday night w/Esperanza Spalding: http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … alding.php *
Esperanza Spalding: Ponta de Areia / Esperanza / Heads Up Int’l 3140 – (USA/BRAZIL)
Blue Asia: La Yeu Cua Tung Yeu-Samba de Janeiro / Hotel Vietnam / King Record Co. 961 – (JAPAN)
Sarazino: Ecos de Radio Iguana / Ya Foy! / Cumbancha Discovery / (N/A) – (ALGERIA/MONTREAL) * NEW – preview: to be released in August *
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The Baileys: Rocky Road to Dublin / A Song For Ireland / Toucan Cove 1105 – (IRELAND) *NEW*
Alicia Villareal: Insensible A Ti / Orgullo de Mujer / Universal B0006605 – (MEXICO)
Oreka Tx with Mongolian musicians: Lauhazka / Nomadak Tx / World Village 469085 – (SPAIN/MONGOLIA/MOROCCO) *NEW*
Pato Banton & The Mystic Roots Band: Stay Positive / Positive Vibrations / PB 2007 – (UK/JAMAICA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival World Music Tent on Sat. June 13th @ 5: http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … ulture.php *
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Anat Cohen: J Blues / Notes From the Village / Anzic 1302 – (USA/ISRAEL) / * Opening the Discover Jazz Festival this Friday night w/Esperanza Spalding:
http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … alding.php *
Hayden Carruth: “Sure” Said Benny Goodman / Hayden Carruth, A Listener’s Guide / Copper Canyon Press 3 – (USA)
The Russ Spiegel Orchestra: Number One / Transplants / Ruzztone Music 1001 – (USA) *NEW*
Johnny Mercer: Strip Polka / Those Were Our Songs / Capitol 535774 – (USA)
Sandra Sandia: La Marisol / Sandra Sandia / http://www.sandrasandia.com 2008 – (USA)
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Kimi Djabaté: Fatu / Karam / Cumbancha Discovery – (GUINEA-BISSAU) * NEW – preview: to be released in July *
Constance Amiot: L’étourderie / Fairytale / Tôt Ou Tard 2007 – (FRANCE)
Al Young: Lester Leaps In / In Their Own Voices / WordBeat 72408 – (USA)
Grace Kelly: I’ll Remember April / Mood Changes / PAZZ 16 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival on Tue. 6/9, at 8:30pm: http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … ekelly.php *
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playlist #72 (5/25/2009)-memorial day, summertime, and mucho new music

May 25, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #72 – 5/25/09 – Memorial Day with Count Basie, Sammy Kaye, and Count Basie. Listening to international versions of “Summertime”, and lots of new music.
Listen online Mondays 3-5pm EDT at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / www.intrahealth.org/open/ – (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Count Basie & His Orchestra: For the Good of Your Country / I’m Beginning to See the Light / Columbia 14539 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
Hazmat Modine: Yesterday Morning (“Summertime”) / The Womexizer 07 / Womex 7 – (USA)
Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra featuring Jerry Stuart: This is the Army, Mr. Jones / Remember Pearl Harbor / RCA 63816 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra: Remember Pearl Harbor / Remember Pearl Harbor / RCA 63816 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
Gabriel Allegria: Summertime / Nuevo Mundo / Saponegro 2007 – (PERU)
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Cristina Branco: Secret Sensus / Decca 3225 – (PORTUGAL)
Novalima (EarthRise “Bedouin Breakdown” Mix): Se Me Van / Coba Coba Remixed / Cumbancha 11 – (PERU) *NEW (SNEAK PREVIEW) – to be released on 6/16*
Alicia Villareal: Ladron / Soy Lo Prhobido / Universal 440 014 824 – (MEXICO)
Kronos Quartet feat. Ljova: Oh Mother, the Handsome Man Tortures Me (Trad. Iraqi song) / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (IRAQ/SAN FRANCISCO) *NEW*
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Chen Jie-bing: Eve’s Night / Spirit on Two Strings (vol. 1) / Wind Records 1001 – (CHINA)
East West: Summertime / East West / EW 1080 – (JAPAN/SAN DIEGO) *NEW*
Café Tacuba: El Aparato / Re / WEA 967842 – (MEXICO)
Otra: Con Otra in New Orleans / Todo Pa’La Gente / Otra 2004 – (N’AWLINS)
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Jake Shimabukuro: Spain /Live / Hitchike Records 1109 – (USA) *NEW* – *NEW* – In Burlington on 6/21 at Higher Ground: http://www.highergroundmusic.com
Omara Portuondo & Richard Bona: Drume Negrita / Gracias World Village 479021 – (CUBA) *NEW*
Café de L’Art: Kapaboteakiemata vol. 5 / Eros Music 2952 – (GREECE)
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Pato Banton & The Mystic Roots Band: Niceness / Positive Vibrations / PB 2007 – (UK/JAMAICA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival World Music Tent on Sat. June 13th @ 5: http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … ulture.php *
Pink Martini: Tempo Perdido / Hey Eugene! / Heinz Records 3 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival (Flynn Main Stage) on Sat. June 13th @ 8:
http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … artini.php *
Grace Kelly: It Might As Well Be Spring / Mood Changes / Pazz Productions 16 – (USA) * At the Discover Jazz Festival on Sat. June 13th @ 8:30: http://www.discoverjazz.com/tickets-eve … -kelly.php *
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Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective: Weyu Lárigi Weyu (Day By Day) / Hear Globally / Cumbancha 91 – (BELIZE) *NEW COLLECTION*
Roswell Rudd & Toumani Diabaté: Sena et Mariam (“Summertime”) / MALICool / Soundscape 3008 – (MALI/USA)
Ofra Haza: Im Nin’ Alu (Trad. Yemenite Song) / Shaday / Sire 25816 – (ISRAEL)
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Danielle Martineau: Le Quadrille des Homards / Les Secrets du Vent / DAMA 401 – (CANADA)
Maria de Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE) *NEW*
Gangbé Brass Band: Un été à Vodelée (A Summer in Vodelée) / Assiko / Contre Jour 21 – (BENIN)
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra w/Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, & The Modernaires: When Johnny Comes Marching Home / Remember Pearl Harbor / RCA 63816 – (USA) *MEMORIAL DAY*
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