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Powwow Songs – Music of The Plains Indians [coll] – [Musical Heritage Society]

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These songs were written and performed for the great yearly celebrations, called powwows, of the Great Plains Indians of North America. The liner notes describe the particulars of each dance, and the meanings are felt in the hearty vocalizations and drumbeat of both the Northern and Southern Plains Indians. A true slice of social and ceremonial native music.

  • Reviewed by humana on December 5, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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  • Fairuz – “Legendary Fairuz, The: Lebanon” – [EMI Hemisphere]

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    Live recordings. Oum Kalthoum and Fairouz are the two most beloved female singers in the Arab world. Fairouz is considered more accessible to Western ears. If you ask the taxi driver in Amman which is greater, he will tell you it is an unfair question that is impossible to answer.

    In the words of Amazon reviewer K.S.A.: “I love it; it contains all famous songs for Fairoz. Also, packaging method is representing an expert person. Generally, I’m satisfied 100% from this deal. I suggest increasing your library for Fairoz.
    Thank you”

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 14, 2017 at 11:50 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Mills, Alan – “Folk Songs of Newfoundland” – [Folkways Records and Service Corp.]

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    Released in 1953, the folksiness of this 10″ slab is timeless. Newfoundland summons images of cold, ocean, fishing, and Northeast Canadian heartiness. Alan Mills pleasant voice accompanied by a gentle guitar spins yarns fit for a campfire. If you appreciate sailor stories and coastside ambience, you’ll love this.

  • Reviewed by humana on November 5, 2017 at 5:57 pm
  • Filed as 10-inch,International
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  • Don Chuito – “El Maestro” – [P.R. Records]

    Originally issued in 1977, a jewel of the national discography! Jibaro are the mountain-dwelling inland people of Puerto Rico. Don Chuito’s voice is wonderful. Nieves Quintero on the Cuatro, the 10-string national instrument of P.R. Enjoy this like the dog on the cover.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on November 4, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • Los Siquicos Litoralenos – “Sonido Chipadelico” – [Sham Palace]

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    Los Siquicos Litoralenos (The Psychics of the Literal) present homegrown rural psychedelia from Argentina on “Sonido Chipadelico”. This collection was pulled from various releases and recordings made between 2005 and 2010; all cuts are relatively short, enjoyable, and would serve as an adequate bridge between multiple styles of music. Sounds range from rock-opera-ish to dubby, experimental, and lo-fi.

  • Reviewed by milo on October 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • SharkiRoma – “Vayu Sharki” – [Self Released]

    SharkiRoma is a band of Japanese gypsies from Tokyo. This “original Gypsy style unit” is anchored by Violin, oud, and hand percussion and supported by guest musicians on accordion harmonica vocals and violin. These guys play belly dance shows in Tokyo Live rooms. Track 10 is a take on Wagner’s Walk??re.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm
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  • Tahiti – The Gauguin Years: Songs and Dances [coll] – [Nonesuch Records]

    Before westerners brought their diseases to the island, Tahiti’s main problem was overcrowding. An extremely rigid caste system kept everybody in place. Supernatural tabus hovered overhead. No mistakes were made, existence was predetermined. Genealogies, war stories, talisman chant, percussion, and dance reinforce the social structure and warded off bad vibes. Some hula and beautiful and then some very primal.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on October 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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  • Ilaiyaraaja, Isaignani – “Ilectro!” – [Finders Keepers Records]

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    When I first listened to this CD, I thought, “Bollywood!” But it’s Kollywood with a K! Which refers to Tamil cinema. But this is so much more. Ilaiyaraaja is an incredibly prolific score-master of cinema, creator of “euphoric electronics and robotic funk,” and all you have to do is pick any track to hear the creative energy behind all that this Southern Indian pens. Though the songs have known popularity mostly in Tamil speaking territories, I know this will get a fair airing in Ann Arbor’s show, among others.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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  • Ferrat, Jean – “Les Annees Barclay” – [JBarclay]

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    These two CDs take you back in time to the late 60s cabaret scene in France, where singer-songwriter Ferrat specialized in setting poetry to music. This very polished sound is easy on the ears, mellow and romantic, and, as the liner notes say, pop in the best sense of the word. Track 3 made the 2013 BBC list of 20 songs that most changed the world. Each song will transport you to the environs of France and all its boutique glory.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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  • Tinariwen – “Radio Tisdas Sessions, The” – [World Village]

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    West African mono chordal desert trance music. Psychedelic droning guitars. Tamasheq (Touareg) are a Saharan nomadic people who were in conflict with the government of Mali in the 80s, armed by Qaddafi. Tinariwen was formed in a Libyan camp for Tomashek rebels. This was Tinariwen’s first western release after a series of regional tapes. Track one sung by a guy who’d been shot 17 times.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on August 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm
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  • Walker, Florence / Phil Walker (Recorded By) – “Sounds From The Archipelago Vol. 1″ – [Shiok! Records]

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    Son of the German Diplomat to Moscow at the outbreak of the first World War, Walter Spies was a primativist painter who drifted eastward into Bali in the 1920s. He brought Balinese culture to the west and had a great influence on modern Balinese art and music.
    In the 30s Spies and the Indonesian dancer Wayan Limbak adopted ketchak, a Balinese trance ritual, into a drama and dance intended for performance before Western tourist audiences. The syncopated Ketchak chant can be heard in Satyricon, Akira, and Blood Simple.
    This is an example of what James Clifford describes as the “modern art-culture system” in which, “the West or the central power adopts, transforms, and consumes non-Western or peripheral cultural elements, while making ‘art,’ which was once embedded in the culture as a whole, into a separate entity.”
    The Ketchak chant can be heard on Side A, Band 6.
    This record is an uncredited reissue of 1961′s music of Indonesia produced by Henry Cowell and released on Smithsonian Folkways. The Shiok! label is based in Singapore.
    Regardless, these recordings are great quality and very compelling, gamelan and wood flute. Indonesian lutes, vocal and violin. A ceremonial tone pervades throughout.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on June 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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  • Longing For The Past [coll] – [Dust-To-Digital]

    Dust-To-Digital is a one of a kind label, focusing not only on quality collections but making sure packaging and information is as exquisite as the sounds. “Longing For the Past, The 78 RPM Era in Southeast Asia” continues this tradition. 78 recordings from the early 1900′s through the 1950′s, taken from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam cover all ranges of music and styles from these countries at these times. Court music, wedding songs, instrumental pieces both solo and groups in all configurations, folk songs, known and unknown performers, village music, leaders chanting and on and on. So many sounds caught on 78′s and still intact to preserve a selection for us to hear on 4 CD’s. Initially this music was recorded merely as a means to sell Victrolas to a new market. You won’t buy it if there is nothing there to hear. European salesmen went out and recorded just about anything that moved. The selection in incredible. The accompanying book is a comprehensive review of how this started, who did it, where they went, the types of music and their history, notes on instrumentation and history of instruments and artists. Each song has three to five paragraphs of thorough explanation. Dive in, learn and enjoy.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on April 16, 2017 at 2:08 am
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  • Eide, Khalifa Ould & Abba, Dimi Mint – “Moorish Music From Mauritania” – [World Circuit]

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    Dimi Mint Abba was born in 1958 to a low-caste Mauritanian family specializing in the griot tradition. She is accompanied here by her husband Khalifa Ould Eide and her two daughters. Moorish music is highly structured improvised music, with intricate vocal and rhythmic interplay. Handclaps, rattle, hand drums, hammer-ons. She died in June, 2011 in Casablanca, Morocco. Her fans included Youssou N’Dour and Ali Farka Toure.

    Tracks 1-6 feature tidinit/lute, 7-11 feature electric guitar. Fans of Gnawa and Saharan blues music will find much to enjoy.

    She began her career in 1976 when she won the Umm Kulthum Contest in Tunis. Her winning song “Sawt Elfan” (“Art’s Plume” – Track 7) has the refrain “Art’s Plume is a balsam, a weapon and a guide enlightening the spirit of men”, which can be interpreted to mean that artists play a more important role than warriors in society.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on April 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm
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  • Zopoula, Hermas – “Espoir” – [Asthmatic Kitty Records]

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    The story of this double CD is as happy and heartwarming as the music on each CD. Disc 1 was recorded in a West African studio, and Disc 2 has the more homey and true experience of guitarist and singer Zopoula’s magic, recorded live in and around his home in Burkina Faso. Jonathan and Heather Dueck visited Western Africa and had the great fortune to meet Hermas Zopoula, who acted as guide and friend to them during their stay. It was almost by accident that they discovered he was a musician as well as an incredible person. Some of his songs have heartbreaking lyrics, but the upbeat nature of his music attests to his faith and big heart. Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by humana on April 2, 2017 at 6:54 pm
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  • Vakoka – “Introducing Vakoka” – [World Music Network]

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    Vakoka means “something precious given from the ancestors”. Madagascar is an island off of the SE coast of Africa settled 1500 years ago by Polynesians. Wood flutes, violin, accordion, snaredrum, call and response, hand drums. Diverse ensembles give contrasting sounds from track-to-track, deeper tracks reward. Mississippi Records’ “Fanajana” & “Fanafody” Madagascar comps provide contrast.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on March 29, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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  • Collezione [coll] – [Edizioni Mondo]

    Italian music is strange. From giallo soundtracks, to Italdisco, and mondo soundtracks, things are always just a bit off center. “Collezione” from the label Edizioni Mondo is a collection of four artists/groups who are playing a 21st century type or style of electronic experimentalish cocktail lounge music, some with the sounds of animals howling and birds chirping as well as ocean waves gently crashing. Electronic beats guide each piece while background sounds fill out the lounge quality. It’s very chill, but Italian chill. It reminds of this Italian disco I went to in Firenze in the mid 1980′s. The Italdisco beats were pounding, fog machine was on, VERY chic well dressed Italians sat around sipping cocktails until it was time to dance: a very controlled, stylish sweatless dance. So amazing to watch. Like this. Great to listen to. Great for beds or just kicking back. Sweatless kicing back.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on January 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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  • “They Will Kill You, If You Cry” [coll] – [Glitter Beat]

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    Khmer Rouge killed almost 1/4 of Cambodia in five years 1975-9. If you dug the “Hanoi Masters …” comp, this time Glitter Beat goes Cambodian. Machete-wound shrapnel blues singers, produced by Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, TV On The Radio). They play the two string long-necked Cambodian lute in a minor pentatonic scale like blues and Saharan desert music. Hand claps, women singing in hypnotic unison. Drums. Cambodian is a musical language, the same word can have a dozen meanings, depending on inflection.

  • Reviewed by Hemroid The Leader on December 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm
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  • Nonyana Tsepe & Ribaneng – “Leseli La Ka” – [Tlaile Music]

    South African duo offering up and energetic mix of accordion, beats, and spitting fast Sesotho dictation. no information for this release, and its quirky…
    I feel like I’m being lectured for being a peep, while a pirate party goes on in the peripheral. tk 3 and 8 have less of this feeling.
    good for some energy in a lethargic set

  • Reviewed by mouthbreather on October 4, 2016 at 3:49 am
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  • Ivers, Eileen – “Beyond The Bog Road” – [Www.eonemusic.com]

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    This entire CD is a delight from beginning to end. Ivers entrances with her fiddle, octave violin, banjo, and mandolin, taking us on a musical journey from the bog road and Celtic traditions of her native Ireland to the root music found in America–bluegrass, French Canadian, Cajun, and Appalachian. Her talents in writing, arranging, and playing the tunes here are remarkably enjoyable. Read the liner notes to get the full experience and story behind each song.

  • Reviewed by humana on September 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm
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  • Duran, Manuel – “Golden Treasury” – [Spoken Arts, Inc.]

    Ahh, the joy of spoken word, especially in another language that you may or may not understand fully or even partially. These 12 selections of Spanish prose, selected and read by the professor of Romance Languages, Manuel Duran, give a brief overview of some of the best pieces of Spanish writing from the last few centuries. Some of the authors may be familiar, others not as much. The beauty is in the lyrical quality of the words, the phrasing. Let them stand on their own or mix them in with other sounds. Enjoy.

  • Reviewed by Naysayer on September 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,International
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