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More Than Cumbia

Cut Chemist Puts Together A Free-Download Compilation Of Colombian Treasures

We love finding amazing music from around the globe, especially when you have an acclaimed record digger such as the notorious Cut Chemist take a trip down South to unearth the rich musical spirit of Colombia and [...]

We love finding amazing music from around the globe, especially when you have an acclaimed record digger such as the notorious Cut Chemist take a trip down South to unearth the rich musical spirit of Colombia and put together a selection of songs for the 'greedy' ones among us. That being said, we were more than ready to feast our ears on these vibrant tropical remixes and would love for you to do the same. But before we share that link, here's a short comment on the artists to be found on this release:

"Our trip begins with folklore Colombiano favorites Los Corraleros de Majagual over a crunchy boom-bap by Co. Fee from Los Angeles’ beat collective, My Hollow Drum. Dance Kill Move (Stockholm, Sweden) adds some serious low end to Los Jovenes de Hierro’s classic charanga, 'Ritmo Sabroso.' Ubiquity recording artist, currently residing in Colombia, Bosq and Yukicito of La Junta (Los Angeles) contribute absolute party starters, while El Dusty’s 'Mi Chola' give Los Teen Agers a taste of Corpus Christi, TX. Atropolis (Queens) pays homage with a heavy stripped down edit of Julio y su Combo’s 'Lamento Cumbiambero' and Los Chicos Altos (Barcelona) add in some rub-a-dub flavor on Los Hermanos Tuiran’s 'Lluvia.' In addition we explore national treasures and the lesser known, new styles of chirimía, porro, pachanga, salsa and cumbia as interpreted by Sumohair (Los Angeles), Gabe Real (Pomona CA) and Greece duo SUPERSAN (aka Panama Cardoon & Mister Kentro)."

Head over to Bandcamp now and grab your free digital copy of "Going Back To Cali: Cut Chemist's Colombian Crates Remixed"! More than Cumbia...

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Da'asa

Fortuna Records Unearth Compilation Of Haunting Yemenite Israeli Funk
 

It's back to the Middle East, where Tel Aviv-based imprint Fortuna Records has not so silently been making a name for itself with a host of mind-blowing reissues. Latest in their repertoire of musical excavations is [...]

It's back to the Middle East, where Tel Aviv-based imprint Fortuna Records has not so silently been making a name for itself with a host of mind-blowing reissues. Latest in their repertoire of musical excavations is "Da'asa", a compilation of rare Yemenite Israeli Funk tracks 1974-1982. 

"Ranging from extremely rare to previously unreleased, these tracks are a result of a unique scene [of Yemenite immigrants to Israel] which blended funk, soul, jazz & disco with traditional Yemenite rhythms & sounds."

What's more, the 8-track selection also includes an unreleased track by Yemenite jazz singer Tsvia Abarbanel from 1969, while the gatefold LP comes with a 14-page booklet to shed some light on the history behind these extraordinary compositions. Listen to the full album in the SoundCloud player above, featuring tracks by Reuma Abas, David Dor, Aharon Amram, Lehakat Tzliley Ha'oud, Duo Tsafri, Yehezkel Matari and The Amranim.

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Selda Boom Pam

Watch Turkish Legend Selda Bağcan Perform Live W/ Tel Aviv's Boom Pam
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We already reported on the Selda Bağcan X Boom Pam collab around the same time last year, following their spot-on performance in Berlin. Now Red Bull brought them to Istanbul, where they played a one-hour live set [...]

We already reported on the Selda Bağcan X Boom Pam collab around the same time last year, following their spot-on performance in Berlin. Now Red Bull brought them to Istanbul, where they played a one-hour live set at Zorlu Center. Selda Bağcan joins Boom Pam after a psychedelic introductory medley about ten minutes into the video and opens with her hit song "Yaz Gazetici Yaz". Watch the full show here.

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Ahnuma

Egyptian/Australian Songstress Mariam Sawires Readies Soulful Debut EP

We first chanced upon Egyptian/Australian singer/songwriter Mariam Sawires at a gig in Berlin on a cold day back in April and were absolutely blown away by one, this young lady's appearance and then, if not [...]

We first chanced upon Egyptian/Australian singer/songwriter Mariam Sawires at a gig in Berlin on a cold day back in April and were absolutely blown away by one, this young lady's appearance and then, if not simultaneously, by her gorgeous musicality and silky vocals to go along. You can imagine our delight with her recently released debut EP "Ahnuma", which we strongly recommend you lend an ear to. 

"My life has allowed me to experience many different cultures, countries, traditions and customs, ideas, beliefs, ways of thinking so I want to be open and just share one unique perspective - one that has observed and appreciates many, and of course hopes to increase truth, love and light in this world."

And so, as the days grow shorter here in Germany, the temperatures begin to drop and the people start preparing for winter, we feel drawn to Mariam Sawires' soulful energy and lovely 'Badu'-like song. You can stream/buy the full EP over here. Looking forward to what's next.

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Jewish Slang

David Light Puts Yiddish Lingo To The Test In New Episode Of #Slanguage
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So, as our Jewish Monkeys prepare for their last tour stop in Reutlingen tonight, we thought, why not share a recent episode of the new, online game show #Slanguage, where people are invited to see if they can guess [...]

So, as our Jewish Monkeys prepare for their last tour stop in Reutlingen tonight, we thought, why not share a recent episode of the new, online game show #Slanguage, where people are invited to see if they can guess the meanings of a certain jargon. The show at hand features an African American couple trying to guess Yiddish words brought into play by David Light and the result is hilarious. Watch the 'Jewish Slang' episode here, see if you know the meanings and start your week with conviction. And if that doesn't help, check out the Jewish Monkeys' album "High Words", a treasure trove of Yiddish wisdom.

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Gili Yalo

Tel Aviv-Based Singer Poised To Release Debut LP On Dead Sea Recordings

Gili Yalo has a story to tell. The native to Ethiopa fled to neighbouring refugee camps in Sudan and arrived in Israel as part of 'Operation Moses', a "covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine [...]

Gili Yalo has a story to tell. The native to Ethiopa fled to neighbouring refugee camps in Sudan and arrived in Israel as part of 'Operation Moses', a "covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984". Now he is set to launch his solo career. His soon-to-be-released self-entitled debut album on Jaffa-based Dead Sea Recordings contains a rich blend of traditional Ethiopian elements with modern soul, funk, psychedelic and jazz music, brought to life by his unique voice and paired with English/Amharic lyrics. 

His music then tells a story, that is his own, inspired by rhythm and flow, and accompanied by vivid melodies and contemporary production alongside Boom Pam's Uri Brauner Kinrot. Gili's band is composed of five musicians on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and trumpet. "Through this album, Gili Yalo reveals a fresh perspective on Ethiopian culture by using his personal musical influences such as James Brown and Mulatu Astatke [...]. The album, like Africa itself, is a rich patchwork of color and rhythm [...] with Ethiopian music at the core." A reminder, to always remember, where you came from. 

Below you can watch the music video to his track "Selam", which premiered last week. Stay tuned for more...

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Under Burning Skies

Brilliant New Album By Canadian Collective The Souljazz Orchestra Releases Today

Today marks release day for The Souljazz Orchestra, as they propel their brand new 10-track effort into orbit on Strut Records with "one of their finest albums to date". Earlier this year we premiered their [...]

Today marks release day for The Souljazz Orchestra, as they propel their brand new 10-track effort into orbit on Strut Records with "one of their finest albums to date". Earlier this year we premiered their viciously energetic single "Lufunki". Now, the skies are ablaze with thumping tropical styles, tinged in a hue of jazz, soul, lofi disco, boogie and electronic influences, all decked out in vintage '80s synthesizers, drum machines and accompanying horn stabs heralding change. The acclaimed and fast-moving Canadian collective returns with a bag full of funky tricks entitled "Under Burning Skies", an album to keep us warm as times literally grow colder. 

"Turbulent times call for strong voices and The Souljazz Orchestra’s new set packs a suitably heavy lyrical punch, with wry observations and an urge for progressive change", as their "earthy analogue sound" unfolds its musical magic. "Dog Eat Dog" sets the record straight with an "infectious Afro-disco groove", before the scarily effective "Lufunki" blasts by, only to enter 'phonkier' realms on "Is Yeelyel", reworking the Somalian Dur-Dur Band into a frenzy. "Oublier Pour Un Jour" lulls us in a deep Franco-Caribbean trance, before "Under Burning Skies" takes a saxy dip in the evening sun. Then it's back to the stomping grounds of "Holla Holla", paired with some "Adawe Boogie" and soaring vocals to make all our "Sorrows Fly Away". "Tambour A Deux Peaux" draws us in for one last palpitating dance, at the end of which the more melancholy "Aduna Jarul Naawo (feat. Élage Mbaye)" drops the curtain. 

Watch opener "Dog Is Dog" below and make sure to stream/buy this gem over on Bandcamp. 15 years and still going strong. The Souljazz Orchestra is far from finished. Catch them on tour, if you can.

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Can You Name Them All?

A Short Animated Introduction To The Jewish Monkeys Ahead Of Their Fall Tour
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Just ahead of their upcoming tour of Germany, the Jewish Monkeys decided to drop a short, animated teaser video, introducing the band's individual creative geniuses. 

We were trying to win over the legendary Michael [...]

Just ahead of their upcoming tour of Germany, the Jewish Monkeys decided to drop a short, animated teaser video, introducing the band's individual creative geniuses. 

We were trying to win over the legendary Michael Buffer to voice these ringside announcements of the eight Jewish Monkeys. Due to monetary concerns however, we let main man Jossi Reich do the honours and introduce his band of merry men one by one. 

Check the video below and to see if you can name them all. And now, ladies and gentlemen, let's get ready to ruuummmbbbllleee! Find an up-to-date list of all upcoming Jewish Monkeys shows here and be sure to lend an ear to their "High Words".

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Gamelan Beleganjur

Music of the Ngaben Funerary Ritual in Bali

Thinking back to our very first visit of Bali back in 2010, one of our most cherished memories is that of the gamelan, the traditional ensembles, made up predominantly of percussive instruments and found mainly in [...]

Thinking back to our very first visit of Bali back in 2010, one of our most cherished memories is that of the gamelan, the traditional ensembles, made up predominantly of percussive instruments and found mainly in Java and Bali. The word itself comes from the Javanese word gamel, which refers to a type of mallet used to strike instruments. Gamelan ensembles today often accompany dance and wayang shadow-puppet performances as well as rituals and ceremonies. The Beleganjur style of gamelan is one of the most popular styles of gamelan to be found on the island. 

So you can imagine our delight, when we chanced upon the latest release by French independent label Akuphone, featuring field recordings "collected [in 2011] by Vincenzo Della Ratta, PhD in Ethnomusicology from the Sapienza University (Rome)", who specializes in "gong music from the Austronesian cultures of Southeast Asia". The source material on "Gamelan Beleganjur and the Music of the Ngaben Funerary Ritual in Bali" is presented in two forms: 

"The first one offers a display of Beleganjur music out of the ritual context, which can be differentiated by a more melodic form and a more dramatic and hypnotic aspect of the compositions. The second one presents the Beleganjur style in the ceremonial context of the Ngaben funerary rite in the village of Peliatan. The utmost vitality of these orchestras springs out throughout the different stages of these funerals, and the sound environment surrounding the musicians immerse the listener in the very heart of the procession following the corpse."

And so we jumped head first into this rare and intense record, a rhythmic celebration of death, accompanied by gongs, cymbals, drums and 'incantations'. Absolutely magical! Stream the entire release on Bandcamp.

While you're at it, make sure to check out King Gong's latest project on Akuphone, which we covered a few weeks ago. 

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The Kutiman Orchestra

Embarks On Ten-Stop Tour Of Germany & Switzerland

It is no longer a secret that we are true admirers of the prolific Israeli songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, orchestra-leader, mixmaster and film maker Kutiman, who keeps on adding to his already [...]

It is no longer a secret that we are true admirers of the prolific Israeli songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, orchestra-leader, mixmaster and film maker Kutiman, who keeps on adding to his already impressive repertoire. Labeled a "psychedelic space funk architect" by London's Straight No Chaser magazine, he continues his pioneering ways and is about to embark on tour early next month with his 8-9-piece psych-jazz combo, aka The Kutiman Orchestra, including acclaimed trumpeter Sefi Ramirez, whom you may remember from The Ramirez Brothers

Two years after his amazing debut album, Kutiman began combining video art with musical endeavours of his own, thereby fathering his mind-boggling mash-up series ThruYOU, which you can read up on here, here and here. The result were a staggering 10+ million views on YouTube in just under two weeks as well as a mention in Time Magazine's "50 Best Inventions of 2009", which lead Kutiman to delve even deeper into the audio-visual craft.

"A psyched-up groove monster that can't decide between vintage and modern and instead just has it both ways" (Pitchfork), The Kutiman Orchestra is now ready to embark on a ten-stop tour of Germany and Switzerland this October. Check the 9-minute live video below to get a taste of their playfully suspenseful sounds, somewhere in between the funky spirit of James Brown and the cosmic explorations of the otherworldly Sun Ra. 

Dates

09.10. Frankfurt, Brotfabrik
10.10. Munich, Feierwerk/Hansa39
11.10. Geneva (CH), La Gravißere
12.10. Vevey (CH), Rocking Chair
13.10. Zurich (CH), Bogen
14.10. Jena, Jazzmeile Festival
16.10. Bremen, Schwankhalle
17.10. Dresden, Jazzclub Tonne
18.10. Hamburg, Mojo Club

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Indian City

Canada's A Tribe Called Red Unleash Powwow 360° Virtual Reality Video To "Indian City"

We first reported on this hallucinogenic native Canadian producer and DJ three-piece late last year, to highlight their amazing third studio effort "We Are The Halluci Nation" as well as their politically active [...]

We first reported on this hallucinogenic native Canadian producer and DJ three-piece late last year, to highlight their amazing third studio effort "We Are The Halluci Nation" as well as their politically active ways, which tied in perfectly to the dramatic scenes unfolding around the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline project. While the outcome of the US government's plans for the pipeline remains up in the air, A Tribe Called Red continues to send positive musical 'smoke' signals our way. 

Earlier this year Bear Witness, 2oolman and DJ NDN, aka"the primary purveyors of powwow step", dropped the official music video to album track "Indian City feat. Black Bear", which has racked up over 270K views on YouTube and is nothing short of a massive, bass-driven stomper. 

Now the tribe returns with a visual masterpiece, a cool 360° virtual reality video to "Indian City", which just blew our minds. A Tribe Called Red is everywhere you look. Just open your eyes. And ears of course. With a tip of the hat to the Canada Council for the Arts, "which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country". The crew is now touring North America!

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Son Palenque

The Legendary Colombian Group Returns With Album No. 16 And Michi Sarmiento
 

Fresh off the press on pioneering Afrocolombian imprint Palenque Records, founded in 1996 by Lucas Silva, is album number 16 by the legendary Son Palenque. Founded in 1980 by Justo Valdez, the group has made a name [...]

Fresh off the press on pioneering Afrocolombian imprint Palenque Records, founded in 1996 by Lucas Silva, is album number 16 by the legendary Son Palenque. Founded in 1980 by Justo Valdez, the group has made a name for itself by re-working the strong musical tradition of San Basilio de Palenque in northern Colombia. Their innovative and surprising fusions include African rhythms ranging from "soukous, to afrobeat and highlife" as well as "Palenquero rythms such as bullerengue, chalupa, or cantos lumbalu".

Their latest 12-track effort "Kutu Prieta pa Saranguia", recorded alongside the tremendous Colombian sax player Michi Sarmiento, is a stunner, a quickening lightning bolt of sound, both energising and mesmerising. Right off the top this ensemble beckons towards the dancefloor and not once relinquishes its hold. Each track ist a vibrant source of body-moving chants, melodies and rhythms to keep your mood afloat and your ears attuned. 

Stream the entire album here on Bandcamp. Or listen to "La Negra" off their 2012 album "Kamajanes de la Musica Palenquera" in the SoundCloud player above.

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What's This Fall About?!

The Jewish Monkeys Announce New Live Dates For September/October
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Yes, dear friends. Playing the World Music Stage at Sziget Festival two weeks ago was an absolute blast. Take this Facebook video for instance of the Jewish Monkeys engaging their crowd in some intense physical [...]

Yes, dear friends. Playing the World Music Stage at Sziget Festival two weeks ago was an absolute blast. Take this Facebook video for instance of the Jewish Monkeys engaging their crowd in some intense physical activity. Talk about authority. 

In any case the band has just announced new Germany shows coming up in late September, early October. The Jewish Monkeys will be playing a string of shows in Wiesbaden, Konstanz, Mannheim, Viechtach, Frankfurt (am Main) and Reutlingen. So get your tuches over there. 

Find a list of all Jewish Monkeys shows here. And don't forget to bring your dancing shoes. Their current album "High Words" is available from Bandcamp.

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