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High Words

Oy Brigitte 
Jm Fever 
Post Midlife Dance 
Alte Kacker 
Titina 
Pupik 
High Words 
I Wonder 
Romania 

Mania Regressia

Caravan Petrol 

Caravan Petrol / I want control / Nissan Patrol 
Remote control / Caraca-racara… / Caravan Petrol 

Oy isn’t it an oily planet? /Money feeds the oily expectations of the oil-consuming nations / Leads to global exploitation / I used to be a motherfucker, not knowing what to do in life/I was looking for sensation / In the army of salvation/ But they didn’t have a clue/If only they would see/ How clean the world could be/If they just exchanged the oil for solar energy / Wouldn’t it be nice? / If I went to paradise / Leaving earth a better place /Unspoiled by human race / 

I used to be a motherfucker /Not knowing what to do in life / I was living in disguise / And was hiding from my wife / Desperately wandering in the desert/Trying to purify some water/ But instead I met the daughter / Of the Sheik who owned the well / Well well well well! Fatima Morgana / I showed her my banana / We listened to Santana / This desert is Nirvana / Fatima Morgana /Was licking my banana / Erupting a Fontana / Her Papa was in oil / oyoyoyoyoy Oil /I start to like the goil 

He needed the sheik’s water/ But instead I fucked his daughter / Now the sheik he wants to slaughter / Everyone who fucks his girl / A little defloration /That was such a big sensation / Had to take her for my wife / To escape her Papa’s knife / Kni kni kni kni kni knife / The best chance of my life! 

(instrumental intermezzo) 

If only it could be / That the oil belonged to me / I would sell this whole Nirvana / And end my misery / Be rich eternally / Fuck solar energy / And all humanity / If only they could see / That the king of oil is me / And my oily queen is Fati.. Fatima Morgana/ Ala ala ala / I want her Papa’s car / I’m going to be a star/ I don’t give a shit about pollution / Only the petrol distribution / Is the only right solution / Stop this eco-revolution

Black but Sweet 

What is the woman and you will see, a nice black woman they call Didi / When she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time 

She is black and only and that is all / She is black and only and that is all / When men meet her, they bound to fall / Until her Mammy doesn’t sleep, oh Lord 

What is the woman and you will see / A nice black woman they call Didi / when she presses sweet lips to mine / I said Mammy kiss Pappy all the time / Didi is that bright of my heart / I felt so funny with her to part / The people in the country of Caroline / can tell how Didi loves Houdini 

Young boy think that they fight for me / Don’t put yourself into difficulties / For it is for this positive fact / The sweetest women in the world of luck / Don’t you mind when you get up old / It’s for never mute, keep cost in your soul / With your black baby you are born to stay / You cannot leave her and go away 

I said Didi, I’m going away / But no longer I cannot stay / Mammy as it is, for this is fact / Sweet Houdini soon is coming back

Luba Lubaviczer 

Petrosilia / Che Guevara 
Rojte Paprika / Mata Hari 
Superwomen / Metaplastik 
Mamographia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Krimme Fiess / Groisse Zitzkalach / Ciciollina 
Mania Regressia / Pizda Kurva 
Kama Sutra / Pseudo Palavra 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / 
Dayne Oygn hobn sech arayngedrayt in mayne Nishume/ Und ich bin im / Ganzn meshigge gewordn / Oy oy oy oy 

(English): 
Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / Your eyes crashed into my soul/and I became totally crazy/Oy oy oy oy 

Papirossen / Hare Krishna 
Cucarracia / Hiper Histeria 
Noch a zingale / Semi Conductor / Toda la Noce 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Alte Kretshme / Poco poco 
Trichomonas / Sensationell 
Psychotherapia / Hysterectomy / Apoplexia 

LUBA LUBAVICZER 

Luba, Luba, Luba, Luba!! / As du kishst mech, brennt a fayer in mir / Oy oy oy oy 

(ENGLISH): When you kiss me, a fire burns in me/ Oy oy oy oy 
Schoyn avek der Nechten / Noch nisht du der Morgen /Es is noch du a bissale Haynt / Ster ihn nisht mit Sorgen 

(English): 
Yesterday is already gone / Tomorrow is still not there /There is still a little bit of Today / Don’t disturb it with sorrows

Johnny is the Goy for Me 

“Johnny is the goy for me” /This is what she said to me … 

“Tall and blond / His eyes are blue / He fucks like hell /Doesn’t smell” / Oy, vey Jossl can’t you see?/ “Day and night / I think of him/ He rides a horse / He goes to the gym” /This is what she said to me … 

DaDai… 

“Johnny is the goy for me” / So I said “Nuuu? Why not a Jew?” 

“All the day / You count and pray / You promise the moon/And come too soon” / Oy, vey, Jossl, can’t you see?/ “You bring no check / Got hair on the back / You snore at night / Mama was right”/ Jossl, you’re no joy for her 

DaDai… 

(Intermezzo): 
Jossl is no joy for her / For Johnny Goy she’s just a toy 

I jumped from a tree / I broke my knee / I rode a bike / Even fucked a dike / Nothing’s good enough for her/ But now I found my Suzy Jane / She can’t do Tshulent / But never complains / For Sue I’m not a lousy Jew / For Sue I’m like a Johnny too 

DaDai…

So Nice 

Louis was a financial fart/Spent all his money eating tart / It made him fat and stopped his heart/ Financial fart was not so smart 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Terry was a terrorist/ Couldn’t handle his father’s fist / The people thought that he’s a joke / Some of them went up in smoke 

Everything’s so nice / Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Jezebel she couldn’t smell/ Her father’s breath was responsible / When he touched her in the loo/ She lost her other senses too 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice 

Everything’s so great/ Just enjoy your fate / Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Geraldine had a spleen/Everything had to be clean/She was never satisfied/ ’Cause the shit came from inside /…From inside… from inside…from inside… 

Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate / daidaidai… 
Everything’s so great/Just enjoy your fate/daidaidai… 

Don’t you mind your enemies /Enemas and bumble bees/ Love your neighbor, kiss your wife/ You will probably meet them in the afterlife 

Everything’s so nice/ Oy, it’s just so nice / Isn’t it paradise? / Some people eat just rice

Misirlou 

(Yiddish) 
Vayt in dem midbar / Fun heyser zin farbrent/ Hob ikh amol a meydele dort gekent / Misirilou heyst zi/ Yeder dort veyst zi gut/ Kh’vel di printsesn mer shoyn fargesn nit. 

Far in the Desert/ Burnt by the hot sun /I once knew a girl / Misirilou was her name / Everybody there knew her / I will already not forget the princess 

(Yiddish) 
Shtil, ovent kil, Un ikh fil az ikh vil mayn gefil /Far ir oysgisn un zi zol visn nor, Az nor zi lib ikh, Mayn lebn gikh ir, yo / 

Silence, cool evening, And I feel / That I will my feeling 
Spill out in front of her / And she should know / That only her I love / My life I give to her 

(Yiddish) 
Her, s’iz mir shver, Mit a trer zog ikh dir un ikh shver / Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum hayl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst hayln mikh / 

Listen, it is difficult / With a tear, I tell you / And I swear 
Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

(Yiddish) 
Misirilou mayne, meydale fun orient, Di oygn dayne hobn mayn harts farbrent / Mayn harts vert kranker, in chulem sey ikh dikh/ ants far mir shlanke /Drey zikh geshvind gikh. Midber printsesn, kh’ken nit fargesn dikh / Kum heyl mayn benkshaft, nor di kenst heyln mikh / Mayn mizrakh, blum misirilou 

My Misirilou, girl from the orient / Your eyes have burnt my heart / My hearts gets sicker / In my dreams I see you / Dance in front of me, my beautiful / Turn around even quicker(Desert princess, I cannot forget you / Come heal my longing / Only you can heal me 

My eastern flower, Misirilou

Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet 

Sitting in my back yard /Everyone’s here / Trying to get the fire start / Listening to my friends fart / Uzi gets stoned / Moishe likes beer / Uzi’s wife wished he had Moishe’s career/ Mama is excited – I’m feeling so alone / Watching my dogs – chewing on a bone/ My lips are swollen and my head is numb / The sun is boiling /I had too much rum 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed?

It couldn’t be much better / There’s pressure in my chest / Everyone is boring / The dogs are depressed 

Never wanted to become one of those / Why are the kids always pulling my nose? 
The drinks are warm / The girls are lame / The guys are laughing, I am getting insane/ Life is too long / And it’s mostly cruel / My prostata is burning /I wish I had a pool/ 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need / 
Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

I wonder why the women that I love / Always have to live with the men I hate/ 
Maybe a fancy house is enough / To make them believe that these shmocks are great/ I’m asking for a hand, doing me a favor / But she’s always busy with her pussy-shaver/ I should’ve sticked to my family’s taboo – / “Never mar ry a woman uglier than you” 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – what more do I need? 

Meat, heat – beautiful feet / Oy, a mechaye – is it guilt, is it greed? 

Suddenly everyone’s a little bit stressed / The neighbor’s daughter is practically undressed But I will stick to the rules of the game /’ Cause “EDIPUSSY” is my second name

Banana Boat vs. Hava Nagila 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / Day is the day is the day is the day is the day is the day oh ho hou / Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Wait a second. Why do you wanna go home yet? / You want a peace in the Middle East?? 
The two Jews: Don’t they say, make love not war 
The Arab: Leave our land, and we won’t break your jaw 
The two Jews: They killed us in Europe, we need real estate 
The Arab: You gave us the Nakba, now go get your fate 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Jerusalem 
The Arab: Al-Quds is ours, Al-Aqsa won’t fall 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for the Promised Land 
The Arab: Since Muhammad we had the upper hand 
The two Jews: For 2000 years we are longing for Zion, 
The Arab: We don’t have a chance but we fight like a lion 
The two Jews: We are the chosen, the people of God 
The Arab: We’re blessed by Allah!!! Eternal Jihad 

Day oh, Day oh / Daylight come and we wanna go home / day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 
Announcer: Actually, Why don’t we live in peace and harmony / like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat / Look there is a Russian, an Indian, an African, an American 

I work all night and I drink all rum / Daylight come and we wanna go home. / Come Mr. Tallyman, tally me banana / 
Daylight come… 

A beautiful bunch, a ripe banana / Daylight come… / Hide the deadly black tarantula/ Daylight come… 
day it’s the day oh… / Daylight come and we wanna to go home 

It’s six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! / Daylight come… 
Daylight come and we wanna go home 
Announcer: Did you see? / They are singing and dancing together /In fuck’n peace and harmony, Like in Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat 

Let’s take the Banana Boat to the fuck’n Middle East

You, You and You 

I am so desperate / I cannot separate / Just don’t know what to do / It’s not my fault, 
That you confuse me / And you – you confuse me too 

Is it possible ?/ You think there’s someone else / And it tears my heart in two / You must believe it / For me there’s only one / And that’s you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

You say you love me/ But you don’t trust me / You say I have to decide / I would do anything /But my love for you / I can never divide / You don’t believe me / You misconceive me / What do you think I do? / I am not ambivalent / There’s no equivalent / To either one of you 
You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

Misty psychics, psychiatrists and my cleaning woman, too /They do all agree / Unequivocally / That I am crazy about you / In my diary / In my testament / And my shopping list too / This one and only line / I never redefine / Just says you, you and you 

You got to choose / You just have to decide / You got to choose / Which one of us is right, is right, is right 

If I must choose / There’s no doubt what to do / If I must choose / My choice is you, you and you

Add It Up 

Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Why can’t I get just one kiss? / Believe me there’s something I wouldn’t miss, but I look at your pants and I need a kiss. 

Why can’t I get just one screw? / Why can’t I get just one screw? / Believe me I know what to do, but something won’t let me make love to you. 

Why can’t I get just one fuck? / Why can’t I get just one fuck? / I guess it’s got something to do with luck, but I’ve waited my whole life for just one… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Mom / Have you kept an eye, an eye on your son / I know you’ve got problems/ You’re not the only one, when your sugar left / he left you on the run. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu 
Take a good look what your boy has done / He’s walking around like he’s number one / He went downtown and got him a gun. 

Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / Don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me / You know you’ve got my sympathy, but / don’t shoot shoot shoot that thing at me. 

Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma Mother / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 
Oh ma ma ma ma ma ma ma Maminyu / I would love to love you lover / The city’s restless, it’s ready to pounce. / Here in your bedroom ounce for ounce. 

I am giving you decisions to make, things to lose, things to take / Just as he’s about ready to cut it up, / I said “wait a minute honey, I am gonna add it up” 
Add it up Add it up Add it up… 

Day after day I get angry and I will say / that the day is in my sight, when I’ll take a bow / And say good night.

Live Music

Rumania @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Johnny is the Goy for me @ Nachtleben Frankfurt 
Heat, Meat, Beautiful Feet @ Furth 
Add It Up @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Hit me with your Rhythm Stick @ Furth 
Luba @ Fuerth 
Papirosen @ Vienna Accordion Festival 
Titina @ Fürth 

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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