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Discogs Blog Crate Diggers Toronto Vendor Spotlight: Jason Palma’s Top 10 Dance Releases

Coming hot on the heels of its Canadian debut in Montreal, with its fourth event in its fourth season, Discogs-sponsored Crate Diggers record fair debuts in Toronto on June 17, 2017 at Adelaide Hall! Crate Diggers is the ultimate event for record collectors, vinyl junkies, and music fans. The day begins with a record fair featuring 30+ vendors and 6 of the best […]

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Songlines World Music News Top of the World albums: Songlines #129 (July 2017)

Here is our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the July issue of Songlines. Tracks from each of these albums are included on the free cover-CD with issue #129.

To buy the new issue or to find out more about subscribing to Songlines, please visit: http://ift.tt/2lbcV5M

 

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Dona Onete
Banzeiro
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The Grande Dame is back with another dose of salubrious grooves from the north of Brazil. Despite being almost 80 years old, Onete is not slowing down. Find yourself some wiggle room.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Trio Tekke & Dave de Rose
Zivo
Trio Tekke
This new collaboration with drummer Dave de Rose produces a more electric take on Trio Tekke’s funky reinvention of Greek traditional music.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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Kronos Quartet
Folk Songs
Nonesuch
A journey into the Appalachian tradition, combining classical elegance and avant-garde subversion. As magnificent as you would expect from Kronos.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Sabîl 
Zabad, Twilight Tide
Harmonia Mundi
A stunningly hypnotic track from an excellent third album. While maintaining respect for the maqam tradition, intimate dialogue between instrumentalists allows the music to breathe and shine.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Vieux Farka Touré
Samba
Six Degrees Records
West Africa’s star guitarist does not disappoint with this masterful album, which was recorded in front of a small live audience.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Lau
Decade: The Best of Lau 2007-2017
Lau Scotland 
A magnificent compilation showcasing ten years of musical excellence.
Amazon | iTunes

 

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Kondi Band
Salone
Strut Records
This pairing of thumb-piano and vocals with electronic textures makes for what is perhaps one of the most intriguing African albums so far this year.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Various artists  
Zaire 74: The African Artists
Wrasse Records
Global star Miriam Makeba performs with her Guinean Ensemble, recorded at the three-day music festival held in 1974 to coincide with the Rumble in the Jungle boxing match.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundström
Svalan
Åkerö Records
Here accordionist Maria Kalaniemi and harmonium player Eero Grundström take us on a musical journey deep into the majestic Finnish forests.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

 

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Jayme Stone
Jayme Stone’s Folklife
Borealis Records
This rousing Caribbean dance tune is but one offering in this treasure trove of songs mostly derived from the seemingly inexhaustible archives of folklorists John and Alan Lomax.
Amazon | iTunes | Spotify

Pick up the July issue of Songlines to enjoy our Top of the World cover-CD, which contains tracks from each of the albums above. To find out more about subscribing to Songlines, visit: songlines.co.uk/subs

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Songlines World Music News Introducing Songlines issue #129 (July 2017)

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The July 2017 (#129) issue of Songlines is now on sale!

Our cover star this issue is Dona Onete from Belém, Brazil, whose latest album, Banzeiro, is a joyful celebration of the Amazon.

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Other features include an interview with Snarky Puppy’s founder Michael League about his new supergroup, Bokanté; an overview of the TV series exploring American roots music, American Epic; a report from Jodhpur RIFF about preserving Rajasthan’s cultural heritage; an interview with Latin jazz star, Eddie Palmieri; a Beginner’s Guide to Sephardic singer, Françoise Atlan; plus the latest CD and world cinema reviews.

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The Top of the World CD includes tracks from Dona Onete, Kronos Quartet, Vieux Farka Touré and Lau, as well as a guest playlist from the drummer Stewart Copeland, featuring Amadou & Mariam, Ray Lema and Moondog.

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Discogs Blog Plunderphonics Producers: How Do You Organize Your Sample Records?

I need to know. The more records I have, the harder it is to get my thoughts together. It’s an issue that’s rooted in both physical organization and how I catalog notes in my collection on the site. This has been an ongoing project for years, longer than me being a member of this website. […]

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Discogs Blog Essential Wax with Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Essential Wax series is an intimate look into the record collections of some of the world’s most beloved artists. Hear from the creators of some of your favorite records about the records that had a big impact on them and in turn influenced their work. Will Oldham has been writing and performing music for nearly 25 years under […]

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JazzWax Baden Powell: Tristeza on Guitar

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In the States, guitarist Baden Powell remains one of the least known bossa nova pioneers of the late 1950s and 1960s. Rather than play the smoothed-out, laid-back samba popularized by João Gilberto, Luiz Bonfá, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal, João Donato and Antonio Carlos Jobim, to name a few, he favored a more percussive attack that mixed Brazilian and African rhythms with a classical guitar approach. Powell also didn’t travel much to New York, which by 1964 had become the commercial center of bossa nova recording thanks largely to Creed Taylor at Verve and CTI/A&M.

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Perhaps Powell’s best-known composition was Samba Saravah, which appeared on the 1966 soundtrack to the movie A Man and a Woman. Others include Samba Triste, Samba em Prelúdio, Berimbau and Tristeza. One of his finest albums was for the German MPS label—Tristeza on Guitar, recorded in 1966. The album has just been issued as a download by Edel AG, which acquired the MPS label in January 2014.

The album features Powell on guitar, agogo and surdo; Copinha on flute and agogo; Sergio on bass; Alfredo Bessa on atabaque and guica; Amauri Coelho on pandeiro and atabaque; and the great Milton Banana on drums. Powell’s playing is masterful on every track. There is a pensive Manha De Carneval, a stunning Round About Midnight and a gorgeous classical piece called Invencao Em 7 1/2. My favorite, though, is Das Rosas (And Roses and Roses). To be honest, the only way to listen to Tristeza on Guitar (Sadness on Guitar) is from start to finish. It’s much more rewarding when you treat it as a concept album.

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Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1937, Powell was a guitar virtuoso at a young age. He purloined his aunt’s guitar when he was 8 and was playing professionally by age 15. His grandfather was black and led the first all-black orchestra in Brazil. Powell’s father played violin and was the leader of a Brazilian Boy Scouts troop. He idolized Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the British scouting movement, which is how Powell got his name. He gained visibility in Brazil once he teamed with Vinicius de Moraes, who wrote lyrics for most of Powell’s compositions. A jazz devote, Powell favored Django Reinhardt and Barney Kessel.

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The album is a powerful masterclass in the Brazilian guitar, with samba, jazz and classical elements. All these years later, it remains vital listening for anyone who appreciates melancholy and has an ear for joy.

Baden Powell died in 2000.

JazzWax tracks: You’ll find Baden Powell’s Tristeza on Guitar (MPS) here and on Spotify.

JazzWax clips: Here’s the title track…

Here’s Samba Saravah from A Man and a Woman

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