04 August 2005

World Music CD Reviews - August 2005


Just posted a slew of new world music CD reviews over at sister site Spin the Globe, including

DECHEN SHAK-DAGSAY: DEWA CHE - UNIVERSAL HEALING POWER OF TIBETAN MANTRAS
SERGE GAINSBOURG: LOVE AND THE BEAT VOLS. 1 AND 2
TIEMPO LIBRE: ARROZ CON MANGO
AHMED MUKHTAR: THE ROAD TO BAGHDAD-NEW MAQAMS FROM IRAQ
ANTIBALAS: GOVENMENT MAGIC
JOANNE GRIFFITH: YOYE
CAPRICER MED OD: DEL 5. 1987-1990
PUTUMAYO: SWING AROUND THE WORLD
MARTIRES DEL COMPAS: NO PAPELES / NO PAPERS
CADY FINLAYSON: HARP AND SHAMROCK
TOTO BONA LOKUA: TOTO BONA LOKUA

Here's one - for much more see Spin the Globe

ANTIBALAS: GOVENMENT MAGIC (Afrosound)
Though more instrumental and less blistering than their previous album, Who Is This America?, this new EP is rich with smouldering polyrhythmic Afrobeat grooves. In truth, the other four songs are great, but they feel like padding for the 10-minute title track, which cuts loos with a horn barrage and subtle yet clear lyrical diatribe against government waste and lies: "Him make a monster from the sand / Make you see what is not there... / Keep you in his magic trance / Make you jump and shake with fear." Better that you jump and shake to this irresistible music, a great soundtrack for questioning authority.
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