SoundRoots / Spin the Globe Top 10 Albums
1. KAL: KAL
2. Orchestre Baka Gbine: Gati Bongo
3. Sara Tavares: Balancé
4. Salif Keita: M'Bemba
5. Think of One: Tráfico
6. Chirgilchin: Collectible
7. Ska Cubano: ¡Ay Caramba!
8. Maurice el Medioni meets Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental
9. Gotan Project: Lunático
10. Fantazia: Mul Sheshe
World Music News Roundup:
What's the difference between a radical Muslim and a Islamic extremist? Perhaps it's all in the definition. Pakistan-born, UK-raised Aki Nawaz has been putting his radical interpretation to music under the auspices of Fun-Da-Mental (an in collaboration with the Mighty Zulu Nation on the album Abantu). His latest project, entitled All Is War (The Benefits of G-Had) is embroiled in controversy even before its release. Are the lyrics a call to extremism or simply a blunt challenge to cultural norms? Two executives at Nation Records have threatened to resign if the label releases the album as planned on July 17. "We stand strong against a society which creates conflict and division amongst us all," Aki says in a recent email to SoundRoots.
The 5th International Jew's harp Festival will take place in Amsterdam from July 28th through July 30th, and will include performances, lectures, a marketplace, and everything else Jew's harp fanatics could dream up. Great for those who recently discovered the festival via the recent album of highlights from the 2002 festival.
Jamie Foxx, who starred as Ray Charles in the Oscar-winning Ray, is set to play Bob Marley in a new film focusing on the reggae icon's early life. Director Rachid Bouchareb says, "I've always liked the story of what made Marley the man. I want to look at him as a child through to a young man, and how he became interested in Africa." In other Bob news, Latin artists including Los Cafres, Fidel, Mimi Maura, and Resistencia Suburbana cover less well-known Marley tunes on the new album Tributo a Bob Marley, just out on Delanuca Records.
Freshlyground will open a world tour at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finale in Berlin on July 7, where they will perform alongside fellow South Africans Johnny Clegg and Sibongile Khumalo. They're promoting the European release of Nomvula, which hits British, French, German and Italian stores in August.
Brazilian star Marisa Monte has announced a long-awaited USA tour in November 2006, with her 10-piece band making stops in San Francisco, LA, Miami, and New York. Read more...
Abhi Performing Arts is now officially online at www.abhiperformingarts.org. "'Abhi,' a Hindi word meaning 'now,' expresses Abhi Performing Art’s dedication to promoting current music, dance, and all aspects of the performing arts in Seattle and the Puget Sound area," says founder Sarah Lin Bhatia. "We aim to do this by providing a free online publication with event announcements, an artist directory, and feature articles highlighting solo and collaborative efforts."
Lovers of global sounds have a new radio show to catch starting tomorrow, Monday July 3. Island Time will include Hawaiian, pan-Polynesian, and other music from the Pacific Islands. Catch it Mondays 10am-noon Pacific time (of course!) on KAOS-fm, or streaming live via kaosradio.org