- Autorickshaw: This multicultural Indian-fusion-jazz group came to my attention on the strength of their album Four Higher. A new CD is coming this month; you can hear tracks from it on their myspace page.
- Joanne Griffith: Montreal-born singer whose album Yoye incorporates African-American, Caribbean, and African styles - and French and English lyrics. Info and samples at CDbaby.
- Madrigaia: Based in Winnipeg, this women's vocal group features stunning vocals. For their material, they dig into cultures from all over the planet: Brazil, Eastern Europe, Arabic, French, Hebrew.... [mp3 sample from the album Pleiades: "Three Ways to Vacuum Your House: Part 1"]
- Matapat: a French Canadian folk music band based in Montréal echoing world's music traditions and its modern heritage. [mp3 sample: "C'est au palais du roi" [video]
- Joseph "Pepe" Danza: Pepe is an amazing multi-instrumentalist who has been part of groups Asza and Jou Tou, and served as music director of the now-defunct Vancouver World Sacred Music Festival. His website includes an "instrument museum" with short QuickTime movies of him playing such things as bark flute, mbira, panflute, and rocks. Definitely worth a visit.
- Samba Squad: Samba from Toronto? Well, yes, and one of the most engaging samba albums of 2006, to boot! Listen to samples on their website; marvel at the big Brazilian sound.
- Socalled: Montreal-based Josh Dolgin has carved out his own niche as the planet's foremost klezmer DJ, a title backed up by his albums Socalled Seder and (with Sophie Solomon) Hiphop Khasene. He's also prominently featured on David Krakauer's Bubbemeises. [sample: "L.M.P.G. featuring Katie Moore and Teah"]
- Fubuki Daiko: With a name that translates as "blizzard drums," this Winnipeg-based troupe brings a modern sensibility to the ancient tradition of Japanese taiko drumming. [sample: "Monkey"]
- Tasa: Another Indian-fusion band, this one fronted by tabla player Ravi Naimpally. Tasa's album latest album is Urban Turban. [sample: "Agni"]
09 January 2007
Monday's mp3: Oh! Canada!!
Sure, technically this should bear the title "Tuesday's mp3." Monday found SoundRoots intentionally incommunicado, enjoying a wee vacation on blustery Vancouver Island. With Canada in mind, here are a few Canadian "world music" groups to check out: