Top 10 World Music Albums - January 2007
1. Ismael Lo: Senegal
2. Forro in the Dark: Bonfires of Sao Joao
3. Vajas: Sacred Stone
4. Putumayo Presents: One World, Many Cultures
5. Boom Pam: Boom Pam
6. Samba Squad: Batuque
7. Bole2 Harlem: Bole2Harlem Vol. 1
8. I-Fam: Du Nouveau Sang
9. Régis Gizavo, Louis Mhlanga, David Mirandon: Stories
10. Rachid Taha: Diwan 2
Some other world music news:
Watch for new albums by Caetano Veloso and Gipsy Kings, out next week. Also the self-titled album by Vieux Farka Toure, son of the late, great Ali Farka Toure. Ibrahim Ferrer's final recording is due out in March. And Comoros singer/musician Nawal is heading back to the US for a tour in late Spring. Louis Mhlanga and Eric Van Der Westen have a new release coming, but not until November. No word on whether they'll finally make it to the US to grace us with their music live.
In festival news, the Seattle International Children's Festival has announced the lineup for the 2007 event, which takes place May 14-21. Performers include Los Patita de Perro ( Mexico), K'naan (Somalia), H'sao (Chad), and Seattle Kokon Taiko (USA) along with some wonderful-sounding dance and theater acts. And Zimfest is rumored to be coming to Olympia this summer, but details are still hush-hush, as far as their website is concerned.
Closer at hand is the World Sacred Music Festival here in Olympia. The Persian group Shabava has just added to its lineup Maestro Hossein Salehi, master of the santoor (Persian hammered dulcimer). Along with the African and gospel offerings, its shaping up to be a great festival Feb. 4.
Finally today, I leave you with music. (What a surprise!): A Hawk and a Hacksaw is a puzzling group -- apparently they're from Albuquerque, New Mexico; they've got a .uk Web domain; and they play songs influenced by Turkish and Eastern European music. Go figure. This track combines dronish lyrics with horns supplied by Romanian speed brass group Fanfare Ciocarlia. Thanks to Ben for alerting SoundRoots to their quirky sound.
[mp3] A Hawk and a Hacksaw: "
from the album The Way The Wind Blows - hear more at their myspace