31 December 2011

Out with the old... Another round of global CD Reviews in haiku

Out with the old, which
like autumn leaves, lies huddled
on last year's edges

Actually, the mess of albums below are not so old. Many are new releases, and a few are still to hit the stores officially. But I'm taking part of New Year's Eve to clear out the albums I haven't yet gotten around to writing about so I can start fresh in 2012. There aren't enough hours left in the year to write full reviews for these, so gird your loins and prepare for another installment of SoundRoots' inimitable Global Music Haiku Review. Ready?

Onward, then, intrepid reader!

Balkan brass from where?
NYC! crazy,
but their punk 'tude works

(Raya Brass Band: Dancing on Roses, Dancing on Cinders)

somber Persian tones,
sublime meditation from
land of hope and pain

(Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard: I Will Not Stand Alone)

dance your prayers like the
fire danced in the burning bush
only jazzier

(The Afro-Semitic Experience: Further Definitions of the Days of Awe)

African hunters
invented the blues, plucking
on their n'gonis

(Sibiri Samake: Dambe Foli)

drifting like pollen,
Lomax caught the sound of Spain
under Franco's thumb

(various artists: Alan Lomax In Asturias)

danger in Lagos?
like Fela, these sisters sing
a nation on edge

(The Lijadu Sisters: Danger)

young Brazilians play
neo-samba-soul, and we
nod our heads gently

(various artists: Putumayo Presents - Brazilian Beat)

some I've heard before
but 30 tracks give us all
something new to hear

(various artists: The Rough Guide To The Best Music You've Never Heard)

sounds Cajun; isn't.
for the dancing of nations
is this global stew

(Captain Planet: Cookin' Gumbo)

simple Czech kids' songs
a bit lost in translation
still charming and fun

(Karolina Kamberska: Ríkadla a krikadlafree song

music to rebuild
bridges crushed by 9-11
live, and full of life

(Kristjan Jarvi's Absolute Ensemble: Arabian Nights Live at Town Hall NYC)

Moravian songs
and scriptural readings ring
with Christmas spirit

(Cimbálová muzika Stanislava Gabriela / Dulcimer Band of Stanislav Gabriel: We Carry the News to You / Neseme vám tú novinu) - free song

US-Taiwan pair
use old sounds to build a nest
where they raise new songs

(Mia Hsieh: A Moving Sound)

These forty songs sing
the story of a city
crossroads of east, west

(Dunya: A Story of the City: Constantinople - Istanbul)

varied Uzbek styles
explained in photos and notes
performed by old souls

(various artists: Music Of Central Asia Vol. 7: In The Shrine Of The Heart: Popular Classics From Bukhara And Beyond)

a Berber banjo
songs of love, revolution
dry, wonderful sounds

(Imanaren: Imanaren)

saudade, guitar
blend well and you have music
of life
, bittersweet
(various artists: Bachata Roja: Amor Y Amargue)

India's north, south
meet west under Ravi's ear
strange ragas are born

(Ravi Shankar: Nine Decades, Vol. III - Orchestral Experimentations)

Israel world jazz
crisply recorded, played sweet
with an edge of tang

(Guy Kark & Between Times: 4 Quarters)

scratchy Afro-soul
Benin legend tells his tale
many years later

(El Rego: El Rego)

channeling Nusrat
alongside Tinariwen
takes chops like Kiran's

(Kiran Ahluwalia: Aam Zameen: Common Ground)

polyphonic voice
meets overdub on soundtrack
telling Sarno's tale

(various artists: Oka! Soundtrack)

sounds of Moorish Spain
recaptured by UK troupe
with a jazz flavor

(Jadid Ensemble: Sigh of the Moor)

chanchona music
makes me want to dance, and I'm
not Salvadoran

(Los Hermanos Lovo: ¡Soy Salvadoreño! Chanchona Music from Eastern El Salvador)

raga-fusion group
says you should turn off your mind
and hear the colors

(Lightsweetcrude: Listen to the Colour)

All of that and I'm still hanging on to a few albums for full reviews. Whew!

Out with the old, then
mind clear, desk clean, I await
sounds of twenty twelve.

Happy new year!

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