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Review of Ji

Ji

Jens Pollheide & Imran Khan

Fuego Records

Rating: ★★★

This pairing between German ex-Embryo bassist Pollheide and Indian sitar player Imran Khan marks the culmination of seven years of...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Landscape

Landscape

Kim So Ra

SP Music

Rating: ★★★

South Korean percussionist Kim So Ra started learning janggu (the hour-glass drum played with a pair of lithe sticks) aged...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Changys Baglaash

Changys Baglaash

Khöömei Beat

Top of the World

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★★

Khöömei Beat are a young Tyvan (also spelt Tuvan) quintet formed in 2017 who have grown up witnessing the acclaim...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Byzaanchy

Byzaanchy

Choduraa Tumat

Pan Records

Rating: ★★★★

Choduraa Tumat is one of Tyva’s finest female khöömeizhi (master throat singers), being leader of the group Tyva Kyzy, but...

Reviewed in issue March/2022

Review of Kofū II

Kofū II

Meitei

KITCHEN. LABEL

Rating: ★★★

This is a fascinating album by Meitei that perhaps can be described as simply a sound collage of Japan, both...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Parampara Festival 13.3.1992

Parampara Festival 13.3.1992

Amelia Cuni

Black Truffle

Rating: ★★★★

Held in Berlin in 1992, Parampara Festival brought together Indian teachers and their international students to showcase the global spread...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Masterpieces for Sarod and Violin

Masterpieces for Sarod and Violin

Amjad Ali Khan, Elmira Darvarova, Amaan Ali Bangash, Ayaan Ali Bangash

Affetto Recordings

Rating: ★★★★

There’s a long tradition of Indian-meets Western-music albums, but this is one of the best. India’s premiere sarod player, Amjad...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Shandao

Shandao

Shanren

Wind Music

Rating: ★★★★

As a renowned Chinese folk band from Yunnan, one of the most ethnically diverse parts of southern China, Shanren has...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora

Kulintang Kultura: Danongan Kalanduyan and Gong Music of the Philippine Diaspora

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Rating: ★★★

This album is a celebration Danongan Kalanduyan (1947-2016), a musician who migrated to the US in the 1970s from Mindanao...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

Review of East Pakistan Sky

East Pakistan Sky

Ustad Saami

Top of the World

Glitterbeat Records

Rating: ★★★★★

Following releases on Glitterbeat Records in 2019 and 2020, here is another outstanding recording from the Pakistani master surti singer...

Reviewed in issue January/February/2022

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