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Review of River of Happy Souls

River of Happy Souls

Bapi Das Baul

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★

Bapi Das Baul is son of Purna Das Baul and grandson of Nabani Das Khyapa Baul who became friendly with...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of Nayan Navaa

Nayan Navaa

Namgar

Top of the World

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★★

Nayan Navaa is Namgar Lhasaranova’s fourth release since she formed the band under her name in 2001. Namgar is a...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of The Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You’ve Never Heard

The Rough Guide to the Best Japanese Music You’ve Never Heard

VARIOUS ARTISTS

World Music Network

Rating: ★★★★★

Despite the slightly misleading title – many of the artists here are well known in world music circles outside Japan...

Reviewed in issue October/2021

Review of Sound Storing Machines: The First 78rpm Records from Japan, 1903-1912

Sound Storing Machines: The First 78rpm Records from Japan, 1903-1912

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Sublime Frequencies

Rating: ★★★★

This remarkable collection from the always high quality label Sublime Frequencies is one of those rare ones that any music...

Reviewed in issue Aug/Sep/2021

Review of Similar & Different

Similar & Different

Dal:um

tak:til

Rating: ★★★★

Dal:um are a Korean duo deploying two ‘similar yet different’ traditional instruments in a contemporary context. Both instruments are plucked...

Reviewed in issue Aug/Sep/2021

Review of Mien (Yao): Canon Singing in China, Vietnam, Laos

Mien (Yao): Canon Singing in China, Vietnam, Laos

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Sublime Frequencies

Rating: ★★★★

This album features four intricate samples of canon singing from Mien (Yao) hill tribes living in China, Vietnam and Laos....

Reviewed in issue Aug/Sep/2021

Review of Distant Mountains

Distant Mountains

Wu Man & Wu Wei

Dreyer Gaido

Rating: ★★★★

Recorded live in concert at the Morgenland Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, Distant Mountains is an album of duets by Chinese...

Reviewed in issue July/2021

Review of We Will Never Die

We Will Never Die

Yat-Kha

Top of the World

The Lollipoppe Shoppe

Rating: ★★★★

This is Tuva’s one and only Albert Kuvezin’s first Yat-Kha studio album since 2010’s excellent Poets and Lighthouses. Right from...

Reviewed in issue July/2021

Review of Voice of Flowers: Spring Ragas from India

Voice of Flowers: Spring Ragas from India

Baluji Shrivastav

ARC Music

Rating: ★★★

Baluji Shrivastav is a UK-based Indian classical musician who, although blind from the age of eight months, has gone on...

Reviewed in issue July/2021

Review of Sky Songs

Sky Songs

Alena Murang

Alena Murang

Rating: ★★★

Alena Murang is a singer and sapé player from Sarawak on the island of Borneo, Malaysia. One of the indigenous...

Reviewed in issue July/2021

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