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Don Letts’ playlist and the 10 best new releases

Posted on July 18th, 2014 in News, Recent posts, Reviews by .


The August/September 2014 (#102) issue includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the world’s finest new releases. The CD also includes five tracks selected by BBC’s Don Letts, who discusses his picks with Alexandra Petropoulos.

The Top of the World CD includes brand new tracks from Dub Colossus; rising Saharan star Noura Mint Seymali; former Panama tourism minister Rubén Blades, and many more.

Pick up your copy here, at selected UK HMV stores, selected WHSmiths and all good record retailers. Check out this issue’s top tracks:


Dub Colossus ‘Madmen’ from Addis to Omega (IRL)
Continuing to deftly balance widescreen grandeur with bass-heavy street cred, the group’s latest incarnation swaps Ethiopia for Jamaica as the major influence for their killer sound

Noura Mint Seymali ‘Eguetmar’ from Tzenni (Glitterbeat)
Exhilarating rock-infused Moorish music from the latest rising star of the Sahara. With agile vocals and her husband’s electric guitar, this female griot is putting Mauritania on the map.

Clarice Assad ‘Da Imaginação’ from Imaginarium (Adventure Music)
Nothing if not ambitious, Assad brings together over 40 musicians to play a dizzying range of genres that fit surprisingly well together under her power voice.

Brownie ‘The Bed Bug Song’ from Calypso: Musical Poetry in the Caribbean 1955-69 (Soul Jazz Records)
A joyous compilation of witty innuendo as well as meditations on race and place from one of the first Afro-diaspora music forms to gain international popularity.

Sia Tolno ‘Mama’ from African Woman (Lusafrica)
In her most ambitious album to date, Tolno teams up with Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen to deliver a series of hard-hitting political tracks that deal with everything from female genital mutilation to war criminals.

Rubén Blades ‘Pedro Navaja’ from Tangos (Sunnyside Records)
The multi-talented sexagenarian and one-time tourism minister of Panama presents a beautiful, if beguiling album of tango-ized version of his own songs with distinctly Argentinian sound.

Jacky Molard Quartet ‘Dourtan/Gwenn’ from Suites (Innacor Records)
Intriguing and immersive, the Quartet continue to cross musical boundaries by exploring different cultures. From Celtic jazz to Bulgarian dance, this third album is as experimental as the last.

Kasai Allstars ‘Beware the Fetish’ from Beware the Fetish (Crammed Discs)
For their second release, Kasai Allstars return with the signature Congotronics sound, ritualistic repertoire and buzzing distortion for an album that fully realises their rock’n’roll comparisons.

Söndörgő ‘Marice’ from Tamburocket Hungarian Fireworks (Riverboat Records)
Adding Macedonian melodies and a nod or two to Béla Bartók to their South Slav musical background, this virtuosic Hungarian folk band present an interesting and fun collection.

DEM Ensemble ‘Jandarma Zeybeği’ from Erguvan (Felmay)
Evocative melodies and dance tunes intermingle with playful improvisations in this selection made up mostly of Aegean folk, collated and rearranged for an ensemble including some of the most proficient musicians in Turkey.

Plus Don Letts’ playlist

Gaëtano Fabri vs Kočani Orkestar ‘Siki, Siki Baba’ from Electric Gypsyland (Crammed)
“Basically there’s this total culture clash of styles that obviously speaks to me, because, you know, I’m all about the culture clash.”

Lucas Santtana ‘Super Violão Mashup’ from Sem Nostalgia (Mais Um Discos)
“How did I get into Brazilian music? I think the question is, how do you not get into Brazilian music?… I was picking up on the rhythms without even realising it.”

Lata Mangeshkar & Nitin Mukesh ‘Aja Re O Mere Dilbur Aaja’ from Noorie (Saregama)
“My mother is Jamaican but of Indian descent, so it’s part of my blood. The music just speaks to me.”

Baaba Maal  ‘Fanta’ from Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) (Palm Pictures)
“He’s one of the dons of Africa. I love the guy. I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Baaba. I took him to Jamaica, and that was such a buzz.”

The Creole Choir of Cuba ‘Dulce Embelezo’ from Tande-La (Real World Records)
“In my constant search to find music to turn on the people, I invariably turn myself on,” which is how Letts first stumbled across the Cuban group.



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Sounds and Colours raising funds for Brazilian music book & CD

Posted on May 9th, 2013 in News, Recent posts by .

Help South American specialists raise money for new Brazilian music book

Sounds and Colours, the online magazine about South American music and culture, have begun an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to raise money for their next title. Following on from 2012’s Colombia book and CD, Sounds and Colours will next dive into the impossibly vibrant music and culture of Brazil.

The 200-page book will be filled with articles, photos and illustrations, along with an accompanying compilation album of new Brazilian music so the reader can become truly involved. Covering every inch of Brazil, Sounds and Colours will look at Brazil’s classic genres (samba, choro, forró, sertaneja) and the new cutting-edge sound of the country that is already gaining international fame. There are also interviews with Arnaldo Baptista, Rob Curto and Lucas Santtana. 

In pledging money to the cause, which is intended to help raise the production costs, you can receive a large number of perks ranging from a thank you credit in the book to exclusive Brazil t-shirts and tote bags. 

To find a more detail description of the breadth of topics to be featured in the book and to pledge money, visit the Indiegogo page:

Follow Sounds and Colours on Twitter and Facebook for further updates.

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Top of the World Review: Lucas Santtana – The God Who Devastates Also Cures

Posted on October 16th, 2012 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Words by Russ Slater

Genre-bending Brazilian ditches the concept this time

On each of Lucas Santtana’s previous five albums there was a concept that the Brazilian singer-songwriter set himself, a way of creating some form of creative hand-rail with which to work. The God Who Devastates Also Cures is the first album where he does not refer to an underlying concept, and this seems to have freed up his creativity, resulting in a cosmopolitan pop album that is as ambitious as it is infectious. 

Santtana’s calling card has always been his addiction to strong rhythms and ability to find affecting melodies, and this allows him plenty of freedom when it comes to the production and style of his music. There are dashes of samba, electro and reggae, but they are always taken into new territory, as on ‘É Sempre Bom Se Lembrar,’ which could have been a simple guitar-led samba but instead is caressed by strings into something far more interesting. There are hints of The Police in the falsetto vocals of ‘Jogos Madrugais’ and Sublime in the ska groove of ‘Se Pá Ska S.P.’, that hint at the album’s pop ambitions. These sit next to the far-reaching sounds of tecnobrega number ‘Ela É Belém’ and the brass-led ‘Vamos Andar Pela Cidade’, which fit into the tapestry of the album thanks to their shared ambition and melodiousness. Santtana’s nationality will always see his music described as Brazilian, but increasingly he has set himself apart as an artist no different to any other forward-thinking musician across the globe.

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David & Peter Adjaye’s playlist and the 10 best new releases in the Nov/Dec issue of Songlines (#88)

Posted on October 11th, 2012 in News, Recent posts by .

The November/December 2012 issue of Songlines is on sale in the UK from October 12 and includes our regular Top of the World CD with ten tracks from the finest new releases from around the planet. The Top of the World CD also includes five tracks selected by the Adjaye brothers – the renowned architect David and musician/producer Peter.

The Top of the World CD features tracks from folk big band Bellowhead; Finnish musical veterans VärttinäThe Souljazz Orchestra; Korean six-stringed zither quartet Geomungo Factory; genre-bending Brazilian Lucas Santtana; the innovative Sotho Sounds; and award-winning Lau, among others.

Pick up your copy here on the website, at selected WHSmith’s and at all good record retailers. Feast your ears on these all-new tracks:

* Bellowhead ‘The Wife of Usher’s Well’ on Navigator Records
* Värttinä ‘Tuuterin Tyttäret’ on Rockadillo Records
* The Souljazz Orchestra ‘Bibinay’ on Strut
* Rumi Ensemble & Salar Aghili ‘Roz o Shab’ on Talik
* Geomungo Factory ‘Geomungo & Tango’ on Dada Media
* Lucas Santtana ‘Jogos Madrugais’ on Mais Um Discos
* Félix Lajkó ‘A Madárnak’ on Fonó
* Lau ‘Torsa’ on Reveal Records
* Sotho Sounds ‘Mobopong’ on Riverboat Records
* Juanchín y sus Pleneros del Palmar with Tasso Peña ‘Maldito Vicio’ on Vampisoul

Plus the Adjaye brothers’ playlist:

* Yaaba Funk ‘Nyash – E Go Bite U’ (Olatunde Remix) on Here and Now Recordings
* FOKN Bois ‘Gimme Pinch’ on FOKN Bois
* Amira Kheir ‘Mashena’ on Contro Cultura Music
* Randolph Matthews ‘Indigenous Man’ on Randolph Matthews Music
* Wunmi ‘Keep it Rockin’’ on Wunmigirl Music

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