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Would like to recommend two:

* Uttara Kuru, "East Wind"

* Kokin Gumi, "Zen Garden"

Actually this is East-West fusion music, but I guess it counts. Anyone else with some good stuff?
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Astor Piazola - Tango Zero Hour
Buena Vista Social Club
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Baaba Maal-- Missing You

Buena Vista Social Club

Orchestra Baobab-- Speciailist In All Styles

All 3 are also awesome recordings to boot, Buena Vista a real reference disc. The Baobab disc was done by the same people, so it too is eerily good. The Babaa Maal was produced by the great John Leckie (probably best known on this board as producer of Radiohead's The Bends, though he's worked with Floyd, XTC and many greats).
post #4 of 292
Anything by Deep Forest is not to be missed.
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Originally Posted by markl
Baaba Maal-- Missing You
Yeah, ditto on all those, but anything by Baaba is special to me. Love that beautiful Djam Leelii album he did with the blind singer/guitarist Mansour Seck. The full title is Djam Leelii: The Adventurers. It was originally recorded in 1982 and released with very limited distribution a couple years later, only to fall into obscurity. I guess the master tapes were even lost for many years. But it surfaced again in 1998 on a very nice sounding CD mastered by John Dent at Loud Mastering with a couple bonus tracks from those same '82 sessions, and since that time has become one of my favorites. Not just a favorite in guitar music, or African music, or any other limited genre, but an unqualified favorite. Beautiful, sublime and evocative, foreshadowing the wave of acoustic Afro-pop that was to come in the nineties. Masterful acoustic guitar work by Maal and Seck, with some electric credited to Aziz Dieng. One of those albums that I can just listen to over and over and over and.....

Lots of great bluesy west African music out there. Ali Farka Toure has a bunch, but his self titled one is a classic. He recorded another one a few years ago in a crumbling old schoolhouse outside of his home in the village of Niafunke on the banks of the Niger River with a state-of-the-art mobile studio called simple Niafunke. His protégé, Afel Bocoum, then recorded his own CD in that same broken down schoolhouse in Niafunke, amidst the snakes and mosquitoes, that is a haunting traditional acoustic set with a mesmerizing call and response vocal chorus. The name of the album and his group is Alkibar which means 'messenger of the great river'. Great stuff.
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Originally Posted by Davey
Yeah, ditto on all those, but anything by Baaba is special to me. Love that beautiful Djam Leelii album he did with the blind singer/guitarist Mansour Seck. The full title is Djam Leelii: The Adventurers. It was originally recorded in 1982 and released with very limited distribution a couple years later, only to fall into obscurity. I guess the master tapes were even lost for many years. But it surfaced again in 1998 on a very nice sounding CD mastered by John Dent at Loud Mastering with a couple bonus tracks from those same '82 sessions, and since that time has become one of my favorites. Not just a favorite in guitar music, or African music, or any other limited genre, but an unqualified favorite. Beautiful, sublime and evocative, foreshadowing the wave of acoustic Afro-pop that was to come in the nineties. Masterful acoustic guitar work by Maal and Seck, with some electric credited to Aziz Dieng. One of those albums that I can just listen to over and over and over and.....

Lots of great bluesy west African music out there. Ali Farka Toure has a bunch, but his self titled one is a classic. He recorded another one a few years ago in a crumbling old schoolhouse outside of his home in the village of Niafunke on the banks of the Niger River with a state-of-the-art mobile studio called simple Niafunke. His protégé, Afel Bocoum, then recorded his own CD in that same broken down schoolhouse in Niafunke, amidst the snakes and mosquitoes, that is a haunting traditional acoustic set with a mesmerizing call and response vocal chorus. The name of the album and his group is Alkibar which means 'messenger of the great river'. Great stuff.
Salif Kaeita-have you heard?
AMAZING.

Also, i dont know if youd consider this "world", but Peter Gabriels' soundtrack of "the Last Temptation of Christ" is a terrific album with all sorts of influences.
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Fairly recently out is Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté's In The Heart Of The Moon, which is a truly lovely album of duets.

Salif Keita's Moffou is one from a couple of years ago - not the remix album but the original - and it too is a real return to form for him. That guy could sing commercials for Walmart and make them into a mystical experience.

What about moving off into Eastern Europe - try Goran Bregovic for Balkan gypsy music. Tales and Songs From Weddings and Funerals is a good one - the kinetic energy generated by the brass arrangements is pretty amazing. Lucky to have seen him perform 3 times now, and it is always the best party in town.

A little more arty from the same region is Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico. Sumiglia is one of the best world music albums released this year - beautiful singing and haunting arrangements.
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Totally agree with Davey re: Baaba Maal/Mansour Seck....and a quick glance through my cd rack turned up these gems...So go find 'em...

Orchestre National de Barbes - en Concert
Nitin Sawhney - Fabriclive 1.5
Tabla Beat Science - Live in San Fran
Transglobal Underground...anything by them actually
Rachid Taha - Tekitoi
Gigi - Illuminated Audio
La Bottine Souriante - Cordial, but really same as for Trans G Underground.

Just noticed I'm a wee bit heavy on the Dub side...always had a soft spot for Bill Laswell and most anything he gets up to.

Enjoy!

-Nac...
post #9 of 292
Recently I've been listening a lot to Bela Fleck's "Litte Worlds". Wonderful 3 CD album with all kinds of influences from all over the world.
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wooo hooo! (i'm about to have a field day) i'm a huge fan of "world music" and music from other countries other than american/english...i was contemplating on starting a thread...anyways i'd have to agree with Baaba Maal, Gigi, Transglobal U and Tabla Beat Science as well, definitely a must and ABSOLUTELY LOVE bill laswell (got some stuff from him) the guys a genious imo and well here's an overwhelming list of world music indulgence i recommend (BE WARNED and i'm sorry in advance for it being so long):

*everything that is bold imo you should check out

1. Natacha Atlas (my personal favorite) - multi-lingual singer with an amazing voice, she's been on movie soundtracks/scores, mostly sings in arabic, however she sings in english, spanish, french and some hindi...if you are looking for an excellent blend of traditional meets contemporary arabic/north african/middle eastern type of music i HIGHLY RECOMMEND her (cannot stress this enough) and she was a part of Transglobal Underground before she went solo
2. Miriam Makeba - former ex-wife of black panther Stokley Carmichael, she's a South African singer and another amazing voice, the song "pata pata" was a huge hit
3. Cesaria Evora - another big name in world music, sings in creole/portugese and sings fado/folk music as well
4. Madredeus - a portugese band that sings fado/folk music
5. Fela Kuti - big name on the african continent, born in nigeria
6. Zap Mama
7. Asian Dub Foundation - part of the "assian massive" movement (look it up), they're politically charged/aware with a lot of conscious messages, they're music is dub (obviously), hip-hop, rock, ragga etc

the next artists i'm just going to name the names and genre/style/country/language, some of them are not "world music" insofar as they just aren't from america/europe and others are "world music" so here goes:

Arabic/Middle Eastern:
1. Amr Diab (arabic pop, very well-known in the middle east)
2. Clotaire K (arabic & french hip-hop)
3. MBS (arabic & french hip-hop)
4. Elissa (arabic pop)
5. Najwa Karam (arabic pop)
6. Nawal Al Zoghbi (arabic pop, well-known as well)
7. Nelly Makedeski (arabic pop)
8. Rachid Taha (arabic/algerian/french/rai music)
9. Souad Massi (arabic/algerian/french/rai music)
10. Yuri Markadi (arabic pop)
11. Oum Kalthoum (traditional arabic, HUGE name)
Croatia:
1. Elemental (croatian hip-hop/jazz fusion very good imo)
France:
1. Carla Bruni
2. Cirque Du Soleil
3. Charles Azanavour (big name)
4. Emilie Simon
5. Francoise Hardy (big name, song "mon amie la rose")
6. IAM (french hip-hop)
7. Jalane (french pop)
8. Jane Birkin
9. Keren Ann (french jazz)
10. K.Reen (french r&b)
11. Noir Desir (french rock, popular)
12. MC Solaar
13. Paris Combo - (cabaret, touch of jazz, touch of lounge)
14. Passi (french hip-hop)
India/Desi/Bhangra/Hindi etc:
1. AR Rahman
2. Asha Bholse (popular singer)
3. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (kwalli singer, huge impact, big name definitely "world music")
4. Bally Sagoo (bhangra)
5. Karsh Kale
6. MIDIval Punditz
7. Mychael Danna
8. Ravi Shankar (need i say more?)
9. Rishi Rich
10. State of Bengal
11. Paban Das Baul
12. Talvin Singh
13. Ananda Shankar
14. Zakir Hussein (another big one)
15. Susheela Raman
16. Nitin Sawhney
Italy:
1. Spaccanopli
Japan:
1. Toshiro Masuda
2. Kitaro
Persian/Farsi/Middle Eastern:
1. Vas
2. Azam Ali
3. Niyaz
(note: all of above are the same, Vas is Azam Ali and drummer Greg, Azam Ali is solo and Niyaz is a great album that helps bring traditonal/contemporary together, azam ali, producer carmen rizzo and Logo Ramin Tarkian form Niyaz)
Poland:
1. Emade (polish hip-hop with a touch of jazz here and there)
2. Fenomen (polish hip-hop)
3. Kasia Kowalska (polish rock/pop)
4. K.A.S.T.A SQUAD (polish hip-hop)
5. O.S.T.R. (polish hip-hop)
6. Plomien 81 (polish hip-hop)
7. Lady Pank (polish rock)
Brazil/Portugal/Portugese:
1. Bebel Gilberto
2. Gil Gilberto
3. Joao Gilberto
4. Bossacucanova
5. Cibelle
6. Otto
7. Batidos
8. Carlinhos Brown
9. Cascabulho
10. Celso Fonseca
11. Chico Science & Nação Zumbi
12. Da Lata
13. Daniela Mercury
14. Gal Costa
15. Jhelisa
16. Marisa Monte
17. Jorge Ben Jor
18. Mundo Livre S.A.
19. Suba
20. Tribalistas
21. Zeco Baleiro
22. Baden Powell
23. Zuco 103
24. Mariza
25. Amalia Rodriguez
26. Coldfinger
27. Max Viana
28. Nina Miranda
Russia:
1. t.a.t.y. (russian pop)
2. detsl (russian hip-hop)
3. tanya bulanova (russian techno/dance euro etc)
Argentina:
1. Gotan Project
Cuba:
1. Buena Vista Social Club
2. Ibrahim Ferrer
3. Orishas (cuban hip-hop)
4. Celia Cruz
Spain or Spanish:
1. El Bicho
2. La India
3. Shakira (before she hit America, her donde estan los ladrones album and previous stuff)
4. La Vela Puerca
5. Kumbia Kings
6. Lhasa
7. Lila Downs
8. Los Mocosos
9. Mala Rodriguez (spanish hip-hop)
10. Manu Chao
11. Nach Scratch (spanish hip-hop)
12. Ojos De Brujo
Turkey/Turkish:
1. Erci E. (turkish hip-hop)
2. Mercan Dede (traditonal/modern fusion, instrumental, elecontrica etc)
3. Nez
4. Sagopa Kajmer (turkish hip-hop)
5. Serdan Ortaç (turkish pop)
5. Tarkan (turkish pop, big name)
6. Sezen Aksu (turkish pop, big name)
7. Ceza a.k.a. Nefret (turkish hip-hop)
Ukraine/Ukrainian:
1. Ruslana (ukrainain pop)
2. Tanok Na Maydani Kango (ukrainian hip-hop)
Uzbekistan:
1. Sevara Nazarkhan
Gypsy/Balkan/Romanian:
1. Taraf De Haïdouks
2. Koçani Orkestar

also, if your interested in purchasing "world music" or something "different" i suggest you check out six degrees records: http://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/home.php and Peter Gabriel's real world records http://realworld.on.net/index/flash/

and if your interested in magazines/events:
1. Songlines http://www.songlines.co.uk/
2. fRoots http://www.frootsmag.com/
3. http://www.worldeventvillage.com/en/ (you can listen to live music from around the world here)
4. Global Rhythm http://www.globalrhythm.net/
5. WOMAD http://www.womad.org/

and many more! *runs & exits out of thread quickly*
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WOW antiant...that's pretty crazy, I'll have to check some of them out. Here are two recommendations of mine:

1. ANY Indonesian gamelan music. Gamelan is usually a quite haunting form of music that's mostly played on gongs, bells, etc., and doesn't share the same scale that Western music does (I think it's a 5-tone scale, not sure tho). A good place to start is the CD "Gamelan Semar Pagulingan - Music from Bali", it's one of my favorites.

2. "Congotronics" by Konono No. 1 came out this year, and is an interesting album of sub-saharan electrified finger piano. You could actually play this one at a party, it's very energetic.

One particular type of music I've been trying to find on CD for a while is Pacific island slit drum music. I saw an exhibit which included it at a museum earlier this year, and it sounded amazing. Anyone know where I might start?
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Originally Posted by infinitefurby
WOW antiant...that's pretty crazy, I'll have to check some of them out. Here are two recommendations of mine:

1. ANY Indonesian gamelan music. Gamelan is usually a quite haunting form of music that's mostly played on gongs, bells, etc., and doesn't share the same scale that Western music does (I think it's a 5-tone scale, not sure tho). A good place to start is the CD "Gamelan Semar Pagulingan - Music from Bali", it's one of my favorites.
Gamelan seems to be a recurring theme associated with world music (haven't heard any yet, but i need to add that for future listening), ethnomusicology and Alan Lomax and his field studies http://www.alan-lomax.com/ forgot to mention Alan Lomax that's like the pioneer right there for introducing "world music"/different oddities as a whole with his field studies etc

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Originally Posted by infinitefurby

2. "Congotronics" by Konono No. 1 came out this year, and is an interesting album of sub-saharan electrified finger piano. You could actually play this one at a party, it's very energetic.
i've heard of the name Konono No. 1 there with the distro/label crammed http://www.crammed.be/news/index.htm, however i haven't been able to actually hear their music just know the name, i need to check them out and other brazilian/world music artists i've mentioned are on there as well, you can hear audio/video samples
post #13 of 292
Sussan Deyhim - Madman of God
- Persian Sufi music from as early as 11th century. Very beautiful, haunting and painful at times.

Urna - Hödööd
- Very beautiful and plain unaccompanied Mongolian throat singing.

Riley Lee - Music from a Zen Garden
- Japanese Shakuhachi flute (accompanied) music by a western artist trained in the tradition. Calm, serene and also a good test of harshness in upper mid-range.
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Originally Posted by kwitel
Salif Kaeita-have you heard?
I do have Folon from the mid 90s. To be honest, I never got too much into it, but I tend more toward traditional guitar music than the dance oriented music. He is pretty amazing though.

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Also, i dont know if youd consider this "world", but Peter Gabriels' soundtrack of "the Last Temptation of Christ" is a terrific album with all sorts of influences.
Yeah, that and his touring with all those artists helped to bring them Western acceptance and popularity. I'm sure you know, but that Passion album featured Baaba Maal and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Youssou N'Dour, and Baaba and Youssou continue to create amazing albums as did Nusrat until his death. I especially like the somewhat non-traditional albums Nusrat made with Michael Brook and Gabriel, Mustt Mustt and Night Song. Really amazing, with an almost trip hop flavor at times on Night Song, and that voice! And Youssou N'Dour did that one in 1990 called Set with Michael Brook production too. Great Afro-pop. Baaba did some work with Gabriel and Brian Eno that was kind of cool too, including a fantastic 10 minute Eno soundscape called "Lam Lam" that closes out Nomad Soul, with Baaba'a plaintive vocals and that same Jon Hassel horn blowing across the desert like on Gabriel's Passion, but I think he's at his best in more traditional African musical forms, such as the brilliant one markl mentioned above.

Anyway, lots of great music the world over and many of my favorites already mentioned within this thread, including on of my very favorites Cesaria Evora.
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Originally Posted by Davey
Lots of great bluesy west African music out there. Ali Farka Toure has a bunch, but his self titled one is a classic. He recorded another one a few years ago in a crumbling old schoolhouse outside of his home in the village of Niafunke on the banks of the Niger River with a state-of-the-art mobile studio called simple Niafunke. His protégé, Afel Bocoum, then recorded his own CD in that same broken down schoolhouse in Niafunke, amidst the snakes and mosquitoes, that is a haunting traditional acoustic set with a mesmerizing call and response vocal chorus. The name of the album and his group is Alkibar which means 'messenger of the great river'. Great stuff.
If you are at all into the music of Mali (and Ali Farka Toure), then the music of Boubacar Traoré is absolutely essential listening. I find Traoré even more moving and soulful than Toure.

For the female side of the equation, I like Oumou Sangare.
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