World Music LibraryReferences, Books, Videos, Where to hear the music, Suggested recordings and Readings
Ladysmith Black Mambazo's Raise Your Spirit Higher - This Grammy Award-Winning album is an excellent showcase of this South African Zulu Choir's work. Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a well known African group right here in the United States in great part due to their collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album. Their music is a combination of African protest and sacred songs in the Zulu-language. This recording would be a good first CD to building your world music library.
The Rough Guide To World Music (Audiobook & CD) - Volume One - Whether you are a lover of jazz, blues and western classical music, this hard to find CD will help you choose consider other albums for your library. Artists Include: Ismaël Lô, Nothembi Mkhwebane, Césaria Évora, Oliver Mtukudzi, Franco, Toumani Diabaté, Taj Mahal,Salamat, Dahmane el Harrachi, Oum Kaltsoum, Ziryab Trio, Meira Asher, Wimme, Ciocãrlia, António Chaínho, Marta Dias, Muzsikás and Norma Watson.
The Rough Guide To World Music - Africa & Middle East - Highlights the dynamic and ever-changing world music scene, and was released in conjunction with the latest edition of the book that has become known as the `World Music Bible'. From Afro-beat to Congolese Soukous, and from Tuareg music to Arabesque, this release introduces some of the key African and Middle Eastern artists and styles; popular and classical, new and traditional. Artists include: Gigi, Tweak & Tony Allen, Kekele, Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck, King Sunny Ade, Mory Kanta, Oliver Mtukudzi, Amr Diab, Masanka Sankayi & Kasai Allstars Feat. Mutumilayi, Mahmoud Fadl with Salwa Abou Greisha, Rhany, Etran Finatawa, King Sunny Ade, Tweak & Tony Allen, Mariem Hassan and Ofra Haza.
Tinariwen's Amassakoul - Tinariwen is a band that comes out of the Touareg tradition of North Africa, but deftly blends their traditional sounds with those of American electric blues. Picture B.B. King or John Lee Hooker being dropped off in the Sahara and jamming with the local tribesmen, and you'll have a vague idea of what this record sounds like!
Amadou and Mariam's Dimanche a Bamako - Amadou and Mariam are a blind Malian married couple who make modern Afro-pop that is deeply rooted in tradition. This album was produced by Manu Chao and was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.
Here a definition guide to various World Music Genres
Cuba: The island of Cuba has a rich musical history that is sustained by both street musicians as well as those celebrated by musicians and fans all across the globe.
Major Festival: The Benny More International Music Festival is held bi-annually in La Havana and Cienfuegos during the month
Afro-Cuban Roots, Max Music, 2006
Benny More, Y Su Banda Gigante, Grabaciones Completas 1953-1960, Tumbao Cuban Classics, 2003
Boleros de Oro, EGREM, 2006
Ibrahim Ferrer - Dos Gardenias
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