MEHR ALI & SHER ALI
Soul of Qawwali Devotional Music of Sufism from Pakistan - Mehr Ali & Sher Ali (2 CDs)
Was £26.99. New title. Brothers, Mehr Ali and Sher Ali, are one of the few who were not affected by the chaotic atmosphere of Qawwali in Pakistan, following the death of Nusrat. A collaboration of the ecstatic dancing orchestra, Dhammal, and Qawwl. Also starring Kali (and interpretive reader of the Qur'an) it is a live recording of the attempt to reproduce the festival of Punjab region's Saint, Urs. Recorded in 2004.
1. QIR'AT [THE 4 QULS]: RECITATION OF THE SACRED BOOK"QUR'AN (KORAN)"/ SYED SADAQAT ALI 2. NA'T: RECITATION OF A HYMN IN PRAISE OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD/ SYED SADAQAT ALI 3. PESHKAR: WELCOMING THE "PIR". SPIRITUAL MASTER OF THE CEREMONY/ 5-STAR MUSICAL GROUP 4. QAUL: MAN KUNTO MAULA (I AM THE GUIDE. AFTER ME ALI IS THE GUIDE)/ MEHR ALI & SHER ALI QAWWALI ENSEMBLE 5. KAFI: MERE E CHARKHA NAULAKHA KURE (GIRL. THE SPINNING WHEEL OF MINE IS PRICELESS)/ MEHR ALI & SHER ALI QAWWALI ENSEMBLE 6. KAFI: MERA PIYA GHAR AYA (MY LOVER HAS COME TO MY HOUSE!)/ MEHR ALI & SHER ALI QAWWALI ENSEMBLE 7. KAFI:TUN NERE NERE WAS WE DHOLAN YAR(MY BELOVED. LIVE MORE NEAR BY ME)/ MEHR ALI & SHER ALI QAWWALI ENSEMBLE 8. RANG:AAJ RANG HAI(TODAY THERE IS COLOUR)/ MEHR ALI & SHER ALI QAWWALI ENSEMBLE 9. DHAMMAL OF LAL SHAHBAZ QALANDAR(ECSTATIC DANCE OF THE SUFI SAINT LAL SHAHBAZ QALANDAR"RED FALCON/ MEHR ALI & SHER ALI QAWWALI ENSEMBLE 10. DHAMMAL & SAIF UL MULUK/ 5-STAR MUSICAL GROUP 11. DU'A: PRAYER FOR PEACE/ PIR KHWAJA GHULAM QUTUB-UD-DIN FARIDI
GROPO ASE DO BRASIL, MONICA MILLETT AND THE MEMBERS OF FILHOS DE GANDHY AND ILE AIYE
Candomble, The Origins of Afro-Brazilian Music
Was £16.99. New title. The quintessence of Afro-Brazil came into existence as a result of the Black African, Catholic and Aboriginal Indian cultures fusing together. The Candomble guides the listener into a trance with its strong rhythm and song, while purifying the spirit. A recording of the Japan performance of Monica Millett from Terreiro of Salvador (one of the oldest) and its followers, Grupo Ase do Brasil. Recorded in 2003.
1. BOM JESUSU DA LAPA 2. ENTRADA DE ORIXAS 3. EXU FROM NACAO KETU 4. OGUM FROM NACAO KETU 5. OXOSSI FROM NACAO KETU 6. OBALUAIE FROM NACAO KETU 7. OXUM FROM NACAO KETU 8. IANSA FROM NACAO KETU 9. OXALA FROM NACAO KETU 10. EXU FROM NACAO ANGOLA 11. OXOSSI FROM NACAO ANGOLA 12. XANGO FROM NACAO ANGOLA 13. OBALUAIE FROM NACAO ANGOLA 14. OXUMARE FROM NACAO ANGOLA 15. IEMANJA FROM NACAO ANGOLA 16. INDIO:SAMBA DE CABOCLO FROM NACAO CABOCLO 17. EU JA VOU EMBORA, PARA MINHA TERRA FROM NACAO CABOCLO
Cover Girl (2 CDs)
Shrinkwrapped double album of cover versions.
Unchahaji Nu Kui
Was £26.99. Solo sanshin and vocal from older Okinawan musician, hitherto, relatively unknown, but like so many others deserved of a wider audience.
PAPI BASALDUA AND GRUPO CANTARES
Songs of Paraguay
Deleted JVC World Sounds. Shrinkwrapped sample.
Ignopor & Quatro Cancoes
Was £26.66. One of the best of Japan's current pop and rock songwriters. Big production, great songs, on a album that seamlessly switches from one style to the next, that creates an album as a collective whole rather than just a series of songs. Backed by a specially formed group Hyaku Shiki, featuring other talented musicians, a rare treat among the mainstream. !!<
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Was £21.99.Laid back, cool recordings of Balinese gamelan and singers set to Makoto Kubota's trademark soundscape and production of gentle beats, ambient and natural sounds. A mix of Balinese and Javanese music. Deeply relaxing. 1. Legian Road Morning 2. Ujuang - Banondari 3. First Snow in Bali 4. Ubud Walk 5. Bandung 6. Prayer 7. Funky Gendel 8. Dukun 9. Neleng 10. Bali Dream
THA BLUE HERB
Was £26.99.Third album and first for five years from the hip hop / rap artist from Sapporo, Hokkaido. More of their edgy, experimental, dubby hip-hop. Includes guest vocalist Yoshie Nakano from Ego-Wrappin.
Koshki Bootleg 2 x 2 - Kurikorder Quartet 10th Annivesary Live & More Vol. 2 & 3
Was £27.99.Recorded live at Manda-La 2 in Kichijoji over 5 nights for the group's 10th anniversary. The unique quartet playing recorders and other instruments, Masaki Kurihara (recorder, pianica, andes25, Mellophone) Yoshiyuki Kawaguchi (recorder, soprano saxophone, harmonica, bodhran, caxixi, samba) Kenji Kondo (recorder, acoustic guitar, ukulele) Takero Sekijima (recorder, tuba, trumpet). CD 1. Umi o Wataru Kaze (Takero Sekijima) 2. Baby You're My Destiny (Taj Mahal) 3. Avarandado (Caetano Veloso) 4. Kemuri (Takero Sekijima) 5. Hei Lassie (Trad. Bulgarian) 6.Mo Hitori no Hakase 7. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Charles E King) 8. El Derecho de Vivir en Paz (Victor Jara) 9. Kutsuya no Maruchin (Takero Sekijima) 10. La Partida (Charley Patton) CD2. 1. Kataguruma no Ground ni Yoru Henso (Masami Kurihara) 2. An English Country Garden (Trad.) 3. Wynken Blynken and Nod (Donovan) 4. A Sunny Day (Donovan) 5. Nellie the Elephant (Peter Hart) 6. Nakunai yo Snowman (Kenji Kondo) 7. This is Halloween (Daniel Elfman) 8. Kiyeta Kanidoraku (Masami Kurihara) 9. Maya to Ita Kisetsu (Masami Kurihara) 10. Long Odds (English trad) 11. Double Lead Through (English Trad.) 12. Wonderful Day Theme (Masami Kurihara) plus CD extra 1. Mayonaise Dai Ni Ban. 2. Member Shokai 3. Orion Beer.
Re-Enter The Dragon
Was £35.99. Brilliant 2 CD (ying and yang) set that is a tribute to Bruce Lee. Comes with elaborate packaging, with each track having it's own artwork card with credits, all bound together by a black belt and then put inside a black box. The music is pretty good too. Artists include Neanderthals, Dimitri from Paris, Hang on the Box, Macao Dog Race featuring Sandii, Hirofumi Asamoto featuring Sayako, Kan Takagi, Double Famous and Organic Grooves.
Was £19.99.The Beijing born singer has become a massive star throughout Chinese speaking Asia, especially Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as Japan and has a following in the west too. She sings rock and pop, influenced by the Cranberries and the Cocteau Twins, has sold millions of records, and still holds onto her credibility and popularity in the fickle pop world, perhaps because she hides from media attention. She is also an actress, with an acclaimed role in Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express, and sung the theme tune to Zhang Yimou's film, Hero. This is possibly her best album, released in 1994. Includes a cover of the Cranberries which became a big hit.
JAFFAR HUSSAIN KHAN
Songs of Popular Islam
Was £15.99. Qawwali, and Islam "gospel" sang by Jaffar Hussain Khan. Its orogin goes back to the poet-musician Amir Khusrau in the 13th century. Having a background of classic vocal techniques, Khan draws the listener into religious intoxication.
LOS TRES AMIGOS
The Master of Mexican Requinto Guitar
Was £15.99. Featuring requinto guitar performance of Beto Villa, this album contains well known latin standards, like 'Quien Se La' as well as more recent material such as 'Como Quien Pierde Una Estrella'.
Light My Fire
Was £25.99. Diamantes singer Alberto's solo album, includes salsa versions of 'Light My Fire' and 'Just the Way you Are', with the real salsa tracks more successful.
Was £20.99. Mainly Western influenced typical Asian pop.
Was £21.99.Third album from the excellent Anis Suraya, in similar mode to Siti Nurhaliza and Noraniza Idris, created with the help of some of Malaysia's top producers and songwriters such as Adnan Abu Hassan. Won the Voice of Asia competition in Kazakhstan! More pop than roots.
Was £21.99. Not only is Siti Nurhaliza one of Malaysia's most popular female singers, she is also brilliant, a rare combination in most of Asia. Her music reflects the diversity of Malaysia itself. Arabic, Indian and western music is combined to produce, well, Malaysian roots music. Malaysia can boast possibly the best contemporary music scene in Asia. This album is more pop than roots, but is well crafted.
Untukmu Sudir 100% Live 1
Was £14.99. Recorded live with the Diiringi Orkestra Simfoni Kebangsaan, with lush accompaniment and arrangements, lacks the energy and rawness of her rootsy studio albums, but still great vocals.
Untukmu Sudir 100% Live 2
Was £14.99. Complete with a symphony orchestra, Siti's live album lacks the rootsier feel of her studio albums. It's very definitely a show, with Siti even singing in English at times. Nevertheless, Malaysia's greatest female vocalist is in good form in front of an adoring audience.
Was £20.99. Japanese release of the latest album (for Christmas) from one of Hawaii's best selling local artists.
Okinawa - Watashi No Shima
Was £25.99. The group that have probably done more to popularize Okinawan music- although they are not from Okinawa- on an album of mostly re-recorded versions of their best known Okinawan influenced songs. Arguably the originals are superior (Shima Uta) but occasionally better (Hyakuman Tsubu no Namida) Elsewhere original versions are included, and even material from Miyazawa's solo albums, that had an Okinawa connection. Overall, good introduction to one of the best sides of the Boom's work, and a success that helped change Japanese perceptions of Okinawa.
SHENG XIANG & WATER 3
Was £19.99. First solo album by the Labour Exchange Band's Sheng Xiang. Several years in the making, under the guidance of co-producers, Trees Music's Chung Shefong and lyricist Yongfeng, Sheng Xiang and Water 3 is, if anything, a step up on the LEB. Sheng's melodies are as strong and memorable as ever, and Yongfeng's lyrics as pertinent. He clearly believes, passionately, in whatever it is he is singing about, in his pretty much western singer songwriter style. Fortunately the exemplary liner notes and packaging comes with full translations, and are not songs of banal cliches or introverted observations, but of real issues affecting real people. Getting Dark is set around a character reflecting on the boom period of the 1980s, when many peasants and country people arrived in the cities seeking their slice of the economic miracle. As boom started to turn to bust, and the factories closed down (and opened on mainland China where the cheaper labour was) many lost their jobs. Ashamed to return home without fulfilling their earlier promise of new found wealth, these people are to be found roaming the streets on the outskirts of the cities. Sheng Xiang's acoustic guitar is augmented by Chinese moon guitar, plus the pipa, (ancient Chinese lute) the sanxian, (Chinese three stringed lute) and even it's Okinawan offspring, the sanshin, performed by Takashi Hirayasu on the album's final track. Harmonica and fretless bass add the western elements on an album that skillfully blends Chinese, Taiwanese and Western elements into a sound that has become a distinctive hallmark of Sheng Xiang.
BETEL NUTS BROTHERS
Hunters Who Lost Their Lands
Was £19.99. Betel Nuts Brothers are four brothers and a cousin who are Amis, a Taiwanese indigenous group. They are hunters who lost their lands and livelihood and adapted to an urban lifestyle. In order to preserve the Amis traditional culture and way of life they play their music and dance to protect the inheritance passed down from their ancestors. Their music and dances are joyous and uplifting, with guitars, congas, bamboo drums and a variety of voices and chanting. The beautiful packaging comes with English liner notes. A wonderful album.