Kries | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks

Kries | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks

ARTIST: Kries TITLE: Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks LABEL: Riverboat Folk music played differently can be the most radical act there is. Kries (“Bonfire” in a Croatian dialect) plays traditional music from their country and region in a manner like no one else. Start with lead singer Mojmir Novakovic, whose rich, powerful voice harkens back to a time before amplification. The band’s two lead instruments are lijerica, the bowed lyre of the Byzantine Empire,…

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La Misa Negra | La Misa Negra

La Misa Negra | La Misa Negra

ARTIST: La Misa Negra TITLE: La Misa Negra LABEL: NAM Entertainment Cumbia is probably more popular today than it’s ever been, and that’s saying something since it’s been around for nearly 200 years. La Misa Negra, an 8-piece band from Oakland CA, is inspired by Colombian big band porro from the 1950s and 60s. But they put their own spin on it: leader Marco Polo Santiago is a metal-head (tracks 1 and 10 are covers…

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Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo | Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo | Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

ARTIST: Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo TITLE: Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree LABEL: Odelia Parranda is music of the Afro-Venezuelans of the Barlovento region on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, many of whom are descended from the escaped rebel slaves who founded cumbes (fortified towns) starting in the sixteenth century and remained at war with the Spanish colonialists until 1820. Venezuelan parranda (the same word is used in Puerto Rico and among…

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Gogol Bordello | Seekers And Finders

Gogol Bordello | Seekers And Finders

ARTIST: Gogol Bordello TITLE: Seekers And Finders LABEL: Cooking Vinyl Here’s the seventh studio album from Gogol Bordello, the New York based multinational band fronted by Eugene Hutz. They’ve pioneered a sound sometimes called “gypsy punk” that’s become popular worldwide – there are now dozens of bands working in a related vein. Gogol’s sound has gotten less specifically Balkan and more pan-European (and especially Celtic) over the years, so it’s appropriate that this album has…

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