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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Ry Cooder – A Meeting By The River (1993) [HDTracks 24-88,2]

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Ry Cooder – A Meeting By The River (1993)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Time – 39:51 minutes | 858 MB | Genre: World
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Water Lily Acoustics

American composer, musicologist and guitar legend Ry Cooder teams with North Indian musician Vishwa Mohan Bhatt to create an exquisite musical realm, with both musicians playing exceptional slide guitar. Their collaboration evokes musical elements from many cultures and styles. Percussion by Sukhvindar Singh on tabla and Cooder’s 14-year-old son Joachim on dumbek. This recording won a Grammy Award.

As spontaneous as music-making gets, this East meets West improv session between two masters of slide-based stringed instruments is like eating at the most exotic Indian restaurant that adds Tex-Mex flavors to its dishes. The sound is very natural, almost achingly beautiful. “ Playback, June 2008

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King Sunny Ade – Best of the Classic Years (2003) [FLAC]

Release Date: June 20, 2005
Label: Shanachie
Copyright: (C) 2005 Shanachie
Total Length: 1:11:28
Genres: World

Tracklist:

1 Sunny Ti De Medley: Sunny Ti De
2 Sunny Ti De Medley: Bombibele Horojo
3 Sunny Ti De Medley: Oro Towo Baseti
4 Sunny Ti De Medley: Ko Salapata
5 Sunny Ti De Medley: African Beats Lu Nsere
6 Synchro System [Complete Original Version]
7 Ibanuje Mon Iwon
8 Afai Bowon
9 Ogun Party, Pt. 1
10 Adena Ike
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Celtic Woman – Destiny (2016) [HDTracks 24-96]

Celtic Woman – Destiny (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 62:28 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Folk, World
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | @ Celtic Woman – Emerald

Celtic Woman: Destiny is the tenth studio album by the group Celtic Woman. This is Celtic Woman’s first album to feature their newest members Mairead Carlin and Éabha McMahon.

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Taj Mahal, V.M. Bhatt & N. Ravikiran – Mumtaz Mahal (1995) [Reissue 2001] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Taj Mahal, V.M. Bhatt & N. Ravikiran – Mumtaz Mahal (1995) [Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:23 minutes | Full PNG Artwork | 2,0 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full PNG Artwork | 769 MB

Taj Mahal, a repository of the musical traditions of the West African Diaspora in the New World, teams with Hindustani wizard of the mohan vina, V.M. Bhatt and Karnatak virtuoso of the chitra vina, N. Ravikiran. Their interpretation of popular Afro-American songs drawn from various genres is a unique musical synthesis.

Taj Mahal is joined by Indian master musicians N. Ravikiran and V.M. Bhatt on a selection of tunes that ultimately owe more to obvious blues clichés than they do to cross-cultural collaboration. Perhaps that’s because nearly half of the album’s tunes – including Robert Johnson’s “Come on in My Kitchen,” “Mary Don’t You Weep,” and “Johnny Too Bad” – have long been staples of Taj Mahal’s concert catalog. This isn’t to say that the set doesn’t have any moments of inspired improvisation and nuanced playing; there are a few instances of brilliance. But that seems a terrible waste of the talent gathered, unless the listener is looking for nothing more than an unlikely blues workout.

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Martin Simpson, Wu Man – Music For The Motherless Child (1996) [Reissue 2001] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Martin Simpson, Wu Man – Music For The Motherless Child (1996) [Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 63:50 minutes | PDF Booklet | 2,57 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | PDF Booklet | 1,04 GB
Genre: Blues, Folk, Wolrd

English guitarist Martin Simpson is known for having successfully synthesized a style that blends the best of the finger picking traditions of the British Isles and Appalachia. Wu Man is a virtuoso of the Pipa, a Chinese lute which, like the western guitar, is derived from the Middle Eastern oud.

The combination of Simpson’s folk-blues-inflected guitar with the exoticism of Man’s pipa creates a most unusual sonic world, a place where East meets West and the blues reign supreme. This disc, along with several other terrific ventures by producer Kavichandran Alexander (such as the pairing of Ry Cooder with mohan vina player Vishwa Mohan Bhatt) approaches the common language of a truly global music. Amazing stuff.

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Martin Simpson, David Hidalgo, Viji Krishnan, Puvalur Srini – Kambara Music In Native Tongues (1998) [Reissue 2001] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Martin Simpson, David Hidalgo, Viji Krishnan, Puvalur Srini –
– Kāmbara Music In Native Tongues (1998) [Reissue 2001]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:58 minutes | Scans included | 1,95 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 711 MB
Genre: Folk, World

Herein is an attempt to blend aspects of folk-rock with that of Karnatak music. Multi-instrumentalist Hidalgo performs on bajo sexto and accordion while Simpson plays steel and acoustic guitars to which Krishnan’s violin and Srinivasan’s mridangam add a distinct Karnatak hue.

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Titi Robin – Taziri (2015) [Qobuz 24-44.1]

Titi Robin – Taziri (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 00:52:14 minutes | 600 MB | Genre: World, Fusion, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | @ World Village/harmonia mundi

An explorer of his own universe which couldn’t be further from pre-formatted labels and fantasized cultural mixes, this album takes Titi Robin along the ridge trail around the Mediterranean with, at his side, Mehdi Nassouli, an enlightened travelling companion who brings with him his knowledge of Moroccan music. Music lovers will recognise in Taziri the legacy of other multi-secular forms of music such as the African source from which blues sprang. But, truth be told, the aesthetic alchemy of this album, which oscillates between dances and a form of gentle nostalgia, goes far beyond that. It is also an initiatory journey and a philosophical manifesto, since through the artistic radicalism of his author, we can hear the eternal beauty of the world.

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John Williams – The Magic Box (2001) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

John Williams – The Magic Box (2001)
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 56:58 minutes | Scans included | 2,29 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,02 GB
Guitar / World / Easy Listening / Classical

John Williams, classical guitar virtuoso, is known for his wide-ranging approach to repertory, which includes appearances playing electric rock guitar and international music…

With his crystalline articulation and extraordinary rhythmic prowess, John Williams ranks among the greatest solo voices the acoustic guitar has ever known. Now, with the joyous evocations of the African guitar tradition, Williams has hit upon his most emotionally satisfying crossover recital to date. Though both chief soloist and arranger, Williams nevertheless avoids shining the spotlight on his virtuosic skills–even his solo showcase, “Masagna,” places greater emphasis on the tune’s folkish incantations. He allows plenty of melodic space for the likes of steel-string player John Ethridge, while guiding listeners through the idiomatic flora and fauna of the pan-African experience: from the hornpipelike airs of Madagascar (“Mitopa”) and kora-styled arpeggios of Mali (“Malinke Guitars”) through to intimations of South African vocal traditions with a lovely children’s chorus on the anthem of the African National Congress, “Nikosi Sikelel’I Africa.” Simply expressive and deeply felt, Magic Box exudes a universal vibe that transcends borders and nationalities.

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NiNa – NiNa (1999) {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

NiNa – NiNa (1999)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:50 minutes | Scans included | 2,01 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,01 GB
Genre: Pop, World

NiNa are a multinational pop supergroup formed in 1999 and featuring ’80s new wave musicians Kate Pierson of American band the B-52’s, Mick Karn from the British group Japan, Takemi Shima and Masahide Sakuma from Japanese group the Plastics, as well as Yuki from Japanese ’90s J-Pop legends Judy & Mary. Pierson and Yuki share vocal duties, Karn plays bass, Sakuma deals with guitar, keyboards, and some bass, and session drummer Steven Wolf completes the musical lineup.

Shima is credited as “conceptual and visual agent provocateur” on the album. Through the spring and summer of 1999 the group recorded a self-titled album that was released in late autumn of the same year. NiNa received pre-publicity through the inclusion of two of their songs, “Happy Tomorrow” and “Rest in Peace,” as the first and second ending themes of the anime adaptation of the video game series Arc the Lad. The album sold well, perhaps thanks mostly to the large media profile of co-vocalist Yuki, whose other band at that time, Judy & Mary, were at the peak of their popularity.

However, the heavily new wave-biased nature of the lineup, coupled with the musical influence of chief songwriter Sakuma, tied the band in closely with the ’80s revivalist “Tokyo New Wave of New Wave” movement that was popular in the indie music scene and that produced Polysics, among others. NiNa were quick to acknowledge this connection by inviting leading Tokyo New Wave of New Wave group Motocompo to open for them on the Tokyo leg of their album release tour. The group never officially split up, but activity ceased soon after the promotional activities for the album were completed, with Yuki returning to Judy & Mary for one more album and then launching a solo career. Other members also returned to their own projects with Pierson working again with the B-52’s and Karn pursuing his own musical projects.

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Trio Rosenrot – Lenz: Deutsche Volkslieder (2014) [Qobuz 24-96]

Trio Rosenrot – Lenz: Deutsche Volkslieder (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:52:31 minutes | 994 MB | Genre: Jazz, World
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | @ Westpark Music, Cologne

Das trio Rosenrot aus Berlin hat im Januar sein Album Lenz – deutsche Volkslieder auf den Markt gebracht. Jennifer Kothe (Gesang), Hub Hildenbrand (Gitarre) und Denis Stilke (Schlagzeug) sind der Mittelpunkt der Band. Ihr Musikstil ist mit Ethno, Pop, Jazz, Folk, improvisierter – und Weltmusik schon sehr weit gefächert und ich war gespannt auf das, was mich da erwartet. Die Titelliste ist sehr vielversprechend mit bekannten und weniger bedeutenden deutschen Liedern.

 

Mit Erwachen beginnt die Musik des Albums ganz vorsichtig, ruhig, aber auch kurz mit viel Energie. Man erwacht im Idealfall neben seinem Liebsten und so wird unter anderem das Lied Dat du min Leevsten büst kurz angestimmt. Mit Vogelgezwitscher geht es nahtlos mit Nun will der Lenz uns grüßen weiter. Eine sehr schöne Melodie erklingt und dazu gesellt sich die klare Stimme von Jennifer Kothe. Dieses sehr stimmungsvolle und mit viel Gefühl eingespielte Stück gehört zu meinen Favoriten des Silberlings. Das Gleiche kann ich zu Zum Tanze, da geht ein Mädel sagen. Es macht Spaß, dem Lied zuzuhören.

Mit Titel fünf, sechs und sieben verliere ich den Faden und die Musik pendelt zwischen den Stühlen. Sehr ungewöhnlich sind die Interpretationen, aber es gehört zum Stil des Trios. Dat du min Leevsten büst erinnert wieder mehr an das Gewohnte, aber hier hat auch die Band ihren Stempel aufgedrückt. Es erklingt indes gefälliger als die vorherigen Stücke. Mit Der Mond ist aufgegangen ertönt das letzte Lied der CD und mein dritter Höhepunkt des Albums. Ruhig, mit einer gewissen Leichtigkeit hört man die drei Elemente der Musiker: Schöner Gesang, sachtes Trommelspiel und eine liebevoll, mit Gefühl gezupfte Gitarre. Am Ende des Titels wird viel Energie hineingelegt und nichts spricht dagegen, das Lied noch einmal zu hören.

Es ist ein Album mit zwei Gesichtern! Die eine Seite ist sehr melodisch, stimmungs- und gefühlvoll. Die Kehrseite der Medaille kommt sehr individuell und zum Teil extravagant rüber. Diese CD bietet dem Auditorium eine gewagte und eigenständige Fusion aus vielen Elementen der Musik. Man muss den Mix schon mögen, denn das Trio hat den Liedern ein neues Gewand angezogen, wenn man von den drei doch eher traditionell gelassenen Stücken absieht. Wer den musikalischen Stil der Band mag, wird sein Vergnügen sicher haben. Alle anderen werden ihre Schwierigkeiten bekommen und könnten womöglich einen Fehlkauf beklagen.

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