From the early sixties until the mid-seventies, Les Ambassadeurs were the flagship band of new African music. Their style, mixing ancestral art, salsa, jazz and funk, lit up “world sono”. The return of this super-group, with the EP Rebirth, does not simply take us back to a golden age. It also symbolizes values of freedom and authenticity encapsulated in a sound, the unchanging, haunting groove of Mandinka pop music. The EP is available July 10 on CD and vinyl!
The artists will also donate all profits from "Rebirth" to the Salif Nantenin Keita Foundation in Paris and its center in Kouloubléni, Mali where young Albinos - who are feared, despised, rejected and worse in Africa - can find safety, medical care, education and training.
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Founded in 1978, A Filetta has produced 15 albums and is one of the leading choral groups in Corsica. Consisting of six male voices, this extraordinarily creative group perpetuates the island's oral traditions while also exploring other areas of polyphonic song, particularly in the creation of contemporary works. The religious and secular pieces included on the new album Castelli were written for theater, dance and film. They explore the themes of memory, nostalgia and utopia, all while questioning the meaning of life.
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In parallel with his internationally recognized work as a musician, Titi Robin has continually sought out practical ways to deepen his exploration of the literary and the poetic. A leading instrumentalist and an exemplary creative artist, as much due to the all-embracing nature of his music as to his philosophy of combining aesthetic pursuit with real experience, he is joined by Mehdi Nassouli on Taziri, who blends his Moroccan traditions with Robin's Mediterranean sound world. The African origins of the blues are just one of the many influences perceptible on this album as Robin takes us on a philosophical journey that allows us to hear the beauty of the world.
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Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa are touring the US in September and October! Check out their tour dates:
9/11 - Joe's Pub - New York, NY
9/13 - World Music Festival Chicago, IL
9/16 - Old Town School of Folk Music - Chicago, IL
9/17-9/18 - Legion Arts Landfall Festival - Cedar Rapids, IA
9/19 - Alverno Presents Global Union Festival - Chicago, IL...
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Praise for Mazal:
"listen to music from singer, lute player and founder of Orchestre national de Barbès, Aziz Sahmaoui, where Maghreb rock, jazz and gnawa music come together in a danceable ecstatic trance groove."
- WNYC Soundscheck