Virtuoso oud player, artistic director and founding member of En Chordais and doctor of Byzantine musicology, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis has gathered together his group and some devoted collaborators, including the Ensemble Constantinople and the renowned Greek singer Maria Farantouri, in order to bring us The Musical Voyages of Marco Polo. The result, which will be available on World Village on March 11, is a sonorous evocation of Marco Polo’s account of his epic voyage and the countries he traveled through.
En Chordais is on tour in North America this month, with concerts remaining in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Seattle and more.
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Global fusion group Lo'Jo performs in Canada and the US in March, featuring several dates at SXSW! The band's schedule includes Toronto, Montreal, Boston and New York, NY.
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Watch Lo'Jo perform and receive the award for Best Group at Songlines Music Awards last year!
Mamani Keïta is one of the great voices of Mali, a singer who knows how to bind her audience to her, all the better to seduce and then electrify them. She is also supremely charismatic, with a generous spirit that embraces the world and its music. All of which makes her an independent and socially engaged artist. On Kanou, which means ‘to love’ in her native Bambara, Keïta’s blazing vocals intertwine perfectly with the arabesques woven by the n’goni of virtuoso Moriba Koïta and the guitars of Djeli Moussa Kouyaté, a figurehead for the Bamako Rail Band during their glory years. Overflowing with a benevolent strength, this collection of searingly passionate songs is her first solo album, marking a decisive turning point in her career.view
This new collection of songs from the Argentinian singer-actor Daniel Melingo could be the soundtrack to a shady underworld, conjuring up as it does a chiaroscuro labyrinth of mirrors where time stands still. Available in April, the album features offbeat love songs, sparkling with glints of the blues and tangos of old, vagrants’ tales sprinkled with snatches of bossa nova and candombe, atmospheric melodies summoning up musical spirits, now of Duke, now of Zappa, all plunging us into Melingo’s surreal universe. In the company of his band of itinerant musician-poets, he is a free-spirited, definition-defying artist at the very zenith of his powers. Part rocker, part flamboyant crooner, with a touch of the comedian, as well as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, he bewitches us with intoxicating dreams.view