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 - available May 12 - 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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Tunisian electro-folk artist Emel Mathlouthi performs in the U.S. in May and June. On May 8, she joins Niyaz at the Global Beat Festival at Brookfield Place and on June 12, she plays the WOW Festival at the Apollo Theater, both in New York City.
Mathlouthi's debut album Kelmti Horra is available on World Village!
"You just have to listen to Emel Mathlouthi singing to be moved. Some have claimed she has the most beautiful voice in the world, she is certainly in the running."
- PRI The World
A member of Senegal's first hip-hop group, Positive Black Soul, Carlou D turned to a more traditional sound for his 2010 breakthrough album, Muzikr (World Village). For his new album, A New Day, Carlou D has gathered a talented team around him, including fellow rising African stars Ester Rada and Berita, along with Eagle-Eye Cherry who appears on the single “Soldier”. A New Day takes his philosophy and talent a step forward towards international acclaim.
"Carlou D has the potential to become a major West African star...he has a powerful voice that can switch to an easy falsetto, and is an excellent guitarist and thoughtful songwriter."
- The Guardian
With Mazal, available now on World Village, Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa conjure up sonorous dreams and intoxicating trance states. The Moroccan poet-singer has achieved a glorious harmony between Maghreb rock, jazz and gnawa music. Sahmaoui, a cofounder of the Orchestre National de Barbès and former associate of Joe Zawinul, confirms his reputation as one of the foremost singer-songwriters of contemporary world fusion music, a reputation that reaches across Europe and beyond to the Middle East and the United States.view