With Mazal, available February 10, 2015, 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.
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, available March 10, 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
An appealing ambiance with woody hints emanates from Rua da Emenda, António Zambujo's velvety voice and the guitars and clarinet adorning his songs, which are like nostalgic illustrations shining with an intense inner light and secreting a mellow kind of sensuality. With Rua da Emenda, this Portuguese national leaves the well-beaten track of traditional fado behind him and turns it into his very own musical genre, a new, very elegant, vocal art which mixes saudade and ardent choruses.
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Kayhan Kalhor is on the road in the US this month and in early March with the Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma! Beginning March 13, the kamancheh master will also tour North America with the Ghazal Ensemble, which features sitarist Shujaat Khan and tabla player Sandeep Das.
March 30 through April 1, Kalhor also performs at the Savannah Music Festival, with his Silent City collaborators, Brooklyn Rider!
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