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Visions of Sound – November 2017

Visions of Sound – November 2017

We’ve partnered with Groovalizacion Radio to bring you a monthly collection of the best world music-related videos. That’s our way to give value to too often overlooked, rich and diverse artistic expressions. Listen with your eyes! Watch the full playlist:
Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]
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Album Review: TootArd – Laissez Passer [Glitterbeat Records]

I first heard of TootArd (Arabic for ‘strawberries’) in my Casablanca apartment in the wake of the Arab Spring, with their first hit Ruh Bladi. Released in 2011, the group’s reggae-influenced first album Nuri Andaburi took the band to perform over the Golan Heights, and in Jerusalem, Palestine, and beyond....
Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol. 47 – Iñaki Martinez

Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol. 47 – Iñaki Martinez

View Iñaki Martinez bio here “This is a compilation I made of digital folklore and downtempo tracks, mostly from South America. It includes one track (the first one) from myself, a remix of an acapella version of a Lithuanian folk song, and artists from Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, UK, Brazil, Peru, Turkey...
Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol.46 – Groovalizacion Radio – DJ Cal Jader

Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol.46 – Groovalizacion Radio – DJ Cal Jader

View Groovalizacion Radio bio here DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos) – Digital Folklore Excursion Cal Jader drops his second mixtape for Rhythm Passport following the lead from his first earlier this year and going deeper into the new electronic music from South America featuring music from some of the scenes most exciting producers....
Review: Aux @ Rich Mix (London, 15th October 2017)

Review: Aux @ Rich Mix (London, 15th October 2017)

We’re living in a world where K-pop gets daytime airplay on BBC Radio 1. Think about that for a second, a Korean pop song getting played by a national UK radio station where usually the English-language norm is only broken by the occasional Spanish lyric. That’s just mind-blowing. I’m referring...
Album review: Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song [Glitterbeat Records, 13th October 2017]
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Album review: Saz’iso – At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me: The Joys and Sorrows of Southern Albanian Song [Glitterbeat Records, 13th October 2017]

With At Least Wave Your Handkerchief at Me, Southern Albanian traditional ensemble Saz’iso will instantly make you feel homesick, regardless of the place you hail from. It is mature, honest and elegantly countrified. Hidden in the mountains of Southern Albania, ‘Saze’ is a heartfelt musical tradition, often present at funerals,...
Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol.44 – Cheb Lila

Mixes: Rhythm Passport Vol.44 – Cheb Lila

View Cheb Lila bio here In his very first mix, especially crafted for Rhythm Passport, Cheb Lila embarks on a journey through some of his favourite contemporary sounds emanating from the African continent and the Middle East. This sonic incursion into Cheb Lila’s sonority will kick off with the charming...
Your Ticket To… Afropop (by Rita Ray)

Your Ticket To… Afropop (by Rita Ray)

If you’re not used to it, there’s an easy and engaging way to approach to African music and it’s through its most contemporary and popular incarnation: afropop. Afropop is an umbrella term referring to anything and everything in African music. It can be Tunisian or South African, Kenyan or Senegalese,...
Album Review: Susso – Keira [Soundway Records, 16th September 2016]
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Album Review: Susso – Keira [Soundway Records, 16th September 2016]

Susso is the Afro-electronic project of bassist/producer Huw Bennett, fusing his lilting, loping, rhythmic textures with field recordings collected during his travels along the River Gambia.  It’s a task requiring a fine balance of moods, tones and atmospheres to prevent the material being overwhelmed – for there’s a timeless, dusty...
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