Monday, March 5, 2018

Zorita release new track Calliope with amazing video...Bohemian meets African

Zorita are a raucous rousing rabble. The band’s bohemian music boasts an eclectic mix of instruments like organs, synths, trumpet and violin. In combination with bass, drums and guitars, as well as front man Carlos Zorita Diaz’ raw voice, this creates a completely unique sound. Blending influences from around the world into catchy pop songs, an evening with Zorita is guaranteed to breathe life into any party.

They recently released a new video for their single Calliope from their new album 'Aphrodite'. The song mixes African rhythms with indie-pop sounds. The video is a collage from 30's amateur video material shot in Kodachrome.

Stream the album and single on soundcloud HERE

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Independent artist Predz new video release "Kata Dance" Congolese afrobeat crossover

If you love a bit of afro-beat crossover- this nice little Congolese number is for you! Predz is well known in the industry, having been supported by BBC R1, MOBO, Capital and many more.

Kata Dance is the long-awaited single from Predz, the hardest working independent artist in music today.  “This track is so important to me. I created it to represent and share my Congolese heritage with the world in a way anyone can appreciate and vibe to”: Predz UK. The track is produced by Yung Reggie, mixed and mastered by Limitlus Entertainment.

Predz UK’s tracks have been played on radio stations such at The Beat London, Westside Radio, Pulse, Rinse, Kiss Fresh and BBC 1xtra. The MOBO’s tipped him as a “one to watch” and his songs have accumulated over 100,000 streams and hundreds of thousands of YouTube views. This year, his EP launch event sold out, proving Predz fans are excited to hear his new music!

Kevin Muyulu aka Predz is a multi-talented musician who fell in love with music whilst drumming in a church band as a young boy. He started writing and performing his own lyrics, later becoming part of the popular Secret Service Crew, eventually going solo and selling his own mix tapes. He independently sold over 20,000 copies across the UK. To this day, most of his music has been recorded and mastered in-house by his close friend Mr Mennie and his team ‘Limitlus’.

Predz has performed alongside some of the biggest names in the British urban music scene and graced some of the biggest stages in the UK. He has fans in Germany, France and Belgium and has performed in venues across Europe. Predz UK is well known for his catchy slogan “R U KRAYZEE!?” of which the sound bite is often used by well-known DJ’s.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

The Rough Guide to the Music of the Balkan Gypsies..virtuoso music to energetic brass bands

The Gypsy Road stretches from Rajasthan, India to Andalucia, Spain and beyond, but it is the Balkan countries of Eastern Europe that are home to the largest Rom populations. Often scape-goated and caught in the middle of the twentieth century's worst injustices, from Belgrade to Bucharest to Skopje the Rom have had a profound impact on Balkan culture and music. Throughout the region, Gypsy music is Balkan music, transcending borders and ethnicities: energetic brass bands, violin and cimbolom virtuosos and captivating voices, The Rough Guide To The Music Of Balkan Gypsies has it all.

  1. Mahalageasca - Mahala Rai Banda
  2. Cintec De Dragoste Si Joc - Taraf De Haidouks
  3. Mundo Cocek - Boban Markovic Orkestar
  4. Lenorije Chaje - Ivo Papasov
  5. Di, Murgule, Di - Nikolae Simion
  6. Opa Cupa - Saban Bajramovic
  7. Lume, Lume - Fanfare Ciocarlia
  8. Pranvera - Vangelis Vasiliou
  9. Romano Oro - Esma Redzepova
  10. To Tsantiraki - Eleni Vitali
  11. Espresso - Taraf De Metropulitana
  12. Felix Kolo - Boban Markovic Orkestar
  13. Kadife - Omar Faruk Tekbilek
  14. Taraf - Shukar Collective
  15. Sofyisky Kjuchek - Ibro Lolov
  16. Rom - Nikos Kypourgos
  17. Tsiganka Sam Mala - Vera Petrovic


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Putumayo Presents Tango Around the World by various artists

The elegant style and restrained passion of tango has made it one of the most recognized and popular forms of music and dance around the world. Its romantic allure has earned it such a wide following that there are now tango clubs from Seattle to Sydney. Over the past decade, DJ's and contemporary musicians have taken tango in new directions with electronic-based compositions known as "new tango." Putumayo has traveled the globe to find many of the best tango and tango-influenced songs the world has to offer. From tango's birthplace in Buenos Aires to its adoptive homes of Athens, Lisbon, Helsinki and other cities, Tango Around the World weaves together passion, style and elegance to create a rich musical tapestry that features traditional tango alongside contemporary fusions.

  1. Dimba - Ousmane Toure
  2. Kangastus - M.A. Numminen & Sanna Pietiainen
  3. Leonel El Feo - Melingo
  4. Tango Idishe - Fortuna
  5. Pena - Federico Aubele
  6. Felino - Electrocutango
  7. Gia Ligo - Alexis Kalofolias & Thanos Amorginos
  8. Gipsy Tango - Earth Wheel Sky Band
  9. Estrela Da Tarde - Liana
  10. Jose Marmol Y Tarija - Caceres
  11. Mi Buenos Aires Querido - Hugo Diaz

Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry.

Go to Putumayo official website HERE

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The String Principle - Guitar Music by Liad Abraham..Game of Thrones medley with Ariella Zeitlin

Liad Abraham is an Israeli acoustic guitarist and musician. For the last few months he has formed a duo with the very talented violinist/singer Ariella Zeitlin. They have just released a beautiful Game of Thrones medley for guitar, violin and looper, and it is unlike anything you have ever heard.

39 year old Liad Abraham was born in Israel and has studied guitar from the age of 14. He studied in Jerusalem's music academy concentrating on classical guitar and has been teaching and playing ever since, only on steel string and nylon string acoustic guitars ("no electric ones for me" he says!).

Ariella Zeitlin was born in Baltimore and studied  violin from the age of seven. She moved to Israel at 17 and studied at the same music academy as Liad a few years after he originally did. She also participated in the last season of The Voice Israel.

They have been working together for 4 months, building a beautiful set list and touring the country with them. They play a mixture of Irish music, folk songs, virtuosic arrangements from film music, and of course some original compositions.

Visit Liad's FACEBOOK PAGE to read the full story of their Game of Thrones medley and to find out more about their other collaborations and Liad's music.

Ariella's Facebook page The Inner World and Workings of Violinist Ariella

See also their cover of "City of Stars" from the movie La La Land

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Out of This World 10 Years of WOMADelaide in Australia..25 tracks by various artists

Excellent 2 disc compilation of 25 tracks celebrating the 10th anniversary of WOMADelaide plus WOMADelaide 2003. Featuring artists such as Papa Wembo, Afro Celt Sound System, Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn, Peter Gabriel, The Waifs, Vika and Linda, Jimmy Little, Temple of Sound, King Kadu, Te Vaka, Toto La Momposina and Yungchen Lhamo. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Voyage to The Sahara and The Middle by Yeskim

Yeskim is a producer, arranger, engineer and musical contractor. He has produced over 250 CD's, mostly New Age and World Music among many other music styles. 

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands - 4th March 1949, Levantis Yeskim was a Guitarist/Keyboard player in Dutch Rock bands, (e.a. The Tee-Set with Peter Tetteroo "Ma belle amie" ) before switching to the music publishing field. The experience honed his skills at hearing a good song. Around 1986, Yeskim became the vice president of Syntron Studios Santa Fe NM, and a staff music producer with Philips USA- Digital Recording division. Some of the highlights of his stint were producing gold records ( Venus 1972 w Robbie van Leeuwen - Shocking Blue) and the achievement of many Music Awards (e.g. Golden Harp 1984) . He co-engineered the Beach Boys "Holland" album early in his career begin seventies. 

Later in his Career he composed the hit "Never heard a better song" (Vocals by Pim Elshof), a Surf song inspired by the Beach Boys, used as title track for the movie "American Summer" (Seven Arts). Using the same recording techniques and tricks as Brian Wilson did in the heydays of the Beach Boys. The lyrics were actually the titles of Beach Boys songs. 

UA president Denny Diante tapped Yeskim's music in the USA and introduced Yeskim to the film industry. Yeskim was then contracted by Seven Arts film company in 2008, to produce film-music scores, sound effects and soundtracks , e.a. for "American Summer" (Seven Arts) , "Incident in paradise"(WB) and many other movies. 

"Sahara and the Middle East" is a new age/world/ambient mix released in 1998. It combines sounds and atmospheres from North Africa where "hidden life awakes under the canopy of stars" where impressions of ancient cultures still live on today. A beautiful album to listen to it will give you a taste for sounds of the region with voices, instruments and themes that are unique to that part of the world.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Rough Guide to Zydeco...various artists compilation

Zydeco is the rollicking accordion-led dance music of Louisiana's Creole culture. It was invented by people of color whose ancestry included freed slaves and groups with whom they intermarried. It's not to be confused with the European-derived Cajun style created by descendants of French settlers from Nova Scotia. Zydeco, while as infectiously melodic, is rhythmically harder-edged than Cajun music and incorporates R&B, soul and hip-hop. 

While popular lore places it in New Orleans, the groove actually developed in the countryside, where groups of Francophone musicians formed combos fronted by squeezeboxes and frottiors, a metal washboard peculiar to Zydeco which was adapted into a vest in the interest of efficiency. Modern bands commonly include electric guitars, bass and keyboards. 

This set showcases some of the genre's indelible hits, from Rockin' Sidney's playfully belligerent My Toot Toot, to Clifton Chenier's Calinda, to Beau Joque's virile take on John Lee Hooker's Voodoo Chile.

  1. Boogie Chillun - Beau Jocque
  2. Jack Rabbit - Zydeco Joe
  3. Hard To Stop - Buckwheat Zydeco
  4. Madeline - Zydeco Force
  5. Calinda - Clifton Chenier
  6. Joe Pete Got Two Women - John Delafose
  7. My Toot Toot - Rockin Sidney
  8. Johnnie Billy Goat - Boozoo Chavis
  9. Don't Bother Me - The Zydeco Blazers
  10. Les Blues De Crowley - Amede Ardoin
  11. Allons Danser - Canray Fontenot
  12. Get On Boy - Keith Frank
  13. Days Gone By - Rosie Ledet
  14. Hard To Love Someone - Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
  15. Here To Stay - J. Paul Jr & The Zydeco Nubreedz
  16. Blackberry - Donna Angelle & The Zydeco Posse
  17. Gotta Find My Woman - Geno Delafose
  18. All About You - Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'
  19. Dreamin' - Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dutch Bohemian Music band Zorita live performance of "Holy Grail"

Zorita are a raucous rousing rabble. The band’s bohemian music boasts an eclectic mixture of instruments like the accordion, trumpet and violin. In combination with bass, drums and guitars, as well as front man Carlos Zorita Diaz’ raw voice, this creates a completely unique sound. Boldly blending influences from South America, the Mediterranean, Balkan and Folk music, an evening with Zorita is guaranteed to breathe life into any party. In their own words, the eight musicians of Zorita describe their well-oiled ragtag collection of instruments, styles and personalities as ‘Musica Vagabunda’.

Dutch Success Story
Founded in Amsterdam in 2009, Zorita impressed judges and audiences in the finals of competitions like ´De Grote Prijs van Nederland’ (2010) and the ‘Amsterdamse Popprijs’ (2009). In the Dutch Popronde, Zorita wowed audiences nationwide. The past four years saw these seasoned musicians play dozens of festivals like Zwarte Cross (NL), Copacobana (BE), Oerol (NL), Lowlands (NL) and Boomtown Fair (UK).

Until We Die
Zorita recorded their EP 'Until We Die' in a remote studio in the Belgian Ardennes. In complete isolation from the rest civilization the band worked on five brand new songs. Until We Die was released on April 4th 2015 together with a documentary about Zorita's UK tour. The release was followed by a successful
summer tour with 35 shows in The Netherlands and Belgium, where the band proved to be a first class festival headliner.

Watch burlesque style video for "Holy Grail"

See blog post at Vintage Music Blog

Other links to Zorita
– Website (best viewed in Chrome or Safari)
– Facebook

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Island Records 40 Years 1959-1999 Vol.1 Ska's the Limit

 Island records

This compilation features twenty songs from the first musical chapter of Island records. Beginning with the label's founding in Jamaica in 1959-an exciting time in Jamaican music, when old and new styles were converging and mutating in new sounds-this set highlights exceptional material released during Island's first five years in operation.

The album serves as quite possibly the best and most accessible ska compilation available. It progresses chronologically from Laurel Aitken's 1959 hit "Boogie in my Bones" through the formative years of early ska, through Millie Small's 1964 smash "My Boy Lollipop." Along the way, it covers its bases with cuts from undeniably the world's greatest trombonist, Skatalite Don Drummond, as well as early tracks from Toots Hibbert, Jimmy Cliff, and Bob Marley. 

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Rough Guide to West African Music

West African Music

If you haven't been exposed to West African music, then this is the perfect introduction. Some of the songs are absolutely captivating, Oumou Sangare and Ali Farka Toure especially. The selections aren't limited to bongo drums and acapella chants either, with other artists such as Super Rail Band, Toumani Diabate, Kante Manfila, Bajourou, Orchestra Baobab and Mansour Seck. A brilliantly sourced and produced album. 

West African Music

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Unwired: Europe..An Acoustic Musical Journey Across A Diverse Continent

Unwired Europe

Throughout Russia, the Balkans, Iberia, Scandinavia, the Central Powers and the Celtic and English isles, innumerable artists are rediscovering or reinventing the acoustic music traditions of Europe. This collection is an acoustic folk music lover's dream, with unique tunes sung in languages and dialects that may not be familiar to many of us. Featuring artists such as Christina Branco, one of the stars of Portuguese Fado, Hungarian folklorists Marta Sebestyen and Muzsikas, Gabriel Yacoub of France, Celt/Brit stars Eliza Carthy and Altan, along with several bands affiliated with the innovative Northside label. A strong sampler that may send you off on many rewarding musical journeys! 

  1. Manto De Acucenas - Cristina Branco
  2. Arapiko Louloudi - Eleftheria Arvanitaki
  3. Ebla - Lucilla Galeazzi
  4. To Nie Ptak - Kayah & Goran Bregovic
  5. Dilele - Angelite
  6. Knodelpolka - Die Knodel
  7. Opa Cupa - Saban Bajramovic
  8. Ne Nado Grustit, Gospoda Oficerui - Zhanna Bichevskaya
  9. Ces Dieux-La - Gabriel Yacoub
  10. Remate - Pepe Habichuela
  11. Repulj Madar, Repulj - Muzsikas
  12. Donal Agus Morag - Altan
  13. Puirt A Beul - Mairi Mac Innes
  14. 10,000 Miles - Eliza Carthy
  15. Isabelle - Lais
  16. Fonix - Annbjorg Lien
  17. Veli - Hedningarna
  18. Naar Oostland - Jams

Unwired Europe