Must Haves: World Music

New Sounds throws its cap back into the Must Have Festival ring (before the horses are out of the gate for the third annual event), with another night of recommended recordings, this time in the "world music" vein. Sample works by Wally Brill, from his release, Covenant, which combines the sounds of Jewish incantations with ambient and dub-tronica, yet manages to be both intensely reverent and danceable. Also, hear selections by the Algeria-born and San Francisco-based DJ Cheb I Sabbah who has layered Sufi devotionals and ragas atop trancey warped swirls of drones and suffused them with innovative percussion patterns. Plus works by the rich-voiced Brazilian singer songwriter, guitarist and producer Celso Fonseca, Ethiopian soul singer Mahmoud Ahmed, and others.

PROGRAM # 2481, New Sounds Essentials: Cross-Cultural Music (First aired on Thursday, 12-1-05)





Penguin Café Orchestra

Penguin Café Orchestra

Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter, excerpt [1:30]

EG #EGM-113. Most PCO albums are on the EG label and are available online:*

Celso Fonseca


A Origem Da Felicidade [3:30]

Six Degrees #1086 ***

Wally Brill

The Covenant

The Secret of the Sabbath [6:00]

Six Degrees #314 524 422*

DJ Cheb I Sabbah

Shri Durga

Kese Kese [6:00]

Six Degrees #1009*

Mahmoud Ahmed

Eri Mela Mela

Abay Mado/Embwa Belew [7:00]

BudaEthiopiques, Vol 7 Available for download on

Kocani Orkestar

L’Orient Est Rouge

L’Orient Est Rouge [6:00]

Crammed #craw 19*

Susan McKeown

Sweet Liberty

Oro Mhile Gra [4:30]

World Village #468029**


Songs of the Caucasus

Tsintsqaro [4:30]

Well Tempered #5178
Out of print. Another recording by Kavkasia is available for download on

Mercan Dede


Ab-I Verd [6:00]

Escondida #6510**

Further Info on many of these recordings & downloads are available at