Wednesday, October 02, 2013
This New Sounds program presents music from Mali, but focuses on recordings from 2012 (mostly), the year when the country was split by civil war & the Islamist takeover of the north; and the subsequent intervention by the French army and neighboring countries. Despite this period of violence, and the ban on music due to strict interpretation of Sharia law in the northern part of the country, there has been a whole bunch of incredible music, both imbued with defiance, and straight pleas for peace, making its way out of Mali. Hear new music from Rokia Traoré, who has temporarily relocated to Paris for the safety of her young son, during the Malian conflict. Also, listen to a prayer for peace from guitarist /singer/songwriter Sidi Touré (who is appearing this Saturday, 10/5 at BAM Cafe).
Monday, September 16, 2013
by Caryn Havlik —
It's the latest installment of the chronicles of withholding-from-John-Schaefer from the New Sounds Staff. With so much time since the last taunting, that means more things have been able to pile up on the NSAPA desk (pictured, left) and, of course, more importantly, so much tasty music to be squirreled away until the September harvest!
Let's begin with the unique and tasty combination of Nordic fiddle, West African harp, and danceable percussion. The staff seems to have made it her mission to find and strongly suggest as much music incorporating the African lute-harp as possible, because, who doesn’t love kora?
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles, the cream of the crop. We'll separate the wheat from the chaff. On deck we have possible music from clarinetist Jonathan Sage, perhaps some music from the Balkans, courtesy of Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI, and maybe something new from guitarist Guy Buttery.