Are you ready to take part in the best celebration of the year? Record Store Day is fast approaching and we’re seriously pumped! Yes, we may be biased by thinking this is the best day of the year, but for us (and the worldwide community of independent record labels), Record Store Day is an incredibly valuable celebration. On Saturday, everyone will come together to celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. This year will mark the 12th annual Record Store Day and in its honour, we have some exclusive releases that will be in stores in the US on Saturday... so make sure to check them out and support your local record store!
From the gymnastic fingerwork of legendary Algerian pianist Maurice El Médioni to the oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadro, this lovingly crafted collection explores the complexly bound and evolving relationship between jazz and the Arab world with remarkable recordings from some of today’s leading lights.
Undoubtedly the most versatile of all instruments, the guitar’s unrivalled cross-cultural popularity has made it synonymous with musical genres far and wide. From Congolese soukous to Calcutta slide guitar, this collection features kindred creative spirits who have harnessed its limitless expressive potential.
A remarkable phenomenon in the history of the blues was the vast contribution made by blind musicians, whose legacy left a lasting impact on American music to this day. From ‘The Father Of The Texas Blues’ Blind Lemon Jefferson to slide guitar evangelist Blind Willie Johnson, this Rough Guide highlights the blind blues pioneers who, against all the odds and in the face of incredible adversity, were responsible for a musical revolution.
Happy Record Store Day from World Music Network!