It's that time of the year when everyone is thinking of Christmas festivities and the winter holidays. Why not have an early start with your Christmas shopping and give your family and friends the gift of music? In the spirit of giving we will be sending a free Think Global World Christmas CD with every web order for CDs, T-shirts or Gift Packs from now until Christmas. Celebrate Christmas around the world!
Whether decorating banana and mango trees in India, listening out for the soulful early morning carol singing in parts of Africa, celebrating against the snowy backdrop of Moscow’s Red Square, awaiting Papai Noel’s arrival in Brazil or partying through the bright nights of Latin America’s Navidad season, Christmas is recognised throughout the world as a time for merrymaking, joviality and reflection. From Puerto Rico to Bulgaria, Italy to the Dominican Republic, Think Global World Christmas is a tribute to the worldwide celebrations of this joyful and unifying time of year.
World Christmas album is released on World Music Network's Think Global label. WMN sees a clear connection between world music and social change and has established good partnerships with a number of development and human rights organisations. This has led to a number of fundraising albums released in asscociation with Amnesty International and Oxfam. The music genres on these albums range from African, Brazilian, Latin, Native American to Salsa and Tango. World Christmas is part of these fundraising albums.
This excellently eccentric Rough Guide is a whistle-stop tour of wild world music. The majority of music here is previously un-released, so you won’t hear this anywhere else, and it’s not worth missing. Enjoy everything from a trio of Romanian harmonica enthusiasts to a Zimbabwean-Brazilian jazz project, and more.
'a richly varied set of sounds' Songlines
Music is everywhere in New Orleans; it’s the lifeblood of the city and the people. This Rough Guide gives you a real taste of the whole New Orleans scene. Soak up the classic piano jazz of Professor Longhair, the thick horn blasts of The Hot 8 Brass Band, or the deep grooves of Dumpstaphunk, the latter of which also provide the full-length and fantastically funky bonus album included with this Rough Guide.
'a great showcase of the funky sounds currently made in Crescent City'. New City Music, Chicago
Far-out psychedelic-sounding rock mixed with a thick dollop of deep funk and soul was massively popular during the 1960s and 1970s in Africa. This Rough Guide features some hand-picked gems from the archive such as Victor Uwaifo and Balla Et Ses Balladins, and includes tracks by unstoppable psychedelic veterans Ebo Taylor and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, who are still releasing top-quality mind-bending grooves today.
'A classy compilation'.The Guardian
'A seductive selection'.Froots
Pioneers of reinvented folk, Kristi and Stathis remix traditional demotika songs to reflect their own experiences of urban life in Greece. A previous release by the acclaimed duo topped the World Music Chart for five months, and they are once again set to shake up the scene with Greekadelia: this is Greek folk as it has never been heard before.
'A highly original, compelling set' The Guardian
'Nice to find something upbeat coming out of Greece' The Independent
The Sambasunda Quintet create music of ethereal beauty centred on the kacapi, a traditional boat-shaped zither. Spacious and stripped down, deeply rooted in tradition, yet highly inventive – allow the sounds of Java to transport you to the Indonesian archipelago and beyond.
'... a superb album of an under-represented music ... and comes highly recommended'. Froots
Krar Collective serve up mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves on this excellent debut. Armed with their krar, kebero drums and stunning vocals, they have created Ethiopia Super Krar – an album rooted in tradition, and soaked with attitude.
'one of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year' The Guardian
'There’s something about the soulful bluesy sound that has a wide appeal... captivating' The Evening Standard
Hailing from Senegal, Amadou Diagne is a griot, who played percussion with the country’s esteemed National Band for many years. His exquisite song writing is delivered with a distinctive voice, accompanied by his bluesy acoustic guitar, traditional drumming and the occasional glittering kora.
'his musical landscape is unmistakably that of Senegal: gentle, breathy melodies over guitar rhythms that hint at restrained mbalax' Financial Times
Introducing Kolpakov Duo is the work of uncle and nephew duo, Alexander and Vadim. Between them they produce vigorous Russian-gypsy guitar music. The pair are respected on the local scene, and made headlines in 2008 when they performed as part of Madonna’s ‘Sticky & Sweet’ tour.
Groupe Mazagan’s are pioneers of a style known as chaabi-groove. The music fuses together rural chants and urban beats and makes for intoxicating results. Listen out for tinges of alaoui, gnawa, rai, reggae, rock and even salsa sounds on this excellent album.