The Rough Guide to Undiscovered World is a unique compilation featuring the music from fantastic World Music Network Battle of the Bands winners and entrants. As a single disc, budget sampler, it is a great introduction or refresher to World Music Network, the Rough Guidelabel in particular.
Highlights featured on The Rough Guide To Undiscovered World include Ch?opcy Kontra Basia (pictured below), a Polish folk-jazz band composed of female lead singer and clarinettist Basia and a two-part male rhythm section. ‘Hondo’ by Monoswezi seamlessly marries Scandinavian jazz and minimalism with traditional music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. ‘Sithi Shwele’ is by the ninety-strong Choir Invisible, personal choir of Desmond Tutu in the United Kingdom. The mighty Krar Collective have a forthcoming album on World Music Network’s Riverboat Records label, and are heard here on the stomping track, ‘Guragigna’. Amadou Diagne, a previous winner who has recently released a full length solo album with World Music Network, is also heard on the gentle guitar led track, ‘Senegal’. ‘Thirty Years’ by Shanren (pictured below) fuses indigenous music from Yunnan, south-western China with indie rock, reggae and ska.
Have a listen to the following track 'Sudanese in Bali', it is the opening track of the album. The Indonesian band Saratuspersen is heavily influenced by the Balinese tradition but combine traditional gamelan with many other instruments such as the African djembe and electric bass.
We are so excited and proud of this project that there will be definatively be a follow up. So here's an incentive to enter our Battle of the Bands; if you win a round you will feature on a forthcoming World Music Network album!