Unwired is an essential collection of acoustic music produced in association with Amnesty International. Featuring performances from many leading artists from around the world, this is your unplugged global bible, a spontaneous album of diversity that emphasises the pure sounds of some of the worlds greatest musical traditions from flamenco and klezmer to kora and vallenato.
The album kicks into life with the infectious rhythms of the renowned Cuban ensemble Cuarteto Patria collaborating with Cameroonian saxaphone legend Manu Dibango, before continuing with the acoustic guitar and vocals of one of Africa’s finest vocalists - Zimbabwean Oliver Mutukudzi. As the artist himself explains “They are as raw as they were when I first played them”.
We then journey to North Africa with the sparkling Azara Al Hay sung by the Sudanese diva Rasha and the legendary vocalist Aster Aweke from Ethiopia whose superb voice and fiery lyrics have established her as the best known Ethiopian music star.
Diversity is the abiding feature of the album with tracks featuring the Spanish flamenco of Duquende, the Argentinean tango of Adriana Varela, the accordion-led vallenato of Colombian Maximo Jiminez and the Jewish klezmer of The Klezmatics.
European music is highlighted with the pioneering female group Niekku playing traditional instruments and the small harp maestro from Scotland Savourna Stevenson. Finally the album encompasses some of the best-known musicians in the world: Hariprasad Chaurasia with Shivkumar Sharma from India with their exquisite flute and santoor (box zither), the vocals and guitars of Senegalese masters Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck, Malian kora wizard Toumani Diabate and the wonderful Cesaria Evora from the Cape Verde Islands.