Zvuloon Dub System – Anbessa Dub

Zvuloon Dub System - Anbessa Dub

The music and history of Jamaica, Ethiopia and Israel come together on Anbessa Dub, an honest and mature release from Israeli group Zvuloon Dub System. After merging Jamaican and Israeli sounds together for years, the band has drawn on Ethiopia more and more as an influence in the recent past, courtesy of their Ethiopian singer Gili Yallo. On this release they fully embrace Ethiopian music, bringing the krar and maskino into their roots reggae and dub mix. The album also includes a number of guests, including legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed.

Anbessa Dub is direct and steady throughout its entirety. While Zvuloon Dub System have always managed to combine roots reggae and dub in a genuine way, this new direction is a welcome change. Their Ethiopian blend is so authentic, it’s hard to imagine the band won’t continue exploring this style. The inclusion of Mahmoud Ahmed shows how respected the group has become. His work on “Ney Denun Tieshe” is certainly one of the highlights on the record. His voice has lots of texture with plenty of bite and grit; a perfect vehicle for the band.

“Tenesh Kelbe Lay” offers a nice contrast to the recent cover of this famous track performed by Debo Band. On this slower rendition, the band sits back and lets Gili Yalo dwell on the chorus to great effect. Everything sounds neatly in place and natural, thanks in large part to the band’s commitment to recording everything in analog which adds a thick layer of warmth to each composition.

Yaacov Lilay sings and plays the krar on “Tsbukti Fetret,” which features one of the album’s most infectious grooves. The krar slips notes between syncopated electric guitar strums, giving the track a funky disposition. The krar returns, along with Dejen Manchelot’s maskino, on “Yene Almaz,” the most authentic cut on the record. For this closer, the band abandons their typical reggae style for a stripped-down Ethiopian sound that wraps up this set perfectly.

Fans of Ethiopian music and solid roots reggae will clamor over this release.

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Splinters & Candy 10/06/14 WVKR

Niger S 048 Kofi with Bike

Niger S 048 Kofi with Bike

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Lend your ears to selections from Canada, Mali, USA, Spain, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Cuba, Cape Verde, Israel, Ethiopia, Niger, Brazil and beyond. Plenty of variety for any discerning listener. Tune in every week for more global music.

PLAYLIST

Eccodek ft. Jah Youssouf – “Village in Me”
Lowdown Brass Band – “Keep on Burning”
Cocek! Brass Band – “There Goes Shlomo”
Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – “Majority Whip”
Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – “Viva Nigeria”
Super Rail Band – “Foliba”
Quraishi – “Heart”
Abelardo Barroso with Orquesta Sensacion – “La Mulata Rumbera”
Cesária Évora – “Esperança”
Zvuloon Dub System – “Yene Almaz”
Tal National – “Zigda”
Carlinhos Brown – “Omelete Man”

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Splinters & Candy 09/29/14 WVKR

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Tune in to hear music from Thailand, Tanzania, Morocco, Gabon, Turkey, Israel, Moravia, Sweden, Mauritania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and beyond. Global sounds guaranteed to please. Thanks for listening.

PLAYLIST

Khun Narin Electric Phin Band – “Lai Sing”
Western Jazz Band – “Shida”
OUM – “Taragalte”
Oliver N’Goma – “Icole”
Bayir Olcay – “Min Bêriya Te Kiriye”
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb – “A Woman’s Song”
Dálava – “Vyšla Děvčina”
FatDog – “Jonas Slängpolska”
Malouma – “Maghrour”
Madilu System – “Tonton Gigolo”
Djeli Moussa Diawara – “Kana Mone”

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Calaita Flamenco Son – Self-titled

Calaita Flamenco Son

My recent review of Calaita Flamenco Son’s self-titled release for RootsWorld Magazine:

http://www.rootsworld.com/0603123/reviews/cfs-14.shtml

“Calaita Flamenco Son is a rewarding record that signals a great start for the band. Enjoyable for traditional and contemporary flamenco fans alike.”

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Splinters & Candy 09/22/14 WVKR

Determination.

Determination.

Splinters & Candy 09/22/14 WVKR by Splinters & Candy on Mixcloud

Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Sonic explorations of music from Peru, India, Canada, USA, Honduras, Cameroon, Mali, Finland, Colombia and beyond. Expand your horizons with global diversity.

PLAYLIST

Laghonia – “Bahia”
Kiran Ahluwalia – “Jhoom”
Arun Ramamurthy Trio – “Dhanasri”
Pharaoh’s Daughter – “Adon Olam”
Aurelio Martinez – “Nando”
Sally Nyolo – “Me So Wa Yen”
Bombay Rickey – “Bombay 5-0″
Benyoro – “Kulanjan”
Samba Touré – “Walahi Mbafo”
Värttinä – “Valhe/The Lie”
Son Palenque – “El Tigre”

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Splinters & Candy airs Mondays from 4-5PM ET on 91.3FM WVKR. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the globe.