The Hot List: October 2005
Reviews by Paula Kirman
Here is a rundown of some of the most exciting and important World Music releases in the past little while.
Sosa's latest album is full of the heart and soul she puts into her singing and choice of songs.
Political lyrics set to folk music that draws heavily upon traditional Latin American styles, with some
excellent guitar work. Joan Baez did the cover illustrations. One of the year's most
intriguing World releases.
French cabaret music never sounded so current and alive. These songs have definite swing.
Times Square Records
Songs about life, love, and politics from one of the World Music's most important voices. Latin/Cuban feel
with words that have meaning.
March Hare Music
An ethereal release of the sounds of musicians from the Cameroon rainforest. This album was recorded
both in the UK and Cameroon.
World Village/Harmonia Mundi
From Mali, this virtuoso guitar player relies on emotion, simplicity, and excellent playing. This is
African blues at its finest.
Arabic Rai music with rough edges. Worth a listen for the cover version of The Clash classic "Rock El Casbah" ("Rock the Casbah") alone.
Ahluwalia writes and performs ghazals, a form of Indian classic music with poetic lyrics.
Her singing voice is clear and strong, and her self-titled album has a very modern feel to it.
African rhythms with a strong back-up band. both instrumentally and musically. Lots of songs that resonate with Shona culture.
Yoga chants that run in a cycle from very slow and Indian-influenced, to faster, more Western
arrangements. The tunes are extremely addictive.
Pop with a samba flair. An actor as well as a musician, with Brazilian rhythms.
Bantu feat. Ayuba
Adé Bantu is best known as part of Brothers Keepers. Fuji is a Nigerian style that incorporates
funky hip-hop. This is a danceable, AfroBeat recording.
Badi Assad is Brazil meets the World as this vocailist, guitarist, percussionist, and songwriter fuses
the sounds of her culture with contemporary writers and influences.