New Reviews: August 23, 2004
Reviews by Matthew J. Forss
Angolan-born, Bonga, performs contemporary vocal and guitar music from
Southern Africa. Traditional instrumentation and contemporary arrangements
signify the foundational elements of Kaxexe. The acoustic guitar, bass,
accordion and various percussion instruments blend superbly with Bonga’s
soulful and seasoned vocals. Fans of Afro-Cuban, Fado, Rumba, and Flamenco
musical styles should thoroughly enjoy Kaxexe.
Rubaiyyat Of Omar Khayyam
The Italian group, Milagro Acustico, explores the poetry of Omar Khayyam.
Omar was a Persian poet, born in 1040. Rubaiyyat Of Omar Khayyam is the musical
equivalent of Omar’s spoken poetry. Some tracks are sung in Sicilian; while others
are wholly instrumental. A plethora of instruments including guitar, piano, trumpet,
santoor, bass, sax, flute, mandolin, udu, and various other percussion instruments.
The overall music contains Mediterranean and Middle Eastern infusions. A very accessible
album for the world music listener!
Minh’ Alma Nua (My Nude Soul)
Fernando Holz Works
Minh’ Alma Nua (My Nude Soul) is an introspective work, created out of
the vibrant, Brazilian music diaspora. Fernando Holz brings us the best in
Brazilian loung jazz. Sweeping Spanish vocals, classical string arrangements,
light piano playing, jazzy bass, fiery guitar, and adventurous percussion completes
Fernando’s sound. Perfect for slow-dancing and relaxing in your favorite hammock
down by the beach!
Rast Snob/Alma Music
The traditional music of Africa can be found in many forms throughout the continent.
Iwacu is a purely traditional album of limited percussion and mostly solo vocals.
A few nature sound samples, hand-clapping, drum, and other assorted percussion
instruments accompany Marie’s voice. Great music for the traditional African music fan!
Matthew J. Forss is currently a full-time student at
Lakeland College-Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He is majoring
in Biology and German Language/Culture. Since 1998, he
has collected numerous musical instruments and CDs from
around the world. Also in 1998, he wrote a paper on
Mongolian Ethnomusicology, entitled: How Does Music
Play An Important Role In The Life And Culture Of
Mongolia? Currently, he has collected over 100 CDs that
represent dozens of different countries. His general
interests include ethnomusicology journalism and
researching the traditional/contemporary ethnic music
of various cultures from around the world. His specific,
geographic areas of study include the traditional and
popular music from Central Eurasia (especially Mongolia,
Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.) In November of
2000, he accepted the position of writing world music CD
reviews for this site.