New Reviews: August 15, 2000
The Third Planet
Made up of musicians from exotic and mysterious locals,
The Third Planet (Hearts of Space) reflects an exciting cultural diversity.
The music is well-crafted and the vocals subdued and haunting,
and traditional instruments are fused with modern electronic
magic to create a unique sound. With a decidedly Middle-Eastern
flavor, this CD is a pleasure to listen to and a must for anyone
who enjoys the varied landscape of world music.
The Third Planet
is Maurizio Dami (Italy; keyboards),
Nazar (Iraq; saaz, vocals), Smail Kouider
Aissa (Algeria; keyboards, vocals), Rashmi V.
Bhatt (India; tabla), and Paolo Casu (Italy; percussion).
Celtic Ceili is a collection of traditional Irish
jigs, reels, and marches from some of the best Ceili Bands of Ireland.
A long-time Irish tradition, Ceili music is made for the dance...and
this CD is chock-full of music perfect for traditional Irish dancing,
or to create a lively atmosphere of celebration. Fiddles, accordions
and other traditional instruments are used to bring forth an energetic and rousing sound.
For more information on Ceili and Irish music in general, go
Havana Now! - The Havana Sessions
Havana Now! - The Havana Sessions is a collection of
musical styles by bands from the beautiful island country of
Cuba. Recorded at Havana's SonoCaribe Studio, this CD features
both established and more recent bands performing a mix of Mambo,
Latin Pop, Ballad and other musical genres...all with the unique
Latin-Caribbean flavor that is representative of Havana itself.
The music projects a definite 'party' feel, and I would recommend
it to those who truly enjoy the up-beat and romantic feel of Latin music.
For information on other CDs from Global Disc Records, go to here.
Christine Cole is a native Californian who currently lives
and works in the Santa Barbara area, and is a former US Marine who is currently studying
towards a degree in Health Information Management. An amateur
musician, writer and artist, she has played keyboards for a local
'garage' band and is currently learning to play both the guitar
and violin. Her teenage daughters are also musical; the younger
plays both cello and violin and the older loves to sing.
You can email her here.