New Reviews: February 14, 2003

Reviews by Matthew J. Forss

South African Choral: Songs Of The Alexandra Youth Choir
Alexandra Youth Choir
Naxos World

Hailing from South Africa, the Alexandra Youth Choir performs vocal music sung in English, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. Guitar, piano, saxophone, bass, drums and percussion accompany the traditional vocal tunes. Lovers of South African choral music should rejoice for the release of a truly brilliant recording.

Jim Sande
Independent Release

American musician and producer Jim Sande, brings us incredible indefinable music on his latest release, Prim. Prim draws upon several musical styles including, avant-garde, experimental, atmospheric, electronic, jazz, classical and trip-hop. Though mostly an instrumental effort, Jim does include a few low, restrained vocals on a few of the tracks. However, Prim is a shining piece of musical experimentation for any discriminating music lover.

Yolanda Aranda & Enrique Coria
Acoustic Disc

Based in California, USA, Yoland Aranda and Enrique Coria celebrate their Mexican and Argentinian backgrounds with voice and guitar. Each track features incredible vocal abilities from Yolanda and superb guitar work from Enrique. A variety of Latin American and South American styles including ranchera, pesillo, bolero, huapango, chacarera, marinera and zamba are performed by the duo. Their incredible knowledge of Mexican and Argentinian music makes Intimo an enjoyable and authentic recording of traditional Latin music.

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, titled: 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.