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1. SPIRIT TALK MBIRA feat. Chartwell Dutiro Zunde


The Krar Collective M Cigdem Aslan


aster Chinese flautist and chef Guo Yue has been a UK resident for nearly three decades, a mainstay of Womad, initially with his


sibling Guo Yi, as the Guo Brothers. He can play beautifully in a solo setting, as he does on the atmospheric Quiet Mountain, taken from his recent album Bai Yu (White Jade) which features the softer sounding white jade flute, rather than the bamboo variety with which he’s mainly associated. He’s also been involved with all kinds of cross-cultural collaborations, concert per- formances and film soundtracks, as well as giving demonstrations of Chinese cookery.


There’s a palpable buzz about the youthful Iraqi oud player Khyam Allami: he recently became the first recipient of the BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy scholarship/ mentorship and performed at The Royal Albert Hall as part of this year’s Proms. Born in Syria, to Iraqi parents, he moved to London at a young age, initially taking up the violin, before dabbling in rock and then dipping back into his Middle Eastern roots by studying the oud (he’s got a degree in Ethnomusicology from Lon- don’s School of Oriental & African Studies). The Sound Of Disquiet shows off his virtu- osity to fine effect.


Formed ten years ago by Bulgarian expat Dessislava Stefanova, The London Bulgarian Choir functions both as a per- forming ensemble and a community educa- tional group. You don’t have to be a Bul- garian to join in (many of the members aren’t) and there’s a non-performing begin- ner’s group for those who want to learn the tricks of the Bulgarian vocal trade. Does this community aspect make the 40-strong main choir amateurish? Not a bit of it! Pilentse Pee shows the choir to be both steeped in tradition and unafraid of innovation.


The Krar Collective rock! An Ethiopi- an three-piece consisting of a singer, per- cussionist (playing the traditional kebero drum) and Temesgen Taraken, master of the six-stringed krar harp, they’ve burst out of London’s close-knit Ethiopian com- munity and are starting to make waves on the wider scene with a very well received performance at this year’s Womad festival and recording sessions produced by noted UK roots groover and shaker Ben Mandel- son, from which Wollo is taken. They may use ancient instruments, but there’s noth- ing arcane about the way that they play them. This is hot ‘n’ hypnotic dance music.


Baluji Shrivastav L4ANE2


o From the CD Dendere Ngoma [Music Nest] (own label). Distributed by CDBaby.


‚ Joanne Peters: 07794 350415. inbox@joannepeters.co.uk www.chartwelldutiro.com


2. MATTHAIOS TSAHOURIDIS Ela Poulim


o Exclusive preview from a forthcoming CD due winter 2010/2011, release details t.b.c.


‚ Direct tel: 07765 498600. makoulis@tsahouridis.com www.tsahouridis.com


3. MOR KARBASI El Pastor


o Exclusive preview from the forthcoming CD Daughter Of The Spring, release details t.b.c.


‚ Edwin Zomer, email: edwinatsummertime@kpnmail.nl www.morkarbasi.com


4. GUO YUE Empty Mountain


o From the CD White Jade (Squirky Music). www.squirkymusic.com Available in the UK from Amazon/ iTunes.


‚ Direct tel: 020 8948 5805 or 07727 152454. Email: guoyue@mac.com www.guoyuemusic.com


5. KHYAM ALLAMI w. Andrea Piccioni The Sound Of Disquiet


o Part of an otherwise download-only two-track EP The Sound Of Disquiet. Available at www.khyamallami.com


9. KADIALY KOUYATE & SOUND ARCHIVE N’daren


o From the CD Londo [Wisdom] (own label). Direct from www.kksoundarchive.com


‚ Direct tel: 07946 262788 or 07716 078837.


julia@kksoundarchive.com kadialy@kksoundarchive.com www.kksoundarchive.com www.myspace.com/kadialykouyate


o From the forthcoming CD Drum Struck (TDF Records Ltd). Distributed in the UK by Proper Music.


10. THE DHOL FOUNDATION feat. Glen Latouche Peace And Love


‚ Alan Bearman Music: 020 7263 0425. www.alanbearmanmusic.co.uk or from the booking form on TDF website: www.dholfoundation.com www.myspace.com/thedholfoundation


o Exclusive preview from a forthcoming CD on Cloud Valley Music. Distributed by Proper Music, due 2011.


11. ANDREW CRONSHAW & TIGRAN ALEKSANYAN Käärme Pt. 1


‚ Direct tel: 020 8521 4649. cloudval@aol.com www.andrewcronshaw.com


o From the CD Esengo Ya Ko Bina (Malecon Records). Available direct from www.grupolokito.co.uk


12. GRUPO LOKITO Esengo Ya Ko Bina


‚ Sara McGuinness: 07932 949760. sara_malecon@yahoo.co.uk www.grupolokito.co.uk


‚ Direct email: info@khyamallami.com www.khyamallami.com


6. THE LONDON BULGARIAN CHOIR Pilentse Pee


o From the CD Alyana Galyana (London Bulgarian Choir). Direct from www.londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk


‚ Direct tel: 07950 656319. info@londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk www.londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk


7. THE KRAR COLLECTIVEWollo


o Exclusive to this CD, produced by Ben Mandelson. Not otherwise available.


‚ Sebastian Merrick, Kazum!: 07966 452557. Email: info@kazum.co.uk www.myspace.com/krarcollective


8. CIGDEM ASLAN To Prosfigaki (Little Refugee)


o Exclusive to this CD. Not otherwise available.


‚ Sebastian Merrick, Kazum!: 07966 452557. Email: info@kazum.co.uk www.myspace.com/cigdemaslan


o From the CD Fomba / Living Our Destiny (Space Shop Records). Distributed in the UK by Stern’s.


13. MODESTE Any Anao


‚ Direct tel: 07949 361856. modeste@modeste.co.uk www.modeste.co.uk www.myspace.com/modestemusic


o From the CD Sementes (Segue). Distributed by Kudos Records.


14. ADRIANO ADEWALE GROUP Passa Por Mim


‚ Fiona Mason: 07957 571332. fiona@segue.org.uk www.adrianoadewale.co.uk


o From the CD Goddess (ARC Music). Distributed in the UK by Proper Music.


15. BALUJI SHRIVASTAV Journey To Sedna


‚ Direct tel: 020 7226 2094. baluji@baluji.com www.baluji.com


Ian Anderson thanks Lucy Duran, Ken Hunt, Ben Mandelson, Wallee McDonnell, Katerina Pavlakis, Rita Ray, DJ Ritu, Max Reinhardt and Jamie Renton for their help and advice in selecting the artists for this CD.


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