Parno Graszt | Már nem szédülök (Rolling back)

 Roma music ensemble from Paszab, Hungary . Why are this band not down in the pub when I go for a drink? Every track a belter. Good time music.

 

 

Kefaya & Elaha Soroor | Songs of Our Mothers 

“Afghan singer Elaha Soroor and award-winning music / producer duo Kefaya (Al MacSween and Giuliano Modarelli ) join forces for a mighty and mesmerising new album, Songs Of Our Mothers; a fresh, vibrant take on Afghan folk music filtered through myriad forms, from spiritual jazz and dub to Indian classical music …”

 

Mehmet Polat & Embracing Colours | Quantum Leap

“Mehmet Polat is an ud player, composer, ensemble leader and soloist who tours internationally. From Africa to India, Persia to the Balkans, Contemporary to Jazz, he has been combining various musical genres with his Alevi Spiritual, Anatolian Folk and Ottoman classical music background. With this new left hand technique, he can play more advanced and modern pieces” [Bandcamp] Ud or Oud is a beautiful instrument but purists can be boring. This album is not – quite exciting.

 

Danças Ocultas | Dentro Desse MarDanças Ocultas | Dentro Desse Mar

“Danças Ocultas are four accordionists from Agueda near Porto who are among the most innovative and most exciting representatives of contemporary Portuguese music. For some years now they have been rising on the international world music scene – with an apparently very simple concept: quiet, lyrical, more or less traditional, with only four diatonic accordions.” [Culture Works]