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Setting aside politics for a spell, Cuba is a most interesting nation musically. Its location makes it idea for receiving influences from about half the world: North and…
Anouar Brahem is a player of the oud (a guitar-like stringed instrument w/ a large teardrop-shaped body) from Tunisia (that very nation that inspired the Dizzy Gillespie…
Flutist Mark Weinstein is a former trombonist who developed a role for the trombone in Latin music while working with Herbie Mann, among others. Giving up music to pursue a…
Jazz and musics indigenous to other lands once known as "ethnic" sounds, more recently as "world music" or if it’s danceable/grooveable, "world beat" have long been chum…
Guitarist and composer Andreas Kapsalis grew up in the Chicago suburbs with a fierce desire to play the guitar. At the age of 17 an accident required his left hand be op…
Guitarist and composer Oren Neiman was born in Ramat-Gan, Israel, and raised in Israel and Toronto, Canada. While he started out playing in rock bands Neiman eventually …
Welcome to the world from when sprang Thomas Mapfumo - he’s endured all that un-niceness and more. He’s from Zimbabwe (born 1945) and though influenced by Otis Redding a…
Ada’s latest CD Green Factor is slated for release on March 1st and should easily cement her standing in jazz circles both inside and outside the United States. A…
Vocalist Ramana Vieira is perched beautifully between torchlight blues and operatic fires. Her latest release Lagrimas de Rainha, which translated in English is <…
This trio consists of West African guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, Swedish-Italian bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hungarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. The style is a blend o…