Kane Mathis is now releasing his album titled, Geminus. Mathis has studied the Kora and Oud intensely for over 23 years, and Geminus features him on both instruments in a trio setting with fellow New York-based musicians John Hadfield on drums (Yo-Yo Ma, Kinan Azmeh) and Sam Minaie on bass (Tigran Hamasyan, Mark Guiliana). In live sessions over three days, the trio was recorded and mixed by John Davis (Brad Mehldau) at The Bunker recording studio in Brooklyn, New York. The music is ten tracks of original material by Mathis based on the tradition of both instruments while still moving forward with new forms and improvisations.
“Kürdi 7 and 9” is [...]
SAVANA FUNK comprises Aldo Betto, Blake Franchetto, and Youssef Ait Bouazza (respectively from Italy, England, and Morocco). The three first met in the spring of 2015 in Bologna, Italy and it became immediately apparent to them that they shared a special bond on an emotional and musical level. Together they create music that mixes African music, funk, blues, psychedelic rock, and jazz influences. In 2018 they officially adopted the name SAVANA FUNK and are now releasing a two-song EP called Barà Tounkarankè / Mba. The two tracks are fronted by vocalist Kadi Coulibaly with added keyboards added by Nicola Peruch, and Kalifa Kone adds [...]
The Texicana Mamas are bringing a new style to Tex Mex. The three talented Latina members are Tish Hinojosa, Stephanie Urbina Jones, and Patricia Vonne. All are songwriters, and all grew up in and around San Antonio. Through their shared Tex Mex upbringing, they have connected to each other because of their shared roots and created a new album titled The Texicana Mamas. The album has ten songs that have a distinctive flavor and involve the search for something more in life and love. The trio co-wrote three of the ten songs on the self-titled album (including the appropriately titled “Amigas De Corazon” or “Friends at Heart”) and [...]
Maria Mazzotta is one of the most important voices of the music scene in the Apulia region of Italy and, more generally, of world music. Mazzotta is meticulous with her research into vocal characteristics of the area, which highly differentiate the various cultures found within it. Her ability to move naturally and seamlessly from the sounds of Southern Italy to the inflections of Balkan music, while still capturing the stories of cultures of the songs interpreted is impressive. Amoreamaro is Mazzotta’s latest album. Amoreamaro (Bitter Love) is an intense and passionate reflection on the various faces of love from a female [...]