This charmingly titled collection gives you the oud (a stringed Middle Eastern instrument) in various but related settings and moods. Why should you care? Because the oud sounds like God breathing life into clay, that's why. It's hard to listen to music of other cultures without wondering how much the non-native ear instinctively exoticizes unfamiliar instrumentation, but at the end of the day, I don't care about any of that too-much-thinking business: the music speaks for itself, both to the novice and to those who've mastered the vocabulary. This music is simply wonderful.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
Five music critics discuss the best, worst, and most significant moments in Latin music this year.
By Michaelangelo Matos on 12.08.14 in Reviews
For all the quality mining of African oldies over three and a half decades, it's not as if the coffers have been exhausted. Far from it, especially judging from this nonstop display of one of the great bands of the Congo...
By Claire Lobenfeld on 11.29.14 in News
Spice, Jamaica's queen of dancehall, is gearing up to release her debut EP So Mi Like It. With her contribution to Vybz Kartel's "Rampin Shop," another bananas collab between the two called "Conjugal Visit" and her most...
By John Schaefer on 11.24.14 in Reviews
In this 50th-anniversary romp through Terry Riley's In C, a brilliant ensemble of Malian musicians (mostly playing traditional instruments) joins forces with Damon Albarn, the globetrotting frontman of Blur and Gorillaz;...