This is the most popular release in New World Recordings 'collection. One listen and it's easy to tell why. Hossam Ramzy (who's worked with Peter Gabriel) surrounds himself with a band of smoking players hailing from his native Egypt. Jamming on an array of indigenous instruments including nay flutes, dumbeks, pan flutes and tambourines, Ramzy and company team with guitarist Phil Thornton (B-52s, Talking Heads) to create an exotic fusion of ancient rhythms with modern production, embellishment and flair. It's a superb treat for purist and experimentalist tastes alike.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.11.14 in Features
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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;...