Possibly Slovakia's greatest singer, Vera Bila brings a decidedly unusual twist to her Gypsy roots, steeping them in rhythms and melodies heavily colored by Brazil. While samba and the Balkans might seem unlikely bedmates, it works: "Ma Dza Nikhaj" has a softly glowing warmth, and "Baro D'ives" effortlessly combines the two cultures behind Bila's gently commanding voice. It's a compelling and strangely addictive mix that manages to keep a sense of its roots among the exotica.
By Richard Gehr on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This string- and voice-driven Martinique group has been preserving and rejuvenating the island's biguine, mazurka, and waltz traditions since 1972. This 1996 concept album about changing Caribbean ways is a career hi...
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...