Humanity is the most recent studio work by percussion guru Luis Garay. His music is the quintessential example of fusion: this record is at a true crossroads, where many different styles and influences meet up halfway through the track, going for a really unique flow and very special feel. Rhythms from Africa and grooves from the tropics converge beautifully in a complex yet appealing sea of melodic and rhythmic ideas.
This album has a really broad scope, and it features a lot of songs: with 20 tracks on its set list, Humanity really stands out as a musical journey through some of the most compelling and inspirational sounds of the world. On songs such as "Dancing Bird," Garay and his group managed to create a positive and uplifting atmosphere, while on the title cut there is a stronger focus on the textures and on the musical ambiance of the album.
While listening to songs such as "Mojo" or "Amazonia," I could almost close my eyes and feel like I am venturing into a deep tropical jungle, marveling at all the beautiful plants and amazing animals I'd see along the way. This is really an adventurous record, made with passion and a substantial amount of veteran skills.
World music pioneer Adam Rudolph and his groundbreaking Go: Organic Orchestra join forces with Brooklyn Raga Massive to create the monumental new album, Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas (Meta Records). Ragmala bridges generations, cultures and traditions in a deep-rooted, forward-looking sound born of 21st-century innovation and hybrid voices. Epic in scale and ambition, the project features 40 world-class musicians including Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun, legendary drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, forward-thinking cornetist Graham Haynes, and tradition-blurring flutist...
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