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Rubén González: Introducing...Rubén González

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When Cuban piano master Rubén González was brought out of self-imposed retirement, at age seventy seven, in 1996, for a recording by the Afro Cuban All Stars, A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, he had not played in over ten years, and did not even own a piano. After hearing González on those sessions, producer/guitarist Ry Cooder ...

Orchestra Baobab: Tribute to Ndouga Dieng

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There's no rule for pinpointing the exact spot where a group goes from group to institution. If you have to ask whether a certain name has reached that point, that probably means the answer is no--but if we're talking about a widely loved ensemble with a 47-year history, it should be a good bet that they've ...

Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder: Talking Timbuktu

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These days the genre of desert blues boasts one of the most vibrant music movements around the world. The bands and musicians that are part of this genre come from an area that is spread across Western Africa that stretches from Mali to Libya gathering people of various ethnic groups. Artists such as Tinariwen, Terakaft, Boubakar ...

Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer

Read "Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

BVSC presents Ibrahim Ferrer is the second album from the series of records by artists who participated in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club sessions, an album which exploded around the world and is now the most succesful release in the world music genre. Apart from achieving enormous success and critical acclaim, the Buena Vista Social ...

Ry Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer & Ruben Gonzalez: Buena Vista Social Club

Read "Buena Vista Social Club" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

One of the criteria for testing whether an album is a classic or not is to see its endurance and lasting appeal long after it was made rather than its immediate impact. When it comes to the Buena Vista Social Club album it not only made its impact soon after it was released, surpassing record sales ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate: Ali and Toumani

Read "Ali and Toumani" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Profound knowledge of African music is not a must to enjoy Ali and Toumani. This recording is the second collaboration between two legendary Malian artists, the now-deceased Ali Farka Touré and master kora player Toumani Diabaté. Ali Farka Touré has always been a truly exceptional and original guitarist and even in his death he remains the ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall

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Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall
World Circuit
2008

There is an old joke about a young man walking the streets of New York City with a violin case under his arm. After failing to find the address he's looking for, he stops and asks ...

Orchestra Baobab: Made In Dakar

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Tra le cose più belle successe nella già ricchissima produzione musicale senegalese, il ritorno nel 2002 di un'orchestra importante come l'Orchestra Baobab è stato accolto ovunque con grande entusiasmo, consentendo alla stampa generalista di surfare l'onda lunga del filone “buenavistasocialclub" [le cose sono ben diverse in realtà] e agli appassionati di musica africana di riappropriarsi di una delle ...

Ibrahim Ferrer: Mi Sueno

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Very few people can boast the strange, unexpected and fortuitous resurrection of their careers that singer Ibrahim Ferrer has had. Literally pulled out of retirement, Ferrer gave the new millennia a taste of old Cuban music. The success of Buena Vista Social Club (Nonesuch, 1997), and the global popularity that the musicians involved gained, gave the ...

Cheikh Lo: Lamp Fall

Read "Lamp Fall" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Lamp Fall redefines the meaning of fusion as Cheikh Lo breathes new life into the genre, seamlesly mixing and blending various influences and sounds from around the globe to create his own style. This approach makes his music a perfect fit for so-called world music, since he has spiritually and sonically fused many kinds of global ...