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Global Fusions and African Connections

Read "Global Fusions and African Connections" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whatever may be going wrong in the world, there are always some figures (especially artists) out there reminding us of the importance of community and celebration. Without making a direct statement on the strange circumstances of 2020, this batch of recordings nonetheless offers just the kind of vibrant affirmation the times need. Duende Libre ...

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Label: Leni Stern Recordings
Released: 2018
Track listing: Khavare; Barambai; Wakhma; Calabas; Spell; Colombiano; Assiko; Crocodile.

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Leni Stern: 3

Read "3" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For her critically acclaimed Dakar Suite (Leni Stern Recordings, 2016), Leni Stern presented her African enhanced sounds with lavish 10-piece orchestrations and arrangements complete with horns and violins. For this 2018 release, Stern's compositions were written specifically for a 3 piece, as opposed to adapting a 10 piece composition. Hence the title.The “Khavare" (party) ...

A Six-String Travelogue

Read "A Six-String Travelogue" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Leni Stern 3 Leni Stern Recordings 2018 If it's an exaggeration to say that Leni Stern's gone native after her life-shaping time in Senegal, it's probably not by much. 3 isn't the result of merely studying and and learning a few new forms, but an unrestrained immersion in the life and ...

Sabani

Label: Leni Stern Recordings
Released: 2012
Track listing: Still Bleeding; Sorcerer; The Cat Stole The Moon; Like A Thief; I Was Born; An Saba; Papillon; Djanfa.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leni Stern: Sabani

Read "Sabani" reviewed by James Nadal

The West African country of Mali is positively identified as a primordial source of the stringed instrumentation of American popular music rooted in blues and jazz. Renowned guitarist Leni Stern first sought out Mali's rich musical culture years back, and now comes full circle with the release of Sabani--composed, performed, and recorded entirely on African soil.

Africa

Label: Leni Stern Recordings
Released: 2007
Track listing: Bamake; 1000 Stars (for Michael Brecker); Keita; Simbo; Ahinin Be Al Allah (Lord Have Mercy); Saya (Farewell) (for Don Alias); Aman Iman (Water is Life); Ousmane; Alu Maye (Have You Seen); Ami; Dakkan (What is Written); Childsoldier; Forest Song.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leni Stern: Africa

Read "Africa" reviewed by John Kelman

While her husband, guitarist Mike Stern, has been bringing a fascination with the music of Africa to his own projects since the early part of the decade, they've always remained undeniably jazz recordings, with conventional instrumentation. Guitarist/vocalist Leni, on the other hand, has made a more definitive dive into the continent's musical pool with Africa.

When Evening Falls

Label: Leni Stern Recordings
Released: 2005
Track listing: Calling; Ice Cold Water $1; Let Me Fly; Oje Mama; On the Outside; House On a Hill; When Evening Falls; Dancin' With the Devil; I'll Be Seeing You; Abke Hum Bichede.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leni Stern: When Evening Falls

Read "When Evening Falls" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Guitarist and singer Leni Stern, an observant and sensitive world citizen, has drawn on her fascinating experiences for When Evening Falls , a musical journey that traverses the globe to examine an eclectic range of emotions and themes. The soul and heart of the Munich-born artist wends through Kenya, India, Louisiana, Palestine, and the East Village, ...


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