World Music

Music and musicians from around the global village; interviews, overviews and profiles.

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Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

8 Feb 2016

In a cover which recalls the Seventies albums Shankar, Family and Friends and Music Festival From India (see below, both produced by George Harrison for his Dark Horse label) comes this exciting double disc which brings together the Israeli-American composer/singer Ben Tzur, Britain's multi-instrumentalist Greenwood from Blur and a large ensemble of horns and Sufi qawwali singers. With... > Read more

Junun

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Jordan Bell of Katchafire

8 Feb 2016

The mighty roots reggae band Katchafire out of Hamilton have been taking their exciting show around the world for over two decades now and they never fail to ignite a crowd. As they've clocked up the air points they have also recorded continually, appeared at Elsewhere (which fell under their spell very early on as you may see) and take Bob Marley's messages of One Love and Get Up Stand Up... > Read more

Karavan Sarai: Woven Landscapes (karavansaraimusic.com)

8 Feb 2016

Multi-instrumentalist Narayan Sijan grew up in the American Midwest but since the early Nineties has traveled constantly through India and Central Asia and to East Asia. Even very recently he was still moving through the Middle East and his recent Facebook postings came from Egypt where he was playing with gypsy musicians.  He's a global citizen who lives on the road and picks up... > Read more

The Road to Hijaz

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tiny Ruins

1 Feb 2016

The New Zealand singer-songwriter Tiny Ruins – aka Holly Fullbrook – has appeared frequently at Elsewhere because her mature, thoughtful and folk-framed albums have always found favour . . . and increasingly so in the wider world we are pleased to report. At Elsewhere she has been interviewed and reviewed, but she has never answered our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire. Not... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: St Germaine

25 Jan 2016

When Elsewhere first encountered Frenchman Ludovic Navarre (aka St Germain) some 20 years on the back of his breakthrough album Boulevard, his English was virtually non-existent and the French at my command wouldn't allow for the nuances of questions about music. So we spoke through a translator, not that it mattered. My guess was few people cared what he had to say, they were just too... > Read more

THE TIMETABLE FOR WOMAD TARANAKI 2016

20 Jan 2016

The annual Womad festival in New Plymouth is one of the high points in New Zealand's musical calendar because, if for no other reason, it brings musicians from all over the world into our sight lines and ears, most of them artists who couldn't support a show here under their own name. But add them all together, factor in a great site, good food, a friendly vibe and a bunch of local artists... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: John Psathas

18 Jan 2016

New Zealand classical composer and musical everyman John Psathas should be well known, his work roams from the strictly classical worlds and across to electronic influenced sounds. He has appeared at Elsewhere a number of times, but a new project No Man's Land finds him in different territory yet again. This ambitious work is a ground breaking new cinematic performance in... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Wade Schuman of Hazmat Modine

11 Jan 2016

Of their unusual name, lead singer Wade Schuman says “HAZMAT is an American English word for Hazardous Materials, AKA dangerous materials, you see it on the sides of trucks or special trashcans. "MODINE is the brand name for an industrial forced air heater unit, the kind that hangs down in garages and artists’ lofts … the company is in Muncie Indiana …... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: John Convertino of Calexico

4 Jan 2016

Elsewhere has interviewed Joey Burns of Tucson's Calexico previously, but now with the band coming to this year's Womad (see dates below) we thought it timely to flick our Famous Elsewhere World Music Questionnaire to John Covertino, the other permanent member of this flexible ensemble. Calexico marry the sound of borderland Spanish horns with various kinds of pumped up folk and rock, a... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tami Neilson

14 Dec 2015

What can we say about the wonderful Tami Neilson – a longtime Elsewhere favourite – that we haven't said before? She turns in exceptional albums (her most recent Don't Be Afraid perhaps her best yet), has written about the making of one for Elsewhere and has even answered one of our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaires. But next year she is on the bill at the Taranaki Womad... > Read more

THE FAMOUS ELSEWHERE WORLD MUSIC QUESTIONNAIRE: Tulegur

4 Dec 2015

They call their music “mongolian grunge” or “nomad rock”, and they seem fair description for a duo which brings together traditional Mongolian throat-singing (called khoomei) with elelctric guitar and thumping percussion. Tulegur are guitarist/singer Gangzi (who moved from Mongolia to Beijing then back) and percussionist/guitarist Zongcan. They have toured... > Read more

Shujaat Husain Khan and Katayoun Goudarzi: Ruby (khan)

30 Nov 2015    1

Just as Shakespeare will always be a bottomless well for interpretation, so too the hundreds of works by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi are constantly being explored by musicians and singers. Iran-born and New Jersey-based singer Goudarzi here, for the fifth time, teams up with sitar maestro Husain Khan (of the Northern Indian tradition, a son of Ustad Vilayat Khan) for this delicate... > Read more

El Naan: Codigo de Barros (ARC)

30 Nov 2015

While the elements of melody and rhythm might be ancient, and the lyrics (outlined in English in the booklet) contain timeless stories of a world being rapidly left behind, this is no journey into the past. It may have old bones but the heart is strong and contemporary. With tough and passioned voices, traditional instruments in the same space as electric guitar and tenor sax, these... > Read more

La Atalaya/The Watchtower

GLOBAL RADIO: A round-up of recent world music releases

9 Nov 2015

Because Elsewhere is one of the few mainstream websites which has no problem writing about world music in the same space as pop, rock, jazz, reggae and whatever, we have been increasingly inundated with world music albums for review. From "elsewhere" as you might expect. So this occasional column -- in the manner of Short Cuts about New Zealand pop/rock etc releases and In Brief... > Read more

Farinya Manji by Miria (from Lost in Mali)

TARANAKI WOMAD 2016: THE ARTISTS' LINE-UP

21 Oct 2015

Regular Elsewhere followers will know how keen we are on world music -- we dedicate a whole area of the site to coverage -- which means Womad is always high on our agenda. In the past we have always given a very through overview of the acts coming to a Womad (and of course done interviews in advance and over the weekend of music, see here for past interviews)  . . . but this year we... > Read more

Hymn to Saint Demitrios by Savina Yannatou (Greece)

Te Vaka: Amataga/The Beginning (Border)

12 Oct 2015

Now billed in small print as Opetaia's Te Vaka – after their leader, singer and songwriter Opetaia Foa'i – this expat pan-Pacific group with roots in Tuvalu, Samoa, Tokelau and the Cook Islands emerged here 20 years ago. But for the past decade have been based in Australia while taking their gently hypnotic and often socially aware music to world music and cultural... > Read more

Tike Te Galu

Bayarbaatar Davaasuren: The Art of Mongolian Khoomii (Arc Music)

12 Oct 2015

When I first witnessed a Mongolian throat singer some 30 years ago – and I did weirdly feel I was a witness at something beyond my comprehension – I asked someone where the feedback was coming from. Quite how a singer whose vocal range seemed to be in the lower register also managed that high whistling overtone sound remained a pleasant enigma. This unedited recording by... > Read more

Tungalag Buyant

GLOBAL RADIO: A round-up of recent world music releases

28 Sep 2015

Because Elsewhere is one of the few mainstream websites which has no problem writing about world music in the same space as pop, rock, jazz, reggae and whatever, we have been increasingly inundated with world music albums for review. From "elsewhere" as you might expect. So this occasional column -- in the manner of Short Cuts about New Zealand pop/rock etc releases and In Brief... > Read more

Hayat by Kiran Ahluwalia

Terakaft: Alone (Out Here)

14 Sep 2015

Old hands -- greybeards we might say -- in the genre that we loosely call "world music" have long ago given up trying to anticipate where the next great sounds might come from and, as we have mentioned previously, so should rock seers. Not one of them would have predicted Memphis, Liverpool or Trenchtown, to name just a few. And just when you think a genre might have run its... > Read more

Anabayou/Awkward (solo version)

GLOBAL RADIO: A round-up of recent world music releases

4 Sep 2015

Because Elsewhere is one of the few mainstream websites which has no problem writing about world music in the same space as pop, rock, jazz, reggae and whatever, we have been increasingly inundated with world music albums for review. From "elsewhere" as you might expect. So this occasional column -- in the manner of Short Cuts about New Zealand pop/rock etc releases and In Brief... > Read more

Serpente by Marina Wisnik (from the album Vas)