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Eleni Karaindrou – Euripides: Medea (2014) [World, HDTracks, FLAC 96kHz/24bit]

Artist: Eleni Karaindrou
Title: Euripides: Medea
Genre: World
Release Date: 2014
Label: ECM
Duration: 45:17
Quality: FLAC 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks

Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou's collaborations with stage director Antonis Antypas have generated some of her most powerful music. Medea, like the earlier Trojan Women, comes out of this association. Created to accompany performances at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, the music vibrates with emotional intensity. Karaindrou gives her themes to a small ensemble, its sound-colours creating an ambiance both archaic and contemporary, as textures of santouri, ney, lyra and clarinets are combined and contrasted. Even with reduced instrumental forces the composer seems to imply an orchestral scope. Giorgos Cheimonas' Modern Greek adaptation of Euripides provides the lyrics, movingly sung by a 15-piece chorus under the direction of Antonis Kontogeorgiou and, on two pieces, by the composer.


Omar Souleyman – To Syria, With Love (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Omar Souleyman
Album: To Syria, With Love
Genre: World
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 338 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit


2017 release, the third album from Syrian musician Omar Souleyman. To Syria, With Love, is the follow up to 2015's Bahdeni Nami. To Syria, With Love is a departure musically and lyrically from his previous material, with focus on more elaborate keyboard and techno elements. Completely setting politics aside, Souleyman consciously shares this personal ode to his native country with an emphasis on his emotional connection to the land and people but not without heartache in view of the nation's current state. "It's been six years I've been away, and I'm tired of looking for home and asking about my loved ones. My soul is wounded and it's like having dust in my eyes," Souleyman says.

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Anoushka Shankar – Land Of Gold (2016) [World, Qobuz, FLAC 44.1kHz/24bit]

Artist: Anoushka Shankar
Title: Land Of Gold
Genre: World
Release Date: 2016
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Duration: 57:49
Quality: FLAC 44.1kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz

Land of Gold is Anoushka Shankars fervent response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.

The virtuoso sitar player explores an expressive range, conveying an evocative journey infused with a message of enduring hope. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a narrative communicated with conviction and poetic beauty.


Levon Eskenian, The Gurdjieff Ensemble – Komitas (2015) [World, Qobuz, FLAC 96kHz/24bit]

Artist: Levon Eskenian, The Gurdjieff Ensemble
Title: Komitas
Genre: World
Release Date: 2015
Label: ECM
Duration: 57:40
Quality: FLAC 96kHz/24bit
Source: Qobuz

The Armenian Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble was founded by Levon Eskenian to play 'ethnographically authentic' arrangements of the G.I. Gurdjieff/Thomas de Hartmann piano music. Their debut album on ECM, Music of G.I. Gurdjieff, was widely acclaimed, and won an Edison Award as Album of the Year in 2012. Now Eskenian and his musicians turn their attention to the music of Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935). Composer, ethnomusicologist, arranger, singer and priest, Komitas is popularly held to be the founder of contemporary music in Armenia, and in his work as a collector he explored the connections that uniquely bind together Armenian sacred and secular music. With their special focus on folk instrumentation and inspired arrangements the Ensemble illuminates the deep roots of Komitas's compositions in this programme recorded in Lugano in February 2015.


Voilaaa – Des promesses (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Voilaaa
Album: Des promesses
Genre: World
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 411 mb
Source: Digital Download
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Long Walk To Freedom (2006) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Long Walk To Freedom (2006) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:58 minutes | Full Artwork | 4,29 GB
Genre: World

For more than 30 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has infused its township sound of Isicathamiya with rich gospel harmonies. LBM’s unique sound was brought to American audiences thanks to Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland, and the group has toured and recorded tirelessly since. Long Walk To Freedom is a new retrospective in which the group rerecords new versions of songs from throughout its career with help from such guests as Emmylou Harris, Sarah McLachlan, Taj Mahal, and Zap Mama as well as several popular countrymen. As with the Simon album, the North American guests’ voices fit hand-in-glove with the group’s warm harmonies. Highlights include “Nomathemba,” which was the band’s first hit in 1973, the popular “Hello My Baby,” and the Graceland tunes “Diamonds on the Soles Of Her Shoes” and “Homeless.” Though ostensibly a career retrospective, this new recording actually proves that Ladysmith Black Mambazo has never sounded better.

It was a collaboration with a famous American pop star that broke Ladysmith Black Mambazo as an international act in the mid-’80s, and on Long Walk to Freedom they enact a variation on the theme — only in this case, the project is under their control and the American guests are an eclectic assortment of rock, folk, and pop musicians, who are also joined by pioneering Afro-European chanteuses Zap Mama and a veritable chorus of South African colleagues including Lucky Dube, Hugh Masakela, Thandiswa, and others. You’re getting nervous now, and you’re right: this is one of those projects that could easily go either way, and in fact it goes both ways. Natalie Merchant brings absolutely nothing of substance or consequence to “Rain Rain Beautiful Rain,” nor does Sarah McLachlan contribute much to the group’s rather desultory remake of “Homeless.” The new version of “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” features Melissa Etheridge and Joe McBride, and is underwhelming until the end of the a cappella intro, at which point the band kicks in — only it’s not a band, it’s Ladysmith singing all the instrumental parts, and it’s electrifying. The Afro-pop summit meeting that is “Shosholoza” works nicely as well. But the album’s best tracks are those on which the group sings by itself: “Nomathemba,” the opening track, is one of the album’s best, and leader Joseph Shabalala’s solo “Thula Thula” ends the program on a very strong note. The disc adds a generous program of CD-ROM tracks including music videos for “Raise Your Spirit Higher” (from their previous album) and “Long Walk to Freedom.” Imperfect, but recommended.

01. Nomathemba
02. Hello My Baby
03. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
04. Homeless
05. Rain Rain Beautiful Rain
06. How Long
07. Mbube
08. Amazing Grace/Nearer My God To Thee
09. Nkosi Sikelel ‘IAfrica
10. Inkanyezi Nezazi “Star And The Wiseman”
11. Shosholoza
12. Long Walk To Freedom “Halala South Africa”
13. Thula Thula [Bonus Track]




Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Raise Your Spirit Higher (2003) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Raise Your Spirit Higher (2003) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:23 minutes | Scans included | 3,17 GB
Genre: World

It’s been 17 years since Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s gorgeous vocal harmonies poured the foundation for Paul Simon’s landmark 1986 album Graceland, an album that catapulted the South African a cappella gospel group into the international consciousness and led to worldwide stardom, a Grammy, film soundtracks, and candy commercials. Fans of the group’s intricately arranged vocal landscapes will be pleased to know that all that ensuing attention hasn’t diluted the group’s appeal. Their latest album, Raise Your Spirit Higher, is as strong as anything the group has recorded in its now 30-year career. Ladysmith has always defined itself by merging Christian gospel music with a native South African musical tradition called isicathamiya, which was developed by mine workers who sang to entertain themselves after their grueling work. That tradition continues here, with several tracks like “Uqinisul’ Ubada (Lord is the Light and Truth)” and “Udidekil’ Umhlaba (Lord’s Work)”, devoted to Christian themes. Since the group sings in their native Zulu, however, Ladysmith’s international appeal has always been in the stunning variety of sounds they are able to produce with their voices alone, and Raise Your Spirit Higher is no exception. The percussive clicking sounds on “Selingelethu Sonke” and Wangibambezela” are otherworldly, and the gorgeous call-and-response between leader Joseph Shabalala and the group on “Wenza Ngani?” shows that the group’s polish hasn’t lost anything since “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.” The most moving track on the album though, is the closing “Tribute”, sung by Shabalala’s grandsons in tribute to their grandmother, tragically murdered in 2002 during the recording of this album.

01. Wenyukela (Raise Your Spirit Higher)
02. Uqinisil’ Ubada
03. Selingelethu Sonke
04. Wangibambezela
05. Wenza Ngani?
06. Udidekil’ Umhlaba
07. Iyanlonipha Lengane
08. Wamlul’ Umshado
09. Because I Love
10. Black Is Beautiful
11. Music Knows No Boundaries
12. Fak’ Ibhande
13. Tribute




Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (2008) [2.0 & 5.1] SACD ISO

Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu (2008) [2.0 & 5.1]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 50:51 minutes | Scans included | 3,19 GB
Genre: World

2008 album from the Grammy Award-winning South African vocal group. Ilembe is a tribute to the South African cultural icon Shaka Zulu. In the late 1700s, Shaka Zulu united the Zulus with various neighboring tribes into a single powerful force that helped give birth to a proud nation. Today, Shaka Zulu is regarded as one of the greatest leaders in African history. His combination of warrior discipline, visionary leadership, innate creativity, and unshakable belief in a united nation continues to resonate to this day in South Africa. He is revered as the single figure who gave birth to the indomitable fighting spirit of the Zulus: the same spirit that enabled South Africans to persevere amid the European domination of their homeland for nearly two centuries of apartheid. Ilembe celebrates not only Shaka Zulu but the sense of perseverance, creativity and pride that he has inspired in generations of descendants.

One thing about Ladysmith Black Mambazo is that you know exactly what you’re getting. Wonderful vocal phrases and answering, and with Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu, it does what it says on the tin, honoring the great leader who really forged the Zulu nation. Group head Joseph Shabalala is still the frontman, and the hushed choral responses to his singing have a kid of awed magic about them. But even at low volume, there’s no doubting the passion that pervades it all. The big problem is that the whole album is hushed — there’s no real variety in the arrangements from track to track, and little variation in tempo, which can make it all seem a bit like one endless cut. No doubting the quality, but to really make a lasting impact, it needs something more, like the experimentation they’ve undertaken in the last few years. It all ends up feeling like a holding action, which is fine, and every group needs them occasionally, but it’s not an outstanding work in their canon musically, despite the subject matter and the reverence (quite possibly too reverent) with which they treat it.

01. O Mmu Beno Mmu
02. Kuyafundw’ Osizini(Ilembe)
03. Vela Nsizwa
04. Lets Do It
05. Umon’ Usuk’ Esweni
06. Sizobalanda
07. This Is The Way We Do
08. Iphel’ Emasini
09. Asekhon’ Amatshitshi
10. Hlala Nami
11. Prince of Peace
12. Iphel’ Emasini (Nature Effects)




The Gypsy Cuban Project – Havana Night Sessions At Abdala Studios (2016) WEB FLAC

Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit
Source: Digital download
Artist: The Gypsy Cuban Project
Title: Havana Night Sessions At Abdala Studios
Label, Catalog: Universal Music Romania
Genre: Latin Jazz / World
Release Date: 2016
Scans: not included
Size .rar: ~ 341 mb

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Luisa Maita – Fio da Memoria (2016) WEB FLAC

Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit
Source: Digital download
Artist: Luisa Maita
Title: Fio da Memoria
Label, Catalog: Cumbancha Music Publishing (BMI)
Genre: World / Electronic / Alternative
Release Date: 2016
Scans: not included
Size .rar: ~ 250 mb

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