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Speaking With New York's Best Singer (And The World's) -- Tuelo

Salvatore Bono | Posted 06.16.2016 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Sometimes a singer just comes out of nowhere and makes you question everything you ever listened to before. When you finally hear it, you know. It is ...

The Unusual World Sound of Moken Nunga: Chapters of My Life

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 05.31.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

What a strange and, in musical terms, a somewhat beautiful journey the Cameroonian Moken Nunga has made. From his coastal hometown Victoria, now called Limbe, in Africa's Cameroon to Detroit, Michigan and now onto his first musical offering.

After 30 Years Topping Charts, Gipsy Kings Still Amazed By Success

Marty Lipp | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

rom busking on the streets of southern France to winning Grammys and making Buzz Lightyear swing his spaceman hips, the Gipsy Kings have had an unbelievable story - and it's been unbelievable to no one more than them.

'Pink Martini' Adjusts the Melody

Isa Freeling | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Isa Freeling

With 'Pink Martini,' it is always an integrated fusing of the new and classic, the worldly and the world, the poignant and humorous.

The Future of Music: The Language of Diplomacy

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.09.2016 | Arts
Montclair Diplomats

Through the combination of diplomacy and technology we are becoming a more integrated society. Music is the proof and leading language used to help keep us mixing and interacting with each other and each other's content.

Irish-American Band Looks Back to its Future

Marty Lipp | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

The story of the Irish-American group Solas is, in some ways, the story of Irish music over the past 20 years: a straddling of tradition and innovatio...

Dominican Bachata Music Gets to Carnegie Hall

Marty Lipp | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

When Joan Soriano left his mom, dad and 14 siblings in the Dominican countryside to take a shot at becoming a musician in the big city, even his wildest dreams could not have conjured being on the stage one day at Carnegie Hall playing his beloved bachata music.

Not Quite a Top Ten List of World Music

Marty Lipp | Posted 01.05.2016 | Arts
Marty Lipp

With the arrival of 2016, I have to once again say good-bye to musicians who bumped me up, comforted me like an old friend and occasionally introduced me to feelings I didn't know I had. Thanks to all for the wonderful moments together.

The Unifying Force of Jazz: Pangea Jazz Fest (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 12.31.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

I have been interested in the relationship of Jazz and World Music ever since I started seriously noticing the many fusions of the two, back around 1995.

Ancient Italian Music for Modern Souls

Marty Lipp | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Marty Lipp

What does an illness stemming from an ancient superstition and its unusual treatment have to say to us today? Four recent albums from Italy try to tell us.

Tunisia's Hip Hop Artists Are More Than Symbols and Troublemakers

Youssef Ben Ismail | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Youssef Ben Ismail

The aim of this piece is to dissuade the reader (and, who knows, maybe some of the media?) from reducing Tunisian artists to the role of trouble makers or indicators of the political climate.

Video: "A Rainy Night in Georgia (The Republic)"

Michal Shapiro | Posted 10.07.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

The second leg of my trip to the Caucasus (first stop Azerbaijan; video to come) was the Republic of Georgia. We travelled from the Tbilisi airport ...

New Artist Reviews: Lozk

Morena Duwe | Posted 10.02.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

When sound is arranged in any number of ways, it speaks to various souls depending on its arrangement. Lozk has discovered a way to fuse the organic with the inorganic, creating waves of sound that wash through your mind like a gentle stream.

New Artist Reviews: Metabards

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.15.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Their fascinating blend of electronic music, Eastern soundscapes and trip hop creates a genre-bending sonic experience that is reminiscent of other artists yet still completely innovative.

New Artist Reviews: Kiravell

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Traveling can evoke innovations and creations unlike any other muse. The inundation of new interactions, challenges, tastes, sights, smells and sounds awaken the spirit. Singer, songwriter, and healer, Meniyka Kiravell, has dipped the quill of her mind into the bottomless inkwell of travel.

Some Recent Albums Surprise With a Mix of Music With Origins on Both Sides of the Rio Grande

Marty Lipp | Posted 08.10.2015 | Arts
Marty Lipp

While Los Lobos broke ground for highlighting both cultures on the same album, subsequent artists on both sides of the Rio Grande have mixed elements of the countries together for their own neo-traditional mestizo music.

The Santa Cruz Music Festival 2015 Announces Lineup

Morena Duwe | Posted 08.07.2015 | Arts
Morena Duwe

Many music festivals are located in outskirts, wildernesses and boonies with the idea of creating a relocated community away from the normalcy of city life. Even city festivals usually take place at a venue that though proximal to city life, makes festival-goers feel as if they are in a timeless and placeless dimension.

Jai Uttal: The King of Kirtan, Singing for the Last 50 Years As If His Life Depended on It

Ira Israel | Posted 06.30.2016 | Entertainment
Ira Israel

I love passionate people. I am inspired by people who fly without a net, who would rather perish than compromise their integrity and devotion, who do not cease from exploration, who do not have a Plan B.

Detroit's Own Blackman & Arnold Reunite For Big Show at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.27.2016 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

We all know the big name artists who are the faces their respective genres in Detroit; whether its hip hop, techno, rock, jazz, or whatever. The condu...

The Slow Music Movement

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Erin Bernhardt

Song and Smith are making an effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots.

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

Folk Chamber Music: Sam Lee at GlobalFEST (Video)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.24.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

Lee's arrangement with cello, drums, violin, trumpet and yoochin (Mongolian hammered dulcimer) milks every phrase of the song for textural, harmonic and melodic possibilities. Lee's baritone voice is a wonderful folk instrument, true and flexible, and he savors the notes with real pleasure.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Keep Singing (2 videos)

Michal Shapiro | Posted 04.21.2015 | Arts
Michal Shapiro

It took over an hour for the sound check. Now you've got a full house enraptured by your music. You're going full throttle, the audience is totally wi...

Lulacruza Creates Unique Visual Album Esperando el Tsunami

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

Water is an elemental part of human existence, keeping us clean, hydrated and buoyant. We have manipulated it, polluted it, cleaned it and harnessed its power. Some live harmoniously with it while others usurp it.

CD Review: Big Apple Blues

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.23.2015 | Entertainment
Christopher Zoukis

What do you get when you put a Pulitzer prize-winning poet and a famous blues guitarist in the same room? Answer: expressive, heavy duty, industrial strength blues.