Ambient music, Blues, Folk, Listen, Music, Uncategorized, World Music

World Music Wednesday! The Unseen Guest: An Unlikely Pairing

No Comments 15 December 2010

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Irish musician Declan Murray met Amith Narayan while traveling in India in 2002, and soon afterward they began playing together and busking in cities all over the country. A year later, they met in Calicut and began recording what would become their first album, 2005′s Out There, with the help of local musicians. Two years later, they followed up with the equally entrancing Checkpoint.Their sound is a unique blend of Western blues and rock with unmistakable undertones of traditional Indian music. The two musicians, both guitarists, are accompanied by such a range of instruments as the tabla, harmonica, carnatic violin, harmonium, and mandolin. So kick back, relax, and listen to some blues with an Indian twist.

The Unseen Guest- Sandalista


Alternative, Blues, Classic Rock, Hardcore, Industrial, Jazz, Metal, Playlists, Pop


No Comments 27 August 2010

by Tiana Feng

Metal meets country, pop meets industrial. Whatever the clash there’s nothing quite like a bizarre cover version that leaves you slack-jawed with amazement. Continue Reading

Blues, Jazz, Pop

[Album Review]Andy Lucas- Weekend Millionaire

No Comments 26 August 2010

by Tiana Feng

Andy Lucas I think is one of my new fav things that have ever reached my inbox. He is a blues/pop/ musician hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. His debut album Weekend Millionaire displays all the features that make him such a great musician. Continue Reading

Blues, Folk, Music, Watch, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Ali Farka Toure: Bringing the Blues back Home

No Comments 11 August 2010

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Born on the banks of the Niger River in Kanau, Mali in 1939, Ali Farka Toure was the only one of ten sons born to his mother who survived infancy. His parents disapproved of his intentions to play music because it was traditionally an inherited profession, but he persisted. He did not achieve fame quickly – he broke out onto the African and world music scene with his self-titled debut album in 1988. However, his hypnotic guitar and a singing style comparable to that of American blues legend John Lee Hooker was very successful, and he began touring extensively in Europe and North America.

His second album, 1994′s Talking Timbuktu won him a Grammy Award, but once again he did not release an album for several years, retreating to his rice farm. In 1999 he released Niafunke, named after the village in which he was raised and where the album was recorded. In 2004, Ali Farka Toure became mayor of the village, but his musical career was not yet over. He collaborated with Malian musician Toumani Diabate on the 2005 album In the Heart of the Moon, which won him another Grammy award. A few weeks later, on March 7, 2006, he died from bone cancer. Despite having always considered himself primarily a farmer and not a musician, he is perhaps one of the most widely known African musicians in the West, and was named #76 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

This is a clip from the 1998 documentary River of Sand, which was hosted by Bruce Cockburn and features many musicians from Mali, including Ali Farka Toure:
Here is a live performance from 2003′s Festival in the Desert:

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