In this groundbreaking book, music historian Tony Russell turns the spotlight on 78 original 78rpm discs of songs and tunes from the 1920s and 1930s.
How do people in an intensely multicultural city live alongside one another while maintaining clear boundaries? This question is at the core of The Cultural Wor..(read more)
This album with grooves by Cewa, Mang’anja, Tumbuka, and Tonga musicians represents only some of Malawi’s many rich musical cultures. Eight of the fifteen t..(read more)
Music from another world! Magnificent recordings of the traditional musics of the Congo, as found by Hugh Tracey in the 1950s.
“This is some of the best traditional African music ever recorded. The music is the star – of course – then come the wonderful musicians who performed..(read more)
The kankobela is the thumb-piano of the Batonga people who live either side of Lake Kariba in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Amazing thing is: the ‘distortion’ you he..(read more)
Nine man strong, this lovely brass & percussion band has been around for more than 20 years. The dutch/surinamese group play a mix of styles, “streetw..(read more)
Reissue of 1975 album originally on Folkways, recordings by Richard Alderson. He wrote: “The music of the indigenous people of the southern Mexican state ..(read more)
A groundbreaking artist and one of the all-time greatest performers of authentic, Appalachian music. 1960s recordings and modern-day field recordings
Lotar player Lahcen Akil (the lotar is a type of lute from the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco) was born in 1969 in the village of Tamlalte in the High Atlas, a..(read more)