Easy Picks: World Music

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Bob Marley
Originally released in 1984, Bob Marley's LEGEND illustrates the remarkable life and recording career of one of reggae music's most important figures. This iconic collection not only serves as the perfect introduction to the music of Bob Marley, it has become an essential part in every Marley collection. It remains the world's best-selling reggae album and continues to be one of the best-selling catalog albums, exceeding 15 copies in the U.S. alone and over 27 million worldwide.
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Tinariwen

Tinariwen

Live In Paris [Vinyl]

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Traveling to exotic lands is nothing new for Tinariwen. The Saharan blues band have performed the world over bringing their signature mix of hypnotic rock guitar with the traditional instruments and vocal stylings of their native Tuareg roots to their adoring fans. But this night in Paris would be different, and this live recording captures the magic.
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Jake Shimabukuro
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake s life has always centered on the ukulele. Known for his powerful strumming on the ukulele, Jake s performances incorporate elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements with spontaneous, improvised passages. Being influenced by legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon, Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.
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Fela Kuti

Fela Kuti

Confusion [Vinyl]

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This epic Afrobeat album contains just one eponymous track clocking in at just over 25 minutes in length, and beginning with a mysterious and psychedelic musical interplay between Fela on organ and Tony Allen on drums. As the song takes on a righteously funky groove, Fela evokes the chaos of Lagos the multitude of regional dialects, the gnarly traffic jams, the absence of a policeman to take charge as a metaphor for the larger problems of post-colonial Nigeria.
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Fela Kuti
Fela wrote the title track of this album in response to the 1976 Soweto Uprising in which thousands of South African students protested the forced teaching of Afrikaans, the colonial language of Apartheid. During the uprising and the ensuing riots, hundreds of students were killed. The song calls out killings that have gone on in the name of authority and totalitarian rule as well as the instruments of repression of colonial Africa the police and the army. The music parallels the somber tone of the lyrics; focused and direct, and avoids the usual bombastic funk of Fela compositions.
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Classic Celtic Music From Smithsonian Fo
Few genres carry such a rich and deep history as Celtic music, which reflects centuries of culture of Ireland and the British Isles, as well as their North American inheritors. Music historian, musician, and folklorist Richard Carlin delves into this diverse world of traditional music, compiling a wide spectrum of 23 tracks that contrast the better-known early recordings with some of the best contemporary interpreters. Styles ranging from Sligo fiddle tunes to Northumbrian piping to sean nós singing are represented in this enjoyable introduction to the Celtic music riches of the Smithsonian Folkways archives.
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Bajofondo

Bajofondo

Presente

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Presente, the new album by the eight piece Latin Grammy-winning band Bajofondo is an epic, high- energy tour de force that blends tango, milonga, folklore, rock, hip-hop, electronica, jazz, classical and a world of sounds from the Rio de la Plata. The album takes listeners on a brand new trip that melds the high-octane energy of Bajofondo's acclaimed live shows and their ingenious experimentation in the studio.
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Ana Moura

Ana Moura

Desfado

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On her new album titled Desfado, Ana Moura stretches her extraordinary talent beyond the limitations of traditional Fado in every area. For the first time she is singing in English as well as her native Portuguese, as well as performing songs that are written in traditional fado form, as well as songs such as Joni Mitchells A Case Of You, which embody the spirit of Fado, while not being Fado in the traditional sense of the genre.
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