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Hanggai

Hanggai, from the steppes of Mongolia by way of Beijing, is a crossover band that blends traditional music and rock. "Hanggai have made the leap from folk phenomenon to crossover pioneers without losing their soul. Built from -- and meant for -- Mongolia's wide open spaces, this music will make…
karuna
February 8, 2017

LAN E TUYANG

Three sape masters of Sarawak from the Kayan and Kenyah communities. Mathew Ngau Jau, the Living Heritage from Long Semiyang and leader of the band, is joined by Salomon Gau from Long Ikang, and Jimpau Balan, son of the late Balan Asang who was one of the great sape legends…
karuna
May 16, 2013

At Adau

  The new generation of musicians from Sarawak. Winner of the Kuching Waterfront Festival  Award 2016. At Adau is an experimental world music band driven by the spirit of traditional tunes and old Borneo sounds of the sape and the perutong, blending them with a contemporary rhythm section and tribal…
karuna
January 10, 2017

Abavuki

A powerful  African Jazz outfit from Langa, Cape Town with infectious afro-beat grooves. All the musicians are multi-instrumentalists, and the music is influenced by kwaito, samba, jazz and traditional rhythms, which they translate within a more modern format, using marimbas, percussion and brass instruments. The Xhosa name “abavuki” means ‘Wake…
karuna
January 13, 2017

Bitori

Bitori – the legend of Funana! This is the forbidden music of Cape Verde – the exhilarating, refined yet raw infectious dance music ‘funana’ which was banned during the Portuguese rule. It is rousing accordion music Bitori is now nearly 80 years old and his live show still remains captivating…
karuna
January 13, 2017

Cimarron

From the cattle rearing Llanos Orientales, region of Colombia, Cimarrón perform the festive dance music of ‘joropo’, a fiercely virtuoso display of rippling melodies and powerful rhythms combining Andalusian, Indigenous Indian and African roots. Led by harpist Carlos Rojas, these musicians seek to explore and experiment with their rich heritage…
karuna
February 8, 2017

Svara Samsara

Exciting quintet on percussion to showcase the richness of sounds of Indonesian traditional percussion instruments. They are members of Rumah Kahanan who was started by legendary Indonesian drummer Innisisri to preserve the old instruments and sounds and  to fuse it with contemporary styles. Their compositions are a colourful rainbow of…
karuna
February 8, 2017

Spiro

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 nominees for The Best Original Track Award for “The Vapourer” Songlines World Music Award 2016 nominees Peter Gabriel says “This is soulful music, passionate music and I love it” Spiro redefines English folk music with a driving edge and minimalism. Think English folk meet…
karuna
February 7, 2017

BELEM

The unexpected combination of Didier Laloy on diatonic accordion and Kathy Adam on classical cello, both brilliant musicians in their own right, have produced a new sound and spirit with folk, tango and classical influences. The music is edgy, sensuous, strongly rhythmic, melancholic. The duo are masterfully charismatic on stage.…
karuna
February 7, 2017

Okra Playground

Okra Playground is an electro-folk ensemble using the ancient instruments like the kantele and  bowed lyre in a symbiosis with modern instruments and sounds. The three female voices are unmistakably Scandinavian and spine tingling. Their album Turmio received a 5 star rating from Songlines Magazine.
karuna
February 7, 2017