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Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin - Touristes (2015)

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Vieux Farka Toure & Julia Easterlin - Touristes (2015)

Vieux Farka Touré & Julia Easterlin - Touristes (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 223 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 88 Mb | Scans included
Label: Six Degrees | # 657036-1230-2-1 | Time: 00:36:50
World Fusion, African, Indie Folk, Desert Blues

Like his legendary father, Ali Farka Touré, Vieux is a guitarist who likes to collaborate. He has worked with the Israeli keyboard player Idan Raichel, and now comes an even more powerful partnership, with American singer Julia Easterlin. The opening Little Things starts with the familiar guitar lines of that Malian favourite Kaira, before Easterlin eases in to nudge the song towards western balladry. Elsewhere, this bravely original fusion switches from an African funk treatment of Fever Ray’s I’m Not Done to slow, thoughtful laments. The traditional In the Pines has been covered by everyone from Lead Belly to Nirvana, but is here reworked with chilling, whispered vocals and desert blues guitar, while the most startling track is a slow, African-edged treatment of Dylan’s Masters of War, which sounds like a pained meditation on the recent chaos in Mali.

Alune Wade - Sultan (2022)

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Alune Wade - Sultan (2022)

Alune Wade - Sultan (2022)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 391 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 142 Mb | 01:01:28
World Fusion, Afro-Cuban Jazz | Label: Yellowbird Records

Few artists would dare to tackle quite such a kaleidoscope of music styles and accompanying socio-political issues in the space of 12 songs and 66 minutes. And yet France-based Senegalese virtuosic bassist, vocalist and composer Alune Wade, who’s worked with Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Oumou Sangare, Bobby McFerrin, Youssou N’Dour and others, achieves this with effortless mastery on Sultan, his fifth solo album in 15 years.

Kitaro - An Enchanted Evening (1995)

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Kitaro - An Enchanted Evening (1995)

Kitaro - An Enchanted Evening (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 416 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 167 Mb | Scans included
Label: Domo Records | # 71005-2 | Time: 01:09:12
New Age, World Fusion, Progressive Electronic

An Enchanted Evening is a live album recorded during Kitaro's world tour in 1995. It features music from his studio album, Mandala, and music from his original score for Oliver Stone's movie, Heaven and Earth. Resonant with exotic Japanese instrumentation along with the more familiar guitar, flute and drums, it shimmers one minute and rumbles the next by turns soothing and stirring, rhythmic and dramatic, yet surprising intimate. It is a unforgettable event with contrasts that takes its cue from nature and spirit drawing refrains of the East and West together.

The Gurdjieff Ensemble & Levon Eskenian - Zartir (2023)

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The Gurdjieff Ensemble & Levon Eskenian - Zartir (2023)

The Gurdjieff Ensemble & Levon Eskenian - Zartir (2023)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 251 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 131 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:55:24
World Fusion | Label: ECM Records

The third album from Levon Eskenian’s remarkable ensemble is its most adventurous to date. As well as reclaiming the music of esoteric teacher G. I. Gurdjieff for folk instrumentation, Zartir situates Gurdjieff in a tradition of Armenian bards and troubadours including Ashugh Jivani, Baghdasar Tbir and the legendary Sayat-Nova. In parallel, an emphasis on pieces for sacred dance reaches its apex in The Great Prayer, an entrancing collaboration between the Gurdjieff Ensemble and the National Chamber Choir of Armenia, which draws upon ritual music of multiple faiths. Arranger Eskenian says, “I believe The Great Prayer is more than a mere ‘composition’. It is one of the most profound and transformative pieces I have encountered in Gurdjieff’s work.” Zartir was recorded in Yerevan in 2021 and mixed and completed in Munich in November 2022 by Levon Eskenian, Tigran Kuzikyan, and Manfred Eicher.

Debademba - Souleymane (2013)

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Debademba - Souleymane (2013)

Debademba - Souleymane (2013)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 262 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 106 Mb
Label: World Village | # WVF 479082 | Time: 00:45:05 | Scans included
West African, World Fusion, African Jazz

Debademba is a group formed from the magical encounter of two fellow musicians: guitarist and inventive beat master Abdoulaye Traore from Burkina Faso and Malian singer Mohamed Diaby, a charismatic griot. These colorful characters are, like the other members of the group, Parisian Africans who are very prominent on the capital's cosmopolitan live music scene. The kind of music they make is modern and explosive, drawing from afrobeat, highlife and mbalax styles, with hints of Mandinka music mixed in, all combined with strong blues elements and the occasional nod to rock. Souleymane is a powerful manifesto and an invitation to celebrate.

Airto Moreira / Flora Purim / Joe Farrel - Three-Way Mirror (1985) {Reference Recordings}

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Airto Moreira / Flora Purim / Joe Farrel - Three-Way Mirror (1985) {Reference Recordings}

Airto Moreira / Flora Purim / Joe Farrel - Three-Way Mirror (1985) {Reference Recordings}
EAC 1.0b1 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 319MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 139MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: World Fusion, Ethnic

Percussionist Airto Moreira, his wife, vocalist Flora Purim, and Joe Farrell (heard on flute, soprano and tenor) had teamed up several times through the years, most notably in the original version of Return To Forever. Farrell would pass away just eight months after this album, but is still heard in fine form on the interesting set.An atmospheric and at times haunting effort.

Al Di Meola - World Sinfonia-Live From Seattle And Elsewhere (2009) {Valiana}

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Al Di Meola - World Sinfonia-Live From Seattle And Elsewhere (2009) {Valiana}

Al Di Meola - World Sinfonia-Live From Seattle And Elsewhere (2009) {Valiana}
EAC 0.99pb5 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 348MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 133MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, World Fusion

Now that the whole Return to Forever reunion experience is in his rearview mirror (and unlikely to be repeated ever again), guitar star Al Di Meola is pursuing his own musical vision with newfound conviction via his World Sinfonia. Essentially an acoustic ensemble featuring Fausto Beccalossi on accordion and Di Meola’s longtime collaborator Gumbi Ortiz on cajon and assorted hand percussion, along with second guitarist Peo Alfonsi, bassist Victor Miranda and drummer Peter Kaszas, this edition of the World Sinfonia has developed a tightly knit chemistry through frequent touring. This limited-edition release, the first in a series of live recordings being sold initially at World Sinfonia gigs, documents their easy rapport in concerts held in Seattle, San Francisco and Istanbul.

Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)

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Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)

Gipsy Kings - Este Mundo (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 285 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included
Flamenco, Rumba Catalana, World Fusion | Label: Columbia | # 468 648-10 | 00:45:36

Formed in France, but rooted in Spanish flamenco tradition, the Gipsy Kings began incorporating pop into their buoyant Latin sound in the late 1980s, eventually leading to massive international success. Released in 1991, ESTE MUNDO finds the ensemble offering up a potent set of acoustic guitar-driven tunes that are marked by percussive strumming, dexterous lead work, and the husky, emotive vocals of bandleader Nicholas Reyes. The core group of six-string players is bolstered on some songs by bass, horns, and/or drums, giving ESTE MUNDO a vibrant atmosphere, particularly on songs such as the surging "Baila Me" and the dreamy title track. Although much of the album is upbeat, the Gipsy Kings also ease into a few mellow instrumental numbers, including the gentle "Lagrimas" and the slightly funky "Ternuras." One of the most consistent and confident outings in the Gipsy Kings' catalogue, ESTE MUNDO is sure to please flamenco aficionados and many other world music fans.

VA - Strings Tradition: Mesmerising Confluence of Kora, Sitar and Violin (2008)

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VA - Strings Tradition: Mesmerising Confluence of Kora, Sitar and Violin (2008)

VA - Strings Tradition: Mesmerising Confluence of Kora, Sitar and Violin (2008)
Mamadou Diabate, Lalgudi GJR Krishnan, Ustad Shujaat Husain Khan

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 380 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 185 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Indian, West African | Label: Felmay/Mystica | # ACW 09017 | Time: 01:03:19

A unique album which brings together the musical traditions of Mali and India and which involves some of the most important musicians of these traditions!

Gipsy Kings - Luna de Fuego (1983)

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Gipsy Kings - Luna de Fuego (1983)

Gipsy Kings - Luna de Fuego (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 209 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 86 Mb | Scans ~ 70 Mb
New Flamenco, Rumba Catalana, World Fusion | Label: Columbia | # 466763 2 | 00:37:27

The Gipsy Kings had major crossover success with their splendid and innovative third album, which used drums, bass, percussion, and synthesizer to beef up the sound. This French import is their first album from 1983, and it is a much more traditional affair, with only acoustic guitars, voices, and hand claps. It shows that artistically the sound did not need to be beefed up; the music is still wonderful. How can an array of seven guitars and full-throated passion not be wonderful? Commercially, the additions to their sound helped break The Gipsy Kings through to a larger audience, but now that their name is known, it should be possible for more people to go back and appreciate this album. It is in no way crude or unpolished, and the artistry and playing are of an equally high quality.

Ravi Shankar - Bridges: The Best of Ravi Shankar (2001)

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Ravi Shankar - Bridges: The Best of Ravi Shankar (2001)

Ravi Shankar - Bridges: The Best of Ravi Shankar (2001)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 384 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 175 Mb | 01:16:12
Indian Classical, Ethnic Fusion | Label: Private Music

BRIDGES is a breathtaking overview of a mere three of the countless projects that sitar legend Ravi Shankar has worked on since his first appearance in the West in the 1930s. INSIDE THE KREMLIN, recorded in a Moscow in the throes of glasnost in 1988, features pieces that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and hypnotic. The more lighthearted tracks culled from TANA MANA include Shankar's good friend the late George Harrison among several other rock luminaries, while modern classical composer Philip Glass is a collaborator on the selections taken from PASSAGES.

Fabiano do Nascimento & Sam Gendel - The Room (2024)

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Fabiano do Nascimento & Sam Gendel - The Room (2024)

Fabiano do Nascimento & Sam Gendel - The Room (2024)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 204 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 109 Mb | Covers included | 00:34:51
Contemporary Jazz, World Fusion, Latin | Label: Real World Records

The Room is a collection of folkloric pieces from various regions around South America, as interpreted by Fabiano do Nascimento and Sam Gendel, on 7-string nylon guitar and soprano saxophone, respectively. Presented with purity and focus, soaring and lamenting, this album presents a unique journey through lesser-known musical landscapes and traditions stretching from Argentina to the Amazon.

Kitaro - Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji (2004) DVD9

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Kitaro - Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji (2004) DVD9

Kitaro - Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji (2004)
DVD9 | NTSC | 16:9 (720x480) VBR | AC3 2.0 192 kbps / 6ch, 384 kbps / DTS | ~ 4.9 Gb
World Fusion, New Age, Ambient | Label: Domo | # 73015-2 | 01:33:36 | Scans ~ 32 Mb

New age music and ancient shrines seem to work well together, as evidenced by top-selling concert CDs and videos (now DVDs) by Keiko Matsui and Yanni over the years. Kitaro's idea for a greatest-hits collection performed at the sacred Yakushiji Temple in Nara, the ancient Japanese capitol, is more about beauty and intimacy than sheer spectacle, although it would be fun to imagine this dramatic presentation in its native setting. The music on this double disc was taken from three live concerts in the summer of 2001, the first concerts ever presented in the temple proper. Not that you need the background to be swept away into the dreamy mysticism that defines Kitaro's twist on the universe, but this temple is the resting place of the ashes of Genjo Sanzo, the seventh century monk who walked the Silk Road from Japan to India, returning from India with the sacred texts that introduced Buddhism into China and Japan.

Kitaro - Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji (2004) 2CDs

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Kitaro - Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji (2004) 2CDs

Kitaro - Daylight, Moonlight: Live in Yakushiji (2004) 2CDs
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 592 Mb | Scans ~ 90 Mb | Time: 01:53:01
World Fusion, New Age, Ambient | Label: Domo | # 73015-2

From the opening chant of the Yakushiji monks, it is apparent that this is going to be a special offering from Kitaro. The legendary World Music pioneer’s live album is a two-CD set recorded over three evenings in the sacred Yakushiji Temple in the ancient Japanese capital, Nara. With full instrumentation, Kitaro reprises nine favorite compositions from earlier albums, plus his Golden Globe Award-winning theme from the Oliver Stone film Heaven & Earth and two previously unreleased tracks. This is a tour de force for Kitaro and ensemble. All the drama, grace and humanity of his usual offerings are here with the added immediacy of the live recording and the profound spirit of the Yakushiki monks who appear on the previously unreleased "Wa" in addition to the opening track. Live in Yakushiji is a broad and deep journey, to inner realms as well as exotic earthly destinations.

Al Di Meola - Heart Of The Immigrants (1993) {Tomato}

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Al Di Meola - Heart Of The Immigrants (1993) {Tomato}

Al Di Meola - Heart Of The Immigrants (1993) {Tomato}
EAC 0.95b4 | FLAC Image level 8 | Cue+Log | Full Scans 600dpi | 364MB + 5% Recovery
MP3 CBR 320 Kbps | 165MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Fusion, World Fusion, Tango

Guitarist Al di Meola has been alternating electric and acoustic projects for the past few years. For this acoustic affair, he teams up with Dino Saluzzi on bandoneon to pay tribute to tango master Astor Piazzolla. The music (even a duet version of "Someday My Prince Will Come") has the flavor of Argentina and uses a wide variety of instrumentations, including an occasional string section and the voice of Hernan Romero. It's recommended to lovers of world music, the modern tango, and those who think of di Meola's guitar playing as being one-dimensional and purely based on speed.