Music

World music to explore with your coffee. Staying calm.

HeartCoffee27CCDC865-F670-49C6-AD74-BAEAB58962A3Music is the universal language. It is all around us, connects us, inspire us. We believe that music is the key for peace and understanding between people. The rhythm and melodies of different cultures from different parts of the world fit together nicely in harmony. If it is possible with the music, we know it is possible with people. – motto of DzsinnKalaDzsi

Music video for Fatoumata Diawara’s ‘Bissa’ from her album Fatou.

FatouFatoumata Diawara‘s debut album, released 2011. From Mali.

Afro-Sambas [1996] – Exquisite recording of Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati and vocalist Mônica Salmaso performing eleven pieces by legendary Brazilian composer Baden Powell de Aquino and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes. The songs refer to African gods and legends, musical sources are sambas de roda, ponto de candomblé, and berimbau rhythms.

Faran – Dune, from Faran album. Fata Morgana album, released 2016.

E5CCD74E-B7D7-41CE-9493-030AD3E897FEThe Faran Ensemble was formed in 2009 by three musicians sharing similar musical vibes and values, who decided to embark together on a spiritual quest. Their journey, expressed in music and sound, reflects the beauty of nature, travelling through different sceneries, from the clean and quiet desert to luscious green hills, sometimes even passing through the hectic noise of the city. Their instruments, the Kamancheh, the Oud, and Percussion, belong to the ancient traditions of the east, allowing the musicians to combine mystical sounds with modern influences. In their music, Mediterranean landscapes weave an enchanted soundscape, a magic carpet to take the listener on a voyage to faraway lands.

The ensemble’s name, Faran, refers to Wadi Faran, a dry desert riverbed which in winter fills with water and life and in summer is silent and pristine. The Faran crosses three countries, but ignores all artificial human borders.

From the Japanese underground scene, Abrada is the second album from Ajate. Recorded in Tokyo at the end of 2016, Ajate is a Japanese band who plays a unique blend of afro-groove dance music mixed with Japanese traditional festival music called “Ohayashi”. Formed in 2011 by the band-leader John Imaeda, Ajate consists of 10 Japanese musicians.

Sona Jobarteh & Band – Kora music from West Africa. Performance in Weimar. Sona Jobarteh is the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a west African Griot family. The Kora is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding peoples of West Africa (Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau). It belongs exclusively to griot families, and usually only men who are born into these families have the right to take up the instrument professionally. Sona Jobarteh combines various genres of African Music and western musical elements.

Chinese erhu: The album “If Only You Could Hear” by Ling Peng and Nick Fletcher. The title track is a raw, plaintive account of Ling’s recent loss of her father. This music moves out of the darkness of bereavement quite beautifully into the light.

Colours of the Night, the final studio recordings of deep, hypnotic Gnawa songs from the late, great Maalem Mahmoud Gania. The recordings are their first release outside of Morocco in 2017, and licensed directly from the Gania family and comes with the support of all who were involved in the original recordings. Colours of the Night is his first album to receive a vinyl release. Maalem Mahmoud Gania was one of Morocco’s most famous Gnawa musicians. Gnawa is a musical and spiritual tradition originating in sub-Saharan Africa that has survived as a subculture within Moroccan society for centuries. The roots of the blues can be heard in its hypnotic rhythms.

Brazilian bossa nova jazz – Under Leaves Under Sky album by LA’s Bossa Zuzu, features mostly originals by leaders Dan Reckard and Capital, along with beautiful songs by three of Brazil’s most distinguished composers. Produced by multi-GRAMMY winning jazz artist Peter Erskine, the album is a fresh rebirth of the Getz/Gilberto sound for the 21st century.

Hands in the Dirt, the new album by North Carolina roots band The Resonant Rogues. American folk music has always had a populist perspective, a vision of music made by the people, for the people. Anchored by the songwriting duo Sparrow and Keith Smith, the Rogues have shared songs with train-hoppers in New Orleans, busked on the streets of Budapest, learned Turkish Romani dance in Istanbul, and marched in protest in the hills of Appalachia. Throughout, the stories they’ve heard and the people they’ve met have fueled their music, which abounds with influences like Eastern European Romani brass bands, New Orleans street jazz, old-time stringbands, Woody Guthrie anti-fascist folk, French jazz manouche, and Middle Eastern rhythms.

Ladilikan, the new album by Trio Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, represents a landmark in cultural cross-fertilisation that both parties rank among the most satisfying musical experiences of their careers. Traditional Mali griot music combined with a legendary Western string quartet.

The Havana ’58 album, Havana Soul Club‘s fourth album, is a blend of Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, Soul, Bossa and Boogaloo – Cuban roots with special guest Brenda Boykin, American jazz and soul singer from the mighty Club Des Belugas with the hypnotic “No Words” and the shuffling “Dizzy’s Bounce”.

Gnawa guitar and afro-jazz: Soundani Manayou/Mrhaba, taken from the 2001 album ‘African Gnaoua Blues‘ by Majid Bekkas (Igloo Records).

Live from Vakok Állami Intézete, album recorded live in 2017 at the Hungarian Institute for Blind and Visually Impaired. By downloading and purchasing this album you support the “Light in the Dark Foundation” helping the blind and visually impaired in Hungary.

Inspirational Chinese musician Bone Lhamo Kyap speaks about nature, love and connection to universal spirit: