Music

Music from around the world to explore with your coffee. IMG_1972

Music 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

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.

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.

Shree Chamundeshwari, a classical hindustani album by Manasi Prasad.

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: