World Music

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Ghazalaw (Gwyneth Glynn / Tauseef Akhtar) - Grupo Batuque/Various

Ghazalaw (Gwyneth Glynn / Tauseef Akhtar) - Ghazalaw Artist Ghazalaw (Gwyneth Glynn / Tauseef Akhtar)
Title Ghazalaw
Label Marvels Of The Universe
Ghazalaw, the eponymous debut album from the Wales / India collaboration, will be the latest album to be released on Cerys Matthews’ record label ‘Marvels of The Universe’ in co-production with Theatr Mwldan.

Ghazalaw is  a sublime musical meeting between acclaimed Indian ghazal singer–musician Tauseef Akhtar from Mumbai and Gwyneth Glyn, one of Wales’ leading singer-songwriters from Cricieth, North Wales.

Ghazalaw is a musical love-match, the marriage of two great traditions of love poetry and traditional music: the ghazal singing of the Indian subcontinent and the folk song of Wales. The pairing is unique – ghazal singing has never been fused with any alien musical tradition before – and reveals a remarkable and unexpected affinity between those two traditions. The ease with which they blend into something new and coherent is striking, even obvious.

Tauseef Akhtar served a ten year ‘apprenticeship’ with the greatest ghazal singer of modern times, the ‘King of Ghazal’ Jagjit Singh, responsible for drawing ghazal singing out from its Muslim and Urdu enclave; Tauseef now carries the torch forwards with Ghazalaw.

Gwyneth Glyn is steeped in the linguistic and poetic richness of her homeland, inspired by the landscape of Wales and centuries of tradition. Yet she stands at the forefront of a new Welsh generation keen to seek out and celebrate all the many affinities that tie two distant parts of the world together.

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Gogol Bordello - Live From Axis Mundi (CD+DVD) Artist Gogol Bordello
Title Live From Axis Mundi (CD+DVD)
Label Side One Dummy
Available as a CD and DVD set packaged in a deluxe digipack, and digital download. The CD features six tracks from the band’s BBC sessions, a previously unrealeased track from the ’Super Taranta!’ recording sessions and three live tracks from Irving Plaza in NYC.
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Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle Artist Gogol Bordello
Title Trans-Continental Hustle
Label Columbia
’Trans-Continental Hustle’ is the sixth studio album from the New York based act Golgol Bordello. The gypsy-punk outfit take influence from their Eastern European roots and here draw inspiration from lead man Eugene Hutz’s time spent in Brazil, culminating in flamenco beats with the bands gypsy-punk sound. The album was produced by Rick Rubin who also signed them to his American Recordings label and worked very closely with lead man Hutz to craft the array of world genres into the danceable punk sound found here.
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GOOGOOSH - Googoosh Artist GOOGOOSH
Title Googoosh
Label Finders Keepers
Mid-tempo pulsating pop paeans awash with expertly orchestrated strings (akin to that of some of the most intense European film composers) provide the backdrop for unrequited love songs revealing poetic premonitions of impeding cultural heartbreak.

Other tracks combine unlikely jazz, bossa and early ndisco influences unconsciously inducing political paranoia from the era’s brooding anti-pop regime.
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Price: £9.99

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