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The Tel Aviv Session mixes African and Middle Eastern acoustic sounds, with Israeli pop star Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré combining forces to create The Touré-Raichel Collective. This potent mix of piano and guitar, accompanied by bass and calabash, is simple yet lush and entrancing. Certainly the freebie “Bamba” features excellent playful instrumentation, and the rare vocals on “Alkataou” are splendid, but this is an album to be listened to in its entirety, to be drawn into an unusual international musical collaboration (as briefly outlined by NPR).
<a href=”http://store.cumbancha.com/album/the-tel-aviv-session” data-mce-href=”http://store.cumbancha.com/album/the-tel-aviv-session”>The Tel Aviv Session by The Touré-Raichel Collective</a>
Just like the recently reviewed Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, this fine album comes Cumbancha.

The Tel Aviv Session mixes African and Middle Eastern acoustic sounds, with Israeli pop star Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré combining forces to create The Touré-Raichel Collective. This potent mix of piano and guitar, accompanied by bass and calabash, is simple yet lush and entrancing. Certainly the freebie “Bamba” features excellent playful instrumentation, and the rare vocals on “Alkataou” are splendid, but this is an album to be listened to in its entirety, to be drawn into an unusual international musical collaboration (as briefly outlined by NPR).

Just like the recently reviewed Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, this fine album comes Cumbancha.

Amadou & Mariam have, as part of NPR’s Field Recordings series, recorded an acoustic version of “Wily Kataso.”  As always their distinctive voices and Amadou’s slightly-jangling guitar playing combine gloriously, pulsing with raw energy in this live video.  Being seated in a brick-walled room in Harlem with a small audience makes no difference: this is great music played by a truly talented couple.

Elephant Revival play acoustic neo-folk, blissfully beautiful multi-layered music that is often completely chilled-out, yet thankfully for ears like mine they are not afraid of uptempo dancier tunes either.  Hailing from Nederland, Colorado, they represent my home-state well, and truly thrive in the live environment.  Given that, here are some recent live performances of theirs, including a spectacular full concert via DittyTV and a radio show courtesy of KBUT Community Radio.  As a bonus, there’s a nice remix from Emancipator cleverly called “Elephant Survival.”  This is intimate bluegrass played by master musicians, amongst the best of the current crop of future-forward new-grass:
Watch a full live show on DittyTV
 <a href=”http://emancipator.bandcamp.com/track/elephant-survival” data-mce-href=”http://emancipator.bandcamp.com/track/elephant-survival”>Elephant Survival by emancipator</a>

Elephant Revival play acoustic neo-folk, blissfully beautiful multi-layered music that is often completely chilled-out, yet thankfully for ears like mine they are not afraid of uptempo dancier tunes either.  Hailing from Nederland, Colorado, they represent my home-state well, and truly thrive in the live environment.  Given that, here are some recent live performances of theirs, including a spectacular full concert via DittyTV and a radio show courtesy of KBUT Community Radio.  As a bonus, there’s a nice remix from Emancipator cleverly called “Elephant Survival.”  This is intimate bluegrass played by master musicians, amongst the best of the current crop of future-forward new-grass:

Watch a full live show on DittyTV