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Get ready to go on a riveting ride around the world ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬
Read on for information about the artists and albums these tracks have been sampled from, including links where to find more about each.
We hope you enjoy this new sampler and we look forward to hearing your feedback!
ARC Music team
Track 1: Vou Morrer Assim
From the album: Marrabenta - Marrabenta Music from Mozambique (EUCD2250)
The musicians playing on this track have an intimate knowledge and love for Marrabenta, whether resident in Maputo, composer and performers, graduates of music, or members of South African pop bands. Recorded in true Marrabenta tradition; banter, beer, and whatever else inspired the moment!
“… beautifully played and beautifully produced, and that whiff of nostalgia fits to a tee .” - Songlines
Track 2: Sardos-K
From the album: Tradition 2.1 (EUCD2538)
Korrontzi are traditional Basque musicians who leave no doubt as to their
contemporary appeal, performing with the accompaniment of modern
multi-cultural instruments. Their purpose is to give Basque Country folk
music & Basque ancestral and traditional sounds a contemporary edge.
“ It seems the musical legacy of the Basque country is in good hands .” – Rootsworld
Artist: Emad Sayyah
From the album : Modern Bellydance from Lebanon - The Enchanted Dance ( EUCD1661)
Emad Sayyah made a name for himself by singing, writing and producing music in many different languages and styles. He has also been a professional singer for more than twenty years. His concerts have taken him to many countries around the world. As a composer, he writes soft and harmonic arrangements which facilitate and enhance movement of the body and expression in the dance.
“… Fabulous Lebanese singer… Emad Sayyah is fantastic. If you buy a CD chances are you’re going to love every song” – FreeBellydanceClasses
Artists: Hossam Ramzy & Rafa El Tachuela
From the album : Flamenco Arabe (EUCD1785)
Hossam Ramzy is a true world music superstar. As well as the 25+ albums of Egyptian and world music he has released in his own name, and numerous others as a producer, he has also arranged, performed and recorded with global superstars such as Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Jay-Z, Shakira and many more.
“ He has an instinctive understanding of music, regardless of its use and history .” – Peter Gabriel
Rafa El Tachuela began teaching himself flamenco guitar at the age of thirteen. He intensively studied authentic traditional flamenco as well as modern flamenco styles while with the flamenco guitarist Diego Cortés in Barcelona. One of the focal points in his compositions and guitar work is the exploration of the roots and origins of flamenco and their musical connections with the ancient and complex traditional Arabian culture.
“Rafa’s sound is dramatic, with a powerful delivery wringing emotion out of every note.” - Vintage Guitar Mag
Artist : Insingizi
From the album : Voices of Southern Africa (EUCD1855)
This extraordinary trio from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, offers uplifting performances filled with harmonious a cappella singing, traditional chants, hand percussion, and superb choreography.
“These songbirds have really found their calling” – Songlines
Artist : Gregori Schechter & the Wandering Few
From the album : Klezmer (EUCD1832)
Gregori Schechter, from Vladivostok, former Soviet Union, has a vast first-hand knowledge of all types of Jewish music has been showcased over his expansive career as a performer and composer.
“ His clarinet sometimes singing sweetly, sometimes racing along at breath-taking speed… a true master .” - Discogs
Artist : Ensemble Hüseyin Türkmenler
From the album : Oriental Dance from Turkey (EUCD1915)
Hüseyin Türkmenler began playing the saz (long necked lute) when he was eight years old. An outstanding folk artist with an extraordinary knowledge of Turkish folk music, its songs and music providing an excellent example of a wonderful tradition. His music was used in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall.
“One of the stalwarts of ARC's stable of performers, Huseyin Turkmenler is an exceptional saz player by any measure…” – Allmusic
Artist : Zhou Yu & Ensemble
From the album : Master of the Chinese Erhu (EUCD2645)
Zhou Yu is not only a very fine erhu virtuoso, he is also credited for being a creative and talented composer. Having entered theSichuan Music Conservatory and competing at the Sichuan Music Conservatory Erhu competition, Zhou came out on top with first prize. His award-winning career ranks him as a true Ehru virtuoso.
“Zhou Yu is truly a master of the Erhu …” – Modern Chinese Classic
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Artist : Andrés Fernández Amador
From the album : Absolute Flamenco (EUCD2574)
Andrés Fernández Amador was born in Cuevas de Almanzora in the province of Almería in Andalusia. He grew up with flamenco music. He was taught to play the guitar and to sing by his father Juan el Minelva, at the time the best-known guitarist in the region.
“ I love Spanish music from Spain and South America and this album fills the bill really enjoying it I would recommend it! ” – J.J. Amazon review
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Artist : Enrique Ugarte
From the album : Café Paris - Accordion Favourites (EUCD2106)
Enrique Ugarte studied accordion at the Conservatorio Superior of San Sebastián and has conducted renowned orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra and the Basque National Orchestra. He has also written music for films and theatre, symphony music, operas and musicals. All in all a musician with incredible versatility.
“Ugarte actually is an accordion champion…” – The Free Reed Review