Artists like Faiyaz Khan, Hirabai Barodekar, Dattreya Vishnu Paluskar, and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, expertly presented by Ian Nagoski.
Starkly haunting, tearing masterpieces of rebetika from 1933-37, when Rita and Roza ruled the roost. The best Greek composers and musicians around, too.
Almaz, the legendary Ethiopian singer’s first LP, heavy and hypnotic, accompanied by the Ibex Band in 1973, on the eve of the break-up of Haile Sellassie’s Imperial Body Guard Band.
Rocking takamba from northern Mali — hypnotic electrified traditional guitar accompanied by earworm calabash rhythms. With a bonus seven of acoustic performances. A Mississippi-Sahel co-presentation.
Two years since the Portland guitarist’s last for Mississippi, and worth the wait — solo instrumentals from the heart, driving her bluesy sensibility a few times round the Appalachians, this time.
Imperial Bodyguard Band singer — alongside Mahmoud Ahmed and Tilahun Gessesse — who tuned his guitar like an oud. Oromo reasoning about love, existence and resistance, with a tasty Arab twang.
45s from 1967-74, blending Ethiopian groove and folk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll.
Charlie Brooks’ field recordings from 2002, featuring violin players and throat-breathing singers.
Underground garage rock from Mali — smoking, lo-fi, punky, crunchy riff-outs — side by side with beautiful acoustic performances, full of soul and rapture. Co-presented with Sahel Sounds.
‘Stunningly beautiful 1949 recordings. At the time many audience-members found themselves crying uncontrollably… happy and whole. We hope this record can bring a similar experience to the modern day listener.’
Lomax’s first recording of Blind Sid in August 1942, near Sledge, Mississippi, where the Hemphill band was appearing at a country picnic.
Mississippi is pleased as Punch: ‘unbelievably great psychedelic garage rock up there with the 13th Floor Elevators, Love and The Seeds but with an outsider edge. Easily one of the best Mississippi releases ever.’