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2006 Festival

The Performers:

Kiran Ahluwalia (India)
Jay Begaye (Diné Nation)
Charanga Cakewalk (Texas/Mexico)
Chirgilchin (Tuva)
Curumin (Brazil)
Prince Diabaté (Guinea, West Africa)
Gamelan Encantada (Albuquerque, NM)
Gjallarhorn (Finland)
Les Yeux Noirs (Gypsy/France)
Aurelio Martinez (Honduras)
Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits (Zimbabwe)
Native Roots (Albuquerque, NM)
Nosotros (Albuquerque/Santa Fe)
Red Stick Ramblers (Louisiana)
Shooglenifty (Scotland)
Slonovski Bal (former Yugoslavia)
Trio Jalapeño de Antonia Apodaca (northern New Mexico)

Press:

2006 Press

Photos:

Photos courtesy of Greg Poulter (thanks!)
Photos of NHCC getting ready for ¡Globalquerque! by Sue Trowbridge

Visitor Feedback:

"¡Globalquerque! was an awesome experience for me. It opened wide a new door of musical appreciation. The best time I've had in a LONG time!"
—Greg P.

"The Tuvans were bone chillingly stunning, and my personal favorites of the whole thing. Plus, they were super nice guys. The day programming was really fun too. This morning my son said that he just realized he missed the 2nd day of kids' things at ¡Globalquerque!, and boy was he bummed! Thanks for taking us around the world in our own city!"
—Katie Stone, KUNM's The Children's Hour

"My husband and I drove 1,100 miles from the Bay Area to attend ¡Globalquerque!, and it was so worth it! If you're into world music, you should put the '07 festival on your calendar. It's a lot of fun, and Albuquerque is a terrific city to visit. Gjallarhorn were indeed amazing; I also loved Curumin (Brazil) and the hit of the festival, Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin."
—Sue T. (Albany, CA)

"I am a local musician studying at UNM and avid world music fan. I got a chance to go to ¡Globalquerque! this weekend. I was excited to hear that Shooglenifty was in town. I was absolutely amazed by the fact that all these bands actually made it to Albuquerque. It was the first time I heard Gjallarhorn, and I fell in love. Also to have a chance to see Chirgilchin was fantastic. Thanks for all your work organizing this event. Can't wait for next year. OH man."
—Robert H.

"I just saw the double feature ¡Globalquerque! documentaries at the Guild theater: the Sumatran music and Festival of the Desert film; the latter features Ali Farka Toure and is absolutely lyrical and beautiful. I am now possessed by the notion of traveling to this festival sometime... in the middle of Mali someplace! The second feature, a documentary about Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, was one of the best I have ever seen, featuring many live concerts in Pakistan and India, and one (funny!) concert in the 70's in the Greek Theater at UC Berkeley, with all the kids dancing around wildly to the truly entrancing music. Thank you SO MUCH for helping to bring these two OUTSTANDING films to us here in Burque, and I am looking forward to seeing as many more of the special ¡Globalquerque! films at the Guild as I can in the next week. Mil gracias, Susanna"

"We saw all or part of the performances of six bands Saturday night at ¡Globalquerque!, which transformed the gorgeous National Hispanic Cultural Center campus into a musical Magic Kingdom. I've never seen so many happy people gathered in one place."
—J.A. Montalbano, Albuquerque Tribune AV Club blog

"¡Globalquerque! was awesome! My wife and I saw at least eight international acts with the highlight being the incredible voice phenomenon and instrumentation of Chirgilchin (Tuva throat singers). Three dance workshops (Tango, Salsa, & Yiddish), plus a chance to spend an hour working with one of the Tuvans teaching the throat harmonics. The event took place @ the National Hispanic Cultural Center. A wonderful venue that I didn't even know existed! It is a clean, expertly crafted Aztec / Toltec style convention center south of Downtown. Next year I plan to go and bring any friends that I can talk into going."
—David & Gail (Colorado)

"It was worth the price of admission at ¡Globalquerque! just for Tuku & the throat singers! Chirgilchin had me hearing things with parts of me that I didn't even know existed..."
—Joy

Other ¡Globalquerque! Programming:

¡Globalquerque! at The Guild (MAP) - a week of international music-related movies and videos.

Fri/Sat, Sept 15/16:
     - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: A Voice From Heaven with short film Laguna Woman (2:30, 6:40)
     - Sumatran Folk Cinema with Festival in the Desert (4:30, 8:40)
Sun, Sept 17:
     - Genghis Blues (2:00, 7:30)
Mon/Tue, Sept 18/19:
     Southwest premieres, featuring the music of Oliver Mtukudzi
     - Neria (3:30, 7:00) with Shanda (5:30, 8:30)
Wed, Sept 20:
     - Changing Times (3:15, 7:00) with Do You Remember Dolly Bell? (5:00, 8:45)
Thur, Sept 21:
     - Baaba Maal: A Voice for Africa (4:30, 7:15) with Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan (5:45, 8:30)

plus world music videos from Oliver Mtukudzi, Lila Downs, Nortec Collective and more!

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A ¡Globalquerque! Tardeadas on Old Town Plaza (MAP), Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6 to 9 pm, featuring:
     - Kulintang Ensemble of Albuquerque: Traditional Filipino music and dance. (Info on the Filipino Community in NM)
     - The Rebbe's Orkestra: Klezmer, Middle Eastern, Sephardic, Balkan and more,

Presented by Mayor Martin J. Chávez, The City of Albuquerque Cultural Services, Old Town Merchants Association, Little Kiss Records and Lo Maduro de La Cultura


A Special ¡Globalquerque! preview concert in Santa Fe - ¡Globalquerque! at The Lensic
211 W San Francisco St (MAP)
Friday, Sept. 22
7:30 pm
Sponsored by the New Mexico Tourism Department
Featuring 2006 festival performers Kiran Ahluwalia (India), Charanga Cakewalk (Texas/Mexico) and 2005 festival performers Yjastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company (New Mexico).

[Kiran Ahluwalia][Charanga Cakewalk][Yjastros]


¡Globalquerque!, in conjunction with the New Mexico Presenters Alliance, coordinated a New Mexico tour for Balkan brass band Slonovski Bal.
     - Thursday, Sept 21 at the Music Recital Hall of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
     - Friday, Sept 22 at Henderson Fine Arts Center of San Juan College, Farmington
     - Saturday, Sept 23 at ¡Globalquerque!

 

Kiran Ahluwalia (India)

KiranWatch the video for "Koka"
Watch Kiran live at the Kennedy Center

It took many years for Kiran Ahluwalia to find one of the last living masters of ghazal—a form of sung poetry that originated in Persia 1000 years ago and reached India 400 years later. When she met Vithal Rao—her teacher—she was exposed to a bygone era, a time before Indian independence when princes and kings employed court musicians to put music to poetry. Kiran is now a bridge to this colorful past, and may be one of the only composers of contemporary ghazals in Canada and even the Western Hemisphere.

Because there is such a vast repertoire of this music today, there are very few ghazal composers, even in India. Singers usually stick to the true classics. But Kiran has long been on a path to mastery so that she could one day compose for the sensual and highly literary poetic form.

It started with learning songs from her parents, both ghazals as well as Punjabi folk songs. "When I was growing up in India, very few people had recordings of any kind," Kiran recalls. "There were state sponsored concerts that people from all over would walk to and crowd into. While some children would get bored, I was perfectly content taking it in, even if I had to stand up the whole time. We had lived in New Zealand for a time and on the way back to India my father bought a reel-to-reel tape player in Hong Kong. We would listen to tapes of Indian music. We would also listen to Bollywood on the radio, and when a song came on that I wanted to learn, my mother would quickly write down the lyrics for me." Kiran studied classical Indian music from the time she was seven, first in India and then in Canada where she immigrated with her parents. After getting an MBA and launching a career as a bond trader in Toronto, she decided to quit her job and become a full time student of music.

Kiran's bi-cultural life experience has made her adept at reaching new audiences—something evident in her thoughtful and modern explanations when on stage. To one recent audience, she explained that ghazals explore the many moods of love, from the ecstatic to the despondent, from pursuing the beloved to feeling the restlessness of unrequited love.

 

Jay Begaye (Diné Nation)

[photo]Jay Begaye is a singer, songwriter, painter, sculptor and a former rodeo contestant. He was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in the small town of Steamboat Canyon, Arizona. A teaching passed down to him by his mother, "Don't say that you can't do something until you've tried it." is a belief that has made Jay the person he is today.

Jay attended his first pow-wow in Salt Lake City and that is where he heard the Snake River Singers. This experience left him with an irresistible urge to compose and sing his own songs. From 1982-1986, Jay began singing with a noted drum group, the White Eagle Singers, and later moved to Canada. There he formed his own group, the Cathedral Lake Singers. He lived in Keremeos, British Columbia, for the next 16 years. He has made several solo recording that combine his love of pow-wow singing with his Navajo heritage. His recording Round Dance in Beauty was a 2001 AFIM Indie Award finalist and earned him Best Male Artist and Best Traditional Recording nominations at the 2001 Native American Music Awards. Jay is known throughout the North American pow-wow circuit for his singing and songmaking talents.

Today, Jay resides in his hometown of Steamboat Canyon, AZ, with his daughter Tiinesha. He works part-time as a substitute teacher at the public high school in Ganado, Arizona and donates a great deal of this time to helping today's youth on the Navajo Reservation.

 

[photo]Charanga Cakewalk (Texas, USA/Mexico)

Watch Charanga Cakewalk live at the Kennedy Center.

Read excellent cover story in the Austin Chronicle.

What happens when a Mexican American is reared on traditional Latino music, progressive rock and cutting edge electronica and plays guitar with the likes of John Mellencamp, Paul Simon and Patty Griffin? The side man in question is Michael Ramos, a multi-instrumentalist, studio whiz, producer and musical visionary.

"As a kid growing up in a Texas small town, I'd hang out with my buddies in front of school," Michael Ramos recalls. "We'd listen to Bad Company and talk about all the rock groups of the day. And my mom and aunt would drive up with Mexican music blaring out of the radio. I remember slinking down in the back seat. My mom would say, 'You shouldn't be ashamed.' But try to tell a 13-year-old kid not to be embarrassed by his family. The fact that this crossed cultural boundaries made it that much more difficult.

"But now I really feel bad for people who only experience one type of music," says Ramos. "There's so much out there. And that has always been something I have thrived on. As a kid, I might have felt a little strange. But now when I look back, I think, 'What a great foundation.' I pulled all those influences along, from classical piano training and the Latin music my grandparents played, to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Dave Clark Five records my dad would buy. It all came together as I got older."

Charanga Cakewalk has released two albums: 2004's Loteria De La Cumbia Lounge and the new Chicano Zen.

 

photoChirgilchin (Tuva)

Check us out in Tuva Online!

Atmospheric and mesmeric, "throat singing" is almost too difficult to describe in words. It must be heard to be believed—the music, produced by resonating low sounds in the throat, creates a middle note and a haunting, flute-like harmonic.

Chirgilchin (meaning "mirage" or "miracle") is a group of musicians from Tuva, a small Russian province north of Western Mongolia. Singing the ancient folk songs in the Tuvan language, the group also plays hand made instruments.

"To hear Chirgilchin live is to experience a revelation of another reality—the reality of the mountains, the horses, the nomadic peasant way of life. Their traditional songs capture the essence of the Tuvans, and at the same time have universal ties to the land, which bring listeners to places they long to be. They remind us of an untouched sanctuary in music—one that rises forth from the earth and blends with the deepest regions of the human voice, rumbling down the memories and hearts of generations upon generations of the Tuvan people of Central Asia." — Asian Week

 

Curumin (Brazil)

curuminLuciano Nakata Albuquerque, born in Brazil to Spanish/Japanese parents, early on earned the moniker Curumin, a term reserved by indigenous Brazilians for their more precocious children. It was the 1970s in Sao Paulo, and with his older brother, Curumin began his journey through the world's music, from Jorge Ben to Devo to Bebeto. By the time he was 8, he'd already formed his first rock band with classmates, with pots and pans substituting for a proper drum kit. Within two years he'd formed another band, this time an instrumental funk group called ZU. By the time he was 14 he was already a percussionist at Sao Paulo's top clubs. By 16 he'd taught himself to play keyboards as well.

Later on in his teens, Curumin enrolled at the prestigious music school Gaviões da Fiel, where he was exposed to the 40-year history of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira), delving deeper into samba during the day, while learning outside school about the B-52s and Run DMC. Curumin and two friends quickly formed Zomba, a band devoted to Brazilian music and classic funk, replete with brass and percussion sections, but accompanied also by a DJ. Zomba were widely praised, spurring a resurgence of interest in the 70s sound in Sao Paulo. Clearly not one to be idle, this multi-tasker was also in a band called Toca with Gustavo Lenza, which would prove to be the blueprint for Achados E Perdidos.

While his psychology degree and aspirations towards professional soccer languished, his musical career was growing ever brighter. Support gigs for established names in MPB ensued, such greats as composer Arnaldo Antunes, the samba-punk singer Andrea Marquee, as well as Brazilian hip-hop groups like Lino Crizz & Guetto Jam and SP Funk. It was with these groups that Curumin got his first taste of world touring, blowing away audiences across Latin America and Europe.

As Zomba transformed gradually into his own solo project, he reconfigured his now sizable catalog to suit his many disparate interests and experiences, the result of which was Achados e Perdidos. This album summarizes all that is Curumin, from his ethnic background to the soul of his home in Sao Paulo.

 

Gamelan Encantada (Albuquerque)

Gamelan Encantada is a percussion ensemble with roots in the metallophone orchestras of Southeast Asia, specifically those of Central Java in Indonesia.  In addition to presenting traditional Javanese music, Gamelan Encantada is committed to commissioning and performing contemporary and experimental music, with a focus on works by New Mexican composers.

 

Gjallarhorn (Finland)

[photo]Gjallarhorn (pronounced YAHL-ahr-horn) features world music that is firmly rooted in the Swedish folk music of Finland, as well as the Norwegian and the Swedish traditions. Its talented performers offer the listener a personal, punchy, and yet nuanced, sound-world which rings to the echoes of the ancient Scandinavian folk traditions. Through their intense and witty interpretations, allied to an innovative combination of instruments, the group creates a fascinating landscape around their mythical medieval ballads, hymns and whirling minuets.

Gjallarhorn's dynamic and expressive arrangements of world music have brought the old Nordic tonalities to modern audiences within fields as diverse as jazz, rock and world music. As one of the leading exports within the field of Nordic music, the group also frequently tours the international arena, appearing in leading world music festivals.

The narrative of Gjallarhorn's songs spring primarily from Nordic mythology. The Gjallarhorn is the horn with which the gatekeeper god, Heimdal, sent messages from the gods of Asgård to the mortals of Midgård. The name of the horn is related to the word gjala, which means "to shout" or "to sing out."

Tower epulse writes: "Gjallarhorn has the sound that's most ear-friendly to Westerners, partly due to the lush vocals of Jenny Wilhelms, a folk diva with a Sandy Denny-ish ability to evoke deep emotion." Prog Archives describes the band as being "...like nothing we have heard before... the quartet [is] led by the celestial voice of Jenny Wilhelms... You'll get hooked on their music."

 

Les Yeux Noirs (Gypsy/France)

Les Yeux NoirsSee them live at the Kennedy Center.

Les Yeux Noirs, French for "The Black Eyes," takes their name from the title of a Russian gypsy tune made famous by Django Reinhardt in the '30s. It's the perfect name for a French octet that plays their own variety and melding of Gypsy and Yiddish music, with a nod to Manouche (or French Gypsy) jazz. Violin-wielding brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak have produced a band that is considered and complex yet wild and occasionally raucous. Theirs is a sound that ignores the divisions of political maps, sneaks past border patrols and extends the hand of fraternity right across Central and Eastern Europe.

The band's repertoire begs the musical question: what has been the relationship of Gypsies and Jews? The musical styles of the two cultures have much in common, a direct result of shared experiences and suffering of both peoples. Both were major targets of the Nazis, though the Holocaust was not the first oppression suffered by either group. Both were dispersed throughout their respective histories and followed a similar geographic sequence. A life of exile created a special relationship with music for Gypsies and Jews.

It's an exhilarating, winding journey, most often conducted at a pedal-to-the-metal, breakneck speed. Fans of Taraf de Haidouks or Nigel Kennedy's work with the Polish band Kroke are well-advised to get on board.

Photo of Les Yeux Noirs by Valérie Dayan.

 

Aurelio Martinez (Honduras)

[photo]Sound samples
Info on the Garifuna people

Afropop Worldwide's Newcomer of the Year - 2004
Afropop Worldwide interview.

A different view of Congressman Martinez

One of the most extraordinary and passionate Garifuna artists of his generation, Aurelio Martinez follows in the footsteps of the legendary Parranderos of the Caribbean coast of Central America to become the new voice of the Afro-Venezuelan form of music known as Parranda. Acclaimed for both his preservation and modernization of this musical tradition, Aurelio's virtuosity is found in his distinctive, penetrating vocals and his talent as a composer.

Born in 1976 into a family possessing a long and distinguished musical tradition in the small Garifuna community of Plaplaya in Honduras, at the age of six he was already playing drums at social gatherings and picking up his father's guitar as soon as he was big enough to hold it gathering a vast repertoire, which later enabled him to develop his playing and his own style. An original member of the Garifuna All Star Band, Aurelio has taken his Parranda music to stages in France, Japan, USA, Mexico and neighboring Central American countries.

 

Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits (Zimbabwe)

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[photo]Oliver Mtukudzi is the best-selling artist in his home country of Zimbabwe, Africa. Lovingly called "Tuku" for short, Oliver began recording in the mid-1970s as a member of Wagon Wheels, a band that also featured Thomas Mapfumo. After Wagon Wheels rolled to fame in Southern Africa, Tuku formed Black Spirits, the band that has backed him throughout his career.

Tuku has been heavily influenced by chimurenga, the genre pioneered by Mapfumo that is inspired by the hypnotic rhythms of the mbira (thumb piano). However, chimurenga is just one of many styles performed by Tuku, as his music also incorporates pop influences, South African mbaqanga, the energetic Zimbabwean pop style JIT, or the traditional kateke drumming of his clan, the Korekore.

While Tuku's music is undeniably contagious, it is his lyrics that have captured the hearts of his people. The words to his songs, performed in the Shona language of Zimbabwe as well as English, invariably deal with social and economic issues. In the face of political turmoil and a horrific AIDS epidemic that has swept the African continent, Oliver's humor and optimism creates an appeal that crosses generations. One of Tuku's biggest fans is Bonnie Raitt, who has not only called Oliver "a treasure", but has also used his music as inspiration for the song "One Belief Away" on her album Fundamental.

 

Native Roots (Albuquerque, NM)

[photo]Native Roots reaches out with a message of pride, unity, and respect among all nations, through the universal language of music. Rooted in the Rasta philosophy of One Love and Native American philosophy of Respect among all people, Native Roots brings to the people an uplifting and high energy musical experience.

Formed in 1997 by musician/composer John Williams and vocalist/lyricist Emmett "Shkeme" Garcia, this Albuquerque-based band is dedicated to the sound and spirit of Native American and Reggae music. With a taste of blues, Native Roots make a unique and dynamic addition to the Native American, as well as international reggae music scene.

Native Roots has played throughout Native Country and Reggae festivals around the United States. Working with popular reggae bands such as Israel Vibration, Burning Spear, Toots and the Maytals, and Fully Fulwood has brought Native Roots into the heart of the reggae scene in. Native Roots has also worked with Native artists like Robert Maribal, Keith Secola, and Indigenous. Venues Native Roots played include the Winter Olympics, Cherokee Tribal Fair, Seminole Tribal Fair, Sundance Film Festival and the National Indian Education Association Conventions.

Rooted from experiences and realities of growing up on the reservation, Native Roots reaches out to the grass roots people in a way few others can. Lyrical themes include the importance of traditional languages and culture, spirituality, respect of our elders, value of our youth, and love. These are the values that will guide people away from alcohol and suicide, and bring families together.

Reggae music has made a great impact on Native American tribes, especially in the Southwest. The words of Bob Marley reflect in many ways the Native American experience, and the beat of reggae music is similar in feeling to that of Native American music. It is with spirit that Native Roots presents their music and message.

 

Nosotros (Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM, USA)

photoNosotros seamlessly combines Latin rhythms with the elements of Flamenco, Jazz, Salsa, and Rock, creating an original sound that is unmistakably their own. The award-winning ensemble began as a guitar trio in 1994 and was based in the southern New Mexico town of Las Cruces. The band gained an almost immediate following while playing every venue the town had to offer. Nosotros successfully self-produced two albums, Palomo and Pico, both of which received excellent reviews and sold very well. In early 2001, Nosotros combined its line-up with the local jazz trio Quantum.

By September 2001, Nosotros was selling out shows and relocated to the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, firmly establishing themselves as one of the most popular bands in New Mexico. In February 2002, Nosotros caught the ear of percussionist/producer Chris Trujillo. Trujillo is best known for his work with Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, Rod Stewart, Toto and Diana Ross. In November of 2003, Nosotros released their third album, self-titled Nosotros, produced by Trujillo. This self-titled album received numerous awards, cementing the group’s reputation as a Latin music powerhouse. At the 2004 New Mexico Music Industry Awards, Nosotros received several awards including Album of the Year.

Currently recording their fourth album, Nosotros continues to take their unique blend of Latin music to new levels, bringing many different styles of music to new places and many more people.

 

Prince Diabaté (Guinea, West Africa)

Prince DiabatePrince Diabaté hails from a prominent, Malinké family from Guinea, West Africa. He learned his art from his father, Djéli Sori Diabaté. Breaking with tradition, his father also taught Prince's mother, Hadja Djéli Sira Cissoko, to play kora. The young boy became an exceptionally early starter by accompanying his parents to their concerts throughout West Africa. Despite his father's disapproval, he decided to make music his life. When he was eight years old, former Guinean President, Sekou Touré, came to his home town, Kindia, for a celebration in Independence Square. Braving the outraged soldiers and his own fear, the young musician grasped his kora, threw himself at the President's feet and played a special song for him. Greatly touched by his skill and audacity, Sekou Touré became his benefactor, enrolling him into the National Children's Theatre in Conakry. At sixteen years of age, he won first prize in an international kora competition in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and acquired his nickname, "Prince Diabaté, Prince of the Kora."

Considered to be one of the leading kora players of his generation, Prince Diabaté brings not only total mastery over his ancestral tradition, but a commitment to renew it through fresh ideas and exchanges with musicians from many cultures. His collaborations have included artists and groups as diverse as The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Adam del Monte (Flamenco) Hassan Hakmoun (Gnawa) and Grammy winners Michael Brook (guitarist-producer-composer) and Ozomatli (Hip-Hop fusion.) Moving easily between the traditions of Manden music and modern fusion, Prince Diabaté has incorporated reggae, rap and blues into his work punctuated by the occasional, funky use of the wah-wah pedal. Recently, he has adapted the music of the Wassolou to his repertoire, which he plays, self-taught and kora-style, on the kamelen n'goni. The result is entirely his own: a fresh, powerful brand of twenty-first century Manden music, which remains strongly rooted in traditional codes and references.

 

Red Stick Ramblers (Louisiana, USA)

[photo]The Red Stick Ramblers formed in Baton Rouge, LA in 1999 playing clubs and parties around LSU. They quickly became the favorite live act of the area, with college students and club-goers flocking to listen, but more importantly to dance, to the Ramblers' rockin' roots sound which consists of Cajun, country and blues done with their own inimitable style. The Ramblers soon began packing clubs and dancehalls in the neighboring hub of Lafayette, and attending local festivals such as Lafayette's Festival International de Louisiane and the world-renowned New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The next few years found the band playing clubs and festivals throughout the south from Texas to Florida, up and down the East Coast of the U.S., and in Eastern Canada and France. They also released their first two records, The Red Stick Ramblers and Bring it on Down. Following the release of Bring it on Down, the Ramblers' line up went through some changes with members Joel Savoy, Ricky Rees, and Josh Caffery leaving the band to pursue other careers. Founding members Linzay Young (lead vocals), Chas Justus (guitar) and Glenn Fields (drums) vowed not to break the bond they had forged over the years and recruited bassist Eric Frey, whom they met at a festival in his home state of Alabama, and veteran fiddler Kevin Wimmer of Balfa Toujours to continue the Rambler legacy. They have since recorded a third album, Right Key, Wrong Keyhole (recorded and produced by Dirk Powell), and toured extensively throughout the South and East and in parts of Canada, securing a place for themselves in the world of Americana and Roots music and wherever people hear their infectious and unforgettable blend of traditional and original music. The Ramblers are in the process of finishing up their fourth album, yet to be titled, the second with Dirk Powell, which they expect to be released in 2006.

 

Shooglenifty (Scotland)

[photo]Famous the world over for inventing Techno Ceildh, Acid Croft, Hypnofolkadelia, call it what you will, Shooglenifty was formed out of furious jam sessions in Edinburgh's pubs and clubs. The innovative treatment of trad sounds launched the band on an international career that has seen them play globally from Sydney to Singapore, Canada to Cuba.

The band members' previous experiences include stints with Capercaillie, the House Band, Mouth Music and Miro. Several of the members had also been part of the Edinburgh "psychobilly" act, Swamptrash. The band's influences are much wider than the average Celtic revivalists, including mentions for Captain Beefheart, the Fall and modern ambient/techno artists (they have also released club remixes of some of their material).

Shooglenifty has been joined onstage by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who was seen in a photo in papers around the world holding up A Whisky Kiss and delightedly proclaiming, "Buy this CD!" They've performed in front of HRH The Prince of Wales, who was seen clapping along to their infectious beat, alongside Robin Cook and Nelson Mandela. The group has released six albums, including their latest, 2005's live release Radical Mestizo, which represents the pick of tracks from gigs taped in Mexico City, Veracruz, Indiana, Glasgow and Glenuig.

 

[photo]Slonovski Bal (former Yugoslavia)

Slonovski Bal is a group of eight musicians from the former Yugoslavia who now live in France. They perform Balkan brass band music, grooving to the sounds of tubas, the water-flow of the accordeon, the tender whisper of the clarinet or the blasting clamour of the trumpet. Slonovski Bal steps out like a herd of young elephants jogging through this oriental breeze.

Slonovski Bal, which means "The Elephant's Ball" in Serbian, is a breeze flowing from the central European Balkans, mingling with a unique mix of Gypsy, European, Slavic, Turkish and Mediterranean cultures.

 

Trio Jalapeño de Antonia Apodaca
(Rociada/Española, New Mexico)

[photo]Trio Jalapeño keeps the spirit of Northern New Mexico alive into a new century. The trio features the fiery octogenarian Antonia Apodaca, radio personality Ray Casias and woodcarver Bernardo Jaramillo.

Antonia comes from a family of musicians in Rociado, New Mexico and continues to create new songs to stand along the chotis, polkas and wedding dances learned from her mother and captured on her 1987 CD Recuerdos de Rociada (Memories of Rociada).

Ray Casias was born and raised in the Española Valley and is a noted singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has composed over 200 songs and is presently the Program Director for KDCE Spanish Radio in Española.

Bernardo Jaramillo is a retired military veteran who performs on the toloche, or acoustic bass viol.

The trio perform at dance parties all over New Mexico as well as sharing a stage with Los Lobos in Santa Fe last year.

 

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