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[Music] Lakou Mizik + 79rs Gang feat. Régine Chassagne, Win Butler, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Iko Kreyò EP

Lakou Mizik, a peach of a band out of Haiti, offer four ripping versions of the classic New Orleans song Iko Iko.

From their Bandcamp site:

Born out of the tragedy of the 2010 earthquake, the members of Lakou Mizik first came together with the goal of promoting positive connections to Haiti through music and culture at a time when international media was filled with negative stories and imagery from the country. They furthered their mission with a celebrated 2016 debut album, “Wa Di Yo,” and multiple international tours.

Lakou Mizik is now preparing to release their second album, “HaitiaNola,” an exploration of the cultural connections between Haiti and New Orleans. Guided by GRAMMY-winning New Orleans producer Eric Heigle (Lost Bayou Ramblers, Arcade Fire, The Soul Rebels), “HaitiaNola” features an A-List of collaborators: Trombone Shorty, Tank from Tank & The Bangas, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, Leyla McCalla, The Soul Rebels, Lost Bayou Ramblers, 79rs Gang, Raja Kassis (Antibalas), Anders Osborne and others. The album will be released by Cumbancha on October 25, 2019.

Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne and Win Butler, longtime advocates of Haitian music and culture, have been supporting the project, and when they heard the rough mixes from the “HaitiaNola” sessions, they decided to work with the band on a new version of one of the songs. “Iko Kreyòl” is a reclamation of the New Orleans classic “Iko Iko,” a standard Mardi Gras chant that many historians believe descended from Haitian folklore. In their retelling, Lakou Mizik and 79rs Gang Mardi Gras Indian band trade off new verses in Haitian Kreyòl and English that celebrate the epic cultural reunion of Haiti and New Orleans. The glory and connection of these cultures are on full display as the traditional Haitian rara horns mix with the New Orleans second line swagger of the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band. By the end, the song winds its way back to its original homeland, Haiti.

The “Iko Kreyòl” EP features the original “HaitiaNola” album version of the song, a Krewe du Kanaval mix, Windöws 98 Dryades to Bèlè Mix, and the 79rs Gang version that will appear on the upcoming 79rs Gang album. A music video of “Iko Kreyol”, filmed in Haiti and New Orleans, will be released later in 2019.

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[Music] THE LIFE AND CAREER OF MUSICAL PIONEER EMILIO APARICIO. — dereksmusicblog

The Life and Career Of Musical Pioneer Emilio Aparicio. Nowadays, the words pioneer and innovator tend to be overused, and musicians who create truly groundbreaking music seem to be sadly, few and far between. While there are some pioneering musicians whose music continues to push musical boundaries, there are no longer as many as there once […]

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[Music] fuvk – you like blue and i like you

Z Tapes continues to put out wonderfully emotive indie music, whether it’s of the bedroom pop variety or something straight-up weird.  They rarely, if ever, seem to fail with their releases.  All credit should go to Filip Zemcik for his near-perfect curation abilities.

fuvk are a emo/indie-pop band out of Austin, Texas who please greatly with music that is pleasing to the ear, but not fluffy or boring.  The tape recordings were a bit unsettling to hear, and they add a bit of spark to an already good EP’s worth of tuneage.

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[Music] Elina Duni: Partir (ECM 2587) — Between Sound and Space: ECM Records and Beyond

Elina Duni Partir Elina Duni voice, piano, guitar, percussion Recorded July 2017, Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines Engineers: Gérard de Haro and Nicolas Baillard (mastering) Produced by Manfred Eicher Release date: April 27, 2018 We are all departing, bound to be torn away, one day or another, from what we love. Here are scenes of departure sung […]

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[Music] Selen Gülün – Many Faces

I’ve had the pleasure of following Selen Gülün’s work for about five years now, and her albums keep getting more and more interesting.  Many Faces sounds like a work straddling the line between music, theater and painting.  The sounds are delicate, graceful, but never sappy.  The vocals are crisp and sharp, with no feeling of wasted motion.  It’s a beautiful album.

I only have one gripe – I would love to see all of her back catalog become available digitally, at least, through Bandcamp and, if possible, to see these all come out on vinyl.  It’s a selfish wish, of course, because I find her music is suited best to the audiophile world, but one can dream.

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[Music] AMN Picks of the Week: Moljebka Pvlse / John Zorn / Muur / Robert Scott Thompson — Avant Music News

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended. Moljebka Pvlse – Komoku (2019) John Zorn / Klezmerson – The Book […]

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[Music] Joel Sarakula – Northern Soul

Even down to his personal look, Joel Sarakula has a 70’s vintage vibe.  He offers two tracks of exceptionally good soul music that would not have sounded out of place 40 years ago, even with the much better studio recording equipment.

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[Music] Various Artists – Neither Vanquished Nor Disgraced: Three Fadista Women in Lisbon, 1929​-​30

Canary Records has never failed in any project they have released.  I consider it almost a sacred duty to buy as many of their releases as possible, and this compilation of Fado is no exception.  The remastering is well done, making each song crisp, but having a well-worn, broken-in feeling.

 

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[Music] Daymé Arocena – Trilogía

Daymé Arocena is the most important artist to come out of Cuba since Celia Cruz, and this is not hyperbole.  She will be seen among the legends of Cuban music if she continues on her trajectory.

I’m looking forward to her latest album, Sonocardiogram, to come out in September of this year. In the meantime, she saw fit to release this EP containing three tracks from that album which give a taste of the World Music stew she’s become famous for. Rhumba, Latin Jazz and other styles flow together effortlessly, reminding one of the more fusion-y elements of Miles Davis while he was working with Hermeto Pascoal. ¡Sabor!, indeed!

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[Music] Various Artists – VI Miracle

We live in an age where a small label from Belarus can pull in musicians from Brooklyn to Siberia.  Ezhevika Records has a massive and talented catalog to pull from, and their latest comp showcases some amazing trip-hop musicians.