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Musical Geography – An Interactive Map to World Music @ www.worldmusicsound.net

Did you ever wonder just exactly where a particular country of musical interest to you might be located? On the other hand, perhaps maybe, you would just like to have a view of  all of the countries of the world, so that you can truly be aware of  just all there is out there to explore in the vast and diverse universe of world music. Well, this handy interactive world map should meet all your geographic needs quite nicely.

This map is the beginning of a website which I started some time ago (www.worldmusicsound.net). However, due to technical difficulties I have had to put the project on hold for awhile, hence the blog. Trust me though, you still have access to quite a useful little tool here when it comes to your musical exploration of the world. If you poke around a little, you will discover that it is quite detailed in its coverage, right down to the smallest of little islands situated out there in the gigantic ocean- literally in the middle of nowhere! While working with the creators of this map as they adapted it specifically for my site, I was amazed at  the huge number of  the world’s countries which I discovered in the process. What an education! I cannot wait to explore them all from a musical standpoint.

So go ahead and explore a little bit  and see what you can discover for yourself. Just click on the continent of your choice and you will be directed to a more detailed rendition of the area. I will caution you, however, that this is still somewhat of a work in progress  and could definitely use some fine tuning in parts, but nonetheless it still serves its purpose quite well.

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February 24, 2009 at 1:44 am Leave a comment

Sun, Sand, and Surf, Reggae Style – Experience A Little Caribbean Bliss During Those Long, Cold Boston Winters

I just got back from a wonderful vacation in the sun!!! I have always found that even though it may be freeeeezing outside, I can still somewhat recreate my warm and sunny vacation experience with a little of bit of the right music. When it comes to the Caribbean sun and surf, or a warm, sunny fantasy  getaway to  anywhere for that matter, I have found that reggae music always does the trick for me.  Try it, whether you have just been on such a vacation or not, and see if it doesn’t take a little bit of the edge off of winter for you! Oh, and a coconut rum cola or two, or other island beverage of choice, to go along with your audio pleasure doesn’t hurt either. 

Just in case your looking for a good place to start in your quest for reggae music, take a look at our grand collection here at the Boston Public Library. While Bob Marley and the Wailers are considered the classic for this genre, I have included a wide selection of artists for you to sample in this playlist.  For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies of any item in our collection online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up. As this list includes only some of what’s actually available in our reggae collection,  be sure to explore the rest of the catalog as well. Remember, if a title which interests you is currently checked-out, just hop onto our reserve list.

1. Reggae Gold. 2007 – Various artists  

2. Latin Reggae – Various artists

3. Spirits in the Material World: a reggae tribute to the Police – Various artists

4. Legend: the best of Bob Marley and the Wailers

5. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live (vol. 1)

6. Oai e Libertat – Massilia Sound System

7. Jah No Dead: an introduction to Burning Spear

8. Collie Buddz – Collie Buddz

9. Jimmy Cliff in The Harder they Come: original soundtrack recording

10. Light Your Light – Toots & the Maytals.

February 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library World Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (2/13/09)

The cds in this order contain a wide variety of genres including Afropop, reggae, flamenco, Latin, and Indian and global fusions. Click on the links below to hear excerpts from them. As this is just a sampling of what we have to offer, come on in to the main library at Copley Square or any one of  our branches conveniently located throughout the city of Boston and “check out” more of our fabulous world music collection. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up.

1. Into Silence – Deva Premal (Indian Fusion) (Review)

2. Peace Time – Jack DeJohnette (World Fusion) (Review)

3. Serenata – Armik (Spain) (Review)

4. Jah is Real – Burning Spear (Jamaica) (Review)

5. Rough Guide to African Rap – Various artists (Review)

6. Rough Guide to Flamenco Nuevo – Various artists (Review)

7. 45 – Jaguares (Mexico) (Review)

8. Musica Ranchera: Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas – Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano (Mexico/USA) (Review)

9. No es de Madera – Joan Sebastian (Mexico) (Review)

10. Putumayo: Cafe Cubano – Various artists (Review)

11. Viva la Revolucion – Ruben Ramos (Mexico/USA) (Review)

February 21, 2009 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

Flamenco! – “Check Out” Our Selection of CDs at the Boston Public Library

In honor of the 10th Annual Flamenco Festival here in town this weekend (2/13-2/15), I have listed here many of the flamenco music CDs in the BPL’s collection. If you’re a little unsure about whether or not this kind of entertainment is for you, well then here’s your chance to flamenco2get a little musical exposure to this fine art before actually purchasing a ticket for a show. Of course, seasoned flamenco fans will also enjoy these selections as well. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies of any item in our collection online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up. Remember, if a title which interests you is currently checked-out, just hop onto our reserve list.

 

1. Barcelona (audio samples)

2. Best of Esteban (audio samples)

3. Aires Flamencos

4. Cal (audio samples)

5. Cositas Buenas (audio samples)

6. Flamenco

7. Flamenco Groove Sessions

8. Flamenco Guitar Recital (audio samples)

9. Flamenco New Grooves (audio samples)

10. FlamencoObsesionArte (audio samples)

11. Gypsy Flamenco Rumba (audio samples)

12. Qawwali Flamenco

13. Rough Guide to Flamenco (audio samples)

14. Rough Guide to Latin-Arabia (audio samples)

February 11, 2009 at 2:54 am Leave a comment

Boston Public Library’s Bellydance Music Collection on CD

As a follow-up to my previous review on Sunday Bellydance Night at the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub, I thought I’d just let you in our some of our great local resources here at the BPL as far as recorded music goes. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies of any item in our collection online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up. Here is some of what we have to offer in the area of belly dance music, but there is more available within our collection of DVDs, so be sure to explore in this area as well. Remember, if a title which interests you is currently checked-out, just hop onto our reserve list.

1. Cafe Belly Dance

2. Cairo Nights (audio samples)

3. Master of the Egyptian Bellydance (audio samples)

4. Rough Guide to Bellydance Cafe (audio samples)

5. Turkish Bellydance (audio samples)

6. Babelsque (audio samples)

7. Modern Bellydance from Lebanon (audio samples)

February 10, 2009 at 3:57 am Leave a comment

10th Annual Boston Flamenco Festival – Hosting International Stars at The Cutler Majestic Theatre (Feb. 13th, 14th, & 15th – All Weekend)

The first of two shows which comprise this year’s festival is the Boston premiere of La Puerta Abierta (The Open Door) and features the flamenco artistry of Isabel Bayon of Spain. She is a longtime dance favorite with a performance career of more than 30 years. She will be accompanied, in part, by Spanish vocalist Terremoto, an icon in the world of cante flamenco. This show is for one performance only, on Friday evening.

The second show is by Noche Flamenco of Madrid, currently considered to be the premiere touring  dance company from Spain. Soledad Barrio, it’s lead dancer and co-founder who has won numerous international awards, is haled as one of the greatest ballet/flamenco dancers of all time. The troupe will perform on Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well as a matinee on Sunday.

Tickets are $65.00, $50.00, and $40.00. The Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8:00, the Sunday matinee at 2:00, and the final performance on Sunday evening  at 7:00. However, one hour before each show, there will be a lecture given by dance critic Debra Cash. Here are further concert details as well as a map of the neighborhood, including restaurant locations.

February 9, 2009 at 2:07 am Leave a comment

Bollywood at the Boston Public Library – Check Out Our CD Collection

Bollywood is currently all the rage on the world music scene! We have quite a sampling of Indian motion picture soundtracks here at the BPL, and if you want to take in all the action of these fine films as well, then have a look at our Bollywood collection of DVDs. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies of any item in our collection online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up. Here is some of what we have to offer. Remember, if a title which interests you is currently checked-out, just hop onto our reserve list.

1. Rough Guide to Bollywood Gold (audio samples)

2. Jab We Met (audio samples)

3. Metro  

4. Om Shanti Om (audio samples)

5. Train

6. Guru

7. Salaam-E-ISHQ (audio samples)

8. Singh Is Kinng (audio samples)

9. Ultimate Bollywood Collection (with DVD)

10. God Tussi Great Ho (audio samples)

February 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm Leave a comment

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