WOMAD USA Cheats Death, Returns With Afro-Celt Sound System

Split between producers leads to dueling world music events in Seattle.

Mondo Pop Festival Replaces WOMAD USA

Co-producers split over money, scheduling; One Reel plans more inclusive substitute.

Moreno Veloso Plugs In Musical Typewriter

Caetano's son combines bossa, samba, electronica on debut album.

Varttina Finish Finnish Myth Cycle With Ilmitar

Band's eighth album nearly lost to contractual limbo.

Eliza Carthy Delivers Angels & Cigarettes To U.S.

Daughter of U.K. folkies Martin Carthy, Norma Waterson gets original on new CD.

Joi Spread Anglo-Asian Vibe On We Are Three

Group continues following co-founder Haroon Shamsher's 1999 death.

Iraqi Idol Kazem Al-Saher Releases The Impossible Love

Persian Gulf star's 12th album marks his first U.S. CD.

Big Youth Grows Up On Natty Universal Dread

Legendary Jamaican toaster's career celebrated on new three-CD set.

Airto Moreira Returns With Homeless

Brazilian percussionist goes electronic on first solo album in seven years.

Paul Pena Sings The Genghis Blues

Blind throat-singing bluesman's Tuvan journey documented on video, soundtrack album.

Banco De Gaia Goes To Extremes For "Igizeh"

Master Musicians Of Jajouka Release New Album, Cancel U.S. Tour

Group leader Bachir Attar fears Moroccan village's music on verge of extinction.

Chico Cesar Bursts Out Of Brazil

Singer/songwriter's live debut, Aos Vivos, and eponymous studio collection hit U.S.

Thomas Mapfumo Creates Music Of Struggle

Zimbabwean star's Chimurenga Explosion criticizes Mugabe government, raises singer's profile.

Rumba On The River

Master Musicians of Jajouka, Hossam Ramzy Top Week's Releases

New music by Spaccanapoli, Tangerine Dream, Luis Bacalov, Pepe Aguilar also hits racks.

Spaccanapoli Sing Protest Songs From Streets Of Naples

Italian group's Lost Souls combines protest songs, revives traditional dances.

Totó La Momposina Takes It To The River

The Colombian singer keeps regional rhythms vital on Carmelina.

Marie Louise Updates Antoine Kolosoy's Rumba Hits

'Wendo' reprises songs that made the Congo dance in 1940s, '50s.

Te Vaka Dive Into Island Music, History On Ki Mua

Samoan band's second album delivers an offshore-inland hybrid of log-drumming and folk-rock harmonies.

The Very Best of George Dalaras Distills a Prolific Career

The Greek singer/guitarist/citizen releases best-of album, remains politically active.

Buju Banton, ¡Cubanismo! Top Week's New Releases

Susana Seivane, Sabah Habas Mustapha, Paco De Lucia also deliver new albums.


Chile's Gondwanda Preach Second Coming

Reggae en español band's sophomore album mixes peace and love with tales of the Pinochet era.