Albums of the year: World (Two)
Sunday 26 December 2010
The Aga Khan's ongoing project to eternalise the little-known traditional musics of Central Asia has led to a brilliant series of Smithsonian Folkways CDs.
While Kyrgysztan erupts in violence, In the Shrine of the Heart: Popular classics from Bukhara and Beyond reminds us that there's another side to the picture. In the Footsteps of Babur: Musical Encounters from the Lands of the Mughals traces the musics of Central Asia, Afghanistan and North India, with five outstanding instrumentalists creating pieces on the spot.
Meanwhile down on the Indo-Gangetic plain, Paban Das Baul's Music of the Honey Gatherers captures the music of ganja-smoking minstrel-mystics. And I loved Gopal Krishan Dhrupad's Khyal, reflecting the sound of the rare unfretted vichitra veena – majestically deep and resonant, and supported by the tabla and tempura.
From further east comes Zen Hoyo: Liturgy of Zen Buddhism, consisting of a complete Zen ritual. Nearer home, Joana Amendoeira's A Flor da Pele confirms this Portuguese artist's claim to be one of the best living fadistas. And in Bold as Light Bavarian multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus shows what quiet miracles can be created by layering his own sound, singing and playing some exotic Far Eastern instruments.
TVJamie's Sugar Rush reveal's campaigning chef's new foe
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
- 2 'Heartbreaking' Syria orphan photo wasn't taken in Syria and not of orphan
- 3 Bob Geldof offers to take four refugee families into his home 'immediately' as he condemns humanitarian crisis as a ‘f**king disgrace'
- 4 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
- 5 Bryan Cranston speaks candidly about wealth
Anne Hathaway is already being stung by Hollywood ageism, aged 32
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series
The Lobster trailer: Colin Farrell has 45 days to find a lover or he'll be turned into an animal
Spanish town saved by botched restoration of century-old Christian 'Ecce Homo' fresco of Jesus
'Beasts of No Nation': Netflix releases trailer of first feature film, starring Idris Elba
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees