February is to be devoted to new additions to my collection. Music that I have bought recently or has been generously given as a Christmas present.
I’m starting with Tunya by Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko from their album Africa To Appalachia. The album is pretty much as the title and artists names suggest i.e. a fusion of African and North American music. It works better than many of these kind of albums do, in my opinion and that of Robin Denselow in the Guardian – “(it) matches Malian praise songs against North American themes, with Sissoko’s stately, rippling kora and Stone’s impressive, agreeably muted banjo working remarkably well together.”
The album won the Juno Award for Best World Music Album of the Year in 2009 and Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko toured the project in Canada, the US and the UK. Such was the popularity of the music that Stone toured in 2010 with another Sissoko: Malian kora master and singer Yacouba Sissoko as well as fiddler Mike Barnett, bassist Brandi Disterheft and percussionist Nick Fraser.
Jayme Stone’s brand new album Room of Wonders looks interesting too. It is Inspired by folk dances from around the world and includes music from Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and North America.