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Finland's Värttinä to Release 10th Studio Album, 'Miero,' on Real World Label

Published October 26, 2005
The focus of Miero ("Outcast") is voices. Värttinä singers Mari Kaasinen, Susan Aho and Johanna Virtanen collaborated with producer Aija Puurtinen to create the most vocally exciting album in the band's 23-year history.

"Slogans," First New Official Bob Marley Recording in More Than a Decade, Plus Two New Remixes, Highlight 'Africa Unite: The Singles Collection.'

Published October 26, 2005

Also, Live! At The Rainbow Concert home video adds Caribbean Nights documentary and exclusive extras for its DVD debut

World Music Network to Launch World Music Digital Downloading Website

Published October 26, 2005
The site will offer a service similar to iTunes but with a specific focus on world music. The music downloading website will be simple to use, straightforward and user friendly.

T.O.K. Films Second Video For Hit Single "Footprints!" Original Stolen By Bandits

Published October 26, 2005
T.O.K. went on Jamaican TV to appeal for the film's return. The perpetrators were moved turned the video master into the local precinct.

Flamenco artist Enrique Morente Releases a New Recording, Morente sueña La Alhambra

Published October 26, 2005
The album is also the soundtrack of a documentary film featuring appearances by Tomatito, Blanca Li, Israel Galván, Pat Metheny, Cheb Khaled, Ute Lemper and others.

Dancehall’s Bounty Killer Mashes it Up with Indie Rock’s Program The Dead on Remix

Published October 25, 2005
Cross-cultural cut drops on two CD releases; live performance debut coming soon

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globalFEST Expands to Two Nights and Announces 2006 Line-Up. New York event to feature a diverse roster of world music artists.

Published October 25, 2005
Artist lineup includes Auktyon (Russia), Daara J (Senegal), Daby Touré (Mauritania), DJ Dolores (Brazil), Emil Zrihan (Israel/Morocco), Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All Stars (USA), Juan Carmona (France), Keren Ann (France/USA), Las Ondas Marteles (France), Lura (Cape Verde/Portugal), Niyaz (Iran/India/USA), Roxane Butterfly’s Worldbeats presents ‘Djellabah Groove’ (France/USA/Morocco), and Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (USA/Louisiana).

Latin Legend Ray Barretto Awarded NEA Jazz Fellowship

Published October 16, 2005
Said Barretto, "To receive this honor is the gift of a lifetime. Jazz has been my spiritual babysitter since my youth in Harlem and the Bronx, and I've spent my career trying to give something back."

Toots Hibbert

Made In Jamaica Reggae Feature Film in Production for Spring Completion

Published October 16, 2005
The film's cast will include Toots Hibbert, Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer, Third World, Beres Hammond, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, Bounty Killer, Lady Saw, Vybz Kartel, Capleton and more.

Escondida Music Releases 'Cuban Essentials' CD Series

Published October 12, 2005
Escondida Music has unearthed these super heroes’ best songs from the underexposed, historic treasure trove of Cuban recording giant EGREM.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Unplugs (Again)

Published October 10, 2005
Capitol Nashville has reissued the pioneering country-rock-folk group's Acoustic album. The self-produced recording was the band’s triumphant return to its early roots.

Soneros All Stars

Soneros Records Finalizes Licensing Deal with Pimienta

Published October 10, 2005
The deal makes available the Soneros All Stars CD ¡Dime nagüe! in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Alejandro Fernandez to Release First CD/DVD November 1st

Published October 10, 2005
The Mexican superstar was recorded live in concert with a 28-piece orchestra and guest vocalists Amaia, Diego Cigala and Malu.

Sean Paul Makes History With Highest Ever Reggae Debut

Published October 6, 2005

The Trinity tops reggae charts with over 107,000 units sold; lands at number 7 on Billboard 200, setting new record. The new CD is the followup to 2002's Atlantic debut, Dutty Rock. The first single "We Be Burnin'," is this week's Greatest Gainer on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

Harold Leventhal, Legendary Folk Music Promoter, Dies at 86

Published October 6, 2005
He was the first to present Bob Dylan at a major concert venue, and also worked with Woody Guthrie, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash and many other folk greats.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Release New Allbum in January

Published October 6, 2005
Long Walk To Freedom will feature guest appearances by Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Zap Mama, Joe McBride, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant and others.

Bob Marley's 1977 Rainbow Theatre Concert Coming to DVD

Published October 5, 2005
The London show, released in the VHS format 14 years ago, is making its DVD debut. A second disc will feature a 100-minute Marley documentary.

Marty Stuart Reaches Out to Native American Culture with Badlands

Published October 5, 2005
Stuart calls Badlands a "thematic collection. It is a collection of ballads, as well as a journey through the past, present, and future of the Native American people in and around Pine Ridge," he says.

Senegalese Legend Cheikh Lô to Release New Album in the U.K.

Published October 4, 2005
Lamp Fall, due on October 24th, is the African great's first new CD in five years. The album sports a distinctly contemporary feel, incorporating different styles and influences while retaining a deep spirituality.

Guitar Whiz Bob Brozman to Release New CD/DVD

Published October 4, 2005
Papua New Guinea Stringbands With Bob Brozman: Songs Of The Volcano features five Paua New Guinean string bands. The release date is October 25th.

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