“The late, great Charlie Gillett had a passion for music”, Mark Coles, BBC World Service, June 2010.
If you look at the vast array of contributors to Ojos de Brujo’s fourth album, you might be forgiven for expecting another over-ambitious and slightly over-egged release in the mould of its predecessor Techari. Such fears prove unjustified. Aocan?° finds the Catalan band back in fine form
Abraham the Gypsy had two sons, to Flamenco he said, ‘guard the purity of your sound, it will see you through some bad shit’ and to his other son Rumba Catalana he said ‘mix it up, add a little from here, leave a bit of your sound over there, let’s see how it works out.’ His descendant Peret is the undisputed king of the Rumba shakedown.
Lucky 7 in the Nomads series finds BBC Radio Asian expert take over for a new selection of global music beats to put you in the travelling frame of mind.
A funky, gothic mix of London metro-cool and fiery Madrilena, LaXula’s Monte PalafoX has been one of the most alluring acts on the UK gig circuit in 2007, and after months of growing internet interest, her band LaXula’s intriguing debut CD is at last getting a full UK release.
Eohl is not only an album with a name that is ridiculously difficult to pronounce but it is also one that it is difficult to categorise beyond the flamenco label. While it is obviously Spanish, in style as well as language, it incorporates, rock, pop, the lighter end of drum and bass as well as the sounds of southern Spain
All that’s good and bad from a scene on two discs. Fabulous diversity with music that leaps language barriers to grab you by the heart on the one hand but it’s still a closed shop
If you have ever been swept up in a chorus of drums, lost yourself swirling in a field or suddenly realised how much more interesting the world can be after hearing something alien, this is the compilation for you
“And there is Chavez… dancing!” laughs Ojos de Brujo percussionist Xavi Turull, remembering their recent tour in Venezuela, “We even have it on video.” We travel to Buenos Aires to catch up with the band on tour
Amparo Mercedes Sanchez, the creative core of Spain’s Amparanoia, is smiling. I get the impression she smiles a lot, and she has every reason to. Her latest Latin-infused album is flying off the shelves helped by a recent BBC World Music Award and her band pack concert venues as reports of their thrilling live performances spread across Europe. It also means Amparo is very busy.
After a two-year absence from these shores, Ojos de Brujo come storming back to showcase their new CD Techari.
Amparanoia release their fifth album to an international audience switched on to all things Spanish and a growing fan base off the back of their last album and tour. Their sound is more rocking guitars with Iberian flavours than the more mashed up Ojos de Brujo sound and features a knack for creating hooks.