May 16, 2013 —
To say Israeli keyboardist and composer Idan Raichel has been busy since The Idan Raichel Project’s last album Within My Walls was released would be an understatement. In the past four years, Raichel has released a 3-disc live album set, written numerous songs and toured with GRAMMY winner India Arie, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony, co-written a song calling for racial harmony with Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, performed for President Obama and family at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, performed at the ceremony inaugurating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC, sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and other major venues worldwide, toured India, South America and Africa and released the highly praised Tel Aviv Session album with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. ...read more
In that prolific span, Idan Raichel somehow managed to find the time to create perhaps the most enchanting Idan Raichel Project album to date, Quarter To Six. The new album will be released by Cumbancha in North America on June 4th, 2013 with a North American tour bringing the complete lineup of diverse musicians to major stages starting in October. The album will be released in Europe on October 7th (September 23rd in France) with tour dates to follow.
April 23, 2013 —
Release day has finally arrived for Kobo Town's stunning new album Jumbie in the Jukebox. While those of you in Europe may have to wait a little bit longer before the album hits the stores, for the rest of us the album can be found in stores and online today. Here are a few links to order Jumbie in the Jukebox now:
The rave reviews have already started to roll in for Jumbie in the Jukebox, so rather then tell you what we think of the album, here's what the critics are saying:
“In the true calypso tradition, Gonsalves is a writer first and foremost, penning erudite rhymes that comment on news, the economic order and the human condition. He and his band, who have been together since 2004, start with a classic calypso sound and add elements of reggae, dancehall and rock to it. This is what a meeting of Mighty Sparrow and Andy Palacio would sound like. These guys are really onto something."
--Global A Go-Go
"The record is packed with songs that are optimistic, energetic and upbeat while maintaining a level of intelligence about them. Kobo Town is rooted in activism and politics but cover it all with sunshine and love. Jumble In The Jukebox is the melding of island influences and modern musical techniques that sound authentic despite being uniquely Canadian. If anything, Jumble In The Jukebox illustrates the influence and prevalence of island music in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed this record; it's lighthearted feel and intelligence made it an absolute joy to jump in line with."
"Ça peut paraître drôlement cliché de dire d’un disque qu’il est l’album idéal pour l’été qui s’en vient. N’empêche qu’il est difficile de ne pas taper du pied, de ne pas penser fun, danse, coolitude et sangria lorsqu’on écoute cette musique-là. Mélange inégal, mais assumé de calypso, roots, de dub et de reggae, ce disque qui résonne de critique sociale comme un reportage dans le tiers-monde est l’œuvre de Drew Gonsalves, un Torontois né à Port-of-Spain. Mais il doit la moitié de son groove à un réalisateur du Bélize, le sorcier blanc Ivan Duran."
-- Voir Montreal
"It is refreshing to have a group like Kobo Town emerge with such a vintage, yet relevant sound. Gonsalves has created a world void of pretense and packed with the most primal emotion; heart. Through the reality of Jumbie In The Jukebox, as any good music should, you can close your eyes and be transported to another time and place and sincerely feel the message. The trip taken with Kobo Town is very much worth your time and the journey is unforgettable."
-- Nanobot Rock Reviews
April 04, 2013 —
Kobo Town's new album Jumbie in The Jukebox is now available for Pre-Order on iTunes: http://itunes.com/kobotown
April 02, 2013 —
We are so excited to announce the release of Bombino's new album, Nomad. At the invitation of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, Bombino and his band traveled from Niger to Nashville for the recording, helmed by Auerbach at his studio, Easy Eye Sound. Take a peak at this video for a look inside the studio during the session -- you'll see it was an incredible atmosphere that, according to Uncut, created "a heavy-duty recalibration of desert blues." ...read more
March 29, 2013 —
Cumbancha has been voted Best World Music Label 2013 in About.com's Readers Choice Awards. Big thanks to everybody that voted! Click here to check out the rest of the winners in the World Music categories.
March 12, 2013 —
Starting April 23rd, Sergent Garcia will be returning to the US for an eleven-date tour featuring the searing blend of Jamaican reggae and dancehall with Afro-Latin grooves that he’s dubbed "salsamuffin." The tour sees Garcia with his band The Cumbiamuffin All Stars performing in top markets including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, DC and Miami as well as headlinging slots on renowned festivals including two-nights at the Lafayette International Festival and the Houston International Festival. Read on for more info and a full list of dates. ...read more
February 22, 2013 —
Sergent Garcia returns with a video for the French reggae song "Meme Si" from the 2011 album "Una Y Otra Vez" on Cumbancha. The video was filmed in Venice Beach during El Sergento's July 2012 tour and is being released in the buildup to the upcoming US tour that starts on April 22, 2013. ...read more
February 11, 2013 —
The Idan Raichel Project is returning to North America after selling out 2 shows at Town Hall in New York City this January. Starting February 12, the 7-musician lineup of The Idan Raichel Project Acoustic Tour will be on tour in Canada and the US. The Idan Raichel Project will be showcasing their biggest hit songs alongside new material from their upcoming album which will be released in June 2013 on Cumbancha. ...read more