The Henna Page Staff's Favorite Music
maintained by Roy Jones,
"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument."

Jalal al-Din Rumi

what music would you like today?

Baaba Maal "Firin' in Fouta"
Baaba Maal is about half traditional Senegalese songster and half all-around groove merchant. This CD shows him in both those roles, backed by a fine small band with flourishes on traditional west African instruments. Recommended cuts: "Salimoun," a song about the valuable lessons learned from the senior women in the family, and "Tiedo," a jazz-tinged treatment of a song that tells an old story about the futility of war.

Talvin Singh "Ha"
This is a set of south Asian dance tracks from one of the best in the business. Talvin Singh surrounds himself with an array of singers and instrumentalists to bring his mixing, composing and production skills to life, including percussionist Karsh Kale, vocalists Cleveland Watkiss and Bhairavi, and Ustad Sultan Kahn on sarangi and vocals. Recommended cuts "Mustard Fields" and "See Breeze."

Ali Farka Toure :The Source"
This is what you get when you combine a knowledge of Sahelian music with an ear for the blues and a unique approach to the electric guitar. Tuareg guitarist and singer Ali Farka Toure sings traditional and compsed songs accompanied by his backing group "Asko" with a guest appearance by American bluesman Taj Mahal. Recommended cuts: "Goye Kur," a song about devotion to one's work, and "Dofana," a modern praise song about a resurrected village near Toure's home in Mali.

Rajamani "Pakiam"
Oliver Rajamani's roots are in the same region of western India that is an ancestral home to the people we call Gypsies. The influence of their music can be heard in many of the old cultures of Europe where the wandering folk settled, especially in Spain, and Rajamani combines those traditionas, both in his singing and his skill on guitar and the sarod. Recommended cuts: "Unnai Marenthal (If I Forgot You)," and "Korathi (Gypsy)."

Miriam Makeba "Sangoma"
Miriam Makeba is one of the great voices of our time. On this CD, she performs songs she learned from her mother, a "sangoma" a traditional healer and other songs from her South African roots. Recommended cuts: "Ngalala Phantsi" and "Nginani Na," both songs about seeking healing from the sangoma.

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