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Afro Celt Sound System

Afro Celt Sound System

A supergroup whose line-up expanded and evolved around four core members (Simon Emmerson, James McNally, Iarla O’Lionaird, Martin Russell), the Afro Celt’s pan-global sound redefined dance music and stumped music critics. They remain defiantly, enigmatically uncategorisable.

Komuz

Komuz

Typically, a komuz is made of a single piece of juniper or apricot wood, both found in abundance throughout Kyrgyzstan. The Kyrgyz words for the parts of the komuz relate to parts of the body or symbols dear to the Kyrgyz people

The Sema (Whirling) Ceremony

The Sema (Whirling) Ceremony

Sema is a zikhir said silently while whirling on foot. The whirling dervishes silently call "Allah" inwardly on every whirl.

Bauls

Bauls

The word Baul comes from the ancient Sanskrit word "Batul" which means mad, referring to the Baul's crave for divine intoxication. The Bauls come from both the Hindu and the Muslim communities of Bengal.

Baba Zula - XX

Baba Zula - XX

All too often these days, the world can feel like a dark and dangerous place. But music remains a light in the bleakness, offering a constant sense of hope and joy and celebration.

Celebrating World Music 40 Years 40 Tracks

Celebrating World Music 40 Years 40 Tracks

ARC Music has much to celebrate in 2016! As well as being in the top 3 WOMEX world music label for 2016, it is also the label’s 40th anniversary year as a dedicated world and folk label distributing music from over 120 countries.

A Cry For Revolution

A Cry For Revolution

Los Ruphay was the first band to sign to ARC Music in 1976 with a vinyl called ‘Folklore of Bolivia’, which is still selling today. The band performs extensively throughout Europe, continuing to perform, record and educate audiences about their Andean home through music and songs.

Melodic Circles/ Iranian Urban Classical Music from Master Musicians Mehdi & Adib Rostami

Melodic Circles/ Iranian Urban Classical Music from Master Musicians Mehdi & Adib Rostami

Iranian classical musicians have a two-fold task as they learn their craft: they must learn the old melodies handed down over the generations, called ‘radifs’, and, through the process of skilful improvisations, transform them into something new.

Anandi Bhattacharya

Anandi Bhattacharya

Being the daughter of the great Hindustani slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Anandi has been surrounded by music since birth and recalls how having ‘breathed in music from every room in the house was a blessing’.

AMMAR 808 – Maghreb United

AMMAR 808 – Maghreb United

The future is right now. We have driverless cars, robots taking over jobs, and commercial space travel is on the event horizon. Somehow, humanity has slipped into a science fiction life. But you can’t have a future without a past, something AMMAR 808 knows very well.

A LITTLE RED BUG – BAŞAK YAVUZ

A LITTLE RED BUG – BAŞAK YAVUZ

But what matters is obviously the music. Here lays a fertile, originative and melodic architectural structure. English and Turkish didn’t sound this similar like never.

Hindustani Classical Music

Hindustani Classical Music

classical music of the Indian subcontinent has a rich history of being one of the most developed expressions of our cultural heritage. Its foundations pre-cede 5000 years, going back to the ancient Indus civilization.

Toumani Diabaté

Toumani Diabaté

Toumani was born in Bamako, the capital of Mali, in 1965 into a family of exceptional griots, his research shows 71 generations of kora players from father to son.

Griot Tradition and Kora

Griot Tradition and Kora

Kora was the instrument of choice of the griots, the hereditary historians, poets, praise singers and wandering musicians of the west African cultures. A griot might have disciples, but his immediate family, especially sons takes precedence to hand down the tradition and the skills.

Rahim AlHaj

Rahim AlHaj

One Sky also serves as the debut album for the Rahim AlHaj Trio, featuring in addition to AlHaj the supreme talents of Iranian santūr player Sourena Sefati and Palestinian-American percussionist Issa Malluf.

Mircan Kaya - Chinka

Mircan Kaya - Chinka

“What is humanity’s greatest invention? But surpassing all stupendous inventions, what sublimity of mind was his who dreamed of finding means to communicate his deepest thoughts to any other person, though distant by mighty intervals of place and time!

The Turbans

The Turbans

In a politically divided time it’s hard to imagine a band comprised of members from across Europe and the Levant as not being inherently progressive. The Turbans, whose self-titled debut album will be released on April 6th (Six Degrees Records), features musicians with roots in Turkey, Bulgaria

BABA ZULA XX

BABA ZULA XX

“It’s exciting to collaborate with people you listened to when you were young. It’s a great inspiration and a huge fulfilment in dreaming something and having it come true. And it becomes a link of friendship.”

GAYE SU AKYOL HOLOGRAM EMPIRE

GAYE SU AKYOL HOLOGRAM EMPIRE

“Your own culture is important; your parents and grandparents give it to you,” she notes. “No culture is better than any other. I studied as an anthropologist; I know that.