On the most musically bright of sides on this otherwise dark weathered morning, today (2/19) saw the release of Ascend, the new album from David Starfire. Hailed as his most “live” project thus far, Ascend serves as further evidence of Starfire’s innovative mastery of musical fusion. A sound that knows no genre-limiting boundaries, “Ascend” features what Starfire describes as “an eclectic mix of bhangra, Arabic, dub, reggae, dubstep, moombahcore, trap and other genres produced in ‘Starfire’ fashion”. On Ascend a collaborative spirit propels the good vibes of Starfire’s category-defying sound. Among artists featured on the album are founding father of hip-hop Afrika Bambaataa, fellow members of the Six Degrees family Cheb i Sabbah and Natacha Atlas, Desert Dwellers, iCatching, and Sheila Govindarajan.
Check out “House of Bhangra” from the new album Ascend!
Starfire shares Burning Man memories in this vid
This month a most musical of paths has led Egyptian Project to the source of their sound, a February stint in Egypt prior to a month-long tour in France and a July Morocco tour. The brainchild of French producer Jérôme Ettinger, Egyptian Project blends electronic and acoustic music with the sounds of Egypt’s musical tradition. Their February soiree with Egypt brought the guys to French Institute in Mounira (a sold out performance that led to an encore show), Cairo Jazz Club, and French Institute in Alexandria. We are excited to hear that today Egyptian Project announced two encore concerts in Aswan (2/20) and Abu Simbel (2/22). Check out these photos from the Egyptian Tour as well as the “Anta Ana” track from Egyptian Project’s debut album, “Ya Amar”.
For two hours each week our sound waves fill with a little extra music-induced good feeling. Wednesdays at 11AM PST Six Degrees co-founder Bob Duskis schools college DJs on the art of hidden musical treasures from around the world on the weekly Traveler Radio Show! Tune in Wednesdays 11AM-1PM PST by heading to Live 365 or listen in through the iTunes Radio “Eclectic” category!
Head here for a list of tracks from past shows all the way from 2004 to this most recent week!
And stream one month of past good-vibe-filled shows over here!
Last week’s Traveler Radio (2/6) featured this most epic of tracks
Chill vibes featured on 1/16’s show
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This week saw the North and South American release (2/5) of Ballaké Sissoko’s new album, “At Peace”. Sissoko’s follow-up to his 2009 collaboration with French cellist Vincent Segal, Chamber Music, is currently featured and streaming on NPR’s First Listen (2/4-2/10).
At Peace comes at one of the darkest points in the contemporary history of Sissoko’s home country. A March 2012 coup d’état plunged Mali’s stable democracy into a state of political turmoil resulting in devastating consequences across all spectrums of society. Religious extremists in the north declared war on music altogether, outlawing everything from recordings and instruments to any sort of playing. Musicians in northern parts of the country have been forced into exile. Music, though, has for this country of 15 million proven an especially defining aspect of identity formation. (Within the Six Degrees family three artists hail from this West African heartland of musical wealth- Ballaké Sissoko, Vieux Farka Touré, Issa Bagayogo) The current political situation’s most negative of grips on Mali’s rich musical tradition, a cornerstone of Mali’s cultural history, comes as a particularly devastating consequence. It is in this trying-times context that Sissoko’s latest album emerged. Reviews on “At Peace” have notably discussed the album’s bigger-than-the-music significance. Said NPR in their First Listen article, “At peace? Sadly, that’s still a dream in Mali, but without a doubt this powerful, beautiful album will bring listeners no small respite.” In the context of a society with a longstanding music tradition under attack, Sissoko’s latest album is being hailed as a kora-soundtracked victory for peace.
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A constant state of smiles and good vibes. That’s what the new year has been like in the Six Degrees office. At the heart of this merriment lay our excitement over the release of Dom La Nena’s debut album, Ela (1/15 USA and Canada; 2/18 Europe). We are proud to say this week Dom’s debut hit #1 on the CMJ World Chart.
Like the woman behind the cello, Ela reflects a continent-spanning geographical rootlessness. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Dominique Pinto moved to France at the age of eight while her father pursued his doctorate. Raised on classical music, at thirteen Dom began writing letters to American cellist Christine Walevska. With parental consent the aspiring musician relocated to Argentina where she studied with Walevska for several years before returning to Paris at eighteen. In 2009, Dom performed with English actress and singer Jane Birkin. Following an international tour with Birkin, Dom set about writing and recording her first album. The true catalyst for creating Ela, though, was meeting English-born singer/songwriter Piers Faccini. On the advice of Faccini, Dom used Faccini’s home studio in the Cevennes Mountains of France, where she recorded almost all of her parts in a week’s span. Enthused by the outcome, Faccini decided that he wanted in, and set out to work on co-producing the thirteen compositions soon to become known as Ela.
The first single from Ela, ‘No Meu Pais’ reflects Dom’s experiences with a rootless childhood. Without a specific nationality attached to it ‘meu pais’ (“my country”) becomes simply ‘myself’.
Céu finished her North American tour last week at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. This interview has some great clips from her performance.
Great performance from her tour in support of her new album, Caravana Sereia Bloom.
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Listening to The Dø album and seeing them in an actual live show are two very different things, the sound and the mood that can emanate from their performance leads to a more nocturnal feel and darker musical mood. That is the reason Dan and Olivia decided to embark on this new live sessions project:
“We decided to record the live versions of our new songs with our musicians because they had developed such an identity of their own, we had to keep a record. They’d become complimentary to the studio album. Many fans had also been requesting a live album. We wanted to record “live in a studio”, not on stage because we were after a warm studio sound, and The Pigalle Studio was the right one for it. We love to take songs to different levels, it keeps things fresh and exciting”. — The Dø