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View Poll Results: Vote for a FAIR album before Sept 30
Abyssinia Infinite 0 0%
Leo Kottke 0 0%
Tourmani Diabaté 2 50.00%
Sir Richarc Bishop 0 0%
Group Bombino 1 25.00%
Hamza El Din 0 0%
Bob Dylan 1 25.00%
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vote for a FAIR album by Sept 30

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club votes for an album that they will listen to and discuss in the coming weeks.
Anyone can vote in this poll, but if you vote, please follow through and be ready to discuss whichever album wins the poll.

Sorry that this poll is appearing so late - I`ve had a busy week and some computer problems. But anyway, we still have until Sunday to vote here and stay on program. As more than half the nominations are from stp, he still has a special dispensation and is entitled to vote for his one of his own albums if he wants. Anyway, I hope you can all make a choice between these seven musical gems :-


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Zion Roots by Abyssinia Infinite (2003)



From the oozing sax of the opener, Bati Bati, to the gentle pulsing loop of the closer, Ethiopia, Gigi`s seductive voice leads us through some beautifully-produced traditional East African music.
^ Time for this album to have its LAST CHANCE of winning, I think.


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Greenhouse by Leo Kottke (1972)



OK, it`s been around a long time - in fact it`s been around since before Americana was a commonly used term - but this is still my favourite LK album. He covers a couple of Fahey compositions, but with this album it`s tempting to say that the student has outstripped the master; seven tracks of sparkling, unadorned acoustic guitar and four vocal tracks

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Toumani Diabaté - The Mandé Variations (2008)



Featuring Toumani Diabaté playing solo kora. This video has some background on the musician and on the kora.


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Sir Richard Bishop - Polytheistic Fragments (2007)



Quite an interesting mix here exploring various world influences and experimental outings.
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Group Bombino - Guitars From Agadez Vol. 2 (2009)



A modern evolution of northern African music traditions.

Keep in mind these are live field recordings so the quality's not great but the energy is pretty kicking.


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Hamza El Din - Al Oud: Instrumental & Vocal Music of Nubia (1965)



Bit of Oud music this time from an Egyptian born musician who apparently played with The Grateful Dead at one stage.

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Tempest by Bob Dylan (2012)



The latest album from a guy you may have heard of; Dylan once more uses folk-rock, Americana and blues to present his own unmistakable vision of things.
For one week itunes is streaming the album for free, or you can wait for the official release date on Sept 11.
Thanks as always to everyone who makes the effort to share their enthusiasm for FAIR music here.

Now let`s get voting ....
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So we have a winner here with Toumani Diabatè. I guess most of us now the drill by now; in a week`s time I`ll open up a thread so that we can pool our opinions about this album of kora music. See you there, I hope !
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