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Cigany Weaver - Make Do     World, Jazz, Swing, Folk 05/03/2019
Cigány Weaver are one of Australia's most exciting gypsy-jazz ensembles whose energetic live performances invoke everything from subtle toe-tapping toexuberant dance floor foot-stomping.
In ‘Make Do’, the band take a fresh approach to the gypsy jazz artform, whilst still maintaining their characteristic upbeat blend of guitars and violin, enhanced by high, silvery vocals. The lyrics explore the nostalgic feelings associated with getting over someone or something, but then deciding that you may actually be better off without them.

Other tracks by Cigany Weaver:  Janome  -  Sweet Georgia Brown
Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra - Runes dans le Sable     World, Classical, Ethnic, Experimental 05/03/2019
SBS featured one-man orchestra Matt Hsu is releasing his debut album on T-shirt. An unconventional choice to reduce plastic CD waste, using organic fair-trade cotton. Matt plays over 30 instruments.
Composed in a 5 hour session, completely improvised, 'Runes dans le Sable' evokes a journey through a distant land and time. Matt Hsu composed this piece using accordion, trumpet, double bass, found objects, African thumb piano, t'rung, musical saw, xylophone, trombone, clarinet, shakuhachi and more. Matt enlisted the talents of up-and-coming French singer Lucie Pegna.

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Other tracks by Matt Hsu's Obscure Orchestra:  In Colour (ft. Blaq Carrie, Aurora & Mister E)  -  Birdnest Hair (with Ashleigh Djokic)
Manuel Emmanuel - Need More Mayo     World, Acoustic, Instrumental, Comedy 23/02/2019
The heat of his latin fire burns. Don't get to close. It's latin fire.
A passionate and fiery rendition of the Gypsy Kings hit song, Bamboleo.

Bortier Okoe - Mama Africa     World, African, World, African 19/02/2019
Bortier Okoe is experienced composer, master drummer, multi-instrumentalist and singer who is Ghanaian. His songs touch on peace among people and nations, anti-poverty, tolerance and how people can co-exist peacefully.
‘’Mama Africa’’ talks about the need for Africans to be united as the betterment and development of the African continent can only be attained with unity.

”Mama Africa” is currently on radio and TV stations across the continent of Africa . Massive airplay and viewership in countries such as Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Dubai.

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Marianthe Loucataris - Kandinsky Trance 2     World, Soundtrack (Film Related), Classical, Experimental 15/02/2019
M. Loucataris is a composer, sound designer and producer who collaborates across genre's and cultures. She has released songs and instrumental works under the project name Mahri Autumn.
Solo piano inspired by Egyptian Baladi music and the philosophy of artist Kandinsky.

Other tracks by Marianthe Loucataris:  Kandinsky Staccato  -  Thoughts
Samassin - Parigha     World, Soundscapes, Acoustic, Atmospheric 12/02/2019
Earthy, vibrant, original eastern-tinged jazz with exotic rhythms and cinematic beauty... a musical journey through ancient landscapes
Parigha:A line of clouds crossing the sunrise (Sanskrit). It is composed with the Nāsikābhūshani Carnatic mode from South India.
Instrumentation:Vocals, Flute (bass, alto and soprano) Clarinet, Guitar, Middle Eastern and Latin American percussion

Other tracks by Samassin:  Māya : The Invisible World  -  The Shimmering
VulgarGrad - I Remember     Ethnic Multicultural, Jazz, World, Rock 06/02/2019
VulgarGrad delivers music with style, raucous menace, stripy shirts and grim smiles. Since 2004 they have been stalwarts of the live music and festival scene and amassed a dedicated fanbase.
'I Remember' is a psychedelic Soviet prison ode to dear mama, who always warned them not to hang out with thieves. It's big, bad, brass band sounds with grit, grunt and rowdy swashbuckling vocal vibes to boot. The song also features in the soundtrack of new anarchic Australian movie Judy & Punch, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Honey 2 Honey - Tone Of Voice     World, Electronic, Dub, Downbeat 31/01/2019
Honey 2 Honey are a Canberra/Sydney dub R'n'B fourpiece. Originally a duo of Canberra's Rory Stenning and drummer Luke Keanan-Brown, the project now incorporates Sydney's Del Lumanta and Daryl Prondoso.
With Tone Of Voice, Honey 2 Honey configure elements of jazz, dub, krautrock, disco and R’n’B into irresistible offbeat, hypnotic pop.

Rory Stenning’s deep, lulling voice intones imagistic lyrics, conveying themes rather than stories. Arresting lead single Tone Of Voice says more about intimate relationships than most confessional songwriting, while obscuring personal detail.

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Rob Knaggs - Ghosting (featuring Nikki Komatsiutiksak)     World, Instrumental 28/01/2019
Brisbane cellist and whale-whisperer, Rob Knaggs runs his cello through an array of effects and loop stations to create a sound that is evocative, emotive, and enchanting.
Recorded in the chill of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Inuk throat singer, Nikki Komatsiutiksak (pronounced koh-matt-soo-sack) has contributed her vocal talents to this unhinged composition by Rob Knaggs.

Other tracks by Rob Knaggs:  A Natural Response
Avi Misra - Usha     Ethnic Multicultural, Electronic, Rock 21/01/2019
Born in Tokyo, Raised in Delhi, Based in Melbourne. Singer-Songwriter-Producer Avi Misra melds east and west, old and new into his own brand of independent music.
The title track of Misra's third is a paean to the Vedic goddess of 'dawn' Usha and paints the different shades of the sky before and after sunrise. A bluesy laid back groove reminiscent of The Doors painting the sky before dawn transitioning into an optimistic dance section at the stroke of sunrise. Cinematic songwriting in Rajasthani electro rock.

Other tracks by Avi Misra:  Ocean  -  Toxic City
The Cuddly Koalas - Jamerah & her Dads     World, Hip Hop, Ethnic 11/01/2019
A hip hop music group with a community development focus for little people & families.
Jamerah is a little girl who lives with her two gay dads, James and Ali. The song goes on to tell about what they do as a family and how her dads support her dream of becoming a ballet dancer. The story ends with a positive note about how families come in different forms and love is all we need.

Other tracks by The Cuddly Koalas:  Dylan and His Mums  -  Daisy and Raj
Avi Misra - Old Bombay     Ethnic Multicultural, Electronic, Rock, Psychedelic 10/01/2019
Born in Tokyo, Bred in Delhi, Based in Melbourne. Singer-Songwriter-Producer Avi Misra melds east and west, old and new into his own brand of independent music.
Old Bombay is a chilled out track that paints a carved picture of the Art Deco streets of Old Bombay. saxophone smoky sounds meet rustic Rajasthani folksy dhol and alghoza sounds before the intensity changes on the second chorus and the perceived love song changes into a murder ballad.

Avi Misra - Age Of Kali     Ethnic Multicultural, Electronic, Rock, Industrial 08/01/2019
Born in Tokyo, Bred in Delhi, Based in Melbourne. Singer-Songwriter-Producer Avi Misra melds east and west, old and new into his own brand of independent music.
A Rajasthani gypsy folk meets electro-rock anthem that comments on the state of the world as seen through the Indian folk concept of ‘Kalyug’ - an age that has taken what was once pure, pristine and good and corrupted it inside out. Powerful bluesy vocals/guitar on a driving electronic beat meets the hypnotic sounds of the kamaycha, Alghoza and Khartal.

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Bob Brown and Steve Crump - Winter Night At Liffey     World, Atmospheric, Easy Listening, Acoustic 19/12/2018
Bob Brown is Australia's most respected environmentalist, admired politician, nature author and poet. Steve Crump is an emerging Tasmanian composer- his "Midnight Rain" CD was stocked by leading independent outlets.
This performances provide a special insight into Bob Brown the person - beyond the internationally-recognised political and environmental campaigner. Bob says of Winter Night in Liffey - Liffey is under the Great Western Tiers in Tasmania. It was unusual for snow to settle at the house but, often, I’d awake in the morning to find the mountain laden with white.

Other tracks by Bob Brown and Steve Crump:  Katie Kingston  -  Wynyard Girl
Michael Walker - Just Like Me     World, Pop 14/12/2018
Original band had a top 40 hit in 1984 and performed on Countdown. Released an EP in 2015 with "Dreams" being a finalist in the 2016 Vanda and Young Competition
An uplifting song and people are not alone experiencing life's hopes, dreams, trials and tribulations

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Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders - Malo Lelei     World, Easy Listening 07/12/2018
Although Branch’s musical legacy is brief, the recordings made under his name in 1947 are part of the overlooked catalogue of Hawaiian music made in Australia during the 78rpm era.
A Tongan Blessing… (Pronounced Mar-Low Lay-Lay-Ee) “That it may be well with thee”.

When you’re called away from the one that you love,
You’ll be safely guarded from harm
By Unseen Hands from above
And where e’er you roam, near or over the sea,
Know a heart’s repeating the prayer, “MALO LELEI”

Other tracks by Keith Branch & His South Sea Islanders:  Manu Rere (A Maori Love Song)  -  Pokarekare
Midnight Tea Party - Massilia     World, Instrumental, Dub, Jazz 07/12/2018
Midnight Tea Party is a 5 piece band hailing from Sydney’s Inner West. Gypsy, jazz, dub and drum n’ bass are all blended together to form the band’s unique sound.
"Massilia" is a real party starter! Just imagine yourself in the middle of a dancefloor in Eastern Europe and you're well on the way to understanding the mood of this song.
Solos by Ross Harrington (alto sax) and Rob Campbell (trumpet)

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Other tracks by Midnight Tea Party:  Tootsie  -  Peppa Le Doof
Zela Margossian Quintet - Ceasefire     Ethnic Multicultural, Ambience, Jazz, Instrumental 29/11/2018
Margossian draws influence from an elaborate range of middle-eastern music, resulting in melodies that juggle speed, calculation and experimentation alongside a sometimes soft, windswept mood.
With bounding progressions and interjecting instrumentals, Ceasefire is the second single off Transition – a richly textured progressive world jazz album with heavy Armenian influences.

Benjamin Walsh - Celestial Mechanics     World, Experimental 29/11/2018
Benjamin Walsh is a world-renowned percussionist and is legendary for his ability to adapt and fuse styles, creating and reinventing approaches to traditional formulas of rhythm and sound.
Celestial Mechanics is a quirky electronic adventure

The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra - Fight So Hard (Radio Edit)     World, African 01/11/2018
Inspired by the infectious afro-beat music of Nigeria and its neighbours, The POAO delivers contemporary African funk to Australian dancefloors. This mammoth ensemble comprises musicians hand-picked from Melbourne’s music scene.
The POAO release ‘Fight So Hard’, the first single from their long-awaited second album ‘Naming & Blaming’. Fight So Hard is a simmering slow-burn with MC One Sixth trading rap verses with singers Kuukua and Lydia Acquah, Fem Belling and Lamine Sonko. Vocals are broken-up with heavy brass sections and extended instrumental improvisations while the understated rhythm section bubbles away.

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