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  • 2024 World Tour #6 - Australia's Best New Albums (Jan - Jun '24)

    As our 2024 World Tour of music continues, we're in Australia to capture the best albums released there in the first half of 2024. It's an impressive output, with more than 40 artists featured. Classy albums came from a few "household-names" - Peter Garrett, Crowded House and Jessica Mauboy - each incrementally refreshing their familiar brands. But the standouts, the most challenging and interesting new releases, came from less famous acts - Hiatus Kaiyote, The Dirty Three, Emma Vollard, Audrey Powne, Max König, Mildlife, Maddison Carter and Yirinda. All these albums are likely to make it onto our end-of-year lists. But these are the cream of a very rich mix. So check out our full list - there's fabulous music throughout. Here's a few ways to do so: Link to SunNeverSetsOnMusic Web Page Read extracts from reviews of each album and link to the original source Link to Spotify Playlist All albums are included in full. Play the entire album or set Spotify to "shuffle" Link to YouTube Playlist One track from each album, with a video or audio subject to availability.

  • 2024 World Tour #4 - Palestine & Israel

    This month's stopover on Sun Never Sets On Music's 2024 World Tour is to sample the music of Israel & Palestine, . May songs of peace be soon heard again across the Holy Land. Direct Link To Albums & Reviews Direct Link to Spotify Playlist Direct Link to YouTube Playlist

  • 2024 World Tour #5 - Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, 27th Edition

    SunNeverSetsOnMusic's world tour of music continues to it's 5th destination, as we swing back to Morocco to check on some of the artists scheduled to appear at the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, which is held within the ancient walls of that mind-blowing city, in late May each year. The festival attracts established and emerging world class artists every year, who play to awed audiences whose musical experience is invariably broadened thanks to by the enlightened organising committee's broad definition of the "sacred" in world music. Abderrafia Zouitene, President of the organisers, "Foundation Esprit De Fes", writes: "The peaceful coexistence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity has forged a dynamic and diverse society in Andalusia, known as the “Golden Age,” envied by the world. This era exemplifies the heights of achievement possible when diverse faiths unite in tolerance and understanding. This ethos of peace and mutual respect continues vibrantly in the Kingdom of Morocco, with Fez standing as a stellar example." Link to SunNeverSetsOnMusic web page Link to Spotify Playlist Link to YouTube Playlist Artists who have appeared in previous years include: Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Bjork, Ben Harper, Paco de Lucia, Ravi Shankar, Sabah Fakhri, Kadhem Saher, Mounir Bachir, Asmaa Lamnawwar, Wadi Al Safi, Julia Boutros, Sheikh Yassin Al Tuhami, William Christie, Barbara Hendricks, Jessie Norman, Jordi Saval, Tereza Berganza, Montserrat Figueras, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Arch Shepp, Randy Weston, Youssou N’Dour and Salif Keita. This years performers, in order of performance, include: Alain Weber (Director, France), Artists from Uzbekistan, Iran, Syria, India, Spain, Egypt, Italy, Armenia, France, and Morocco - Opening Performance: "Creation - Zyriab Or The Fifth String” Manu Théron (Director, France), Women’s Choir Of The Occitan Countries, Artists from France, Spain, Italy, and Monaco - "Madelena" Sami Yusuf  (UK) - "Sami Yusuf In Concert" Vincent Moon (France) – "A Cinematographic Ritual" Naïssam Jalal (France / Syria) – "Healing Rituals" Creation Yatra: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Sufi voices of Desert Slide, The Divana Ensemble, Anwar Khan Manganiyar (Rajasthan, India), Justin Adams (UK), Cherifa Adil Jebbari, Hamadcha Brotherhoods (Morocco) - "SAFAR - From the Palaces of Rajasthan to the Gates of Andalusia" Loup Barrow (France), Flute J.A Jayant (India) - "Crystal Winds" Khadija El Afrit / Ensemble Musiqât (Tunisia) – "Istikhbâr" Flute J.A Jayant (India) – "The Art Of Carnatic Flute" Trio Three Lines Isabelle Courroy, Marine Sablonnière, Henri Tournier (France) - "Trio Three Lines" Constantinople Ensemble: Kiya Tabassian, Ablaye Cissoko, Patrick Graham (Montreal, Canada) - "Traversées: Between Africa and Persian Music. Griot Words and Sufi Poetry" Wang Li and Wu We (China) - "Les Harmoniques Du Ciel, The Harmonics of the Soul" Scuola Cantorum Basilensis Ensemble (Switzerland) - "Sacred Music Recital" Franzy, Davide, and Cibran (Galicia, Spain) featuring Amazigh singer Cherifa Kersit (Morocco) - "Galician Musical Roots" Young Musicians European Orchestra (Morocco) - "Stabat Mater" DuOuD (France) and Mahmoud Gomaa (Egypt) - "Goma Tribe" Treibhorn (Switzerland) - "Treibhorn" Asif Ali Khan, The Ensemble Santoo Khan Qawwal & Party (Pakistan) - "Asif li Khan, Master Of Qawwali" Vicente Amigo (Cordoba, Spain) – "The Master Of Cordoba – Flamenco Guitar" Accademia Del Piacere And The Artean Ensemble (Spain) - "Romances" Conductor Pascal Horecka, Gospel Philharmonic Experience, Contemporary Orchestral Ensemble (France), Kim Burrell (USA) - "Gospel Philharmonic Experience with Kim Burrell & the Contemporary Orchestral Ensemble" Tariqa Saqualiya (feat. vocalists Samaa and Madih), Tariqa Hamdouchiya (feat. Noureddine Bennouna), Tariqa Tijaniya (feat. Mouhcine Naourach), Tariqa Aissaouiya (feat. Saïd Guissi – Abdellah Yaakoubi, Adnane Nafie, Abdessamad Hadef) (Morocco) - "Sufi Nights"

  • 2024 World Tour #3 - Morocco

    This month Sun Never Sets On Music visits Morocco, as we tour the globe in search of the best music worldwide. Morocco has a special place in SunNeverSetsOnMusic's heart - after all, we spent a few good years living there and we were enchanted by the architecture, the music, the culture and the wonderful people of this timeless land. For this month's playlist, we have collected our favourite music from some of the many musical streams that are heard in Morocco. Selections range from Amazigh (Berber), Andalusian (Arabic Iberian) and Chaabi (Popular Music) to Gnawa (Desert Blues), Malhun (Poetry), Sufi (Devotional Trance) and more. ​ The scope of Moroccan music is breathtaking and we have most likely missed many "essential" artists, if not entire genres. Nonetheless, we hope you enjoy our selections and we look forward to the next stop on our world tour. Link to Web Page Direct Link To Spotify Playlist

  • 2024 World Tour #2 - Brazil

    It's February - the month of Carnival in Brazil! So Stage 2 of SunNeverSetsOnMusic's virtual world tour takes us to Brazil, as we continue our search of the best new music from around the world With its roots deep in indigenous heritage, overlaid by centuries of African and Portuguese influence, we find Samba (the pulse of Carnival!)and a vibrant new music scene that is thriving despite its relative linguistic and geographical isolation. Internationally, Brazilian music is probably best known in the work of of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Joao (and Astrud) Gilberto and Sergio Mendes. At home, Brazilians would add the names of Roberto Carlos, Chico Buarque de Hollandia, Marisa Monte, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben Jor and Elis Regina. And the top ten best-selling artists domestically includes Carlos, Nelseon Goncalves, Angela Maria, Rita Lee, Tonico & Tinoco, XuXu, Benito di Paula, Nelson Ned, Raca Negra, Chitaozinho & Xororo. The genre groups that these artist represent is an indication of the breadth of popular taste that is unique to Brazil, that includes Samba, Sertanejo, Brega, Pagode, MPB Rock & Children's music. Helping us find our way wepay tribute to the wonderful - the Pitchfork, Rolling Stone or NME of Brazil - which gave us great insight into the music. Esperamos que você goste de nossas seleções! Vejo você em breve! We hope you enjoy our selections! See You Soon! Link to Web Page Link Direct To Spotify Playlist

  • 2024 World Tour #1 - Japan

    In 2024 SunNeverSetsOnMusic invites you on a virtual world tour in search of the best new music from around the world. Our first destination is Japan, where we find a new generation of Japanese artists who have embraced the century-old Japanese love of jazz and are bringing a fresh approach to everything they do - world-aware and ever-informed by their Japanese heritage. This vibrant, inter-connected music community, includes expatriate artists who have set up bases in Europe, North America and Australia. We hope you enjoy! See You Soon! 楽しんでいただければ幸いです。 また近いうちにお会いしましょう! Tanoshinde itadakereba saiwaidesu. Mata chikaiuchini o ai shimashou! Link to Web Page Link Direct To Spotify Playlist

  • 2023's Best Game Soundtracks

    In addition to their "mainstream' careers in pop, jazz and classical music, some of the most prolific and innovative contemporary composers are also hard at work in the parallel universe of computer games. Here are some of our favourite albums in this genre, released in the past year. 2023's Best Game Soundtracks Final Fantasy XVI - 祖堅 正慶, Soken Masayoshi The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom - Manaka Kataoka, Maasa Miyoshi, Masato Ohashi, and Tsukasa Usui, with Hajime Wakai Under the Waves - Nicolas Bredin Alan Wake II - Fried Music, Various Finnish Artists Starfield - Inon Zur Planet of Lana - 古川 毅, Takeshi Furukawa Hi-Fi Rub - Masatoshi Yanagi, Various Artists Baldur's Gate 3 - Borislav Slavov Lies of P - Yeakun Yoo Octopath Traveler II - 西木 康智, Yasunori Nishiki

  • 2023's Best Film Soundtracks

    We hear some of our best music at the movies and on TV and they often expose us to music that we'd otherwise never hear. Here is our selection of the most outstanding soundtracks from the past year. 2023 Year's Best Film Soundtracks BEEF - Bobby Krlic Rye Lane - kwes. Saltburn - Anthony Willis, London Contemporary Orchestra Kagami - Ryuichi Sakamoto Killers of the Flower Moon - Robbie Robertson The Boy and the Heron - Joe Hisaishi Oppenheimer - Ludwig Goransson Maestro - Leonard Bernstein Marbie - Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt Poor Things - Jerskin Fendrix Ferrari - Daniel Pemberton The Killer - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Past Lives - Christopher Bear, Daniel Rosen A Haunting in Venice - Hilda Guðnadóttir The Boys in the Boat - Alexandre Desplat The Crown: Season Six - Martin Phipps Cassandro - Marcelo Zarvos Big George Foreman - Marcelo Zarvos May December - Michel Legrand Master Gardener - Devonte Hynes Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One - Lorne Balfe Knock at the Cabin - Herdís Stefánsdóttir Infinity Pool - Tim Hecker Asteroid City - Various Artists Polite Society - Tom Howe, Shez Manzoor Nitin Sawhney - What's Love Got To Do With It?

  • 2023's Best Albums

    Happy New Year everyone! As we do every year, we've combed our monthly playlists for the past 12 months for all the five star reviews (almost exactly 100, as it turns out) and created our "BEST OF" playlist for 2023. It's an impressive lineup that we're sure we'll come back to throughout the coming year(s). We hope you do too! Click to connect to 2023 YEAR'S BEST ALBUMS playlists Click to connect to 2023 YEAR'S BEST ALBUMS playlists

  • Celebrate Karl Berger

    If you are not familiar with the name of Karl Berger, you are not alone. Sadly, I only became aware of this exceptional man by reading of his recent passing in the NYT. Karl Hans Berger (March 30, 1935 – April 9, 2023) was a German-American jazz pianist, vibraphonist, composer, educator, and musical thinker. With Ingrid Sertso (his wife) and trumpeter Ornette Coleman, Berger co-founded the Creative Music Foundation (1971) and Creative Music Studio (1972), a premier study center for contemporary creative music during the 1970s and 1980s; it closed in 1984. Based in Woodstock, New York, the Foundation and Studio brought together students and leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Unprecedented in its range and diversity, CMS has provided participants with an opportunity to interact personally with musical giants of improvisation and musical thought. The Foundation's advisory board included John Cage, Gil Evans, Buckminster Fuller and Willem de Kooning. Mr. Berger was a pianist and vibraphonist who performed and recorded with leading jazz musicians including Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John McLaughlin, Carla Bley, Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Pharoah Sanders, Dave Brubeck and Lee Konitz, among many others. The Studio's teaching alumni includes Cherry, Braxton, DeJohnette, John Cage, Steve Lacy, George Russell, Richard Teitelbaum, Cecil Taylor and Dave Holland. However, Berger also leaves behind an impressive discography that is well worth a listen. I've compiled a playlist of just four of his richly collaborative albums for our enjoyment.

  • Celebrate Gordon Lightfoot

    Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Gordon Lightfoot (17 November, 1938 – 1 May 2023) achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music and is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. Lightfoot was the first in a generation of Canadian singer-songwriters that included Cohen, Mitchell, Young, Sainte-Marie, Robertson, Cockburn, lang, Morissette, Sexsmith, McGarrigle, Feist, McLachlan, Adams, Furtado, Lavigne and others. Lightfoot's career and reputation soared to great heights in the decade from 1966 to 1976, when most of his albums received critical praise and commercial success. Subsequently, his output became less frequent. As many other similar artists lit up the scene with more dynamic alternatives to Lightfoot's familiar baritone voice and folk-based twelve-string acoustic guitar routine perceived as middle-of-the road. In 2002 Lightfoot underwent emergency surgery following a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. This delayed the recording and release Harmony, his 20th original album, which he had mostly recorded prior to his illness) until 2004. Further misfortunes followed - a minor stroke in 2006, that temporarily left him without the use of the middle and ring fingers on his right hand, the death of his manager Barry Harvey in 2007 and a death hoax (which he quickly dispelled) in 2010. Nevertheless, Lightfoot continued to tour, particularly in US, Canada and UK. Harmony would be Lightfoot's penultimate album. It was generally well received, but paled in comparison with his early classics. His last album Solo (2020), made up from demos that dated back to 2001, was similarly well received, especially as Lightfoot returned a stripped-back production that was reminiscent of his early recordings.

  • Celebrate Tina Turner

    The Queen has left the stage, but her songs will forever be sung. Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock; November 26, 1939 – May 24, 2023) We commemorate a career that began in the nightclubs of St Louis in 1957 and soon after joining Ike Turner's band. Over the next 15 years, Ike & Tina Turner released a string of hit albums and singles, including "River Deep - Mountain High," "Proud Mary," and "Nutbush City Limits." They toured extensively, and they became known for their energetic live performances. However, Turner's personal life was not as successful as her professional life. She was in an abusive relationship with Ike, and she finally left him in 1976. Turner filed for divorce in 1978, and the divorce was finalized in 1979. After leaving Ike, Turner began a successful solo career. She released her first solo album, "Rough," in 1978. The album was a critical and commercial success, and it spawned the hit singles "What's Love Got to Do with It" and "Better Be Good to Me." Turner continued to release successful albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s. She also starred in several films, including "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "What's Love Got to Do with It?" (the latter of which was a biographical film about her life). In 2000, Turner announced her retirement from music. However, she returned to the stage in 2008 for a series of sold-out shows in Europe. She continued to tour and perform until 2013, when she announced her final tour. In addition to her musical achievements, Turner has also been active in philanthropy. She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, and she has worked to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and other global issues. Tina Turner is a true icon of music. She has inspired generations of fans with her powerful vocals, energetic performances, and glamorous style. She is a role model for women everywhere, and her story is one of triumph over adversity.

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