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rupa & the april fishes: este mundo (2009)
December 15, 2009, 11:23 am
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Rupa & The April Fishes
Este Mundo •••••
Cumbancha

Imagine a wagon loaded with all sorts of rustic paraphernalia: crimson odds and ends, shawls of eye-tickling paisley, dark metal spoons, perhaps a dark infant swaddled and balancing on top of the whole structure and peering around with a curious air. Now watch that wagon move, slowly, carefully, onward, hear it emit strange noises – an axle grinding deeply, gears exhaling, stray bells ringing in the forest. This type of vehicle would perhaps be the most suitable bandwagon for Rupa & The April Fishes. Rupa Marya, the lead “songstress”, had a travelling childhood and pocketed some languages on the way, moving from South Asia to France to America, and now she’s globetrotting again while promoting her band’s second album, Este Mundo. She’s joined by a diverse and equally skilled series of musicians whose instruments range from the accordion to percussive ‘contraptions’. Este Mundo sounds like Lhasa de Sela married to Cirque du Soleil under the watchful gaze of some Black Eyes (not Peas, no, but Les Yeux Noirs). The music is saboroso – intensely flavourful – like Mayan chocolate with chilli pepper bits melting in your mouth, igniting the listener’s earbuds and burning with zesty richness.

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lucinda williams heads exciting cambridge folk festival lineup

090808_lucindawilliamsTickets go on sale in May

Now in its 45th year, the Cambridge Folk Festival continues to be one of the most popular festival weekends in the calendar, usually selling out before you’ve even had time to hit speed dial, and this year’s lineup really won’t change that. One of the biggest draws will be triple Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, who will make her Cambridge Folk Festival debut – her only UK festival date this year – with other big names including the legendary Buffy Saint-Marie, Malian superstar Oumou Sangare, Irish folk singer Cara Dillon, blues artist Susan Tedeschi, plus Eddi Reader and Beth Nielsen Chapman.

Wears The Trousers favourites Imelda May and Alela Diane will be there too, along with brilliant Californian world music alchemists Rupa & The April Fishes, Crooked Still, Diana Jones and up-and-coming young folkies Megan & Joe Henwood, Bella Hardy and The Shee.

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