Th!nk Global Music
07 Sep 2006
If you would like a worldwide music experience, Th!nk Global! Working with Oxfam and Amnesty International, the World Music Network, has launched a new record label.
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If you would like a worldwide music experience, Th!nk Global! Working with Oxfam and Amnesty International, the World Music Network, has launched a new record label ñ one aimed at helping to tackle poverty, defend human rights and save the planet’s environment.
Th!nk Global promotes albums which feature cutting edge music from around the world, fundraising money to help solve global problems. Launching with two CDs called West Africa Unwired and Bellydance, this new label is the first to use completely recycled packaging, with CD sleeves made entirely of cardboard.
West Africa Unwired is an acoustic album, featuring an inclusive mix of established artists such as Baba Maal and Mansour Seck, as well as talented new musicians, including Nuru Kane from Senegal and Etran Finatawam, a group from Niger who recently appeared at WOMAD festival. Encompassing bluesy sounds from Mali, Wodaabe music from the Sahelian savannah and Manding rhythms, this CD is an introduction to the diversity of West African music.
Bellydancing is practiced around the world and it is linked to some of the richest musical traditions of the Middle East. Th!nk Global Bellydance is a wide collection of tracks by contemporary bellydance musicians. One of the most notable artists featured on this CD is Hossam Ramzy, an Egyptian musician who has worked on many international collaborations, creating songs with Peter Gabriel and Joan Armatrading. Other tracks come from the respected Cairo Orchestra and from Richard Hagopian and Omar Faruk Tekbilek’s Gypsy Fire project, music which attempts to recreate the artistic melting pot of New York’s 8th Avenue in the 1930’s.
By launching these beginnings of an introduction to the huge diversity of global sounds. But, importantly, when buying these CD’s, purchasers are not simply broadening their musical horizons, they will also be giving money to support the building of a greener and more peaceful world society.
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