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Building on its original catalogue of some 40 titles, the Naxos World label is now relaunched with an expanded vision of becoming the industry's leading agent for world music. Naxos World has a dual focus: first, to present recordings of folk music of different cultures; second, to explore performances that follow the more adventurous path of fusion in musical styles. The new label shares the global stage with Naxos' visionary establishment of the only dedicated world music subscription streaming platform – Naxos Music Library World – which offers access to more than 12,000 albums.

This month's three releases provide a foretaste of the stream of treats that are in the pipeline, and we hope Naxos followers will savour this fresh exploration of a whole new world of music entertainment.

AFRICA Papillon: Moyo
NXW76114-2
Papillon Moyo

There is a new artist on the East African / Kenyan music scene by the name of Papillon. He not only writes all of his own music – in several languages – but he designs and creates his own instruments. Papillon is among the first musicians in recent times to look at African musical instruments with an eye to re-design, combining and upgrading them for a new musical experience. Moyo means ‘heart’ in Swahili, and ‘life’ or ‘spirit’ in Mbeere – Papillon’s mother tongue. The music on this album is inspired by the singing of birds in the morning, the roaring of lions and the cries of monkeys – it is Mother Nature speaking. With his soaring voice and haunting melodies, coupled with an abundance of African instruments, many of his own making, Papillon is a musical force to be reckoned with.

Listen to Ndakandiga
ARMENIA Authentic Light Orchestra: The Sky is Cloudy
NXW76112-2
Authentic Light Orchestra
The Sky is Cloudy

The Authentic Light Orchestra was founded in 2009 by the Swiss
multi-instrumentalist with Armenian roots, Valeri Tolstov. His idea is to combine ancient Armenian folk songs and mix them with classical influences, jazz, rock and a touch of electronica to create a new musical form. In this fusion of styles, all of the elements supplement each other harmonically, producing a unique sound and an original interpretation of Armenian folk – the defining musical language of the Authentic Light Orchestra. In 2014, the band won the Grand Prix at the Armvision contest for Best Arrangement and Performance of a Folk song, and in 2016 they received the first Russian World Music Award.

Listen to an extract from Yarimo
CHINA Folk Music of China, Vol. 1: Folk Songs of Qinghai and Gangsu
NXW76088-2
Folk Music of China, Vol. 1
Folk Songs of Qinghai and Gansu

This series explores China’s rich and diverse musical heritage. The songs featured in this recording are folk songs of the five minority ethnic groups of Qinghai and Gansu provinces – Tu, Bonan, Dongxiang, Yugur and Salar. As with Chinese traditional visual arts, the song titles explain their mood and origin.

Listen to La La Lo
October Releases
MALAWI Code Sangala: Mizu
NXW76109-2
Code Sangala Mizu
Mizu means roots in Chichewa, the national vernacular language in Malawi. For Code Sangala it marks a musical journey back into the authentic sound of Malawi. The music is inspired by traditional Malawian dances, giving them a contemporary flair.
CHINA Folk Music of China, Vol. 2: Folk Songs of Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang
NXW76089-2
Folk Music of China, Vol. 2
Folk Songs of Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang
This series explores China’s rich and diverse musical heritage. The songs featured in this recording are folk songs of five minority ethnic groups of Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang – Mongol, Daur, Oroqen, Evenki and Hezhen. As with Chinese traditional visual arts, the song titles explain their mood and origin.
November Releases
Kalibé Mãe de Lua
NXW76113-2
Kalibé Mãe de Lua
Kalibé is an imaginary musical society where elements of different cultures come together in harmony. The heart and voice of this album is Mãe da Lua, a poet, singer, and activist from Brazil. With her deep and intense voice she sings about the need to preserve the environment, the meaning of existence, and the importance of universal love. All the songs have a strong message of tolerance and peace, with the belief that music can unite people.
IRAN Jon Hemmersam / Asal Malekzadeh: In the Moment
NXW76147-2
In the Moment
Improvisations, Compositions
The music on this album represents profound and direct communication between two human beings. Jon Hemmersam & Asal Malekzadeh had never met prior to the recording of this album, but they had the deep desire to create something beautiful together. In an entirely improvised set, they combine the sounds of the acoustic guitar and the Daf, a Kurdish drum.
NXW76090-2
Folk Music of China, Vol. 3
Folk Songs of Yunnan
This series explores China’s rich and diverse musical heritage. The songs featured in this recording are folk songs of three of the minority ethnic groups of Yunnan province – Wa, Blang, and De’ang. As with Chinese traditional visual arts, the song titles explain their mood and origin.


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