Music of the week

Take a trio of the finest griot musicians from Mali and put them in a studio with western music’s most revolutionary string quartet and the resulting album is of the most rewarding musical collaborations you’re likely to hear. The musicians are Trio Da Kali, and the Kronos Quartet. Both groups have acknowledged this collaboration as among the best of their respective careers. The music speaks for itself. The album is Ladilikan the track we’re hearing is Garaba Mama.

Anti-Flag has just released their tenth album, American Fall. The Pittsburgh punk band is well known for its anti-capitalist stance and has been a strong advocate for class struggle and civil rights for over 20 years. The latest album delivers the same quick melodic punch as previous albums and the anti-imperialist lyrics are as sharp as ever. Anti-flag rages on at an ugly unfair world. The new album is American Fall the track we’re hearing is the Criminals.

Sean McConnell released his first album at the age of fifteen. Since then he's written songs for stars of country and pop music, and put in his time on the road. His latest album Undone is an acoustic version of last years self-titled release. The album was recorded live and alone, on analog tape. The bare bones of the music reveal his vocal prowess and allow the stories in the songs to shine through. Sean McConnells album is called Undone, the track we're hearing is Bottom of the Sea

In ancient times the Vikings sailed, battled, and traded their way through Europe, the Mediterranean, and the New World. Their influence on western technology and culture is immeasurable. La Mandragore is a historical music ensemble which brings to life the lost music of the Vikings. Playing historical instruments, and singing in four languages including Old Norse, with the help of Viking scholars La Mandragore brings the voice of an ancient culture to modern ears. The album is called Midgard, the track we’re hearing is Kassias Saga.

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