Ayalew Mesfin stands aside the likes of Mulatu Astake, Mahmoud Ahmed, Hailu Mergia and Alemayehu Eshete as a legend 1970s Ethiopia. The music he created with his Black Lion Band is amongst the funkiest to arise from Addis Ababa.
His life in Ethio-groove is now collected in a five album series – each album is sold individually and as part of value-priced OBI-wrapped “box set.”
Gilles Peterson is on a break from his regular radio show at Worldwide FM. He asked Egon to put together a two hour show delving into 18 years of the Now-Again catalog. Listen to the mix here. The music ranges from sweet soul to deep disco to psychedelic rock to Spiritual Jazz. If you’re a long time fan of this label, you’ll hear some of your favorites – if you’re a new convert, you’ll probably hear some music you’ll find transcendent.
The Brazilian guitarist’s third album for Now-Again, featuring 10 original compositions. Shades of Baden Powell, Hermeto Pascoal, Carioca, Tenorio Jr., Rosinha de Valença.
“To call it magic would be too dismissive of the work Do Nascimento has put into translating both the stunning natural landscapes and rich musical history of Brazil from his perceptions to this album. Blood, sweat, deep love all play vital roles…” – Pop Matters.
Prelúdio is the third album Now-Again Records has issued from the thrilling, young Brasilian guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento. Produced by Mario Caldato, Jr. and Luther Russell and engineered and mixed by Caldato and Jason Hiller, this album features do Nascimento’s longtime drummer Ricardo “Tiki” Pasillas. (more…)
Fabiano do Nascimento performs solo and in tandem with a small combo in a special set for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, featuring compositions from his various Now-Again albums.
Words on Fabino’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert by NPR’s Abby O’Neil:
The seraphic sounds by Brazil-born, L.A.-based guitarist Fabiano do Nascimento are hypnotic and transcendent, an amalgamation of Afro-Brazilian jazz, folklore, bossanova and samba. The combination of his overdubbed rhythmic and melodic guitar lines, coupled with the delicate hands of piano player David Bergaud and drummer Julien Cantelm, just seem to hit differently. It’s a wandering journey that put me into what feels like the Samadhi state in meditation, where the brain frequency surrenders and the soul completely takes over. (more…)
Renowned for its enviable combination of musical muscle and malleability, guitarist/songwriter Raymond Alexander Jenkins’ tight four-piece unit was so revered on the uptown club circuit that it was offered the opportunity to serve as the Apollo Theater house band. Jenkins demurred, hopeful and confident in his group’s chances at making it on its own, and Let’s Talk is the sublime result of their hard work. (more…)