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by Don't be a stranger

Famous vocalists and instrumentalists from the worldmusic scene meet producer Onno Krijn resulting in a journey with spectacular musical fireworks...
Genre: World: World Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Changkha, Namgyal Lhamo
Namgyal Lhamo
3:30 $0.99
2. Immamachin, Minyeshu
Minyeshu Kifle Tedla
5:53 $0.99
3. Calcutta Candy, Droeh Nankoe
Droeh Nankoe
8:57 $0.99
4. Bagdad, Farida
7:22 $0.99
5. Daan'de Cheeli, Omar Ka
Omar Ka
5:16 $0.99
6. Love Song, Leoni Jansen
Leoni Jansen
4:00 $0.99
7. Noero, Minyeshu
5:45 $0.99
8. Phala Migchik, Namgyal Lhamo
Namgyal Lhamo
3:55 $0.99
9. Wo Mbari, Serigne Gueye
Serigne Gueye
6:08 $0.99
10. Circle Round a Fire, Onno Krijn, Omar Ka
Omar Ka, Onno Krijn
4:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
\"DONT BE A STRANGER\" is an ongoing collaboration project between Dutch composer/producer Onno Krijn and worldmusicians. ONE is the title of the first album.

After Dont be a Stranger/ONE was chosen in Stan Rijvens Best Album (all categories)Top 10 for 2006, Dont be a Stranger/ONE is now also in the TOP 10 BEST WORLDMUSIC ALBUMS of 2007 of Spin the Globe/Soundroots!!

The track \"Immamachin\" with Minyeshu not only made it to sounds from beyond volume 3 (representing the best of Dutch World Music at the Womex), but also to BBC\'s Charlie Gillet Sound of the World 2007 yearly compilation cd.

Here\'s what the press has to say about ONE:

Here is an album that can wow both world music devotees as well as the sadly unenlightened. It\'s a record that continually opens the mind, track after track of enigmatic, dazzling brilliance.(...)these are compositions which will truly, literally, put you in a trance as Krijn and company has uncovered some of the planet\'s most exotic, beautiful sounds and seamlessly united them.(...)Those who feel that world music is unintelligible and boring will be swallowing crow by CD\'s end. The electrifying percussion of \"Calcutta Candy\" and \"Noero\" is absolutely hypnotic. Folk and jazz touches add even more spice to a record that is already exhilarating. (Adam Harrington on

Serious ambition and pure talent melt into one on \"ONE\", an exotic and thoroughly absorbing collaboration between Netherlands composer Onno Krijn and top-flight vocalists and musicians from Africa, India, Iraq, Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States. ...Krijn takes world music to its most literal definition, crafting a wildly imaginative yet cohesive blend of global sounds and rhythms. ...
This is world music that will feed your heart as well as your head.
(Michael Sutton on

\" The result is astounding. How can all this diversity sound so natural? Krijn shows us how small the world really is. Distances are nonexistent here..\" (Dagblad Tubantia)

\" The silence between these subtle and well thought-out chords gives me the shivers.\" (Het Parool)

\" Composer/producer Onno Krijn unifies the world in a studio....the astounding craftmanship with which Krijn blends it all...I just cannot stop listening to this cd\" (Dick Laning on

\" Krijns\' mastery of bridging various music-styles and cultures is amazing... Don\'t be a stranger/ONE is both an ear-opening trip around the world as well as a captivating world-record..\" (Stan Rijven in Trouw)

\"The result is a mesmerizing multi-layered album (....) \"Let the music speak for itself\" is a hackneyed phrase. But every so often an album comes along to remind us that there is a truth behind it. Few do so as eloquently as ONE.\" ( Bram Posthumus in SONGLINES magazine)

Who am I ?

I am an independant composer/producer/orchestrator. I earn a living writing arrangements and orchestrations for large ensembles and producing records at my studio. I also work as a musical director for my wife,- she\'s a folk-singer- during her theatre tour which we do three or four months every year, or during one of the big multi-cultural events she produces. I received classical training in composition and piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory and studied arranging at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Worldmusic has always had a big influence on all my work.

Who are the worldmusicians?

Well, as for the ONE album, they mainly live in Holland and Belgium and come from Senegal, India, Tibet, Ethiopia, Iraq, Indonesia, Scotland,the United States and the Netherlands.

The most famous one is Farida, from Iraq. Together with her brother, Jamil al Asadi on Canun she did a heart-gripping improvisation, - maqam-style-, about Bagdad in all its present misery. I structured and orchestrated this improvisation. The result is a heart-wrenching track. (track 4, \"Bagdad\").

Another big name is Droeh Nankoe, a singer from India, who has been living in Holland for quite some time now, and whom I met when I was the musical director for this big multi-cultural musical theatre-show entitled \"Made in Holland, a tribute to diversity\", where I met a lot of the musicians who feature on ONE. When I was recording with Droeh he happened to have two distinguished musician-friends staying at his house: Raffiuddin Sabri, a gifted tabla player, who also does some incredible mouthpercussion, and Annada Prassana Pattanaik playing bansuri. Of course he brought them to my studio and the two of them feature with Droeh in khayal-style on track 3: \"Calcutta Candy\", (which, by the way is my favourite track of the whole album.)

If you\'re into African music , there\'s lots of it on ONE: the vocal contributions of Omar Ka from Senegal and Minyeshu from Ethiopia, and the features of Bao Sissok on Kora, Serigne Gueye on percussions and Bniyam Kindeya on Krar. Minyeshu blends in wonderfully with the American Steel Guitar of American singer/songwriter Thad Beckman.

For somewhat more meditative material you can listen to the vocals of Namgyal Lhamo from Tibet combined with a beautiful oboe-solo played by oboist Bart Schneeman, first oboist from the world-famous Concertgebouworkest. (track 1: \"Changkha\".) Or the beautiful Love song which I composed on a poem by the great Irish poet W.B.Yeats, sung in a Celtic style by Leoni Jansen. (track 6: \"Love song\").

There is a terrific 5 minute long Coltrane- like Tenor-solo by Ben van de Dungen on a bed of pulsating African rhythm (track 9:\"Wo Mbari\"), and the very last track focuses inward again, a duet between me and Omar Ka with once again beautiful Kora-accompaniment of Bao Sissok. (track 10, \"Circle round a fire\"). Great lyrics (very serious) by Nancy White, Canada\'s comedienne nr.1.

It took me almost three years to finish ONE, mainly because I could never work on it full time. However, after three years, I find the first song I wrote for ONE, (track 5:\"Daan\'de Cheelii\" , with Omar Ka) just as compelling as when I started out three years ago, which I take to be a good sign.
If I had to describe the style of the whole album, I\'d say you can compare it to the \"One giant leap\" album, or some of the albums Michael Brook did on the RealWorld label with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or David Gasparyan. It\'s definitely cross-over, world fusion.



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david dyer

I find this kind of collaborative inspiring. It is the perfect antidote to all the troubles in the world that fill our news pages. Many uplifting moments

Doug Wilde

awe inspiring collaborations
Onno Krijn continues to grow musically in an awe inspiring collaboration with a number of very talented and varied musicians and singers from around the world.There is a real depth to this project ,,and with each listen more of the artistry becomes evident....Some highlights for me ..the wonderful cross- rythmic excursions in Wo Mbari...the almost delta blues feel of Daan'de cheelu. ... the amazing Calcutta Candy (love the brass lines) and the bitter sweet Changka.

SA Stevens

Marvelous in, full of marvels. This album is an easy favorite and wonderful example of diverse global sounds being woven together skillfully so that the result is organic, inspiring, uplifting. This is what globalization can sound like...should sound like!


This CD will transport you to places you never knew existed!
This CD will transport you to places you never knew existed, and if it's at all possible, beyond and upwards and outwards until you can hardly contain your emotions for the sheer beauty and joyful pleasure of sounds which one might otherwise only hope one day to find in Heaven!