This week Today’s Top Tune revolves around a handful of artists that we really love! First off, Oumou Sangare is back after an eight year break. Cuban-Canadian singer Alex Cuba reaches back to the sound of old Havana, adding a modern twist. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros releases a solo song and we’re excited about two newish artists: NYC singer Amber Mark and Bay Area-based Big Wild.
Monday, May 22
After an eight year break from recording, one of the greatest living voices in African music returns with a rich new album. Malian artist Oumou Sangare titles her latest collection Mogoya, meaning ‘people today,’ which draws heavily on the rich traditions and native instruments of her ancestors.
Tuesday, May 23
Having spent the bulk of 2016 on the festival circuit, engineer, composer and DJ Big Wild has booked another 27 dates this spring alone. He’ll be performing tracks off his 2017 new EP that features the stellar vocals of one of our favorite Malaysian singers, Yuna, on “Empty Room.”
Wednesday, May 24
You don’t need to understand Spanish to feel the music of four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba. Lilting melodies, heartfelt lyrics and a gorgeous delivery come together effortlessly for the guitar-based singer. “Todas Las Cabezas Están Locas” is one of those happy melodies you’ll find yourself humming.
Thursday, May 25
We’ve come to expect great things from Alex Ebert, the Golden Globe winner and frontman to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. “Broken Record” is the latest song in his ouevre born of piled up heartbreak.
Friday, May 26
NYC songwriter and singer Amber Mark has a self-produced EP offering soul-bearing tracks. Influenced by a broad musical palette this singer chronicles the passing of her mother with a cathartic set of songs, including “Lose My Cool. “