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Album of the Week: Nocturne from David Walters

Our album of the week is Nocturne by David Walters, a French singer/songwriter, producer and DJ. But this isn't a solo effort in a traditional sense - throughout the entire album, Walters is joined by a trio of masterful world musicians: Malian kora musician Ballake Sissoko, French cellist and bassist, Vincent Segaland veteran percussionist from Guadeloupe, Roger Raspail. Between the four of the musicians involved, they represent a good swath of sounds from across the world.

David Walters plays music ranging from electronic beats to acoustic folk, always with a strong Afro-Caribbean influence. His wide musical interest have brought him around the world producing, DJ'ing, collaborating, studying alongside Ali Farke Toure; truly an eclectic musician. In a time when some of what is considered the best music is multicultural with a focus on Black identity and culture, Walters gives the French/Creole perspective, at the same time helping reinvent Afro-Caribbean music.

Nocturne is a new kind of folk music, with a French/Afro-Caribbean accent that is modern and ancient at the same time. Check it out here, and let us your favorite songs, or other thoughts!

The music director at KAXE since 2014, Kari (pronounced Car-ee) Hedlund reviews music on the daily. She also hosts New Music every Wednesday (2 and 10 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), along with the KAXE Morning Show on Thursdays.