Sitting somewhere between new-world folk music and medicine music is Curawaka. They are a quartet focused on positive, healing music and with that comes all the traditional folk instruments those genres bring. Group vocals, Peruvian pipes, ukelele, guitar, jews harp, kalima, quena, rustic percussion and bird song to name but a few. They released their debut back in 2018 entitled “Call of the Wild”. Curawaka timed the single “Freedom Song” from their new album “Dreamtime” to hit the summer solstice but I hadn’t discovered the band at that time. The idea is that at the sun’s peak, we can perhaps use the song as an anthem for hope.
Anyone who enjoys the warmest sides of modern folk with global twists will enjoy this style of music. It is relentlessly wholesome, a bit like devotional music at times, but geared at the world around us rather than a religion. So if you need a pick-me-up and like a good bongo, enjoy “Freedom Song” below. Any profits from sales go towards the Curawaka Alliance Fund. This stems from each of the band members spending time living with and learning from indigenous people. You can read more about the fund on Curawaka’s website.
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