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Sultans Of String

Christmas Caravan

Release Date: October 5, 2017

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Feliz Navidad
Django Christmas
The Little Swallow (Carol of the Bells)/ Al Vuelo - Sultans of String
Christmas Caravan - Sultans of String - EPK
Turkish Greensleeves - Sultans of String (featuring Gundem Yayli Grubu)
Christmas Caravan - Sultans of String - EPK
Jesu Joy - Sultans of String - Featuring Mary Fahl & sand artist Moran Arbuthnot
Jingle Bells
The Christmas Song
Silent Night - feat. David Charrier
Sing For Kwanzaa - feat. Richard Bona and Waleed Abdulhamid
Flight of Angels / Hark the Herald
Hallelujah - feat Rebecca Campbell
Celebrate the Holydays - feat Sweet Honey in the Rock
Happy Xmas (War is Over) - feat Ruben Blades and Luba Mason
Himalayan Sleigh Ride - feat Anwar Khurshid
1 Turkish Greensleeves (feat. Gu undem Yayli Grubu)
2 Sing for Kwanzaa (feat. Richard Bona & Waleed Abdulhamid
3 Jesous Ahatonhia (Huron Carol) [feat. Crystal Shawanda]
4 The Little Swallow _ Al Vuelo
5 Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (feat. Mary Fahl)
6 Flight of Angels _ Hark the Herald (feat. Chris McKhool & Rebecca Campbell)
7 Little Drummer Boy (feat. Rebecca Campbell)
8 Celebrate the Holydays (feat. Sweet Honey in the Rock)
9 Niel Gow's Lament _ Rakes of Mallow _ Rouge River Valley (feat. Paddy Moloney)
10 Jingle Bells _ Auyuittuq Sunrise (feat. Chris McKhool & Rebecca Campbell)
11 The Christmas Song (feat. Nikki Yanofsky)
12 A Django Christmas
13 Les anges dans nos campagnes _ Cootes Paradise Reel (feat. Benoit Bourque)
14 Happy Xmas (War is Over) [feat. Ruben Blades & Luba Mason]
15 Silent Night (feat. David Charrier)
16 Himalayan Sleigh Ride (feat. Anwar Khurshid)
17 Hallelujah
18 Feliz Navidad _ Come on People Sing (feat. Alex Cuba)
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"Canadian band Sultans of String keeps imaginative imperatives in overdrive for the entirety of Christmas Caravan, a generous pitch for global unity through the music of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. These five musicians have jubilantly recharged the classics with arrangements that demand attention. ???? - Downbeat, USA

As winter crests and the mercury falls, everyone from your taxi driver to the music supervisor at the mall starts running timeless hits like "Jingle Bells" and "Silent Night." 

But Canada's global groove wizards Sultans of String wanted to go deeper into this beautiful tradition, and have launched their 2021 Christmas Caravan Playlist, featuring songs from their album which hit Billboard's World Music Charts and the New York Times Hits List. Recorded and co-produced with JUNO Award winning engineer John ‘Beetle' Bailey, Christmas Caravan isn't your typical holiday collection. You may recognize a few titles but you've never experienced seasonal music quite like this before.  They celebrate the holiday spirit with an adventurous musical trip around the world, featuring exuberant originals, world-music inspired classics, and seasonal favourites to warm your heart on a cold winter's night. 

They kick it off with a fresh version of Feliz Navidad along with Alex Cuba, who was just nominated for another Grammy in the Best Latin Pop category with his new album Mendo. In addition to his four Grammy nominations (all for Best Latin Pop Album in 2011, 2016, 2018 and 2022), Cuba has been nominated for five Latin Grammy Awards, four of which he won.

From fiery fiddle tunes to a Caribbean sleigh ride, the surprising and delightful holiday Christmas Caravan fiesta heats up when Sultans of String bring their signature sound to well known gems such as The Christmas Song, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, a Turkish twist on Greensleeves, Silent Night, a Django-jazz inspired Django Christmas, not to mention a Rumba-Flamenca fuelled Jingle Bells. 

Special guests also include jazz chanteuse Nikki Yanofsky, Mary Fahl from the October Project, hang drum player David Charrier from France, Turkish string group Gundem Yayli Grubu, Canadas' singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell, African-American a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock, Panamanian star Ruben Blades and Luba Mason, Pakistani-Canadian sitar player Anwar Khurshid, and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra!

Of special note is Sing for Kwanzaa, a cut featuring Richard Bona and Sudanese-Canadian Waleed Abdulhamid. Fans call Bona "The African Sting," critics call him a pro, but it's his unique and electrifying style of connecting with his audience that titles him what he really is-a true musician. This is the perfect song to celebrate Kwanzaa held December 26 - January 1 each year.

Joining Sultans of String for the Christmas Caravan December tour is Rebecca Campbell, and on select shows Donné Roberts (JUNO winning African Guitar Summit) w/ Singer-Songwriter Yukiko Tsutsui from Japan, soulful-pop JUNO winning singer Kellylee Evans, award winning flamenco dancer/singer Tamar Ilana, multiple CFMA winner Lynne Hanson, Andalusian classical and Arabic jazz instrumentalist Fethi Nadjem, the velvet voice of Kristine St-Pierre who won CFMA for "Francophone Songwriter of the Year", and UK-Canadian multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Saskia Tomkins.

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