REVIEW album Sultans of String Christmas Caravan

Sultans Of String Takes Down Borders With Multi-Culture Holiday Album

Christmas Caravan

Sultans of String

Sultans of String prove it’s never too soon to get into the holiday groove. This is easily one of the most ambitious holiday undertakings, a resurrection and reconstruction of songs not widely known but should be and hopefully now will be. The really savvy part is the way they inject so many snippets of seasonal flavors in the songs. Sultan’s of String’s “Christmas Caravan” takes the listener on a journey around the world and every musician involved brought so much inspiration and imagination to these holiday songs, showing us what a wonderful world it truly would be, could be. Listen and you will be taken on a truly musical and spiritual exploration. From start to finish the album is surprisingly refreshing and brings a stocking-full of interpretive skill to these holiday gems and upbeat numbers to keep any holiday gathering moving and swinging.

Sultans of String have been nominated for three JUNO awards (Canada’s Grammy.) They have proven themselves to be diplomats of musical variety, diversity and range. And look who the Sultans brought along on this sled ride, six time Grammy winning Paddy Maloney (The Chieftains), Ruben Blades & Luba Mason (Panamanian 7 Grammy and 5 Latin Grammy Award winner), platinum-selling jazz vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, two time JUNO/Grammy Winner Alex Cuba, Benoit Bourque of Quebec’s and 3 time Juno winner Bottine Souriante, Sweet Honey in the Rock (Grammy winning all-woman, African-American a cappella group), Cameroon’s Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Emmylou Harris, Alanis Morissette), singer Mary Fahl from NYC's October Project, a recording collective of Turkish Roma violinists in Istanbul, Sudanese-Canadian singer Waleed Abdulhamid, Nashville-based JUNO Award winning country singer Crystal Shawanda, sitar virtuoso Anwar Khurshid, and hang drum player David Charrier from France.

Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan is culture mixing and genre bending without borders.