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playlist #108 (3/29/10)-remembering marva

March 29, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #107 – Remembering Marva Wright & a preview of upcoming world music concerts
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Marva Wright: The Levee is Breaking Down & Katrina Blues / After the Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS)
The Rebirth Brass Band: All Blues / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / Mardi Gras Records 1085 – (N’AWLINS)
Kermit Ruffins featuring Juanita Brooks: When I Die (You Better Second Line) / Every Day Is A Holiday / Basin Street Records 703 – (N’AWLINS)
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Culture Music Club: Ni Yeye (It’s Him) / Shine! / World Village 468080 – (TANZANIA)
Steel Pulse: Earth Crisis / Earth Crisis / Elektra 60315 – (JAMAICA)
Razia: Ny Alantsika (Nature’s Lament) / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha  (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Swing Noire: Blues en Mineur / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & the Quintette of the Hot Club of France / http://www.swingnoire.com 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Lugua Centeno: Lirun Dan / From Bakabush: The First Ten Years of Stonetree / Stonetree 27 – (BELIZE)
Lila Downs: La Cumbia del Mole / La Cantina / EMI 34248 – (MEXICO)
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Shakti with John McLaughlin: La Danse du Bonheur / A Handful of Beauty / Columbia 494448 – (INDIA) * Zakir Hussain & the Masters of Percussion on the Flynn Main Stage
tomorrow night, 7:30pm *
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jonkoloni / Segu Blue / Out Here Records 7 – (MALI) * Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at the Flynn Space: Weds. night, 7:30pm *
Rokia Traoré: Sé / Mouneïssa / Indigo 2524 – (MALI) * Rokia Traoré on the Flynn Main Stage: April 18th, 7:30pm *
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Domingo Bethancourt: Cobán / Chapinlandia: Marimba Music of Guatemala / Smithsonian Folkways 40542 – (GUATEMALA)
Tarrus Riley: King of Pain / Spirits in the Material World: A Reggae Tribute to the Police / Shanachie 45067 – (JAMAICA)
La Fragua: Eleanor Rigby / De los Andes a los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Angelique Kidjo: Kelele / Oyo (demo)  N/A – (BENIN) *NEW*
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Tsuumi Sound System: Casino / Arctic Paradise / Arctic 2010 – (FINLAND) *NEW*
The Rankin Family: As I Roved Out / Endless Season / EMI 832348 – (CAPE BRETON)
Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko: June Apple / Africa to Appalachia / http://www.jaymestone.com 1 – (CANADA / MALI)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder 7068 – (CAPE BRETON) *NEW*
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Fruko y Sus Tesos: El Ausente / Grandes Exitos / Discos Fuentes 11011 – (CUBA)
Pan Ron: Don’t Speak / Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia / Minky Records 1 – (CAMBODIA)
Galactic featuring Trombone Shorty & Corey Henry: Cineramascope / Ya-Ka-May / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Marva Wright: You Are My Sunshine / After the Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS)

blues queen of new orleen(z)

March 23, 2010

Nearly a year ago now, the news circulated that Marva Wright had suffered a couple of serious strokes. Friends then came together this past fall in a benefit to help pay for her medical care: George Porter, the Wild Magnolias, Tab Benoit all turned out for a sizeable benefit concert befitting the generous spirit of the ‘Blues Queen of New Orleans’. This morning Marva Wright suffered another stroke and passed away in New Orleans.

Her outstanding auto-biographical 2007 release After the Levees Broke went a long way to relate one of the many deeply personal stories of life in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for folks along the Gulf Coast. Marva and most of her family evacuated the city before the storms hit. She watched the hurricane’s destruction unfold on television and for many days during and after the storm she was left to wonder about the fate of her son, the police officer who had stayed behind in New Orleans to help those that remained as the waters rose. (He survived.) The power of her voice and personality are inseparably fused to songs on the recording like Bruce Hornsby’s The Way It Is, and Marvin Gaye’s Change Is Going To Come.

We’ll remember the inspirational spirit of Marva Wright with a showcase of After the Levees Broke, this coming Monday on World of Music.

(Here’s Richard Marcus’  review of After the Levees Broke)


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