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egypt and more

February 6, 2011

Egypt has been top of news with the protests in recent weeks. This week’s World of Music opens with a musical survey of the country, past and contemporary. We’ll hear the rich, historic voice of Oum Kalsoum along with the modern sounds of El Tanbura and Sharkiat.

Later in the show it’s Shasha Marley from Ghana, Compay Quinto from Peru, and Qawwali music from the charismatic voice of Pakistan’s Badar Ali Khan.

World of Music is a virtual Iditarod of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.


playlist #116 (5/24/10)-africa, pt. 3

May 24, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #116 – The latest installment in our occasional series exploring the multitude of sounds from Africa
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
African Vision: Africa / African Vision / Ethno World Music 4008 – (WORLD FUSION)
Baloji: Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo / Kinshasa Succursale / EMI 68613 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Mahotella Queens: Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) / Sound Offerings from South Africa, vol. 2 / Gallo Record Company 632 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Atongo Zimba: Guuse, en sugro / Barefoot In The Sand / Hippo Records 1055 – (GHANA)
The Anambra Beats: Ayamma / Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues / Soundway 9 – (NIGERIA)
Trio Tambours: Oust / Port du Capricorne / (demo) – (LA RÉUNION)
Chiwoniso: Karima (Planting) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Victor Démé: Deni Mouke Ila / Victor Démé / Chapa Blues 2008 – (BURKINA FASO)
Bako Dagnon: Bélébélé / Titati / Discograph 6099245 – (MALI)
The LA Drivers Union Por Por Group: Por Por Akwaaba (Welcome) / Por Por Honk Horn Music from Ghana / Smithsonian Folkways 40531 – (GHANA)
(Four Shi musicians from the Bantu Tribe in Congo): Uni Urmi / Music of the Shi People / Alula Origins 5008 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW*
Master Drummers of Africa: Imichingo (Dust Devil) / Master Drummers of Africa, vol. 2: Ubuntu / Arc Music 2280 – (TANZANIA, GHANA, etc.) *NEW*
Maria de Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE)
Lulendo: Angola / Angola / Buda Musique 2005 – (ANGOLA)
Ba Cissoko featuring Tiken Jah Fakoly: Africa / Electric Griot Land / 3D Family Music 2005 – (MALI)
Tarika: Koba / Rough Guide to the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 – (MADAGASCAR)
Ghorwane: Mayvavo / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Manou Gallo: Chanter L’Amour (Love Song) / Manou Gallo / Zig Zag World 1 – (IVORY COAST)
Papa Wemba: Esclave (Slave) / Molokai / Real World 2373 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Issa Bagayogo: Touba / Tassoumakan / Six Degrees 6570361103 – (MALI)
Terakaft: Arghane Manine / Akh Issudar / World Village 468084 – (MALI) *(written by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, lead singer from Tinariwen)
Habib Koité: Africa / Afriki / Cumbancha 5 – (MALI)
Dobet Gnahoré: Têlo Dé / Na Afriki (My Africa) / Cumbancha 4 – (IVORY COAST)
Orchestra Baobab: Papa Ndiaye / Made in Dakar / World Circuit 433788 – (SENEGAL)
The Waves Band: Angba Langar / Only A Dream / Kelele Records / 31004 – (SEYSCHELLES ISLANDS)

playlist #88 (11/9/2009)-nyquil for the soul

November 9, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #88 – Down with the flu blues – back by popular demand, this is the second annual flu season special. Songs of commiseration, consolation, and outright INDIGNANT OUTRAGE! If this don’t make you feel better, baby – you dead!
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Squirrel Nut Zippers: La Grippe (the Flu) / The Inevitable Squirrel Nut Zippers / Mammoth Records 105 – (USA) * At Higher Ground tomorrow night: *
Big Joe Tex: Pneumonia / Hip To The Jive 2 / Sonic Scenery 708021 – (USA)
Shasha Marley: Evil Spirits Walk Away / Lost & Found / 1229 – (GHANA)
Françoise Hardy: Comment te dire adieu? (It Hurts To Say Goodbye) / Divine Divas / Rounder 5071 – (FRANCE)
Rupa & The April Fishes: Ç’est Pas d’l’amour/ extraordinary rendition / Cumbancha 7 – (SAN FRANCISCO) * At Parima tonight, 8pm: *
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
Albert Collins & The Icebreakers: Dyin’ Flu / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records    112 – (USA)
Johnny Long: Healin’ Touch / Lost & Found / Delta Groove 106 – (ST. LOUIS, MO)
The Lost Fingers: Billy Jean / Lost In The ’80s / Sony 88697 – (QUÉBEC) *NEW*
Maria Bethânia: Feita na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitanda 18 – (BRAZIL) *NEW*
Los Silvertones: Tamborito Swing / Panama!2 / Soundway 13 – (PANAMA)
The Very Best: Chalo (World) / Warm Heart of Africa / Green Owl Records 8.98864 – (MALAWI / FRANCE / ENGLAND) *NEW*
Rocky Fuller: Funeral Hearse At My Door / Chess Blues / Chess Records 9340 – (USA)
Neville Brothers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Yellow Moon / A&M Records 5240 – (N’AWLINS)
Allen Toussaint: St. James Infirmary / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch 480380 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Tom Waits: Cold, Cold Ground / Franks Wild Years / Island 422-842 – (USA)
Robert Cray: I Shiver / Blues Guitar Greats / Universal 314 556 719 – (USA)
Alex Cuba: Amor Infinito (Infinite Love) / Les Nuits d’Afrique Compilation 2007 / Les Nuits d’Afrique 2099 – (CUBA)
Omara Portuondo: Gracias / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA) * NEW – Latin Grammy winner, Best Contemporary Tropical Album *
Rupa & The April Fishes: La Linea (The Border) / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO) *NEW – at Parima tonight, 8pm: *
Aswad: Don’t Turn Around / Distant Thunder / Mango 9810 – (JAMAICA)
Mathieu Mathieu: Cette Ville / Québec / Putumayo 279 – (QUÉBEC)
Hot Club of Detroit: Belleville / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue Records 1030 – (DETROIT)
Paolo Conte: Happy Feet / The Best of Paolo Conte / Nonesuch 79512 / (ITALY)
Haugaard & Høirup: Raaby Hopsa (Traditional Danish stick dance) / Lys (Light) / GOØ 501 – (DENMARK)
Kermit Ruffins: Kermit’s Second Line / Kermit Ruffins / Putumayo 233 – (N’AWLINS)
Shemekia Copeland: Turn The Heat Up / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records    112 – (USA)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Me Like It Like That & Kidd Jordon’s Second Line / The New Orleans Album / Columbia    45414 – (N’AWLINS)


August 28, 2009
'Colombia!' from Soundway

'Colombia!' from Soundway

A couple of years ago in late December, I was reading through one of those “best of” year-end lists, this one highlighting some of the best world music recordings that had come out in 2007.

One recording in particular caught my eye, with its retro-feel bright blue and yellow angular cover art — “COLOMBIA!”, it exclaimed.

Within a week or so it was in my hands, and I featured Colombia! that year on World of Music ‘s annual New Year’s eve show. (Could have had it sooner, downloads, yeah yeah yeah. I do know this. But I like actually touching and holding my tunes, and lingering over the liners. So there it is once and for all.) Great stuff, anyway, with enough groovy surf guitar cumbias and chicha to keep us dancing well into the new year.

'Tumbele', available this October

'Tumbele', available this October

That recording was also my introduction to Soundway, a recently formed recording label devoted to “unveiling forgotten chapters from some of the world’s richest musical cultures”. They live up to every bit of that mission statement. Nigerian funk, disco, and soul from the dance floors of ’60s and ’70s Lagos? Got it. Ghana, Panama, and Benin…they’ve all been the focus of Soundway recordings, which generally pick a stated timeframe (of the past) from which to draw the collection.

I’m mentioning all of this today because yesterday I got a preview of the next Soundway release, and it just might be my favorite one so far. Tumbélé! moves away from Africa (but only geographically – musically, this is still very much African music)  to showcase “Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74”.

It’s exciting, it’s unusual, and the selections are solid, track for track. The production is also clean. (ie: this is no hack job ‘best of’ survey with song fragments and poorly edited fadeouts.)

And how else would you ever have a chance to relive the ’60s, via music from the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique? So many different influences are at play in this music: West Africa, Haiti, Latin rhythms and percussion from neighboring Cuba and Puerto Rico…the recording’s title – tumbélé – we learn, is the name of a dialect from Cameroon. It comes about as close as anything could in describing the unifying rhythmic undercurrent that connects every moment on this diverse and vibrant recording.

I’ll be featuring this one soon on World of Music – ’til then, don’t stop dancing.

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