Posts Tagged ‘Gil Scott-Heron’

the revolution will not be…the same.

May 28, 2011

“Gil Scott-Heron died”.

Musically speaking those words have the impact of someone saying the moon just fell from the sky. How could it be true?

For over four decades Gil Scott-Heron asked the hard questions, writing and singing his reality large in poignant, vivid poetry. He held up a mirror to the world around him and implored society to take a long look at itself in that reflection.

The first music of his I remember hearing was on the radio in Denver, where I grew up. At that time (1970s) the town was slowly emerging into a more urban identity. As the population makeup was shifting to include many more Mexican, black, Vietnamese and Hmong families, Denver could no longer be as readily stereotyped by its white cattlemen and horse ranchers and the many who didn’t make it quite all the way to California.

One of the sure signs of the cultural shift was the colorful current of new sounds that overcame Denver’s airwaves in that era: for a while we had a dedicated full-time jazz station; for soul, r&b and disco there was KDKO “the hot sauce”; and AM radio had 95 KIMN – which played its share of the Eagles and Little River Band and Bread, for sure. But they also played Gil Scott-Heron. And, later on, the Sugar Hill Gang’s ground-breaking Rapper’s Delight. I heard The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, and Pieces of a Man, and Whitey On The Moon as a pre-teen and I think I knew on some level in this music I was also hearing the sound of my own future, a soundtrack for a lifelong path of curiousity about poetry and politics and human rights and passionate voices of all musical kinds.

I saw him perform just one time, at the Blue Note in NY City two summers ago. It was in 2009, another pivotal time in his life when he’d just been released from prison after serving a term for possession of crack cocaine and a couple of pipes. His new album “I’m New Here” was ready to be released and he was as feisty as ever.  While the complete Blue Note experience was of mixed success, the music that night was everything I possibly could have hoped for after three+ decades of loving his music.

Thank you Gil Scott-Heron.

He wrote about it so vividly because he lived it. Poet, junkie, pianist, inmate, political observer, singer, civil rights icon, the grandfather of hip-hop: the man. Gil Scott-Heron died last night. He was 62. His message to – and about –  humanity is timeless. Love endures.

May we each honor his memory by finding our own unique voice, and using it. Loudly.

2010 in the rearview: what’s to love in music, part 2

December 31, 2010

The year-end survey continues – a few more of my favorite recordings from 2010:

Stile Antico: “Media vita” – This is the fourth recording from the young choir Stile Antico. They’re 14 members strong with a singular strong artistic vision that’s wasting no time establishing them in good company with groups like Anonymous 4. “Media vita” features choral music by the Tudor composer John Sheppard, a oft-overlooked contemporary of higher profile composers Thomas Tallis and (the somewhat younger) William Byrd. The real appeal of Sheppard’s outwardly austere harmonies reveals itself in washes (rather than flashes) of color, and the occasional dissonance and disharmony created with passing tones. The pure performance aesthetic of Stile Antico assures you hear every complexity and nuance in the various layers of music. This is one of two recordings from Stile Antico this year, the other is “Puer natus est” for Christmastime. I enjoyed both but prefer “Media vita” for its handling of the unusual repertoire.

Luisa Maita: “Lero-Lero” and “Maita Remixed” – This is actually two-in-one. Luisa Maíta’s debut album “Lero-Lero” was released in July, and it almost immediately spawned (in November) a remix treatment from notables like Maga Bo, Seiji, and DJ/rupture. Whether your tastes run to traditional Brazilian samba and bossa sounds (on “Lero-Lero”), or to the contemporized versions of the same material on the “Remixed” album, Maíta delivers her original songs with understated sultry flair. There is consistency of quality from track to track on these recordings, but not at the sacrifice of variety in tone and flavor. The message is clear: this is Brazil NOW.

Vijay Iyer: “Solo” – For an artist with a decade and a half experience it’s a little surprising it’s taken Vijay Iyer this long to offer the world a solo recording. I wasn’t sure what to expect with “Solo”, given Iyer’s artistic involvement with everything from hip-hop to improvisational collaborations and larger ensemble (orchestral) work. It’s worth the wait, and the question about all of those previous influences is answered by the fact that Iyer’s solo work is a rich blend of all of them. There’s the recording’s simple introduction with “Human Nature”, a song that digs deep into Iyer’s emotional abilities and reminds me of the supreme sensitivity and awareness heard with pianists like Bill Evans (always) and Keith Jarrett (in his best playing). And then you can hear Iyer’s spirited homage to Duke Ellington with “Black and Tan”, and his moving take on Monk’s “Epistrophy”. There is nothing about “Solo” that doesn’t ring true, from the standards (and not-so standard “standards”) to Iyer’s own forward-looking compositions. Look for more great things from this evolving young pianist.

Roland Tchakounté: “Blues Menessen” – What if John Lee Hooker had called his home West Africa? Cameroon’s Roland Tchakounté offers an answer to that thought – at least in part – with his searing bluesy guitar and deep, affecting vocals. And, he’s cool. But the John Lee Hooker comparison can’t be carried too far, Tchakounté is very much his own artist. He recorded two albums in Douala before he left Africa to live in France a few years ago. “Blues Menessen” was released this past May as his latest, most commercial recording. It is blues, but it’s not the West African/Sahara Touareg (think: Tinariwen) blues we’ve become familar with in recent years. This is fairly straightahead American Delta-style blues with an African accent, sung in Tchakounté’s native West Cameroonian language bamileke. It’s both unusual and familiar at the same time. The songs run a wide range of styles, from consistently rhythmic to more free-ranging and moodily interpretive. I love this recording.

Lobi Traoré: “Rainy Season Blues” – I couldn’t mention Roland Tchakounté without also talking about fellow Malian blues man Lobi Traoré. It was quite a shock this year to learn of his June 1st death. The circumstances aren’t completely clear (and of course, not especially important anyway). We do know that Traoré was 49 years old and had enjoyed great success in recent years. A year prior in the summer of 2009, he had met with producer Chris Eckman to lay down tracks for a new recording  featuring just his voice and guitar. What an ideal opportunity for an artist. The result is the new posthumous collection “Rainy Season Blues” – a quietly personal insight into Traoré’s art, featuring exclusively original material.  Traoré sings in Bambara on themes of peace, politics, and family. “Rainy Season Blues” is something like the ‘unplugged’ counterpart to the earlier “Mali Blues” album, and its rewards are equally sweet. Make that bittersweet, since this is also Traoré’s final musical statement. He will be greatly missed.

There are a LOT of other recordings I could mention…here’s a short list:

Mayte Martin: “Cantar a Manuel” – gorgeous flamenco singing from Spain.

Galactic: “Ya-ka-may” – down home SUPER funky sassy, brassy soul grooves from New Orleans…in fact, New Orleans gave the world several other hot releases this year too, including albums from Trombone Shorty (“Backatown”), Kermit Ruffins (“Happy Talk”), and Dr. Michael White (“Blue Crescent”).

Antonin Dvořák’s complete Symphonic Poems, with Charles Mackerras & the Czech Philharmonic (on Supraphon) – this is the contemporary recording of the Poems we’ve been waiting for.

Gil Scott-Heron: “‘I’m New Here” – gritty, original, real, with all the usual great observations about life and our society. Scott-Heron’s first recording in 15 years, and WHAT a return.

Joan Soriano: “El Duque de la Bachata” – singing, blistering guitar-driven melodies from the Dominican Republic.

Frederic Chopin’s late masterpieces with pianist Stephen Hough (on Hyperion) – a perfectly crafted recording to celebrate Chopin’s 200th anniversary year.

Oswin Chin Behilia: “Liber” – politically-infused, lyrically Caribbean songs from a soulful guitar master.

I guess it has to end somewhere, so that’s it for this year’s wrap-up. Cheers to another year of good listening in 2011!

playlist #138 (12/6/10)-listening to 2010, pt. 1

December 7, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #138 – The first of four shows dedicated to some of the best international music of 2010 (two songs per artist!)
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 – (USA / SENEGAL)
Pascal Lejeune: En décembre / adélaïde / 2 – (CANADA)
Amanda Martinez: Diciembre / Sola / – (CANADA)
Bob Marley: Coming In From The Cold / Songs of Freedom / Tuff Gong 6740 – (JAMAICA)
Toots & The Maytals: Hope That We Can Be Together Soon / Flip and Twist / D&F Music 2010 – (JAMAICA) *2010 release*
Toots & The Maytals: Fool For You / Flip and Twist / D&F Music 2010 – (JAMAICA) *2010 release*
Razia: YoYoYo / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *2010 release*
Razia: Slash & Burn / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *2010 release*
Roland Tchakounte: A Tchann / Blues Menessen / Tupelo Productions 2010 – (CAMEROON) *2010 release*
Roland Tchakounte: Soukous Blues (Nyangsah) / Blues Menessen / Tupelo Productions 2010 – (CAMEROON) *2010 release*
Emad Sayyah: Jismik / Modern Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2303 – (LEBANON) *2010 release*
Emad Sayyah: Btiji al mowad? / Modern Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2303 – (LEBANON) *2010 release*
Gil Scott-Heron: Me & The Devil / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *2010 release*
Gil Scott-Heron: New York is Killing Me / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *2010 release*
Luísa Maita: Lero-Lero / Lero-Lero / Cumbancha Discovery 17 – (BRAZIL) *2010 release*
Luísa Maita: Lero-Lero (DJ Tudo Remix) / Remixed / Cumbancha Discovery 18 – (BRAZIL) *2010 release*
The Underscore Orkestra: Blue Draggish / No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us / 2010 – (USA) *2010 release*
The Underscore Orkestra: Chosen Kale Mazel Tov / No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us / 2010 – (USA) *2010 release*
Tsuumi Sound System: Casino / Arctic Paradise / Finnish Music Information Centre 2010 – (FINLAND) *2010 release*
Sväng: Haidukka / Arctic Paradise / Finnish Music Information Centre 2010 – (FINLAND) *2010 release*
Strune: Dvajspetorka / Traditional Music from Macedonia / ARC Music 2307 – (MACEDONIA) *2010 release*
Strune: Aj iznikna mi badem drvo / Traditional Music from Macedonia / ARC Music 2307 – (MACEDONIA) *2010 release*
Lokua Kanza: Nakozonga / Nkolo / World Village Music 479043 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO) *2010 release*
Lokua Kanza: Loyenge / Nkolo / World Village Music 479043 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO) *2010 release*
Lokua Kanza: On veut le soleil / Nkolo / World Village Music 479043 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO) *2010 release*
Toots & The Maytals: Back on the Train / Dub Like An Antelope-Legends of Reggae Celebrate Phish / Red Hillz Music 2009 – (JAMAICA) *2010 release*
Rootz Underground: Makisupa Policeman (dub version) / Dub Like An Antelope-Legends of Reggae Celebrate Phish  / Red Hillz Music 2009 – (JAMAICA) *2010 release*

playlist #125 (9/6/10)-labor day

September 6, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #125 – Weary Blues and hip tunes for Labor Day
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)
Soulilco featuring MC ZULU: Queen of Hearts / Exotic on the Speaker / Jdub 2009 – (ISRAEL)
Bishi: Nights at the Circus / Nights at the Circus / Gryphon 3 – (UK/INDIA)
Kailash Kher: Turiya Turiya / Yatra (Nomadic Souls) / Cumbancha 14 – (INDIA)
Alicia Villareal: Me Gustas / Orgullo de Mujer / Universal 6605 – (MEXICO)
Guagua: Subterranean Subterfuge / Tres / 2009 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Tinariwen: Chatma / Amassakoul / Independent Records LTD 14 – (MALI)
Paul Rodgers: Good Morning Little School Girl (part 2) / Muddy Waters Blues-A Tribute to Muddy Waters / Victory Music 383480013 – (USA)
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Mary Had a Little Lamb / Texas Flood / Epic 38734 – (USA)
Blues Etílicos: Canceriano Sem Lar (Clínica Tobias Blues) / Blues Around the World / Putumayo 253 – (BRAZIL)
Razia: Slash & Burn / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Oswin Chin Behilia: Zikinzá / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO) *NEW*
Tricot Machine: La Pluie (The Rain) / Tricot Machine / Grosse Boîte 2 – (QUÉBEC)
Jimmy Cliff: Many Rivers To Cross / Ultimate Collection / Hip-O Records 314546727 – (JAMAICA)
Gil Scott-Heron: Me & The Devil / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA)
Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Horace Parlan Trio & All-Star Sextet: Weary Blues / Weary Blues / Verve 841660 – (USA)
Novalima: Libertá / Coba Coba / Cumbancha 9 – (PERU)
Niyaz: Beni Beni / Nine Heavens / six degrees 6570361150 – (IRAN)
Orchestra Baobab: Dee Moo Woor / Spécialist in All Styles / World Circuit 79685 – (SENEGAL)

playlist #117 (6/21/10)-the world cup of music

June 22, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #117 – …the show that’s like a World Cup, for your ears!
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)
Sonny Rollins: St. Thomas / Saxophone Colossus / Prestige 1501 –  (USA)
Kali: L’Histoire du Zouk / Caribbean Party / Putumayo 132 – (MARTINIQUE)
The New Islanders: Caribbean Cruise / Music of the Caribbean / Intersound 8906 – (TRINIDAD)
Sunshiners (covering John Lennon): Woman / Welkam Bak Long Vanuatu / Ter A Terre 21 – (OCEANIA)
Emad Sayyah: Balla Tghanni Ya Mourkos / Bellydance from Lebanon / ARC Music 2278 – (LEBANON) *NEW*
Celia Cruz: Celia’s Oye Como Va / Siempre Vivré / Sony 489544 – (CUBA)
Mario Grigorov: Cuban Soil, Cuban Sun / Paris to Cuba / Warm & Genuine Records 1 – (BULGARIA)
Toots and the Maytals (covering Phish): Back On The Train / Dub Like An Antelope / Red Hillz Music 2009 – (JAMAICA)
Madagascar Slim: Good Life / Good Life Good Living / MS 1 – (MADAGASCAR)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Golem!: Tell Her You Love Her / Citizen Boris / JDub 113 – (USA)
Razia: Yoyoyo / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Staff Benda Bilili: Je t’aime / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Long-ge: Playing Mahjong / Blues Around The World / Putumayo 253 – (TAIWAN)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder Records 7068 – (CAPE BRETON) *NEW*
Chuck Bernstein: Delta Berimbau Blues / Delta Berimbau Blues / CMB Records 102844 – (USA)
Gil Scott Heron: New York Is Killing Me / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott: Pelham Gardens / East-West Trumpet Summit / Origin Records 82561 –  (USA) *NEW*
Fela Kuti: No Agreement / The Best of the Black President / Universal 3145431972 – (NIGERIA)
Alicia Villareal: No, Oh, Oh / Se Cruza / Universal 2264 – (MEXICO)
The Hot Club of San Francisco: Spivy / Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (USA)
La Macanita: Adiós Tristeza / The Rough Guide to Flamenco / Rough Guide 1189 – (SPAIN)
Señor Coconut: Firecracker / Yellow Fever! / Nacional Records 54124 – (CHILE)
Black Uhuru: Hey Joe / Now! Dub / Mesa 79022 – (JAMAICA)
Novalima: Coba Guarango (Toni Economides Remix) / Coba Coba Remixed / Cumbancha 11 – (PERU)

playlist #103 (2/22/2010)-black history month

February 22, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #103 – Black History month with the sounds of Africa, change, and revolution
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)
Chuck Bernstein: Kindred Spirits / Delta Berimbau Blues / CMB Records 102844 – (USA)
Nikki Giovanni: A Greater Love of God and Country / In Philadelphia / Collectables 6508 – (USA)
Mahalia Jackson: I’m Going to Wait Until My Change Comes / Amazing Grace / MCA 20489 – (USA)
Keb Mo’: America The Beautiful / Yes We Can / Hidden Beach Recordings 70 – (USA)
Guelel Kumba featuring John Sinclair: Njulli (Fulani Journey) / Afrissippi: Fulani Journey / Knock Down South 11 – (SENEGAL / USA)
Gil Scott-Heron: Me & The Devil / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Andy Palacio & the Garifuna Collective: Amuñegü (In Times to Come) / Wátina / Cumbancha 3 – (BELIZE)
Chabuca Granda: Callecita Encendida / Lo Mejor de Chabuca Granda / CD-DIS 26040 – (PERU)
Chiwoniso: Rebel Woman / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Gil Scott-Heron: New York is Killing Me / I’m New Here / XL Recordings 471 – (USA) *NEW*
Les Amazones de Guinée: Demembalou / Wamato / Sterns Music 1106 – (GUINEA)
Perú Negro: Taita Guaranguito / Jolgorio / Times Square Records 9035 – (PERU)
Black Uhuru: Freedom Fighter / Now / Mesa Bluemoon Recordings 79021 – (JAMAICA)
Nina Simone: Revolution (Parts 1 & 2) / Forever Young, Gifted and Black / RCA 74413 – (USA)
Nas: America / Nas / Def Jam 115050 – (USA)
Marvin Gaye: Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) / What’s Going On / Motown 3746353392 – (USA)
Mahotella Queens: Masibambaneni / Mahotella Queens / Label Bleu 2571 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Madagascar Slim: Take Me Home / Good Life Good Living / MS 901 – (MADAGASCAR)
Novalima: Chinchiví / Afro / Mr. Bongo Classic Recording 41 – (PERU)
Sly & The Family Stone: Poet / There’s A Riot Goin’ On / Epic Legacy 82876759112 – (USA)
Ram: Marassa Elu / The Rough Guide to the Music of Haiti / Rough Guide 1067 – (HAITI)
Rokia Traoré: Sara / Bowmboï / Nonesuch 79852 – (MALI) *Coming to the Flynn Main Stage on 4/18*
Ali Farka Toure: Okatagouna / Ali Farka Toure / SonoDisc 8448 – (MALI)
Langston Hughes: The Weary Blues / The Voice of Langston Hughes / Smithsonian Folkways 47001 – (USA)
Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars: Tamagbondorsu (The Rich Mock the Poor) / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW – coming out on March 23rd *
Marva Wright: Change is Gonna Come / After the Levees Broke / AIM 5015 – (N’AWLINS)
Omara Portuondo featuring Jorge Drexler: Gracias / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA)

i’m new here

February 21, 2010

For the last show of February we’re celebrating Black History Month.

This week World of Music puts the new Gil Scott-Heron release I’m New Here front and center, along with reflective poetry by Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and the big voice of Mahalia Jackson. We’ll also hear from the wide African diaspora including Afro-Peruvian and Afro-Cuban sounds, and recordings from Central America, America, and Africa itself.

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

me and the devil

February 13, 2010

If you like Gil Scott-Heron’s music, message, and his individualism, you must also respect his place as a modern vanguard of artistic and personal dissent. It’s all part of the same package, the artist and the man as one. In a recent interview with NPR, Heron spoke to his recent time in prison:  “I have not recovered from anything. I did 18 months in one stretch and a year one time. That’s a small enough price to pay for all the crimes I committed.”

Defiant, original, and uncompromising, Scott-Heron has just released I’m New Here, his first recording in a decade and a half. On the inside of the CD’s front cover is a personal manifesto for listening to the recording. That’s your introduction to the experience, and it starts before you even start listening to it. The artistic power behind “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” is as straightforward and relevant as ever:


Not in your car or on a portable player through a headset.
Take it home.
Get rid of all distractions, (even him or her).
Turn off your cell phone.
Turn off everything that rings or beeps or rattles or whistles.
Make yourself comfortable.
Play your CD.
LISTEN all the way through.
Think about what you got.
Think about who would appreciate this investment.
Decide if there is someone to share this with.
Turn it on again.
Enjoy Yourself.

Gil Scott-Heron

playlist #98 (1/18/2010)-rhythms of change

January 19, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #98 – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the people of Haiti
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)
Tabou Combo: Lakay / Sans Limites / Antilles Mizik 9050 – (HAITI)
Neville Brothers: My Blood / Yellow Moon / A&M 5240 – (N’AWLINS)
Neville Brothers & Les Freres Parents: San Nou Ki La (My Blood) / Konbit! Burning Rhythms of Haiti / A&M 5281 – (N’AWLINS / HAITI)
Emeline Michel: Moso Manman / Cordes et Ame / Cheval de Feu 1 – (HAITI)
Chick Corea & Gary Burton: Children’s Song / Crystal Silence / ECM 1024 – (USA)
Langston Hughes: Mother and Son (Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair) / The Voice of Langston Hughes / Smithsonian Folkways 47001 – (USA)
Nina Simone: Why? (The King of Love is Dead) / To Be Young, Gifted and Black / RCA 74413 – (USA)
Soweto Gospel Choir: In the Name of Love / In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout Factory 10608 – (S. AFRICA)
Wyclef Jean: President / Welcome to Haiti Creole 101 / KOCH 5783 – (HAITI)
Bill Summers & Irvin Mayfield: Yayiti Kongo, Petwo et Nago (recorded live in Port Au Prince, Haiti) / Los Hombres Calientes vol. 4 / Basin Street Records 204 – (N’AWLINS)
Black Kold Madina: Amazing / Trouble the Water / BKM 1 – (N’AWLINS)
Orchestra Tropicana d’Haïti with Dadou Pasquet: Superstition / 40 ème Anniversaire Vol. 1 / SOCD 6 – (HAITI)
Ti-Coca & Wanga Nègès: Gerda / Colibri / Accordes-Croisés 127 – (HAITI)
Mozayik: Sa Te Bel / Haitian Creole Jazz / Zoho 200506 – (USA / CUBA / HAITI)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: Possum Slim / It’s Your World / TVT 4370 – (USA)
Tabou Combo: Fausse Conception / L’An 10 / Rotel Records 377 – (HAITI)
Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80: African Problems / Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80 / Disorient 56 – (NIGERIA)
Beethova Obas: Pa Prese “Prends ton temps” (Take your time) / Pa Prese / Sony 8420092 – (HAITI)
Fela Kuti: Sorrow Tears and Blood / The Best of the Black President / Universal 3145431972 – (NIGERIA)
Twoubadou: Ke’m Pa Kontan / en Folie / Antilles Mizik 9107 – (HAITI)
Mahalia Jackson: I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song / Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns / Columbia Legacy 65594 – (USA)

playlist #86 (10/26/2009)-poetry and all that global jazz

October 27, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #86 – Poetry, politics and a lot of new music
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)
The Chalga Band: Ratka Pirata / Ratka Pirata / Arpa 24 – (ITALY / BALKANS)
Jon Balke & Amina Alaoui: Ya Safwati / Siwan / ECM 2042 – (NORWAY / MOROCCO) *NEW*
Tinariwen: Imazeghen N Adagh (Toureg of the Adagh) / Imidiwan: Companions / World Village 468096 – (MALI) *NEW*
Martina Camargo: Me Robaste El Sueño (trad. Tambora style) / Canto, Palo Y Cuero / Chaco World Music 2009 – (COLOMBIA) *NEW*
Debashish Bhattcharya: Milaap / O Shakuntala! / Riverboat Records 1053 – (INDIA) *NEW*
Vincent Nsengiyumva: Intaramanaguhiga (Be A Hero) / Humura (Don’t Worry) Africa – (self-produced) 2007 – (RWANDA)
Chabuca Granda: Bello Durmiente / Lo Mejor de Chabuca Granda / Repertorio Sono Radio 26040 – (PERU)
Café Accordion Orchestra: Swing 42 / Le Disque Français DN    44 – (MINNEAPOLIS)
Grace Albert-Gardner & friends: La Soeur (Sister) / PoJazz – Last Days: Live at the Black Door / PoJazz 1 – (MADE IN VERMONT) *NEW – CDs can be purchased online for $10 at:  *
Jake Shimabukuro: While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Live / Hitchike Records 1109 – (HAWAII) *NEW*
Easy Star All-Stars featuring Bunny Rugs & U Roy: Lovely Rita / Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band / Easy Star Records 21622 – (JAMAICA)    *NEW*
B-Side Players: Alegria / Fire In The Youth / Concord Picante 2256 – (LOS ANGELES)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson: The Liberation Song (Red, Black, Green) / The First Minute Of A New Day / TV    4350 – (USA)
Alpha Yaya Diallo: Politik / Djama / Jericho Beach Music 501 – (GUINEA / CANADA)
Manu Chao: Politik Kills / La Radiolina / Nacional Records 68496 – (SPAIN / FRANCE)
Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Akbar Moradi: Majnooni-Bedaah-e bar Asaas-e Nagmeh Panj Zarbi & Maqam-e Alwand-avaz / In The Mirror Of The Sky / World Village 468030 – (IRAN)
Razia Said: Ny Alantsika (Nature’s Lament: the trees and animals are crying out to be heard, it’s time to listen) / Zebu Nation / 1 – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW – to be released on the Vermont-based Cumbancha Discovery label in February *
The Denver Dub Collective: When Doves Cry / Purple Dub / 1 – (DENVER, CO) *NEW*
Fernanda Porta: Giramundo / Giramundo / Trama 978 – (BRAZIL)
Bambara Trans: Khalouna / Khalouna / 1 – (MOROCCO / FRANCE / QUÉBEC / NOVA SCOTIA)
Dr. John: Now That You Got Me / Creole Moon / Blue Note Records 34591 – (N’AWLINS)
Sonia Bazanta Vides (aka: “Totó La Mompasina”): Fiesta Vieja / La Bodega    Astar Records 1 – (COLOMBIA)
Gipsy Kings: Si Tu Me Quieres / Pasajero / Nonesuch 79959 – (SPAIN)

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