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playlist #141 (12/27/10)-listening to 2010 finale

December 27, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #141 – We’re ending the year with a world-class dance party featuring some of the best recordings of 2010 – HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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)
Galactic: Wild Man / Ya-ka-may / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS)
Steve Zahn & Friends: Shame Shame Shame / Treme HBO 4910 – (N’AWLINS) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Soundtrack *
Trio Zamora: No Me Importa / The Lost Cuban Trios of Casa Marina / Ahi-Nama 1068 – (CUBAN)
Luísa Maita (remixed by Maga Bo): Maita Remixed / Maita Remixed / Cumbancha Discovery 87 – (BRAZIL)
Easy Star All-Stars (Mad Professor Remix): Money / Dubber Side of the Moon / Easy Star 1023 – (NEW YORK, USA)
Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté: Sabu Yerkoy / Ali & Toumani / World Circuit 522937 – (MALI) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Traditional African Album *
Michèle Choinière: Tant Mon Mari / La Violette / 2010 – (MADE IN VT)
Los Destellos: Constelación / The Roots of Chicha 2 / Barbes Records 28 – (PERU)
Red Baarat: Chaal Baby / Chaal Baby / Sin Records 10 – (NEW YORK, USA)
Trombone Shorty: In The 6th / Backatown / Verve 14194 – (N’AWLINS)
Anadolu University Folkdance Ensemble: Siksara-Horon / Turkey-Traditional Music / ARC Music 2301 – (TURKEY)
Razia: Babanao / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR)
Lee “Scratch” Perry: Weatherman / Revelation / Megawave 342 – (JAMAICA) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Reggae Album *
Oswin Chin Behilia: Korupshon / Liber / Otrabanda 10 – (CURAÇAO)
The Underscore Orkestra: Devil with the Devil / No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us / 2010 – (OREGON, USA)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra: Son de Corazon / Viva La Tradición / Concord Picante 32263 – (USA)
Angélique Kidjo: Dil Main Chuppa Ke Pyar Ka / Õÿö (demo) 2010 – (BENIN) * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Contemporary African Album *
Roland Tchakounté: A Tchann / Blues Menessen / Tupelo Productions 2010 – (CAMEROON)
Soulive: Drive My Car / Rubber Soulive / Royal Family Records 1003 – (USA)
Joan Soriano: Cal y Arena / El Duque de la Bachata / iASO 5 – (DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: I Speak Fula / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience 1 (MALI) – * 2010 Grammy nominee – Best Traditional African Album *
Dengue Fever: Shave Your Beard / Electric Cambodia / Minky 1 – (USA/CAMBODIA)
Baba Sissoko: Dakan / Afrocubism / Nonesuch 525993 – (MALI/CUBA)
El Green featuring Carlos Santiago: La Santiaguera / El Boom Boom / Tumi 159 – (CUBA)
Trio Azteca: Besame Mucho / The Best of Mexico / ARC Music 2302 – (MEXICO)
Manicato: Plena pa’l Mundo / Familia / 2010 – (USA)
Kermit Ruffins: If I Only Had a Brain / Happy Talk / Basin Street Records 111 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. Michael White: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Blue Crescent / Basin Street Records 504 – (N’AWLINS)

i speak fula

December 13, 2010

Even as we’re working through some of the best recordings of the year, I’m also thinking about the live music that found its way to the area in 2010. One of the year’s most memorable shows in the region happened in April at Burlington’s Flynn Space. It was a chilly, rainy night – but only on the outside. Inside, the room was packed and the only places where people weren’t dancing were the on the chairs and risers themselves. The guests in the house that night were Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba. It was a big, raucous party, with the audience energy fueling the band and the band smiling and dancing and beaming it right back to complete the circuit. Exciting!

Here’s a track from Kouyaté’s latest, Grammy-nominated recording I Speak Fula:

playlist #124 (8/30/10)-beyond katrina

September 1, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #124 – Remembering the Katrina landfall 5th anniversary
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)
Les Charbonniers de L’Enfer: Diguedin / Wô / La Tribu 7205 – (QUÉBEC, CANADA)
The Rankin Family: Fiddle Medley / The Rankin Family / Capitol Records 99995 – (CAPE BRETON, CANADA)
The Cottars: Young Munro / Feast / Rounder 7068 – (CAPE BRETON, CANADA)
Jambalaya Cajun Band: Les Flammes d’Enfer / Cajun / Putumayo 184 – (N’AWLINS)
Cedric Watson: Cochon de Lait / Cedric Watson / Valcour Records 4 – (LOUISIANA, USA)
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie: Bye Bye Mon Nèg / Zydeco / Putumayo 160 – (N’AWLINS)
Theryl “Houseman” de’Clouet: Ain’t No Yachts In The Ghetto / City of Dreams / Rounder 11661 – (N’AWLINS)
Mahalia Jackson: Didn’t It Rain / Gospels, Spirituals & Hymns / Columbia Legacy 65594 – (N’AWLINS)
Professor Longhair: Go To The Mardi Gras / Legends of New Orleans / Blue Marble Music 2 – (N’AWLINS)
Oswin Chin Behilia: Ata Toni / Liber / Otrabanda Records 10 – (CURAÇAO) *NEW*
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba featuring Harouna Samake: Torin Torin / I Speak Fula / Out Here Records 1 – (MALI)
Shantel: Fige Ki Ase Me / Disko Partizani / Essay 15 – (GERMANY)
The Lost Fingers: Billie Jean / Lost In The 80s / Sony 88697556082 – (QUÉBEC, CANADA)
Magnifico: Land of Champions / Grand Finale / Avih N/A – (SLOVENIA)
Ukulélé Club de Paris: Cabo Azulado / Manuia! / EmArcy Records 17741 – (FRANCE)
Amália Rodrigues: Los Piconeros / The Essential Collection / Manteca 59 – (PORTUGAL)
Jake Shimabukuro: Thriller / Live / Hitchhike Records 1109 – (HAWAII, USA)
Sunshiners: Every Kinda People / Sunshiners / BMG 21074 – (OCEANIA)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve Forecast 4194 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Clifton Chenier: Ti Na Na /Louisiana Gumbo / Putumayo 161 – (N’AWLINS)
Devin Phillips: Wade in The Water / Wade in The Water / 2006 – (N’AWLINS)
Kimberly Rivers, aka Black Kold Madina: Trouble The Water / Trouble The Water / 2009 – (N’AWLINS)
Dr. John: Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Goin’ Back to New Orleans / Warner Brothers 26940 – (N’AWLINS)
Poncho Sanchez: Dóndé Va Chichi? / Raise Your Hand / Concord Picante 30149 – (MEXICO/USA)
John Boutté: I’ll Fly Away / New Orleans Brass / Putumayo 270 – (N’AWLINS)

playlist #109 (4/5/10)-tasty bits

April 5, 2010

World of Music
Pgm #109 – Leftovers: a little of this, a little of that. You know. Whatever we can scrape up.
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)
The Underscore Orkestra: Dobur Yecher / No Money No Honey All We Got Is Us / / (self-produced) – (USA) *NEW*
Flowriders: Experience / R.U.E.D.Y. / Mr. Bongo Records 56 – (HOLLAND)
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Matt Malley: The Scalding Rain / Sleepless Nights / World Village / 468097 – (INDIA/USA) *NEW*
Moishe’s Bagel: Tantz Glassidic / Salt / Eachday Music & Moishe’s Bagel 2 – (SCOTLAND)
The Sway Machinery: A Staff of Strength in the Hands of the Righteous / Hidden Melodies Revealed – JDub 112 – (USA)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Dununya (The World) / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) * NEW – at Higher Ground this Weds. At 8pm *
Rokia Traoré: Sara / Bowmboï / Nonesuch 79852 – (MALI) * On the Flynn Main Stage – 4/18/10, 7:30pm *
Salif Keita: Tekere / “Folon”…The Past / Mango 531022 – (MALI)
Neco Novellas: Zuma Luei / New Dawn Ku Khata / World Connection 10326 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Waltel Branco: Sonho No Céu / Meu Balanco / Mr. Bongo Records 2 – (BRAZIL)
Norma Madrid: Moon River / Historias de Luna / (self-produced) – (VENEZUELA)
Eddie Jefferson: Lester’s Trip To The Moon (Paper Moon) / The Jazz Singer / Evidence 22062 – (USA)
Peter Mossman & Per Liebeck: Couldn’t Get Enough / Hotel VW-A Musical Journey From Bangkok to Copenhagen / (self-produced) – (DENMARK+)
Banda La República: La Fiesta / Neo Tròpico / NMC 15001 – (COLOMBIA)
Sara Tavares: Di Alma / Xinti / 4Q 1818 – (CAPE VERDE)
Le Trio Joubran: Laytana / Majâz / Randana 2 – (PALESTINE)
I Muvrini: Terzetti di u Piuvanu / Puliufnie / Higher Octave World 82621 – (CORSICA)
Gil Gilberto: Metáfora / Gil Luminoso / DRG Brazil 31618 – (BRAZIL) *National Poetry Month*
Manu Chao: Me Llaman Calle / La Radiolina / Nacional Records 68496 – (SPAIN/FRANCE)
Kristi Stassinopoulou: Sol Invictus / EchoTropia / Tinder Records 860962 – (GREECE)
Kad: Cómo Te Quiero / Société / Skycap 23 – (FRANCE)
Meira Asher: Tiring Night / Spears Into Hooks / Cram 95 – (ISRAEL)
Baster: Redemption Song / Kaf Gong Reggae / B.R.P. 7 – (LA RÉUNION)
NG La Banda: Cara de Guante / The Best of NG La Banda / Hemisphere 21391 – (CUBA)
Patsy Geremy & Souskay: Chayew Ale / Caribbean Party / Putumayo 132 – (FRENCH ANTILLES)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba featuring Vieux Farka Toure: I Speak Fula / I Speak Fula / Out Here Records 1 – (MALI) *NEW*
John Brown’s Body: Satisfaction Feeling / This Day / Shanachie 45045 – (USA)

tabla, ngoni, sarangi, djembe

April 3, 2010

Rainy night for Indian music at the Flynn

It’s been a big week for music. A big week for big music.

(Tuesday night, 7:30pm – Flynn Center in Burlington)

“Breath: the first rhythm”

With those words, master percussionist Taufiq Qureshi launched a two and a half hour exploration of (mostly) traditional percussion, violin and sarangi music with his brother, Zakir Hussain, and five other of India’s top musicians.

There were times during the evening as solos were traded off among the musicians when I closed my eyes to to follow the complex layers of rhythm, spinning themselves into tight cocoons of texture, before unwinding and rejoining to form new strands with other players. Tension, release, tension, release – the cyclical patterns native to North Indian music are familar, prescribed, but always made fresh again in the hands of each artist.

That’s reason enough to go out of your way to get to an Indian music concert, but this particular show also had much more going for it: Zakir Hussain is one of the best tabla players in the world. He’s an artist I first came to know through his 1970s Shakti recordings with guitarist John McLaughlin. Hussain has been recording for over 40 years now and collaborating with everyone from Mickey Hart to Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, and many Western classical orchestras. Add another six players of equal ability into the mix for this week’s concert, and that’s a party.

Were the sets and solos too long? I didn’t think so but it’s a comment I heard from a few others who were there. I feel the same way about ‘long’ movies – more for your money, right? It’s hard to complain about that. In the case of Tuesday night’s luxurious, extended explorations I can’t really imagine how that could have been condensed in any way. It was a long concert for a Tuesday night, at the end of a long work day. All the more reason to appreciate it. A normal Tuesday night would still come at the end of a long work day, but it would probably be a lot less entertaining, and include some preparation for the next work day followed by an early bedtime. This night was just music, music, glorious music.

Ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate

(Wednesday night, 7:30pm – Flynn Space in Burlington)

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba entered the world stage a couple of years ago when their release Segu Blue earned the prestigious BBC ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘African Artist of the Year’ awards along with many other nominations. For some reason it can be difficult for African instrumentalists to earn the same degree of recognition as vocalists, so when this recording rose to the surface it was a real – and really well-earned – triumph.

Let’s start with the name of the group that Bassekou Kouyate has assembled: Ngoni Ba. The ngoni is an ancient instrument native to the griots (djelis) of West Africa, a long, generally

Ngoni ba (the "big ngoni"), left

4-stringed construct with a hide-covered body. It’s an ancestor of the modern banjo. “Ba” means “big” in the native Bambara language of Mali, and refers to the bass ngoni of Bassekou Kouyate’s own design that makes his group wholly unique.

Bassekou himself is a descendant of lineage equal to that of his instrument: he comes from generations of ngoni players including his father, a master of the instrument. His wife Ami Sacko lends her powerful vocals to the ensemble, as do three other ngoni players and two percussionists (on djembe, calabash, gourd shaker, you name it). What a setup for a second night of musical adventure.

The Flynn Space was as full as I’ve ever seen it, with an audience that transformed from rapt and unmoving to loose and grooving as the bluesy, soulful sounds took root and flourished. By the last couple of tunes everyone was standing and dancing, and it propelled the musicians into an even more engergetic encore.

The new recording from Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba is I Speak Fula. It’s on order, so listen for it soon on World of Music!

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
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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)
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 / 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)
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 *
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*
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 / 1 – (CANADA / MALI)
The Cottars: Fare Thee Well, Northumberland & The Purple Wave / Feast / Rounder 7068 – (CAPE BRETON) *NEW*
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)

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