Posts Tagged ‘Wyclef Jean’

playlist #153 (4/4/11)-rhythms of the season

April 4, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #153 – Bright sounds for the new season
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm ET – 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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Rachid Taha: Hey Anta / Made in Medina / Mondo Melodia Records 186850019 – (ALGERIA)
Pistolera: Nuevos Ojos / En Este Camino / http://www.pistolera.net – (USA)
Rodrigo y Gabriela: Tamacun / Rodrigo y Gabriela / ATO Records 88088-21557 – (MEXICO)
Georges Brassens: La Chasse aux Papillons / Georges Brassens / Wagram 3093622 – (FRANCE)
Paris Combo: Avril / Attraction / ARK 21 86810079 – (FRANCE)
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Bernard Uedre: Rawagu / World Reggae / Putumayo 221 – (NEW CALEDONIA)
Maria Bethânia: Feita na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitanda 18 – (BRAZIL)
Salif Keita & Kante Manfila: Djigui / The Lost Album / White Swan Records 65 – (MALI)
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Ukulélé Club de Paris: Chigadaging / Manua! / EmArcy 17741 – (FRANCE)
Le Vent du Nord: Au Bord de la Fontaine / Maudite Moisson! / Borealis 151 – (QUÉBEC)
Willie Colón: Ghana’ E / La Gran Fuga / Fania 773130228 – (PUERTO RICO)
Sara Tavares: One Love / Balancé / Times Square Records 9054 – (CAPE VERDE)
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Toko Tomo & The Bachelors: Zulu Boy Kwela / Long Walk to Freedom / Wrass 21 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Color de Rumba: La Gente del Rincon / Color de Rumba / Cassava 9 – (CANADA)
Cecilia Noël: Candela / A Gozár / Compass Records 74501 – (PERU)
Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra: La Mer / Le Disque Français / http://www.cafeaccordion.com 44 – (USA)
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A.R. Rahman & Chinmayee: Tere Bina / India / Putumayo 288 – (INDIA)
Bombino: Tigrawahi Tikma / Agadez / Cumbancha 20 – (NIGER) *NEW* (being released on 4/19)
Martina Camargo: La Tambara de Cayetano / Canto, Palo y Cuero / Chico World Music 2009 – (COLOMBIA)
Wyclef Jean featuring Sweet Mickey: Bicentennial / Welcome to Haiti Creole 101 / KOCH 5783 – (HAITI)
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Aurelio Martinez: Lubara Wanwa / Laru Beya / Stonetree (demo) –  (HONDURAS) *NEW*
Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell: Aquela Mulher / Lágrimas Mexicanas / EOM Records 2110 – (BRAZIL/USA) *NEW*
Breabach: Rescue Me / The Desperate Battle of the Birds / Breabach 1 – (SCOTLAND)
Lobi Traoré: Wolodennu / Mali Blue / Dixiefrog 8574 – (MALI)

if he was president

August 13, 2010

By now you must have heard the news: Haitian hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has declared his candidacy for President of Haiti. (Listen to NPR’s interview here – it’s good.) He has been an outspoken advocate of human rights in his native country. He set up a charity – Yéle Haiti – to help the people after last January’s horrific earthquake. Maybe he can run a country. Whatever else, he can certainly sing. In fact in the wake of his recent declaration, I’ve been wondering why no one has been talking about Jean’s prescient (though we hope not too prescient – see the 3rd line) 2004 song, President:

President

Election time is coming

If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president

An old man told me, instead of spending billions on the war,
we can use some of that money, in the ghetto.
I know some so poor,when it rains that when they shower,
screaming “fight the power”.
That’s when the vulture devoured

[chorus]
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president…
If I was president…
If I was president

But the radio won’t play this.
They call it rebel music.
How can you refuse it, children of moses?

[chorus]
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If i was president

Tell the children the truth, the truth.
Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America.
Tell them the truth.
The truth
YEAH! Tell them about Marcus Garvey.
The the children the truth YEAH! The truth.
Tell them about Martin Luther King.
Tell them the truth.
The Truth.
Tell them about JFK

If I was President
[chorus]
If I was president,
I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,
and buried on Sunday.

If I was president…
If I was president.

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
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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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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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a time to break the silence

January 16, 2010

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the speech “Beyond Vietnam” at New York City’s Riverside Church. This week’s news from Haiti brings to mind King’s words, “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.”

This week’s World of Music honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the national holiday dedicated to the man and his life work. We’ll share information and resources for reaching out to the people of Haiti in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, and hear from Haitian musicians including Wyclef Jean, Beethova Obas, Twoubadou, and Tabou Combo.

World of Music mixes up blues, jazz, poetry, and world music on Mondays from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

my blood – how to help in haiti

January 14, 2010

The only good news coming out of Haiti today is that international relief is beginning to arrive in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating 7.0 earthquake.  With the initial, critical 24-hour rescue window having passed now there is increasingly little hope that more survivors will be found and rescued from the complete and widespread wreckage.

There are ways to help. A little goes a long way in Haiti, which was the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere even before the earthquake struck. NPR’s resource page is a good place to start for safe assistance options, and Haitian musician Wyclef Jean has also launched an earthquake relief website. Just a reminder NOT to respond to e-mails you may receive soliciting donations – it seems like the right thing to do, and it IS the right thing to do if you can, but please do it the right way for the sake of yourself and those who need your help.

I’m reminded of My Blood – the great song that opens the Neville Brothers’ Yellow Moon album:  “That’s my blood down there – Jah, turn your head to Haiti – please keep the people strong. Jah, please go down to Haiti – hear my Brothers’ freedom song. That’s my blood down there, oh, on the island, that’s my blood down there…”


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