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playlist #106 (3/15/10)-springy

March 15, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #106 – Sunshine and shamrocks, the sounds of early springtime
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)
Ukulélé Club de Paris: Ma Princesse des Mers du Sud (My Princess of the South Seas) / Manuia! / Emarcy 17741 – (FRANCE)
La Fragua: With a Little Help from My Friends / De Los Andes a Los Beatles / Antara 758 – (ARGENTINA)
Popie Paul: Un Bai Wolo / The Best of Sabakoe, vol. 1 / Stemra 6 – (SURINAME)
Dengue Fever & Ros Sereysothea: Shave Your Beard / Dengue Fever Presents Electric Cambodia/ Minky Records 1 – (CAMBODIA) *NEW*
Big Horns B: Mission Impossible / A Night at the Jazz Rooms / Mr. Bongo Records 58 – (UK)
Stochelo Rosenberg: I Wish / Ready’n Able / Iris Music 3001 891 – (NETHERLANDS)
Soul Quality Quartet: Toda Tercafeira (Jazzanova rework) / Sound Affects: Brazil / Mr. Bongo Records 49 – (BRAZIL)
Brendan Larrissey: Mist on the Mountains/Three Little Drummers / The Rough Guide to Irish Music / Rough Guide 1006 – (IRELAND)
Capercaillie: A State of Yearning / Choice Language / Sanctuary 84629 – (IRELAND)
The Chieftains: Lots of Drops of Brandy / The Essential Chieftains / RCA 75398 – (IRELAND)
Broderick: Do You Love an Apple / Kissing Fishes / Offspring Records 106 – (IRELAND)
The Chieftains featuring the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: The Squid Jiggin’ Ground/Larry O’Gaff / The Essential Chieftains / RCA 75398 – (IRELAND)
The Reibirth Brass Band: (I Feel Like) Busting Loose / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / Mardi Gras Records 1085 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Jah Come Down / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW*
Nassima: Femmes de Toutes Couleurs / Des Racines et des Chants / Rue Stendahl 2009 – (ALGERIA)
Nikki Giovanni: Woman Poem / Truth is on the Way / Collectables 6506 – (USA)
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: N.E.S.T.A. (Never Ever Submit to Authority) / Liberation Afrobeat vol. 1 / Ninja Tune 56 – (USA)
Khaled: Ya Aâchkou / Kenza / Ark 21 Records 186 850 012 – (ALGERIA)
Galactic featuring Irma Thomas: Heart of Steel / Ya-Ka-May / Anti- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Jet Lag: Qatanger / Dasaz / Phat Phish Records 80005 – (INDIA)
John Brown’s Body: Love is a Fire / Among Them / Shanachie 45042 – (USA)
Julian Marley: Sunshine / A Time & Place / Tuff Gong International 54610 – (JAMAICA)
Tipico Santa Rosa: Chelly a Puntra Pa Casa / Na Playa / Chirino Music Center 95 – (CURAÇAO)
Razia Said: Babonao / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW*
Haitiando: Gròg Mwen / The Rough Guide to the Music of Haiti / Rough Guide 1067 – (HAITI)
Lollo Meier: Blue Skies / Rosas / GypsyMuyic.NL 62 – (NETHERLANDS)

zebu nation

March 13, 2010

Word’s getting out fast about the debut recording by Razia Said. (Just call her Razia).

This week alone the Madagascar-born singer’s new recording Zebu Nation has been featured both on The Story with Dick Gordon, and as Thursday’s “Global Hit” on the BBC’s The World. I’ve been curious which of the CD’s catchy, driving tracks are the ones being picked up for radio airplay. I wasn’t too surprised to learn yesterday that several are.

The album was inspired by a return visit to to Madagascar, home of towering baobab trees and herds of zebu, a native hump-backed cattle population. Razia still has family there, though she moved away when she was still pre-teen. On the most recent visit she was struck by the scope and advanced severity of deforestation on the island, a result of decades of ungoverned tavy, or ‘slash and burn’ agricultural practices. In the span from 1950 to 1985 alone, one half of Madagascar’s rainforests vanished.

In contrast to the bleak situation it illustrates, the music of Zebu Nation is a warm, inviting blend that reminds the listener at every turn this is music sprung organically from the tropical sunshine of the Indian Ocean. It’s made with long, tubular bamboo zithers, wooden flutes, and a variety of stringed instruments not unlike the koras and ngoni of West Africa. Song after song, the effect of these unique voices can be both uplifting and haunting. Though beautiful, it’s a little like listening to ghosts – it’s hard enjoy the music without thinking about the native wooden instruments of Madagascar being just one more of the many potential casualties of rainforest destruction if the situation doesn’t improve.

Razia’s website is a companion artistic effort, a visual extension of the passion and very personal commitment she has to this music, and to the land itself. (Ten percent of all Zebu Nation sales go to benefit tree planting projects in Madagascar.)

playlist #105 (3/8/10)-international women’s day

March 8, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #105 – Int’l Women’s 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)
Maya Angelou: Phenomenal Woman / In Their Own Voices: A Century of Recorded Poetry / Rhino Word Beat 72408 – (USA)
Telmary Diaz: Que Equivoca’o / A Diario / DM Ahora Records 3 – (CUBA)    
: Yündüya weyu (Sun has set) / The Garifuna Women’s Project / Cumbancha 6 – (NICARAGUA)
Alicia Villareal: Celosa / Soy Lo Prohobido / Universal 440 014 824 – (MEXICO)
Malinky: Thaney / 3 Ravens / CD Trax 233 – (SCOTLAND)
Angelique Kidjo: Zelie / Oyo / (demo) N/A – (BENIN)
Nikki Giovanni: The Women Gather / The Way I Feel / Collectables 6507 – (USA)
Angelique Kidjo: ekoléya (here we go, another war) / Logozo / Mango 162 539 918 – (BENIN) *NEW – released on 2/9/10 *
: Lemra / Nour / Marabi 46819 – (MAURITANIA)
Razia: Ny Alantsika (nature’s lament) / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW – released on 2/23/10 *
Saffire (the Uppity Blues Women): You Can Have My Husband / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records 112 – (USA)
Renata Rosa: Là em São Paulo / Zunido da Mata / Outro Brasil 50741 – (BRAZIL)
Coralie Clément: Samba de Mon Coeur Qui Bat / Paris / Putumayo 249 – (FRANCE)
Rupa & the April Fishes: Une Americaine à Paris / extraordinary rendition / Cumbancha 7 – (USA)
Miriam Jarquín & Blues Latino: Quizás, quizás, quizás (Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps) / No hay palabras (I don’t have words) / 2005 – (COSTA RICA)
Maryem & Ernie Tollar: Issalam (Peace) / Cairo to Toronto / ROM 9 – (EGYPT / CANADA)
Betty Davis: Don’t Call Her No Tramp / They Say I’m Different / Lita 27 – (USA)
Oumou Sangare: Wele, Wele Wintou / Seya / Nonesuch 519650 – (MALI)
Lhasa: La Frontera / The Living Road / Nettwerk 30375 – (USA / MEXICO)
Niamh Parsons: The Water Is Wide / Blackbirds & Thrushes / Green Linnet 197 – (IRELAND)
Cesaria Evora: Angola / Miss Perfumado / Windham Hill 18103 – (CAPE VERDE)
Dobet Gnahoré: Inyembezi zam (My tears) / Na Afriki / Cumbancha 4 – (IVORY COAST)
Oum Kalsoum: Techouf Omuri / L’essential Oum Kalsoum / EMI 537605 – (EGYPT)
Chiwoniso & Vibe Culture: Ziva Kwaunobva (Respect where you’ve come from) / Timeless / Metro Sounds 3 – (ZIMBABWE)
Joyce: Feminina / The Essential Joyce 1970-1996 / Mr. Bongo Records 9 – (BRAZIL)
Celia Cruz: Yo Vivré (I Will Survive) / Siempre Vivré / Sony Discos 498544 – (CUBA)

women’s day

March 7, 2010

This week World of Music falls on March 8th – International Women’s Day. We’ll give it up to some of the most powerful female voices on the planet today, musicians and poets alike.

Benin’s Angelique Kidjo has a new release, we’ll check that out along with Zebu Nation, the brand new debut from Madagascar’s Razia Said. Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou offer poetic insights about womanhood along with artists from Mexico, Cuba, Canada, Scotland, Mauritania, and Belize.

World of Music is a global sisterhood 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.

what’s new?

January 8, 2010

A few recordings you’ll want to look out for in 2010:Razia Said’s “Zebu Nation” – when Razia returned to her native Madagascar after several years away she was moved to create this recording in response to the deforestation and environmental devastation that had become so prevalent in her absence. This is a melodic, heartfelt collection of original songs sung mainly in Razia’s first language, Malagasy. Beautiful package all the way around. (release date: 2/23/2010)

Arctic Paradise” – the annual survey of Finland’s best folk music from the Helsinki-based Finnish Music Information Center. Generous liners, detailed notes on the songs and artists (with English translations), and of course – great music.

Angelique Kidjo’s “Oyo” – ‘eclectic’ is a fair description of the latest release from Benin’s Angelique Kidjo. The songs range from African folk tunes to originals by Aretha Franklin, Carlos Santana, and Sidney Bechet. Never content to rest on her powerhouse voice and reputation for uncomprimising artistry, Kidjo offers both an adventurous and highly personal effort in Oyo with songs that have all influenced her in one way or another. This is an interesting recording with a lot of appeal on a lot of levels. (release date: 2/9/2010)

Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars’ “Rise and Shine” – one of the most anticipated releases of 2010 (and recent years), Rise and Shine is the second release from the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, and it’s been four years in the making. How does it sound? Well it turns out that a world tour and international celebrity (among music and indie film audiences) haven’t done a thing to diminish the All Stars’ hallmarks of straightforward observations and messages all delivered with catchy tunes and those soulful, pure vocals. Rise and Shine was partly recorded in Free Town (Sierra Leone) and partly in New Orleans, where it was also produced by the noted egineer Steve Berlin. Is there any town in the world whose own history is more aligned with Sierra Leone’s cycle of disaffection and personal redemption through music, than New Orleans? Yes, the Crescent City has worked its magic on the All Stars’ new release. Wait ’til you hear the results. This will likely be one of my favorites of the year. Check out “Living Stone”, an advance track from the disc. (release date: 3/23/2010)

playlist #96 (1/4/2010)-grooving into 2010

January 6, 2010

(Appalachian Gap, VT - 1/5/2010)

World of Music
Pgm #96 – Comin’ in from the cold with great grooves to get the new year started
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)
Featured set with some of the best recordings of 2009:
The Very Best: Angonde / The Warm Heart of Africa / Green Owl Records 8.99864 –  (MALAWI / ENGLAND)
Debashish Bhattcharya: Milaap / O Shakuntala! / Riverboat Records 1053 – (INDIA)
Oumou Sangare: Kounadya / Seya / Nonesuch 519650 – (MALI)
Allen Toussaint: St. James Infirmary / The Bright Mississippi    Nonesuch    480380    (N’AWLINS)
Mamane Barka: Wo Kuru / Introducing Mamane Barka / World Music Network 114 – (NIGER REPUBLIC)
Kailash Kher & Kailasa: Kaise Main Kahoon (How Do I Say It?) / Yatra – Nomadic Souls / Cumbancha 14 – (INDIA)
Dr. No’s Oxperiment: Oxcity Sickness / Oh No / Stones Throw 2165 – (USA)
Mexican Institute of Sound: A Girl Like You / Mexican Institute of Sound / Nacional Records 68487 – (MEXICO)
The Exciters: Exciters Theme / Panama! / Soundway Records  7 – (PANAMA)
Kayhan Kahlor: Beloved, Do Not Let Me Be Discouraged / The Silent City / ( download ) – (IRAN)
Emilie-Claire Barlow: Ç’est Si Bon / The Very Thought of You / Empress Music Group 443 – (QUÉBEC)
Banda La Republica: Todo Bien (All is Well) / Neo Tropico / MTM 15001 – (COLOMBIA)
Ruben Blades: El Telefonito / The Best / Sony 80718 – (PANAMA)
Clara Moreno: Se Acaso Você Chegasse & Meu Samba Torto / Meu Samba Torto / Farout Recordings 4460 – (BRAZIL)
Cheb Mami: Parisien du Nord / Meli Meli / Mondo Melodia 186 850 007 – (ALGERIA)
Angelique Kidjo: You Can Count On Me / Oyo / (demo) N/A – (BENIN) *NEW – to be released on 2/9/2010*
Bob Marley: Coming in from the Cold / Songs of Freedom / Tuff Gong 6740 – (JAMAICA)
Le Trio Joubran: Sama-Sounounou / Majâz / Randana 2 – (PALESTINE)
Burhan Öçal & The Trakya All Stars featuring Smadj-Opaz: Beste se vöz / Istanbul Twilight / DoubleMoon 43 – (TURKEY)
Balkan Beat Box: Pachima / Nu*Med / Jdub Music 106 – (USA / ISRAEL / EUROPEAN UNION)
Kristi Stassinopoulou: Patithraki / The Secrets of the Rocks / Tinder Records 861142 – (GREECE)
Honny and the Bees Band: Psychedelic Woman (Bonobo Mix) / Sound Affects Africa / P&C Mr. Bongo Records 45 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Preview of a couple of the new recordings to look forward to in 2010:
Frigg: Kisapolska / Arctic Paradise / Arctic CD 2010 – (FINLAND) – *NEW – to be released in 2010 *
Razia Said: Yoyoyo / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery  / (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *NEW – to be released on 2/23/2010*
Goran Bregovic: Pampur Galbeno / Goran Bregovic’s Karmen with a Happy Ending / Mercury 984 848 – (SERBIA)

first show of the year!

January 4, 2010

Happy new year! My resolution was to launch the first show for 2010 with a non-stop parade of great grooves, old and new.

Among other things, today’s World of Music features Bob Marley’s Coming in From the Cold from his Songs of Freedom. We’ll hear a new version of the French classic, Ç’est Si Bon, and preview upcoming 2010 recordings by Angelique Kidjo, and Madagascar’s Razia Said.

World of Music is an optimistic, 2010-ready mix 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 #94 (12/21/2009)-mo’ holidays & 2009 year-end review

December 21, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #94 – Holiday sounds & 2009 year-end review (pt. III)
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)
El Pacto: La Caravana / La Liga (Latin artist music sampler) / Mamut Produciones 2009 – (VENEZUELA) *2009 RELEASE*
Marta Gómez: Como Un Secreto / Entre Cada Palabra / Chesky 301 – (COLOMBIA) *2009 RELEASE*
Ismael Rivera: Navidad de Nuevo / Feliz Navidad / Fania 773130180 – (PUERTO RICO)
Pelay: Carnival or Christmas / Christmas Lucian Style / VCD 339 – (ST. LUCIAN, WEST INDIES)
11 Acorn Lane: Le Sexe Au Téléphone / Painting Coconuts / 2009 – (FRANCE) *2009 RELEASE*
Emily Loizeau: The Princess and The Toad / Pays Sauvage / Opendisc 531407 – (FRANCE) *2009 RELEASE*
Les Triaboliques: Black Earth Boys / rivermudtwilight / World Village 468088 –  (UK/WORLD FUSION) *2009 RELEASE*
A.R. Rahman & Chinmayee: Tere Bina / India / Putumayo 288 – (INDIA) *2009 RELEASE*
Woody Phillips: Ding Dong Merrily on High / A Toolbox Christmas / Gourd Music 124 – (USA)
Oliver Lake Steel Quartet: Santa Baby / Have Yourself A Merry… / Passin’ Thru Records 41216 – (USA)
Houseman (from Galactic): Pimp My Sleigh / Christmas Gumbo / Flambeau Records 3344 – (N’AWLINS)
Sinsemilia: Le Retour des Cowboys / En Quête de Sens / 2009 – (FRANCE) *2009 RELEASE*
Agnese Manganaro: Ferma e Piccola / Mille Petali / Irma Records 846 – (ITALY) *2009 RELEASE*
Looking ahead to 2010 – three new releases coming out soon in the new year:
Ulla Pirttijärvi: Leammi / Arctic Paradise / Arctic 2010 – (FINLAND) *2010 PREVIEW*
Angelique Kidjo: Kelele / Oyo / (demo) N/A – (BENIN) *2010 PREVIEW*
Razia Said: Omama (sung in the native language of Betsimisaraka) / Zebu Nation / Cumbancha Discovery (demo) – (MADAGASCAR) *2010 PREVIEW*
Ingrid Lucia: Zat You, Santa Claus? / New Orleans Christmas / Putumayo 256 – (N’AWLINS)
Sarah Taylor & Bill Mumy: I’ve Got Some Presents for Santa / I’ve Got Some Presents for Santa / Rhino 74447 –  (USA)
HK Crew featuring K11NA: Tatangi (Jingle Bells) / Meri Kirihimete / Jayrem Records 389 – (NEW ZEALAND)
Cyril Pahinui: Mele Kalikimaka / Kihō’alu Christmas / Dancing Cat Records 38037 – (HAWAII)
Solly Burton: Greensleeves / Oasis Acoustic Radio Sampler / Oasis Volume VIII #6 – (USA)
Enzo Avitabile: Amaro Nunn’êss”a Essere Màje / Enzo Avitabile in Napoletana / Folk Club Ethnosuoni 5378 – (ITALY) *2009 RELEASE*
Maria do Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE) *2009 RELEASE*
MC Yogi featuring Krishna Das: Rock On Hanuman / Elephant Power / White Swan Records 83 – (INDIA) *2009 RELEASE*
Los Straitjackets: Let It Snow / Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets / YepRoc 2041 – (NASHVILLE)
Daby Touré & Skip McDonald: Riddem / Call My Name / Real World Records 37005 – (MAURITANIA / USA) *2009 RELEASE*
Maria Bethânia: Feita Na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitauda 18 – (BRAZIL)  *2009 RELEASE*
Ivan Lins:  Boas Festas / Um Novo Tempo / Abril Music 1107019 – (BRAZIL)
Gary Walker & The Boogie Kings: Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag / Louisiana Christmas / Jin 9039 –  (N’AWLINS)
Gipsy Kings: Navidad / World Christmas / Metro Blue 36928 – (SPAIN)

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