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Now That's What I Call World Music

PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2008 11:33 pm
by Charlie
I'm starting a regular spot on the World Service, every two months playing some of the songs that got us started, the ones that made us realise, hey this is as good as/better than anything else I've ever heard. Who cares if it's not in English?

In chronological order of the original recordings (which is not necessarily the date when we first heard them), updated to include your suggestions and noting the date when played on the World Service (*).

Original album titles have been added where supplied by nominators, with recent collections shown in {brackets}

1929: Don Apiazu Orchestra feat Antonio Machin - El Manisero (Cuba)

1932: Wilmoth Houdini - Black But Sweet (Trinidad) *8

1935: Carlos Gardel - Volver (Argentina) {The Best of Carlos Gardel} *2

1936: Lydia Mendoza - Mal Hombre (USA)

1942 - Lord Invader - Rum & Coca Cola (Trinidad)

1949: Tito Puente - El Rey Del Timbal (USA/Cuba)

1953: Perez Prado - Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White (Cuba) *8

1954: Amalia Rodrigues - Barco Negro (Portugal) {The Art of Amalia} *2

1956: Franco & OK Jazz - On Entre OK, On Sort KO {The Rumba Giant of Zaire}
1956: The Mighty Sparrow - Jean & Dinah (Grenada/Trinidad) *9

1957: Elias & His Zig Zag Jive Flutes - Tom Hark (South Africa) *8

1958: Domenico Modugno - Volare (Italy) (#1, USA) {Eh Paisano! (Rhino)}
1958: Jean-Baptise Nemours - Ti Marie Cherie (Haiti) Musical Tour of Haiti *8

1958: Les Troubadours du Roi Bedouin - Sanctus (Congo) Misa Luba

1959: African Jazz (feat Tabu Ley Rochereau & Dr Nico) - Kelya (Congo) {The Voice of Lightness}
1959: Perez Prado - Patricia (Cuba) *11

1960: Bob Azzam - Ya Mustafa (Lebanon/France) *9

1962: Bert Kaempfert - A Swingin' Safari (Germany) *8
1962: Arthur Lyman - Taboo (Hawaii) Taboo *4

1962: Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man (Cuba/USA) *11
1963: Ray Barretto - El Watusi (USA)
1963: Trio Los Paraguayos - ??? (Paraguay)
1963: Los Indios Tabajaras - Maria Elena (Brazil)

196?: Dr. Nico et l'Orchestre African Fiesta - Lolita (Zaire)
1966: Elis Regina 'Tereza Sabe Sambar' (Brazil)
1966: Chavela Vargas - Macorina (Mexico) *8

1967: Sir Victor Uwaifo & his New Melodies - Iyeye (Nigeria)

1967: Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata (South Africa/USA) *4

1968: Hugh Masekela - Grazing in the Grass (South Africa/USA) *11

1969: Champion Jack Dupree - Ba' La Fouche (USA/England)

1970: Lucha Reyes - Regresa (Peru) {Los Mejores Exitos de Lucha Reyes} *4

1971: Franco's OK Jazz - Infidelite Mado {The Rough Guide to Franco}
1971: Osibisa - Akwaaba (Ghana/Trinidad, etc )

1972: Cymande - The Message (Guyana/Jamaica/UK) *11

1972: Manu Dibango - Soul Makossa (Cameroon) *2, *11
1972: Sundown Playboys - Saturday Night Special (U.S.A.)

1973: N'Kengas - London Special (Nigeria/UK)
1973(?): Dudu Pukwana - Baloyi (S Africa) in The Townships

1974: Tabou Combo - New York City (Haiti) 8th Sacrement *2, *11

1975: Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela (Ethiopia) Ethiopiques Vol 7

1976: Franco et Le TPOK Jazz - Liberte {Francophonic} * 7

1976: Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz - Sweet Mother (Nigeria) *4

1977: Fela Kuti - Sorrow Tears & Blood (Nigeria) Black President *3
1977: Sonny Okosun - Fire in Soweto (Nigeria)

1978 - Johnny and Sipho - Inkunzi Ayi Hlabi Ngokusima (South Africa) Rhythms of Resistance
1978: Mystere de Voix Bulgare - Erghen Diado (Bulgaria)
1978: Lord Shorty - Om Shanti (Trinidad) Soca Explosion *2

1980: Franco & TPOK Jazz - Tailleur (Zaire) [Rough Guide to Franco] *3

1980: Pablo Lubidaka Portos - Mo Mbanda (Zaire) Sound D'Afrique

1982 (April): Stern's African Record Shop opens under new management in Whitfield St, Fitrovia, London, near to Warreen St tub station.

1982: King Sunny Ade - Ja Funmi [or] Eje Nlo Gba Ara Mi (Nigeria) JuJu Music
1982 - Chaba Fadela & Cheb Sahraoui - N'Sel Fik (Algeria) Rai Rebels *6

1982: Explainer - Lorraine (Trinidad)
1982: Gabby - Jack (Barbados)
1982: Jali Musa Jawara - Haidara (Guinea Conakry) *7
1982: Orchestra Baobab - Utru Horas (Senegal) {Pirates' Choice} *7
1982: Orchestra Virunga - Malako Disco (Kenya)
1982: Sakhile - Sakhile (South Africa)

1982: Orchestra Makassy - Agwaya (Kenya)
1982: Souzy Kasseya - Le Telephone Sonne (Zaire) *10
1983: Arrow - Hot Hot Hot (Montserrat) *9
1983: Mbilia Bel - Esi Yo Wapi (Zaire) L'Explosive Mbilia Bel; {Bel Canto}
1983: Orchestra Super Mazembe - Shauri Yako (Kenya/Zaire) *1
1983: Nyboma - Double Double (Congo) Double Double
1983: Youssou N'Dour - Immigres (Senegal) Immigres *5
1983: Hector Zazou and Papa Wemba - Malimba (France/Zaire)

1984: George Darko - Hilife Time (Ghana) Hilife Time
1984: Dissidenten (feat Lem Chaheb) - Sahara Elektrik (Germany/Algeria) Sahara Elektrik
1984: Gabby - Boots (Barbados)
1984: Kassav' - Zouk-la-se Sel Medikaman Nou Ni (French Antilles)
1984: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Allah Hoo, Allah Hoo (Pakistan) {Very Best of...} *5
1984: Ofra Haza - Im Nin' Alu - (Israel) Yemenite Songs *1
1984: Baaba Maal & Mansur Seck - Salminanam (Senegal) Djam Leelii *7
1984: Amaswazi Emvelo - Indodo Yejazi Elimnyama (South Africa) The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, Vol 1
1984/5: Sipho Mabuse - Jive Soweto (South Africa)

1985: Joe Arroyo - La Noche (Colombia)
1985: Gilberto Gil - Toda Menina Baiana (Brazil) *1
1985: Gipsy Kings - Bambeleo (France) *2
1985 (?) - Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited - Mhondoro (Zimbabwe)

1986: The Bhundu Boys Hatisi Tose (Zimbabwe) Shabini *8
1986: David Rudder - Bahia Girl (Trinidad) *10

1987: Goran Bregovic - Ederlezi (Serbia) Time of the Gypsies *4
1987: Franco's OK Jazz - Attention La SIDA ({The Very Best of The Rumba Giant of Zaire}
1987: Salif Keita - Sina (Mali) Soro
1987: Mory Kante - Yeke Yeke (Guinea Conakry) *6

1988: Goran Bregovic - Ederlezi, feat Yanka Jankovska (Serbia/Bosnia) The Time of The Gypsies S/T
year?: Cheb Tati - El Hammam (Algeria)

1989: Christina Branca Pombas Brancas (Portugal) Murmurios
1989: Kaoma - Lambada (France/Brazil) *4

1990: Cesaria Evora - Sodade (Cape Verde) *4
1990(?): Meggy Z - Sakit Gigi

1991: Taraf de Haïdouks - Balada Conducatorolui (Romania) *1

1992 - Anouar Brahem - conte de l'incroyable amour (Tunisia) conte de l'incroyable amour
1992: Khaled - Didi (Algeria) *9
1992: Sergio Mendes - Magalenha (Brazil) Brasiliero *8

1993: Amr Diab - Ya Nour El Ein (Egypt) *1
1993: Radio Tarifa - Rumba Argelina (Spain) Rumba Argelina * 3

1994: Deep Forest - Sweet Harmony (France) Deep Forest * 6
1994: Youssou N'Dour - Seven Seconds (with Neneh Cherry) Wommat (The Guide) *6

1996: Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan (Cuba)
1996: Wasis Diop - No Sant (Senegal/France) No Sant *3

1997: Radio Tarifa - Las Cuevas (Spain) Temporal

1998: Khaled - Aicha (Algeria/France) *5

2000: Momo Wandel Soumah - Toko (Guinea Conakry) Afro Swing

2001: Mariza - Loucoura (Portugal) Fado em mim *5

2002: Arnalda Artunes, Carlinos Brown & Marisa Monte - Tribalistas (Brazil) Tribalistas *4
2002: Rachid Taha - Ya Rayah (Algeria)
2002: Zulya - Beyond the Horizon (Tatarstan (Russia)/Australia) Elusive

2003: Pietra Montecorvino - Guaglione (Italy) Napoli Mediterrania *3
2003: Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Mondo Bongo (UK)

2005: Rim Banna - Ya Jammal (Palestine/Norway) Mirrors of my Soul


* played in programme dated:
1: 19 Jan 2008
2: 15 Mar 2008
3: 18 May 2008
4: 7 July 2008
5: 14 Sept 2008
6: 30 Nov 2008
7: 31 Jan 2009
8: 27 Mar 2009
9: 18 May 2009
10: 6 July 2009
11: 19 Sept 2009 (included two repeats of previously played tracks; note to self - must get better organised)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:34 am
by Adam Blake
Attention Na Sida - Franco Luambo

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:05 am
by Gordon Neill
Just about anything from Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck's album 'Djam Leelii', but I was particularly struck (and still am) by the Spaghetti Western feel to "Sehilam". An instant hit on my dulled music brain. But at 6 minutes 25 seconds, it might be too long for the BBC World Service slot.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:35 am
by Rob Hall
I imagine a lot of people made the connection via the first "Indestructible Beat of Soweto" album; Manu Dibango's "Soul Makossa" and something from Salif Keita's album "Soro" might also be contenders, along with King Sunny Ade's "Ju Ju Music" and/or "Synchro System".

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:40 am
by John Leeson
1. Amr Diab - Ya Nour El Ein (Egypt, 1993)

Ah yes, this song still haunts me.

I was in Libya for 2 weeks in 2006 (for the solar eclipse), and spent a week travelling in the south-west Sahara. Our driver had few cassette tapes (one mainly), and this song kept coming up, although I don't think in this version, probably not by the same singer.

I knew it... couldn't remember from where. When I got home, I started playing all my North African CD's to try to figure out where I'd heard it.

Balmy Fife

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:56 am
by Gordon Neill
Yes, I'd second Rob's mention of the "Indestructible Beat of Soweto" as an early entry point into world music. A bit of a false start for me, as it took years before I realised its significance (but that was my fault, not the album's).

For some reason, I'm in a bit of a Cape Verde mood this morning. Possibly it has something to do with the heavy grey sky, the horizontal rain, and the driving wind. Two Cape Verde gems made a very strong impact on me and got me into the state I'm in: 'Sodade' by Cesaria Evora and 'O Bernard' by Ana Firmino & Travadinha, from the 'Soul of Cape Verde' compilation.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 12:32 pm
by NormanD
"Immigres" by Youssou N'Dour

1983: "Jali Musa Jawara" (self-titled album) - Guinea. No one track stands above any other, it made such an impact.

1982: "Agwaya" by Orchestra Makassy - Tanzania. Similar comment to above!

1958: "Misa Luba" by Les Troubadours du Roi Bedouin. The most well-known track is "Sanctus", which was issued on 45 and used in the soundtrack to Lindsey Anderson's "If".

"Maria Elena" by Los Trios Paraguayos


PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:35 pm
by Jamie Renton
We've got the makings of one hell of a compilation album based on the suggestions so far!

I'd like to add:

Sorrow Tears & Blood - Fela Kuti
Hupenyu Hwangu - The Bhundu Boys
La Noche - Joe Arroyo
El Hammam - Cheb Tati

Re: Now That's What I Call World Music

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:49 pm
by Rob Hall
Charlie wrote:some of the songs that got us started, the ones that made us realise, hey this is as good as/better than anything else I've ever heard. Who cares if it's not in English?

(Just to get away from Africa for a moment.)

Before Mariza, before I knew what fado was, a friend introduced me to the work of Christina Branca and my initial thoughts were very much along those lines: "this is lovely, it doesn't matter what she's singing about". Perhaps you could consider something from one of the early albums by either Christina Branca or Mariza.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 2:10 pm
by Con Murphy
I can't remember the specific track, but I'm pretty sure for me it was John Peel playing something or other by King Sunny Adé circa 82/83. Ja Funmi, maybe? It seemed to follow seamlessly on from the other 'rooted' music he was playing at the time, particularly reggae (in feel, rather than style). It even sounded like they were singing "Jah, Jah for me" on that track. Certainly Juju Music and Segun Adewale Play For Me were my first 'world music' albums.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:06 pm
by Charlie
Many thanks for all the suggestions, duly noted to the best of my skimpy knowledge. Corrections on years of original release (sometimes quite a while before most of us heard them, as with Baaba Maal) will be gratefully received.

It would be very helpful if you could make the suggestions in the format of the original list, and specify a song title rather than an album:

year: artist - song title (country)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:47 pm
by Ronald
I had visited Madagascar in 1981 and there discovered African guitar band music, I was hooked immediately. Around that time the lp Sound d'Afrique was released, I loved every track on it but the best song for me and what got me really into Congolese music was Bo Mbanda by Pablo Lubadika Portos, I think it was recorded in 1980.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:55 pm
by Dayna
Pirates Choice; Orchestra Baobab

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:34 pm
by judith
these are the songs which most all got me started, made me want to hear more and should I drift away, always call me back.

2003: Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros - Mondo Bongo - World 2003 Charlie Gillett (UK)

2008: Elizabeth Ayoub - Ya Oud - Prelude (Lebanon/Venuzuela) see "EDIT" below, please.

(?): Dr. Nico - Lolita - Dr. Nico et l'Orchestre African Fiesta Merveilles du Passe Eternel. Doctour Nico from 1963-65. On Matsuli blogspot, was on a compilation called African Serenades # 31. (Africa)

1975: (original release date)Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela - Ethiopiques 7, 1999 release date (Ethiopia)

2005: Rim Banna - Ya Jammal - Mirrors of my Soul (Palestine/Norway)

EDIT: I wasn't paying attention totally. I would remove Elizabeth Ayoub's Ya Oud as it doesn't pertain to the question and put in its place a singer and a song that might be the one that started my search that led to Charlie's compilations...

2002: Zulya - Beyond the Horizon - Elusive (Tartarstan)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:55 pm
by will vine
1969 Ba' La Fouche...................Champion Jack Dupree (England)
1972 Saturday Night Special.......Sundown Playboys (U.S.A.)
1973 London Special..................NKengas (from LP Nkengas in London)