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2009 - week 7, from 20 February

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:51 pm
by Charlie
seq - artist - title - album - country - label - cat no

1 - Lajko Felix - Hegyen Völgyön - Remény - Hungary - A Productions - CDA 004

2 - Niyaz - Beni Beni - Nine Heavens - Iran/USA - Six Degrees - 657036 1150 2

3 - Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu - Marwurrumburr - Gurrumul - Australia - Skinnyfish - SFGU80201

4 - Davy Sicard - Papillon - Kabar - Reunion - Up/Warner - 2564 694 984

5 - Rokia Traore - Koronoko - Tchamantché - Mali - Nonesuch - 465 532-2

6 - Les Espoirs de Coronthie - La Loi - Tinkhinyl - Guinea Conakry - Wountanara - Wounta/2008/1/1

7 - Zebda - Le Plus Beau - Utopie D'ocasse - France - Emarcy - 065088-2
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Sometimes there is no substitute for witnessing the live performance of artists whose recordings may fail to capture the sense of spontaneous improvisation that defines them. I’m beginning to hold a collection of such artists in my head as if they somehow belong together – Chango Spasiuk from Argentina, Thierry ‘Titi’ Robin from France, and this man, the Serbian/Hungarian violinist Lajko Felix. A recent guest on my Radio 3 show, Felix knocked me out with his improvisations on both violin and zither, but he attracted not the slightest peep from any listener in either my own forum or the Radio 3 message board. It was as if he had never been there.

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Felix Lajko

Undeterred, I have returned to his most recent album of several years ago, now difficult to buy and probably available only direct from his manager’s record label website, to find several tracks that are better than I remembered. Let’s see if this gets any reaction.

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Niyaz

Having been drawn into the mournful sound of Kurdish singers from Turkey during the past few years, I’m reminded of them in the recent album from Niyaz, a trio of Iranians based in Los Angeles. I don’t know if there is any Kurdish link, and actually doubt it; but the effect is comparable.

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Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

It’s rare that I get more than one request for an artist I’ve never played on the radio, but I did get two or three emails mentioning the Australian Aboriginal singer, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. At first, I found his voice a bit too sweet and ingratiating, but on persevering came round to recognising and appreciating the touching sincerity those listeners liked.

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Davy Sicard

Davy Sicard is from Reunion, the island in the Indian Ocean whose music is unlike that of any of its neighbours. Based in France, Davy shows few if any signs of his background, for the most part succumbing to the middle of the road production approach favoured by so many singers from France’s far-flung departments and ex-colonial outposts. The most energetic track on the album is ‘Papillon’.

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Rokia Traoré

On first encounter, the latest album by Rokia Traoré reached its peak in a sequence of four tracks, 3, 4 5, & 6, and on the radio I’ve been happy to shuttle between the equally atmospheric 3 & 4. For a change, here’s adventurous 6, ‘Koronoko’.

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Les Espoirs de Coronthie

We have become so accustomed to the dominance of Mali and Senegal as musical powerhouses over the past thirty years, there; been a tendency to overlook or simply be unaware of what is going on in Guinea Conakry, which during the 1960 and 70s had been equally or even more significant. A series of recent features in fRoots magazine made clear that is still a lively scene in Guinea, where one of the leading bands is (are?) Les Espoirs de Coronthie. [Should we refer to a group of musicians in the singular or plural?].

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Zebda

Zebda is (are) a group of musicians based in Toulouse in the south of France whose parent were Kabyr people from the south of Algeria. Manu Chao befriended them at the time they were recording their album Utopie D'ocasse and although he was not physically present on ‘Le Plus Beau’, his influence is still powerfully felt.

Re: 2009 - week 7, from 20 February

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:26 pm
by Rod B.
Charlie wrote:Zebda is (are)...


'were', I think. They haven't recorded anything for years, and band members Mouss & Hakim and Magyd Cherfi have started on their own recording careers. I posted a video from Mouss and Hakim latest CD in the YouTube thread.

I don't often get a pretext on this forum to say I loved Zebda but... I loved Zebda. I bought all their CDs I could lay on my hands on, five I think.

Re: 2009 - week 7, from 20 February

PostPosted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 7:53 pm
by Chris P
Charlie wrote:-----------------------------------------------------------------

Lajko Felix... It was as if he had never been there.

missed the show but a big Lajko fan, so will listen for this.
Charlie wrote:Niyaz
Having been drawn into the mournful sound of Kurdish singers from Turkey during the past few years, I’m reminded of them in the recent album from Niyaz, a trio of Iranians based in Los Angeles. I don’t know if there is any Kurdish link, and actually doubt it; but the effect is comparable.


This song that Niyaz covers is either by Sabahat Akkiraz, or possibly collected and arranged by her. It's found on her Seyran album of a few years ago. So it's safe safe to say it's Alevi style Anatolian music from areas where Kurdish musical influences presumably abound, rub up against and mingle. Alevi muslims are known for being more open and tolerant than many, women are treated more equably, alcohol is often accepted, and music and mysticism abound. (Hope these generalisations are close to target and not superficial & annoying !).

emails

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:45 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1. Robert Koscheka, Dallas, Texas

Listened to your program for the first time early Sunday and LOVED it! Thank you for enlightening me on so many new artists! My only complaint: the program is far too short!

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2. Anonymous

MR GILLETT. NOTHING YOU HAVE TO SAY IS OF ANY INTEREST. YOU CAN'T PRONOUNCE ANYTHING CLEARLY. YOU ARE A BORE!!!!

GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CG comment: I think this one was specially for Gordon Neill

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3. Wanja Ngeranwa, Nairobi

I love your show it always plays the most intriguing music..it's a wonderful break from the usual mishmash that is always on radio...

i truly enjoy it

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4. BOB CHARLIE, PORT ARTHUR . TX

CHARLIE YOU'RE THE MAN I LOVE THE SONGS THAT YOU PLAY

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5. alex davis, newent uk

a superb range of music

Re: 2009 - week 7, from 20 February

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 1:48 pm
by Charlie
Chris Potts wrote:This song that Niyaz covers is either by Sabahat Akkiraz, or possibly collected and arranged by her.

Thanks Chris, specially as I am lining up this Niyaz track for my next compilation and included a song by Sabahat two years go, enabling me to make a connection in the sleeve note that I would otherwise not have been aware of. How do you know such things?

Re: 2009 - week 7, from 20 February

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:25 pm
by Chris P
Charlie wrote:How do you know such things?

Charlie - I happen to have the Sabahat album with 'Beni Beni' on it (Seyran), but Sabahat is credited with being the song's author on the Niyaz sleeve notes too (iirc) !
glad to hear this song - Niyaz do a good version - is lined up for your compilation

Re: 2009 - week 7, from 20 February

PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:07 am
by Charlie
Charlie wrote:I did get two or three emails mentioning the Australian Aboriginal singer, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu.

email from:

1. rohan, singapore

thank you so much for playing the beautiful music of geoffery yunupingu.

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2. Attila Urban, Ripley, Surrey

I'm a Hungarian guy working night shifts in a hotel in Ripley, Surrey and I love your programme. I thought I'd recommend you a song which I heard a couple of months ago. I love world music and as I was listening to a pacific island radio, I heard a song called "Ulithian Lei (Ulithian)" from Xavier X Fethal. It is the most wonderful song i have ever heard in my life. Perhaps you could make my day by finding it because I've had no luck. You won't be disappointed. thanks Attila

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3. Marija, Chicago

I visit the kitchen often in the middle of the night in half sleep, when i get my most interesting ideas for making art....and love to listen to whatever is going on in the world on the radio, tuned to NPR 24/7 in my house...heard wonderful Australian music and then, unless I am mistaken, a recipe?

What was the recipe?

Marija

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CG reply: unless I was hallucinating, Marije, I don't think there was one

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4. Jim Frood. Auckland

Always enjoy your programme when I manage to catch it. Last one especially good!!!!! Esp Australian singer!!!!

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5. Julia Sherwood, Chapel Hill, USA

It's wonderful to be able listen to your programmes on the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks for playing Félix Lajkó, he's fantastic although, as you say, recordings don't quite live up to his electrif

PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:55 am
by Adam Blake
I was just about to say how much I enjoyed the Hungarian fiddler when I saw your exasperated comment about how he had attracted no feedback at all. What a gorgeous tone, and he seems to have that ability to make time do his bidding - which I suspect is the hallmark all true virtuosos have in common.