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2009 - week 8, from 27 Feb

PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:27 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet - Colinda - Goin' Down to Louisiana - USA - Valcour - VAL CD 0001

2 - Novalima - Africa Lando - Coba Coba - Peru - Cumbancha - CMB-CD-9

3 - Blue Asia - Sao Chumpae Pae Rak - Hotel Bangkok - Japan/ Malaysia/ Thailand - King - KICP 1078

4 - A R Rahman feat Alka Yagnik - Ringa Ringa - Slumdog Millionaire - India - Interscope - 1796869

5 - La Troba Kung-Fú - La cançó del lladre - Clavell Morenet - Spain - La Troba Kung-Fú -

6 - Grupo Socavon - Homenaje A Justino - Pacifico Colombiano - Colombia - Otrabanda - OTB09


Among the emails that flow in daily from listeners to the World Service, a small number plaintively ask, why so much music from Africa? For once, this week not a single track is directly from Africa, but three affirm the everlasting influence of Africa on music from other parts of the world, especially the Americas, both north and south.

Cedric Watson

Cedric Watson was among the artists appearing at the recent Barbican event celebrating Harry Smith’s epochal collection of American Folk Music, reissued on CD by the Smithsonian in the late 1990s. Cedric is a violinist and accordion player who grew up in San Felipe, Texas, just across the border from Louisiana, birthplace and home of Cajun and Zydeco music. Looking back, I realise this kind of music was my introduction to what we now call world music. Sung in a mixture of French and English, originally by very poor whites in Louisiana who called it Cajun, and then picked up by nearby black musicians who adopted similar band line-ups and repertoire but added a washboard as a tough and simple rhythm instrument. ‘Colinda’ is a standard in this repertoire.


Novalima have pioneered a new style in Peru, based on the music of descendants of African slaves and now bedded in programmed rhythms that will bring dancers to the floor and offer a challenge to some of the better know Latin American idioms.

Makoto Kubota

When people ask, why not more music from Asia?, my response is that most of it does not sit so comfortably alongside everything else I like. I have never set out systematically to make sure every inch of the globe is proportionally represented, but just pick and choose from what I find, while looking further and further. Blue Asia, the project of Japanese producer Makoto Kubota, has turned out to meet all my criteria, offering authentic voices, melodies and instruments from various Asian countries in rhythm beds that are friendly to these Western ears of mine.

A R Rahman

Hotel Bangkok continues to reward attention, and was played here as a link into a song from A R Rahman’s Oscar-winning soundtrack from Slumdog Millionaire which has received widespread acclaim. I seem to be in a minority in not having been being blown away by Rahman’s music, here and elsewhere, but this sounds like the best song on the album.

La Troba Kung-Fú

La Troba Kung-Fú is a project from Barcelona highly recommended by Bryn Ormrod, the curator at the Barbican in the City of London, who has booked the band to play an imminent performance there.

Grupo Socavon

Finally, back to that African influence in Latin America, with Grupo Socavon, a group whose track is to be found on a collection of music from the Pacific coast of Colombia.

PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2009 3:05 am
by judith
After catching up a bit on the forum today and thinking about the vehicles that carry the music - jawbones, sampling, devotion - while willfully and blatantly ignoring the bumps in the road, I found this program to be perfect. Oh, I don't mean the selection is ignoring anything. I mean I found the show illustrative of the many possibilities inherent in the travels.

Aside: here's a blog about the history of the song "Colinda" with its source cited.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:15 am
by pirkko
Thank you for Cedric Watson and Corey Ledet - great music, and I know Corey:) We brought him and his band to play at a festival in Moscow in 2005.

I put a link to a Cedric Watson and Corey Ledet video in the Youtube Recommendations.

I think Corey's surname is pronounced Lede', in a sort of French way.


PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:26 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. Juana Espana

Hi Charlie,

Just a line to thank you for tonight's show. I usually get a kick out of the music you bring but the 'marimba' track you played tonight transported me back to the part of the world where it was created and where I danced it so often with friends: Esmeraldas, Ecuador, bordering with Colombia.

Beautiful and such a powerful beat and raw voices.

Take care. And thanks for the 'world travel' every Sunday evening.



2. Vinod, Bangalore

Thanks for playing Ringa Ringa.....


3. Jilly Picken, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Charlie Gillet's programme is one I look forward to every week when I use 'listen again.' He creates a carnival atmosphere managing to bring the world to home in music. I always feel privileged to have a taste of his music and a greater understanding as Charlie often gives some background to the culture and lives of the people whose music it is. Thank you. Jilly


4. duncan whitwham, London

another wonderful show.

pity it's not longer than 26 mins per week.

all tracks good but particularly liked track by Novalima


5. Elena, Geneva, Switzerland

Woow Charlie! Keep up the fantastic work you do. I love your music selection in every program. Sometimes I listen music from Peru (my country of birth) and I just can't stop the tears from falling :-)

Much Love, Elena