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2009 - week 9, from 6 March

PostPosted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:59 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - CW Stoneking - Jungle Lullaby - Jungle Blues - Australia - King Hokum - KHR 02

2 - Franco et Le TPOK Jazz - Mosala ekomi mpasi embonga - FrancoPhonic - DR Congo - Sterns - STCD3041-2

3 - Markscheider Kunst - Kvasa Kvasa - Na Svazi - Russia - Gala -

4 - Felix Lajko - Látvány - Remény - Hungary - A Productions - CDA 004

5 - Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko - Tunya - Africa to Appalachia - Canada/Mali - Jayme Stone - 1

6 - Goreala - She Smiles Easy - Metaphor Za Mtaa (Street Metaphors) - Kenya - Culture Taxi - CTR012


CW Stoneking

Still absorbing the impact of meeting CW Stoneking in person, after first encountering his debut album at long distance eighteen months ago, I’m not quite sure what to make of him. One or two listeners have pointed out a parallel with Leon Redbone, the 1970s American who affected/adopted a similar identify of a laconic throwback from another era. In contrast to Seasick Steve, who convincingly remains himself whether onstage or in private conversation, CW floats in a bubble of surreal invention. But he does undeniably have a flair for melody.

Franco et Le TPOK Jazz

Franco et Le TPOK Jazz give us the real Congolese thing, with another track from the ever-satisfying collection FrancoPhonic.

Markscheider Kunst

Markscheider Kunst is the group from St Petersburg who five years ago briefly conjured the spirit of 1970s Congolese music, which has recently resurfaced in the song ‘Cape Code Kwasa Kwasa’ from the New York group, Vampire Weekend.

Felix Lajko

I’m not sure why it took me so long to come to terms with the 2005 album Remény by the Hungarian/Serbian violinist Felix Lajko, but I’m making amends now by featuring the previously unexposed ‘Látvány’.

Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko

Regardless of the advice ‘don’t judge a book by looking at its cover,’ it’s hard to avoid first impressions of an album sleeve and I was not predisposed to listen to Africa to Appalachia, whose cover suggested ‘new age’ to me. Appearances are misleading, and the music is consistently satisfying as Canadian banjo player and guitarist Jayme Stone slips his strings in amongst those of the Malian kora player and singer Mansa Sissoko. One of those rare albums with an abundance of contenders to play on the radio.


I pulled the Goreala album out of my bag while driving in town, and listened in fascination with no idea as to who the artist was, or from what country he originated. After five solid hip hop tracks, the album sprang to live at track 6 but unfortunately the chorus is hardly radio-friendly – all she wants to do is ‘F-U-C-K’. Convinced I had finally found the satisfactory successor to Senegal’s Daara J, I raved about the album to London-based DJ Dudu Saar, himself from Senegal, who to my surprise had never heard of Goreala. Back home, I discovered why - the rapper is actually from Nairobi. Released on the German label, Culture Taxi, his album should be hunted down if modern African music is your interest.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:05 am
by Des
Great show, although I just don't 'get' CW Stoneking! I loved every other track played, though, so top marks once again!


PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:15 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Gisela Ribeiro Rodrigues, São Paulo

Dear Charlie,

This is Gisela, from Brazil, and I've wanted to thank you for such a wonderful program for a long time!! Thanks to you and your programme, I've had the possibility to get in touch with such greats songs from so many different parts of the world. It's difficult to put it into words, but it means a lot to me. Every Saturday, something completely new is waiting for me, new songs, new groups and singers, new sounds... it's magical!!!
What a great work!!
Kind regards,


2. Samin Siam

A beautiful collection, as always, thank you Samin Siam x


3. Angie, San Francisco

I just listened to your show for the very first time. What a great show. Thank you for all the song and artist information and broadening my musical mind. I love world music and wish there were more shows like yours on regular radio. l am looking forward to tuning in on a regular basis. Keep up the good work!!!


4. henry ford, Bath

Mr Gillett,

for the first time ever I am ahead of you.

Jayme Stone ad Mansa Sissoko played at the Bell in Bath last month and they were magic, and I bought the cd.

So It's nice to hear u play them on your world service programme.
And thanks for the music,


5. Eileen LaMorte, NY, NY

I absolutely love this music and want to thank you so much for introducing me to it.

I must get up to speed with my nano so that I can have this music with me forever



6. Ruthann Etz, Glendale

Loved last week's program. I am trying to purchase L. Felix CD's ( and some of the others) and could not find a place in the USA or on line where I could order in English. Can you help me out? Thanks!
I hope I can catch you show tomorrow.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:44 am
by Charlie
Des wrote:Great show, although I just don't 'get' CW Stoneking!

email from:

1. Philip Barker, Calgary, Canada

"World of Music" is superb: one of the most enjoyable radio programmes anywhere, though I could have done without C.W. Stoneking. How about playing something from Lorraine Klaasen's latest CD, "Africa Calling"?


2. anonymous

"Jungle Lullaby" sounds like a slow version of "I wanna be like you" from movie Jungle Book


3. Patricia Somerset, London

Hi Charlie,

I couldn't sleep the other night, so feeling frustrated and fed up. I got a drink and turned the light on and heard the wonderful Jungle Lullaby.

I didn't miraculously fall asleep!

But it changed my mood and I began to enjoy my early hours vigil!

Thank you. Patricia


show 8/03/09

PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:45 am
by duncan
Hi Charlie
this is my first experience of writing on a forum!
Have been listening to your various shows for many a long year and greatly enjoy the diversity of the music.
latest show on world service was a belter and the violin player terrific .
Am also becoming intrigued by CW Stoneking,
Also enjoy the world on 3 show which almost makes up for the loss of the radio london show,
The world sevice show is probably a more intense experience because of the shortage of time and the need to fill those 26 minutes.
finally 2 points.
95% of my record collection i hardly ever play now as it was bought in the old non world music days and secondly i feel that most or many albums only have 4-5 decent tracks on them which makes one tread carefully.