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2009 - week 11, from 20 March

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:41 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Oumou Sangare - Iyo Djeli (*) - Seya - Mali - World Circuit - WLWCD081

2 - Novalima - Liberta - Coba Coba - Peru - Cumbancha - CMB-CD-9

3 - Bonga - Kilumba - Bairro - Angola - Lusafrica - 562212

4 - Titi Robin - Afghani de Casa - Kali Sultana - France - Naïve - WN145173

5 - Sonantes - Carimbó (*) - Sonantes - Brazil - Six Degrees - 657036 1148-2

6 - Dub Colossus - Tazeb Kush (feat Bahta Gebrehiwot, vox & Feleke Hailu Woldemarian, sax) (*) - A Town Called Addis - Ethiopia/UK - Real World - CDRW 155

7 - Mulatu & The Heliocentrics - Cha Cha - Mulatu & The Heliocentrics - Ethiopia/UK - Strut - STRUT040CD

(*) scheduled for inclusion on Otro Mundo (World 2009)

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This week: a cross section of the best records around right now.

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Oumou Sangare

In the discussion about Oumou Sangare’s new album in the forum, where opinion is generally very positive, there are some dissenting voices from people who can’t hear what all the fuss is about. I admit to being apprehensive in advance, but soon surrendered to a record that seems to get better and better. ‘Iyo Djeli’ is track 9 of 11, and is the one I’ve picked out for my next compilation, which, incidentally will be titled Otro Mundo.

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Novalima

Two more tracks in this week’s show will also be on the compilation, but not ‘Libertá, the track which struck me as the strongest on early listenings to the new album by Novalima. Eventually I plumped for ‘Africa Lando’ but ‘Libertá’ could have worked equally well. I’m starting to really like these Afro-Peruvians syncopations.

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Bonga

A different song from Bonga has also made its way onto La Vida Tombola, but there are no weaknesses on his album, so virtually anything would have been fine.

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Titi Robin

Titi Robin’s new album Kali Sultana is a bit shapeless for my taste – some great moments are almost lost amongst several tracks that lose my attention.

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Sonantes

I’ve played tracks from the Sonantes several times before, but never get any comments from listeners. Too easy listening for you, or too interesting?

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Dub Colossus

A Town Like Addis by Dub Colossus is turning into one of the albums of the year, a record that throws up a different gem every time you listen. Well worth buying if you thought a particular track sounded OK and wondered if the rest could be as good. Yes, it is.

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Mulatu Astake

What are the chances of two simultaneous albums featuring British collaborations with Ethiopian musicians? Mulatu Astake is the keyboard player featured on the soundtrack of Jim Jarmush’s film Broken Flowers, which seems to have been a major factor in the sudden emergence of Ethiopian music over the past couple of years. Drummer Malcom Catto is the driving force of the Heliocentrics, who can be contacted at www.myspace.com/heliocentrics

Listen again at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/progr ... lett.shtml

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:05 pm
by Tom McPhillips
Charlie wondered
I’ve played tracks from the Sonantes several times before, but never get any comments from listeners. Too easy listening for you, or too interesting?


As many times as I've put Sonantes on, it seems my attention drifts away from the music and several tracks go by, when I do listen it's rather good, but somehow it lacks the glue, or the hooks to hold focus... somehow the songs don't live in my head.... So maybe the lack of comments is caused by some kind of amnesia... I remember however that he first time you played it it struck me as interesting enough to go get it from itunes...

PostPosted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:55 pm
by Gordon Neill
Charlie wondered:

I’ve played tracks from the Sonantes several times before, but never get any comments from listeners. Too easy listening for you, or too interesting?


For me, it's only 'easy listening' in the sense that it's not hard work. I love the whole album and, a couple of months after buying it, I still play it regularly.

emails

PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:12 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. Edward Washington, Meridian, MS

I listened to your program for the first time Saturday morning 3/22/09.
I am a lover of jazz music, but I must say I heard music that sounded so good to me. I want to hear more and learn more about world music. Thanks to your program, a door has opened for me.

Ed Washington
Meridian Ms.

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2. Al

Many, many thanks for the joy that the Charlie Gillett program brings to me.

Music is my religion and I have loved what you now called World Music for over half a century.

Today I am listening again to the tracks I heard last night but this time, sitting in strong sunshine (behind glass), the exotic atmosphere of Africa etc. is particularly vivid.

Mali's styles have a special appeal to me and some information on its influences would be most welcome.

Please persuade the BBC to give us more!

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3. sumanu alghali

Hi Charlie

Keep up the good work.

I am one of the admirers of the talent you have in picking out your array of different music from around the world and that's why I am always longing for your programme on Saturdays.

Cheeeeeeers and keep up the good work.

Re: 2009 - week 11, from 20 March

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:33 pm
by mike gavin
Charlie wrote:my next compilation, which, incidentally will be titled La Vida Tombola.


Sorry Charlie - is this product placement? And what does it mean? The bingo life?

Re: 2009 - week 11, from 20 March

PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 6:42 pm
by Dominic
mike gavin wrote:
Charlie wrote:my next compilation, which, incidentally will be titled La Vida Tombola.

Sorry Charlie - is this product placement? And what does it mean? The bingo life?

Life's a lottery, old chum. La Vida Tombola is a song about Diego Maradona by Manu Chao. It also includes the phrase "el mundo es una bola" - the world is a football. Maybe it loses something in translation...

CG

PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:25 pm
by babdownunder
All major programmes have more time available , why dont we try and take the programme time allotment Manager Hostage and demand more time for CG as ransom, I am sure we will have more volateers, your programme this week was as always OUTSTANDING the first Track being the star. Keep it coming CG, I do not have the finesses to identify or classify music , but listening to your program is a treat,
Thanks