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2009 - week 13, from 3 April (posted on behalf of CG)

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:43 am
by Alan
Week 13, from 3 April 2009 (posted on behalf of CG)

Further proof that there is plenty of good stuff around, here’s a selection of what has arrived in the mail in the past few weeks.

Imam Baildi is a Greek duo, recently profiled in fRoots for those paying attention and/or with good filing systems. Having raided their parents’ vinyl record collections, the duo has patched together some great collages of Rembetika vocals and instrumentals.


It turns out that Christoph Müller, one third of Gotan Project, has been planning a collaboration with Peruvian maverick Rodolfo Muñoz for many years, revealed in the recording dates on their new album – 2003 to 2008. As noted in the commentary under ‘new releases’ in this forum, Radiokijada’s album Nuevos Sonidos Afro Peruanos, Part 1 is a more varied and satisfying album than might have been anticipated, based on the sampler EP that first drew our attention to it.


Surprisingly, the sleeve note to Malick Pathé Sow’s new album makes no reference to Baaba Maal, although Malick has been Baaba’s main guitarist for many years. There was an earlier album by Malick on Palm Pictures a few years ago, but I confess to having passed that on and so can’t make a direct comparison. My impression is that this new one is much better, and if you like any part of it, you’ll probably be satisfied with the whole. Malick feels like he is emerging into the limelight in much the same way that Bassekou Kouyate has done in neighbouring Mali.


The Canadian singer Lhasa takes her time over each album. This new one is her third in about ten years, and on first encounter feels disappointing, perhaps because it is all in English in contrast to the tri-lingual approach of her last album, The Living Road. But she has a lovely, adult voice and a unique way with words, and I suspect this is going to grow on me.


Goran Bregovic was once a rock star in his native Bosnia, until the war coincided with his change of direction into scoring film music for Emil Kusturica. His new album Alkohol puts him front of stage for the first time in quite a while, and he delivers a good natured, entertaining collection of songs.


I wish I liked the albums of DuOud more than I do – they are terrific musician and very likeable guys, full of inventiveness, but I find their rhythm tracks too monotonous to surrender to. On their latest album, the best track is their collaboration with the Mauritanian vocalist Malouma, one of the great singers of our time, yet to do herself justice on her own albums.


The prospect of an entire album by an outfit calling itself the Amsterdam Klezmer Band did not fill me with joy, but there are several excellent instrumentals between vocal tracks that I could take or leave.


Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Imam Baildi - De Thelo Pia Na Xanarthis - Imam Baildi - Greece - Capitol - 5099923680425

2 - RadioKijada - Manoteo en Menor - Nuevos Sonidos Afro Peruanos, Part 1 - Switzerland/Peru - Wrasse - WRASS 233

3 - Malick Pathé Sow - Sama - Maayo Men - Senegal - Muziek Publique - 1

4 - Lhasa - Fool's Gold - Lhasa - Canada - Warner Classics & jazz - 25646 90482

5 - Goran Bregovic - On the Backseat of My Car - Alkohol - Bosnia - Mercury/Wrasse - 531 509-1

6 - DuOud - Nouackshott (feat Malouma) - Ping Kong - Tunis/ Algeria/ Mauritania - World Village - WVF 470925

7 - Amsterdam Klezmer Band - Netty - Zaraza - Netherlands - Essay - AY CD 19

Greek unorthodox

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:42 am
by Gordon Neill
That track by Imam Baildi sounded great! Are they the Moby of Rembetika? Anyway, based on that track and a scour of the mp3 tasters on Amazon, I've ordered the CD from Trehantiri Music. Top dollar, but well worth it, I suspect. I think it's going to be one of my favouirites of the year.

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:13 pm
by Alan

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:56 pm
by r.allibone
greetings.i have been waiting for you to play some klezma for quite a while the track you chose i found attractive but being the last on list sufered the inevitable.can you play some wild klezma sometime.


PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:09 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1. tom o'reilly, cardiff

fab show just came across by chance normally a sleep it is a pity it isn't repeated at a more sociable hour in the evening thanks



2. Garry Robertson, Wellington, New Zealand

Hi Charlie, Just a note to say that I like your programme immensely. It plays late in the evening here in New Zealand on Tuesdays and I tune in regularly. I "discovered" world music about 15 years ago and listen to it more than most other forms of music nowadays. I particularly enjoy Middle Eastern and West African rhythms and melodies. Keep on pushing it out to the masses! Best wishes, Garry Robertson.


PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:40 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Malick Pathé Sow - nof offence to MPS, but you couldn't make it up...

Conjures up visions of the director of Badlands etc watching a female pig on a Pathe newsreel.