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Week 25 starting June 27th ?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 11:42 am
by Chris P
What's on tonight's show ?

Re: Week 25 starting June 27th ?

PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:16 pm
by Charlie
Chris Potts wrote:What's on tonight's show ?

Good question, Chris, apologies for the delay in answering:

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

1 - DVA - nanuk - Fonok - Czech Republic - Indies - MAM435-2

2 - Beáta Palya - I'm Happy - Adieu Les Complexes - Hungary - Naïve - WN145120

3 - Ersatz Muzika - Song on a gipsy Air - Songs Unrecantable - Russia/Germany - Asphalt Tango - CD-ATR 2209

4 - Nneka - Kangpe - No Longer at Ease - Nigeria - Yo Mama's - YPS 88697334582

5 - Tarrus Riley - One Two Order - Parables - Jamaica - Cannon - VPCD2334

6 - Allen Toussaint - St James Infirmary - The Bright Mississippi - USA - Nonesuch - 400076

7 - Banda Olifante - Los Peces - Banda Olifante - Italy - Felmay - FY 7030


OK, I see a certain kind of logic: three oddities from Europe; a pair of reggae-related items in the middle, and ending with two jazz-style combos.


DVA is a duo from Czech Republic which seems to have invented its own language while playing about with any sound that takes their fancy. The outcome could easily have been twee or annoying but instead they stay interesting, amusing and impressive for at least ten tracks. Camille meets Moondog.

Beáta Palya

When a European sings in English, I usually steer well clear, but the Hungarian Beáta Palya does such a good job on ‘Sometimes I’m Happy’ I just want to play it again and again, like trying to discover the secret of a conjuror’s trick. How does she do that?


Having enjoyed the first album by Ersatzmusika so much, I had high hopes for the follow up, which felt like a disappointment the first time through. Given a second chance, the Berlin-based project yielded a good track right at the start, again in English.


The Nigerian singer Nneka is also based in Germany, where she records for Yo! Mama, a very good Hamburg label that did well with a white reggae singer a few years back. Was it Gentleman or Patrice, I can’t remember. Nneka mostly does reggae in English, pretty good but not very original; but she delivers this track Kangpe in Pidgin, and it works very well. Since programming this track, I’ve discovered she will be at WOMAD this year, not sure which day.

Tarrus Riley

Thanks to Neil Foxlee, we have unravelled the background to ‘One Two Order’ by Tarrus Riley, whose backing track has at least two significant antecedents. Tarrus is the son of Jimmy Riley, who made records himself thirty years ago.

Allen Toussaint

Finally freed from his ill-advised partnership with Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint has a new album of his own, The Bright Mississippi, which draws from the classic repertoire of New Orleans jazz of the early twentieth century. The album is very easy on the ear, perfect background music most of the time until ‘St James’ Infirmary’ halts all conversation, as Marc Ribot plays some gorgeous acoustic guitar and Allen himself graces us with his exquisite touch on piano.

Banda Olifante

In the recent radio ping pong with Lhasa, I chose ‘Los Peces’ from her debut album and she explained that this is one of the oldest songs in the Latin American repertoire, probably originating in Mexico. The tune reappears on the new album by the Italian brass band, Banda Olifante, who credit Lhasa with inspiring their version.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:03 am
by Charlie
Checking the World Service Listen Again facility on Sunday morning, for the third weekend in a row, the entire system is yet again not working.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:17 pm
by Charlie
OK, it is working now (15.00 Monday)


PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:37 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1. Nikolas Giannadakis, London, UK

Great show!

May I also suggest the following from Beáta Palya:

Beáta Palya - Ne csicseréssz - Don't Wistle (Hungarian) Beáta Palya - Pey-Dabadi (Hungarian Gypsy) Beáta Palya - Rikoltok - Sparrow's Song (Hungarian) Beáta Palya - Tánc - Dance (Romanian)

and this

Peter Nalitch - Gitar (find on youtube)

as an added bonus :)

Nikolas, London, UK


2. edith pickett, London, England

Brilliant, varied selection of music which didn't seem to fit any particular genre - was the final piece (Banda Olifante) New Orleans Jazz, Klezmer, or what? All extremely enjoyable - difficult to stay awake until 3.30 a.m. every week so as not to miss this programme but now at least I can listen again via computer! Keep up the good work Mr. Gillett!


3. Odette Yumie, Milton Keynes, UK

If this selection had been a box of fancy chocs, I would have eaten every one.

Thank you again from Odette in Milton Keynes.