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2009, week 28 from 11 July

PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:39 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - DVA - Nunovó Tango - Fonok - Czech Republic - Indies - MAM435-2

2 - Nada Mamula - Omer Beže - Antologija Bosanskog Sevdaha - Croatia - Croatia - CD 5819875

3 - Tinariwen - Tenhert - Imidiwan - Mali - Independiente - ISOM 78 CD

4 - Bob Marley - Small Axe - African Herbsman - Jamaica - Trojan - CDTRL 62

5 - Najma & Gary Lucas - Naya Dhin - Rishte - Indian/USA - World Village - 450008

6 - Calle 13 - La Perla, feat Ruben Blades - Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo - Puerto Rico/ Panama - Sony BMG - 8869 736801 2


It seems we are in week 28, although I listed last week as 26.


As reported elsewhere on the forum, the album by the Czech group DVA has been my first choice entertainment on recent car journeys, despite being quite far from what I usually like. So far as I can tell, the group, whose name means pair, comprises a man and a woman, who may occasionally enrol others to help them make music that has some connections to jazz but is mostly their own concoction, defying generic classification. On their website they list their own involvement and identity as follows: S H E / saxophone / clarinet / vocal / toys
H E / guitar / vocal / beatbox / loops

Nada Mamula

The prospect of listening to an anthology of Bosnian music on a Croatian label would not be certain make my heart beat faster, but I was rewarded with an agreeable surprise at track 2, by the previously unknown Nada Mamula.


Tinariwen’s third album sounded like it was produced with the intention of pleasing those who heard echoes of hard rock in the band’s bluesy sound, but the fourth has gone back to a more acoustic feel and ‘Tenhert’ at track 3 has be hitting the replay button time and again. Having since ventured through the whole album, this still sounds like the place to start, stop and return to.

The Wailers

Despite having been an avid reggae fan before the emergence of Bob Marley and the Wailers on Island, I had not known about the many Wailers track released over the previous decade, and did not immediately realise how many of his Island recordings were new versions of earlier favourites. In the years since, the earlier period has been mined and repackaged time and again, often focussing on the tracks that enjoyed a second life. African Herbsman is one of the better such releases, and includes this touching original version of ‘Small Axe’.

Compared to the intense pressure experienced by pop music radio producers and presenters from promotion departments, their world music equivalents are mostly treated gently and respectfully. A softly softy approach is more likely to be effective, and both of the last two choices in this programme are included after subtle interventions from people involved.

Najma, Gary Lucas

On first listen, the combination of Indian vocalist Najma and New York guitarist Gary Lucas did not feel comfortable, but World Village PR man Mike Gavin gently suggested I persevere and he’s right, the pair do hit it off more often than not.

Calle 13

Calle 13 is a Puerto Rican band about to play in London, having been brought to the UK by live music promoter Andy Wood and his Como No organisation. One or two songs have unbroadcastable lyrics and others feature a tough rap delivery that would fit uneasily alongside my usual fare. The sophisticated arrangement of ‘La Perla’ feels more compatible, featuring a vocal contribution from Ruben Blades. The band plays the Forum in Kentish Town, north London, on 8th August.


PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:03 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1. Robert Ibrahim, Czech Republic

Thanks for playing DVA. They are indeed from Czech R., they play "ethno music of non-existing ethnics", so the language of the song is really artificial, though it could have some existing words. The names of protagonists are Barbara and Jan Kratochvils...


2. Odette Yumie, Milton Keynes, UK

More adult, musical medicine from your programme.

Apart from the John Fahey meets Hindustan ...Najma and Gary Lucas (maybe it's sounding better to a Hindustani ear?), I was pacified and delighted by Charlie's 'selexun'.

Calle 13 sing in sexy castillian (no disrespect) of non spanish-based Latin peoples and a nice one to finish with .

Thank you from Odette.


3. Thomas Habraszewski


Thank you for discovering this singer Mada Mamula for me. I was puzzled why Croatia, and emailers seem to confirm my doubts.

Thank you for posting this music! Is sevdah folk music from Croatia? It certainly makes my foot tap and I will be looking at your other videos as I am so impressed by this song.
No, my dear, sevdah is not from croatia, nor it shan't be. Sevdah is from Bosnia, a song of Bosnian's Muslims. The meaning of the word sevdah in the Turkish language denotes amorous yearning and ecstasy of love, and has its origin in Arabic expression sawda, which encompasses and specifies term "black gall". Mostly, it is a love song. Of a great sorrow. I am glad you like it. But remember not all songs which I have uploaded here are not sevdalinke.

Best regards,


(BBC Worldservice, Ex-Polish Section).

PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:15 pm
by Rod B.
Great to hear Calle 13 on the show. For me they're easily the most intelligent and innovative act to come out of Latin America over the last few years, but yes, many of their lyrics wouldn't easily meet the BBC's compliance guidelines. A new video for this song has recently been released which I'll post in the Youtube section. ... hp?t=11629

PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 3:31 pm
by devovanje
Hi! if you need more traditional songs performed by Nada Mamula, you can write me on my e mail. I am so happy you like her voice.