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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 5:21 pm
by Charlie
Ian A. wrote:Mec Yek - Jaune Toujours' project with two Roma sisters.

Charlie wrote: I did listen, but nothing struck home.

Spurred by your comments, I've listened again and found that I like track 4. Note to general readers - the group includes two singers from (I assume *) the Balkans, although they sound Russian or Polish, but are notably driven by accordion player Piet Maris of Jaune Toujours, who incidentally makes a guest appearance on the track by Gange Brass Band chosen for Otro Mundo.

(*) I know, they were featured in fRoots, but as usual I wasn't paying proper attention.

PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 7:02 pm
by Jamie Renton
Charlie wrote:(*) I know, they were featured in fRoots, but as usual I wasn't paying proper attention.

By way of public service, here's a review I wrote for fRoots a few months back:

MEC YEK
Antikrisis Choux de Bruxelles CHOU 0802

A couple of years back Belgium’s brassy, roughhouse ethno-rockers Juane Toujours collaborated with an Algerian singer on a project called Arabanda, which sounded pretty good on CD and even better live. Well, here are JT taking a similar approach but this time moving over to the Balkan, where they’ve hooked up with singing Slovakian sisters Katia and Milka Pohlodkova for a straight-ahead folky, jazzy mix. The Sisters P have attractively throaty voices that are well matched by JT’s pumping squeezebox and belting brass. The band’s singer / accordionist Piet Maris chips in with vocals on a few tracks, his declamatory tones providing a nice counterpoint to the foxy Romani swingingness of the Pohlodkovas. Guests include Piet’s trumpet playing brother Bart Maris (formerly of Think of One) and Andrew Cronshaw on the fujara (five foot long Slovakian bass flute!)
They describe this project as “Balkan hipâ€

PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 5:26 pm
by Ian A.
I wrote:Nogabe's records are variable but he's done some really good stuff

And probably did him a dis-service. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r6ytnpPUac (and Charlie, in case you get to play him, you pronounce his name Noogabay)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:09 pm
by judith
Charlie wrote:

Otherwise, perhaps I should consider a follow up programme of people discovered at this one.


Please do.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:03 am
by john poole
It's always a pleasure to hear Solomon Burke, but I was a little surprised to hear him described as "the only survivor of the great soul singers of the sixties" - you perhaps intended to call him the only male survivor (?) - although I'm not sure I'd agree even then.