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2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:51 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Victor Démé - Burkina Mousso - Victor Démé - Burkina Faso - Chapa Blues - CPCD01

2 - Cimmarón - Pajarillo - Quiapesares - Colombia - Astar - promo

3 - Mec Yek - Parni Luludji - Antikrisis - Belgium/Slovakia - Choux de Bruxelles - Choux 0802

4 - Alemayehu Eshètè - Betchayén Tègodahu - Ethiopiques 8: Swinging Addis - Ethiopia - Buda - 82982-2

5 - Orishas - Mistica - a lo Cubano - Cuba - EMI France - 7243 522052 2

6 - Ba Cissoko - Séno - Séno - Guinea Conakry - Sterns - STCD1108

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Having picked out a selection of artists appearing at WOMAD Charlton Park ahead of the event, here is a round-up of those who made the greatest impression on the two days I attended, most of them previously unknown and unheard.

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Victor Démé

The debut album by Victor Démé from Burkina Faso has been one of the best-selling world music CDs in France for the past several months, but I found it a bit too easy-on-the-ear, sounding sometimes as if he had recruited a session band from Cape Verde to please the coffee-table listeners. At WOMAD, it became clear that Victor is a bona fide griot, one of those singers who learns a repertoire of songs dating back through the ages while also commentating on current events in original compositions that allude to the activities of local politicians and dignitaries. In several performances on the last day of the Festival, Victor emerged as a major discover.

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Cimmarón

Cimmarón is a group from the plains of Colombia whose performance created a big buzz among the world music professionals at the WOMEX trade fair in Seville last October. Having missed that event, I caught the group on the South Bank in July the weekend before WOMAD and was knocked out by the combination of instrumental virtuosity (particularly on harp and cuatro) and all round entertainment from singers who looked as if they had just stepped off their horses. They reminded me of Taraf de Haidouks in their early days. Everybody was still talking about their Friday performance at WOMAD when I arrived a day late(r).

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Mec Yec

One of the best aspects of WOMAD is the way music reaches out to tease the listener into trying to guess who it is and what genre is it. I had gone through several wrong guesses – Klezmer, or Balkan? – as I approached the Radio 3 stage and discovered Mec Yec, the group formed by members of the Belgian group Jaune Toujours and featuring two Slovakian sisters.

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Alemayehu Eshètè

Far from being a discovery at WOMAD, Alemayehu Eshètè is probably my favourite of all the singers and musicians introduced by the series Ethiopiques and repackaged in Very Best of Ethiopiques. It was a thrill to have him onstage as part of my two hour slot on Sunday evening.

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Orishas

I had not intended to listen to Orishas, the Cuban trio who made their debut about ten years ago, but they sounded so good in the Siam Tent, I stood listening for a long time.

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Ba Cissoko
[photo: Andy Pitt]

Ba Cissoko was another group I heard from afar as I approached the Radio 3 Stage, trying to work out if this was a rock group with a kora player, or an African group with a rock-like sound. Ba Cissoko was the answer, and the vocals of this group from Guinea are much improved, both live and on their third album, Seno.

Re: 2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:45 pm
by Chris P
Charlie wrote:[note - There doesn't seem to be a photo of Ba Sissoko online (other than their albums covers)]


How about the one Philip Ryalls posted here at SOTW :

<img src='http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000wu0jP9ffgQs/s'>

or these ones by Andy Pitt at eFestivals.co.uk

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Re: 2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:53 pm
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:[note - There doesn't seem to be a photo of Ba Sissoko online (other than their albums covers)]


Yes, like Chris I was rather startled by that quote - I think Google Image Search must have be on the blink when you checked. Or did you look for Sissoko instead of Cissoko?

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Re: 2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:46 pm
by Charlie
Chris Potts wrote:
Charlie wrote:[note - There doesn't seem to be a photo of Ba Cissoko online (other than their albums covers)]


How about the one Philip Ryalls posted here at SOTW :

<img src='http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000wu0jP9ffgQs/s'>

I still cannot make Philip's links work on my Firefox internet connection

Re: 2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:06 pm
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:I still cannot make Philip's links work on my Firefox internet connection


Works for me - i.e. shows the pic - in Safari, Firefox and even my last-updated-in-2001 Explorer. And on my 'phone . . .

Re: 2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:01 pm
by Chris P
Ian A. wrote:
Charlie wrote:I still cannot make Philip's links work on my Firefox internet connection


Works for me


works for Firefox for me too

I lament the fact that I missed most of Ba Cissoko's acoustic workshop on the Saddlespan, the last few minutes were great..

PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:52 pm
by jackdaw version
Is this going to go up on the web replay system? All I can find is the show of tracks from 1928. Which I'm listening to now. Impressive, sounds good.

I want to hear Cimmarón. There isn't much by them to find on the web.

However, in the process, I saw that at least there's now a link from the World Service site to this one. So that's progress, isn't it?!

PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:57 am
by Charlie
jackdaw version wrote:Is this going to go up on the web replay system? All I can find is the show of tracks from 1928. Which I'm listening to now. Impressive, sounds good.

I want to hear Cimmarón.

Sometime today (Saturday), Jonathan. Different times in different parts of the world, especially in the US where it is franchised to many local FM stations, each with their own schedule.

Re: 2009 - week 34 from 22 August - WOMAD Discoveries

PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:11 pm
by Philip Ryalls
Charlie wrote:
Chris Potts wrote:
Charlie wrote:[note - There doesn't seem to be a photo of Ba Cissoko online (other than their albums covers)]


How about the one Philip Ryalls posted here at SOTW :

<img src='http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000wu0jP9ffgQs/s'>

I still cannot make Philip's links work on my Firefox internet connection


Hi Charlie

I asked photoshelter to look into it. Here is their reply.

Hm, I cannot seem to replicate this either -- the image appears just fine for me. Was it only in Firefox that this person was
having trouble? It is possible that he is somehow blocking links from our domain, but if everyone else can see the image, I
would say this is definitely specific to this person's browser/system.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:20 pm
by Alan

emails

PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:06 pm
by Charlie
late email, just arrived, from:

1. Alehegn A. Anteneh, Los angeles, U.S.A

Charlie, I do know what to say except thank u.

I've been a listener of your program for the last 8 yrs, although this is my first time writing a comment.

I enjoyed each program so far, thanks for playing Alemayehu's song (ethiopiqes) last week it was lovely.

Hearing it in your show reminds me my country (Ethiopia).

I just wanna say thank u and keep up the good work.

Alehegn A. Anteneh