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2009 - week 42, from 17 October - Legends Back Home

PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:52 pm
by Alan
posted on behalf of CG

BBC World Service from 17 October (week 41)

Legends in their Own Country

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

1 - Atahualpa Yupanqui - El Aromo - La Musica, La Cancion Y La Palabra - Argentina - Nuevos Media - NM 15 909 CD

2 - Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land - My Dusty Road - USA - Rounder - CDROUN1162 / 011661116221

3 - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Allah Hoo Allah Hoo - The King of Sufi Qawwali - Pakistan - Manteca - MANTDBL511

4 - E T Mensah - John B Calypso - All For You - Ghana - RetroAfric - RETRO1XCD

5 - Franco - Mabele (feat Sam Mangwana) - Francophonic Vol 1 - Congo - Sterns - STCD3042

listen again and again! via this link

Sometimes a programme theme can spring out of just one album, but in this case the trigger was the more or less simultaneous arrival of new albums by Atahualpa Yupanqui and Woody Guthrie. Their biographies have several parallels.

Guiltily, I admit to raiding Wikipedia for the basic storyline of the life of Atahualpa Yupanqui (31 January 1908 - 23 May 1992) the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer considered to be the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century.

'Yupanqui was born Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburo in Pergamino (Buenos Aires Province), in the Argentine pampas, about 200 kilometers away from Buenos Aires. His family moved to Tucumán when he was ten. In a bow to two legendary Incan kings, he adopted the stage name Atahualpa Yupanqui, which became famous the world over. In his early years, Yupanqui travelled extensively through the northwest of Argentina and the Altiplano studying the indigenous culture. He also became radicalized and joined the Communist Party of Argentina. In 1935, Yupanqui paid his first visit to Buenos Aires, where his compositions were growing in popularity, and he was invited to perform on the radio. Soon he made the acquaintance of pianist Antonieta Paula Pepin Fitzpatrick, nicknamed "Nenette", who became his lifelong companion and musical collaborator under the pseudonym "Pablo Del Cerro".'

Atahualpa Yupanqui

'Because of his Communist Party affiliation (which lasted until 1952), his work suffered from censorship during Juan Perón's presidency, when he was detained and incarcerated several times. He left for Europe in 1949. Édith Piaf invited him to perform in Paris on 7 July, 1950. He immediately signed contract with Chant Du Monde, the recording company that published his first LP in Europe, “Miner I amâ€

PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:31 pm
by Alan
updated with CG's bulletin above

PostPosted: Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:34 pm
by Tom McPhillips
Another week's prog which seems to be "currently unavailable" on the i-player....

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:21 pm
by Charlie
a late email from Artemis in Ipswich

Many thanks for playing a piece of music by E T Mensah. However, the music played was a highlife version of a western pop music. Please can you play an original highlife music so that it sounds really Ghanaian and not kind of compromised ? After all, that is why we tune in in the first place. Thanks


CG reply

check my Radio 3 show with Teddy Osei this Friday, Artemis, when we play a different track from E T Mensah that should meet your criteria

PostPosted: Wed Oct 28, 2009 8:03 pm
by Dominic
Charlie wrote:a late email from Artemis in Ipswich

Many thanks for playing a piece of music by E T Mensah. However, the music played was a highlife version of a western pop music...

Didn't Elijah Wald play a version of this (John B Calypso/Sloop John B) at Chilli Fried? I haven't read his book yet, so don't know what he has to say about the song's history.