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2009 - week 44, from 31 October

PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:21 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Daby Balde - Na Kady - Le Marigot Club Dakar - Senegal - Riverboat - TUGCD1052

2 - CéU - Bubuia - Vagarosa - Brazil - Six Degrees - 657 036 1160-2

3 - Muammer Ketencoğlu - mendilimin ucuna sakiz bagladim - Muammer Ketencoğlu: Smyrna Recollections - Turkey - Kalan - 428

4 - Burhan Oçal , with Smadj - Opaz - Trakya Dance Party - Turkey/Tunis - Doublemoon - DM 0038

5 - Papi Brandao y su Conjunto Aires Tablenos - La Murga de Panama - Panama! 2 - Panama - Soundway - SNDW0139

6 - Manu Chao - Clandestino - Baionarena EP - France/Spain - Because - promo

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After several themed shows in a row, this week returns to being mostly a selection from recent and current releases.

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Daby Balde

Daby Balde’s debut album was one of the strongest records of its year (2005) and first impressions of the follow-up suggested this is as good as the first. But if so, why has it taken me so long to come round to playing a track from it? No excuse, so here we go, and let’s see what the reaction is.

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CéU

Vagarosa by CéU feels like one of the top three albums of the year, but there is surprisingly little buzz about it or her, considering she is such an exceptional singer and song writer. Maybe she has to be seen and heard in live performance for people to get the point. Last I heard, she is scheduled to play ULU (University of London Union) 6th November, so maybe that visit will set the ball rolling.

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Muammer Ketencoğlu
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The album by Muammer Ketencoğlu titled Smyrna Recollections is the blind singer’s attempt to convey the range and quality of music from one of the most sophisticated cities in all history. On the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Smyrna brought together people from all over the world, including Americans, Europeans and many British émigrés known as Levantines because their families had been based there for so long. A fascinating book by Giles Milton called Paradise Lost documents the unfolding tragedy during the period of the First World War which culminated in 1922 in one of the most horrific catastrophes that ever happened, comparable with what has been going on more recently in Rwanda, Congo and Sri Lanka. While singing most of the songs himself, Muammer Ketencoğlu also found other singers to represent the range of songs and singing styles, including the group of women heard on ‘mendilimin ucuna sakiz bagladim’.

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Burhan Oçal

Among recently released Turkish records, Trakya Dance Party by percussionist band-leader Burhan Oçal, co-produced with Smadj, has been patiently waiting its turn. I’m not entirely sure what role Smadj had, but the Tunisian oud player was the catalyst for the best album yet for one of the flagship artists for the Istanbul-based Doublemoon label.

no photo of Papi Brandao y su Conjunto Aires Tablenos available

Soundway Records, the label of the adventurous UK record collector Miles Cleret, made its mark with compilations culled from Nigeria and Ghana, but is now branching out to the Caribbean and Central America. Panama 2! is even better than the first volume. Intriguing to hear music that sounds Colombian but has distinctive quirks of its own.

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Manu Chao

Finally, welcome to Manu Chao with a live album that bring his whole repertoire into a new coherent context. This version of Clandestino is at least as good as the title track of his classic album from 1998.

Re: 2009 - week 44, from 31 October

PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:20 pm
by Chris P
Charlie wrote: Among recently released Turkish records, Trakya Dance Party by percussionist band-leader Burhan Oçal, co-produced with Smadj, has been patiently waiting its turn.


Looking forward to the show. This album has indeed been patient, it was released in 2006. I like it quite a lot, Smadj's role is mainly as producer & programmer of additional rhythms and sound effects. But there's masses of organic content, and the whole thing works very well. The track you've chosen has little or no discernible Smadj augmentation (there is a Smadj remix of Opaz tacked on the end of the album though)

"Opaz illustrates the musical battles, sparring & jamming that are characteristic of special occasions such as Roma weddings"

The singer is Burcu Bas the 14 year old niece of main (male) singer Yuksel Zar

Smyrna Recollections

PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:40 am
by kastamonu
Am really looking forward to this week's show Charlie - sounds a fab mix.

Just a tiny (maybe petty but VERY relevant) point about Smyrna - the ancient city (now Izmir). You gave a fascinating insight but I don't believe I'm wrong in saying it was on the Aegean Coast (as one who lives near Izmir - in the Ege (Aegean) area of Turkey). Thanks as always for great Sunday (for me!) listening.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:52 pm
by Charlie
am getting lots of messages from people unable to hear this one.

Can anybody make the online version work? I can't

Charlie

PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 1:41 pm
by john poole
Charlie wrote:am getting lots of messages from people unable to hear this one.

Can anybody make the online version work? I can't

Charlie


It appears that all World Service programmes are presently unavailable via the i-Player

PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:00 pm
by Chris P
Heard, enjoyed and was mighty impressed by Ceu & Muammer Ketencoğlu. (Also nice to hear Burhan's Trakyas in this context). As usual due to the late transmission I then crashed & yielded to the oblivion of the night unintentionally but gratefully to wrestle some respite in sleep.

Listen again

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:14 pm
by Alan
listen again for the week via http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p004t33s

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:10 pm
by liz molony
Thanks Charlie for the journey to old Smyrna.
Muammer Ketencoglu has touching photos among his website album.
I was v interested to see the great Theodorakis with him. And he is a huge man beside Muammer.

THE CHARMING LITTLE CLIP ON HIS WEBSITE:

http://www.muammerketencoglu.com/videoklip.php

I spent some weeks in 1970 on Skiathos, N Greece, where no-one spoke english. First night I sat at one of just two small tables with my supper being cooked by the cafe owner. On the wall hung a bouzouki. The man seated below it reached up, took it down and played. The cook's husband grabbed her away from her pots and pans and they stepped into the small space between us and danced. I sat mesmerised, moved by this simple pleasure.
I learnt about Theodorakis then.

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:50 pm
by howard male
CG wrote -

Panama 2! is even better than the first volume


And I'd go as far as to say Panama 3! is even better still. These CDs are some of my favourite retro compilations of the past couple of years.

Papi Brandao, Manu Chao's Clandestino

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:32 pm
by jayaram
Hello,

For images of Papi Brandao:
http://images.google.com/images?q=papi% ... =en&tab=wi

An excellent YouTube version of Clandestino:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBCykK6g ... re=related

Bests
Jayaram