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2010 - week 11, from 13 March – World Music Hits 4 (rpt)

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:02 am
by Alan
Songs That Made the World Turn Round, Part 4

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

1 - Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata - The Jerry Ragovoy Story: Time is on My Side - South Africa/USA - Ace - CDCHD 1183 -

2 - Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, Marisa Monte - Tribalistas - Tribalistas - Brazil - EMI - 542140-2 -

3 - Lucha Reyes - Regresa - Los Mejores Exitos de Lucha Rayes - Peru - Inti - 11359 -

4 - Prince Nico Mbarga - Sweet Mother - Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz - Nigeria - Soulposters - SP2110 -

5 - Goran Bregovic - Ederlezi, feat Yanka Jankovska - Time of the Gypsies - Serbia - Philips - 842 764-2 -

6 - Kaoma - Lambada - World Beat - Brazil/France - CBS - 466012-2 -

7 - Arthur Lyman Group - Taboo - Shaken Not Stirred - USA - HiFi/Rykodisc - RCD 50337 -

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Image Miriam Makeba

‘Pata Pata’ is usually discussed from the point of view of its place in the history of (a) South African music or (b) Miriam Makeba’s career. Ace Records has placed it in the context of its producer’s career, by including it in their compilation of hits produced and/or co-written by Jerry Ragovoy. He is the Philadelphia pianist directly associated with Garnet Mimms and Howard Tate (as their producer) but indirectly with Irma Thomas and Janis Joplin, who covered his songs ‘Time is on My Side’, ‘Piece of My Heart’ and ‘Cry Baby’. Interviewed specially for this album, Jerry recalls being invited by Warner Brothers to produce an album by the new South African singer they had just signed, who wanted to sing American ballads. Once Jerry had seen Miriam Makeba do her South African repertoire in a club, he invited her to his office where he asked to sing some of them again, but acapella. Having picked out ‘Pata Pata’ as the best one to do, he quickly devised an arrangement based around a piano riff in the currently popular Latin boogaloo idiom. Bingo! The record not only made the top ten straight away but has endured, becoming as big as any he has been involved in.

Carlinhos Brown, Marisa Monte and Arnaldo Antunes

Individually, Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown and Marisa Monte are three of Brazil’s most interesting and popular singers and song writers of their generation (born in 1960, ’62 and ’67, respectively). When they came together for the album Tribalistas, it spawned several huge hits and became on the best-selling albums of the era. Placed as the final track, the album’s title song was not one of those big hits, but was my favourite from the start, opening with Arnaldo’s deep voice intoning the words from a Portuguese dictionary which precede ‘tribalista’ and then breaking into the rhythm that many of us identify with the recently deceased Bo Diddley.

Image Lucha Reyes

Even if you were not told that ‘Regresa’ by Lucha Reyes was one of the most popular songs in Peru in the early 1970,s you’d assume it must have been a hit somewhere. It just exudes quiet confidence in its own appeal.

Image Prince Nico Mbarga

My awareness of music from outside the western mainstream dates from the early 1980s, so I missed the initial impact of ‘Sweet Mother’ by Prince Nico Mbarga, which had swept through Nigeria and its neighbours upon its release in1976. But the song endured, being covered not only by singers from Sierra Leone and Ghana, but even across the Atlantic where a soca version was popular in Trinidad and Miami. The words are innocent and the guitar line is repetitive, but the song’s appeal has never waned.

Image Goran Bregovic

In his book Princes Among Men, author Garth Cartwright makes clear how unpopular the Serbian composer Goran Bregovic is among the Roma musicians of the Balkans. Partly, there is irritation that Bregovic, in his role as score composer for the films of Emir Kusturica, is far better known outside the region than the bandleaders whose musicians he used. But even greater is the resentment that Bregovic not only registered himself as copyright owner of many traditional tunes arranged for the films, but subsequently claimed royalties on other people’s versions of them. As a listener who had found the authentic versions of many of these songs difficult to cope with, I am grateful to Bregovic for opening my ears and enabling me eventually to come to terms with the real thing. While Roma musicians grumble about Time of the Gypsies, it remains in my memory one of my favourite films of all time, and the spectacular.

Image Kaoma

‘Lambada’ by Kaoma was derided by many at the time of its success (in 1987) as being a too carefully calculated pastiche of traditional Brazilian music, designed to be a summer hit in Mediterranean discos, disdained by connoisseurs of the real thing. But that melody was so catchy, the rhythm so infectious, how could it be a bad thing? Twenty years later, its charm remains and we need no longer worry that it was so cleverly tailored to suit the market of the time.

Image Arthur Lyman

‘Taboo’ by Arthur Lyman was a tour-de-force in which one man did all the sound effects of birds and other jungle sounds in one take. This was in the early days of stereo sound, when the Hi Fidelity record label demonstrated the technical possibilities of splitting the sounds into two speakers. That a song designed for such an album should become a hit after being played on mono radio sets was an unexpected bonus. Lyman, who played vibes, was based in Haiti, where his albums were recorded in an extraordinary, futurist-looking building. ‘Taboo’ was a revival of the tune by Cuban composer Margarita Lecuona (niece of the famous Ernest).


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Re: 2010 - week 11, from 13 March – World Music Hits 4 (rpt)

PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 11:19 pm
by Boudica
Due to ill-health I have been to confined to the house a great deal for over two years now.. I often did and still do fall asleep with world news transmitting. To be sure I would always awaken to the sound of Charlie's Show. The world-wide music he played & the interviews he had, always kept me awake for the full programme. I discovered a wholly different aspect & music I would never have hard in this world music program. It was not just interesting in this respect, but always enjoyable too. I will miss Charlie's ease of style and introductions & interviews greatly. The last programme I heard, I went next day or so to try to discover the name of one particular male singer, but it was not yet on World-News website. Later I heard of his death. It was quite a shock. Charlie Gillet can never be replaced, but I truly hope the programme will continue. Thank you Charlie for those times you gave to world-wide listeners like myself.