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2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:31 pm
by Alan
This is the last rebroadcast of Charlie’s World of Music. From next week, Mark Coles will be presenting the programme.

Listen again via this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p0083kf8 from 19 June 2010 11.30pm for 7 days

First broadcast in February 2008, full details of playlist and Charlie's original bulletin here
http://www.charliegillett.com/playlistn ... te=6June09 and viewtopic.php?f=42&t=6418 World Service page link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0083kf8

Charlie’s bulletin from February 2008 - The Latin Africa Exchange Programme

Sometimes a theme for a whole programme can be triggered by one track. In this case, the spark was ‘Bokilo Mabe’ from the Marabi label’s career retrospective by the veteran Congolese singer Wendo Kolosoy. Pre-dating Rochereau, Josky, Papa Wemba and Sam Mangwana, Wendo deserves greater acclaim as a pioneer survivor of Congolese music.
Although Wendo’s first hit from 1948, ‘Maria Louise’, is not included on Marabi’s collection, it’s just been available on the Rough Guide to Congo Gold, hot-off-the-press and strongly recommended. The lovely acoustic Spanish guitar brought to mind the fascinating compilation ‘Out of Cuba’, which has already drawn requests to play it again. The album documents recordings from the 1950s and ‘60s that sparked a craze for Latin American music across much of West and Central Africa. Playing the songs by Don Azpiazu and Wendo back-to-back, it’s hard to pick out which is Cuban and which is African.

Noro Morales, a pianist and band-leader from Puerto Rico, was among the leading Latin American musicians in New York whose music was so popular and influential in Africa, alongside Johnny Pacheco (from Dominican Republic), Bebo Valdes (from Cuba) and Tito Puente (New York-born).

In West Africa during the 1960s and 70s, the Latin tinge permeated the music of Bembeya Jazz National (in Guinea Conakry), The Super Rail Band de Bamako and Les Ambassadeurs (Mali), and Orchestra Baobab (Senegal). Heretically, I tend to prefer their African revisions of Latin music, especially when played by Baobab, whose Togolese guitarist Barthelemy Atisso is such an elegant and imaginative arranger. ‘Nijaay’ was in their repertoire during their heyday in the late 1970s, and this revival is from the band’s most recent album, Made in Dakar, with Youssou N’Dour as guest vocalist.

The switch-back of influences from Africa to the Americas affected music affected music throughout both continents and the compiler of Out of Cuba was not afraid to include a track from Brazil, despite the apparent inconsistency with the album’s title. Luis Gonzaga was a country musician from the north of Brazil, whose accordion-led Forro music sometimes echoes the Cajun music of Louisiana. The recent three-part BBC-TV documentary on the music of Brazil made sure to confirm his enduring popularity and influence.

Finally, a track from the landmark album Watina by the Belizean musician Andy Palacio, whose recent death at the age of 47 has been such a shock to everybody who knew the energetic and inspiring spokesman for the Garifuna people of Central America. Responding to an interview last year with Andy’s producer, Ivan Duran, a listener in Uganda wrote "I was simply blown away by the programme showcasing the Garifuna music style of Belize. It was amazing that the song ‘Balandria’ sounded like music from the northern part of Uganda where I come from. Our local musicians use the adungu and ukembe thumb piano to make music similar to the Garifuna Style. Goes to show the brotherhood of mankind." Sheila, Kampala, Uganda

CG

1. Don Azpiazu and his Orchestra
Title: La Guarija (Country Woman)
Album: Out of Cuba: Latin American Music Takes Africa by Storm
Label: Topic
Catalogue No: TSCD927 Country: Cuba
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/29sr8o

2. Wendo
Title: Maria Louise (1948)
Album: Rough Guide to Congo Gold
Label: World Music Network
Catalogue No: RGNET1200CD Country: Congo
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/yt2xfc

3. Noro Morales
Title: Serenata Ritmica
Album: Recordando Los Exitos De Noro Morales
Label: USA
Catalogue No: RCA 078635335729 Country: Vol. 1
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/ypvtcp

4. Orchestra Baobab
Title: Nijaay [feat Youssou N'Dour]
Album: Made in Dakar
Label: World Circuit
Catalogue No: WLWCD078 Country: Senegal
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/yrgve2

5. Wendo Kolosoy
Title: Bokilo Mabe
Album: On The Rumba River (1972-2004)
Label: Marabi
Catalogue No: 46822-2 Country: Congo
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/3ygmypg

6. Luis Gonzaga
Title: Juzeiro
Album: Out of Cuba: Latin American Music Takes Africa by Storm
Label: Topic
Catalogue No: TSCD927 Country: Brazil
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/29sr8o

7. Andy Palacio
Title: Ámuñegü (In Times To Come)
Album: Watina
Label: Stonetree
Catalogue No: CMB-CD 3 Country: Belize
Email/Web Link: http://tinyurl.com/343dcd

Listen again via this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p0083kf8 from 19 June 2010 11.30pm for 7 days

Re: 2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:57 am
by liz molony
Alan, I have just listened to Rajan talking to Mark Coles about what he faces as he follows on from Charlie Gillett as the new presenter of World of Music.
There was also mention in the programme notes this week that the BBC would like responses re WoM continuing. I have never found a simple way of contacting them and hope you would pass on my urging that this programme be protected. It has been both inspirational and educational and one senses the huge following.
I listen to far more of World Radio programmes because of this one incredible musical programme. I never listened at all to BBC World Radio before discovering Charlie Gillett's show.
I'm also watching the World Cup because of Charlie's programme last year and wishing he were hear to share his enthusiams with us.
Thank you,
Liz

Re: 2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:58 am
by Jason Phipps
Alan,

I've found the World Service rebroadcasts painful and profoundly moving, hearing programmes I've heard before but this time hearing more clearly, somehow anew, Charlie's passion and insight.

I however feel very differently about World of Music continuing. Forgive me for saying but I always felt, and it's just my opinion, that Charlie was as a radio DJ and writer not overly nostalgic, he always struck me as believing in the living organic nature of music and this is what drove his curiosity in all musics, in living musicians.

So too with radio programmes, I wish Mark Coles well but really the World Service should have the editorial and cultural courage to find those who carry Charlie's deep passion and involvement in music and open the airwaves to them. Mark is a fine broadcaster, a music fan no doubt, a professional. Charlie was never the most professional or smooth of broadcasters his brilliance came from his sincerity, his humility as an advocate, his ability to let great music shine and to connect with musicians. This was his life's mission and he gave it everything he had to our collective benefit.

I urge the World Service to look to the spirit of Charlie's World of Music not to the letter.

Re: 2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:23 am
by Dayna
This is painful to listen to.

Re: 2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:11 pm
by liz molony
Alan, you put into words what I hadn't fully comprehended, but that I have sensed when disappointed at other shows.
However exciting the music on these may be I have felt detached. Without the wide personal knowledge and unmatched ability to make the surprising links that Charlie brought to his programmes, there is an emptiness.
It was his commentaries only that led me to listening more, buying the CDs and finding an appreciation that as a newcomer to World Music I didn't think could be mine.
I wouldn't expect the BBC to be able to make such a replacement. You suggest there are those who could. Perhaps one day someone as rare will step into that world as he did, without fanfare or any official mould.
I dont expect it in my lifetime.

Re: 2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 9:29 pm
by Jason Phipps
Liz,

It would be presumptious of me to say who I think that person/persons are. I do think that this website is probably a better place to maintain Charlie's legacy and wonder if like Dandelion Radio which was dedicated to the late great John Peel, that this website could put out a radio show or shows in the form of podcasts that would attempt to embrace world music with the passion and generosity that was the hallmark of Charlie?

Re: 2010 - wk 25, from 19 June – Charlie’s last WS rebroadcast

PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 8:58 pm
by Andrewq
Alan

Thanks for taking the time to post the weekly updates.
End of an era, but the music goes on ( and hopefully so will your invaluable Live in London updates)