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2005 - week 50 - from Dec 13 - with Mariza as guest

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2005 3:13 pm
by Charlie
seq - artist - song title - album - label

1 - Mariza - Há uma música do Povo - Transparente - Portugal - EMI

2 - Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata - Best of the Early Years - South Africa - Wrasse

3 - Elis Regina - Fascinação - Minha Historia - Brazil - Verve

4 - Amalia Rodrigues - Barco Negro - The Art of Amalia - Portugal - Hemisphere

5 - Mariza - Fado Português de Nôs - Transparente - Portugal - EMI

Mariza brings tears

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:49 am
by Charlie
email from Luis Amorim

I was listening to the BBC World Service this morning at home in Brussels, Belgium with my five-month old daughter, Georgina, when I heard the first strings of Mariza's fado in your programme. I was hooked.

I'm also one of those Portuguese from the Diapora. Born in Angola, with an Angolan mother and a Portuguese father, I could relate to what Mariza's experience of growing up listening to music from different continents and cultural flavours was like.

Mariza represents the idea of Portugal that I identify with, mixed and open to the world. I loved her musical selection and when you played the Brazilian Elis Regina my soul just burst out crying. It was the first time that my daughter saw her father cry. Tears of joy, of sadness, of longing, of knowing. What better way to feel fado/fate but to cry a confusion of emotions!

So, in genuine fadista fashion, thank you for the tears you brought to my soul. We all carry an ocean in our eyes. So says our poet Fernando Pessoa, who wrote:

Oh salty sea, how much of your salt are tears from Portugal.


PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 1:17 pm
by RobHall
Thank you for this Luis. Sometimes, I think, we get sidetracked by issues that lead us to overlook the power that music has to move us.


I loved Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba.

PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:01 am
by Charlie
Email from Israel Ambe Ayongwa:


I loved Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba.

I remember first listening to it in the Graceland album featuring Paul Simon and Black Mambazo.

Good track.

Israel Ambe Ayongwa

email from Lithuania

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 11:54 am
by Charlie
email from Lithuania:

I'm a big fan of your show, listening to it from Vilnius, Lithuania. You have turned me on to so many wonderful performers including Sevara Nazarkhan, and recently my wife came home raving about Elis Regina, in a special you did with Mariza, whom we had the good fortune to see some years ago in a Fado club in Lisbon.

Over the years I have heard you play some music from Eastern Europe, even the Baltics, but never Lithuania. I thought you might be interested to know and hear some of the vocalists and groups who sing some of the more interesting music from this country, including a wonderful young band of ecclectic folk musicians, Atalyja, and the grand dame of Lithuanian folk music, Veronika Povilioniene. I well imagine you are inundated with requests, but if interested I would be glad to attach by e-mail a couple of their songs.

Jim Ferguson