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2006 - week 52, from 30 Dec, Albums of the Year

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:04 am
by Alan
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Brina - Sirota Jerica - Pasja Legenda - Slovenia - DruGod - DRUGO 005

2 - Blue Asia - Dao Ruang Dao Roi - Hotel Bangkok - Japan/Thailand - King - KICP 1078

3 - K'naan - Hoobaale - The Dusty Foot Philosopher - Somalia/Canada - Track & Field - CD0001

4 - Free Hole Negro - Caballeros Para El Monte - Superfinos Negros - Cuba - Atlantic - 5101 104 482

5 - Ali Farka Toure - Soya - Savane - Mali - World Circuit - WCD075

6 - Titi Robin - Meri Jaan - Ces Vagues que L'Amour Soulève - France - Naïve - WN145081
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Albums of the Year

I’ve written about all these albums in various bulletins during the past six months. The amazing thing for me is that I’ve met most of the artists too.

I first met Ali Farka Touré as a guest in the home of Lucy Duran in 1987, when he sat and played guitar with Taj Mahal. A year or so later, he came as a guest to my house, where he waltzed around our living room with one woman after another. What an impressive man he was, and how his presence lingers.

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Titi Robin’s impact is growing all the time. He must feel it’s been a long wait for international recognition, but it’s surely going to come. His band played on my last show for BBC London, broadcast from the WOMAD Festival at the end of July, and then he came with his daughters Maria and Coco for a World Service programme that was one of the highlights of the year.

Makoto Kubota, the gentle yet firm hand that guides Blue Asia, is another whose achievements are greater than the modest acclaim that has greeted them. I met Makoto for the first time at WOMEX in Sevilla, Spain at the end of October. We recorded a conversation that will form the basis of a programme celebrating his work, to be broadcast in two weeks’ time during the BBC World Service’s month of Heroes.

K’naan and Free Hole Negro are both carrying hip hop away from the current American model, crafting songs with wit and care, avoiding expletives and finding new musical frameworks for their words.

There’s more than one good song on Brina’s album, Pasja Legenda, and ‘Sirota Jerica’ features piano, an instrument not often heard in these programmes. I’ve got nothing against piano players, it’s just that they’re a rare breed in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

CG


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Full details are also posted on the home page under the 'World of Music' lists with weblinks and sleeve images
http://www.charliegillett.com/playlistn ... December06

Re: 2006 - week 52, from 30 Dec, Albums of the Year

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:58 am
by Dominic
Alan wrote:There’s more than one good song on Brina’s album, Pasja Legenda, and ‘Sirota Jerica’ features piano, an instrument not often heard in these programmes. I’ve got nothing against piano players, it’s just that they’re a rare breed in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Some exceptions to prove the rule:

Abdullah Ibrahim

Maurice El Medioni

Cheikh M Smith

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http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=OA203

Re: 2006 - week 52, from 30 Dec, Albums of the Year

PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:52 pm
by judith
Dominic wrote:
Alan wrote:There’s more than one good song on Brina’s album, Pasja Legenda, and ‘Sirota Jerica’ features piano, an instrument not often heard in these programmes. I’ve got nothing against piano players, it’s just that they’re a rare breed in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Some exceptions to prove the rule:


Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Geubrou

http://www.sternsmusic.com/disk_info.php?id=860122

email from new listener in Manchester

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 7:41 pm
by Charlie
email from Kath Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, England

I only recently found your program after falling asleep to the radio and hearing Duke Ellington's 'Caravan' on steroids! Who was that?! I'm starved of decent music in my life. Such wonderful music; do you broadcast outside of the World Service for day/evening listening? I want to hear more of your treasures but also need my sleep. Long may you play.