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2007 - week 12, from 24 March

PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:39 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Dadawa - Flown Away - Seven Days - China - Jingwen - 788088 2243

2 - Nina Stiller - Rivke (Rebecca) - Nina Stiller - Poland - Pomaton/Capitol - 0946 3 74951 0

3 - Seasick Steve - The Dead Song - Dog House Music - USA - Bronzerat - BR 04

4 - Malouma - Chtib - Nour - Mauritania - Marabi - 46819.2

5 - Mayra Andrade - Lipidu Na Bo - Navega - Cape Verde/France - RCA - 82876 817802

6 - Mory Kante - Yeke Yeke - Nova 25 Ans - Guinea - Wagram - WAG 837

A second play for Dadawa’s new album, which came to light after she was nominated among the Best Asian Artists in the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music. We hear so little music from China, it’s hard to know where to place Dadawa – is she a uniquely adventurous musician, or one of several in this style?


Every week, another slew of albums arrives in the mail, many by previously unknown names. Polish singer Nina Stiller sounds as if she is aiming at the pop charts, but Rivke is unusual enough to sustain interest to the end of the song.

Seasick Steve, photo by Philip Ryalls

After Seasick Steve came into the studio to play live last year, I got a lot of enquires about that American hobo called C16 or C60. It’s taken a while for Steve to get his second album out, but here it is, Dog House Music, and amazingly enough it has so far sold 20,00 copies in the UK, spurred by Steve’s galvanising appearance on the New Year’s edition of the television programme Later with Jools on BBC-2. The album version of ‘The Dead Song’ sounds pretty close to how he played it for us. Steve is not one to worry about perfection, being more concerned with representing the moment. Nobody does that better. He’s in the UK right now, and recommended as a riveting live performer.

WOMAD Reading 2004
photo by Philip Ryalls

The Mauritanian singer Malouma is another of the most compelling live performers I’ve seen in the past few years. She hasn't yet managed to sound as good on record, and while her new album is an improvement on its predecessor, she has a weakness for electric rock guitar that I don’t share. Fortunately, only some of the tracks are tainted with it, so I skip them and am rewarded with the marvellous ‘Chtib’.


It’s taken me far too long to get back to the debut album Navega the Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade. She is exceptional and may even be the best of all the female singers who have surfaced in the wake of Cesaria Evora.


For the past 25 years, residents of Paris have been fortunate to have one of the best radio stations in the world providing them with a taste of music from around the world, alongside the pick of modern western music. Radio Nova is celebrating its anniversary with a 25-CD boxed set, one CD for each year, and although I’m not sure they have quite done justice to their own adventurousness (the CD selection favours western over non-western), there’s a discovery or reawakened memory on every volume. Having become so accustomed to the radio edit of Mory Kante’s huge hit ‘Yeke Yeke’, it’s a shock to be reminded of the much longer album version with its extended instrumental passages.