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2007 - week 15, from 14 April - French Focus

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:07 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - M C Solaar - Bouge de lá (Part 1) - Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo - France - Polydor - 511 133-2

2 - Aiwa - Entronic - Elnar - France/Iraq - Wikkid - WKDCD101

3 - Edith Piaf - L'Accordeoniste - the Paris Olympia - France - EMI - CDP 794465 2

4 - Camile - Ta Douleur - Le Fil - France - Virgin - 7 24356 38782

5 - Les Negresses Vertes - A Face de la Mer - Acoustic Clubbing - France - Virgin - 7 24381 04642

6 - Thierry Robin - Le Petite Mer - Alezane - France - Naïve - WN 145049


In this week of the French elections, the World Service is focussing on things French, all the excuse I need to champion the European country that consistently comes up with the most interesting new music, much of it defying categorisation.


When MC Solaar released the album Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo in 1991, he inspired both French and West African youth to take up hip hop and claim it for themselves. Although Solaar’s parents were African, this was a French-language album, whose producer Jimmy J took samples taken from all over the place, including “The Messageâ€


PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 9:31 am
by Charlie

1. Claudia Ricca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Brilliant stuff. Listening from Buenos Aires, always a fan. Get better soon (sounds like you have a bad cold...)


Not a cold, Claudia, but sinusitis, a semi-permanent clogging of the head.

Normal pharmaceutical solutions don't work, they just make it worse, so I'm taking Chinese herbal remedies to try to dry it out. Lets see if they work.



2. Ronwen Roberts, Blaenau Festiniog, Wales, UK

dear charlie...i was ever so slightly disappointed that you did not choose to play any noir desir in your french slot during the morning of the 17th april...but delighted that camille was played .... hey, what about Jaques brel?...especialy his superlative Amsterdam....for me and Jim please play !!!!!!!

3. Gerry Bayly, Christchurch, Dorset

Great show - I heard it on Radio 4 Monday morning..

I always remember you playing 'Le Vent Nous Portera' by Noir Desir on Radio 2 when you sat in for Bob Harris years ago.

There's some links to other French stuff I like via my Camille review at ... eur_1.html

Eclectic stuff but very fly. Do you remember having Damian on your show? That was another great show as I recall.

Thanks again for bringing us your World of Music.



4. Zoe Kelly, Lancaster, U.K.

Sleepless in Lancaster, once again,& caught your show...excellent as ever. Titi Robin continues to totally captivate. Where can we catch up with him? A small/French venue would be good. Thanks. Zoe


PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:32 pm
by samyshine
Hello Charlie, thanks 4 letting me be a part of this forum..

i have been enjoying ur show for a while but for the last few weeks my headphone was giving trouble hence missed some of ur episodes...:( :(

anyways, titi robin is amazing, thanks 4 playin the track last week on French focus......

do keep on playing Idan reichel project at times, how abt Mima'akim?...lovely track and great voice!!

i am bloody proud to be a part of the world music movement!! yeayyyy!!!

i wud love to be in touch with u thru this forum, cya!!! :P

Re: emails

PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2007 6:26 pm
by Ted
Charlie wrote:from Claudia Ricca, Buenos Aires, Argentina

If thats the same Claudia Ricca who used to live in Hackney (and I bet it is) Hi how are you doing?


Re: emails

PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 2:24 pm
by Charlie
Ted wrote:If thats the same Claudia Ricca who used to live in Hackney (and I bet it is) Hi how are you doing?

email from Claudia:

I am the same Claudia!

Ted and I used to be on the same parent-run gardening club at Shacklewell School before I moved (back) to Buenos Aires last year... small world indeed.

I will have to join the forum now!

Best, Claudia

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:02 pm
by Dayna
I like this Manu Negra. There was a video I saw on Link TV, that I mentioned in another thread, thinking it was Manu Chao. But I think it was actually Manu Negra.