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2007 - week 16, from 21 April - Everybody's on MySpace

PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 11:46 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Telmary - Marilu - A Diario - Cuba - DM Ahora - WLDM0003

2 - Timbuktu - Karmakontot - OberoendeFramkallande - Sweden - JuJu - JujuCD058

3 - Up Bustle & Out - Yol Türküsü - Istanbul's Secrets - UK/Turkey - UpBustle&Out - promo

4 - Bole2Harlem - Enseralen Gojo - Bole2Harlem Vol 1 - USA/Ethiopia - World Connection - WC 64002

5 - Fiona Soe Paing - tamin sah pahade - No Man's Land - UK/Myanmaar - Mexonerecordings - 2005

6 - M'Barka Ben Taleb - Amra - Altocalore - Tunis/Italy - Marocco Music - MARM 006

7 - 17 Hippies - Wann war Das? - Heimlich - Germany - Hipster - HIP 012 LTD

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Everybody’s on MySpace, from Madonna and Patti Smith to Telmary and Timbukutu. Even I’ve got a profile, www.myspace.com.djjackdaw

The way it works: you open your own profile, which anybody can do, you don’t have to be a musician or singer, there are millions of fans out there. If you are an artist, you get to put up four pieces of music; the rest of us get to choose just one, by somebody whose music we like. You put pictures of yourself, videos if you have any, and list the books, films and TV shows you like. Then you go and search for people who might have a profile and ask them to be your friend; normally they will agree. Gradually, you’ll find yourself borrowing friends from your friends and building up a network of people of like minds.

All the artists in this week’s show are friends on my profile, some of them actually discovered as friends of friends (Fiona Soe Paing and M’Barka Ben Taleb), others recommended by friends of the old fashioned, non-MySpace variety (Timbuktu, Bole2Harlem), one pointed out by a contributor to the forum at www.soundoftheworld.com (Telmary) and two that I have known for some time (Up Bustle & Out, 17 Hippies).

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Telmary is a female Cuban singer who was part of the Free Hole Negro collective. She has a great tone and a versatile range. I bought her album on a Japanese label through Amazon, but it’s coming out in the UK on DM Ahora, the label founded by Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, formerly the tres player in Sierra Maestra and The Afro-Cuban All-Stars, and the catalyst for The Buena Vista Social Club.

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Timbuktu is a Swedish rapper who does actually rap in Swedish. He started his own Ju Ju label in 1999, and has hit radio and TV with this novel approach. KarmaKontot is one of those catchy songs whose chorus feels so familiar, you think you must have heard it somewhere before. Only in your dreams. Thanks to DJ Aicha for the tip.

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Up Bustle & Out is the many-faceted project led by Senor Rudy in Bristol in the West of England. Having made records since the mid-1990s reflecting his passion for Cuban and Jamaican music, Rudy’s exploring Europe now, and Istanbul’s Secrets features singers from Spain and the Balkans but most tracks showcase the Turkish singer, Sevval Sam, including ‘Yol Türküsü’.

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Collage of Bole2Harlem by RockpaperScissors

Nina Roberts, a journalist in New York, tipped me to Bole2Harlem, whose name links the Bole airport in Addis Ababa where several band members took the flight that led 2 their current base in Harlem. Their self-released album is being picked up for European release by World Connection.

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I’ve forgotten whose profile it was where I found Fiona Soe Paing, probably the London DJ Nick Luscombe’s. Fiona’s skeletal electronica works so well with her voice. She’s the first singer from Myanmaar (formerly known as Burma) that I have played on the radio.

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M’Barka Ben Taleb’s face smiled out from the profile of Syrian qanun player Abdullah Chhaddeh. It turns out that M’Barka was one of the three singers who made such a strong impression when they were part of Eugenio Bennato’s Naples-based group who played the Union Chapel in September 2003. Originally from Tunis, but still based in Italy, M’Barka has just recorded her first solo album.

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17 Hippies are ridiculously underrated. They should be in the front rank of European world music artists, but for some reason have never attracted the attention of those who matter. Maybe this new album will make the difference. Sung as usual in French, German and English, the songs are irresistible, whether slow and sultry and sung by Kika, or lively singalongs with accordion, sung by Chris. Potential live promoters should not be perturbed by that name – there are never 17 musicians involved at the same time – six or seven is the usual quorum.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 6:24 am
by samyshine
yea, was a good show...
esp 17 hippies..

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 3:30 pm
by howard male
My favourite show so far this year - thanks Charlie.

Maybe you should do a MySpace roundup a few times a year? There wasn't a single dud track, and I'll certainly be chasing up a few things. But firstly I need to listen to it all over again...

Re: 2007 - week 16, from 21 April - Everybody's on MySpace

PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:10 pm
by Con Murphy
Charlie wrote:17 Hippies are ridiculously underrated. They should be in the front rank of European world music artists, but for some reason have never attracted the attention of those who matter.
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Potential live promoters should not be perturbed by that name – there are never 17 musicians involved at the same time – six or seven is the usual quorum.


If the promoters carry the same irrational prejudice as me, and haven't heard the band in all their glory, it might be the "Hippies" part of the name that's putting them off (we were, after all, once told never to trust them). I can't think of a band with a name as bad as the music is good.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 9:18 pm
by jayne
Dat show wurz off da hook.

Regards,
JB

Eh?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:10 pm
by Gordon Neill
Judith said mysteriously:

Dat show wurz off da hook.


I've always thought that 'off the hook' meant something along the lines of getting out of an awkward situation. It doesn't seem to mean this in this context (although maybe it does). But this other usage hasn't reached the frozen wastes of Fife. Does it have something to do with telephones? Please explain.

Worried from Fife

Re: 2007 - week 16, from 21 April - Everybody's on MySpace

PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:54 pm
by Charlie
Con Murphy wrote:If the promoters carry the same irrational prejudice as me, and haven't heard the band in all their glory, it might be the "Hippies" part of the name that's putting them off (we were, after all, once told never to trust them). I can't think of a band with a name as bad as the music is good.


email from Chris of 17 Hippies:

Ok, the name is crap, but then ... what does THE BEATLES have to say for themselves?

We're on tour in Germany right now, after Spain, Switzerland and France. With loads of Europe coming up this year, and a small US tour in September. Nothing in the UK though. But that's to look forward to!


Chris

Re: Eh?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:03 am
by judith
Gordon Neill wrote: Worried from Fife


Wasn't me, Gordon. I'd say - This show is off the chain, Charlie! And it was.

(Which means the same as 'off the hook' - or 'out the box'. Not sure if it's the same in London, but on this west coast that would mean it is a truly memorable show, and I am really excited about it)

Worried and confused.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 12:31 pm
by Gordon Neill
Judith said:

Wasn't me


And I say:

Oops, sorry! All these J's confuse me.

PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 4:55 pm
by jayne
Please don't think me sniffy... but some folk could say the same about Gordons ( smilie icon pending).

Thanks to Judith for the sage extrapolation - you killed it girl!

Regards,

JB

PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 1:30 am
by Gordon Neill
Thanks to the J's for the explanations. I have written its meaning on my hand in red crayon and, at the first opportunity, I'll introduce this cutting edge phrase into unexplored Fife and be worshipped as a God of hipsterdom.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 7:23 am
by judith
Yeah, we J's are sick.

(nice to see your posts again Jayne. Regards to you, Judith)