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2007 - week 20, from 19 May

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 11:09 pm
by Alan
posted on behalf of CG

Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - 17 Hippies - Son Mystère - Heimlich - Germany - Hipster - HIP 012 LTD

2 - Ljiljana Buttler - Mala Garaba - Legends of Life - Macedonia - Snail - SR 66006

3 - Los De Abajo - The Lunatics are Taking over the Asylum - LDA vs The Lunatics - Mexico - Real World - CDRW134

4 - Sissy Atanassova - Binnaz - bumbumboje - Bulgaria - Sensible - SSB 020

5 - Juana Molina - Malherido - Son - Argentina - Domino - WIGCD176

6 - Urna Chahar-Tugchi - Ejin Bogdin Hoyor Jagal - Jamar - China (Mongolia) - Wind - TMCD 378

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I have a soft spot for groups formed by a loose collective of friends who have no ambition or expectation of making a living from music, still less of becoming famous around the world. They play at parties and local festivals, until somebody says, ‘why don’t we make a record?’ 17 Hippies have made four or five albums, depending on whether you count a soundtrack of two, and Heimlich is their best yet. The group take turns to sing lead, in German, English, and even French, as on ‘Son Mystère’ which features Kika Sauer.

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17 Hippies

One by one, the legends of Balkan gypsy music are belatedly emerging into the glare of international attention, most of them lured back into the studio by ten-foot-tall Dragi Å estič. He may be friendly, but he’s very big, and they don’t seem to be able to say ‘no’, even though that’s what they’ve said to everybody else for decades. The latest to fall for Dragi’s persuasive ways is Ljiljana Buttler, whose voice is so low, you have to check the sleeve to confirm, yes this is a woman singing.

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Ljiljana Buttler

Back in the early 1980s, British pop was enlivened by the sound of Two-tone, led by bands from the Midlands featuring black-and-white collaborators reviving ska, rock steady and reggae. While UB40’s soft reggae conquered the world, the tougher sound of The Specials, The Beat and The Fun Boy didn’t export so well. But their records were savoured as underground treasures by musicians who formed Mano Negra in France and by countless bands throughout Latin America. It’s amazing how Los de Abajo’s version of The Fun Boy Three’s ‘The Lunatics are Taking over the Asylum’ sounds so natural in Spanish, as if this is how it was meant to be. Did this get played on Mexican radio?

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Los de Abajo

When I played a song by the Bulgarian singer Sissy Atanassova on the World Service three years ago, I received more emails than I have had about any another track. But there was no follow through, no emergence outside Bulgaria. Sissy has not made another album since, so here’s a different song from the same album.

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Sissy Atanassova

Thanks to the miracles of modern recording science, Juana Molina plays and sings everything you hear on ‘Malherido’, following in the footsteps of Les Paul and Mary Ford, who pioneered multi-tracking tricks back in the early 1950s. One day I’ll play them back to back.

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Juana Molina

We finish with Urna Chahar-Tugchi, the daughter of Mongolian shepherds, who left home as a teenager to study music in Shanghai. Untrained as a singer, she has collaborated with many Western musicians and lived for several years in Germany before moving to her present home in Cairo, Egypt. This song, about two of Genghis Khan’s horses, features Burintegus playing the morinkhur, Mongolia’s horse hair fiddle.

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Urna Chahar-Tugchi

CG

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Full details will also be posted on the home page under the 'World of Music' lists with weblinks and sleeve images in a few days

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emails

PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 3:28 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Ver Waisvisz, Champaign, United States

I loved this music of 17 Hippies Title Son Mystere CD Title: Heimlich.

Please tell me where can I buy or get a hold of this music.

Thank you a lot,

Vera.

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2. Name: Fiona Primarolo, Carataunas, Spain

Fabulous programme - thanks! Loved Los Debajo and Juana Molina especialmente! Bravo! The allergy thing sounds a little improved too?

Hope so.

Saludos -

f

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3. Wali A.Razzaq, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

I am a fan of the BBC and I am also a fan of your programme, please keep it going and continue to Jam Sir.

I am a very pleased man when I start my day listening to your programme. Continue.

Music is truly the remedy that can heal some of the world's ills. So sad that there are so many people making music of caring, and the world cares little for their fellow man.

Hope is still out and about amongst us, the leaders of such warring nations may get a jolt that will give even them hope and it will cause the wars to end everywhere. This must stop.

Thank you for showing me that to be an idealist is not a bad thing, to believe in my fellow men of this planet.

peace and love as well as health to you and yours sir.

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4. Jonathan Dunne, Sofia, Bulgaria

My favourite radio programme ever, and the only one I would recommend unreservedly to all my friends! Thank you

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5. Name: Andrew Todd-Pokropek, London

Fantastic choice of music - really excellent, any chance of releasing a best of CD?

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6. philip nijman, amsterdam, the netherlands

Good program.

I advise you to listen to the dutch/portuguese fadista Maria de Fatima ( www.mariadefatima.com )

You'll love her

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7. Hi charlie

My english is so poor so apologise me if there is any thing wrong

I like ur programm since u present it at wednesday

I get so much information about the world music through your program.

It is really a very good program.

I want to ask, when it repeated at Sunday?

Can u help me in this matter?

Tahira

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check topic below for schedules details, Tahira

CG

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8.A Ann Hawker, New York, USA

Lovely lovely music. I used only to be able to hear it if I woke up in the middle of Saturday nights but now I get it on my computer. thank you,
THANK YOU. (Of course I buy lots of the CDs.)

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8. ann hawker, New York, USA

I'm having trouble buying two CDs on the current programme (17 Hippies and Juana Molina. I have all the details.) Can you help with a supplier? Amazon.co.uk are no good.
Help, please. Thanks, ann

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 6:33 am
by judith
Really enjoyed the range of voices in this show, Charlie. From Ljiljana Butler - I don't think I would have ever guessed the voice to be a woman's - to my very favorite, Urna.

Each track you play of the 17 Hippies is quite different than the last...I (and perhaps others) are getting curiouser and curiouser...

PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 1:46 pm
by Dayna
I really loved hearing something new by Los De Abajo.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:38 pm
by Gordon Moore
Juana Molina, so good I instantly went and bought it. I am so reminded of Camille. Not for the style of course, but for the experimentation and musical ideas. That's what I love about World Music, there is stuff you would never ever hear in your normal environment.

I'd be interested to know Garth's (and Clowns) impression of it, given the Camille thought.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 12:52 pm
by Con Murphy
Gordon Moore wrote:Juana Molina, so good I instantly went and bought it. I am so reminded of Camille. Not for the style of course, but for the experimentation and musical ideas.


Me too. I'm neither Garth nor June as you know, but for what it's worth I get on better with Juana Molina's music than I do Camille's. It's quite a simple answer for me, in that I find her vocals less mannered, and generally prefer that slightly rootsier (or folkier) guitar-led approach. She also reminds me in places of The Raincoats, which is always going to be a good thing. Malherido puts me in mind of Laurie Anderson a bit. I'm glad it's on World 2007 because I think it's the best track on Son.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:03 pm
by Rod B.
I'm not Garth or June either, but for what my views are worth, I think she sings well, and some of the songs are perfectly fine. But for me the album as a whole does verge on twee, largely because of the electronic burbling noises which I find off-putting, a bit like having the Clangers in on backing vocals :) Also, nearly all the songs are of a similar pace and feel, so I've rarely felt I wanted to listen to the whole CD all the way through. However, the better songs individually sound very good - as I'm sure Malherido will in the context of World 2007.

Listening to a new CD by another Argentinian female singer at the moment, Dolores Solá of La Chicana. Will post a rave review soon!

Corned Beef?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 1:39 pm
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Juana Molina? Well, I'm not Garth either but, in an effort to keep things positive, I think this may very well be the finest musical endeavour I have yet heard from ANY former children's TV presenter and comedienne from Argentina. (Was that okay Gordon? )

On an even more positive note, Camille is definitely sounding better.

But, up there, at the glowing pinnacle of all this positivity, stand 17 Hippies, and I'm ordering their CD today.

June

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:13 pm
by Gordon Neill
Clowns controversially claimed:

the finest musical endeavour I have yet heard from ANY former children's TV presenter and comedienne from Argentina


Des, surely there's a potential list here?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:23 pm
by Con Murphy
Gordon Neill wrote:Clowns controversially claimed:

the finest musical endeavour I have yet heard from ANY former children's TV presenter and comedienne from Argentina


Des, surely there's a potential list here?


Broaden it to cover South America as a whole and include both genders, and you could be onto something, because I think Simon Diaz would fit the bill as well, wouldn't he?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:30 pm
by Gordon Neill
How about: both genders, one of the five continents, and any occupation? Des, over to you.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 2:38 pm
by Con Murphy
Gordon Neill wrote:How about: both genders, one of the five continents, and any occupation? Des, over to you.


How about: both genders, people with issues of transgender, one of the five continents, either of the poles, the lost city of Antarctica and any occupation before, during or after they became a musician? Des....?