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2007 - week 22 from 2 June - preview of World 2007

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:40 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Trio Matamoros con dos guitaras - El Manisero - Latin America takes Africa by storm - Cuba - Topic - TSCD927

2 - Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Kuyafundw' Isizini (Ilembe) - Ilembe - South Africa - Gallo - CDGMP 40976

3 - Gotan Project - Arrabal - Lunatico - France/Argentina - Ya Basta/XL - XLCD195P

4 - Buika - A mi manera - Mi Niña Lola - Spain - Atlantic - 089256 463 27454

5 - Lura - Galanton - M'bem di for a - Cape Verde - Lusafrica - 462803

6 - Mayra Andrade - Dimokransa - Navega - Cape Verde/France - RCA (Sony BMG France) - 82876 817802


Every year about this time, I get caught up in the final stages of completing my annual compilation, holding my breath to see if particular tracks can be cleared on the terms being offered by the releasing company. This year has been more of a cliff-hanger than usual, with Warner’s commissioning department, Rhino, being closed down in the past few weeks. But the album has been taken on by Warner Classical and Jazz, and should still make the planned release date towards the end of July under the title Sound of The World.

Trio Matamoros

Several of today’s selections will be on the album, but not the first, which comes from a very interesting compilation of tracks released back in the 1930s and ‘40s on a series of Cuban recordings released by HMV with the catalogue prefix GV. Exported to various parts of Africa, the 78s had a big influence on local musicians, especially the famous song, ‘El Manisero’. I played Antonio Machin’s million-selling version a few weeks ago; this one by Trio Matamoros was recorded a year earlier, 1929.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

When I ran across a 45 on HMV’s sister label Columbia by Black Mambazo a few years ago, I assumed it would be an early (1957) release by the famous vocal group. I was surprised to find instrumental kwela tunes on both sides. It turned out that in the early 1960s the vocal group took on the name of an earlier instrumental group, and added the name of their own hometown to become Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Reportedly conceived in a dream by group leader Joseph Shabalala, the group’s story continues to have dreamlike qualities as they extend their popularity around the world. After various collaborations on recent albums, their latest features nothing but the group’s creamy voices.

Gotan Project

After Gotan Project’s performance at the recent BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, I went backstage to say hello to co-founder Philippe Cohen Solal, and to hope he would support my request for ‘Arrabal’ to be included on The Sound of the World. He was very encouraging, and also handed me a hot-off-the-press copy of his an album by his latest project, Moonshine Sessions, recorded in Tennessee with local singers and musicians. As I listened, I could hardly tell what Philippe’s contribution had been, because the instrumentation is mostly fiddle, guitar and banjo; then I looked more carefully at the credits: Philippe wrote or co-wrote almost all the songs. Very convincing. The album should do well in the world.


Since playing ‘A mi manera’ by Buika a few months ago, I’ve found out something about the singer. Concha Buika’s parents are from Equatorial Guinea, but moved to Mallorca, where Buika adapted her singing style to fit the music of local Gypsies. The title of this song translates as ‘My Way’ but it’s not that one – it’s her own composition and she is the pianist on this track.

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Mayra Andrade (left) and Lura

Two songs by female singers from Cape Verde finish the show. Actually, neither singer was born there, but both have committed themselves to exploring and adapting the music of their parents’ homeland, Lura in Lisbon and Mayra Andrade in Paris. Coincidentally, they recently played in London on consecutive evenings. Having enjoyed Lura’s performance at WOMAD a couple of years ago, I was able to catch only Mayra this time. She looks like a star in the making, not only a versatile singer with an excellent band but able to make jokes in English. Hopefully she will return as part of the London Jazz festival at the end of the year. In the meantime, Sterns will be releasing her album in September.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 10:17 am
by Charlie
emails from

1. Dave Smith, Dallas, TX, USA

Great show this week!

"A Mi Manera" by Buika was simply amazing. Thanks for showcasing this wonderful talent. Now if only I could find the CD!