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2007 - week 23, from 9 June

PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 4:10 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - C W Stoneking's King Hokum - Don't Go Dancin' Down The Darktown Strutter's Ball - C W Stoneking's King Hokum - Australia - Voodoo Rhythms - VRCD38

2 - Kroke - Canon - Seventh Trip - Poland - Oriente - RIEN CD 63

3 - Bole2Harlem - Ensaralen Goji - Bole2Harlem - USA/Ethiopia - World Connection - EC 64002

4 - Timbuktu - KarmaKontot - OberoendeFramkallande - Sweden - Ju Ju - JUJUCD058

5 - Bilja Krstić & Bistrik Orchestra - Quinces and Apples - Tarpoś - Serbia - Intuition - INT 3406 2

6 - Daby Balde - Waino Blues - Rough Guide to African Blues - Senegal - World Music Network - RGNET1186CD

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How does C W Stoneking do it? This young Australian sounds like he was born in the American South around 1890, and writes songs that tell his story. The banjo on the intro here is so hesitant, it draws you in as you wonder – will he find the right notes? He just about makes them all, and then that voice hits you. And then, just when you’ve adjusted to the voice and that banjo, in comes what sounds like one of those street bands that used to play at New Orleans funerals. Is it a novelty, or a sound that will hold up forever? Only time will tell.

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Kroke is a chamber trio from Krakow in Poland which plays in its own space amidst Jewish Klezmer, jazz and classical. More than ten years into their career, they’ve made what might be their best album yet. ‘Canon’ was the track that attracted my attention first time through, and it still holds it.

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Timbuktu

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Bole2Harlem

The next two tracks have been played before and both are on my forthcoming compilation Sound of the World (2007) – hip hop with melody and emotion. Having been issued late last year as a do-it-yourself project in the United States, the album Bole2Harlem is now released worldwide on World Connection. Since being introduced to Timbuktu by Stockholm’s DJ Aïcha, I’ve discovered that he’s very well-known in Sweden, a guest on other people’s hits as well as a best seller in his own right.

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Bilja Krstić

When the term ‘world music’ was coined twenty years ago, one of the most popular albums of the time was by La Mystere de Voix Bulgares. That sound has since receded, replaced by the more rousing roar of gypsy bands with horns or fiddles leading their attack. But here’s a Serbian group reviving the sound of a choir, but with instruments too: Bilja Krstić & Bistrik Orchestra.

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[photo by Alan Finkel, in BBC Radio London studio. 11 Mar 2006]

The album Introducing Daby Balde by a new singer from Casamance (Southern Senegal) was one of the gems of 2005, and here’s a reminder with a track from the recommended collection, The Rough Guide to African Blues.

Bilja Krstić

PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:20 am
by Half the World
Hi Charlie

Bilja Krstić and the Bistrik Orchestra aren't Bulgarian, they're Serbian (including KAL bassist Branko Isaković). The Macedonian band DD Synthesis also guest. Bilja is a Serbian pop singer who's exploring folk-rock based on traditional music from Serbia and nearby. The album TarpoÅ¡ originally came out in 2006 on Radio Television Serbia's RTS PGP label.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 2:11 pm
by Charlie
email from

1. Patrick Saintpo, Ostend, Belgium

thank you for this good music, I adored this one: Don't Go Dancin' Down The Darktown Strutter's Ball from C W Stoneking's King Hokum, and Canon by Kroke

wonderful music to wake up with.

Thank you.

Patrick