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2007 week 26, from 30 June

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:23 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label

1 - Olivia Ruiz - J'traine des pieds - La Femme Chocolat - France - Universal

2 - Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis - Trans Europe Van - Taxidoscopio - Greece - Heaven & Earth

3 - Orchestre de Dabola - Semba - Authenticité - Guinea Conakry - Sterns Africa

4 - Afrikali - Shikulose - Music Crossroads Winners 2005 - Tanzania - Music Crossroads

5 - Othman - Kayen Rebbi - Maghreb Soul: Rai Story 1986-1990 - Algeria - Because

6 - Wareika Hill Sounds - Queen of Sheba - Wareika Hill Sounds - Jamaica - Honest Jons

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Olivia Ruiz

Last week, I played a track featuring the Canadian singer Lhasa as a guest on the new album by French Gypsy group Bratsch. Another track featured Olivia Ruiz, a new name to me who didn’t impress. But now her own album has arrived, La Femme Chocolate, with several much better songs including ‘J'traine des pieds’. Which means what?

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Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis

The last time I saw Greek duo Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis, they were doing a sort of retro-psychedelic show at the Union Chapel in Islington, North London, and I thought they’d lost the plot completely. But they’ve come back to reality on their new album, Taxidoscopio, and the self explanatory ‘Trans Europe Van’ is track one in a suite of songs written on the road during their last tour.

Orchestre de Dabola is another group from Guinea Conakry from the 1970s, unknown to me before surfacing on the highly recommended double CD, Authenticité.

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Afikali

Afrikali were winners of a talent competition staged in East Africa in 2005 by Music Crossroads. On their 5-track EP, a couple of songs have unconvincing lead vocals by the female singers, but ‘Shikulose’ sounds fine.



Because Records of Paris has issued a series of albums by Algerian singers under the generic title Maghreb Soul, 1986-1990. In addition to the artist albums by Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami and Cheika Remitti is a various artist collection with tracks by all of them but also including the less well known Othman with ‘Kayen Rebbi’.

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Nobody plays the trombone like a Jamaican. Not sure what they do differently, but Don Drummond, Rico and Calvin Cameron all make it sound more emotional than players from other countries manages to do. Of the three, Calvin’s is the name you might not know before, but he’s been the main man in Kingston for many years, and after playing behind Freddie McGregor and producing the UK top 20 hit ‘Real Fashion Reggae Style’ by Carey Johnson, has finally made his own debut album Wareika Hill Sounds.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:18 pm
by Quintin
Charlie wrote:But now her own album has arrived, La Femme Chocolate, with several much better songs including ‘J'traine des pieds’. Which means what?


"I drag my feet" Charlie

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Olivia Ruiz

PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:06 pm
by Alan
Another gorgeous singer, Olivia Ruiz!

J'traine des pieds reminds me of Noir Desir’s Le Vent Nous Portera (World 2003) and the haunting clarinet of Akosh Szelevényi. Really like it. Try playing these two back to back.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:52 pm
by Gordon Neill
I really enjoyed this week's show. For me, the two standouts were Afrikali's "Shikulose" (how can such a great piece of music not be available on CD?) and Othman's "Kayen Rebbi" (I've already ordered 'Maghreb Soul' from a cheap supplier on Amazon marketplace). And I'm also more than happy to see more of Olivia Ruz.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 5:02 pm
by Charlie
QUINTIN wrote:
Charlie wrote:... ‘J'traine des pieds’.... Which means what?

"I drag my feet"

Aha, I know how she feels.

emails

PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:29 am
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Lee Atwood, Manchester, NH, USA

Trans Europe Van - awesome!

Nothing like tuning into early morning BBC and getting a burst of trance-Balkan music, no idea what she's saying, but love it!

PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2007 10:45 am
by Gordon Moore
Gordon Neill wrote:I really enjoyed this week's show. For me, the two standouts were Afrikali's "Shikulose" (how can such a great piece of music not be available on CD?) and Othman's "Kayen Rebbi" (I've already ordered 'Maghreb Soul' from a cheap supplier on Amazon marketplace). And I'm also more than happy to see more of Olivia Ruz.


Totally agree with the Real Gordon here, particularly Olivia Ruiz and Othman.

Olivia, yet another in the "style" of Camille et Juana Molina - do I suspect a pattern developing here? (For me I mean!) Is it the quirkiness?

Oh yes and Trans Europe Van is also very good, great rhythm.