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2007, week 27, from 7 July

PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:04 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - LaXula - Soberbia - In-Xile - UK/Spain - LaXula - promo

2 - Konstantin - Aide, Zemi Tamburate - Kato San - Bulgaria - Orpheus - ORP CD 067

3 - Nancy Ajram - Gayinn You'oulouli - Ah w Noss - Lebanon - IRS - 186 830

4 - Suspects - Wash'umkhukhu - Mood Africa: Africa Meltdown, Vol One: Padare - South Africa - Melt - MZA 032

5 - Enrico Macias - La Vie Populaire - Oriental Garden Vol 5 - Turkey - Lola's World - cls000 1052

6 - Shweta Jhaveri - To a Beloved - Anahita - India/USA - Intuition - INT 3509-2

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LaXula

Watching the audience’s reaction to LaXula on the free stage at the Barbican in May, ahead of the evening’s concert by winners at this year’s Awards for World Music, brought home what an arresting performer their leader is. Dressed like some kind of world music Goth, Monte whirled around the stage and had people asking, why wasn’t LaXula the European winner? A winner? She wasn’t even a contender, still being without a record label to put her album out. From a sales point of view, a record label isn’t so necessary in this modern era of MySpace and downloads, when an artist can release her own album and do quite well. But the delegates at last year’s WOMEX trade fair, who make the nominations for the Awards, had never heard of LaXula, a group put together in London by the Spanish singer and songwriter Monte PalafoX.. In-Xile is included in this month’s package sent out by the compilers of the monthly world music charts to 52 radio DJ’s around Europe, so it will be interesting to see if they bite on this delicious apple of an album. Ojos de Brujo, look behind you – here’s an artist who is hot on your tail.

Many of the artists featured in these shows are not widely known in their own countries, but two of this week’s singers are famous pop singers widely played on their region’s radio stations. Very popular in Bulgaria, Konstantin won the nation’s annual contest for Best Folk Song in 2003 with ‘Aide, Zemi Tamburate’ in which he exhorts his percussionist to play that tambourine and celebrate our heroes and our beautiful women.

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Nancy Ajram

The Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram is recommended by Nasim Masoud at Songlines Magazine as one of the Middle East’s most ubiquitous voices.

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Suspects is a South African hip hop group, included in one of two albums called Mood Africa, drawn from the many releases on the Melt label over the past ten years or so.

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Enrico Macias

I’m not sure if the fifth volume in the series Oriental Garden is better than its predecessors, or if it’s just luck that I gave it more attention. In any case, I like several things on it, including ‘La Vie Populaire’ by Enrico Macias. I’d never heard of him before, but the sleeve note informs us that he’s a famous singer songwriter in Turkey and Egypt who has been commissioned to write songs for the United Nations.

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Shweta Jhaveri

The album Anahita by Shweta Jhaveri has been sitting on my shelf since it was sent in 1998. I ran across it while looking for something else in the India section of my CD library, took it down to wonder why I have kept it, and noticed that among the musicians is the violinists Jenny Scheinman, who more recently played so beautifully on the albums of Marta Topferova. Equally intriguing, production is by Lee Townsend, responsible for supervising the impeccable sound on many Bill Frisell albums. Following the principle, better to listen late than never, the reward is to discover the spellbinding ‘To a Beloved’.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:53 pm
by Con Murphy
Charlie, could you confirm the Lebanese singer's name? Should it be Nancy Ajram, with a 'j'? If so, this would be the singer that Natacha Atlas cites as an influence on her last album Mish Maoul. You can certainly hear it in that track.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 4:51 pm
by Jamie Renton
I reckon it must be Nancy Ajram Con. I know about her through the wedding I DJed at the other week (the one I wrote about here on the "Still Going Deaf in Smokey Clubs" strand). A few days before the wedding, the bride gave me a number of CDs with music she'd burned for me to play on the night, including a lot of stuff she'd picked up on a recent trip to Lebanon, a couple of Nancy Ajram tunes amongst them. She told me that Nancy had come to the public's attention via a TV talent show & was a huge star, akin to Kylie or Madonna.

Her tunes went down well at the wedding & have proved a big hit with Darbucka's Middle Eastern regulars.

For more info check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Ajram

Cheers

Jamie

PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 6:11 pm
by Charlie
Con Murphy wrote:Charlie, could you confirm the Lebanese singer's name? Should it be Nancy Ajram, with a 'j'? .

Thanks for keeping me on my toes, boys - I've made the correction, to avoid confusing everybody else

emails

PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:03 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. email from Alain FOURNIER, Harlow (Essex), UK

I was very pleased to hear you last week and this morning on BBCWS.

Your voice is much better. Well done. Good medication, operation. Bravo.

I have a French CD from Syllart on Guinee 40eme Anniversaire Syliphone, very similar to your Authenticite. Certainly the same musicians. Good staff! I love it.

I am waiting for your yearly 2 CDS loving panorama of SOUND OF THE WORLD.

Finally I would like to suggest a panorama of Sound of the world through films. Of course, the real stuff not the hollywoodian pseudo ethnic music with Yma Suma, priestess of some Sun Temple.

But I have prepared a long list of music, which open the "ears" of films' goers.

Thank you for your most interesting World Service program.

Au revoir et encore merci

Alain

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2. Edward Johnson ,Calabar, Nigeria.

Good day,

I just want to say that it has been quite long that I have been thrilled by the programme like I have been today.

That track by that Bulgarian singer was just spectacular! I loved it so much.I thought that I was listening to The Live Earth Concert.

Anyway, were you able to track Jeremiah Gyang's 'NA BA KA'?

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just listening to your show where you are wondering about Enrico Macias. He is not a Spanish, french speaking living in turkey.

In fact he has been a cheesy pop star in France since the 60's. He has probably sold millions of albums in France and a cross the Magreb.
Enrico is not Spanish but Italian by the way.

Any way he is Jewish/Algerian and lives in France. He sang for sarkozy's victory!!!

A quick search hon the net will give you zillions of pages.

Thanks for the music.

Cheers

antoine

Konstantin

PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:31 pm
by sylvia
I loved the Bulgarian track yesterday but can't find the album anywhere on-line to buy.

Sylvia

Konstantin, Kato San

PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:05 pm
by Alan
Konstantin, Kato San

try http://tinyurl.com/3bct4f

Kato San

PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 7:11 am
by sylvia
Alan -thanks for that.

Re: emails

PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:03 am
by Paul Webster
Charlie wrote:Edward Johnson ,Calabar, Nigeria.

Good day,

I just want to say that it has been quite long that I have been thrilled by the programme like I have been today.

That track by that Bulgarian singer was just spectacular! I loved it so much.I thought that I was listening to The Live Earth Concert.

Anyway, were you able to track Jeremiah Gyang's 'NA BA KA'?

I would love to hear from you.

Not sure how hard it is to find NA BA KA or if there are multiple versions - but I did find this one pretty easily
http://cdbaby.com/cd/jeremiahgyang

Enrico Macias sounds like René Lacaille

PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:27 pm
by Eddie Punch
Hi Charlie,

the second last song on the last show,"La Vie Populaire" by Enrico Macias sounded as if it could have been by René Lacaille from La Reunion with the Accordion and the slightly complex beat.

Maby you could fit in something from one of his solo albums sometime.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 1:40 am
by Dayna
I loved everything on this show.