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2007 - week 39, from Sept 29

PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 12:30 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Ngamen - Soul Science - UK/Gambia - Wayward - WAYWARD704

2 - Manu Chao - A Cosa - La Radiolina - France/Spain - Because - 312 26092

3 - Tabu Ley Rochereau - Nalembi Nalembi - The Voice of Lightness - Zaire/Congo - Sterns - STCD3027

4 - Mayra Andrade - Lua - Navega - Cape Verde/France - Sterns - STCD1105

5 - Sevara - Kunlarim Sensiz - Sen - Uzbekistan - Real World - CDRW145

6 - Tesfa Maryam Kidane - Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh - Very Best of Ethiopiques - Ethiopia - Manteca - mantcd215

7 - Massukos - Niassa - Bumping - Mozambique - Poo Productions - PPLCD001


I recently presented three programmes for BBC Radio 3, of which the first two included several tracks previously played on the World Service. But this week’s WS programme reverses the process and includes several first introduced on Radio 3. It’s surprising the extent to which the brain can hold onto a sense of what was played on which series, but I do keep a master list to double-check. In any case, I regularly look at the master to consider which tracks to give a second chance to please you.

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Justin Adams; Juldeh Camara

Justin Adams is one of the UK’s most adventurous musician-producers, having played guitar with Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart (in the early 1990s) and Robert Plant (since 2002) and produced albums by both Lo’jo and Tinariwen (whom he ‘discovered’ at the inaugural Festival of the Desert). His own debut album The Desert Road was impressive, its only weakness being his own vocals. This time he has invited Gambian musician Juldeh Camara to join him and his regular percussionist Dawson Miller. Juldeh has been involved in several different projects in the past, but never sounded as good as he does here. The outcome is one of the best albums of the year, especially welcome as a potential lure for those hard-to-convince rock fans who don’t like to stray too far from what they are already familiar with.

Manu Chao [courtesy]

There are tracks on Manu Chao’s new album that could be classified as rock too, but I favour those which defy easy categorisation, especially ‘A Cosa,’ Manu’s first recording with a lyric partly in Italian.

Tabu Ley Rochereau

The title of the retrospective compilation The Voice of Lightness is an apt description of the Congolese singer Tabu Ley’s style, especially in the first decade of his career. But as attractive as his vocals are, my ears are continually drawn to the guitar playing of Dr Nico, who was with him in both African Jazz and African Fiesta, before Tabu Ley went off on his own. This is the third in a series on Sterns Records of 2xCD compilations of African material now owned by Syllart Productions. Coming soon: Bel Canto, the best of Mbilia Bel, the singer whose career was launched by Tabu Ley Rochereau in the early 1980s. I wonder if they’ll do one for Dr Nico.

Mayra Andrade

Mayra Andrade’s delightful album was released by BMG France last year, but is now available in the UK on Sterns.


We had hoped that Sevara would come over to Europe to do interviews in support of her new album, but she’s unable to come for the best of reasons as she’s expecting her first child soon. We wish her well and hope her satisfying second album for Real World doesn’t disappear.

Tesfa Maryam Kidané

I’m still getting to grips with the idiosyncratic choices on The Very Best of Ethiopiques, the principle of which seems to have been to include one instrumental for every two vocal tracks. ‘Ewnet Yet Lagegnesh’ is listed on the CD cover as being by a singer, about whom Francis Falceto writes in the sleeve note. But as you can hear, no vocalist is present on the track, so we’ve credited it to saxophonist Tesfa Maryam Kidané.

Santos, of Massukos

‘Niassa’ by the Mozambique group Massukos gets stronger with every play, with hints of the harmony singing style of neighbouring Zimbabwe.


PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:25 am
by Charlie
emails from

1. fraan abdi, dar es salaam, tanzania

i do follow your programme. it is so nice.

please try to present two ethiopian musicians,ali bira & teddy afro (tewopdros kassehun).

they do play wonderful music.

thank you a lot!


2.A. Alan Loomes, Dublin, Ireland


I just listened to this...
Country: France/Spain
Title: A Cosa
Artist: Manu Chao
CD Title: La Radiolina
Label: Because
Cat. Number: 312 6092

I am intrigued by the above because last year I heard you play the same music... not the same song or artist but by someone else... I cant recall who it was... it sounds like a female artist! I downloaded it last year but never got the name of the artist. The interesting thing ...I have played both several times and I am 100% sure that the instrumental backing the track last year has been lifted directly by Manu Chao for the above... or was it Manu Chao singing the same song in a different language!

Love your show.



reply from CG:

Well spotted, Alan

The song you are thinking of is Djanfa by Amadou & Mariam, which Manu produced, so I guess he's entitled to recycle it



2.B Alan Loomes, Dublin, Ireland

sorry charlie... I promise not to bombard you with emails but seeing that you put me on the track of it i have to share this with you...

I went onto the amadou site

in their video section there is a live rendition of Djanfa... it is fantastic and not only does Amadou play a nice guitar solo on it but I am almost certain that the said producer.... Manu does quite an amount of singing as well as guitar accompaniment on it...



3. Drew Kazurin, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

I was listening to your program last week, and went on to find Tabu Ley Rochereau, searching for "Nalembi" online. I didn't find Rochereau right away - what I did find was a link on YouTube to a completely different and equally wonderful piece of music done by another African band. I was pleasantly and wonderfully surprised to discover such a thing on YouTube, and thought it might be lovely to share the information that such things were availible so easily to people in a developed country with strong mass media, where exposure to world music is minimal.


4. Jo Daykin, Sevenoaks, UK

I was listening to a World Service Music programme just before 4am on Monday 1st October and hurriedly wrote down the name of a musician that was played before I dashed off to catch a plane.

But, was the name Essio Peat, or Ettio Peak, or Ettio Peat, or Essio Peak?

Can you help me to find out who it was.


PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:16 pm
by Dayna
I liked Justin Adams a lot, plus Manu Chao, & Massukos.