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2007 - week 40, from 6 Oct - Rugby World Cup

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:31 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Kesane Quartet - Pot Pourri - Songs of Survival: Traditional Music of Georgia - Georgia (Europe) - Topic - TSCD935D

2 - Jim White - Turquoise House - Transnormal Skiperoo - Georgia (USA) - Luaka Bop - VVR 1048482

3 - Enzo Avitabile - Maronna Nera - Sacro Sud - Italy - FolkClub Ethnosuoni - ES5358

4 - Dona Dumitru Siminica - De Trei Ani Nu Dau Pe Acasă - Sounds from a Byegone Age Vol 3 - Romania - Asphalt Tango - CD-ATR-1106

5 - Olivia Ruiz - J'traine des pieds - La Femme Chocolat - France - Universal - 983 367 -2

6 - Axel Krygier - Dónde estarás hermanitta - Zorgal - Argentina - Hitop - HITOP030CD

7 - Fat Freddy's Drop - Bluey [start half way through] - Hope for a Generation EP - New Zealand - Kartel - KCDL001

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This week’s selection is made from seven of the 20 countries which started the Rugby World Cup 2007.

Sport and music continue to be routes by which individuals can become famous within their countries. But they are also two of the best way ways for countries to get noticed by the rest of the world.

Imagine the pride back home in the South Pacific islands of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga after their recent exploits in the current World Cup, as Fiji for the first time made it to the last eight (at the expense of Wales) and the other two did much better than expected. Until now, the best players from these islands have tended to prefer to play for New Zealand, but from now on may strengthen their own teams.

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I didn’t realise that anybody played rugby in Europe’s Georgia, where there are only eight rugby grounds and 300 registered players, many of whom play club rugby in lower divisions in the French league. USA and its neighbour Canada both have thriving university rugby leagues. With a longer history of playing rugby than Georgia, Rumania supplies many players to the club teams of Italy, whose national team is now a match for the world’s best.

For the first time ever, there isn’t a team from the British Isles among the five top-ranked countries in rugby union. Now the top five are Australia, South Africa, France, Argentina and New Zealand, only four of which can go through to the semi finals. Argentina has turned out to be the biggest surprise, beating host nation France in the opening game and then sending Ireland home early. Favourites to win the competition before it started, at the half way stage New Zealand still look poised to take the biscuit.

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Jim White [photo courtesy www.dagogtid.no ]

When I first played ‘Pot Pourri’ by the Kesane Quartet a few weeks ago, I said afterwards that I wished I’d thought of following it with a track from the American Georgia, and now I’ve done so. Jim White is hardly the most obvious singer to choose from a state that has given us Ray Charles, Little Richard, Otis Redding and R.E.M., but ‘Turquoise House’ on his new album is such a delight, he gets the nod.

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Dona Dumitru Siminica; Enzo Avitabile [photo copyright Philip Ryalls]

The German label Asphalt Tango has been mining an archive of classic Rumanian recordings in its series Songs from a Byegone Age, in which Volume 3 features the startling voice of Dona Dumitru Siminica. Fans of American doowop might be fascinated by his haunting falsetto. Enzo Avitabile played WOMAD UK a few years ago with a big line-up featuring a horn section and huge drums. On the album Sacro Sud, he stripped everything down to just voices and sparse percussion, to great effect. If you are looking for this one, double-check the title, because Enzo has since released another one. I may have had Sacro Sud on my floor for more months than I realised.

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Olivia Ruiz [photo copyright www.AuCoinDubois.com ]

Olivia Ruiz’s ‘J’traine des pieds’ always sparks off enquiries, most recently one from a live promoter seeking to present her in London. The rest of her album is OK, but this still stands out as the best.

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Axel Krygier

The only country in South America to take rugby seriously, Argentina is musically completely separate from the rest of Latin America too. ‘Dónde estarás hermanitta’ by Axel Krygier goes through so many gear changes, if you don’t pay attention you might think we’ve moved onto a different track. Very intriguing.

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Fat Freddy's Drop, including Joe Dukie (with guitar) and DJ Fitchie aka Mu (with child on his back)
[photo copyright www.kulturtaikonauten.org ]

Fat Freddy’s Drop’s debut album has become one of the best-selling albums in the New Zealand’s history, despite missing their four best recordings, from my point of view. I’ve played the others on the radio at various times in the past, but this is my first airing for ‘Bluey’. I suppose they can do a Greatest Hits one day and collect my favourites together – ‘Bluey’, ‘Hope’ (the original version), ‘This Room’ and ‘Midnight Marauders’ (both credited to DJ Fitchie & Joe Dukie, but featuring everybody in FFD). Dallas Tamaira aka Joe Dukie sounds as good as singer as anybody in the world today. Just a pity he doesn’t always take the trouble to make sure his lyrics are as good as his voice.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:33 pm
by garth cartwright
Nice one, Charlie. tho considering this afternoon's epic Oz-UK match it is a pity you did not line up 2 from those nations to go head-2-head! Being a Kiwi nothing makes me happier than watching Australia lose and being a supporter of the underdog it's great to see England regain their form and play with such fervour.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:09 pm
by Des
Rugby? What's that?

What's the point?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 8:01 pm
by Gordon Neill
It's the game where the team that scores the most tries... er..... loses.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:17 pm
by kevin
It's the game where they squash the ball before they start and then thirty men try to hide it. I think property developers like playing it as they get the chance to do conversions

PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 9:46 am
by Charlie
garth cartwright wrote:Nice one, Charlie. tho considering this afternoon's epic Oz-UK match it is a pity you did not line up 2 from those nations to go head-2-head! .

When I was recording the show, I didn't know who had got through to the quarter finals, and I carefully avoided making any predictions.

I wasn't so cautious as I wrote this text on Friday before the next day's matches that saw England beat Oz and France beat the All Blacks. The world turned upside down.

I should have learned my lesson, and wait till tonight before saying any more, but how great it would be to see Fiji and Argentina win today, and Argentina take the title in a couple of weeks' time.

For non-believers, I would agree that rugby is one of the worst spectator sports ever devised, especially for TV, with far too many picky rules and therefore far too much dependant on the referee making decisions that nobody else can judge or even understand.

But what I can do, I happen to go to a school that played rugby, and here I am, an armchair expert whose predictions are as poor as those of the journalists who are paid to make then.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:36 am
by Alan Balfour
Charlie wrote:But what I can do, I happen to go to a school that played rugby...
And if memory serves me correctly there's a photo of you in your school rugby team on the back cover of the 70s Penguin Education Connexions booklet you authored on Sport. Yes? No? Have I completely lost my marbles???

Egg chasing

PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 8:04 pm
by Con Murphy
Hard luck the Kiwis, Garth!

Charlie wrote:For non-believers, I would agree that rugby is one of the worst spectator sports ever devised, especially for TV, with far too many picky rules and therefore far too much dependant on the referee making decisions that nobody else can judge or even understand.


This isn't a problem for everyone who was brought up supporting an Ireland team for which no rule is too arcane to be violated at least once every single damned match (usually twenty metres out and between the posts).

At least the refs are miked up these days - I think that helps enormously. Well, a bit anyway.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:04 am
by garth cartwright
I am in shock. But rugby is religion in NZ and France were underdogs . . .

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:35 am
by samyshine
it was an interesting show last night....u should bring in themes such as sport events to portray the variation of music ..its cool.
olivia ruiz's i drag my feet is mindblowing, thanks for playing it so often.
i hav heard some paban das baul and lata manjeshkar tracks, do u think u hav bangladesi music in ur collection? new artists here hav made good fusion music, combining bangla lyrics and music of good standards.
cheers!

emails

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:11 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. James Weidman, Syracuse NY, USA

Thanks for playing the Kesane Quartet and Olivia Ruiz! They were both so good I bought them from iTunes, and credit you for introducing them to me.

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2. Jonathan Dunne, Sofia, Bulgaria

Thanks for a great programme. Some really soulful music on a theme that could have been a nightmare! Particularly liked the turquoise humour, the Romanian voice from the past and those smoochy French tones. All best from a soulful Bulgaria, Jonathan

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3. ian grey, Bahrain

Hey Charlie. Was listening to the show on Saturday and heard that track by Enzo Avitabile. Excellent stuff. Curious as to what's the percussion instrument as it sounds familiar to an Irish Bodhran. Anyway, great to hear great stuff on the radio! Ta

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4.A. Althea, Christchurch, New Zealand

Sorry Charlie, I was not impressed with your choice of a New Zealand band in your World Cup programme. I've always taken your programme as being of great traditional-style music which Fat Freddy's Drop is not. Since so many All Blacks are Maori a more appropriate choice would have been from the wealth of wonderful traditional Maori music.

Otherwise I enjoy your programmes!

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reply from CG

Thanks for your comment, Althea

I did play the Maori group Wai when I did a similar show around the Cricket World Cup earlier this year, so it seemed a bit unimaginative to use them again. Otherwise, everything I get seems to be reggae tinged, except for that which is hip hop. I did sort through some Samoan hip hop but find its rhythms too clunky. Some of the guys in FFD are Maori, and I do like some of what they do a lot, so I have no qualms about occasionally featuring them.

If you put 'New Zealand' in the website's search engine and check 'country' you'll see that I have played Wai quite often since their album came out, as well as featuring them as guests twice

Charlie

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4.B Althea, Christchurch, New Zealand

Dear Charlie

Thanks so much for taking the time to reply. I guess my problem is really with the homogenizing of music everywhere these days, mostly following the trends in the USA - and its not just the music unfortunately, as there are problems in some parts of our country with youth gangs imitating the lifestyles that go with hop hop etc.

That is not to say it is all bad, but I do wish more young people would develop their own styles based on their own traditions and not just be drawn into the demands of commercialism. And many do of course.

It's probably asking a lot for you/the BBC to get hold of all the music that is available, but if you Google.co.nz and look for "Traditional Maori Music"
there are a lot of interesting things come up.

Do keep up the good work - I have a background of living for a long time in Africa and do enjoy hearing again their vibrant rhythms!

Althea

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5.A Gordon Brown

I was stricken in the middle of last night (or small hours of 8 Oct) by the music of the (?) Cassani Quartet of Georgia. Please tell me how I can source their music!

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good decision to stave off the election, Gordon

CG
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5.B Gordon Brown

Don't you start - the blighter lives in my home town, we're both grads of Edin Univ, our fathers are both John and we both have a son called Fraser. So don't tell me your problems.

Oh, and thanks for the info. I went to Tblisi last year with the Barbarians and we beat the national side, so we're taking the credit for Georgia's fine performance in the World Cup. I thought the music was unique and totally captivating. Well done!

Regards

Gordon Brown

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6. Name: Robert Gore, UK

Dimitru Siminica, what a sound !!!, have one click amazoned it immediately.

Thanks CG for keeping me sane in the middle of the night.

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7. Erik Orendi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Good Charlie,

enjoying your program for some years,here in old Amsterdam. Even better recently when you 'replaced' Andy Kershaw for 1.45 hour!

My comment for now: this summer I discovered the wonderful voice of Dona Dumitru Siminica (Romania). I bought his cd CINE ARE FATA MARE. Published on Electrerecord S.A., www.electrerecord.ro Just for your info as I heard you had him in your program this week!

Happy rugby days,

Erik

Re: emails

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:37 am
by Jamie Renton
Charlie wrote:
3. ian grey, Bahrain

Hey Charlie. Was listening to the show on Saturday and heard that track by Enzo Avitabile. Excellent stuff. Curious as to what's the percussion instrument as it sounds familiar to an Irish Bodhran. Anyway, great to hear great stuff on the radio! Ta

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I think I'm right in remembering that Enzo A's percussionists bash wine barrels.

Cheers

Jamie

Re: emails

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:46 am
by Charlie
Jamie Renton wrote:I think I'm right in remembering that Enzo A's percussionists bash wine barrels.

Yes, in their previous incarnation, but not on this album...

Re: emails

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:06 pm
by Jamie Renton
Charlie wrote:
Jamie Renton wrote:I think I'm right in remembering that Enzo A's percussionists bash wine barrels.

Yes, in their previous incarnation, but not on this album...


I live in the past, it's cheeper.

So what are Enzo's gang thumping nowadays?