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2007 - week 43, from 27 October

PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 3:26 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Yasmin Levy - Una Nocha Mas - Mano Suave - Israel - World Village -

2 - Ersatzmusika - Beside Myself to You I came - Voice Letter - Russia - Asphalt Tango - CD-STR 1407

3 - Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - Ngoma Yarina - Hallelujah Chicken Run Band - Zimbabwe - Analog Africa - AA CD 062

4 - Orchestra baobab - Ndéleng Ndéleng - Made in Dakar - Senegal - World Circuit - WLWCD078

5 - Mayra Andrade - Dimokransa - Navega - Cape Verde/France - Sterns - STCD1105

6 - Gétatchèw Mèkurya - Antchi Hoyé - Very Best of Ethiopiques - Ethiopia - Manteca - mantcd215

7 - Feryal Öney - Kozanoglu - Bulutlar Gecer - Turkey - Kalan - CD 390


Yasmin Levy [photo: ]

Mano Suave is the third album from Israeli singer, Yasmin Levy [pronounced Yass-meen Levvy] and the most consistently enjoyable so far. As her songs are mostly on the mournful side, an entire album can be hard to take in one go. Producer Lucy Duran has rung the changes by introducing a variety of additional instruments, including Kike Pederson’s Paraguayan harp on ‘Una Nocha Mas’, and by encouraging Yasmin to hold back a little, not to deliver full emotion in every song. It works.

Ersatzmusika – literal translation, fake music – is the project of Russian musicians based in Berlin, who make enticing sounds. Vocalist Irina Doubrovskaja also plays keyboards and accordion.

The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band [photo:]

Formed in Zimbabwe in the mid-1970s, The Hallelujah Chicken Run Band featured several lead singers in their early days, including the unmistakable Thomas Mapfumo before he went off to form his own group. ‘Ngoma Yarina’ is like a blueprint of the sound he evolved and took around the world during the 1980s.

Orchestra Baobab [photo:]

Orchestra Baobab’s career is following a very strange shape, turning back on itself as if they end up back where they started. In the late 1970s, they recorded several haunting if poorly-recorded albums that were more or less unheard and unknown outside Senegal. In 1981 and ‘82 they made two more polished albums, the first of which was later reissued as Pirate’s Choice (World Circuit) and the second as Bamba (Sterns). By the time of these reissues in the late 1980s, the group itself had broken up, but in 2002 the musicians were rounded up again by World Circuit to record Specialists in All Styles, whose repertoire and sound was very similar to those 1980s classics. Now they’ve gone back a step further, recapturing the more desolate vocal sound of their late 1970s recordings on the album Made in Dakar.

Mayra Andrade [photo:]

It’s a year to the day since I first played ‘Dimokransa’ by the Cape Verdean singer, Mayra Andrade. Since then, her career has blossomed and it will be a great surprise if she is not among the Best Newcomers nominations in the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music which are to be announced during the WOMEX world music trade fair this weekend.

Gétatchèw Mèkurya [photo:]

The Very Best of Ethiopiques has been among the best-selling compilations in the UK ever since its release, nestling surprising but comfortably among the TV-advertised pop albums. Who would have guessed that there could be a wide public for recordings made for tiny Ethiopian labels in the early 1970s? Compiler Francis Falceto, perhaps, who has made compiling the ongoing series of Ethiopiques albums his life’s work. ‘Antchi Hoyé’ is one of two tracks by saxophonist Gétatchèw Mèkurya, reportedly a giant physically as well as musically.

Feryal Öney [photo:]

Until she released her first solo album, Feryal Öney was one of the singers with Kardeş Türküler, a group devoted to keeping alive a traditional way of playing and singing. But Bulutlar Gecer could hardly be more modern and sophisticated, an object lesson as to how to use rock and dance music techniques without surrendering formulas.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 10:43 am
by Gordon Neill
I loved this week's show. Very lively and varied. The track from the Hallelujah Chicken Run Band was wonderful. But I was particularly struck by Ersatzmusika's 'Beside Myself to You I came'. I smiled at the music box start, and it just got better and better. Is the rest of the album as good as this?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:41 pm
by ian russell
Thanks for this, I've just listened to my first World of Music show! I was a bit surprised to see only seven songs but it turned out all right. More than all right - I think I might prefer it to a two-hour programme - it certainly fits more easily into my day. But is it more difficult for you, I wonder - a bit like choosing your desert island discs. What to include, what to leave out.

I love hearing the distance between the vocals and liked the idea of too few mics rather than some electronic wanglery. Maybe there wasn't enough space and they put the lead by the open door and the others sang from the hallway, a bit like in Joe Meek's flat.

Anyway, great show, nice one!

PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:58 pm
by Des
Bloomin' lovely show Charlie - not a bad track among them. The Russian song sounded a bit like Cher's 'Bang Bang'. The Feryal Öney track was brilliant.

Mano Suave seems to be already available at Amazon btw (am buying it as soon as I get paid on Wednesday!!)


PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 11:00 am
by Charlie
email from:

1, Kathleen Aborovac, Eagleville, United States

I love the Yasmin Levy cut you played. Is the rest of the cd similar?


CG reply: yes, I think that's safe to say, although this is my favourite song on it


2. Kate Corrigan, Whiting, Vermont, United States

My Dad asked me if I could order this week's programme- he liked your line up that is listed below. Is there a way I could order this as a CD?


CG reply:

No, you can’t get this as a CD but I will be releasing a 2xCD compilation next year that will include the best of what was played over the previous twelve months

Meanwhile, this year's 2xCD collection is about to come out in the US through Rhino/Warner, called Sound of the World.

The Mayra Andrade track that I played here is Track 1, CD 1 on the compilation


PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:29 pm
by howard male
Gordon Neill wrote -

But I was particularly struck by Ersatzmusika's 'Beside Myself to You I came'. I smiled at the music box start, and it just got better and better. Is the rest of the album as good as this?

I'd say yes, and it's also a grower. See my review under 'CD Reviews catch up' or something like that.

Nice packaging too, if you like that kind of thing.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:03 pm
by Chris P
quick links for the lazy or busy:

Howard on Ersatzmusika (and others):
Garth on Ersatzmusika:

I've just been looking at these cuz I too really liked the track Charlie spun.