Page 1 of 1

2007 - week 48, from 1 Dec

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:52 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Turlitawa Shutka - Romano Chavo - CD single - Germany - Chat Chapeau - CCR 013-5

2 - A Hawk and a Hacksaw - The Sparrow - The Way the Wind Blows - USA - Leaf - Bay51CD

3 - Raul Paz - 25 Años - en casa - Cuba - Naïve - NV 810112

4 - Dona Rosa - Cavalos - Alma Livre - Portugal - Jaro - JARO 4282-2

5 - Iva Nova - Dream of a Farmer - Chemodan - Russia - Hoba - GEO 011 CD

6 - Sidestepper - Dame Tu Querer - Latin Lounge - UK/Columbia - Putumayo - P 241-2

7 - Sidney Bechet - Bechet's Creole Blues - Rough Guide to the Music of Paris - France - World Music Network - RGNET1194CD

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A senior producer at the World Service emailed in some alarm after he saw the title of the first song in this week’s programme by Turlitawa Shutka. Could we be about to launch another Balkan war, by playing a record that insulted the Roma (aka Gypsy) community?

Image
Turlitawa Shutka

Daniel Hantigk from the record label Chat Chapeau came to our rescue with the following explanation:

“"Romano Chavo" translated directly would simply mean "Roma son" or "Roma boy". The expression "chavo" is also used be Roma like "buddy" or "mate". But you are right, said by a "Gadze" (non Roma) or someone who is "ranked higher" within the quite complicated Roma family structure (or someone who considers himself "higher") it could also have a mildly insulting meaning.

“The song is actually playing with these double meanings. It is in fact a parody. The main chorus line is a quote from a 60's German "Schlager" sung by the back than quite famous singer Alexandra. This German Super-Hit was named "Zigeunerjunge" (Gypsy Boy), telling of the romance between a gypsy musician and a non-gypsy girl.

“Turlitawa Shutka are kind of simply retelling this story, but over painting it - like in the beginning, the German verses tell about Gypsies around the fire, fog drifting in, music and love are in the air, and so on... - so that between the lines one can ready, well, it's not all that romantic being a Roma. So the "Romano Chavo", the Gypsy Boy, Mustafa (the singer) is singing about is actually himself.

“And with Mustafa originally coming from Shutka, Europe's largest Roma settlement at the edge of Skopje in Macedonia, he undoubtedly knows about the "not-so-romantic" parts of being Roma.

“The good thing about Turlitawa Shutka is that they are not going around preaching the dark fate of the Roma but having a eye twinkling view on it, almost with a comedian touch. Of course also with some dark humour from time to time but also with quite some critical remarks on Roma society's inside problems. Like "selling" brides or drunken husbands beating their wives who have no chance to escape etc. Their upcoming album will be quite interesting."

Image
A Hawk and a Hacksaw

Songlines Magazine recently published a piece by Nigel Williamson about the emergence of a significant number of US-based artists displaying a more than casual interest in music from beyond the usual frames of reference, several of them revealing a serious passion for the music of the Balkans. My problem with most of the groups is that their singers aren’t much good, but some tracks on the album by A Hawk and a Hacksaw from New Mexico get around that limitation one way or another, notably the almost instrumental ‘The Sparrow.’

Image
Raul paz

With one exception, there’s nothing to recommend on En Casa, the album by the Paris-based Cuban singer, Raul Paz. But that one exception, ‘25 Años’, is so good, it deserves at least this one play, accompanied by a public health warning: the rest of this album is not recommended.

Image
[photo by Philip Ryalls]

Some people are strong-minded enough to follow the adage, Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover as they pick their way through the month’s newly-released albums. I confess to being initially lured by an attractive cover and put off by its opposite. This is just by way of excusing myself for not immediately recognising that the new album by the blind Portuguese singer Dona Rosa has two or three very good songs on it.

Image
Iva Nova

Iva Nova is a group of punkish girls from St Petersburg in Russia whose two CDs have been sitting on the floor for many months, maybe more than a year. I think I did listen when they first arrived, but found nothing to play. A second chance reveals ‘Dream of a Farmer’, whose Ska/Cumbia rhythms are reminiscent of another group from the same city, Markscheider Kunst. It’s been a year or so since their last album – is there another round the corner?

Image
Sidestepper

The album by Raul Paz was produced by the British recording engineer and producer, Richard Blair. For the past ten years Richard has lived in Bogota, Colombia, where he occasionally makes an album of his own under the project name, Sidestepper. It’s been too long since his last album, 3.00 am…In Beats We Trust, from which the outstanding ‘Dame Tu Querer’ was drawn for Putumayo’s compilation, Latin Lounge.

Image
Sidney Bechet

The final track of the week is drawn from an album that seems to be called The Rough Guide to the Music of Paris if you read the front cover, but is titled Paris Lounge on its spine. A similar split-mind seems to have determined its content, as it starts with an interesting range of modern tracks before harking back to tracks with the accordion-violin-and-guitar line ups associated with Django Reinhardt. And right at the end we find New Orleans clarinettist and soprano sax player Sidney Bechet, a long-time resident in France where he recorded ‘Bechet’s Creole Blues’ with Claude Luter’s Ochestra.

Re: 2007 - week 48, from 1 Dec

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:07 pm
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:Iva Nova is a group of punkish girls from St Petersburg in Russia whose two CDs have been sitting on the floor for many months, maybe more than a year. I think I did listen when they first arrived, but found nothing to play?

I rather liked them, especially that second album, from which I played The Bird on fRoots Radio back last April if anybody wants to hear more. http://www.frootsmag.com/radio/playlists/07/04/ Have put out feelers about getting a small piece on them for the magazine but drawn a blank so far.

By the way, that edition of fR Radio was also notable for an extraordinary live session by Andrew Cronshaw And . . . recorded at Live On The Park with him joined by Jenny Adejayan (cello), Tigran Aleksanyan (Armenian duduk), Louai Alhenawi (Syrian ney), Natacha Atlas (vocal), Attab Haddad (Iraqi oud) and Zuzana Novak (mbira, vocal). Biased though I am, it's reminded me it's well worth a listen as a highlight live gig of 2007 if anybody missed it.

Re: 2007 - week 48, from 1 Dec

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:26 pm
by pirkko
Charlie wrote:Iva Nova

Iva Nova is a group of punkish girls from St Petersburg in Russia whose two CDs have been sitting on the floor for many months, maybe more than a year. I think I did listen when they first arrived, but found nothing to play. A second chance reveals ‘Dream of a Farmer’, whose Ska/Cumbia rhythms are reminiscent of another group from the same city, Markscheider Kunst.


The two bands are friends, so maybe that's a natural influence:)

Re: 2007 - week 48, from 1 Dec

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 3:30 pm
by pirkko
Ian A. wrote:
Charlie wrote:Iva Nova is a group of punkish girls from St Petersburg in Russia whose two CDs have been sitting on the floor for many months, maybe more than a year. I think I did listen when they first arrived, but found nothing to play?

I rather liked them, especially that second album, from which I played The Bird on fRoots Radio back last April if anybody wants to hear more. http://www.frootsmag.com/radio/playlists/07/04/ Have put out feelers about getting a small piece on them for the magazine but drawn a blank so far.


If you mean (I'm not sure what "put out feelers" means) that you are looking for a contact, I can help. I think they have a representative in Holland, but if they are not available, I can contact the band itself in St.Petersburg.

Re: 2007 - week 48, from 1 Dec

PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:04 pm
by Ian A.
pirkko wrote:If you mean (I'm not sure what "put out feelers" means) that you are looking for a contact, I can help. I think they have a representative in Holland, but if they are not available, I can contact the band itself in St.Petersburg.


Thanks - I have the contacts OK, I just need to locate one of our writers who likes them and geography will put in their presence at some point. Might have to wait til they next hit Western Europe.

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2007 12:05 am
by judith
I really enjoyed Dona Rosa's 'Cavalos'. Liked hearing Sidestepper's 'Dame Te Querer' again, but I usually listen to it on C. Gillet 'World 2004' rather than what I understand to be Putamayo's more recent compilation. But most of all, what a wonderful, and stunning, surprise to hear Sidney Bechet. I don't have much of a music collection, so I rely on radio/internet for much of my listening. When in New Orleans, we had WWOZ radio to tune into, to hear the likes of Sidney Bechet, so I know where to find him, it's just that, even though, you loved a song, a performer, you can forget. (which reminds me, I should tell Norman on the 'Looking for an Echo' thread that Sidney Bechet does a really nice St. James Infirmary). And even though the selection of music to listen to on the internet is vast, it is still rare to be able turn yourself over to someone else's ear and be glad you did. Thanks, Charlie.

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:46 pm
by Charlie
emails:

from Tom Bennett:

Hi Charlie,

I am writing, purely as an enthusiast, to draw your attention to an extremely exciting band from St Petersburg, Iva Nova. These five girls play a mixture of traditional Slavonic folklore music which they skilfully combine with ska, jazz and rock elements and then lend the proceedings a 'punk' energy. All great players, live they are breathtaking and possess a truly phenomenal stage presence,

I have now been lucky enough to catch them 5 times in the past few years and they simply get better and better. It could be you have already heard of them (maybe through the band Leningrad or another St Petersburg connection), but if not, I think you will suitably impressed - and the band could be of interest to you for your shows.

All the best to yourself and for your shows.

Best regards,

Tom Bennett

--------------------------------

reply from CG

Tom's email came to my BBC email address a day or two ahead of the first broadcast of this show, so the timing is extraordinary

Iva Nova

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:39 pm
by Tomi
Seldom have I been so enthusiastic about a band as with the exhilarating Iva Nova. I have been lucky enough to see them 5 times over the past few years.
And every time they’ve stirred my soul and have thoroughly entertained me.
Apart from all being fantastic players, they have enormous stage presence and combine aggression and sensitivity for the music they are playing.
This is perfect for their unique combination of urban grit and soulful folk.
They usually play here in Hamburg to packed audiences at the Datcha events. And the mixture of Russians (discerning about the Russian bands they come to watch ) and northern Germans (who are traditionally reserved about showing their appreciation) are left spellbound and barely let the girls leave the stage. This year I travelled to Leipzig to see them, too, and the reaction there was exactly the same.
I think it would be very interesting to see them perform in the UK, maybe at a few festivals. And yes I am sure they’d welcome any article you could have written about them.
I think you have the relevant links but just in case:

This is their European booking agency morezvukov:

http://www.morezvukov.nl/ivanova.html

And these two are their web and myspace sites respectively:

http://www.iva-nova.ru/

http://www.myspace.com/ivanovaextremegirlfolk

Photos made at a recent show in Holland

http://www.on-the-rocks.nl/ivanova09112007.html


P.S. An extraordinary coincidence – I wrote to Charlie seemingly on the same morning that he made the initial post, unaware he was just about to play them on his show.
I like coincidences like that!