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2007 - week 49, from 8 Dec

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 2:26 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Sola Akingbola - Ninu Opon Ori Tiwa - Routes to Roots - Nigeria - ARC - EUCD 2114

2 - Dona Rosa - Canta Canta Amingo Canta - Alma Livre - Portugal - Jaro - JARO 4282-2

3 - CeU - Bobagem - CeU - Brazil - What Music - WMCD-0095

4 - Dengue Fever - Sleepwalking Through the Mekong - Escape from Dragon House - USA/Cambodia - Birdman - BRG 137

5 - Khoronko Orkestr - Pey, Moya Devochka - MOSCOW - Russia - Nascente - NSBARCD011

6 - Boban I Marko Markovic Orch - Džumbus Funk - Go Marko Go! Brass Madness - Serbia - Piranha - CD-PIR2121

7 - Eastenders - Allez Allez (feat Hamid Kouicem) - Beyond the Path - Austria - Poets Club - PCR041


Sola Akingbola

Look before you leap, they say, but I say listen before you look. You might not expect much if you first read that Sola Akingbola has for many years been part of the slick soul band from London, Jamiroquai. But this is a faithful tribute to traditional Yoruba music, and if Sola isn’t quite as touching as a singer as some of his heroes, it’s still a sincere and well-made album

Dona Rosa

Three songs stand out on Dona Rosa’s new album. One was played last week, here’s the second. Unadorned, uncomplicated music.


Among the three Brazilian singers whose albums are among this year’s Grammy Nominations for Best Contemporary World Music Album, CeU is the least-known and currently the most interesting (the others being Bebel Gilberto and the veteran, Gilberto Gil). My attention was drawn when it was singled out for praise by Pete Culshaw in the October issue of the Observer Music Monthly, but the album’s UK release has been delayed until the New Year.

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever, the Los Angeles-based group featuring a Cambodian lead singer, has a new album out, but I can’t find anything to match ‘Sleepwalking Through the Mekong’ from their 2005 release, Escape from Dragon House.

Khoronko Orkestr

A double album of previously unknown artists from Russia is a daunting prospect and I confess that I haven’t yet got all the way through Bar Moscow (compiled by Phil Meadley for Nascente). I stopped midway through the first CD when three tracks in a row attracted attention, including ‘Pey, Moya Devochka’ by Khoronko Orkestr.

Boban Markovic

For those of us whose entry into Balkan brass bands was via the soundtracks of films directed by Emil Kusturica and scored by Goran Bregovic, the sound of Boban Markovic sounds comfortably familiar. Not surprising, when we discover that we were hearing Boban’s Serbian musicians in those films. Boban’s teenage son Marko is now part of the show, often duelling with his father, one on trumpet, the other playing flugelhorn. ‘Džumbus Funk’ was written by another Serbian star, the violinist Lajko Felix.


I’ve mistakenly referred to the club music project Eastenders as being from Germany. Belatedly doing my homework, I discover that the duo of Stefan Mueller and Cem Buldak is actually from Vienna, Austria. On ‘Allez Allez’, they feature Moroccan vocalist Hamid Kouicem.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:01 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Richard Stenberg, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

I heard Charlie say on the program that he couldn't think of a band other than Dengue Fever named after a disease.

Just wanted to mention a relatively famous band, also named after a dread disease--the American metal band Anthrax.

Take care,

Rich Stenberg


2. Sarah Knox, Sheffield, UK

Another band named after a deadly disease - the heavy metal band Anthrax. thanks for great programme and widening my musical tastes!


3. Barbara Pawulska, Emsworth, UK

you are right about standing in front of Boban and Marko Markovic - it is the most fantastic experience. I caught them in Brighton earlier this year in a sadly under-attended gig. They were truly memorable - do not miss them if you get the chance.


PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 2:11 pm
by Peter Culshaw
glad you are into CeU - got rather confused by the release date myself, maybe somethng bigger is planned for 2008

still enjoying Brasil, Brasil? (in heaven much joy to the sinner who repents)

made me check out Luiz Gonzaga and Elise Regina again this week - wonderful stuff, both world-class singers at their best, who also recorded a lot of mediocre material as well

rather jealous robin denselow got that gig as I told him at the Songlines party...

glad we managed to help get some good stuff in the OMM 50...( 6 out of 10 of the Froots top ten..)

pete c

PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:56 pm
by howard male
Peter Culshaw wrote - I told him at the Songlines party

The Songlines party! Nobody invited me, the blighters! But I suppose us mere CD-reviewing footsoldiers shouldn't expect to mix it with the jet-setting likes of Mr Broughton and Culshaw.