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2008 - week 28, from Sunday 13 July

PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:26 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Arto Tuncboyaciyan & Ara Dinkjian - Balbul - Onno - Turkey/Armenia - Libra - LM-0112-2

2 - Wasis Diop - So La La - Judu Bék - Senegal - Wrasse - WRASS216

3 - Radio Tarifa - La Mosca - Rumba Argelina - Spain - World Circuit - WCD 042

4 - Ahmet Sinan Hatipoğlu - Kara Toprak - Musiki - Turkey - RAKS - NUMERO 1

5 - Natacha Atlas - La Teetab Alayi - Ana Hina - UK - World Village - 450005

6 - Eusebio y Su Banjo - Mi Morene Rebelde - The Roots of Chicha - Peru - Barbés - BR0016

6 - Tokyo-chutei-iki - music for Tao #2 - Paris Collection Printemps/Ete 2008 - Japan - Super Hype - SCR-007


Arto Tuncboyaciyan; Ara Dinkjian [with the Greek singer, Eleftheria Arvanitaki]

Did anybody record so many songs lamenting the death of a brother as Arto Tuncboyaciyan has done? Born to Armenian parents in Turkey, Arto and his brother Onno were both musicians who worked closely together until Onno was killed in January,1996 (the private plane he was piloting hit the side of a mountain in bad weather). Collaborating with another Armenian-Turkish musician, Ara Dinkjian, Arto spent the next few months writing and recording an album dedicated to Onno, on which ‘Balbul’ is one of the less desolate tracks. I often find it hard to tell when Arto is singing actual words, and when he is making wordless sounds.

Wasis Diop

The Senegalese musician Wasis Diop also mourns for a famous and talented older brother. Djibril Diop Mambéty (I’m never quite sure what order those names should go) was one of Senegal’s few film-makers to make several feature films, among which the satirical Touki Bouki won the International Critics Prize at Cannes in 1973. Wasis composed the score for Mambéty’s Hyènes in 1992 before his own career took off with the album No Sant in 1996. On his latest album, Judu Bék, Wasis dedicates a song to Djibril (based on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’) but I’ve chosen ‘So La La’ as the best track on an album which sounds gorgeous but never quite delivers its promise. By the way, I think Wasis is the most stylish man I ever met, perhaps in a dead heat with Allen Toussaint.

Radio Tarifa [Fain S Duenas, left]
Ahmet Sinan Hatipoğlu

On a recent trip to Istanbul, I introduced the first album by Radio Tarifa to Mehmet Umur, co-owner of the Hotel Ibrahim Pasha and our host at a dinner party. Hearing that a member of Radio Tarifa (Fain S Duenas) had been a practising architect when the album was being recorded, Mehmet countered with a track from an album made by a Turkish architect, Ahmet Sinan Hatipoğlu. [ ] If you intend to visit Istanbul and can afford a boutique hotel which is not the cheapest in the city but probably the most stylish, here’s where to stay in the old district near the famous mosques:

Natacha Atlas
[photo courtesy]

Performing on a recent broadcast on World on 3, Natacha Atlas and the Mazeeka Ensemble confirmed that the British singer has finally found the context in which to show how well she sings in the Middle Eastern style. She has already converted and convinced listeners in Egypt and France; now it’s time for the British to realise what a talent she is. A nationwide tour in the Autumn may prove the point.

How many more accessible styles of popular music are still to be discovered? The latest revelation is the Chicha music of Peru from the 1960s – garage band meets Cumbia.


Only in Japan could somebody consider putting together a band of 12 baritone saxophone players. Tokyo-chutei-iki are consistently great fun to watch, and occasionally sublime on record. Their latest album was written to be performed at a Paris Fashion Show, where ‘Music for Tao #2’ was the highlight.

PostPosted: Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:36 pm
by garth cartwright
Looking forward to the show, Charlie. I'm taking Flo to Istanbul for her birthday in September so I may well use your hotel recommendation - tho I'll need to land some well paid writing work before then to afford it! I'm more familiar with that wonderful city's youth hostel . . .


PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:48 am
by Charlie
email from:

1. Mehmet Umur, Hotel Ibrahim Pasha, Istanbul

Dear Charlie,

This morning I listened your latest programme on the internet and also read the forum section on Istanbul. I liked the songs you selected from your Turkey trip (and Wasis Diop's song as well).

I am deeply involved in construction work. The new section of the hotel is going to be finished in three weeks. Don't send anybody until August. Sometimes we make a lot of noise and annoy guests. Send people afterwards.

Today I talked with Ahmet and sent him a link of your page so he can listen the programme.

Lots of love



2. Frances Thesiger, Ayvalik, Balikesir, Turkey

Another Turkish architect/musician for you: Nejat Yavaşoğulları of the group Bulutsuzluk Özlemi.

I was expecting to hear him from your introduction, not Ahmet Sinan Hatipoğlu! There seems to be a quantıty of them, after all!



3. r.allibone, tamworth

greetings. instrumentals relegated to fade out time as per usual. but thank you for attempting to squeeze in taboo recently and the thirteen baritone players set the imagination ticking.


PostPosted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:11 am
by Richard Hookway
And yet another architect – from Thailand this time.

Carabao's front man, Ad, started his band I believe totally with mates from architect school, so that's about 10! I'm not sure how many of the originals are in the line up now.

PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:15 pm
by r.allibone
musical architects: Scottish clarinettist of note - SANDY BROWN.