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2008 - week 30, from 27 July - World Music Awards preview

PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2008 12:04 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Mayra Andrade - Poc Li Dente é Tcheu - Navega - Cape Verde/France - Sterns - STCD1105

2 - Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Nayo - Soul Science - UK/Gambia - Wayward - WAYWARD704

3 - Son de la Frontera - Tanguillos De La Frontera - Cal - Spain - World Village - 468069

4 - Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Jonkoloni - Segu Blue - Mali - Out There - OH 007

5 - Sa Ding Ding - Oldstar by Xilin River (self-created language) - Alive - China - Wrasse - WRASS 213

6 - Transglobal Underground - Rude Buddah [feat Istvan Nagy & Ference Balogh] - Rejoice, Rejoice - UK/Hungary - Nation - NRCD1073CD


This programme features the winners of the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music who will be performing as part of the Proms at Albert Hall this Wednesday, 30 July.

It’s the seventh year of the Awards, but the first in which the presentation of the Winners has been fitted into the Proms, a mostly classical music event staged by Radio 3 every summer. Previously, the winners’ events have been held in March or April, which already felt quite a long time after the announcements of the shortlisted nominations (at WOMEX at the end of October) and the winners (January or February). Stretching the period from nomination to performance over nine months has definitely been too long, and no doubt changes will be made next year, if this year’s presentation at the Proms is deemed a success.

How come he's the one holding the Award? Mayra insisted.

When I saw Mayra Andrade’s UK debut at the Purcell Rooms in May 2007, I was beguiled by her charming manner and impressed by the confidence of her delivery. The only grumble was a tediously long solo by her percussionist. Surely others would advise her that this was inadvisable. Well if they did, she took no notice, and those who attended subsequent performances have reported similar dismay at the amount of time taken up by her musicians displaying their chops. Surely the experienced promoters at Serious will encourage the Best Newcomer to stick to singing and forbid her musos to meander.

Justin Adams, Juldeh Camara and World on 3 presenter Mary Ann Kennedy

No such advice will be necessary for the Culture Crossing trio of Justin Adams, Juldeh Camara and Dawson Miller. They know what’s what, what works and what to do.

Son De La Frontera

Son de la Frontera are in many ways the jokers in the pack of this year’s nominations. Relatively unknown in Spain, never mind the rest of the world, they were the surprise winners in the European category (chosen ahead of Manu Chao, Ojos de Brujo and my personal favourite, Titi Robin). There’s a physical power in the way they attack their instruments, and their modern take on flamenco may well be one of the revelations on the night.

Bassekou Kouyate

It’s no use expecting me to be objective about Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba, winners of both Best Album and Best African Artist. I’ve seen this ensemble from Mali at least half a dozen times in the past year and instead of becoming accustomed to what they do, I get ever more enraptured. Undaunted by the instrumental virtuosity of the musicians that surround her, vocalist Amy Sacko keeps growing in confidence. Although it feels as if they have never stopped performing, they have somehow managed to find time to work on new material, and the last time I saw them, more than half their set was unfamiliar.

Sa Dingding

When Sa Dingding was named Best Asian Artist, there was a suspicion that marketing nous played some part in the decision. How timely, to have a Chinese winner in the same year as the upcoming Beijing Olympics. The overwhelming journalistic attention has justified the decision, perhaps being more than her carefully-produced album Alive itself deserves. But all the signs are that Sa Dingding is a talented performer, likely to confound any impression that she might be no more than her producer’s puppet.

Transglobal Underground

Winners of the Club Global category, the veteran British group Transglobal Underground could feel a bit miffed not to have been invited to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. But it has never been possible to fit all eight winners into one evening’s schedule, and they are the unlucky ones to miss out this year.

Among the other non-featured winners were Best Middle Eastern Artist, Rachid Taha, the Algerian rocker who played instead at the media-only event where the winners were announced in April, and Andy Palacio, the Belizean singer who tragically died at the age of 47 without knowing that he had won the category of Best Artist from the Americas.


PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:34 am
by Charlie
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1. Dan Wasserburg, NYC

Great program! I listen to you on the XM Radio station in NY.

The Jonkoloni track by the Mali-ean artists Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (from Segu Blue) was amazing and mesmerizing in the vibrant rhythmic fabric. I wish they would come to NY!

Thank you for playing them. Please, more music from Mali!



2. Chernor Nuhu Bah, Conakry, Guinea, West Africa

When i listen to this program i feel inspired.

The tracks that i hear on this program can not be found on our local market here which is not good for me.

But I love it anyway.



3. Brian Nichol, Town: Carisbrooke. Isle of Wight

Tanguillos de La Frontera is the best piece of guitar playing I have heard in a long time, and I am trying to order it this Saturday.

Your show is awesome.