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2008 - week 31, from 3 August

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:09 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Very Be Careful - Fantasma - Demos - USA - no label - promo

2 - Mario Lucio - Diogo e Cabral - Badyo - Cape Verde - Lusafrica - 02392-2

3 - Buika - no habra nadie en el mundo - niña el fuego - Spain - Atlantic - 256 469 5477

4 - Chiwoniso - Matsotsi - Rebel Woman - Zimbabwe - Cumbancha - CMB-CD8

5 - Sissoko, El Mamouni, Rajery - Toufoula - 3MA - Mali, Morocco, Madagascar - Contre Jour - CJ020

6 - Mostar Sevdah Reunion, feat Saban Bayramovic - Shukar Feriza - Saban - Serbia - Snail - SR66009

7 - Ivo Papasov - Tinner's Dance - Dance of the Falcon - Bulgaria - World Village - 450004


[see below for Alan's illustrated version of the bulletin]

Re: 2008 - week 31, from 3 August

PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2008 6:32 pm
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:Very Be Careful - Fantasma - Demos - USA - no label - promo

My copy of this demo, which oddly enough came from a young lady called Gillett, says this track is from the album The Rose, released 2001 on Downtown Pijao. Lyrics by Ricardo Guzman, music by Very Be Careful.

Re: 2008 - week 31, from 3 August

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 12:48 pm
by Charlie
Ian A. wrote:My copy of this demo came from a young lady called Gillett

curiouser and curiouser, because my copy came from an entirely different source, and has no info whatever on it (although there may have been a piece of paper, binned on arrival).

2008 - week 31, from 3 August

PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:05 pm
by Alan
CG's notes:

Mostly first-time plays for albums previously unheard on this programme.

In the case of Very Be Careful, I was going to suggest it might be the first time they’ve been heard anywhere on the radio, but remembered that Mark Lamarr featured the group in a session recorded for his programme, God’s Own Jukebox (essential listening every Thursday at 11.00 o’clock on BBC Radio 2). The group is a bunch of Americans dedicated to reviving Cumbia, the infectious dance music from Colombia. I haven’t seen them live yet but have heard glowing reports from those who have, and can easily imagine they’ll be great.

Image Very Be Careful with Mark Lamarr

There’s an imbalance among new singers from Cape Verde seeking to build on the platform established by Cesaria Evora. The best of them all seem to be women (greetings, Mayra, Lura and Sara). Among the male contenders, I’ve tried hard to like Tcheka, highly rated by many others, but can’t get into him at all. The debut album from Mario Lucio, on the other hand, is very impressive, which is not so surprising when the bio reveals that he was leader of Simentera, an adventurous vocal group whose music stood apart from everything else that as come from the islands. I’ll be coming back to this album (and if I don’t, I hope somebody reminds me. He should have a track on my compilation next year).

Image Mario Lucio

I’ve already raved about Buika’s new record, album of the month on this site and featured in the top 10 in the Observer Music Monthly for August. She will be featured in the London Jazz Festival (QEH, 20th November).

Image Buika

The Zimbabwean singer Chiwoniso joins the growing ranks of women with strong albums out this summer (alongside the aforementioned Buika, and Rokia Traore). Her album Rebel Woman is released by Cumbancha (the spin-off from Putumayo which already provided us with two marvellous Garifuna albums in the past couple of years). Chiwoniso will be my guest on this programme next week.

Image Image Chiwoniso photos David Brazier & Roel Jorna

As we reach the half-way point in the year, it’s reasonable to start weighing up the contenders for album of the year, and 3MA by Sissoko, El Mamouni, Rajery may emerge as a dark horse that makes the top three. I wrote about it in the bulletin for June 20, and as album of the month for June. Endlessly satisfying, whether playing in the background or as the focus of close attention.

Image El Mamouni, Rajery & Sissoko

When the album Saban by the Serbian singer Saban Bajramovic came out last year, my high hopes were let down – he seemed disconnected from the musicians and the overall impression was of a lack of concentration and shape. In a discussion in this forum after Saban’s recent death, Garth Cartwright argued that the album was much more interesting and convincing than I was allowing for, and on listening again, I have turned 180 degrees and agree. It is a big disjointed but has many fine moments.

Image Saban Bajramovic

There’s no question that Bulgarian clarinet player Ivo Papasov is one of the master musicians of the world, but we need more than virtuosity. On his new album, ‘Tinner’s Dance’ is the track with the most memorable melodic shape.

Image Ivo Papasov


PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:43 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Gerard McGourty, Millrace Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

I liked the music, esp the Spanish song. I think I will buy the cd.




2. Kelvin Mattock, London

Was very ill sunday night - turned R4 on by chance and heard your show - so refreshing to listen to this type of music again - first 3 tracks fantastic. I'm a fan of Turk folk/rock noticed your recommendation of Cemil Kocgun - Wow what an amazing talent did he get 'Pervane' from Murat Celik - one of my fav's, I recommend him to you if haven't heard of him - very sensitive, great songs, little compromise to commercialism(I maybe proved wrong) -just what I like. Thanks for making me feel better.

CG reply - strange, because I didn't mention Cemil in this programme, but did feature him some months ago on Radio 3 and am planning to play him an imminent World Service show. spooky.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:51 pm
by garth cartwright
nice show Charlie. As for the Ivo album - the opening (title) tune is one of the best I've heard all year. At 7 minutes too long for radio but mighty listening. Album sags into virtuosity in the middle but picks up for the final tracks

Re: 2008 - week 31, from 3 August

PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:57 am
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:my copy came from an entirely different source, and has no info whatever on it (although there may have been a piece of paper, binned on arrival).

The very thing. That'll learn you. Remember, a tree died to give you that info. ;-)