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2008 - week 33, from 17 August

PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:52 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Gaâda Diwane De Béchar - Taguerebet - Arabesque Vol 4 - Algeria - MoZik - 020743 40017

2 - Enzo Evitabile - Nuie e ll'Acqua - Festa Farina Forca - Italy - Il Manifesto - CD 180

3 - Les Espoirs de Corinthie - La Loi - Tinkhinyl - Guinea Conakry - Wountanara - Wounta/2008/1/1

4 - Buika - Volver, volver - niña el fuego - Spain - Atlantic - 256 469 5477

5 - Rokia Traore - Aimer - Tchamantché - Mali - Nonesuch - 530 785 7


Aïcha Lebga, percussionist and singer with Gaâda Diwane De Béchar
[photo copyright]

To judge from the copyright dates on the tracks included on Arabesque Vol 4, mostly 2005 or earlier, this newly-released compilation from the folks at Momo’s Restaurant in London has been waiting in the wings for some time. But as most of the tracks are new to me and very good, it doesn’t really matter. Revelation of the collection is the starter to this week’s programme by Gaâda Diwane De Béchar. I’ve been meaning to track down the source album by the group from the West Algerian Sahara, whose Myspace site may be the place to start looking:

Incidentally, the photo above is taken from the extraordinary website of N Scott Robinson, who has gathered an unimaginably huge gallery of frame drummers from around the world -


As is my bad habit, I played a track from a good new album and then lost it for several months under the pile of subsequent arrivals. The latest to suffer is Festa Farina Forca by the impressively versatile Italian singer, songwriter, musician and bandleader Enzo Avitabile. Never too late to make amends.

Les Espoirs de Corinthe were among the contemporary artists interviewed and photographed in the recent fRoots report from Guinea Conakry by Katerina Lobeck and Judith Burrows. Good to know that distinctive sound is still alive and flourishing.


Nothing else to add to my previous comments about the latest knock-out album by Buika.


As noted by Chris Potts and Con Murphy under ‘Best of Everything’ in this forum, it’s already been a very strong year for albums by female singers, and here comes Tchamantché by Rokia Traore, her fourth and possibly best album so far. Rokia has never sounded much like any other singer from Mali, and this album moves further than ever from any recognisable Malian style. Adventurous and experimental, sparse and intimate, it reaches a peak (or should that be a high plateau) in the sequence from track 3 to 6.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:36 am
by Chris P
if any forumista deserves to get a namecheck here it surely should be Gordon Neill for his eloquent and insistent prosletizing for the Taguerebet song. Btw Gordon I took your bait & paid for a download - lovely stuff, but also maybe a gateway drug for the hard stuff - eg Fatima Tabaamrant & other Moroccan & Algerian berber music

PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:00 pm
by Gordon Neill
I'm glad you liked Taguerebet, Chris. Although I would point out that it was a C. Gillett who was my supplier and it would have been his fault if you didn't like it! I was a bit worried that my prosletizing was a bit too fruity (but men in love, whether it's with women or music can say some silly things). But even with the perspective of a couple of weeks, I'm still head over heels with this track (why is it not heels over head, that would be more logical?).

And I agree, I suspect that I will come to regard Taguerebet as a 'gateway drug' for the harder stuff. I'm already looking at the top left hand side of Africa with lustful thoughts.

But I shall now wait until tomorrow morning and see if Charlie has been brave enough to go all the way and play all 7 minutes and 46 seconds.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:49 pm
by howard male
Back in early July I gave the Arabesque 4 album a five star review in the IoS and singled out 'Taguerebet' as my 'Download this' track. On completing the review I went straight to the Radio 3 website to catch up on Lopa's latest show and she too played it - all 7 minutes, 46 seconds of it, as I recall. It's definitely one of the tracks of the year.

PostPosted: Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:35 pm
by Gordon Neill
Howard asserted:

It's definitely one of the tracks of the year.

Undoubtedly. As long as we're still in 2005. The whole of Arabesque 4 looks as though it was actually cooked in 2005/06 but, for some reason, only served up now. Still piping hot though.


PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:47 am
by Charlie
email from

1. Ana Elisa, Buxheim, Germany

Awesome show this evening. I'm getting the chills!


2. John Adams, Basingstoke

Hello Charlie...I always try to catch your prog. (having had one of my artists featured on Outlook) & would like to say that today's show ( was one of the most enjoyable I've heard. I shall go out a buy some of the albums featured. You are an oasis within a desert of mediocrity!

Best wishes, John Adams.


3. Michael de Podesta

It's the middle of the night and I have just listened to your programme of 17 August. Two tracks from your programme just blew me away.

Taguerebe by Gaâda Diwane De Béchar and Volver, volver by Buika.

I had to get out of bed and find out what they were before their memory evaporated like a dream.

The thought that having heard such music I might not remember it in the morning was unbearable.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.



3. virgil hammock, wheat ridge, co usa

last night , saturday the 16th morning, you played what I thought you said was "arabesque" can please help me hear that song again?

thanks so much.


4. James Mackay, Edinburgh

Another great show! I particularly loved the opening Gaâda Diwane De Béchar track...can we hear more similar?


5. Anand R Nanjangud, Suva, Fiji Islands

Hello Sir/Madam

Kindly let me know where I can download the following song. I shall be very grateful to your Team.

It is a very good song, needless to say!

Title: Taguerebet
Artist: Gaâda Diwane De Béchar

Kind regards and many thanks


PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:34 pm
by Ian M
I think Gordon's purple prose may be right. But what new heights will those last two tracks drive him to? I expect at least a novel out of the spooky brilliance of their juxtaposition.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:59 pm
by Charlie
email from Wendy Fry, Watford

Fantastic programme for showcasing excellent music outside mainstream - I cannot find a UK supplier of "Festa Farina Forca" in uk - can you help me?


CG reply: I don't recall who sent it to me. Can anybody help?

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:06 pm
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
I think the name is 'Enzo Avitabile', see ... oduct.html

Sorry the link isn't to that album though :(

PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:17 pm
by Gordon Neill
Re. the query on Enzo Avitabile's Festa Farina Forca CD, there's one (one!) available from ... 500/2.html

PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:09 pm
by judith
Well, since it's been awhile since I've listened to World of Music, I was certainly lucky that today I had the opportunity to listen to this one. It's wonderful. Also, I always check out Gordon Neill's picks because whenever he has really liked something, I have too. Today has been no different.

I loved hearing the balafon (at least that's what I think it is) on "La Loi". It's an instrument I'm particularly interested in, learning how to play, and it's not often heard except when it's featured.

Chance Meeting

PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 11:06 am
by will vine
Charlie wrote:email from Wendy Fry, Watford

Fantastic programme for showcasing excellent music outside mainstream - I cannot find a UK supplier of "Festa Farina Forca" in uk - can you help me?

The name Wendy Fry rang a bell. Watford made sense. Could this be the Wendy Fry I've met on an almost daily basis for the last two years or so?
How could she possibly have imagined that the query she shot up into cyber space would be answered via the daily back door book delivery at her workplace?

"I didn't know you were a World Music fan?"
"You too?"

Next week I'll ask her,

"Do you like Pina Collada,
and getting caught in the rain?
Do you like health food?
Are you into champagne.?..."

or possibly not.

Taguerebet - Arabesque Vol 4

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:41 pm
by Janet M
Gordon Neill was waxing lyrical about this track to me (yes he does exist!) - and he is right, it is superb. I found it wonderfully hypnotic, but what is on the rest of the album? Will we hear it soon?

Re: Chance Meeting

PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 6:42 pm
by Charlie
will vine wrote:Wendy Fry, Watford - How could she possibly have imagined that the query she shot up into cyber space would be answered via the daily back door book delivery at her workplace?

So tell us, Will, what happened?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 1:15 pm
by will vine
Though I do usually see Wendy a number of times a week, sadly, events have conspired against us chatting recently....busy people, y'know.....but I do know that she got that (last available) cd (thanks Gordon) which was supplied from Umbria, and was very pleased to have got it. Hoping to see her tomorrow. As a librarian she probably knows the Putamayo catalogue by heart, for, throughout Hertfordshire anyway, they are available to borrow in all the libraries.