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2008 - week 35, from 31 August

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 12:40 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Dub Colossus - Neh Yelginete [feat Tsedenia Gebremarkos Woldesila] - A Town Called Addis - UK/Ethiopia - Real World - CDRW155

2 - Andrea Parodi & Elena Ledda - Ruzäju - Rosa Resolza - Sardinia - SARD - SARDCD0004

3 - FreshlyGround - Zithande - Nomvula - South Africa - Wrasse - WRASS 225

4 - Romica Puceanu & the Gore Brothers - Să Te Ajungă Dorul Meu - Songs from a Bygone Age, Vol 2 - Romania - Asphalt Tango - CD-ATR 1006

5 - Rail Band - Kankoun [feat Salif Keita] - Rail Band, Vol 2 - Mali - Sterns - STCD 3039-40


And then there was one. The English bass player who calls himself Count Dubullah was a founder member of the trio Transglobal Underground, but after several albums left to form the duo, Temple of Sound, with Neil Sparkes. Apart from making their own records, Temple of Sound were busy producers too, including several records for Real World, who have now hired Dubullah on his own to produce an album with various Ethiopian singers, A Town Called Addis.

A Town Called Addis

Of the four songs on the pre-release promotional sampler, I like the one with least going on, ‘Neh Yelginete’ featuring Tsedenia Gebremarkos Woldesila. Incidentally, it looks as if Peter Gabriel’s Real World label has ended its twenty-year association with Virgin/EMI, as the sleeve of this sampler includes the logo of B&W, the Hi-Fi speaker company that supported the ill-fated label Melt 2000 a few years ago. Hopefully Real World will use better judgement and release far fewer records than Melt 2000. Distribution is by Proper.

Elena Ledda
[photo courtesy ]

With no system to make sure that all countries and regions of the world get fair treatment in these programmes, I seem to go in phases of favouring one and then another. Back in the early years of this decade, I quite often featured Italian records; but recently, only Enzo Avitabile has consistently piqued my interest. Sardinian singer Elena Ledda is back with an appealing record, this one in collaboration with Andrea Parodi.


FreshlyGround is an unabashed pop group from South Africa, whose records were unavailable in the UK until Wrasse picked up rights to their most recent album. Now Wrasse has also put out the one before, Nomvula, from which I played ‘Zithande’ at the time of its original South African release. Listening again, the same song still sounds strongest, with a girl’s name Carolina prominent in its chorus.

Romica Puceanu & the Gore Brothers

Some records have a mysterious way of seeming to grow stronger just sitting on a shelf, unheard. I look at them, and they send telepathic messages: “Remember me? You thought I was OK at the time, but didn’t play me on the radio much. Don’t you feel a bit guilty about that?â€

PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 1:03 pm
by uiwangmike
Elena Ledda is another missing name from the birthday list, as well as being one of the many great singers introduced to me by Andy Kershaw.


PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:34 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Rick Pook, Marigot, St.Martin, French West Indies

Charlie, I listen to your show out in the Caribbean each week.

Most of the stuff you play is great, but obviously some songs stand out. The track Zithande from Freshly Ground this week embodies that quality that says "this is what music is about"! What language is it in....there's a touch of Spanish.....but it's not.

Also, you need to check out our local 'string band' music here in St.Martin best represented by Tanny and the Boys.

How's the Spanish comin on??

2. The Rev'd Canon A.A.IBITOYE, Greenwich, London.SE10 9JX.

Thank you Charlie for another nice music of 01-09-2008.

Please keep it up we enjoy your programmes and music, most especially those one's from all corners of Africa.

Many Thanks and Best Regards.



3. Peter Passmore, Barnstaple

Wow, what a discovery in finding the Charlie Gillet radio show on BBC World Service. The line up this morning (sunday 31st August '08) was outstanding. I was particularly impressed by the Romanian Artist Romica Puceanu & the Gore Brothers. I shall now be a regular listener to your amazing programme.

Best Wishes - Peter Passmore.


4. Dana DuMontm Richmond, VA USA

Absolutely LOVE your show! Heard Rominca Puceanu & the Gore Brothers and they put me in mind of listening to BabaYaga in Metz during la Fete de la Musique. ... =162396995

Thanks for all you do with your programme to make life richer !



5. John Cantu, Ann Arbor, MI USA

As an ex-Michigan Radio hand, I think this is the best program I've ever heard. I heard it at 4 a.m. (EST) and marvelled at its quality. Each piece of music is good ... but it's the entire program (including your producer tribute [to Oliver Jones, departing after 5 years]) that's priceless. This is a class act ... and model episode of radio production. I will always want to listen to it.

The late Andrea Parodi

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:02 am
by Charlie
email from:

Lello Veccia, Frosinone (Italy)

I must congratulate with Charles Gillett and his unbelievable good choice of beautiful tracks from the world music, I would like to thank him because i was travelling in the Czech Republic and i was so pleased he was broadcasting a wonderful song of a sardinian artist calle Elena Ledda. She sings on that song with another brilliant singer : Andrea Parodi. Charlie said that they joined their forces together but forgot to mention that Parodi died in october 2007 prematurely because of a cancer

Thanks Lello, but it wasn't a case of forgetting about Andrea Parodi's death, as simply not knowing.

reply from Lello Veccia:

thanks for posting me.

i guess i also made a mistake. he died in october 2006 and not 2007.

sorry about this:

my intention was of course to give you a news that i guessed you could not know.

he was a great singer and i think he deserves to be remembered properly and so now it has been done

take care and thanks for the great tunes

Lello Veccia