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2008 - week 39, from 28 September

PostPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:27 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - The Real Tuesday Weld - The Decline and Fall of the Clerkenwell Kid - The London Book of the Dead - UK - Six Degrees - 657036 1136 2 6

2 - Chiwoniso - Nguva Ye Kufara - Rebel Woman - Zimbabwe - Cumbancha - CMB-CD8

3 - Rokia Traore - Zen - Tchamantché - Mali - Nonesuch - 530 785 7

4 - Issa Bagayogo - Poye - Mali Koura - Mali - Six Degrees - 657036 1151 2

5 - Cemil Kocgün - Seydê min [feat Aynur] - Heya: Songs from Qizilbas - Turkey - Kalan - CD 426

6 - Minyeshu - Tileshign Athidg - Dire Dawa - Ethiopia/Netherlands - Me and My Other - MMOCD 2003

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After last week’s show of American music, I expected some grumbles from listeners who felt the point of A World of Music was to give the rest of the world a chance to be heard. But the only negative comment was from a listener who liked the change so much, he wished that all shows were like that one. Will anybody else complain as we go back to normal?

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The Real Tuesday Weld

The Real Tuesday Weld is the disguise of a British musician and singer called Stephen Coates about whom I knew very little when his album arrived. I could pillage his websites, but it’s easier to point you in the right direction: http://www.myspace.com/therealtuesdayweld

It is the standard practice of record companies to send CDs out to journalists up to two months ahead of their release date, to allow time for reviews to be written and published in journals that come out as close as possible to the week of release. They prefer radio to delay exposure until then too, but when I get something I like, I don’t have the self-discipline to hold back.

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Chiwoniso

All my previous plays of the new album by Zimbabwean singer Chiwoniso were ahead of its release, but it’s finally out in UK & US on 29 September.

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Rokia Traoré

The story is much the same for Rokia Traoré, depending on where you live. Universal France put out Tchamantché during the summer but only now is Nonesuch releasing it in the UK & US.

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Issa Bagayogo

Similar too for Issa Bagayogo, whose latest (fourth) album Mali Koura sounds like his best yet. It’s already out in US and Europe, but UK release will not be until 17 November. Great arrangements by Gael Le Billan, a French multi-instrumentalist based in Nancy, where he added horn arrangements and rhythm tracks to recordings that were started in Issa’s home town in southern Mali.

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Cemil Kocgün

Earlier this year, when visa difficulties prevented the Kurdish Turkish singer Mikael Aslan from attending a session for World on 3, the rest of his band deputised, led by a singer I had not heard of before, Cemil Kocgün. It has taken me a shamefully long time to catch up with his album, and to discover this great track featuring Aynur.

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Minyeshu

Minyeshu is yet another exiled Ethiopian female singer to make an album with local musicians in the country where she has made her new home. To my ears, the Dutch musicians on Dire Dawa too often slip into over elaborate chord changes, but they stay discreetly in the background on ‘Tileshign Athidg’ and let the singer lead the way.

emails

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:04 am
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Fred Wills, Dayton, Texas, USA

Dear Charlie,

This morning's music is wonderful and it reminds me of the music Helmut Lotti of Belgium sings in his CD "Out of Africa". Many songs in many different tongues. Please......keep up the good music and try, still, for a longer show!!!

Thanks,

Fred

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2. frank brezine, hereford

The Decline and Fall of The Clerkenwell Kid, well what can I say. Made me get up and play it again in the early hours , and check details. Loved it, hope album is as interesting. Thanks.

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3. Ellie Shember, Mossley, Greater Manchester

I love your show; on the occasions I'm up in the UK and able to catch you I feel blessed, as your restrained presentation of the music (always just so enjoyable) is just right. I loved, loved the African track, female vocal 'who just wanted to dance, the time was right'. I missed the artist, and I'm not sure they're in track order on the site.

Please, will your programme team make your programme available on podcast?

Please, please, just a little, please?

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4. Cary Birdwell,Town: Dallas, TX

Mr. Gillett: Thanks for this wonderful show. I listen to the BBC on KERA 90.1 in Dallas, TX. I stayed up until 1 AM the other night, which I never do, and I caught your show for the first time. I really enjoyed it so I looked it up online and listened to the show three times in a row. I always love being exposed to news music, and I appreciate your show immensely.

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5. paul molloy, Laguna Beach, CA, USA

I found Charlie Gillett by serendipity last night after listening to NPR (US public radio) all day. I do hope the programs will be available for podcast soon. Most excellent and eclectic music.

BTW, we are embarrassed about Palin too!

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6. pauline simons, Eski Foça,nr. Izmir, Turkey

Thank you for including Kurdish singers & musicians from Turkey - I am now a fan of Ahmet Aslan & his brother.

Apart from a short trip to Istanbul, I was lucky enough to visit the home of my Kurdish partner Aydın (Adıyaman, S.E Turkey) when we first met in N.Cyprus. I was immediately captivated by both the music & culture of that region.

We now live almost 1000k away in the West of Turkey, where life is great but the culture is completely different.

Thanks again.

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7. Sherryl C, Miami, Florida

Dear Charlie,

I recently subscribed to satellite radio in my car and was on a a long trip. Your program of international music was a refreshing change and totally enjoyable. Even though I could not understand the language, it made the listening even more interesting. Good job.

Regards,

Sherryl

PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:39 am
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Yes, excellent show this morning Charlie. The sequencing of the first two songs was a stroke of genius and surely worthy of a Mexican wave ...

\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/\o/ ...

June

PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:58 am
by r.allibone
Paul Malloy wrote:we are embarrassed about Palin too!

why be embarrassed by michael palin? only lumberjacks or possibly spanish priest have cause.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:03 am
by John Leeson
r.allibone wrote:
Paul Malloy wrote:we are embarrassed about Palin too!

why be embarrassed by michael palin? only lumberjacks or possibly spanish priest have cause.


Indeed, there are some who feel he is in fact, potentially the best possible candidate for President of the US (whether or not he is constitutionally ineligible).

http://www.gloob.tv/life/michael_palin_president

Re: 2008 - week 39, from 28 September

PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:40 pm
by Charlie
Charlie wrote: Minyeshu is yet another exiled Ethiopian female singer to make an album with local musicians in the country where she has made her new home. To my ears, the Dutch musicians on Dire Dawa too often slip into over elaborate chord changes, but they stay discreetly in the background on ‘Tileshign Athidg’ and let the singer lead the way.

Hi Charlie,

I just happened to stumble upon your comment regarding Minyeshu's new album (among others) and I would like to add some extra information here.

In Minyeshu's group we have 2 Sudanese musicians( bass & percusion), one from Mali (ngoni , kora and guitar), an Ethiopian Masenqo-player, an American guitar/banjo player and just one Dutch musician who happens to be the drummer in the band.........about the chords, harmonies or even better the "colors" .... I guess it's indeed all about tastes.....most of the chords and changes derived directly from "Ethiopian scales" and some from Sudanese music........hope you still enjoy the album.

Many, many thanks for all the great music and your radio-show !

cheers,

Eric van de Lest ( dutch drummer)