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2008 - week 40, from 5 October

PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:51 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Å aban Bajramovic - I Bar Val Pudela - Princes amongst Men - Serbia - Asphalt Tango - CD-ATR 1608

2 - Taj Weekes & Adowa - Propaganda War - Deiden - St Lucia - Jatta - 652279 070026

3 - Les Freres Guissé - Mijjo - Yakaar - Senegal - Mon Slip - MS 22

4 - CéU - Malemolência - CéU - Brazil - Six Degrees - 657036 1129-2

5 - Son de la Frontera - Buleria en rama - Cal - Spain - World Village - 468069

6 - Burkina Electric - Mdolé - Rêem Tekré - Burkina Faso/USA - Ata Tak - WRS04


Å aban Bajramovic

Garth Cartwright’s account of Gypsy music in the Balkans, Princes Among Men, continues to spread itself around the world, having been translated into several languages, and now receives it the boost of a soundtrack album. I can’t understand how I didn’t notice the riveting track he has chosen by Šaban Bajramovic, when it was first released on the source album on World Connection in 2001, but here it is, a belated discovery in the year that Šaban died.

Taj Weekes [photo: ]

After Bob Marley died in 1981, Jamaican music virtually abandoned most of the qualities that had made him so universally loved, and it seemed that reggae would become for ever associated with the 1960s and ‘70s. But singers in Africa and neighbouring Caribbean islands have taken up the classic form of meaningful lyrics delivered by heart-touching vocalists, among whom Taj Weekes from St Lucia is one of the best. A new name to me, he is already widely popular in North America, Germany and Jamaica itself.

Les Frères Guissé

Previous producers of Les Frères Guissé made their jobs unnecessarily complicated, adding instruments that just got in the way. The Senegalese group’s new album shows how to do it – keep things simple, allow their voices do all the work.


Sifting through the piles of newly arrived albums, some get thrown out straight away, others make their mark immediately. And then there’s a third category, albums which sound quite appealing at first and then somehow grow stronger, embedding themselves into the consciousness without being listened to in the meantime. CéU’s album, on being played again months after its arrival, is one such record that has mysteriously grown stronger while being unheard.

Son de Frontera

Looking back through the log of tracks played in this programme over the year, I’m shocked to see that I have twice played Son de Frontera, voted Best European Artist at this year’s Radio 3 Awards for World Music. Time to make reparations.

Burkina Electric

Perhaps because it was particularly difficult to find, ‘Mdolé’ by Burkina Electric attracted several comments the first time I played it back in March, and since then has been made more widely available as a track on my compilation Beyond the Horizon. I’m not allowed to mention the album on air, but in the safety of my own website can point you in that direction if you still haven't tracked it down.


PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 1:29 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1. Jennifer Stewart, Austin, TX

I've just jumped into your program and I find it incredibly awesome. For the longest time, I've been looking for an exposure to music abroad and you have provided it. Thank you so much! Great selection!


2. Kilu von Prince, Germany

Dear Charlie Gillet,

you did it again, I had to buy that gipsy jazz record right away. Unfortunately, I had to do some research to find it, since the title given on the web site is slightly wrong: It's "Princes among men", but the real name is "Princes amongST men".

Keep up the great work, even though it truly drains my student budget!


3.A. Anne Bardot, Brussels


Just few words to let you know that your programme is really great. I am French, living in Brussels and enjoy very much listening to your programme every Sunday.

I know what present I will make to my godfather who is found of Spanish music for his birthday this week. I just hope that it would not be too difficult to find "Cal" here in Brussels.

Thanks again.

All the best, Anne


3.B Anne Bardot, Brussels


I was successful and was able to purchase a CD of "Cal" at the FNAC stores chain in Brussels. My Godfather is delighted and enjoys very much listening to this music.

Best regards,



4. Mia Grosjean, Sag Harbor, NY USA


It's so great to hear the music you pick. I can't listen to it every week, but when I do I'm reminded of how wonderful this world really is.



5. duncan whitwham, London

just to say what wonderful show on 5/10/08.

every song a corker but particularly the track by Mdole which is very hypnotic.


6. Yvonne, London

Hello Charlie. Yippee. Taste. Loving this station. Perfect this time of the morning. Pleasantly surprise as I'm usually tuned in to LBC. What a wonderful eclectic selection of music. Makes me feel alive again and reminds me of why I love music and spent many years as a musician. Tend to be in hibernation now adays. Shuh.


7. Sheri, cotati

Lovely music. I especially appreciated Buleria en Rama and Malemolencia! Thank you for the great program . . .


8. Arnaud Ntirenganya Emmanuel, Rwandan in Cameroon

Dear Charlie,

the following tracks were fantastic indeed.

I enjoyed them especially the one from Senegal Mijjo by Les Freres Guisse. I could sing with them even though I couldn't hear the dialects!!!

Title: Mijjo
Artist: Les Frères Guissé

Title: I Bar Val Pudela
Artist: Å aban Bajramović


9. bassong armel, Douala, Cameroon

I have particularly appreciated the song by the guissé brothers. I don't understand the words but the artistry is just wonderful.


10. charles coulson, ellon, aberdeenshire

Ceu! What a wonderful album you featured last night. Her relaxed but provocative voice and arrangements are just devastating.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2008 2:43 pm
by Alan
links to this week's Charlie Gillett's World of Music: 05/10/2008

BBC i-player link
BBC media player link


PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:04 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

11. kate wilson, london

I've been listening to your programme on 'Listen Again', today.

It's very different to when I hear it at night and the music takes on a magical sense - especially the music from Burkina Faso for some reason.