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2008 - week 43, from 26 October

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:19 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Ebenezer Obey - Elere Ni Wa - Eyi Yato - Nigeria - Oti - Oti (LP) 508

2 - Buena Vista Social Club - Orgullecida - At Carnegie Hall - Cuba - World Circuit - WLWCD080

3 - Sui Vesan - Harmonia Mundi - Renewal - Slovakia - SuiMusic - N174 0002-2-331

4 - Carla Bruni - L'Amoureuse - comme ce rien n'était - France - Naïve - DRAMCD0004

5 - Monica Akihary - Hitam Manis - Lagu Lagu - Netherlands - Boiakih - BROMO 01


Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey

Back in 1982, the future of West African music seemed to hang on the relative merits of debonair King Sunny Adé and His African Beats or the bulkier frame of Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and His Inter-Reformers Band. I was hooked on the catchy tune of ‘Elere Ni Wa’ which I played several times on Capital Radio, when it was still a novelty for Africans in London to hear this kind of sound coming from mini cab radios. Encountered in a radio studio, Ebenezer turned out to be an easy-going giant, on whom an electric guitar looked like a toy.

Carnegie Hall

Is it really only ten years since the first Buena Vista Social Club album made its surprise entry in the UK’s best-selling chart? Seems to have been much longer, as if we have known the music forever, but the album's tenth anniversary is marked by the release of a Live album from Carnegie Hall, which instantly find its place in Amazon’s best sellers. How hard co-producers Nick Gold and Ry Cooder have worked, swapping remixes to compare their versions of how best to balance the contributions of the soloists. Amazing that pianist Ruben Gonzales, forgotten for so long, is now forever entrenched among the immortals.

Sui Vesan

Sui Vesan is an idiosyncratic musician and singer from Slovakia who makes up songs in a language of her own invention. Her husband Rado sets up the hypnotic guitar figure on ‘Harmonia Mundi’ to provide a frame for Sui to improvise against.

Carla Bruni

Carla Bruni’s debut album in 2002 proved her to be an adept wordsmith, and although the follow-up was a misjudgement, she has returned to form with ‘Comme Ce Rien n’etait’ – ‘As if nothing matters’. How did she retain concentration amidst the hurly burly of marrying the French President? What kind of judgement does she have?

Monica Akihary
How to explain the logic for re-introducing ‘Hitam Manis’ by the Dutch singer Monica Akihary, first played at the time of its release about a year ago? Imposible. The tune just floated into my head and seemed to belong here and now.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 12:42 pm
by Alan

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:51 pm
by Janet M
Had to listen to Sui Vesan over and over again - earworm time
Idiosyncratic indeed


PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:15 pm
by Charlie
email from:

1.Kevin Garry, Washington, DC

What a wonderful, inspired show you do!

My night is not complete until you come on the radio.

Thank you for opening my mind and my heart,

2. Monica Akihary

by the way, every time you put our music on your program, an email from comes as a cd order for Lagu Lagu.

You audience is really superb! I receive beautiful emails/letters...


3. Sui Vesan

Now we get this email from the US:


I live in the Brooklyn, New York. Heard one of your songs on a BBC world music program and I was blown away. Some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard.
How can I get a copy of your CD Renewal?

Ethan Duff
Clark Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2008 6:26 pm
by Charlie
Alan wrote:available for 7 days via this link ... _26102008/