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2008 - week 44, from 2 Nov

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:13 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Hector Zazou - Amdyaz (feat Khaled & Malka Spigel) - Sahara Blue - France/ Algeria/ Israel - Crammed Discs - MTM 32

2 - Zazou/Bikaye - Mama Lenvo - Crammed Global Soundclash 1980-89 - France/ Zaire - Crammed Discs - CRAM 100

3 - Fairuz - Yo Hanaina - Sprigs of Time - Lebanon - Honest Jons - HJRCD36

4 - Moussou e lei Jovents - Desamarra - Home Sweet Home - France - Manivette - 274 1600

5 - Lahlumlenze - Iwewe - Esibhedlela - South Africa - UP Independent - CDUKU055

6 - Lily Tembo - Chenjela - Lily Tembo - Zambia - Mondo - MZB24CD


Hector Zazou

Shocking news that the producer Hector Zazou has died, at the age of 60.

It was such an exotic name, when first encountered back around 1980, often linked with the name of a singer from the Congo as in Zazou/Bikaye. These were the early days of hybrid experiments, when Western, studio-based musicians collaborated with improvising singers to make music that sounded like nothing we had heard before. Hector Zazou was a made-up name for a man whose French/Spanish parents raised their son in Algeria. He never forgot the impact of hearing singers and rhythms from another culture, and somehow linked up with Marc Hollander and Vincent Kenis, who ran the pioneering Belgian independent label, Crammed Discs.

Minimal Compact [Malka Spigel, front left]

Of all Hector’s early albums, the one that struck me most was his project Sahara, which set the poems of Rimbaud to music. The combination of the voices of Algerian singer Khaled and the Israeli, Malka Spigel, is particularly haunting and effective.


First released on a 12â€


PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:24 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Dr Mounir BANOUB, Karlsruhe, Germany

I have heard BBC since 1957 during a trip from Egypt to Gaza, since then I kept that till now.

I wake up often at night and stick the ear-phones to get back to sleep again.

I hear your prog and go with it to various lands I knew and others I hope one day to do.

Thanks for the weekly trip around the world.



2. Jim Comrie, York UK

Absolutely love your shows, but why oh why are there not three 2 hour shows a week? like friend Peel.

Anyway, this is the question that everyone asks, of course, where to buy the a dozen stores, I don't mind...but York

Need a copy of Chenjela by Lily Tembo as I've decided that that's my funeral music as everyone leaves the crem...not morbid but a wonderful uplifting and happy piece...cheers

looking forward to next programme


CG reply

Thanks, Jim

Mondo Music's website looks very well -organized and although I haven't tried to buy anything from it, I'm confident it will work ... &Itemid=78

Lily Tembo


3. Paddy Grey, London

Hi there, I heard something magical on World service around 3.55am here a couple of days ago. I grabbed a pen and scribbled down all I could catch. 'Ese iben...south africa. ' I wonder if it was Esibhedlela as written above. If so how do I find it. thank you so much for playing it. It is just remarkable. Paddy grey.


4. Bob Sankey

Charlie, thank you so much for your broadcast re: Nov.2nd '08. It's not often that I'm awake looking after my wife (I'm a 60 year old carer) when incredible sounds come on the radio. I just have to say that the tracks you played from, especially "THE SPRIGS OF TIME" and THE CRAMMED GLOBAL SOUNDCLASH '80-'89, just blew me away and made what was a difficult night into a most memorable one. I've told my wife Lindsay if she's going to have a bad night - MAKE IT SUNDAY thanks.

Bob Sankey


5. Judy Granville, Hove

Marvellous music you play during the night. Thanks, Charlie. Judy

PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:05 am
by judith
I turned on the news. Hyper. Even the downpour hitting the Pacific northcoast with occasional flickerings of power loss hasn't slowed down the deluge of phone calls. Voting notices were hanging off the doorknob when I took the dog out this morning. Everywhere you look stickers posters discussions, serious discussions. Time seems stuck in all this, ready to break. Then, listening to this show, here's a broad selection of music from all over the palce, unsullied by all this, steadily moving gently along upon its own momentum. I so enjoyed the flow within the songs themselves and the selections one unto the other - from the fragments to the whole and back again, as has always been the way of things in the greater entirety. Thank you, Charlie. Beautiful show. Transposed my static state.

Re: 2008 - week 44, from 2 Nov

PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:56 am
by Alan
[Note: a search for photos of Lahlumlenze drew a blank. If you manage to locate an image, please post the link here]