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2008 - week 53, from Jan 2

PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:26 am
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Mano Negra - Guayacil City - Puta's Fever - France - Virgin - 30721

2 - Sonantes - Carimbó - Sonantes - Brazil - Six Degrees - 657036 11 48-2

3 - Franco & OK Jazz - Mabele - Francophonic - DR Congo - Sterns - STCD3041-42

4 - Sonantes - Toque de Coito - Sonantes - Brazil - Six Degrees - 657036 11 48-2

5 - Dub Colossus - Tazeb Kush (feat Bahta Gebrehiwot, vox & Feleke Hailu Woldemarian, sax) - A Town Called Addis - Ethiopia/UK - Real World - CDRW 155


Confusingly, because it started in 2008, this is classed as week 53 by the World Service.

There was no coherent rhyme or reason for bringing this week’s selection together. The CDs have just been sitting there, waiting for their turn to be chosen.

Mano Negra

Mano Negra was the French post punk rock band led by Manu Chao and his brother Antoine in the late 1980s. Their 1989 gig at the Forum in Kentish Town was one of the most exciting I ever attended, even though I was too old (by at least ten years) to get lost among the pogoing crowd in front of the stage. Although I made sure to get each of their albums, my favourite was always Puta’s Fever, and especially the slow, reggae-tinged ‘Guayacil City’ which is played now to help draw attention to the book Train of Fire and Ice, written by Ramon Chao, father of Manu and Antoine. It is an account of the band’s journey across Colombia in 1993 when they helped to entertain crowds in small towns at impromptu stopsduring a coast-to-coast train journey on a route that was not normally used and did not actually exist. At times, when the rail ran out, engineers travelling on the train had to get off and lay down a new track. Look out for the long programme with Manu Chao on World on 3 on Radio 3, Friday 9 January, 2009.


A late arrival at the end of 2008, the album by the Sao Paulo studio project, Sonantes, just made it into my top ten and I’m glad to see Howard Male concurred by including it in his list too. For many others, it’s more likely to become a contender for the end of year round-ups for 2009. Unusually, reflecting the very different impact of female singer CéU and male singer Siba, two tracks from the same album are included in this programme.

Sam Mangwana


By the same rationale, more than one track could have been included from FrancoPhonic, part one of the retrospective collection by the Congolese bandleader Franco, who regularly used other singers to supplement his own voice. On ‘Mabele’, Sam Mangwana’s tenor floats over the massed horn section.

Dub Colossus

Another fast finisher that appeared in in several top ten round-ups for 2008 was A Town Called Addis by Dub Colossus, the nom-de-studio for Nick Page, formerly bass player and collaborator in first Transglobal Underground and then Temple of Sound, now out on his own as mastermind of this project featuring musicians and singers from Ethiopia.


PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:05 pm
by Charlie
posted as a comment at

Hi to all the contributors to Charlie's show on the world service.
Thank you for all the great music from around the world.
When all the news is of violence and suffering it is so good to listen to the music living and loving its way across the continents to my little white van,parked at the side of the train tracks around this part of the UK.
You all put a little of the sunshine and beauty back into this gray scary world.
Keep doing it and keep it live!

Tim Leaming


emails from:

1. N. Jayaram, Hong Kong -------------------------------------------

Happy New Year

I merely wished to say I'm a regular listener and have been for many years.

Since finding the World Music links on BBC 3 on the Internet, I go there too regularly.

These are great programmes and I hope they will continue for a long time.

I'm looking forward to the special on Manu Chao.

I've learned of many great musicians through these programmes.

My fond wish is for Toumani Diabate to collaborate with an Indian classical musician.

Best Regards

N. Jayaram
Hong Kong


3. Allard Jansen, Nepal

Thanks for taking me back to the soggy and sultry nights of Nairobi's Three Star nightclub with the sounds of Franco et su TPOK. I had the honours to see, shake hands with Franco in NBI and in A'dam (only TPOK were then still around)

Now I have to teach my daughter to listen to it.


4.Sandra Jacobs, Brooklyn, New York (via Trinidad :)

Greetings Charlie,
Happy New Year! I am happy to discover yet another non-commercial source for high quality, unconventional music. Recently I was fiddling around with my radio at some ungodly hour when I could not sleep and heard part of your program. I thoroughly enjoyed it ! Music is like Food and Medicine to me (especially since living in the US) So! between Youtube, Lastfm, Ethno-Podomatic, other on-line sources, and now this...consider me Fat and very Healthy !

Peace & Love,


PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:53 pm
by Alan
listen again for 7 days

Re: messages

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 11:21 pm
by Jamie Renton
Charlie wrote:My fond wish is for Toumani Diabate to collaborate with an Indian classical musician.

Best Regards

N. Jayaram
Hong Kong

Toumani's kora playing cousin Mamadou Diabate collaborated with classical Indian musicians on a delightful album called "Strings Tradition" released on the Felmay label last year.

I don't suppose N. Jayaram reads the forum, but wonder if there's any way that this info could be passed on to him or her!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:05 am
by Jay

I was made aware of this forum and thank Jamie Renton for the information. I hope many more such collaborations follow.
May I add that entirely because of the BBC's World Music programmes, my ears have been opened to some fine and delicate music from Africa and I believe they deserve to be heard in more than the usual two to five minutes limits of the pop song genre.
The kind of timespan that even a Mahlerian symphony takes wouldn't be enough. The time that an Indian raaga takes for delineation would be more like what the kora playing of Toumani Diabate deserves, if not more.

Best Regards

N. Jayaram