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2009 - week 1 from Jan 9

PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:58 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Tarrus Riley - One Two Order - Parables - Jamaica - Cannon - VPCD2334

2 - Gangbe Brass Band - Un Ete a Vodelee - Assiko - Benin - Contre Jour - CJ021

3 - Sonantes - Carimbo - Sonantes - Brazil - Six degrees - 657036 1148-2

4 - Up Bustle & Out - Cumbian Mountain (Chico Sonido & Toy Selectah Remix) - Arriba La Cumbia - UK/Jamaica - Crammed Discs - CRAW49

5 - Kries - Lepi Juro Kries Nalaže - Kocijani - Croatia - Acroanima - KR006CD

6 - Nkan Eledua - Ijo Nkan/Ise Mare O - Songs of My Ancestors - Nigeria - Eko - EKOCD009
Some tracks jump out of the albums they sit in, hidden away, waiting their chance to be noticed. And when they do, they sometimes find fellow spirits with which they are paired, whatever the context. The two tracks that start this week’s show are both on albums that arrived in the same week as each other; both are essentially generic, typical of their type but not likely to be regarded as classics even by the people who go for that kind of thing.

Tarrus Riley

Tarrus Riley is a new name to me, a Jamaican with a good voice but surely not a world beater. Track 5 has an unusual start, some kind of African chanting; then somebody says ‘Black House’ and the soulful lead vocal takes over, leading to the chorus ‘One Two Arder’ (as he pronounces ‘Order’). I’ve played it so often, it’s in my system now, but I still don’t now what it’s about. It’s in English but might as well be in another language, I stop concentrating and just let it float.

The Gangbe Brass Band [photo:]

The Gangbe Brass Band (of Benin) were spectacular when they played WOMAD a few years ago - tight, melodic and powerful. They do sing sometimes, but are mostly an instrumental group, reminiscent of similar line-ups from New Orleans or the Balkans. Their new album is a bit overwhelming, with each track similar to the one before; but I was taken by track 5, ‘Un Ete a Volee’, whose melody becomes very familiar after a few plays, including an accordion which provides a welcome change of tone.


The album by Sonantes is a different kettle of fish, an exceptional collection of songs by a group of musicians based in Sao Paulo, featuring vocalist CéU on Carimbó

Up Bustle & Out

Up Bustle & Out is the Bristol-based project recently featured with an album made in Istanbul, but featured here with a Cumbia-style track from the compilation Arriba La Cumbia. Only one grumble about that album – the tracks overlap, so in order to hear one particular track without interference, we lose a bit at each end. Russ Jones is the culprit mix DJ here.


Having heard and enjoyed the Croatian group Kries when they played the Pizza Express in London last year, I struggled a bit with their album, finding the lead voice a bit raw and unmelodic. But, on persevering, track 2 began to emerge as having a captivating tune and an interesting arrangement.

Nkan Eledua

I think the Nigerian singer Nkan Eledua made her album Songs of Our Ancestors in the United States. When I played ‘Ijo Nkan/Ise Mare O’ at the recent Sound of the World DJ Relay at Darbucka, it aroused a lot of interest. On the other hand, when I played it on a Radio 3 show, the producer barked at me through the intercom, “can we have a bit of melody?â€


PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 1:15 pm
by Charlie
emails from

1. geoff deckland, dover

I am sure, having been an active, well travelled and educated musician and artist for some twenty years, that Charlie Gillett's radio show is the best music radio I have heard.

It is well researched, concise, well presented, informative, imaginative, uplifting and joyful.

I'm sure you know all of this, I just wanted to pat someone's back.

I wish you'd release a compilation CD.

Very best wishes...... Geoff

CG reply: I hope the forum will forgive me posting this, as it seems immodest to do so. As you might guess, I am pointing him to the compilation section below


2. Metitia Gramby, Washington DC

I was up pulling an all nighter for some graduate school work. I have been listening to 88.5 for almost 24 hours, at 4:30 am you started playing some of the best reggae/world beat I have heard in years. Thirty minutes is not enough! Awesome


3. Pauline Simons, Eski Foça,nr. Izmir,Turkey

Great show today Charlie - I loved all the music. I agree - what was the reggae singer singing about - maybe finding happiness in Babylon?? (Loved your World on 3 spot with Manu Chao - wow, great music & what a multi-cultural guy!)
Thanks! Pauline.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:35 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Tarrus Riley is the son of Jimmy Riley, who sang with the Sensations at Treasure Isle, the Uniques (with Slim Smith) and solo for Sly & Robbie. His best composition was Love and Devotion (originally for the Uniques, but later solo):

PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:10 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Should have added that One Two Order uses the rhythm from Prince Alla's Stone, recorded in the 1970s roots era: ... h_response

There's also a King Tubby's dub:

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:35 am
by Charlie
Neil Foxlee wrote:Should have added that One Two Order uses the rhythm from Prince Alla's Stone, recorded in the 1970s roots era: ... h_response

There's also a King Tubby's dub:

You are too much, Neil, incredible

I wonder how many others would know these two

PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:37 am
by Neil Foxlee
Don't make me blush! Although my memory was once described as elephantine, it's a double-edged sword (I find bad memories difficult to forget). And it's no great achievement really - it could even be said to have a touch of autism/the idiot savant about it. What matters is not the amount of data you have on your mental hard drive, but your ability to process it.

Manu Chao, Gbangbe, Tarrus Riley, Nyabinghi etc.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2009 1:26 am
by tiscert
Great show Charlie - especially your smooth dialogue with Manu Chao who’s very popular over here in Italy – and still manages to be political (as is fitting for the son of an anti-Franco exile). His constituency over here is made up of the sons of those who were into ‘Clash’ and ‘Pogues’ over twenty years ago. Nice thing he’s becoming popular in the U.K. as well – and I hope he helped explain the popularity of Maradona (especially in Italy) whose ‘hand of God’ isn’t such a big deal over here. People are more fascinated by his ‘vida tombola’ (the bingo life could be a good translation) and ability to stay true to his roots unlike every other footballer you might think of.
Thanks also for presenting the Gangbe Brass Band’s latest release; very similar to Trinidad’s excellent ‘Kobo Town’. Hopefully we’ll get more; brass bands were very common in West Africa in the early sixties before they gave way to cooler and hipper guitar-driven music but I think there are some still active in Nigeria and Congo. I found these interesting videos on the congolese ‘Fanfare Kimbanguiste’: ... re=related
The Kimbanguistes (a syncretic religious movement) are very much into brass band music – ask your Belgian connections if there are any brass bands among their Congolese residents. By the way I plan to attend the Guča trumpet festival next summer – and welcome all advice.
Last thing (from an ex dub reggae obsessive): Tarrus Riley’s ‘One Two Order’ is done in the ratafarian ‘nyabinghi’ style popularised by the likes of ‘Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus’, ‘Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari’ etc. Ras Michael’s “Rastafari Dubâ€