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The dream teams

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:48 pm
by Charlie
Extending Damon Albarn's concept of putting musicians from the UKs and Africa onstage together:

If you were putting together a dream team of musicians for a concert, assuming time for rehearsal and learning new songs, who would you choose?

Pick two teams, on chosen from musicians based anywhere in the world, one
from musicians based in the UK.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:16 pm
by kevin
Konono No.1 with Basement Jaxx

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:49 pm
by Adam Blake
Fairuz and Natacha - ha ha! (I'll get my coat...)

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:00 pm
by Jamie Renton
Errol Linton's Blues Vibe & Tinariwen

Alabama 3 & Oumou Sangare

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:06 pm
by Adam Blake
Jamie Renton wrote:Errol Linton's Blues Vibe & Tinariwen


Only if Justin lends me his 1953 Les Paul...

Re: The dream teams

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:08 pm
by Charlie
Charlie wrote: Pick two teams, on chosen from musicians based anywhere in the world, one from musicians based in the UK.

vocalist 1
vocalist 2

strummed or plucked instruments:
guitar 1
guitar 2
kora, harp or equivalent
oud or equivalent (inc ngoni)

fingerboard instruments:

keyboard and/or piano
qanuun
mbira

blown instruments
saxophone
trumpet
duduk
Saharan flute

percussion:

kit drum
tabla or equivalent
West African percussions

arranger:

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 5:16 pm
by Nigel w
Here's my suggested African-American dream programme for Obama's inauguration:


Mavis Staples singing I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free accompanied by Abdullah Ibrahim on piano

Buddy Guy with Tinariwen

K'Naan and Gil Scott-Heron

Oumou Sangare and Erykah Badu

closing with Bob Dylan and Youssou N'Dour duetting on Chimes of Freedom

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:43 pm
by will vine
The more I contemplate this the more I'm drawn to dead musicians ...still it is only a dream I suppose.................Back Soon.

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:14 pm
by Charlie
Nigel w wrote:closing with Bob Dylan and Youssou N'Dour duetting on Chimes of Freedom

All great suggestions, Nigel, except pehaps for this last pairing.

Once again, I'd propose Aaron Neville, this time instead of Dylan himself

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:43 pm
by Nigel w
Has Aaron Neville ever sung Chimes of Freedom , Charlie ? If so I've not heard it...

Youssou's version is listed in my Rough Guide to Bob Dylan as one of the 20 best Dylan covers of all time and I must say I like the idea of Youssou singing it with the song's author.

And if you asked Youssou if he'd rather sing it with Dylan or with Aaron, I don't think he would say Aaron, either (great singer that he is, of course..)

ps re. one of my other deam choices, there's a new K'Naan album, Troubadour, out in January apparently. Has anyone heard it yet? Or even knows who is putting it out in the UK?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:59 pm
by will vine
Several decades ago I visualised a band I'd like to have - an acoustic, blues based band. I don't know whether I took my cue from John Mayall's acoustic "Turning Point" group featuring John Mark and Johnny Almond but it stemmed from around that time. I visualised an instrumental line-up as follows;
National steel guitar, upright(bar room quality) piano, trumpet / harmonica, miscellaneous percussion implements and a row of congas. There would also be palm trees and/or cactii on stage, reflecting the sometimes more exotic nature of the blues. This was the band I'd be in, but right now I'm going to fantasise this modified line up.

Olu Dara.......tpt. / vocs. Maria Muldaur.....vocs. Bennie Wallace...sax
Danny Thompson....d.bass Justin Adams....gtr. Paul Clarvis....perc.
David Byrne...vocs. Geraint Watkins or Cheik M. Smith....pno.
Guests.....Orphy Rbinson....vibes Adam Blake ....gtr.