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2006 - 1 April - Seasick Steve & Sue Steward

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 12:09 pm
by Con Murphy
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label

1 - Think of One - Tirar Onda - Tráfico - Belgium/Brazil - Crammed Discs

2 - Psapp - Tricycle - 7â€

the bulletin

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 1:56 pm
by Charlie
For the second week running, a sense of amusement and delight coloured everything our ping pong guest said.

As journalist, picture researcher and DJ, Sue Steward was ahead of the world music game before it started, being on the editorial team that launched Collusion back in 1980. The term world music didn’t exist then, and as the magazine ranged wider than any advertiser or marketing department could cope with, it didn’t last long. But every issue has become a collectors’ item.

Next, Sue Steward and Gerry Lyseight launched the Mambo Inn in the conviction that Londoners might like to dance to something other than house and pop. It took a while to prove their point, but with Max Reinhardt and Rita Ray added to the DJ team, the Mambo Inn became a South London institution.

Sue dropped to the DJ substitute bench as she set out to research and write a book, Salsa: Musical Heartbeat of Latin America (Thames and Hudson, 1999), which is still the best introduction to this music, based around interviews with all the main participants still alive at the time, admirably concise and sumptuously illustrated. Long-time live music reviewer for the Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard, Sue has also been a regular contributor to Straight No Chaser, Songlines and The Observer Music Magazine.

Tonight’s visit was triggered by two related events in London, the annual La Linea Festival of Latin American music which spreads across several venues throughout April, and Tropicalia at the Barbican. The latter combines an art exhibition with a series of concerts featuring virtually all the main participants in the explosion of art and music with a political and social edge in Brazil in the late 1960s and early ‘70s, that led to several singers being exiled to London. The roster is remarkably comprehensive, including Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben, Tom Zé, Os Mutantes.

Between us, Sue and I previewed some of the artists appearing at these two events, while taking side trips to celebrate the hybrid inventions of Beck and David Byrne, Seu Jorge and Free Hole Negro.

In the middle of all this, sat Seasick Steve. Now resident of Norway, but irretrievably American, Steve has lived more lives than a cat, many of them involving freight trains, flop houses and fragments of fleeting love. Steve made his first album just after he passed his sixtieth birthday, and now he’s ready to put out another. Tonight he sang two songs from the new one, delivering wry epigrams in his beguilingly believable voice as his guitar added the commas, full stops, question-and-exclamation marks. This was his third live session with us, and he’s welcome back anytime. Steve plays the Spitz on Wednesday, opening a blues festival there with Son of Dave on the same bill. Irresistible, unmissable.

Full details all gigs in Alan Finkel’s Live in London listing at

Book for La Linea at the ¡Como No! website, and for Tropicalia at the Barbican’s -

Many thanks to the Radio Academy for the surprise Award last Thursday: