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Chango Spasiuk, John Armstrong, Friday 27 Feb

PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:20 pm
by Charlie
Chango Spasiuk is the epitome of the musician who must be seen live to appreciate fully what he does and who he is. Partly, it’s to do with his intensity, the concentration he puts into his music; and partly it’s to appreciate his close attention to what the others in his group are playing.

Capable of performing solo, that is not what Chango generally chooses to do. He thrives on being part of an ensemble, feeding notes and melodies to his companions, waiting for the messages they send in return.

Once you’ve seen him, even if it was just once, you hear him differently forever afterwards, knowing that you have been in the presence of a master, savouring the prospect of becoming familiar with his latest work.

Here, hopefully, is the evidence and proof,: Chango and his ensemble live in the studio, showcasing the virtuoso violin of Victor Renaudeau; the versatile guitar and touching vocals of Sebastien Villaba, and the multi-tasking skills of his brother Marcos, on percussion, second guitar and back-up vocals. I’m hoping that one day soon this ensemble will be seen on Later With Jools and catch the nation’s attention.

The group is at the Union Chapel, Islington on Saturday 28th Feb, and in Oxford on Wednesday 3rd March.

Playing Radio Ping Pong is John Armstrong, who has miraculously been awarded his own 13-week show on Radio 2, Viva Latino, playing the best Latin American music every Monday night from 10.30 to 11.30. An unusual DJ who’s a good dancer, and a world music DJ who actually speaks Spanish and Portuguese well enough to get the names right, John and has been a productive collator and annotator of compilation albums in this field for three decades (currently for Rough Guides).

Although there’s a Latin American thread throughout, we do move around.

World on 3 is broadcast live at 11.15 on Radio 3 and available online for seven days at

Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Blue Blokes 3 - In The Pines - Stubble - Uk - Fledglin - FLED 3068

2 - C W Stoneking - The Love Me or Die - Jungle Blues - Australia - King Hokum - KHR -02

- In session (Part 1)
Chango Spasiuk (accordion/vocals)
Victor Renaudeau (violin)
Marcos Villalaba (percussion/guitar/backing vocals)
Sebastian Villalba (guitar/vocals)

3 - Chango Spasiuk - Tierra Colorada (Red Land) - In Session - Argentina

4 - Chango Spasiuk - Tristeza (sadness) - In Session - Argentina

- Swapping tracks with John Armstrong of Viva Latino (BBC Radio 2) (Part 1) -

*5 - Adair de Freitas - Pre-Visao - Universo Campeiro - Brazil - Megatche - 50081

6 - Quintana-Escalante - Tahachi Remimbyasy - Duo de la Sumpatía - Paraguay - Cerro Cora - ECC 5008

*7 - Minono Garaÿ y los Tambores del Sur - Cuando Quieres - Kilombo - France - Discograph - 612 4432

8 - Tonino Carotone - La Abuela Vuela - Mondo Difficile - Spain - Virgin - 8493892

- In session (2):

9 - Chango Spasiuk - Viejo Caballo Alezan - In Session - Argentina

10 - Chango Spasiuk - Suite Nordeste –Mvts I – IV (incl. Cadenza & Fuga) - In Session - Argentina

- Swapping tracks with John Armstrong of Viva Latino (Part 2)

*11 - Avleddha - Lola ja Sena - Remixes of southern Italian Folk music - Italy - White label

12 - Ravid Goldschmidt/ Silvia Perez Cruz - Vestida De Nit - Ravid Hang - Israel/ Spain - Quantum Evolution - QERAV001

*13 - La Excelencia - Salsa Dura - Mi Tumbao Social - USA - HWC - 4720

14 - Bonga - Subos - Bairro - Angola - Lusafrica

*15 - Mariana da Cruz - Depois do Aplauso - Nova Estação - Brazil - Six Degrees

16 - Amy Sacko - Badji - Pathaan presents Nomads 7 - Mali - United/ Supperclub - SCN 007

17 - Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - Padre Neustro - La Luz del Ritmo - Argentina - Sony

18 - Gloria Estefan - Abriendo Puertas - Abriendo Puertas - USA - Sony/Epic - 4809922

19 - Dub Colossus - Neh Yelginete - A Town Called Addis - UK/ Ethiopia - Real World - CDRW155

email from Carlos Bittar

PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:48 am
by Charlie
A regular listener to the World Service, Carlos Bittar is a Paraguayan photographer who sent a package a few weeks ago including a CD that was played tonight. Having heard the show, he sent this email:

hi charlie...what a surprise!!!!! .i asked you like over a year ago if you had any records of paraguayan answer Kike Pedersen never mentioned Los Paraguayos.. i decided to make a careful selection that can represent the music of Paraguay cause (i hint that you are a collector)...

on one hand Quintana-Escalante (as Simon-Garfunkel) is a duet .they do a requinto (maybe Chango can explain that)... they sing polka paraguaya (actually the name is in guarani Pyrahei Yaheo) as Chango is very familiar is music that originated in this Gaucho region between the Parana Paraguay and Uruguay rivers (a cowboy culture) also a region of the Ruinas Jesuitas the former Jesuits reductions of the Guarani Indians under the Spanish can find the ruins in the 3 countries....the main Trinidad is in Paraguay near from wrere Chango is

......I really dont know if Quintana and Escalante are alive still but I knew them thru Ñamandu who in the 80s and 90s try to recreate a sort of new Polka like in Polkaza (they were inspired in La nueva troba cubana)....but basically you have 2 genres la polka paraguaya ( Pyrahei Yaheo) which is rural and la guarania which is urban (Luis Alberto del Parana and Oscar Gomez play more guaranias)...

Paraguay lost part of Matto Grosso, Misiones part of the Gaucho territory after the Triple Alianza War a war 1865-70 against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay....after that this country never recovered itself and it is sort of a lost country between giants (Argentina and Brazil)..that is our fatal the culture is very similar in rural areas of Rio Grande do Sul, Misiones and Paraguay...the guachos drink mate and listen to similar music....

Any ways....congratulations your choice was sharp went straight to Chango's heart, to his memories of childhood......

i am familiar with Viva Latino very popish programme.....that deserves another mail....i really miss a program called Planet Latino from Radio Scotland...... Los Fabulosos Cadilacs are chasing the money doing cumbia and reggeton...they were a awesome rock pop group....

Gloria Estafan.. come on Charlie don't disappoint me please....

un fuerte abrazo


PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:27 pm
by Alan
listen again via this link up until Friday next 6 March


PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:30 am
by Charlie
emails from

1. Beatriz Cadiz:


Thanks for your program, I enjoyed it so much and was moved to listen to Chango there in the studio, cry over Tristezas of course. Surprised that you appreciate his talent so much.

The catalonian song was "(she) wears an evening dress". My mother was from Barcelona and I am learning catalán. Incredible songs!

Looking forward to next Friday, have a nice week,


late arrival

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:36 am
by Gordon Neill
Ah! What a wonderful programme. As a hardened music fan, it was wonderful to find my ears breaking into new territory.

Difficult to pick out a highlight, as the standard was so high. But where to get these records? I’ll certainly be snapping up Chango’s latest CD, but Amazon just shrugged its shoulders when I asked about Adair de Freitas or Quintana-Escalante. But it has heard of Tonino Carotone (I loved the piano on that track), so all isn’t lost.

And, spookily, after three decades of being largely neutral to her charms, I’d just bought a Gloria Estafan album… Yup, that’s right! ‘Abriendo Puertas’. Great minds think alike, or fools seldom differ? Perhaps she needs to be added to the ‘Now That’s What I Call World Music’ hall of fame? In her own poppy way, I think she might have been the first inkling (to me at least) that people who’s first language isn’t English can make decent music.

PS Keep plugging CW Stoneking. The more I listen to him, the more I think he’s a major man in the making. Although, rather than the track you played, I think his version of ‘Brave Son of America’ is the highlight of his recent album. I’ve had it on loop all week. Surely, the most perfectly subtle piece of sarcasm in musical history.

Re: late arrival

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:33 am
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:'Brave Son of America'. Surely, the most perfectly subtle piece of sarcasm in musical history.

Sorry to tell you this, Gordon but now you have to get Wilmoth Houdini's album on Arhoolie which has the original version as well as many other delights.

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:39 am
by Gordon Neill
Charlie apologised:

Sorry to tell you this, Gordon but now you have to get Wilmoth Houdini's album on Arhoolie which has the original version as well as many other delights.

I'm a few hours ahead of you. I ordered a copy last night! I couldn't see 'Brave Son of America' in the tracklisting (on Amazon). But I just thought 'what the heck, if anyone can write such a brilliant song then there must be other goodies there as well'.