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Monday 21 January, 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:48 am
by Charlie
Show broadcast Monday 21 January, included music from 11 of the 16 countries involved in the African Cup of Nations (marked with an asterisk *)

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

1 - Soha - C'est Bien Mieux Comme Ca - D'Ici et D'ailleurs - France/Egypt (*1) - Virgin - 099950 318124

2 - Andy Palacio - Watina (I Called Out) - Watina - Belize - Cumbancha - CMB-CD 3

3 - Eric Agyeman - Matutue Mirika - Highlife Safari - Ghana (*2) - Sterns - STCD 3002

4 - JJC & 419 Squad feat T.I.D - Demu Gani - Lagos Stori Plenty - Nigeria (*3)/ Tanzania - Out Here - OH 005

5 - Kazim Koyuncu & Sevval Sam - Beni Seni Sevducumi - The Edge of Heaven - Germany/ Romania - Essay - AY CD 16

6 - Anouar Brahim - Astrakan Café (2) - Astrakan Café - Tunis (*4)/Turkey - ECM - ECM 1718

7 - Les Escrocs - Enseignants - Mandinka Rap from Mali - Mali (*5) - Naxos - 76060-2

8 - Nancy Ajram - Ana Batdallaa Aaleik (I'm just teasing you) - Best of Nancy Ajram, Vol 2 - Lebanon - -

9 - Eva Quartet - Seltza - Bulgarian Folklore Gifts - Bulgaria - Orpheus - ORP CD024

10 - Ersatzmusika - The Gold Prospector - Voice Letter - Russia - Asphalt Tango - CD-STR 1407

11 - Think of One - Gnawa Power - Camping Shaâbi - Belgium/ Morocco (*6) - Crammed Discs - CRAW 42

12 - Jali Fily Cissokho - Umbalafeyle Tetambulo [feat Adama Cisssokho] - Doumajoulo - Senegal (*7) - Kaira Arts - KA1002CD

13 - Bonga - Mona Ki Ngi Xica - O'Melhor de Bonga - Angola (*8) - Lusafrica - 74321 893 842

14 - Aaron Neville - Hercules - New Orleans Funk - USA - Soul Jazz - SJR CD47

15 - D.J.Dolores - Cala Cala [feat Isaar] - I Real - Brazil - Ziriguiboom - ZIR 31

16 - Almasala - Els Nens Sense Memoria - Eolh - Spain - Ventilador - CDA0532

17 - Tiken Jah Fikoly - Ma Côte D'Ivoire [feat Beta Simon] - L'Africain - Côte D'Ivoire (*9) - Wrasse - WRASS 204

18 - Toni Iordache - Omul bun are noroc [feat Gabi Lunca] - Songs from a Byegone Age, 4 - Romania - Asphalt Tango - CD-ATR01307

19 - John Mister - It Takes a Woman - demo - UK - -

20 - Julien Jacob - Cotonou - Cotonou - Benin (*10) - Wrasse - WRASS138

21 - Madilu System - Jalousie [feat Nyboma] - La Bonne Humeur - DR Congo - Sterns - STCD 1104

22 - Jimmy B - Make Em Bounce - Kwaito - South African Hip Hop - South Africa (*11)/ Sierra Leone - Earthworks - STEW42CD

Monday 21 Jan

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:04 pm
by Roger Bradley
What a wonderful mixture last night. All kinds of music and football too!

I particularly enjoyed hearing the Eric Agyeman and Anouar Brahem tracks. I'd forgotten that I had the Astrakan Cafe CD and had to dig it out to hear the rest of it again.

One thing though, Charlie. You've been slipping in the odd rap record here and there for several years and you still haven't found a good one. Some of them sound very promising when they start but then that rapper comes in with his monotonous dum-de-dum-de-dum-de-dum and ruins it.

I recall writing to you when you played the first few and declared, "There's no such thing as a good rap song". Sadly, you keep proving me right. But it's OK. I know I won't stop you playing them.

I've got a volume control to turn down the noise until the good stuff comes back. And it always does.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:19 pm
by RussellC
This was a great programme, perhaps because of the African predominance.

I was walking in Luton Town Centre about 7pm before the broadcast and there was an African guy skipping down the road with a flag between outstretched arms. I thought that it couldn't be the Irish tricolour, but it was only when I was able to check the next day that I discovered Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 1-0 around that time, and that the Ivorian flag is similar to the Irish.

Luton's a cosmopolitan place nowadays - but the it's not wholly reflected in its live music scene.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:35 am
by Gordon Neill
Apologies for the late feedback. It's not that it takes ages for the signal to reach Fife, I just keep forgetting when the show's on and, when I do remember, it's getting past my bedtime. When oh when can we get a settled schedule? And at a decent hour?

But, thanks to the wonders of the listen again facility....... another brilliant show, which just reminds me what I'm missing from the good old days of the BBC London show. A nice blend of the familiar (I actually knew six of the tracks!) and the new. Particular favourites were the Think Of One track, and the gorgeous opener from Soha - if ever there was an instant classic! Any idea if her album has a strength in depth?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:48 am
by Hugh Weldon

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:00 am
by Gordon Neill
Thanks for that, Hugh. I never thought of trying Youtube. But we get it up here as well. Not as smooth as the album, but very interesting (I can understand what Charlie sees in her!).

I also noticed a link to another song on her album. Not quite in the same class as "C'est Bien Mieux Comme Ca", but quite jolly all the same.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:42 am
by howard male
Gordon asked -

Any idea if her album has a strength in depth?

It only arrived yesterday but I'd say that while CG certainly picked one of the best tracks there are at least half a dozen other ones which are certain to be growers. She's not as adventurous as Camille (though I could certainly here a Camille influence here and there) but there is still definitely a sense that she wants to gently push the sonic boundries - which is more than can be said of our mainstream-ish pop acts (which I imagine is what she is in France.)

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:03 pm
by howard male

I forgot to mention that despite not yet declaring this album a masterpiece - having just watched all the footage on YouTube - I am (once again) in love.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:43 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Howard wrote:I am (once again) in love.

Me too. Aging bloke syndrome again I fear. Other sufferers of this affliction may wish to be reminded Yasmin Levy plays the Union Chapel this Thursday, while Camille has a new album 'Music Hole' released on 7 April and plays Camden Koko on 14 May.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 10:12 am
by judith
My apologies for this late post about the program but as strangely as it arrived, the transient mystery that wiped out my computer's ability to access YouTube and which also annihilated my access to the BBC has, today, disappeared. I was so pleased to hear there is a word, "Enseignants" (#7) that means "dedicated to teachers". Is it straight off French or is it a term influence by Mali because of their griot tradition?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 4:11 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Sorry Judith, 'enseignant' is just a French word for teacher, though Charlie in his commentary said the lyrics of the Escrocs song praised the value of education and the efforts of teachers. 'Escroc' is French for 'crook' though - maybe they see themselves as bad boy rappers?

PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2008 8:12 pm
by judith
Thank you, Hugh.