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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:27 pm
by Charlie
JJ wrote:to get it right and find your style but also fit the bbc style too.

I'm not sure there is such a thing as a BBC style, is there? Mark Lamarr, Stuart Maconie & Andy Kershaw at one end of the spectrum, Verity, Fiona and now Lopa at the other - it's a long piece of string.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:54 pm
by JJ
I'm not sure there is such a thing as a BBC style, is there? Mark Lamarr, Stuart Maconie & Andy Kershaw at one end of the spectrum, Verity, Fiona and now Lopa at the other - it's a long piece of string.

If you compare with commercial stations there is..well that is another style I suppose (and not one that I choose to listen to generally). I really had R3 in my mind when I said that. If you speak to someone who doesn't choose to listen to the Beeb they would agree with me I think. Obviously there are exceptions and that is what makes people want to listen.

But I am a student here and those are just my observations.

Interesting that you have the boys on one end of the string and the girls on the other! What does that say?


PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 4:24 pm
by Ian A.
Charlie wrote:equally good in either mode, live or scripted. I think Andy Kershaw falls into this category too, and I'm not sure which way he does his Monday night slots - has anybody seen him in action doing his show?

Many times over many years, and always completely winging it (and often slipping out of the studio for yet another cigarette while a couple of tracks are playing back to back).

Which reminds me of a Jo Shinner story, from when she used to be on BBC London and back in vinyl days. Put on the first track of a Zairean LP giving herself enough time to zip out to her car for something she'd forgotten. But she was the only person in the building other than the security guy, who wasn't at his post when she rang the intercom to get back in. She finally made it as the last track on the LP side was nearing its end. But then didn't admit what had happened on air . . . rather the opposite of the Peel/ Charlie style! Of course, if it had been a CD she'd have been really b***ered as it would have auto-stopped at the end of the first track!
Charlie also wrote:Because of the magazine nature of World Routes, with lots of inserted elements, Lucy Duran reads scripts and sounds so much freer as soon as she is in conversation with her guests.

Very true. And the same applies to Joe Boyd too - neither a natural script reader but superb conversationalists. I have treasured cassettes from back in the mid 80s of Lucy guesting on Charlie's show and mine then on County Sound in Guildford - inspiring us all.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:09 pm
by Chris P
Another crackingly enjoyable n interesting show last night from what I heard of it, and by the look of this playlist :

Lopa Kothari
18 February 2008

Angelique Kidjo: Lon Lon [after Ravel's Bolero] (4:49)
Album: Dijn Dijn
EMI 5045802 8

Thierry 'Titi' Robin: Pundela (4:06)
Album: Alezane
Naive WN 145049

Lost Bayou Ramblers: Talle d'Errance (3:25)
Album: Live: A La Blue Moon
Swallow Records SW-6205

Miriam Makeba: Ha Po Zamani (4:57)
Album: Pata Pata - the Hit Sound of Miriam Makeba
Warner Bros 9362 47064 2

Vanessa da Mata: Vermelho (3:43)
Album: SIM
Sony BMG 88697097302

Viradouro: Viradouro (6:28)
Album: Sambas de Enredo 2008
Universal Music (Grava Samba) 60251755030

Konono No.1: Kule Kule (6:00)
Album: Live at Couleur Cafe
Crammed Discs Craw45

Toumani Diabate: Kaounding Cissoko (6:20)
Album: The Mande Variations
World Circuit WCD079

Lenine: Nem O Sol, Nem A Lua, Nem Eu (3:40)
Album: Falange Canibal
BMG Brasil 82876527452

Miriam Makeba: Malcolm X (3:21)
Album: Live from Paris and Conakry
Sonodisc 8118

The Blind Boys of Alabama: I've Got a Home (2:45)
Album: Down in New Orleans
Proper Records PRPCD033

Soweto Gospel Choir: Ke Na Le Modisa (4:24)
Album: African Spirit
Shanachie SH 66040

Khaled: Aicha (Mixed Version) (4:13)
Album: Best Of
Wrasse Records WRASS214

DJ Shantal and the Bucovina Orkestra: Disko Partizani (4:52)
Album: Disko Partizani
Crammed Discs Craw41

Miriam Makeba: West Wind Unification (5:26)
Album: The Guinea Years
Stern's Africa STCD3017

Amy Sacko: Badji (5:58)
White label CD only available in Mali

Shaaban Abdel Rahim: New Year Resolutions (6:47)
Album: Shaaban Abdel Rahim
White label CD

Miguel Poveda: Canta de la Resignacion (2:04)
Album: Tierra de Calma
Discmedi DM4235-02

Tom Clark: The Refuge (4:12)
Album: The Refuge
White label CD

Ceu: Ave Cruz (3:25)
Album: CeU
Ambulante Discos 5051011690723

Miriam Makeba: Icala (3:11)
Album: Sangoma
Warner Bros 9256732

PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 5:46 pm
by Neil Foxlee
Here's Lopa's biog from the R3 website. The fact that she's been and still is a newsreader probably explains a lot about her presenting style. No offence to Charlie, but I think I'd prefer Lopa as a pin-up.

Lopa Kothari
Lopa gave up a high-flying career in investment banking to indulge her love of music and as a result has enjoyed a range of careers as diverse as the CDs on her bookshelf.

In 1997, suitcase in hand, she headed off to India, Mumbai in particular, to set her new life in motion. Since then she has produced and presented shows for CNBC, been a newsreader for ITN News, hosted and written the live breakfast show for Channel East, even presented part of the Cat Show for the BBC. More recently she presented for Radio 3 World on your Street stage at WOMAD. Since 2003 she has been at BBC World Service Radio where she presented a news/current affairs programme and is a newsreader.

Flowing through all of this has been music. From the time she was in India she started singing, drawing her inspiration from great singers and writers such as Muddy Waters, T Bone Walker, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Krudup, Ella Fitzgerald, Tina Turner, and John Martyn – to name a few. She has performed with D Wood Trio, Graeme Hamilton (UB40), Karl Peters (Shakti – Zakir Hussain), Oumar Sow (Orchestra Baobab), Abass Nii Dodoo (Royal Obonu Drummers of Ghana) and other artists in India and around the world. Lopa’s style of vocalisation and song writing is quite distinct and draws from the disciplines of soul, gospel & choral music and classical Indian vocal traditions. She has written and recorded songs for film, recorded in India, Italy and UK and performed internationally at various festivals including WOMAD and currently has a song out on a world music compilation.

…And then there’s the dancing in a Paul McCartney pop video; the part in Bombay Dreams; the dawn run to Techincolour Labs for a Bollywood movie…and more!

Meanwhile, she continues to present the news at BBC World Service, perform with her band and work with various producers on music.

Memorable gigs:-

First ever: Pink Floyd (Animals Tour) – Wembley, London

Most romantic: Gundecha Brothers – Banganga, Mumbai

Most vibrant: Femi Kuti – North See Jazz Festival, The Hague
FuerzaBruta – Roundhouse, London

Most moving performance: Mercedes Sosa – RFH, London

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:57 pm
by howard male
Another good one from Lopa last night. Two tracks from Soha, old favourites like Da Lata and Congo Acoustic, new favourites like Dub Colossus, and Womad recordings from Wasis Diop. A real foot-tapper of a show.

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:50 pm
by Neil Foxlee

Made for radio

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:20 pm
by Gordon Neill
Why doesn't Charlie also try wearing a see-through number? It might help get him noticed.


PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 10:43 pm
by Neil Foxlee
The lovely Lopa is also on MySpace, with samples of her band's music and a YouTube clip of a live number with what looks like a small audience having a good time:

Beauty, brains, good voice, eclectic musical tastes, financial acumen (or at least one assumes so from her investment banking experience) - at the risk of being heterosexist, what more could a man want???

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:04 pm
by Gordon Neill
Neil Foxlee pondered:

Beauty, brains, good voice, eclectic musical tastes, financial acumen (or at least one assumes so from her investment banking experience) - at the risk of being heterosexist, what more could a man want???

Just enough stupidity to go for the likes of me?

But I must go and have a listen. I've been faithful to Charlie so far...

PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2008 11:49 pm
by Paul Sherratt
For me, the new shot now being used of Lopa on theBBC iPlayer is far more recognisable ..

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 12:37 pm
by howard male
Just bring this back up to the top, as Lopa did another excellent show last night. I was surprised that - baring in mind I get many of the new releases through the letterbox these days - there were three things she played that sent me straight off to the www to see if I could track them down. Don't miss!

PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 3:21 pm
by Paul Sherratt
Which items are those, howard ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:55 pm
by howard male
Paul asked -

Which items are those, howard ?

Renata Rosa - I love that Northern Brazil sound - like DJ Dolores unplugged.

Olga Miller - like Novalima unplugged

And Doumbia - more vintage 70's Afro funk.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 12:37 pm
by Paul Sherratt
Thanks Howard.

Drop me a line if you struggle getting hold of the Moussa Doumbia. It's out on a Paris pal's lovely little label ( imo ) ' Oriki ' - Lopa played a fine track from another release, last week :

Kante Manfila, Sorry Bamba: Keleya (Kante Manfila) (4:19)
Album: Clash Mandingue
Oriki Music ORK004, track 3