First, my condolences to all of Charlie's friends and colleagues at the BBC and around the world. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but he enriched my life and the lives of millions.
I have a question about a recording Charlie played a few months ago. It was from Burundi, possibly recorded during the 1960s, and it was made up of field recordings, wonderful music. Do any of you know what the recording was, and whether it's available, especially as a download? I'm a DJ in St. Louis, USA, planning a program which will pay tribute to Charlie and his work, and I'd love to find that recording to play on the air. You can reply off-forum; my e-mail address is:
If this is the original recording, made in 1967, then no home should be without it.The first track, "The Whispering Song", terrified the life out of me the first time I heard it. Charlie recently played it alongside Tom Waits's "Troubles' Braids" which was obviously inspired by it. Also on the original Burundi are the two young girls singing what sound like polyrhythmic nursery rhymes. Astonishing!
Thank you for the information. The program, "No Time to Tarry Here", airs on Sundays from 2-4 pm North American Central Daylight time, which is 1900-2100 GMT. It's described as "Traditional music and related stuff"; the "related stuff" lets me do just about anything. Normally I focus on music from North America and the UK, but this week, in tribute to Charlie Gillett, I'll include music from a lot more countries, of course without pretending to Charlie's expertise! The program is streamed at www.kdhx.org and is archived for two weeks after broadcast; to find the archive, go to the "Radio" tab at the upper left of the website, then click "Programs", then scroll down to Sunday and click on "No Time to Tarry Here". There should be two weeks of archive there, along with playlists. World Music fans would also, I think, enjoy "Music from the Hills", which airs immediately after (from 2100-2300 GMT). The host, John Uhlemann, focuses mainly on music from Eastern Europe, but occasionally wanders into Scandinavia, North Africa and the Middle East.
Peace, Paul J. Stamler (broadcasting as "Pablo Meshugi")