Holland Tunnel Dive. USA Thursday, March 07, There's also room for The Inn Crowd's super-rare harmonica-drenched groover Run Clarence Run and Friends' My Land which sandwiches two minutes of organ-led craziness between its deceptively mellow intro and outro. Towards the end of this epic double set comes yet another Hendrix cover - 49th Blue Streak's funked-up, fuzzed-up Foxy Lady and there's an appropriate closer in the form of George Brigman's hypnotic Drifting.
This is a super-hot collection of vintage rarities accompanied by detailed liner notes and never-before-seen photos of the artists! Little surprise then that these cuts should sound so fresh today. There seems to a mass of new releases, tours and projects pushing their nodding heads above the forbidding cold soil of winter. On another African note, yet another of my favourite labels specialising in re-releasing old albums, Analog Africa , are set to issue a blissful treasure trove of 70s Afro sounds.
This time, on its fifth expedition to the magical musical world of Benin , they open the vaults of the band Le Super Borgou de Parakou on an album entitled "The Bariba Sound". A raw but heady mixture of Bariba and Dendi folklore, Islamic melodies and s oul, pachanga, breakbeats, rumba and afro-beat.
Very much recommended. Release date for this is 27 March either as CD with 30 page booklet or as double LP gatefold deluxe edition. Finally, the French agency Turn Again Music have contacted me to announce the 20th anniversary comeback of band Gnawa Diffusion led by founder Amazigh Kateb with plans for a tour to start in May this year and a new album to be recorded this year and released in Autumn As they put it: "a travel to chaabi through gnawi, reggae, ragga, rock No other details as yet, but watch this space.
My radio show, World Beat UK , started in February and was initially aired on a now defunct community radio station operating out of the Custard Factory arts and media complex in Birmingham, UK. The first 32 shows were 2 hour live shows transmitting online every Monday evening, and then after a few weeks changing to every Wednesday and gradually built up an audience all over the world, people tuning in from as far apart as Russia, California, Ecuador, Argentina, the Caribbean, Ghana, Cameroon, and even New Zealand to name but a few, as well as all over mainland Europe and the UK.
The idea was to present a lively, independent world music show that showcased a wide mix of music from all over the world in an exciting, friendly, accessible manner but packed with information and interesting musical ideas all delivered with passion. The musical policy was broad, exploring the margins of what might or might not be considered world music to some, as well as presenting the most culturally grounded and rootsiest of artists and genres.
I'd rather err on the side of inclusivity than exclusivity. If I think a piece of music or artist has something worth listening to then that's all the mandate I need. Much of the music was recently released, some of it not yet officially released, some of it very old indeed.
Unfortunately, the radio station that was hosting the show, Rhubarb Radio, had significant quantities of equipment stolen from its premises in early Novermber - effectively rendering the station incapable of operating at all. At that point, I withdrew from Rhubarb as did the majority of its presenters and looked for alternative solutions to hosting the show.
Since then, I have started to make pre-recorded shows ready for transmission via a new online radio station, WorldMusicRadio. Obviously this is a different kettle of fish to doing a live show. One of the problems with the original show is that the vast majority were not recorded by Rhubarb or were lost when the equipment went. The new station should fix that problem since all the new shows from WorldBeatUK33 onwards will be available via the archive pages.
We also decided to remake the original 32 shows using the original playlists, shownotes and scripts as a basis but obviously changing the more topical references and original jingles etc and adding new music and script where necessary to fill the gaps eg where interviews couldn't be repeated - but still keeping to music that would have been available at the time and trying to keep within the flow of the show.
These new 'old' shows are part of the World Beat UK Refixed series and are packed with great music, although delivered in a slightly more laidback style to the original live shows. Same commitment to providing great world music with integrity and passion.
I'm also working on special shows covering specific musical areas or themes. We hope to re-start the live World Beat UK shows at some point this year, since they are a whole lot of fun and the interaction with the listeners is one of the highlights for all concerned. So if you trawl this blog previous to this post you will find the Shownotes pertaining to the original shows to give you a flavour of what I was putting out.
These are scripted shownotes, not transcripts since so many shows were never recorded but give the basis of the show - just without all the spontaneous banter and happenings of the live shows Check 'em out. I also hope to get back to using this blog for more general use relating to WorldMusic.
And straight in with the Brazilian theme to the night with this classic from the carioca singer, guitarist, composer, dramatist, poet and writer: Francisco Buarque de Hollanda - better known as Chico Buarque - one of the great names of the MPB genre. Memphis Minnie had it tough from an early age and supported herself from about 12 years old onwards. But they both made good music. I played her rather playful song about her butcher man last week and this week she asks us: If you see my rooster, please run him home!
And also on that label and also from that same Celtic corner of North-West Spain, Galicia , comes the next artist - also a bagpiper. Galicia , might be technically in Spain, but its language, Galego , is closer to Portuguese than Castilian Spanish.
Layer upon layer of different cultures, ethnicities and languages and constantly shifting borders and power politics. Even France has a huge North-South divide - true French really only derives from the Northern part where the Franks came from; for the fiercely proud southerners there is the language Occitan which spreads from the Atlantic coast near Bordeaux all the way South to the Pyrenees into Spain and across to the Mediterranean Coast and the Alps into Italy.
A double-bill there from Italian Occitan flagbearers, Lou Dalfin. Staying in the Mediterranean area but coming out of the Alps, heading for the coast, and sailing due south past the French-influenced island of Corsica we head toward the mysterious island of Sardinia. Now, during my years in South America in the s I travelled the length and breadth of Brazil taking in the different styles of music in this vast country.
However I was surprised to find that the country looked as much to the outside world for inspiration. And now to one of the more defining sounds of Brazil - particularly Rio de Janeiro.
Samba Batucada. This is a piece of pure percussion in the batucada style. Yeah, Os Reis do Batuque. I defy anyone to sit still during this! This next track comes from Liberia in West Africa and has been heard all over that country this Summer - probably the most played track of all. The story behind it is worth telling. I suppose a little like what happened in Europe with the Jews and the creation of modern Israel.
Sadly, Liberia has suffered severely with a dreadful civil war for years - freedom is one thing, quality of life is another. The phrase and concept became so popular that even the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf used the song to launch her re-election campaign.
She is the first and only female president in Africa and also the joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The last now in the Brazilian focus on the show, although in fact this is a mashup between Puerto Rico and Brazil. Analogik ft. That was another mashup - this time cooked up by DJ Magyar from Utrecht. More mad mashups now. Fancy some balkan madness? Off to Womex see you all in a fortnight, etc]. This next track is a remix.
These guys from New Orleans blend hip-hop, jazz and funk alongside traditional Crescent City brass traditions. See you all in a fortnight! Stay with me from now until 9pm tonight whilst I bring you songs of love, lust and longing! And what on earth does Memphis Minnie mean when she says her Butcher Man can slice her pork chops and grind her sausage too. Ooh er Missus! Finally we end up discovering that unconditional love makes for a wonderful world.
This is Piers Faccini at times sounding like a young John Martyn from his brand new album on the 6 Degrees Record label. Maybe, but very good too. Love the groove on this one. Now, the Brazilians have long been famous for their laid back music in particular bossa novas and one of the great names of the s MPB period there was none other than Vinicius de Moraes.
Yeah, and that was a little slice of blues history there from the mid s. As I said at the top of the show what on earth does she mean when she says her Butcher Man can slice her pork chops and grind her sausage too.
Minnie was born Lizzie Douglas in in Algiers , Louisiana, and learned to play both guitar and banjo whilst a little girl. Over the years Lizzie built up a fiery reputation both as a performer - where she was considered to be the equal of any of the male bluesmen both in terms of her guitar playing, singing and songwriting, once wiping the floor with Big Bill Broonzy at a blues competition - and as a flamboyant character who took no nonsense from anyone.
She was an incredibly prolific artist having recorded hundreds of tracks over her 30 year career. As her fame spread she would turn up at concerts in posh cars, wearing bracelets made of silver dollars and would incongruously spit tobacco juice with great accuracy whilst performing in beautiful dresses.
She was married about three times to other blues guitarists, but it was always Minnie that was the main attraction, pioneering the use of the electric guitar and leading country blues into urban blues long before it became fashionable.
And from the North-East of Brazil we are going North-West again all the way round to the Caribbean coast of Colombia to hear some traditional cumbia courtesy of Pedro Ramaya Beltran and a track played on clarinet, tambores and maracas alone.
The rhythm is known as chacarera and is to be found from Northern Argentina through Bolivia and Paraguay and into Southern Brazil. NL - Chacarera.
Next to Uruguay of course is the very much larger country of Argentina - a country in fact that is as large as the whole of Western Europe. In fact it might be argued that Western Argentina shares more in common with its neighbour on the other side of the Andes range, Chile, than with its own capital Buenos Aires. Que la force soit avec toi Cut Killer Le combat sans fin IAM Shook Ones Mobb Deep Boriquas On Tha Set F. Cutlass Sweet Sables vs Gangstarr Be Happy Mary J. Blige Supa Star Group Home Remember We Bush Babees Get Down remix Craig Mack I Get Lifted Keith Murray Speed AKH Interlude Il pleut partout autour du monde IAM Rock On Funk Doobiest Blend Big L vs K Mel Prodigal sunn, dreddy krueger et faf larage.
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