Around the World – 17 & 19 July 2022 - Preview
Music from Estonia, Reunion, Berlin, Portugal, Sweden, Mali, New Zealand, Hawaii and a whole bunch more.
Now that it has all been put together and is ready to go, I realise there is more music from the USA than usual, but even that ranges from Boleros to Punjabi anthems, to heritage music from Colombia, there’s Bluegrass, Haitian music from New Orleans, harmony from Hawaii and soul from D.C. There’s also music from Estonia, Reunion, Berlin, Portugal, Sweden, Mali, New Zealand, and Brazil among others.
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The acclaimed American musician Adrian Quesada has released a new album Boleros Psicodélicos and I’ll be playing four tracks this week on the show. This isn’t one:
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Adrian Quesada, iLe - Mentiras Con Cariño (Official Video)
“Mentiras Con Cariño” is the first single from Adrian Quesada's album 'Boleros Psicodélicos'. Listen here and order the album on limited edition vinyl, CD, and digital formats: https://atorecords-ffm.com/aq_boleros
Adrian Quesada is an American musician, producer, and songwriter. He has been nominated eight times for a Grammy – and winning one as a member of Grupo Fantasma and is possibly best known for his work as half of Black Pumas.
In an interview with NPR, Quesada tells the story of the beginnings of the Boleros Psicodélicos project were some 20 years ago while driving one night in Texas.
“I was driving and I was just kind of shuffling through radio stations. And I remember hearing Los Pasteles Verdes's "Esclavo Y Amo." I'd never heard anything like that. I'd never heard that band. Usually, when I would turn on those stations it was kind of more regional music. It was, like, cumbia and mariachi, Norteno, stuff like that. And I actually pulled over and had to call the station. I remember the next day I immediately went to look for that stuff, and I couldn't find it anywhere. I thought it would be, like, 'Oh, I could just buy the vinyl at Waterloo Records!' But I had to find a more mom-and-pop shop that sold regional Mexican music. I found it on CD – I found a greatest hits. And I would go back there every once in a while. You really had to go to [a] mom-and-pop type of store.”
You can hear the full interview or read it here at NPR.org.
Also worth watching:
Adrian Quesada's Boleros Psicodélicos live in KUTX
Les Amazones d'Afrique - Nebao (live at Real World Studios)
If you’re reading this and you’ve not seen them yet … you’ve missed them. Live by Les Amazones d'Afrique was released on June 10 by Real World Records to coincide with their appearance at Glastonbury Pyramid stage and a short tour of (largely) England in June. If like me, you missed them – here a video from 2019. I’ll be playing a track from the live e.p.
Sonny Singh - Chardi Kala (Official Music Video)
Sonny Singh is a trumpet player, dhol player, and vocalist. He has been a member of the New York bhangra brass band Red Baraat since its inception in 2008. The New York Times has described Red Baraat as a “Brooklyn brass band that looks to South Asia, pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat (from the two headed dhol drum) and the muscle of horns blasting in unison, putting some New York bluster atop faraway roots.” Next week I’ll be featuring his new album Chardi Kala. But this week, this track.
Luna Silva & The Wonders - Pajaro (Live)
Luna Silva is a singer-songwriter who was born in France; the daughter of an English actress and a Spanish clown. Singing in three languages and playing several instruments, her compositions are informed by numerous multi-cultural travels and experiences. In 2016 she spent time in Indonesia, carrying out research on two Indonesian ukulele-like instruments, the cak and the cuk. . She performs in the female polyphonic vocal trio Samaïa - focusing heavily on Turkish and Kurdish music - as well as part of her own quartet whose arrangements touch on eastern European, English folk, pop, rock and jazz.
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway - Crooked Tree (Live)
“Molly Tuttle is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with a lifelong love of bluegrass, a genre the Northern California-bred artist first discovered thanks to her father (a music teacher and multi-instrumentalist) and grandfather (a banjo player whose Illinois farm she visited often throughout her childhood). On her new album Crooked Tree, Tuttle joyfully explores that rich history with bluegrass, bringing her imagination to tales of free spirits and outlaws, weed farmers and cowgirls resulting in a record that is both forward-thinking and steeped in bluegrass heritage.” There’s more on her website here.
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Also on the show this week
There’s music from Akua Allrich, Amélia Muge, Antonio Castrignanò, Clàudia Colom, Congadar, Fat Freddy's Drop, Góbé, Havana Meets Kingston, Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde, Jembaa Groove, Kolonien, Leyla McCalla, Lucho Bermudez y Su Orquesta, Oumou Sangaré, Raymores, Rebolu, Sahad, Saodaj', TRIP, and Vieux Farka Touré.