Around the World Preview – 20 & 22 February 2022
Apologies for last week's double posting ...
Apologies for last week's double posting ... it was an administrative error (i.e. I messed up!)
Hello. There will be 28 songs on the show this week, from 28 artists. among them an early 20th century Russian cabaret singer, a 1960s winner of Opportunity Knocks, music promoting the Galician language, artists from Pakistan, Algeria, Sierra Leone, Greece. You’ll hear music usic from here to (literally) Timbuktu.
Around the World is on Slice Audio, Ferry FM, and Radio Larne on Sundays at 10:00 pm to midnight. On Tuesdays at 7:00 pm the show is broadcast on Bangor FM, Lisburn’s 98FM and FM105 Down Community Radio.
Album of the Week: There isn’t one. This month, there is far too much music to get in. Every week I leave out about 10 or 12 songs that I haven’t had the time to fit in. This week and possibly for a few following weeks, I’ll be focusing on more artists.
Here are some:
Bella Ciao - A Sud di Bella Ciao - Various Artists
Including: Riccardo Tesi, Elena Ledda, Lucilla Galeazzi, Alessio Lega, Nando Citarella & Maurizio Geri
“From the balconies to the piazza: Bella Ciao is the hymn of freedom and hope. It rang out from the balconies and windows of our cities when we had to go into quarantine from one day to the next,” is how the doyen of the Italian folk scene Riccardo Tesi describes the new relevance of the world-famous song at the time of the lockdown, when Corona had Italy in its grip – but the people reassured each other by sending out musical life signs every evening. [More from cultureworks.at]
Baba Sissoko Griot Jazz I’ll be playing more from this excellent and very accessible album which features Jean-Philippe Rykiel, Lansiné Kouyaté and Madou Sidiki Diabate. Griot music often feature in the show. If you want to know more about the Griots of west Africa, here’s an explanation from The Met Museum “How Griots Tell Legendary Epics through Stories and Songs in West Africa”
Arooj Aftab is a magnificent singer from Pakistan now based in Brooklyn New York. She was born in Saudi Aribia, daughter of Pakistani parents. The family returned to Lahore when she was 10 years old. There she would teach herself guitar. Here singing technique derived from listening to Billie Holiday, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mariah Carey, Begum Akhtar. When she was 19 she moved to Bouton USA and studied Music Production, Engineering and Jazz Composition at Boston's Berklee College of Music. Then to New York where she has been living and working since.
Vulture Prince is her third album. Bird Under Water was self-released in 2014 and Siren Islands in 2018 on New Amsterdam Records. Her Vulture Prince album is on Bandcamp. Here’s a video from last year.
Arooj Aftab - Diya Hai (Feat. Badi Assad)
Maria Mazotta’s lunchtime performamce at WOMEX left the whole audience emotionally exahusted. It was one of the performances of the festival. I’ll be playing another track from Maria Mazzotta & Pulcinella’s Grifone but in the meantime - put this up on a big screen in a dark room with the speaker turned up high.
MARIA MAZZOTTA live at WOMEX 2021 (Porto)
Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki’s Fin'amor can be a difficult album to get into easily but it’s rewarding if you persist. I’ll be playing another track from it. “Lamia Bedioui and Solis Barki, convey the pulse of the motherland, with an album, full of rhythms and soundscapes. Songs around the world (Algeria, Palestine, France, Sephardic tradition of Bulgaria and Bosnia, Egypt, Eskimos, Lapland....) from the 13th century until the 20th century. An album for voice, and percussion , open to improvisation.” [WOMEX]
Lamia Bedioui & Solis Barki - Fin'amor
Tone of Voice Orchestra from Denmark have their first album out soon. They already have three singles. I’ll be playing their first, Heartless.
Tone of Voice Orchestra - "Heartless"
Oumou Sangaré’s forthcoming album is Timbuktu. It’s set for release in April with Sarama the trail single/video. Bamako in Mali - where she was born - has been the home of many, many leading African musicians
Oumou Sangaré - Sarama
Other Music on the show
Moonshye is a Czech alternative singer first introduced herself in 2017 in Lodz, Poland, which became her home and creative port for several years. She is now back in the Czech Republic and giving concerts in both countries. She performs solo with guitar, loop station and charang or with guests. [More from Sound Czech]
Piers Faccini is an English singer songwriter and painter. He was born in London to an Italian father and an English mother. Faccini studied painting at the Beaux Arts in Paris in the early 90’s before first appearing on the music scene in London in 1996 co-founding the band Charley Marlowe with the poet Francesca Beard. [France Rocks]
Piers recently presented a very enjoyable show on France Inter with music from Mississippi John Hurt, Yelli Yelli, Joni Mitchell, Ben Harper, Pentangle and others. You can listen to it here.
Xoán Curiel is an artist who stands out for his creativity and prolific work in the Galician music scene. Singer, composer, musician, actor and director, he has been developing his career in Santiago de Compostela for twenty years. He now presents Treides Comigo !, a mature work in which he has extraordinary collaborations and musicians. [https://xoancuriel.com/]
And what of the early 20th century Russian cabaret singer, a 1960s winner of Opportunity Knocks? You’re just going to have to listen to the show to hear about that.
WCME Nominations: In the middle of each month I and around 40 other broadcasters and journalists post 10 nominations for the World Music Chart Europe. These are my 10 for the March chart.
Album - Artist - Label - Country
1 - Folk utca - Romengo & Lakatos - music hungary zeneműkiadó - Hungary
2 - Um Gosto de Sol - Céu - Urban Jungle - Brazil
3 - Nomfusi - The Red Stoep - Delicious Tunes - South Africa
4 - Various - A sud di Bella Ciao - Visage - Italy
5 - Imarhan - Aboogi - City Slang - Algeria
6 - Divanhana - Zavrzlama - CPL Music - Bosnia and Herzegovina
7 - Dorota Barová - Dotyk Animal Music - Czechia
8 - Alenti - Jasmine - Alenti - Greece
9 - Franck Biyong - The Afrovision Secret - Akhetaton Records - Cameroon
10 Curtain of the Moon - Moonshye - Rustical Records - Czechia
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