31 January 2007

World Music Generations

Once again it's field-recording pioneer Alan Lomax's birthday, and that gets us thinking about history and continuity. Both of which turn our ears back to a fascinating if somewhat uneven album that came out in 2004 on Zoe Records (part of Rounder). Producer Tangle Eye took old Lomax recordings, spliced them up, and added new supporting music. Some tracks go for an electonica sound, while this selection dips into reggae. The voices sampled here were first released on the 1960 recording "Menhadden Chanteys" by the Bright Light Quartet.

[mp3] Tangle Eye: "Chantey"
from the album Alan Lomax's Southern Journey Remixed

Read more about Lomax at last year's birthday post.

In thinking about generations of world music, we got to thinking about famous parent-offspring musicians. Although many global musical traditions are passed through family lines, it seems rare that more than one generation attains real global prominence in music. I made a quick list (and admittedly, "global prominence" is a stretch in some cases):
  • The Kutis (Fela and Femi)
  • The Shankars (Ravi and Anoushka)
  • The Velosos (Caetano and Moreno)
  • The Farka Toures (Ali and Vieux)
  • The Markovics (Boban and Marko)
  • The Marleys (Bob and, well, his many offspring)
Are there other obvious ones I'm missing?



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4 comments:

Nick said...

Erguner (Kudsi and Suleyman, albeit brothers)
Fateh Ali Khan (Ustad, Nusrat & the whole family!)
Waterson-Carthy (Martin, Norma, & Eliza)
Wainwright (Loudon, Rufus, Martha)
Thompson (Richard, Linda, Teddy ... these English folkies like to keep it in the family!)

Paul said...

The Gilbertos (João and Bebel)
The Sinatras (Frank and Nancy)

It might also be possible to add Norah Jones (née Geethali Norah Jones Shankar) to the Shankar family.

Anonymous said...

Alan Lomax in Galicia (Spain):
Alan Lomax Collection:
The Spanish Recordings: Galicia
sampled by Xosé Manuel Budiño

dj earball said...

Nick and Paul: Thanks for the suggestions! Don't know how I could have overlooked the Ali Khans and the Gilbertos.

Will save the siblings, Erguner and other, for another day. I can think of another handful of them right off. And as for the others... I think you might have gotten carried away with one part of our theme (generations) and forgotten the other (world music). So nix on the Sinatras, Wainrights, Thompsons, and Waterson-Carthys, at least in this context. Same for Norah, at least until she ethnics-up her offerings a little more.

Cheers, all!