13 April 2007

World Music Top 10 - April 2007

1. Angelique Kidjo: Djin Djin
2. Vusi Mahlasela: Guiding Star
3. Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective:
Watina
4. Autorickshaw:
So the Journey Goes
5. Tinariwen:
Aman Iman/Water Is Life
6. Ojos de Brujo:
Techari
7.
Various Artists: Backspin
8. Pistolera:
Siempre Hay Salida
9.
Various Artists: Merdeka
10. IndiaLucia:
IndiaLucia


Global Culture Bits:
Miles Copeland, the man behind global labels Mondo Melodia, Mondo Rhythmica, and Ark 21, describes how he had to fight US record executives to include the vocals of Cheb Mami on Sting's "Desert Rose" duet (see video). Even as the song was tearing up the charts in Europe, US label weasels maintained that Americans wouldn't buy music with Arabic vocals. He talks about this, his new XM Radio show "The Kasbah After Dark With Miles Copeland" in a J. Poet interview in the San Francisco Chronicle.

In the first of a three-part series in The Christian Science Monitor, Stephanie Hanes discovers how justice and empowerment are being delivered by radio in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Listeners ask questions --
Is it authorized for an armed element, wearing a uniform, to relax with civilians in a bar? Can we, the people of Ituri, file a complaint against high officials of the Army? Can a citizen prosecute the government of his own country? -- that are answered on-air.

A new documentary on the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music is making the film festival rounds. Directed
by Stephen Olsson, Sound of the Soul captures the music and spirit of this long-running multi-faith music festival and, we are told, reverberates with unity, understanding and most of all, hope. We're eager to see it. Yesterday's Bay Area Reporter had a nice write-up.

Finally, in the WHY-OH-KRISHNA-DID-THEY-DO-IT department, we have the video of a Bollywood version of Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Enjoy.


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