29 January 2010

Tunisia Meets Sweden: Spin The Globe playlist for 29 January 2010

Is the accordion the common denominator between Sweden and Tunisia? That's one of the themes you may hear in this week's show ping-ponging between the music of the two nations. We also had a set of music from Haiti, some concert previews, and an exclusive preview of music from the Erev Ravs.

Tunisia Meets Sweden: Spin The Globe playlist for 29 January 2010
as heard on radio KAOS, 89.3 FM

Listen/download for a limited time at: soundroots.podomatic.com
More show info at spintheglobe.earball.net

Artist - Song - Album

Hour 1
Dhol Foundation  -  Colours of Punjab (theme)  -  Big Drum Small World
DuOud  -  Zanzibar  -  Wild Serenade
Vasen  -  Squirrel  -  Gront
Ghalia Benali & Bert Cornelis  -  Hayamatni  -  Al Palna
Urban Turban  -  Persian Night  -  Overtime
Julie Marsellaise  -  Yama N’Chauf Haja Tegennen  -  Hot Women
Ellika & Solo  -  Mambore Tradgardsvalsen  -  World 2003
Chiha  -  I Was in Love  -  Mystic Bridges
Hoven Droven  -  Skogspolska  -  Groove
Zarzis  -  Na’ama  -  Tunisie:Chants & Rhythmes
Smadj  -  Fatwords w/Rokia Traore  -  Take It And Drive
Beata Soderberg & Justango  -  Tangogo  -  Bailata
Anouar Brahem  -  Zarabanda  -  Le Voyage de Sahar
Mynta  -  Ten Years Ago  -  Teabreak
Amina  -  Ederlezi  -  Nomad:Best of Amina

Hour 2
The Souljazz Orchestra  -  Negus Negast  -  Rising Sun
West Philadelphia Orchestra  -  What Innocence  -  West Philadelphia Orchestra
Orkestar Zirkonium  -  A New Light  -  Orkestar Zirkonium
Lataye  -  M Viv Ave Yo  -  Tu Manbre
Lole Lolay  -  Shada  -  Klasik Twoubadou
Sosyete Djouba  -  Viv o m rele gouvene  -  Alan Lomax in Haiti Vol.9
Les Loups Noirs D’Haiti  -  Jet Biguine  -  Tumbele! Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean 1963-74
Mahlathini & the Queens  -  Umkhovu  -  Next Stop…Soweto
Vusi Mahlasela  -  Silang Mabela  -  The Voice
Polokwane Choral Society  -  Sebakanyana  -  We Keep Singing
Jerry Leake  -  Nu Atsia  -  Cubist
Erev Ravs  -  Varshaver Please, Skotshne mix 2  -  advance single
Angelique Kidjo  -  Senamou feat. Amadou & Mariam  -  Djin Djin

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25 January 2010

Monday's mp3: Haiti Now, Haiti Then

various artists: Alan Lomax in Haiti (Harte Recordings)

I recently hung out with a friend who isn't insensitive to others' suffering, but he changed the channel every time something about Haiti came on the TV. I understand, and even sympathize: TV news has a way of turning tragedy into sappy, heart-wrenching drama while ignoring the big picture. We hear about a woman pulled from the rubble, or a child orphaned in the earthquake. We don't hear about the geopolitical, social, economic, and environmental problems that contributed to the tragedy or resulted from it. It's an odd kind of zen "nowness," this isolated view one gets from TV news.

Getting into that isn't really the place of this global-culture blog. But instead of getting compassion fatigue, I suggest digging a little deeper. Check out the Christian Science Monitor's Haiti diary, or articles on commondreams.org. Or post your own resources in the comments.

There really is music at the heart of this post, and it starts back in March 2004 when the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center obtained the Alan Lomax Collection. You probably know that Lomax was a tremendous collector/recorder of sounds and other cultural information from all over the planet. The collection includes more than 5,000 hours of sound recordings, 400,000 feet of motion picture film, 2,450 videotapes, 2,000 scholarly books and journals, hundreds of photographic prints and negatives, and more.

Alan Lomax in Haiti makes a wealth of music and information available for the first time to the general public. The box set includes 10 CDs and rich liner notes on various types of music, including Mardi Gras songs, Meringues and Urban music, Troubador music, the sounds of Vodou, romantic songs, children's songs, labor songs, and worship songs. Lomax recorded all of these songs during a four-month tour of Haiti in 1936-1937, and we have to note that the sound quality sounds like what you'd expect from 75-year old field recordings: scratchy, noisy, thin -- yet still fascinating.

This song was recorded on March 19, 1937, and relates a chilling tale of murder, made more poignant in light of post-earthquake looting and violence:
I heard a shout behind the hill
Let's go see what's going on
Brother Lombri killed a woman
for kongo pea soup

[mp3] students of L'Ecole Normal, Port-au-Prince: "Deyè mòn-la, ann prale wè" (Behind the hill, let's go see)

from Alan Lomax in Haiti

The collection includes plenty of more-lighthearted material, including the mutual-aid society songs on Volume 9: Konbit and Banbock: Songs of Labor and Leisure. The music doesn't have the upbeat swing of calypso, versions of which were popular elsewhere in the Caribbean at the same time, and probably will be less engaging to the casual listener. For the culturally thirsty listener who can afford the three-digit price tag of this set, however, a world of learning far removed from the TV news awaits.

Buy Box Set of 10 CDs
The Haiti Box blog (selling the box set for $115, with $15 going directly to local disaster relief organizations in Haiti)
Alan Lomax at wikipedia
Alan Lomax on Facebook
The Alan Lomax Collection

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22 January 2010

Music from the Hottest Lands on Earth: Spin The Globe playlist for 22 January 2010

As a mid-winter break for those of us in the northern climes, we took a musical visit to the hottest places on the planet this week. You can find a list complete with temperatures here. What did we learn? That no matter how cold it gets here in the Pacific Northwest, I'm not planning a summer vacation to Al 'Aziziyah, Libya (136 degrees F!).

Music from the Hottest Places on Earth: Spin The Globe playlist for 22 January 2010
as heard on radio KAOS, 89.3 FM

Listen/download for a limited time at: soundroots.podomatic.com
More show info at spintheglobe.earball.net

Artist - Song - Album

Hour 1
Dhol Foundation - Colours of Punjab (theme) - Big Drum Small World
Caceres - Triste Febrero - Rough Guide to Argentina
Los de Abajo - Pepepez - Los de Abajo
Musafir - Moria Badnawa - Dhola Maru
Ganga Giri - Bertie Beatle - Beats Around the Bush
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan - Kainda-e-Qalandar - Nazrana-e-Aqeedat
Mohammad Abdu - Ya Keif - Inti El Hawa
Brenda Fassie - Sum’ Bulala - Memeza
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu - Mulatu of Ethiopia
Boom Pam - Gross - Boom Pam
Delta Nove - Tororo - The Future Is When
Dalinda - Maahboubi Khanni / My Beloved Deceived Me - Turquoise

Hour 2
[dunkelbunt] & Cloud Tissa - Kebab Connection - Balkan Grooves
The Spy from Cairo - Ala Shan - Secretly Famous
Sauti Sol - Asante Sana Baba - Mwanzo
SambaDa - Sangue Africano Remix - Gente!
Umalali - The Sun Has Set - The Garifuna Women’s Project
Soweto Gospel Choir - Ingoma - Grace
Lhasa - Con Toda Palabra - The Living Road
Siora - Vaynikehu - Vision of the Dry Bones
Zingaros - Sher - Cirkari
The Sahel Band - Yarabi - The Sahel Band
Ojos de Brujo - Bailaores - Techari
Masters of Haiti - Ti Chans (Pou Ayiti) - Rough Guide to Haiti

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19 January 2010

David Does Haiti (and other lands): Spin The Globe playlist for 15 January 2010

David "The Xenophiliac" Moseley spun the globe last Friday while I was out of town, and did a fine job of it, particularly highlighting music from Haiti. I'm glad to be home, and will be spinning music from the hottest lands on earth this Friday. Here's what I missed, and what you (hopefully) heard.

David Does Haiti (and other lands): Spin The Globe playlist for 15 January 2010
as heard on radio KAOS, 89.3 FM

Listen/download for a limited time at: soundroots.podomatic.com
More show info at spintheglobe.earball.net

Artist - Song - Album
Caetano Veloso  -  Haiti  -  The Best of Caetano Veloso
Beethova Obas  -  Lina  -  Caribe! Caribe!
Mizik Mizik  -  Blakawout  -  rough guide to the music of Haiti
Zin  -  Kanpe Sou Yon Bit  -  French Carribean
Boukman Eksperyans  -  Peye Loa Yo  -  revolution
Fishner Augustin and la troupe Makandal  -  Rara Processional  -  New York City, Global Beat of the Boroughs
Boukman Eksperyans  -  Baron  -  revolution
Wyclef Jean  -  Sang Fez  -  New World Party
King Posse  -  Retounen  -  Carnival
Ram  -  Marassa Elu  -  rough guide to the music of Haiti
Orchestre Tropicana D'Haiti  -  Gason Total  -  Putumayo World Party
Oro Solido  -  Verano Solido  -  The Rough Guide to Merengue
Kiala  -  Batumwindu  -  Afrobeat no go die
Michael Franti & Spearhead   -  Hello Bonjour  -  Global Lingo
Peter King  -  Shango  -  Nigeria 70
Nomo  -  Discontinued  -  Nomo
The Sahel Band with Kane Mathis  -  North Mali  -  The Sahel Band with Kane Mathis

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18 January 2010

Monday's mp3: Groovy Old Soweto

various artists: Next Stop ... Soweto: Township sounds from the Golden Age of Mbaqanga (Strut)

Even under the thumb of apartheid, Soweto was blossoming as a hub for black culture and music in South Africa. Today one doesn't hear as much about the townships (particularly as the coming World Cup dominates news from the nation), but this musical legacy has spawned another compilation of energetic township jive.

Following in the footsteps of The Indestructible Beat of Soweto series (were they really released nearly a quarter century ago?), Next Stop ... Soweto includes the well-known Mahlathini and Mohatella Queens (on separate tracks) alongside 18 tracks from less well-known artists. Many of these songs appeared only on limited-distribution 45s made for the local market, so it's a boon that compilers Duncan Brooker and Francis Gooding have tracked them down for this compilation. You'll hear many influences in the varied tracks, including gospel, funk, traditional mining songs, and jazz. And always, that Soweto swing.

Following on the heels of releases of classic Nigerian and Ethiopian music, Strut has another winner that will entice African music fans everywhere.

Buy CD
Get another free song and hear more tracks at www.nextstopsoweto.com

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14 January 2010


Haiti. Already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, plagued by poor governing, over-exploitation of resources, and ignorant comments by religious figures, now this earthquake. Help them out a bit, whether it's by sending money, sending prayers, buying Haitian music, or denouncing bigotry that labels Haitians as devil-worshipers or worse. If voodoo is a sticking point for you, read more about it at wikipedia (you might be surprised to learn that it's monotheistic, for instance).

To help directly and immediately, text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. You can read more about the effects of the earthquake and ways to help here.

Boukman Eksperyans

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13 January 2010

World Music Top 10, January 2010

The delightful sounds of globalized Malagasy singer Seheno top our first monthly Top 10 list of 2010. Notable newcomers to the chart include Jewish singer Siora, gypsy/dance group !Dela Dap, and the modern kora sounds of the Sahel Band featuring Kane Mathis. Browse through some of these sounds, and you'll undoubtedly hear something new and appealing.

SoundRoots / Spin The Globe Top 10 Global Albums, January 2010

(click on album title for sound samples / more info)

1. Seheno: Ka
2. Mahala Rai Banda:
Ghetto Blasters
3. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba:
I Speak Fula
4. Mulatu Astatke:
New York - Addis - London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975
5. various artists:
Next Stop...Soweto
6. Siora:
Vision of the Dry Bones
7. Yasmin Levy:
Mano Suave
8. !Dela Dap:
Sara La Kali
9. Sahel Band feat. Kane Mathis:
Sahel Band
10. The Shin:
Black Sea Fire

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12 January 2010

If You Can't Get to Fez...

Sound of the Soul: The Fez Festival of World Sacred Music (Alive Mind)

For eight days each June for the past 16 years, the city of Fez, Morocco, has teemed with musicians, dancers, and music lovers gathered for a unique celebration of sacred traditions. It's the World Sacred Music Festival, the granddaddy of a number of smaller sacred music festivals that have sprouted up all over the world.

For some years, compilations CDs of music from the festival have been available. Now, filmmaker Stephen Olsson makes it possible for those of us who have yet to make a musical pilgrimage to Fez to get see images, hear sounds, and learn a little of position of Morocco in world and religious culture that makes it the perfect location for this amazing festival.

"We wanted something to enhance the peace in the world, and understanding in the world," says festival president Mohamned Kabbaj. "And the main language is the musical language, because everybody understands this language. The music goes directly to the heart."

While the film includes generous views of performances, the many artist and organizer interviews superimposed over the music will inform some viewers, and leave others frustrated at the interruption of the music. Perhaps to make up for this, the DVD extras include 17 minutes of uncut performances, from Moroccan groups Samaa Sahraoui and Nass El Ghiwane, and Afghanistan's Garida Mahwash & the Kabul Ensemble. There's another 90-second extra answering the question "What Is World Music?" -- I won't spoil the surprise by revealing their answer.

To be honest, I've heard mixed reviews of both Fez and the festival from some who've attended. Some of the venues apparently lack a sacred atmosphere, and the huge influx of visitors during the festival can tax the city's infrastructure. Still, those complaints don't deter my determination to someday attend the festival in person.

This DVD and the 10-song companion CD offer a compelling glimpse into this unique festival, which in 2010 is expected to feature performers as diverse as gospel the Sizero Tabla Experience, The Royal Ballet of Cambodia, poets from Afghanistan, and either Ben Harper or Al Greene. Other performers will gather from the world over from 4-12 June, and while I won't be there this year, this glimpse of the festival has drawn me ever closer.

More DVD info
Fez Festival 2010 lineup
review of the 2007 Fez Festival

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11 January 2010

Monday's mp3: A Binaural Tour of East Africa

various artists: Ensigo-East Africa in Binaural (Ensigo)

A compilation of binaural field recordings by Aaron Appleton, this album runs the gamut from vocal polyphonies and polyrhythmic drumming to a group spoken word piece on AIDS and one track evocatively entitled "Drunk, & Playing Guitar in Kigali's Streets."

The songs -- from Uganda and Rwanda -- were recorded in a variety of locations including churches, mud huts, bedrooms, town halls, and out in the open air. The recordings are generally good quality, and the whole experience feels like driving through cities and rural areas stopping occasionally to listen to local sounds.

Notes on the artists, locations, and songs would be most welcome, but in general this is a promising album from an aspiring young Alan Lomax. Set your own price for downloading the album at the link below.

Buy/preview album
Compiler profile
Ensigo site

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08 January 2010

New Releases & Old Faves: Spin The Globe playlist for 08 January 2010

This week: new world music releases, and some of our favorite older tunes. Sorry I wasn't able to fulfill the request of the caller asking for Inuit women's throat singing--there wasn't any to be found in the KAOS music library (but there's a nice explanatory video here). Will get to that in a future show.
Also, please note that I'll be on vacation next week and the show will be hosted by David Moseley, the regular host of KAOS's Xenophilia show. If possible, I'll post the archive of that show after I return from my journey. And I'll be back with you on January 22 for a show featuring music from hot lands.

New Releases & Old Faves: Spin The Globe playlist for 08 January 2010
as heard on radio KAOS, 89.3 FM

Listen/download for a limited time at: soundroots.podomatic.com
More show info at spintheglobe.earball.net

Artist - Song - Album

Hour 1
Lo’Jo - C’est La Vie - Bazar Savant
Ipercussonici - Ula - Tuttipari
Seheno - Teo - Ka
La Otrabanda - Viene Temporal - Pueblo Vivo / Vibrant People
Tierra Negra & Muriel Anderson - Fantasia de Fuego - New World Flamenco
Chambao - Comeme - En El Fin del Mundo
Siora - Shney Shoshanim - Vision of the Dry Bones
Varttina - Fanfaari - Seleniko
Vocal Baobab - Orula - Afro-Cuban Chants
Either/Orchestra - Antchim Endelela - Live in Addis: Ethiopiques 20
Jerry Leake - Chrysalis - Cubist
Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko, Oy Division - Ekh lyuli lyuli - The Unternationale
!Dela Dap - Shukar Dijes - Sara La Kali
Balval - Loli Rokla - Blizzard Boheme

Hour 2
Les Amazones de Guinee - Zawi - Wamato
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - Kala Djula - single from Ali & Toumani
Susana Baca - Siempre - Travesias
Susheela Raman - Mamavatu - Salt Rain
Fourth Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra - O Se Shalom - East Atlanta Passover Stomp
Deniz Gezmis Oynicam! Feat. Yuzzuf Kenan Billy G. - Sultan Tunc - Beyond Istanbul 2 - Urban Sounds Of Turkey
Zed Nkabinde - Inkonjane Jive - Next Stop…Soweto
L’Orchestre Jeunesse de Paul-Emile Haliar - La Vie Critique - Tumbele
Mamar Kassey - Foulbe Gari - Alatoumi
Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu - Mulatu of Ethiopia
Mounira Mitchala - Assamony - Talou Lena
Sahel Band - Thierno Diop - Sahel Band
Mahmoud Fadl - Ya Beer Zamzam - Cairosonic
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Amy feat. Zoumana Tereta - I Speak Fula
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04 January 2010

Monday's mp3: Tunesian Eyes

Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes of Rita (ECM)

Something there is about Palestinan poet Mahmoud Darwish that inspires musicians. And not just to set his words to music, as was done by Reem Kelani with the song "Mawwaal" on her album Sprinting Gazelle. Just as interesting is that he inspires instrumentalists to somehow emulate the rhythm or melody or mood of his poems through strictly instrumental music. That's what Marcel Khalife did on his Taqasim, and the poet's words also inspired the latest album by Tunesian oud master Anouar Brahem.

Playing with bass clarinetist Klaus Gesing, bassist Bjorn Meyer, and percussionist Khaled Yassine, Brahem has created an astonishingly engaging album of..what to call it?... world-jazz fusion? Tunesian neo-folk? Don't label, just listen (try "Galilee Mon Amour" for starters), and the beauty of the music and the quality of the recording will point the way to sonic bliss.

More Anouar Brahem:
Buy CD

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01 January 2010

Best Global Music of 2009: Spin The Globe playlist for 01 January 2010

Selections from our favorite world music CDs of 2009. Happy new year!

Best Global Music of 2009: Spin The Globe playlist for 01 January 2010
as heard on radio KAOS, 89.3 FM

Listen/download for a limited time at: soundroots.podomatic.com
More show info at spintheglobe.earball.net

Hour 1
Dhol Foundation - Colours of Punjab (theme) - Big Drum Small World
Salsa Celtica - Auld Lang Syne - El Camino
Madera Limpia - Boca Floja - La Corona
Moana & the Tribe - Whaura - Wha
Oreka TX - Jai Adivasi - Nomadak TX
Seheno - Omeko Anao - KA
Mahala Rai Banda - Ding Deng Dong - Ghetto Blasters
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Kele Kele (No Passport No Visa) - Tell No Lies
Khaled - Hiya Ansadou - Liberte
Forro in the Dark - Bandinha - Light a Candle
Staff Benda Bilili - Je T’aime - Tres Tres Fort
Boban I Marko Markovic - Kazi Baba - Devla
Ziggy Marley - Hold Him Joe - Family Time
Kitka - Kakhur Nana - Cradle Songs
The Shin - Potato Story - Black Sea Fire

Hour 2
Bela Fleck - Ah Ndiya feat. Oumou Sangare - Throw Down Your Heart
Larry McDonald - Brother Man w/ Shaza & Terri Lion - Drumquestra
Cacique’97 - Eu Quero Tudo - Cacique’97
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Jamana Be Diya (feat. Kasse Mady Diabate, Toumani Diabate) - I Speak Fula
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Hello Bonjour - Global Lingo
KAL - Romozom - Radio Romanista
Oumou Sangare - Wele Wele Wintou - Seya
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Agnon Dekpe - Echos Hypnotiques
Dengue Fever - Tip My Canoe - Sleepwalking through the Mekong
Ba Cissoko - Nina - Sena
Fanfare Ciocarlia - So Te Kerau - Live
Mulatu Astatke - Emnete - New York, Addis, London

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