WorldBeatUK (25th Show) - Broadcast Notes (7/9/11)
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WBUK 25 - SHOWNOTES
1 Intro-Mat (1:47) by Matchatcha from the album “Nyekesse” (Melodie)
You’re listening to Rhubarb Radio, I’m Glyn Phillips and this is WorldBeatUK!
Yes, welcome back to the show after a couple of week’s break whilst I’ve been on holiday. I’m back in the driving seat now and revving up the engine ready to take you around the world in weighty grooves!
Climb aboard and make yourself comfortable, because tonight we’re going from Cameroun to Argentina, Mexico to Tunisia and from Poland to Canada.
We’ll be staying in the sun for quite a while in Brazil with a preview of next week’s Espirito Brum Festival and I’ll be getting you bouncing up and down in your seats to Electro-Swing, Peruvian Chicha, Gaita Colombiana, Gaita Venezolana, Cumbia Belga, Salsa, and some heavy Balkan beats! Trust me you don’t want to miss it!
As promised first up we’re off to the West African country of Cameroon and a piece of oldschool Makossa by Epee and Koum.
This is called “Soukoumokossa/Guy Lobé”
2 Soukoumakossa/Guy Lobé (4:17) by Epee & Koum from the album “Makossa Best of Vol. 3”
And from Cameroonian makossa to some upbeat Argentine Ska courtesy of Goy Karamelo this is called “Sale El Sol” (the sun’s come out, I feel alright)
3 Sale El Sol (I Feel Alright) (2:50) by Goy Karamelo (Demo 2011)
Yeah, both Argentina and Mexico are full of experimentation and vibrant energy recently and this next one comes from Mexico’s Rey Trueno (King Thunder) an art collective that put on multi-media experiences.
This sonic collage of a tune seems to take in all kinds of African influences and styles and is called “Aotole/Eutela” and is a lot of fun.
¡Que suenan los tambores!
4 Aotole/Eutela (4:32) by Rey Trueno
OK, I’m going to mellow out the sounds now and feature three songstresses from three different continents.
First up is a young Tunisian singer called Emel Mathlouthi and a beautiful song from her album “Helma Dream” called “Helma”.
5 Helma (4:28) by Emel Mathlouthi from the album “Helma Dream”
Hmmm. Lovely! And now from North Africa to Poland. Well, France actually since our next songbird although born and brought up in Poland is now based in Paris and has allowed some of that Gallic wistfulness to seep into her music.
The lady in question is Aldona and this is a track from her new album (“Sonnet”) on the German Jaro Medien label.
Aldona sings in Polish still, but the title of the track is given in English; this is a waltz entitled “Blue Birds of Blanka”
6 Blue Birds Of Blanka (4:05) by Aldona from the album “Sonnet” (Jaro Medien)
OK, last of the lyrical ladies for a moment - although stay tuned for a couple of tunes by the beautiful Brazilian singer Flavia Bittencourt later on in the show.
This is a Canadian band called Po’ Girl. They take their name from the folklore of New Orleans when the women there gathered scraps of food from restaurants to make the 'Poor Girl' sandwiches for the railway strikers.
They’re about to arrive in the UK for a tour to promote their new album “Follow Your Bliss” and will be appearing at the Kitchen Garden Cafe in Kings Heath, Birmingham, THIS Sunday the 11th of September. On the basis of the album I’ve got in front of me they’re well worth going to see. This track is from the album and is called “Kathy”.
7 Kathy (4:18) by Po' Girl from the album “Follow Your Bliss”
Yeah, the urban folk band Po’ Girl who will be appearing at the Kitchen Garden Cafe this Sunday night.
In fact if you’re going to be at Birmingham’s Artsfest this weekend and you like beautiful female voices and good music, then check out the Yardbird jazz club on Sunday 11th at 2.30pm where you can catch the Diva Collective - three great Brummie singers, Sonia Indigo Clarke, Leonie Moore and Ola Brown backed by some great Brummie musicians: Reed Bass on bass, Leon Small on drums, Reuben James on keys, Melika QB on violin, Howard Chambers on guitar and some bloke called Glyn Phillips on Percussion - music ranging from original tracks to Billie Holiday, Gwen McRae and Soul II Soul as well as a version of Florence and the Machine’s “You Got The Love” done rockabilly style . . . 2.30-3pm on Sunday at the Yardbird if you’re interested.
Now, then time to hit the Brazilian trail for the next seven numbers or so. Starting next week in Birmingham there’ll be a Brummie-Brazilian exchange going on as Digbeth plays host to a load of Brazilian musicians and artists (alongside some great homegrown acts of all styles - over 30 acts in all) as part of the Espirito Brum Festival which is being organised by Rhubarb Radio’s own Magpie Brown and Soesmix Eden.
Check out the website www.espiritobrum.org - all events are only a flat £5 each which is very reasonable and there’ll also be workshops, films, foods and talks. As I say, check out the website for more details, but I’m going to give you a little taste of the Brazilian side of things over the next few tunes.
First up is the eclectic percussionist Babilak Bah - some very inspiring stuff indeed.
He'll be doing an experimental workshop on Saturday 17th at The Edge in Digbeth and will also be appearing at The Viva Brazil night at the PST Club on Sunday 18th alongside many other acts as well as me DJing.
This is a track from the album “Emxadario” called “Vou Me Raoni”.
8 Vou Me Raoni (2:55) by Babilak Bah from the album “Emxadário” (Sonhos & Sons)
OK, that was Babilak Bah, and here’s another act to be appearing as part of the Espirito Brum Festival, the samba-roqueiros, Tabacarana.
You can catch them at Monalitos in Bearwood on Thursday 15th alongside other acts. This is called “Onde Anda João Carlos?” (Where is João Carlos going?)
9 Onde Anda João Carlos? (4:54) by Tabacarana
10 Toque de Pife Sem o Brasil (2:49) by Dominguinhos (Criolina re-edit)
Well, that last track was not by someone who is appearing at the Espirito Brum Festival although there is a link.
You heard there a re-edit by the Brazilian DJ collective Criolina of a forro entitled “Toque de Pife Sem o Brasil” by the nordestino accordion player and composer, Dominguinhos.
And the link with the festival is as follows:
the beautiful Brazilian singer, Flavia Bittencourt will be performing here in Brum at two gigs next week - I’ll give details later - and she has brought out a couple of albums to great acclaim, the most recent being entirely devoted to reinterpreting the work of the afore-mentioned Dominguinhos, entitled “Todo Domingos”.
So to give you a flavour of that album and of the delicious Miss Bittencourt here’s a track from there called “Lamento Sertanejo” and that’s to be followed by a sublime track from her first album (“Sentido”) called “Ex-Amor”. But first “Lamento Sertanejo”
11 Lamento Sertanejo (3:48) by Flávia Bittencourt from the album “Todo Domingos” (Tratore)
12 Ex-Amor (5:00) by Flávia Bittencourt from the album “Sentido” (Tratore)
That was Flavia Bittencourt and you can hear her twice during the Espirito Brum Festival next week. The first event is taking place at Monalito’s (which is on Three Shire Oaks in Bearwood, Birmingham) on Thursday 15th and besides Flavia and her musicians the night will also feature Brazilian DJ Zappie Pimiental and myself on the decks and Tabacarana 7pm till late - and all for £5. I’ll see you all there . . .
Flavia will also be in the studio here on my show next week chatting and playing some unplugged songs live too, so don’t forget to tune in!
And if you had already forgotten who you were listening to then I’ll give you a reminder!
[You’re listening to . . .]
This is a track called “Seu Maya” - not sure who the original is but the remix is by Thornato of the Cumba Mela Collective)
(1) 13 Seu Maya (3:22) by Thornato (Cumba Mela Collective)
OK, last of the Brazilian numbers now and time to up the energy levels to kick off the half of the show.
This is the amazing SpokFrevo Orquestra from Recife in Northeastern Brazil and a mad, million-miles-an-hour, jazzy frevo entitled “Nino o Pernambuquinho”!
(2) 14 Nino O Pernambuquinho (3:16) by Spok Frevo Orquestra from the album “Passo De Anjo” (Biscoito Fino)
OK, we’re cooking on gas now...
So time for a little bit of Electro-Swing from Dimapetrov of St Petersburg in Russia to tickle your fancy.
Or is it Baltic Swing and Bass?
Hmmm. You know, I’m “Undecided Now” . . .
(3) 15 Undecided (3:05) by Dimapetrov
(4) 16 Balkanski Bal (Bucovina rmx) (3:10) by DJ Supersonico
Opa, Opa!! That was the DJ Supersonico’s Bucovina mix of “Balkanski Bal”.
Stay tuned for some more Balkanic madness at the end of the show.
In the meantime I’m heading for the jungles of South America and some Peruvian Chicha from Pedro Miguel y sus Maracaibos.
This from the album “Bonghead Peru Selections” and is called “Arroz Con Coco” (Rice and Coconut). Güeepa!
(5) 17 Arroz con Coco (2:12) by Pedro Miguel Y Sus Maracaibos from the album “Bongohead Peru Selections”
And if that wasn’t enough here’s a little more psychedelic chicha music.
The band are Los Mirlos, the album is called “The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru” and this track is “El Milagro Verde” (The Green Miracle)
(6) 18 El Milagro Verde (2:44) by Los Mirlos from the album “The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru”
(7) 19 El Chicharrón (3:13) by Hermanos Castillo from the album “Con Gaita”
That was a track called “El Chicharrón” by Hermanos Castillo from the album “Con Gaita” - think that was actually a Colombian rhythm called puya underlining the gaita flutes (but I’m open to correction there if anyone knows better!).
The word gaita refers to a number of things in Spanish including, flutes, pipes, bagpipes and a form of Colombian music.
It also refers to another form of music from Venezuela, very different in rhythm than to it’s Western neighbour.
The gaita venezolana is in ¾ time and sounds like this offering from the band Sin Fronteras(without frontiers) called “Aqui Te Traigo”(Here I bring you . . .). Enjoy!
(8) 20 Aqui Te Traigo (2009) (4:24) by Sin Fronteras
(9) 21 Tiroteo (2:55) by New Swing Sextete from the album “Volumen 01”
Hey, that was a track called “Tiroteo” by the New Swing Sextete - sorry I don’t really have much more info about them other than that. Classic salsa dura feel even with the vibes. Guaranteed to get your feet moving!
Next up it’s time to “Get Busy” with DJ Supersonico and the Sistema de Sonido Urbano and his Balkan-Kumbia mashup - I’ve warned you before, just watch out for Tarzan swing through the trees! - and that’s followed very appropriately by a spot of “Jungle Fever” by Maguaré. Are you ready? Then Get BUSY!
(10) 22 Get Busy (3:22) by DJ Supersonico & Sistema de Sonido Urbano
(11) 23 Jungle Fever (4:11) by Maguaré from the album “RetroCumbia” (Zephyrus)
Yeah, now that is one sexy, sexy tune!! The band, Maguaré, is from Belgium but fronted by the lovely Colombian Paola Marquez and that’s called “Jungle Fever” from their album “Retro Cumbia” on the Zephyrus label from Ghent.
That track can now be downloaded for free (as of yesterday) by going to SoundCloud and looking for “Jungle Fever”.
Maguaré is spelled M-A-G-U-A-R-É. That’s dedicated to La Maranguita, as is the next track. ¡¡Ay Papi!!
(12) 24 “¡Ay Papi!" (2:36) by Unknown Artist - from the album “Mofongo Para El Alma” (Discos Mulato)
Ha ha ha!! How was that for you? Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did…
OK last number now.
[Goodbyes, shout-outs, reminders etc]
Let’s go out with a bang (missus!) this is the Bootlegumachine mashup remix of Tony Camargo’s “Año Viejo”.
Good night to all and tune in next week for Flavia Bittencourt live on the show and a whole lot more!
(13) 25 Año Viejo (Bootlegumachine_Mashup) (5:44) by Tony Camargo (bootlegumachine re-fix)