Tuesday, 25 April 2017

VA-Everyone's World from Andy Kershaw

As a follow-up to previous posts about John Peel, it seems a nice idea to remember his death exactly 12.5 years ago with a similar post put together from recordings from Andy Kershaw's show on BBC Radio 1. They were real pals, shared the office and for some time their radiohsows were directly behind each other (first Kershaw followed by Peel, including sometimes humorous handing overs in between the shows).
Andy Kershaw and John Peel having a picnic - source: ipswichstar
(together they shared a cramped, chaotic office for 12 years)

VA-KERSHAW's Everyone's World

Tracklist:
  • Cheb Khaled - Hada Raykoum (ALGERIA)
  • Four Brothers - Mukadzi Wepiri (ZIMBABWE)
  • Freddy de Majunga et Master Mwana Congo - Vien Dance (CONGO)
  • Youssou N'dour - Live TV (SENEGAL)
  • Sadio Kouyate - Madiou Bana (MALI)
  • Alan Namoko and Chimvu Jazz - Chibali (MALAWI)
  • Kade Diawara - Bele Bele (GUINEE)
  • Modibo Kone - Njanjaran Fole (IVORY COAST)
  • Blama Guita* - Djembena Jarabela (GUINEE)
  • Modibo Kone - Sigi Kadjo (IVORY COAST)
  • Sexteto Munamar - Vengan Vengan (CUBA)
  • Franco et OK Jazz - Cha Cha Cha (CONGO)
  • Ambassadeur International - Saly (MALI)
  • Gueatan System - Zolo (IVORY COAST) incl.talk about natari
  • Madinda Solo (UGANDA)
  • Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyateh - Kairaba Jabi (GAMBIA/SENEGAL)
Tracks in order of broadcasting, most from local K7s and incl.interesting talk by Andy Kershaw
Note:* who knows more (anything at all) about the mysterious Blama Guita, please leave info in the comments


Enjoy the Show, and don't forget:
'Everybody is from this World,
and the World is Everyone's'

Oumou Sangaré - 2009.Apr.22 - BBC Session

As promised some more Music from Mali recorded by the BBC.
Oumou Sangare 2009.Apr.24 at Later... with Jools (BBC TV)
Sessions by Oumou Sangare in early 2009 for the promotion of her album 'Seya'.

Listen to Sounsoumba (session)


SANGARE-20090422 - Session 6music BBC

BBC 6music Session, 2009.Apr.22: 1.Donso / 2.Mogakele / 3.Sounsoumba
source: repeat 2017.Apr.22 BBC 6music - Live Hour
really like these stripped down versions.......

BBC TV - Later... with Jools, 2009.Apr.24: 1.Sounsoumba / 2.Seya
source: video of the show (ZDF rebroadcast)

And when searching the BBC for more details about the 6music session, which btw I couldn't find, I came across a 1991 radio program with an interview with 'Malian Singer Oumous Sangari'(sic). In that same show was also an interview with 'Griot singer Fanta Damba', included both in the download.

For the discography check this previous post about Oumou Sangare.

Watch some recent performances:


Looking forward for the new album, to be released in May............

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Tinariwen - 2017.Mar.07 Live in Liverpool

Quick post.

Tinariwen 2017.Mar.07 (source: kin2kin.co.uk)
Just found that the concert by Tinariwen 2017.Mar.07 at the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool can be listened to for about a month at the BBC Radio 3 Website (till 2017.May.21).

Here it's available: World on 3 (2017.Apr.21)

The page includes full setlist and some background info, before the show itself there is a good introduction by Andy Morgan (former manager of Tinariwen).

ENJOY!! Recommended while eating a fresh one!!

PS1: when the show can not be listened to anymore on the BBC site, I'll post the full concert, incl.interesting talk, here at Mangue Music (similar like Orchestra Baobab earlier)
PS2: soon to follow more/other Malian Music from the BBC

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Namgyal Lhamo - 2010/13 Live & Session NL

Now let's fly over to a place not covered before on Mangue Music, and where probably no mangos are growing, but with inspiring music: Tibet.
Namgyal Lhamo - live bringing music from Tibet

Namgyal Lhamo - The Nightingale of Tibet

summary from www.musicwords.nl/papyros~artist~Lhamo, Namgyal_en.html
Namgyal Lhamo was born in 1956, the year of the Chinese invasion of Tibet, just across the Tibetan border in Nepal at the foot of the Kanchen Junga mountain range. She grew up in a pure Tibetan environment where all religious, social and cultural traditions still prevailed. Her father was highly respected by all ethnic groups and had a long term vision to develop the community while preserving the traditions. Education was key for him, so Namgyal was sent to school at an early age.
In the early 1970s Namgyal’s father ran into trouble with the Nepalese authorities and army, as his house had been a natural stop for any Tibetan fleeing from Tibet over the passes west of the Kanchen Junga. For safety reasons his daughters were sent to India in the care of the Tibetan government in exile.
There in Dharamsala they were selected to join the Tibetan Institute for Performing Arts (TIPA, set up by H. H. the Dalai Lama). Starting at a very young age, Namgyal Lhamo trained for over fourteen years under the great masters of Tibetan Opera and Classical Music. She went on to become the star performer of the TIPA and travelled over India and the world. Her interpretations of the Nangma and the Toeshe, Tibetan opera and classical songs from the 17th century, have been universally acclaimed and she is popularly known as 'The Nightingale of Tibet'. Through this passage she stepped into the tradition of the various kinds of classical and folk music of her country.
Namgyal Lhamo performs solo and is accompanied on stage by her voice, the Tibetan lute (Dranyen), sometimes the flute or dulcimer and her independent spirit.
Since the 1980’s Namgyal Lhamo lives in the Netherlands, still pursuing the mission to preserve Tibetan culture and traditions through her music. She acted as extra in the Hollywood production ‘Seven Years in Tibet’, and was the leading figure in the Dutch documentary ‘Seven Dreams of Tibet’.
Next to her music and acting she is running the Tibetan restaurant 'de Werfkring' in Utrecht, recommended if you're in the neighbourhood and looking for a nice place to eat.

Listen to her live in 2010:


LHAMO-NAMGYAL-2010/13 - Live and Session NL

2010.Dec.03 - Dutch Jazz & World Meeting, Melkweg Amsterdam
stelist: 1.Jhola Tashi - Auspicious Song (5:00) / 2.Amaleho - White Crane (3:05) / 3.Shyel Kyishokpa - Crystal Wing (2:45) / 4.Shigatse - Folk Song from Shigatse (2:05)
broadcast: PRX, Hear the World 2011, Program p14 (by rnw, Hilversum, North Holland)

2013.Sep.20 - ConcertZender - Acoustic Roots Session
setlist: 1.Om Mani Padme Hum (mantra) / 2.Acho Soetop (listen mr.Soutop) / 3.Amaleho (white crane) / 4.Shyel Kyishokpa (crystal wings) / 5.Gya Nagpo Ta (black chinese horse) / 6.Nima Lhasa (a day in Lhasa) / 7.Relpa Thungso (celebrating Milarepa) / 8.Chang Gana / 9.Pangye Metok (meadow flowers)
broadcast: ConcertZender 2013.Sep.20 - Acoustic Roots


Discography

2000: Voices from Tibet - with Gang Chenpa (CD, Papyros)
2003: Songs from Tibet (CD, Papyros) rereleased by World Music Network
2007: Pure (CD, Silk Road)
2007: The Enchanted Land (CD, Silk Road)
2009: Highland Supernova [Silk Road, cancelled album?] "Paradise Lost" posted 2008.Aug
2012: Musical Offering 1 - Anthology of Tibetan Songs (CD, Papyros)
2015: Musical Offering 2 - Anthology of Tibetan Classical Songs (CD, Papyros)

Things to read, listen and watch

  • 2007.Sep: interview - worldmusiccentral
  • 2008.Mar: opening gala Woman's Film Maker's Festival, Cretéil, France - youtube
  • 2008.Aug: Paradise Lost videoclip - vimeo [for cancelled album?]
  • 2008.Dec: interview in The Statesman - republished tibet.ca
  • 2012.Dec: Tongni - Emptiness - prayer for His Holiness - Vrije Geluiden - youtube
  • 2012.Dec: Nima Lhasa - a day in Lhasa - Vrije Geluiden - youtube
  • 2012.Dec: Relpa Thungso - birth of Milarepa - Vrije Geluiden - youtube
  • 2013: interview on VoA Tibetan - youtube [sorry no subtitles...]

Monday, 3 April 2017

Various Senegal from K7s (2006-1)


mangos from Senegal
source: organic-market
As promised at the end of the previous post about Orchestra Baobab, more music from Senegal.

This is a follow up of the, about half a year ago posted, K7s radio shows (Guinee and Mali), which I catched again from the ConcertZender in 2006.

info from the radioshow:
For the African market cassettes are important - they are easy to duplicate and play. Musically it's interesting because often less concessions to Western tastes and pop influences are made. We go on a journey through a stack of cassettes from Senegal.

Listen to Assane Gaye with Mame Falou


VARIOUS SENEGAL K7s (2006-1)

Full Tracklist

1.Abdou Guite Seck - Yamale (2004, K7, Coono Aduna)
    Abdou Guite Seck played in the band Wock, in 2002 he started his solo carreer
    biographies: guiteseck / musiques-afrique / youtube 
    discography: guiteseck  (note: Coone Aduna K7 not mentioned)
    recent video channel of Abdou Guite Seck at youtube

2.Assane Gaye - Mame Falou (K7, Mandou)
    no info found
3.Assane Mboup - Walle Bagne (1997, K7, Nate-Yi)
4.Assane Mboup - Nate-Yi (1997, K7, Nate-Yi)
    great vocalist, has played with Orchestra Baobab (since 2001)
    biography incl.discography at afrisson 

    Nate-Yi K7 has been posted at awesometapes
5.Baaba Maal & Daande Lenol - Delli Delli (2004, K7, Farba)
6.Baaba Maal & Daande Lenol - Jamanu (2004, K7, Farba)
    website / biography / discography 
    many Baaba Maal K7s at ndiakhass
7.Coumba Gawlo & Souleymane Faye - Sey Dou Choix (2003, K7, Gawlo & Diego)
    born 1972 near Thies in a musical family,
    used to sing along at very young age with her mother Fatou Kiné Mbaye (see 11),
    recording is duo K7 with Souleymane Faye aka Diego
    biography
/ discography 
    Gawlo & Diego K7 at ndiakhass
8.El Hadj N'Diaye - Tokoroni - text in Japanese (K7, Siggi)
    biography / discography 
    Geej CD (incl.Tokoroni) available at albumtrad
9.Fallou Dieng - Jikoom (2004, K7, Licii Jamano)
10.Fallou Dieng - Sida (2004, K7, Licii Jamano)
    started singing with Lemzo Diamono around 1990,
    later went solo with his own band called 'le DLC' (= le Dakar Loisirs Club)
    biography
/ discography (last updated 2003)
11.Fatou Kine Mbaye - Dabakh (1991, K7, Touba Belel)
    mother of Coumba Gawlo (see 7), no further info found

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Orchestra Baobab - 2017.Jan.31 Live in London (DL)

As promised a month ago, when the Orchestra Baobab show can not be listened to anymore on the BBC player, I'll upload it here!!!
Mamadou Mountaga Koite of Orchestra Baobab at the Roundhouse, London.
Photograph: John Williams - Source: The Guardian

Orchestra Baobab - 2017 January 31 - London

Main Space - In The Round (+ Estée Blu as support act)
2017 sees the return of In The Round, a series of intimate performances staged in a rarely seen fully seated concert set-up at the Roundhouse. One of Africa’s great iconic bands, Orchestra Baobab create some of the world’s most sublime and truly distinctive music.
Formed in 1970, taking their name from the Dakar nightclub where they were resident, they fused Afro-Cuban rhythm and Portuguese Creole melody with Congolese rumba, high life and a whole gamut of local styles, kick starting a musical renaissance in their native Senegal, which turned the capital, Dakar, into one of the world’s most vibrant musical cities.
The band released dozens of recordings before disbanding in the mid-80s but it was their neglected 1982 album, Ken Dou Werente - which included many of their most famous songs, ‘Coumba’, ‘Ledi Njemme Mbodj’ and ‘Utru Horas’ - that became a cult-classic, re-released to huge acclaim by World Circuit Records in 1989 under the title Pirate’s Choice.
The band reformed in 2001 with encouragement from Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour and the following year released Specialist in All Styles, their first album in nearly 20 years.
In 2007 they released Made in Dakar, and now, nine years on, Orchestra Baobab are back in the studio recording their fourth album for World Circuit, which is set for release in Spring 2017.
With support from Roundhouse Resident Artist Estée Blu, a singer-songwriter who embraces genres such as Jazz and Gospel and champions authenticity and imagination through Neo- Soul and R&B. Often likened to Solange, Lianne la Havas and Corinne Bailey Rae, Blu equally brings her own style to Contemporary R&B.

1.BBC World on 3 introduction

Introduction to Orchestra Baobab as broadcasted on BBC before concert itself.

BAOBAB-20170131 - Roundhouse London BBC intro

tracklist: 1.Coumba (from Pirates Choice, rec.1982) / 2.On Verra Ca* (BBC World Routes rec.2001) / 3.Mouhamadou Bamba (from Bamba, rec.1980)

In between the music is interesting talk by the DJ and Lucy Duran (!) about Orchestra Baobab and background of the played songs.

*from World Routes (2001.Sep.01, BBC Radio 3)
Lucy Duran travels to Dakarto meet the Senegalese Orchestra Baobab, performing again for the first time since the 80s.
Earlier this year (2001) the legendary and seminal Senegalese salsa band Orchestra Baobab reformed, performing together for the first time since the 80s. The group, whose mellow sound rocked West Africa, is now recording a new album at the studios of African superstar Youssou N'Dour. Lucy Duran travels to Dakar to meet the band  and witness this historic event.
From 2001 playlist: On Verra Ca (traditional Mandinka Version) by Balla Sidibe (BBC recording)

2.BBC World on 3 The Concert


BAOBAB-20170131 - Roundhouse London BBC live

setlist: 1.Dee Mo Woor / 2.Amikitabay / 3.Fayincounko / 4.Foulo Kano / 5.Woulignewa / 6.Kharit Kharito / talk about 'Utros Horas' / 7.Utros Horas / 8.Magno Couto / 9.Ndiaga Niaw / talk about 'On Verra Ca' and 'Bulma Mine' / 10.Bulma Mine / 11.On Verra Ca / 12.Werente Serigne

again sometimes with some (interesting!) talk in between some tracks

More about Orchestra Baobab 2017


PS1: audio is the highest quality BBC stream I could directly catch (m4a-320-48Hz), so no converting and just splitted-up in individual track, ENJOY!!!!
PS2: for the usual discography, check this previous post about Orchestra Baobab
PS3: more Senegalese music to expected soon........

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cheikha Rimitti - 1989.March.10 - Rasa Utrecht

Let's go now way way up north to Algeria, where we can listen to the 'queen-mother of Rai-music'.
Cheikha Rimitti (source: i-cias.com/e.o/cheikha_rimitti.htm)

Biography of Cheikha Rimitti

source: i-cias.com/e.o/cheikha_rimitti.htm

Cheikha Rimitti (real name: Saadia al-Ghizania) was born 1923 in the village of Tessala (Algeria), she was an Algerian singer and songwriter, belonging to the Rai tradition.
Through most of her life she was a rebel, using her position to promote rights to Algeria's Muslim female population. Eventually, she changed her ways, and returned to the ideas of Islam on her older days.
Cheikha Rimitti, as known for her productions late in life, had a style of a deep voice and songs of little variation, but with suggestive music. Both using modern, Western instruments and traditional Algerian ones, like bendire, tar, gasbâ and gallal. Throughout her more than 50 years as a recording artist, she has published around 400 cassettes, 300 singles and a handful of CD's. She has written 200 songs, several recorded with other artists.
She had a second career starting in the 1990's, when her music was rediscovered by a new generation.
Cheikha Rimitti is one of the central figures of the development of Rai music, being considered the artistic mother of young Rai performers from the 1980's. Both Khaled and Rachid Taha has recorded tributes to her.
She had 4 children, all having returned to Algeria.

Timeline
1923 May 8: Born in the village Tessala, named Saadia al-Ghizania.
1920's: Saadia is orphaned, and has a hard childhood, never attending school.
1938: Joins a travelling music group, known as the Hamdachis, with whom she sings and dances.
1943: Moves to Relizane, where she writes songs and performs. She soon earns much fame from singing about tabooed subjects, like sex and alcohol.
1940's: Saadia's fame grows quickly across Algeria, she sings several times on the radio. She would soon take the artist name Cheikha Rimitti.
1952: Publishes her first record, which included the song 'Er-Rai er-Rai'.
1954: Becomes famous and infamous when releasing Charrak Gatta, challenging the the taboo of virginity for unmarried women.
1962: Algeria's Muslim population gets independence, and as part of the ethnic cleansing of Europeans, Cheikha Rimitti's music is also outlawed, accused of being influenced by French culture.
1960s: Moves to France.
1971: Injured in a car crash, while touring Algeria. She spends 3 weeks in coma.
1975: Performs hajj, and changes her lifestyle to a modest, Muslim-conservative one, quitting smoking and alcohol.
1980s: Moves to Paris.
1989-2006: Makes internationally released albums and performs on stages all over the world.
2006 May 15: Dies in Paris, France, from a heart attack.


Listen to 'Allo Allo' (live 1989)


RIMITTI-CHEIKHA-19890610 - Utrecht (VPRO)

trackslist:
0.N'ta Goudami - from 'N'ta Goudami' (2005, CD, Because #3109862)
Live 1989.March.10 with Sabri and Boualem (both on Gasbah-flute) in Rasa, Utrecht:
1.Allo Allo / 2.Charak-Gataa / 3.unknown title / 4.unknown title / 5.unknown title / 6.unknown title / 7.unknown title

source: Dutch VPRO Radio - 2006.Jul.31, Lost 'Takken' (#5) - repeat of 1989.April.27 show

Discography

1952-89: some 400 K7s
1989: Ghir al Baroud (CD/LP, Michel Levy Productions) [re-CD, 1996]
1994: Sidi Mansour (CD/K7, Absolute Records) [re-CD, 2006]
1994 (comp?): Les Racines Du Rai - Rai Roots (CD, Buda Musique)
1995: Cheikha [unreleased tracks from 'Sidi Mansour' album] (mini-CD)
2000: Nouar (CD, Sonodisc)
2001: Live - European Tour 2000 (CD, Sono)
2005: N'ta Goudami (CD, Because Music)
2005 (comp?): Hina Ou Hina (CD, The Intense Music)
Comp-1999: Aux Sources Du Rai ‎(CD, Institut Du Monde Arabe)
Comp-2000: Trab Music ‎(CD, Culture Press)
Comp-2000: L'Étoile Du Rai ‎(CD, Culture Press)
Comp-2001: Le World... Rai ‎(CD, Suave Records)
Comp-2006: Maghreb Soul - Rimitti Story 1986-90 ‎(2CD, Because Music)

Things to read/listen/watch:

Monday, 20 March 2017

John Chibadura & The Tembo Brothers - Peel Session 1989

Let's move again into Mango territory, this time way way down south the African to Zimbabwe to listen to John Chibadura with his Tembo Brothers (recorded in BBC Studios in the UK).
John Chibadura

Biography

rearranged to get a better chronology from original text by Fred Zindi, source www.herald.co.zw/what-happened-to-chibaduras-songs/

John "Chibadura" Nyamukokoko was born in 1957 in Guruve, Zimbabwe. His father and mother were itinerant farm labourers from Mozambique. In 1962, at the tender age of 5, John lost his mother and his father re-married a woman who was tough on John. Because he had a hard time with his step-mother, John was eventually forced to go to Centenary to live on a farm with his grandfather who was a talented mbira player. Unfortunately his grandfather also died 3 years later. From then on, John continued to live a nomadic life when he was passed from one relative to another.
In 1968, while in Centenary on a farm, he started to learn playing the banjo. The following year, there was a serious drought in Zimbabwe, and John, in search of further education and survival walked from Centenary to Darwendale where he settled at a farm called Wagon Wheels. He worked at the farm as a tractor-driver and lorry driver while attending school. He quit school after form 3. It took John another 10 years before he made the move that was designed to realise the dream of becoming the cherished musician he became.
He moved to Chitungwiza where he was soon to become popularly known as "Mr Chitungwiza", after the name of the town. Through his music, John soon became a household name. He initially formed a group with Simon and Naison Chimbetu called The Sungura Boys.
In 1985 he formed his own group known as The Tembo Brothers and immediately drew attention on account of Chibadura's intense voice and achingly poignant lyrics. Although their sungura beat was fast and furious, John's songs often told of downbeat misery, broken families, excessive dowries in "$5.000 Dollars Kuroora" and wasted opportunities. The sorrowfulness of the lyrics notwithstanding, the Tembo Brothers enjoyed a massive following among Zimbabweans and Mozambicans, where songs like "Zuva Rekufa Kwangu", "5,000 Dollars Kuroora" and "Nhamo Yatakawona" became big anthems.
Together with The Tempo Brothers John churned out some memorable albums such as "Vengai Zvenyu", "Hupenyu Hwandinetsa", "Sara Ugarike", "Sango Rinopa Waneta", "Pitikoti Government", "Ndiri muhondo", "Mune Majerasi", "Mutumwa", "Madiro", "Kugarika Tange Nhamo", "5000 Dollars Kuroora", "Kurera", "Zuva Guru", "Mudzimu Wangu", "Munhu Haana Chakanaka" and many more over the years.
In the early 1990s John toured the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He also toured Mozambique where he was so popular that he only played in stadiums where his audiences at some point exceeded 40 000. In Mozambique he was often met by President Chisano. Though most of his life was spent in Zimbabwe, Mozambique regarded him as a long-lost son and when in the country he would be ferried to concerts by the presidential helicopter.
Before his death, on 1999 August 04, John Chibadura wrote the song, "Zuva Rekufa Kwangu". Everyone on this earth is assured of dying some day, but I remember asking John, when he penned that song in reggae, a genre which was different from his usual sungura beat, " Why are you predicting your own death? Are you about to die?" He did not give me a definite answer. However, I was the first DJ to play that song on Radio 3's reggae session one Thursday night and after that, the whole nation went crazy. The paroxysm of Chibadura-mania began then as I continued to receive non-stop requests for the song.
"Chibadura" was his nickname meaning roughly "the man who can do", or "the man who is the best and can beat all odds". Despite this apparent success, John died without a penny to his name but his legacy lives on.

Listen to the first song from the session


CHIBADURA-JOHN-19891119 - Peel Session BBC

tracklist: 1.Shira / 2.Diya Wangu / 3.Mukadzi Wangu / 4.Amai

line-up: John Chibadura (vocals, guitar) / Douglas Chibadura (backing vocals) / Innocent Makoni (backing vocals) / Mike Gunde (drums) / Bata Sintrio (guitar) / Charles Ruwizhi (bass)

PS: acc.to John Peel in his intro John Chibadura & The Tembo Brothers did also some recordings for Andy Kershaw, if anybody has any sounds from those, I'm interested so please let me know.....

Discography

198?: Sungura Boys - Tasarira Nhamo (LP, #JLP.1009)
1985: John Chibadura & Sungura Boys - Kurera (LP, #ZIL.203) - at globalgroovers
198?: John Chibadura & Sungura Boys - Vol.3 - Kugarika Tangenhamo (LP, #??)
198?: John Chibadura & Sungura Boys - Vol.5 - Zvinodinetsa (LP, #TEL.2160)

198?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Upenyu Hwandinetsa (LP, #ZIL.206)
198?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Sara Ugarike (LP, #ZIL.208)
1987: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Kugarika Tangenhamo (LP, #ZIL.212)
1987: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - $5000 (Kuroora) (LP, #ZIL.216) [ re-CD]
1988: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Midzimu Yangu (LP, #ZIL.221)
1988: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Rugare (LP, #ZIL.223)
1989: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Munhu Hana Chakanaka (LP, #ZIL.231)
1990: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Mune Majerasi (LP, #ZIL.237)
1991: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Ndirimuhondo (LP, #ZIL.239)
1992: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Muranda (LP/K7, #ZIL/ZC.244)
1993: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Madiro (LP, #ZIL.255)
1993: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Sango Rinopa Waneta (LP, #ZIL.260) [re-CD]

Comp.198?: Sungura Boys - The Best Of (K7, #TEC.2063)
Comp.1989: John Chibadura - Essential (CD/K7/LP) - at globalgroovers
Comp.1990: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - More Of The Essential (CD/K7/LP)
Comp.199?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers (K7, MGS #121785) - at awesometapes
Comp.199?: John Chibadura - The Best Of (CD, #CD.ZIL.300)
Comp.199?: John Chibadura - The Great Mr.Chitungwiza (CD, #CD.ZIL342)
Comp.199?: John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers - Yambiro (CD, #CD.ZIL.509)
VA-Chauya Chirizevha - Chimurenga from Zimbabwe (Comp) - at globalgroovers incl.Hosana by John Chibadura & Tembo Brothers

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

VA-Hungary - Meg Kell A Buzanak Erni (1992, K7)

Let's visit this time a country where are no Mango's, in the local language: "Nincs Mango" in Hungary.

VA - Meg Kell a Buzanak Erni
 (Hungary, 1992, K7)

I wanted for a longtime to post this K7, but couldn't and still can't find the original, which I bought around 1996 in Budapest. Probably it's lost during my many movings around, but fortunately made a K7 copy for regularly playing. That copy is, after many many times having enjoyed it's music, still sounding good, so finally decided to use that for this post.

The K7 is a compilation of studio and live tracks recorded between 1975 and 1991, put together by Halmos Béla, "one of the leading figures the early days of the Tanchaz movement" (from the Rough Guide to World Music)


source: Rough Guide to World Music, page 163
The Tanchaz, meaning dance house, movement started in the 1970s as a reaction to the regimented folklore of the state ensembles. Following in the footsteps of Bartok and Kodaly, mucisians like Ferenc Sebo  and Bela Halmos (compiler of K7) collected music from the villages, learned it and brought it back to the capital Budapest. This new generation was interested in the instrumental music and traditional dances. The idea was to bring the music back to the grassroots rather than present it on stage and, despite the urban setting, keep it closer to its original form.
Eventhough it had virtually no official support from the state, it grew from strength to strength, and had for many years also a political dimension, as being opposed to the communist state.
Tanchaz music falls into two types. One is music from Hungary proper, with less of a living tradition and usually learned from archive recordings or written collections. The other and most popular music comes directly from the village tradition. Mostly from Transylvania, where the Hungarian community in Romania is keeping a living folk tradition alive.
The basic instrumental line-up is a lead fiddle, an accompanying violin (kontra) playing chords and a bowed bass - there's often a cimbalon included as well. At first the tunes all sound similar, but the better you know this music the more rich and varied it becomes. In the right hands it has a beauty unrivalled in Europe.

Listen to a track from the K7


VA-HUNGARY-1992-K7 - Meg Kell A Buzanak Erni

Full trackslist:
1.Sebő - Szerelem, Szerelem - Love, Love (1:05) [1975]
2.Sebő - Hol Jártál Az Éjjel Cönöge Madár (2:25) [1975]
3.Egyszólam - Kanásznóta (3:02) [1989]
4.Téka - Hadd Fekszem Melléd (2:25) [1989]
5.Kalamajka - Bonchidai Forgatós (5:00) [1988]
6.Dűvő - Im Memoriam Kovács Tivadar (3:07) [1989]
7.Vujicsics - Madarac (2:00) [1988]
8.Méta - Szép a Fekete Bárány (2:33) [1989]
9.Kallós Zoltán - Fordulj Kedves Lovam (4:19) [1984]
10.Téka - Az a Szeretőm, Aki Volt (4:46) [1989]
11.Ghymes - Gúta Maga Egy Város (1:52) [1991]
12.Kanalas & Fábri - Várj Madárka (2:27) [1991]
13.Ökrös - Ej, Nem Szeretem az Idő Járását (3:25) [1989]
14.Various - Mezőségi Finálé (6:39) [1989]
15.Sebő - Meg Kell A Búzának Érni (2:15) [1975]

Info about the Artists:

1/2/15.Sebő Ensemble, named after bandleader Ferenc Sebő, is one of the best-known groups of the 1970s Hungarian roots revival.
3.Egyszólam' bandmembers studied for about two decades the traditional Hungarian folkmusic in the performance style, the band includes a singer and a variety of flutes, to their repertoire belong bagpipes sounding melodies.
4/10.Téka Ensemble formed 1976 in Budapest, playing authentic peasant music, their repertoire emphasizes the traditional playing style and original feeling of Hungarian village music.
5.Kalamajka, formed in the early 1970s, played authentic Hungarian folkmusic till their break-up in 2009.
6.Dűvő Együttes, formed in 1979, plays Hungarian folkmusic in especially the traditional styles; in their repertoire is music from all ethnic groups in the Carpathian Basin.
7.Vujicsics* is one of the best groups anywhere playing Serbian and Croatian music, a 6-piece ensemble with guitars, tamburas and bass from the South Slav communities north of Budapest.
8.Méta Ensemble formed 1983 in Pécs in the south of Hungary, some of their specialities are the singing voice of and virtuosity on the violin by founding member Beáta Salamon.
9.Kallós Zoltán is a ethnographer, folk music collector born 1926 in Răscruci (Válaszút), Transylvania, Romania.
11.Ghymes was an excellent 5-piece band led by Szarka Tamas on fiddle and coming from the Hungarian community in southern Slovakia.
12.Duo with vocals by Éva Kanalas and Géza Fábri on cobza (a multi-stringed lute, considered the oldest accompaniment instrument in the Moldovia/Romania region).
13.Ökrös Együttes formed in 1986 by violinist Csaba Ökrös, they gained knowledge of Hungarian folk music by visiting and studying with folk musicians in the remote villages of Hungary and Transylvania.
14.Various Artists at the Folkmusic Festival in Szeged in 1988, performing together the finale at the Festival.

*note one of the members of Vujicsics is the father of some musicians of Söndörgő posted earlier on Mangue Music

More about Hungarian Folkmusic

  • HUNGARY: a musical mother tongue - by Simon Broughton
    Chapter in World Music Vol.1: Africa, Europe and the Middle East (page 159-167)
  • The Aesthetic of the Hungarian Revival Movement - by Judit Frigyesi
    Lakodalmas Rock and the Rejection of Popular - by Barbara Rose Lange
    Chapters in Retuning Culture: Musical Changes in Central and Eastern Europe (page 54-91)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Orchestra Baobab - 2017.Jan.31 Live in London

Just a quick post.

Orchestra Baobab (source: BBC Radio 3, 2017)

Found today that the concert by Orchestra Baobab 2017.Jan.31 at Roundhouse in London can be listened to till about the end of this month at the BBC Radio 3 Website.

Here it's available: World on 3 (2017.Mar.03)

The page includes full setlist and some background info, before the show itself there is a good introduction by Lucy Duran (former DJ at BBC Radio3).

ENJOY!! Recommended while eating a fresh one!!

PS1: when the show can not be listened to anymore on the BBC site, I'll post the full concert, incl.interesting talk, here at Mangue Music.
PS2: listening myself when writing this post, and hearing again "Mouhamadou Bamba" before the concert gives me again shivers through my body, that music and that VOICE from Thione Seck!!!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Tal National - 2015 - US Radio Sessions

Let's jump over the east border of Mali and visit with Mangue Music for the 2nd time (after Les Filles) the country of Niger to hear some radio sessions by Tal National.

Tal National in the New York metro (source: WFMU)
adapted from bio at talnational.com
Tal National spent more than a decade crisscrossing Niger, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners and roundabouts. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular band. In Niger, a former French colony, can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in Tal National’s members.
In Tal National’s music we hear the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa’s Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg’s assouf and the exquisite griot guitar of Mali’s Songhai, all delivered with virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy. The band speaks French, but use the American term “very rock and roll” quite seriously, implying their awareness that the loud guitars and bewildering rhythmic complexity separate them from their West African peers.
On stage Tal National perform with six musicians, but because of their rigorous performance schedule there might be up to thirteen members at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might split up to play two gigs simultaneously.
In 2013 they recorded and released their first international album 'Kaani', after which they went on an international tour, playing a.o.in North-America and Western-Europe. Their 2nd international release 'Zoy Zoy' was recorded in Niamey, Niger’s capital, by Chicago-based producer/engineer Jamie Carter, using a remote recording rig in a dusty makeshift studio. In the tour around this release of this album, they did radio sessions for WFMU in New York and for KEXP in Seattle.

"The first thing that hits you when you listen to Tal National is the band’s tightness and fiery energy." --NPR (2013)
"The music keeps leaping ahead with one surprise after another: guitar parts that align and diverge and reconfigure, drumming that pounces on offbeats. The patterns are crisp, complex and tireless." --New York Times (2013)

Listen to a track from the KEXP Session


TAL NATIONAL 2015 - US Radio Sessions

Tal National - 2015.Apr.11 WFMU
playlist: 1.Kaani / 2.Saraounia / 3.Say Wata Gaya / 4.Ah-ah / 5.Zoy Zoy
broadcasted: 2015.Apr.11 Transpacific Sound Paradise

Tal National - 2015.May.10 KEXP
playlist: 1.Farila / 2.Zoy Zoy / 3.Liba
broadcasted: 2015.May.12 Wo' Pop (with Darek Mazzone)

Discography

sources: talnational.com and talnational.bandcamp.com

before 2013: 2 unknown local releases (info from NPR story)
2013: Kaani (CD/LP/digital, Fat Cat Records #FATCD/LP.126)
2015: Zoy Zoy (CD/LP/digital, Fat Cat Records #FATCD/LP.137)


Watch and Listen

  • 2013 KEXP Radio Session - youtube
  • 2013 NPR Review - Rock Stars Of West Africa - npr
  • 2013 WBEZ Radio Session - soundcloud
  • 2015 KEXP Radio Session - youtube (with additional 4th track)

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Mali - lesser known Hunters Music

In the same show, as from where I catched the previous tracks by lesser known Orchestras from Mali, was a block of Hunters Music from Mali.
Toumani Koné Group, 1986 (© Malick Sidibé) - source

 INFO about the HUNTERS (or DONSO)

source: mali-music (through archive.org)
Throughout all of Mali the Hunters ("donso") have a status of their own. Their Brotherhood is placed above any ethnic, religious or caste-oriented rifts. It is the oldest traditional institution in Mali. The music is generally reduced to two instruments, the Karignan (a piece of iron that is scraped) and the N'goni Donso ("hunter's n'goni" with three strings) which accompanies the songs with the insistent repetition of its three notes. A flute can be added to these instruments. The songs function is primarily to reassure and encourage the members of the expedition during those long evenings spent in the bush, without the slightest shelter or protection.

Listen to Yoro Sidibe (track from VA-Mali Lolo)


MALI - Lesser Known HUNTERS MUSIC

playlist
11.Toumani Kone - Sojoko Finkele (from K7 Vol.2, red cover) - full K7 at wrldsrv
12.Seydou Traore et Ensemble, Toba Seydou - Ntalan (from K7 Marasa 1)
13.Yoro Sidibe - Nema Yiridon (from K7 Yoro Sidibe Vol.2)
14.Mamadou Sangare - Goni Somangonifo (from K7 Mamadou Sangare Vol.2)

source: WFMU Gateway to Joy with Donna - 2012 September 29 - Strictly Malian

Info about the Hunters presented here:


Toumani Koné aka."the Lion of Wassoulou"
Seydou Traore et Ensemble, Toba Seydou
  • Toba Seydou is nickname of Seydou Traore
  • info and one album from hardwax:
    (Toba) Seydou Traore was born in the early 1960s near Bougouni in Mali, where as a young child he heard the music of hunters. Seydou’s ensuing fascination led to much family conflict, but he persisted, later becoming an apprentice of renowned musician Yoro Sidibe.
    In this context the word protégés apprentice is not inaccurate; not everyone can decide to become a donso, and the gift is said to be passed down from strong women to strong sons; it is equally a gift to be able to recognize which young boys have what it takes to brave both the bush and the strings of the donso ngoni. Young men are apprenticed to the great elder musicians and earn their place in the hierarchical society of the donsos.
    Seydou eventually became a master in his own right, consistently satisfying listeners across Mali with his strong voice and truly comic sensibility.
  • album "Toba Seydou Traore" (#YY.006)* is out of stock at hardwax (see above), but seems available at dragcity
  • Marasa 1 (no info found) only for Marasa 2 (not including the posted track)
  • other albums available at iTunes: Marasa 2 / Doni Doni / Danfaga Sambou
Yoro Sidibe
  • biography at mali-music (through archive.org)
  • Vol.2 (no info found), but Vol.3 posted at wrldsrv
  • biography fromt iTunes:
    A respected musician for some 30 years, practicing ritualistic tribal music that dates back to the 14th century, Yoro Sidibe is a donso ngonifola (hunter's musician) from the Wasulu village of Babbala, in the southwestern Malian hinterlands. Typically, donsos play to get the hunters riled before they leave for a hunt. Dressed in floppy hats and mudcloths with muskets draped on their shoulders, the hunters take to their bicycles in search for animals while Sidibe sings, chants, and strums in an intense trance. Over the years, as well as performing and teaching students, he released several dozen cassettes that were sold by street vendors in the village. Costing less than an American dollar, one of these boombox recordings caught the ear of field recorder Jack Carneal while he was visiting Africa with the hopes of tracking down indigenous musicians. After some convincing, he secured the rights to issue some of Sidibe's recordings on CD for the nonprofit label Yaala Yaala Records. In early 2008, the label paired with Drag City to release Yoro Sidibe's self-titled album. --Jason Lymangrover
    available at iTunes: Yoro Sidibe*
  • album also at dragcity: Yoro Sidibe (2008, #YY.005)*
Mamadou Sangare (?or Madou Sangare?)
  • no info found, but some videos with hunters music by Madou Sangare, so it could very well be him, if anybody knows more please comment

Note: *for Yaala Yaala Recordings, see comments to this post by Ngoni

Video to watch (when downloading):

Yoro Sidibe - source: flickr from Cris Ubermann

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Mali - lesser known Orchestras (1970s)

I regularly check the New York radio station WFMU, there's always something interesting to listen to, be it live or from their archive.

Kati - timber market (source: Chochoviny) Gao - Niger (source: Jacques taberlet)
near Banamba (source: Lengyel Krisztian) Dioila (source: Traore Bakari)

Sometime in 2012 a whole 'Gateway to Joy with Donna' (3hrs) was dedicated to music from Mali, from the original stream of that show I have for you a set of 4 lesser known Orchestras from Mali, all 1970s recordings and mostly broadcasted from tape-copies. About the orchestras themselves is hardly any info and not any one picture to find on the whole wide web (that's why the photos above).

Listen to Thiawara Band de Kati


MALI - Lesser Known ORCHESTRAS 1970s

playlist
1.Thiwara Band de Kati - one track (from Dionkolony, 1976)
2.Thiwara Band de Kati - another track (from Koumi Djasse, 1978)
3.Orchestre Regional de Gao - Taray Kongo [?] (from Recordings Radio Mali, 1976)
4.Orchestre Regional de Gao - another track (from Recordings Radio Mali, 1976)
5.Souala Band de Banamba - Yoli-Yoli (from Souala Band de Banamba, 1977)
6.Souala Band de Banamba - Laissez-Laissez (from Souala Band de Banamba, 1977)
7.Baniko Jazz de Dioila - one track (from Baniko Jazz de Doila, 197x)
8.Baniko Jazz de Dioila - Seyni - Laba Sosseh cover* (from Baniko Jazz de Doila, 197x)

source: WFMU Gateway to Joy with Donna - 2012 September 29 - Strictly Malian

*listen to Laba Sosseh's original from 1969 - and it's 7" flip-side Que Se Funan

Info about the Orchestras (radio africa) and their places of origin:


Thiwara Band de Kati (ca.15km north-west of Bamako)
  • only known songs: Noumou Lakouloumba, Djanfa Magni and Seme Mala (on VA-Regard Sur Le Passe# etc. and VA-Panorama Du Mali#)
  • also known as Tjiwara Band de Kati
  • musicians: Sylvain Keita (chef d'orchestre, saxophone), Karim Diakité (trumpet), Mamadou Traoré (trumpet), Adama Niambelé (saxophone), Adama Coulibaly (tumba), Leo (drums), Amady Diallo (timbales), Soulemane Sissoko dit Gris (rthythm guitar), Mahamadou Bagayoko dit Al Capone (rhythm guitar) Papa Diabaté (lead guitar), Mahamoudou Sissoko dit Danger (bass), Boubou Touré (organ), Mahamadou Sangaré (vocals), Souleymane Cherif (vocals), Massambou Wélé Diallo (organ, vocals)
add.info (from Ngoni):
  • Tji-wara is the figure of the antilope that scratching the ground with its paw discovered us the agriculture - more info see Tji-wara
  • band is probably the civil version of the military orchestra of Kati
  • Mamadou Traoré (trumpet) is the father of Rokia Traoré
Orchestre Regional de Gao (on the Niger, ca.1000km north-east of Bamako)
  • only known songs: 22 Novembre, Tandina and Wotti Bayen (on VA-Regard Sur Le Passe# etc. and VA-Panorama Du Mali#)
  • also known as Songhai Star,
add.info (from Ngoni):
  • in 1976 Songhai Star featured Sidi Touré and Doumma Albarka
  • members mentioned in text of 'Panorama du Mali': Ibrahim (Hamma) Dicko (vocals) and Yaya Coulibaly (solo guitar)
Souala Band de Banamba (ca.125km north-east of Bamako)
  • no info found
Baniko Jazz de Dioila (ca.150 east of Bamako)
  • also known as Baninko Jazz de Dioila
  • with Adama Namakoro Fomba on guitar

notes:

for best enjoyment, listen when eating
SOME, ordered straight from MALI

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Kakande - 2008.Feb.16 Radio Session WFMU

I'm hungry, so let's move on to where we can find some mangos, to Guinee Conakry, where we encounter the band Kakande lead by the brilliant balafon player Famoro Dioubate.
Actually to hear their/his music we had to jump over the big pond into New York, as this is where they are living and recorded this balafonique session.
Famoro Dioibate with balafon

Info from WFMU - Transpacific Sound Paradise:
Kakande is a big West African / American band that combines African and European instruments, rhythms and melodies. The centerpiece is the brilliant balafon (xylophone) player from Guinea, Famoro Dioubate. Kora (harp-lute) player Yacouba Cissoko extends the traditional vibe - but there are also guitars, drum kit, woodwind instruments - even cello.
Kakande warms up tonight (2008.Feb.16) for the Dununya CD release party at SOBs in NYC on Sunday 2008.Feb.24.

from PR-info by Jumbie Records:
Not many musicians can claim an 800-year musical legacy as balafon master Famoro Dioubate can. From one of the most prestigious families of griots in Guinea, Dioubate is a guardian of traditions dating back to the 13th century in the ancient Mandé Empire. Named for his ancestral village, Dioubate’s ensemble Kakande is an extension of the lineage that he knew back home, bridging this near millennial tradition to modern audiences.
As legend holds, the balafon appeared magically in the forest almost a thousand years ago where it was discovered and guarded jealously by mighty sorcerer-king Sumanguru Kante. Eventually it was re-conquered by the founder of the Mandé Empire, Sundiata Keita, who bequeathed it to his griot to play and protect.
Today, Dioubate is a unique artist in the Mandé musical world; keenly aware of the tradition he was born into, yet eager to reshape it. He carefully crafted this ensemble to serve his aesthetic curiosity. His inclusion of non-traditional elements is a nod to the dynamic and fluid nature of tradition. In a blindfold test, even the most educated listener of traditional music would have trouble discerning that many in the band are not African, and may be surprised to learn that the least traditional elements, the inclusion of the cello for example, were part of Dioubate’s own artistic design.
Eight hundred years of tradition is a heavy, daunting legacy. But for Famoro Dioubate and Kakande, tradition is picked up, dusted off, and fashioned anew. “We are musicians,” says Dioubate. “We have something together, and good musicians know no boundaries.”

Listen to Kakande

KAKANDE-20080216_Radio Session WFMU

setlist: 1.Kakande / 2.Bani / 3.Souaresi / 4.Dununya / 5.So Si Sa* / 6.Balafon Solo by Famoro Dioubate
*cover from Super Boiro Band song "So Ississa" (1975, 7", Syliphone)

Kakande: Famoro Dioubate - balafon, vocals / Yacouba Sissoko - kora / Raul Rothblatt - cello / Sylvain Leroux - flutes / Kolipe Camara - djembe / Sean Dixon - bass / Andy Algire - drums / Dave Ellenbogen - guitar / Missia Saran Dioubate - vocals

More Info about Kakande

Discography

2002: Famoro Dioubate on VA-Badenya: Manden Jaliyaa in NY City (Smithsonian)
2008: Kakande - Dununya (CD, Jumbie Records #JMB.0008) - jumbierecords
2008: Famoro Dioubaté - Douyoré (on VA-African Dreamland, CD, Putumayo Kids) - putumayo
2014: Famoro Dioubate - Kontendemi (digital only) - bandcamp and wuladrum

After all this travelling really need one

RAW!!!!

ps1: musicians playing abroad with others from other cultures is 'not always' to my taste, but this Kakande from New York/Guinee with a Balafon in the center played by a real Master I like very very much

ps2: Famoro if Trump's travel-ban in the future will have impact on you, you're always welcome in 'Pays de Mangues', and of course this statement is valid for all people who show respect to other people (which can not be said about the greatest grabbing DJ at the moment)

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Festival Musiques Sacrees du Monde in Fes (2011)

After the Festival au Desert let's travel a little north to the Festival Musiques Sacrees du Monde in Fes, Morocco. In 2011 Dutch radio send out their man, Gustavo Pazos, to make recordings. He had visted the festival several times in the past, so knew where to go for the most interesting music.

poster for the 2011 Festival in Fes

Here's the info from the (former) Dutch Radio6 site:

Every year is organized in the Moroccan city of Fes the festival Musiques du Monde Sacrées with lots of traditional, classical Arabic music, composed and improvised music and crossover into popular urban culture. As the name of the festival suggests, the various musical expressions of religion are central. All three great monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), but also different polytheistic and animistic religions. Hotel Central and theme channels Contemporary Radio 4 was filmmaker Gustavo Pazos from Jun.03 till 11 in Fes this year for the shooting. In two episodes of Hotel Central (on 2011 July 30 and September 3), this material is played with a full explanation of Gustavo Pazos.
Included: Dhrupad music from North India, performed by the Gundecha brothers / Homayoun Sakhi, a young Rubab player from Afghanistan / Divana Ensemble performs the music of the manghaniyars and langa's from Rajasthan / Youssou N'Dour and his incredible group Super Etoile du Dakar (unfortunately recording failed) / Sufi brotherhoods from the region / The Qawwali Sufi singer from Pakistan / Music Hajir Marawis from Cirebon on Java.

Listen to Homayoun Sakti - L’Art du Rubab


VA-FESTIVAL-2011_Festival Fes

full playlist:
  • 0.Ensemble directed by Armand Amar - Intro from Oratorium Leyla et Majnun (2:40) - composed by Armand Amar from Iran - rec.2011.Jun.03
  • 1.Brothers Gundecha - L’Art Sacre du Dhrupad (24:00) - traditional from India - rec.2011.Jun.07
  • 2.Homayoun Sakti - L’Art du Rubab (7:13) - traditional from Afghanistan - rec.2011.Jun.07
  • 3.Ensemble Divina - Chants Soufis du Desert du Thar (18:00) - traditional from Rajasthan - rec.2011.Jun.07
  • 4.Ensemble directed by Armand Amar - Udfvoile from Oratorium Leyla et Majnun (11:14) - composed by Armand Amar from Iran - rec.2011.Jun.03
  • 5.Four different Sufi Brotherhoods from Fes - unknown titles (23:00) - traditional from Morocco - rec.2011.Jun.08
  • 6.Fareed Ayyaz et Orchestre Arabo-Andalou - Qawali (22:00) - traditional / Fareed Ayyaz from Pakistan - rec.2011.Jun.10
  • 7.Ensemble Syubbanul Akhyar - Chants et Musique Hajir Marawis de Cirebon (11:30) - traditional from Java, Indonesia - rec.2011.Jun.11
  • 8.Asmae Lamnawar (vocals) avec Said Chraibi (ud) - unknown title (3:30) - traditional from Morrocco - rec.2005
  • 9.Oualed al Bouazaoui et Chaabi Ensemble - unknown title (12:14) - traditional - rec.2006
source: two broadcasts on Dutch Radio 6 - VPRO Hotel Central - 2011.Jul.30 / 2011.Sep.03
as usual is included all the talk in these broadcasts (total 2x2hrs) in the download, do with it whatever you like
also included are (google) translations of Gustavo Pazos' diaries about the festival (as published on the former Radio6 pages)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

African Music from Philips

Let's walk on a little further back in time, guided by the same radioshow 'VPRO Wandelende Tak'. They broadcasted once a special about African Music issued by the Philips label.
9 sleeves from African Records issued by Philips (source: VPRO radio)

African Music from Philips

2004.Nov.22, VPRO Wandelende Tak, Google translation:
The Dutch firm Philips began in the fifties on a global scale with pressing and publishing vinyl for the local and international market. In Africa, Philips had built a number of vinyl factories and recording studios. Into the 1970s Philips maintained a strong position in the African market, till the record manufacturer lost interest for it because of economic headwinds, but also because of the obligation in many countries to work together with a local partner.
In the intervening decades, Philips had all the local styles from traditional to contemporary issued by its record labels. Including later internationally renowned musicians such as Fela Kuti and the African Brothers. In Europe, Philips also began early in publishing worldmusic in series such as "Song and Sound Around the World" or the "UNESCO Collection'. On the bases of his choice out of a heap of singles and LPs, Fred Gales revives in this program the African past of Philips.
source: vpro.nl/programma/dewandelendetak/afleveringen/19088825/ (through web.archive.org)

Listen to a 1978 track by 'The Ashanti Brothers Band'


VA-AFRICA_Philips Recordings VPRO (196x-7x)

Full Playlist:
01.Djaho Gole - Gbaolahon - 196x Ivory Coast
02.Djallo Nouhoum - Blaco Joukou - 196x Mali
03.Sinali Koulibaly et Balafons - Amara Sanogo - 196x Mali-Ivory Coast
04.Gom Koudougou - Naba Koum - 196x Burkina Faso
05.Mboo Ferdinand et Orchestre - Hingondabidjou -196x Cameroun
06.Odolaye Aremu - Adela Jare - 197x Nigeria
07.Ashanti Brothers - Saa Na Yede Beye Wo - 1978 Ghana
08.Kawonawo Rhino Boys - Mukazi Omubi - Uganda 78rpm
09.John Ondolo - Ashante - 197x Kenya
10.Ongo Ensemble - Eci Ameya - 1976 CAR
11.Ko Nimo and Adaman Group - Wiase Nsem Doose - 1978 Ghana
details about releases collected in download

Note: during the radioshow (in 2004) is stated that none of these Philips recordings has been reissued (on CD), this could very well still be true today!!!!!!

Probably related release:
VA-Premier Festival Mondial Des Arts Nègres - Contributions Musicales Des Nations Africaines (1966, LP, Philips #88097.DL)
a1.Soundioulou Sissoko, Mané Foca - Air de la Légende de Massané Cissé [Sénégal] / a2.Trio Ny Antsaly - Mandany Resaka [Madagascar] / a3.Amara Kamara - Zazou Wara [Mali] / a4.Gom Koudougou - Naba Saara [Haute Volta] / a5.Ensemble National de la Cote d'Ivoire - Gambia [Cote d'Ivoire] / a6.Oum Jean, Paula Isidore, Mboo Ferdinand - Maman - Malagal - Wa [Cameroun] //
b1.Starlite Band - Baby Yara [Ghana] / b2.Djallo Nouhoum - Makali [Guinée] / b3.Sinali Koulibaly - Amara Sanogo [Soudan] / b4.Afame-fune Okoye - Ipke And Ajoka [Eastern Nigéria] / b5.Aminu Olaribigbe - Wundia Asiko [Western Nigéria] / b6.Afamefune Okoye - Okpa Akwago [Mid-Western Nigeria]
See: muzzicaltrips.blogspot.com/2010/12/fesman-festival-mondial-des-arts-negres.html

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Festival au Désert 2003.Jan.6-8

This time of the year (early January) was the time of the yearly (since 2001) held 'Festival au Desert' near Timbouctou, Mali. The last one was held in 2012.January, a few weeks later started conflicts in the area, which finally lead to a civil war in the northern part of Mali. In 2013 French troups intervened, and in June a peace deal was agreed. Unfortunately up untill now the situation is still not such that the Festival can be organized.
2003.Jan.06-08: camel and tents at the Festival au Desert, Mali
I first heard about the Festival, when, after just having signed up to afropop.org, receiving the first days 2003.January an Email, which was send from Timbouctou on the way to the Festival. Well I can tell you that I was very interested in hearing some more about that mysterious Festival. Here is the text from the original Email:

Festival of Desert report... enroute in Timbuktu (2003.Jan)

Greetings from Timbktu... enroute to Festival of the Desert in Essakane. We are staying in Hotel Hendrina Khan, just recently opened and part of the signifigant building activity here since our last visit on the Mali Magic Tour of 2000. The harmattan winds have kicked up a yellowish dust but the air still feels clean and refreshing. The mix of Touareg and Songhrai and Peul people here is beautiful. Glad to see most people are still wearing traditional dress. Powder blue is the cool desert color of choice. We visited with Markus James and Timbuktubab, rehearsing for their Festival performance and recording new songs. Solo Sidibe on kamele ngoni, Hamma on calabash and Hassi on njarka, one string fiddle, and Markus James on guitar and vocals. They were recording the sound of women pounding millet and playing along with that for the rhythm. Cool. They also played Banning and me a new recording featuring the sound of the Sahara wind playing Solo's kamele ngoni. Very cool. Hamma and Hassi are singing more with Markus these days and the ensemmble is excited about their Festival in the Desert performance Tuesday night. For our Saturday night in Timbuktu, we went to a Ramata Diakite concert. She is one of Mali's most popular Wassoulou singers. What a scene ! Everyone dressed in their finest. The band was tight, feaaturing a kamele ngoni player and a guitarist. Ramata is a charismatic performer. The MC stopped the action after every song to announce local dignitaries in the crowd and do a raffle. Not the best for building concert energy and we were exhausted after three days travel to get to Timbuktu so we called it quits early. On to Essakane tomorrow to set up camp for the Festival. Don't know about Internet connections from the desert but stay tuned. Meanwhile, I'm thrilled to be able to communicate with the Afropop community from Timbuktu! --Sean Barlow (Afropop)

It appeared that for the 3rd edition of the Festival many international media were invited, so a lot of information and several recordings became soon available (papers, magazines, radio, CD* and DVD*). The one I have here for you is, I think, one of the least known. Recordings made by  DJ mps PILOT (real name Horst Timmers), done with off air, and broadcasted 2003 on Dutch Radio 4 in the 'Wandelende Tak' (meaning Stick Insects / Walking Sticks) program.
note: *if you don't have these, get them first before downloading the audio here

Here's the original 2003 info from mps PILOT himself:
Had a good start: the 3rd of januari I took off by plane to Mali to play at the remotest festival of the world; le Festival au Désert. This was in Essakane, a tiny village 70 km north-west of Timbouctou. The scene was fabulous; there were about 1000 Tamashek nomads with their camels and tents. They came to meet, have camelraces, court, sing and danse all day till late in the night under a million stars. And there was the official program of about 30 bands like Tamashek Groups as Tartit, Tinariwen and other artists like Ali Farka Touré, Lobi Traore and Oumou Sangaré. The crème de la crème. From the west there was a.o. Robert Plant playing some Tamashek influenced pieces. And the festival had a deejay! I played twice at from 00.30 on in the bar-tent, nice but not a success: the largest amount of the public was dead-tired after a full day of concerts in the sand by 30 degrees celsius. And the last night the majority of the public was dragged out of the festival by the major tour-organisator joining in on the festival, after the last gig. Too bad. It would be nicer to make a real festive end of the festival, and for the westerners to have a relaxed departure the day after. But anyway, off we went (together with Andro Biswane, the Fra Fra Sound guitarist who was there for research) to Bamako, and after a killing though beautiful trip of two days we arrived to stay at the music school of worlds leading koraplayer Toumani Diabaté. He invited me to stay there and work on a piece of music together with Mali Musov, a group of 8 female musicians playing the ballafone, kora , percussion instruments, guitar, bass and using vocals. This is an initiative of Festival Mundial in The Netherlands that will hopefully invite them to come and play in The Netherlands. So if this happens, I will make an electronic soundscape on which they will play a long version of a traditional song. Nice, nice. So we sat together and they played and played and it was great. Bamako is filled with sound. It is the major cultural product of Mali, and heard allover the place, in a diverse mix of the oldest hunter music of Yoro Sidibe untill the latest Hiphop of the streets of Mali, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. In the week I stayed there I played on a soundsystem in the street, in Toumani Diabaté's Club hogon, and in Platinium, one of the chiquest discotheques (called boites) of Bamako. So after a massive 2 weeks I returned home... to count my money and listen to the stuff I recorded and bought.
On 2003 March 03 there will be at 19.00 my report of the festival with recordings of Tamashek meetings and concerts on radio programme on VPRO Radio 4 in the Netherlands.

Listen to a recording of Tidawt:


VA-DESERT-2003_Wandel Tak VPRO

Playlist 2003.March.03: 1.Tarbiat - Final (Niger) / 2.Tartit - Tombouctou (Mali) / 3.Tamasheq - Improvisation (Mali) / 4.Tamasheq - Improvisation (Mali) / 5.Tel Kin Lokiene - Improvisation (Mali) / 6.Tidawt - Agadez (Niger) / 7.Super Onze de Gao - Improvisation (Mali) / 8.Tamasheq - Music at Night (Mali) / 9.Chetsin Sin - Improvisation (Mali) / 10.Ali Farka Toure - Final (Mali)

All audio recorded by DJ mps PILOT, 2003.Jan.6-8 at the Festival au Desert, Essakane, Mali.
Broadcasted 2003.Mar.03 on Dutch Radio 4 VPRO 'Wandelende Tak' (my source is from the, not available anymore, radiostream)
In between the tracks is talk in Dutch about mps PILOT's adventures at the Festival and in Mali. All the audio is split-up in tracks and talk, so you can listen to whatever you want.

More audio from the 2003 Festival au Desert:

*if somebody can play this, please let it be known in the comments

More information/articles about the Festival au Desert:

general
afropop worldwide
  • 2001 and 2003 reports included in download (as not available anymore thom their website, all are collected through web.archive.org)
2003 Festival au Desert
some reports about later Festivals
my wish at least once having listened to some great music, while surrounded by camels