Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Voice: Tabu Ley Rochereau and "Mokolo Nakokufa"



The late Tabu Ley Rochereau brings us our random tune for today, called Mokolo Nakokufa. A legendary African musician from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rochereau had one of the two most influential bands in Africa, the Orchestre Afrisa International which he formed in 1970 after fronting an earlier band, African Fiesta, which was also hugely successful. He was also responsible for providing the jump start to the careers of many well-known African musicians, such as Papa Wemba and Sam Mangwana. He pioneered African soukous (rumba), and made it international by incorporating Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean rumba styles with Congolese traditional music as well his own. He purportedly wrote over 3,000 songs, and made 250 albums in the course of his career, and he has been known both as the Elvis of African music and as the Frank Sinatra of African music. Rochereau was also involved in politics. Initially a supporter of the Mobutu regime in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), he eventually had to go into exile in 1988 and he spent time abroad in Paris and the United States. His music was banned at times as well. However, after Mobutu was deposed, he returned and joined the government of Laurent Kabila and then Joseph Kabila. Rochereau is reportedly responsible for fathering over 100 children with different women, including the French rapper Youssoupha. He passed away in 2013 and was given an official mourning by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can find Mokolo Nakokufa on many albums; we got it on the compilation album Tabu Ley Rochereau: The Voice of Lightness (2007)

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabu_Ley_Rochereau

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Don't Be Afraid - It's Fun: André Tanker and "Wild Indian Band"



Today's raucous song is a Carnival song from the late Trinidad & Tobago musician and composer André Tanker. Starting at the age of seven with a steelpan given to him by pianist Ellie Mannette, he moved on to guitar and cuatro (a type of lute) when he was 12 and 13, eventually playing small parties with musician Ray Holman when they were in their teens. He formed his first band, the Flamingos, and added jazz and Cuban influences while his band played at the Trinidad Hilton. He began to connect with the wider Caribbean music and musicians, which evolved his music to include themes of black consciousness and liberation. He later developed an interest in Indian classical music and was influenced by musicians such as Ravi Shankar. Tanker has been compared to Bob Dylan by Trinidadian calypso artist David Rudder for the influence that he had on the music of his country. This song, Wild Indian Band, refers to the dance and music groups that perform during Carnival season, and can be found on the 1996 album Children of the Big Bang, on the 2008 album Wild, and on all kinds of various artists compilations including Putumayo Presents: Carnival (2001).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_Tanker

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Gone But Not...: Moya Brennan and Órla Fallon with "Forgotten"



Today's ethereal random song is by Moya Brennan and Órla Fallon. Moya Brennan, also known as the First Lady of Celtic Music, first achieved fame with the band Clannad which was formed in 1970. In 1992 she released her first solo album. She has since released 12 albums as a solo artist or in collaboration with others and three live albums, as well as her work with Clannad. She also has been a vocal advocate for the blind and nature preservation, as well as those struggling with addiction based on her own struggles with alcohol and drugs as recounted in her autobiography. Órla Fallon is a harpist who first achieved musical success with the group Celtic Woman. She is also a member of the chamber choir Anúna. She released her first solo album in 2000 and joined Celtic Woman in 2004 as a founding member. She left the group in 2009 to have a break and focus on her family, but in 2010 she became the first former member of Celtic Woman to star in her own TV special, Celtic Christmas on PBS. She also released two Christmas albums that year, and another solo album in 2011. You can find this song, Forgotten, on the double album The Music of Ireland: Welcome Home (2011) released by Readers Digest and which was a PBS Special.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moya_Brennan; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%93rla_Fallon

Monday, April 16, 2018

Painting Their Union: Zein al Jundi and "Wijjak Ma'ii"



Syrian songstress Zein al Jundi sings today's random song, called Wijjak Ma'ii. al Jundi was born in Damascus, began singing at the age of 5 years old and became a household name in Syria for 12 years. She then decided to leave music and went to Texas to pursue a bachelors in architecture and a masters in urban design at the University of Texas at Austin. However, she found that she still loved music, and after receiving her degrees went back to singing. She currently lives in Austin, and besides singing and recording she owns a dance studio specializing in bellydance and a store that sells fine, handcrafted goods from Egypt, Syria and Morocco. She has released three albums. Wijjak Ma'ii can be found on her 2010 album Sharrafouni and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Arabia (2008). The song is the longing of one lover for another.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sources: https://worldmusiccentral.org/2017/12/31/artist-profiles-zein-al-jundi/

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Not To Put a Pall on Things: Ravi Shankar and "Death"



Today's random tune is a macabre one. By Indian sitar master Ravi Shankar, the song Death is part of a suite of songs called Transmigration Macabre which is a soundtrack that he composed for a British art film called Viola, in which a man is convinced that his dead wife has come back as a cat that pursues him. A Bengali Indian musician and composer, Shankar is best known for his influences on American and British rock music, particularly that of George Harrison. However, his compositions were in Hindustani classical forms, and his sitar playing style was unique from that of his contemporaries, giving him a distinct sound. You can find Death on the 1967 album Transmigration Macabre (Original Soundtrack from the Film Viola), which was re-released in 2013.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Shankar; https://www.youtube.com/embed/uhooJxw7PYM

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Put a Fire in Your Belly: Gizira Band and "Wings of Isis"



Other than being labeled on Amazon as "well-known" and "one of Cairo's most well-known and established bands," I can't find anything else on the Gizira Band, which performs our random tune for today. The song is called Wings of Isis, and it can be found on the various artists compilation Lights! Camera! Belly Dance! (2008).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sanctuary: Los Texmaniacs and "Atotonilco"



Los Texmaniacs brings us the random tune for today. From San Antonio, Texas, Los Texmaniacs were created in 1997 by Max Baca to play traditional conjunto and tejano music but also to incorporate rock and jazz while honoring the old traditions. Baca was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and followed his grandfather and father in learning the accordion beginning at age 5. He was invited by one of his idols, the great Flaco Jiménez, to play in Jiménez' band in San Antonio where he learned to play the bajo sexto (bass) using all six sets of strings in the traditional style. In forming Los Texmaniacs, Baca wanted to keep alive the style of another groundbreaking band, The Texas Tornados. This song, Atotonilco, can be found on their 2012 CD Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds. The title refers to a church complex and sanctuary near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Texmaniacs; http://www.texmaniacs.com/