Wednesday, June 20, 2018

A Nice Byway: Hapa and "Olinda Road"



Our random tune for today, called Olinda Road, is played by the Hawaiian group Hapa. Hapa means "half," and refers to the fact that one of the members, Barry Flanagan, is a white guy from New Jersey who is currently working with Hawaii natives Kapono Nāʻiliʻili, Tarvin Edwin Lono Makia, and Radasha Ho`ohuli. Flanagan has been a consistent 30 year member of the group. He started out partnering with Keli'i Ho'omalu Kaneali'i. Following Kaneali'i, Flanagan teamed with Nathan Aweau, who eventually left for a solo career. Flanagan then partnered with Hawaiian chanter Charles Ka'upu, who described Hapa's goal as helping revive the Polynesian language and to totally change the way the world perceives Hawaiian music. Unfortunately, Ka'upu died suddenly and unexpectedly in his early 50s in 2011. In its new incarnation Hapa continues to draw from jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass, Latin, flamenco, rock, Irish music and slam poetry as well as traditional Hawaiian music. Hapa's debut CD in 1995 became the biggest selling album ever by a Hawaiian group, and they have since released eight albums. Olinda Road can be found on Hapa's 1992 album Hapa.

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.

Source: http://www.hapa.com/

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pining for Martha: Norma Waterson and "The Flower of Sweet Strabane"



English musician Norma Waterson, an original member of the celebrated folk group The Watersons, brings us today's random tune. She released her first solo album in 1996, which featured collaborations with her daughter, Eliza Carthy, her husband Martin Carthy, and other luminaries such as Danny Thompson of Pentangle and Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention. She continues to perform with her daughter and husband in Waterson-Carthy and is a member of the folk supergroup Blue Murder, as well as releasing solo material. The Yorkshire Post has called her "the grand dame of British folk music." This song, Flower of Sweet Strabane, can be found on her album Bright Shiny Morning (2000).

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norma_Waterson

Monday, June 18, 2018

But Can He Get Down: Pascuala Ilabaca and Fauna with "Hombre Sube al Árbol"



Today's random tune is by Pascuala Ilabaca and her band Fauna, and is called Hombre Sube al Árbol (Man Climbs a Tree). Born in Spain but hailing from Chile, Pascuala Ilabaca is a singer-songwriter who was part of the group Samadi, which translates a number of different styles of ethnic music. Ilabaca studied music in India in 2008-2009, and is a great admirer of the great Chilean singer-songwriter Violeta Parra. She is noted for her voice, and her instruments are accordion and piano. Hombre Sube al Árbol can be found on her 2015 album Rey Loj.

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascuala_Ilabaca

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Follow the Money: Tumi and the Volume with "Asinamali"



Today's random song is some rap and hip hop from South Africa by Tumi and the Volume. Tumi and the Volume was a hip-hop group that disbanded in 2012, consisting of Tumi Molekane, guitarist Tiago Correia-Paul, David Bergman on bass, and drummer Paulo Chibanga. They shared core members with Mozambican band 340ml. They released two studio albums and one live album. You can find this song, Asinamali, on their 2010 album Pick a Dream.

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tumi_and_the_Volume

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Constant Battle: Kobo Town and "The War Between Is and Ought"



Kobo Town plays our random tune for today, called The War Between Is and Ought. Founded by Trinidadian/Canadian Drew Gonsalves in 2004, Kobo Town refers to the neighborhood in Port Au Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, where calypso was conceived and first performed. Kobo Town blends calypso music with other Caribbean music, as well as genres such as ska, reggae, dub, rapso, zouk and hip hop. Gonsalves moved to Canada from Diego Martin, Trinidad & Tobago with his mother when he was thirteen. She was a Canadian citizen who was escaping her abusive marriage. He turned to music and poetry to deal with his situation and feelings of exile. He studied history and political science at Carleton University before taking up music as a career. The War Between Is and Ought can be found on Kobo Town's 2013 album Jumbie in the Jukebox. The song uses a traditional santimanitay rhythm to tell the story of two feuding kings.

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.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kobo_Town; http://www.cumbancha.com/files/artist_pdfs_general/KoboTown_JumbieInTheJukebox_DigitalBooklet.pdf

Friday, June 15, 2018

No Time to Next: Forro in the Dark with Bebel Gilberto and "Wandering Swallow (Juazeiro)"



Today's tune, called Wandering Swallow (Juazeiro) is by Forro in the Dark accompanied by Bebel Gilberto. A band from New York City made up of Brazilian expatriates, Forro in the Dark was formed in 2002 after a birthday celebration jam session at a New York nightclub. They were such a hit they became a weekly fixture and thus came to the attention of David Byrne (former lead singer of the Talking Heads), who collaborated with them on their first album. In their highly infectious music, they combine elements of the Brazilian dance music known as forró with rock, folk, jazz and country. A popular singer often associated with bossa nova, Bebel Gilberto is the daughter of Brazilian music legend João Gilberto and the singer Miúcha. You can find Wandering Swallow on Forro in the Dark's 2006 debut album Bonfires of São João. The song was originally sung by Peggy Lee.

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/Forro_in_the_Dark; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bebel_Gilberto

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pomegranates and Flutes: Mercan Dede and "Nar-I Ney"



Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Arkin Allen, brings us today's random tune. Dede is a Turkish-French musician and composer who draws inspiration from Sufi music. He is a player of the ney (a Turkish flute) and the bendir (a hand drum), and he fuses traditional Turkish acoustic music and other eastern styles with electronic sounds, horns, dance beats and his Sufi spirituality. This song, Nar-I Ney, is from his 2007 CD Nefes (Breath).

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.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercan_Dede