Friday, February 23, 2018

Just a Little Libation: Balkan Beat Box and "Sunday Arak"



Our random tune for today is by Balkan Beat Box, founded in 2003 by Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan in New York City. An Israeli band, their goal is to take ancient and traditional music and combine it with hip hop to create a more modern sound that would appeal to people in dancehalls and clubs. They cite as influences Boban Marković, Rachid Taha, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Manu Chao, and Charlie Parker. This song, Sunday Arak, is from Balkan Beat Box's 2005 eponymous debut release. The song refers to an anise-flavored liquor popular in Israel and Lebanon.

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/Balkan_Beat_Box

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Not Yet Zombie: Fela Ransom Kuti and the Koola Lobitos with "Amaechi's Blues"



Today's random song is an early tune by an African and music legend, Fela Ransom Kuti, accompanied by his quintet the Koola Lobitos. A Nigerian musician and composer who played many instruments, Fela Kuti was a pioneer of Afrobeat. In 1958, Kuti was sent to London to study medicine, but decided to study music instead and formed his first band, the Koola Lobitos, who fused jazz and highlife music. After five years in London, he moved back to Nigera and reformed the Koola Lobitos but after a while, he decided to move to Ghana to try a different direction. It was in Ghana that he first started playing what would be called Afrobeat, a unique fusion of jazz, funk, highlife, psychedelia and traditional chants and rhythms of West Africa. In 1969, he spent 10 months in Los Angeles where he became acquainted with the Black Power movement, and this experience would influence his future music, as well as drive his human rights and political activities. He became not only a revered musician, but a political figure as well. He frequently decried Nigerian political corruption and mistreatment of Nigerian citizens and consequently was arrested over 200 times. Personally, he also believed in polygamy as part of a greater African culture, and participation in this practice may have led to his contraction of HIV/AIDS which was his official cause of death in 1997, although his exact cause of death remains controversial. His funeral featured a five-sided glass coffin for full public viewing. His music has since undergone a revival, helped by the Broadway musical Fela! which was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and an annual Felabration festival in Lagos. You can find this song, Amaechi's Blues, on the 2016 Fela Kuti retrospective Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul, issued by Knitting Factory.

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/Fela_Kuti

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

RIP Mercy: Fiamma Fumana and "Mercy is Dead"



Mercy is Dead is the title of our random song for today, by the Italian group Fiamma Fumana. Formed 1999, the band mixes traditional Italian music, particularly the female vocal tradition of Northern Italy, with electronica. Their name translates as "flame fog" or "fire mist." They started out as a trio, but added two members for their second album, and use a mix of modern, traditional and electronic instrumentation. Mercy is Dead can be found on their 2003 album Home. The song is an anti-fascist protest song.

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/Fiamma_Fumana; http://www.roguefolk.bc.ca/concerts/fiammafumana

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

What's Going On?: Herencia de Timbiqui with Puerto Candelaria and "¿Que Pasa en mi Casa?"



Today's random song is a question: ¿Que Pasa en mi Casa? It is performed by Herencia de Timbiqui and Puerto Candelaria. Herencia de Timbiqui is a group of eleven Colombian musicians of African descent that build their music around the marimba and folk music styles and fuse it with contemporary urban music. They have released five albums since their founding in 2000. Puerto Candelaria was also founded in Colombia in 2000, and its distinctive sound comes from popular Colombian rhythms. You can find ¿Que Pasa in me Casa? on Herencia de Timbiqui's 2015 CD This is Gozar (Timbiquí Edition).

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://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herencia_de_Timbiqu%C3%AD; http://www.riotartists.com/no-tours-currently-planned/puertocandelaria/

Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Gorse, of Course: The Chieftains and "The Wren in the Furze"



The Chieftains, an Irish ensemble formed in Dublin in 1962, performs our random song for today, which is called The Wren in the Furze. The Chieftains developed their music primarily around the distinctive sound of the uileann pipes. They took their name from the title of a novel by Irish author John Montague. Besides releasing several critically acclaimed albums, they are just as well known for their collaborations with such artists as Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor and Roger Daltry. They have released 44 albums. The Wren in the Furze is from their 1991 album The Bells of Dublin.

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/The_Chieftains; http://www.thechieftains.com/main/

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Providing a Spark: Charanga Cakewalk and "Chispas"



Today's song is performed by Charanga Cakewalk and is called Chispas. Charanga Cakewalk is the brainchild of Michael Ramos. Ramos is a Latino Chicano Mexican who also describes himself as a citizen of the world. A once sideman and rocker who played with John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Patty Griffin and others and was a sometime member of the BoDeans and The Rembrandts, he maintained a keen interest in the Latino music of his childhood. Ramos has made Charanga Cakewalk the leading proponent of a style called cumbia lounge. Within his musical landscapes, you might hear tejano, flamenco, merengue, salsa, garage rock, ska and reggaeton. Charanga Cakewalk has released three albums. Chispas is from his 2004 album Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge.

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.americanmusicandsound.com/en/pages/artists/michaelRamos.html

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Up With the Sun: Maggie Boyle with Paul Downes and "Dawning"



Today's random tune is by the late Maggie Boyle, an English folk singer, flautist, whistler and bodhran player. She was married to English folk singer and guitarist Steve Tilston, and was a member of the group Ship of Fools with him. She may be best known for performing most of the music in the movie version of the Tom Clancy thriller Patriot Games (1992). She died of cancer in late 2014. This song, Dawning, is from her 2012 album Won't You Come Away, a collaboration with guitarist Paul Downes.

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/Maggie_Boyle