Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Not Too Early: Mariana Sadovska and Kitka with "Awakening"



Our random tune for today is by Mariana Sadovska and Kitka. Mariana Sadovska is a Germany-based Ukrainian actress, singer, musician, composer and recording artist. Emerging from the theater world in Lviv, Ukraine, Sadovska worked in theater and theater production and led ethnomusicology trips and arranged cultural exchanges with numerous countries. She moved to New York in 2001 to be a music director with theater company La Mama. During this time she also began working on her own solo performances. She released her first solo CD in 2001. Kitka is a California-based group of all female singers that focuses on Eastern European women's vocal traditions. Their name means "bouquet" in Bulgarian and Macedonian. Begun in 1979, they have contributed to major motion pictures such as Braveheart, Jacob's Ladder and Queen of the Damned and have appeared on many national radio shows around the world. This song, Awakening, can be found on the 2007 album The Rusalka Cycle: Songs Between the Worlds, a vocal theater project and collaboration between Kitka and Sadovska that addressed the horror of the Chernobyl accident. The Rusalki are spirits of women who have died untimely or unjust deaths that reside uneasily in the earth. The project's theme is a summoning of these spirits to appease them and ask for their mediation between living humans and their environment.

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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Music to Heal: Phạm Mộng Hải and "Help Us In This Life (Hát Văn)"



From Vietnam comes our song for today, performed by Phạm Mộng Hải. The song is called Help Us In This Life (Hát Văn). While I can't find information on the artist, the album on which the song appears, Hanoi Masters: War Is a Wound, Peace Is a Scar (2015), is a various Vietnamese artists compilation of master musicians mostly in their later years who perform traditional Vietnamese folk songs or new songs in the traditional mode that all have the Vietnam War and its lingering aftermath as their unifying theme. The Guardian calls it "an extraordinary record" where "the recordings are all shot through with a sense of intense loss – the loss, the listener feels, not only of friends and family, but also of the innocence that a country that has endured a long history of colonial conflict can perhaps never again enjoy."

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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Song of Love: Rachid Taha and "Kelma"



The random song for today is by Algerian artist Rachid Taha. Kelma first appeared on his 1995 CD Olé, Olé and then on his 1997 CD Carte Blanche. Now based in France, Taha's music is influenced by rock, punk, electronica and Algerian raï and has been described as "sonically adventurous." He first became exposed to music through his Algerian culture, but moved to France as a child where in his teens he worked menial jobs during the day but DJ'd at night playing Arab music, rap, funk, salsa and other music. He also soaked up raï, which was a music of political protest in Algeria during the 1980s. He co-founded a rock band in 1981 and became lead vocalist. Later in the 80s he went solo, and in 1989 he recorded with producer Don Was playing Arabic style beats, but didn't achieve much success with American audiences. In 1998 he recorded his breakthrough album Diwan, which were remakes of songs from Algerian and Arab traditions. He is known for playing the mandolute, essentially a fretted oud. He is described as an eclectic artist who is gregarious, quick with a smile, and who loves to party through the night. He also claims he is the inspiration for The Clash's Rock the Casbah.

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.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Discovery: Vivienne Doğan-Corringham and "Esmerim"



Today's random song is called Esmerim and is performed by Vivienne Doğan-Corringham. A New York City-based British vocalist, composer and sound artist, her oeuvre includes music performances, audio installations and soundwalks. She is a certified teacher of deep listening, and is a past McKnight composer fellow. You can find Esmerim on the album Discover Music from Turkey (2015).

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, October 13, 2017

Nails: Presque Oui and "L'Ongle"



Presque Oui, a French duo founded in 1998 and consisting of Marie-Hélène Picard and Thibaud Defever, sing our random tune of the day. Picard died of lung cancer in 2006 and Defever has continued on by himself. Presque Oui's songs deal with love, its vagaries and the mundane daily experiences of lovers. For example this song, L'Ongle, speaks of the often insignificant things that remind us of a partner and all the complex emotions that come with those things, like a little piece of fingernail found in a pocket. You can find L'Ongle on Presque Oui's 2005 CD Sauvez Les Meubles and on the 2006 compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Paris.

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.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Slacking Isn't Slacking: Barry Flanagan and "Paniola 'Ona Slack-Key"



Today's random tune is by Barry Flanagan, one half of the duo Hapa, and the song is called Paniolo 'Ona Slack-Key. 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. he has been a consistent 30 year member of Hapa, starting out as a partner to Keli'i Ho'omalu Kaneali'i. Following Kaneali'i, Flanagan teamed with Nathan Aweau, who eventually left Hapa for a solo career. Flanagan then duoed 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. Paniolo 'Ona Slack-Key can be found on Hapa's 2005 album Maui, and on Flanagan's solo album Instrumental Peace, released 2014. Slack-key refers to a style of Hawaiian guitar playing.

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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Caribbean Guitar: Puerto Plata and "La Comelona"



Puerto Plata, the stage name of Dominican musician José Cobles, brings us the random tune today. Puerto Plata's music and singing is reminiscent of guitar music heard in the Dominican Republic in the 1930s and 40s, before it was stigmatized by dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, who preferred accordion-heavy merengue tipico. By the 1960s, after Trujillo's assassination, Dominican guitar music began to develop into bachata. Plata does not play bachata, however, but a music closer in style to contemporary Cuba, even though it is inspired in the Dominican past. In addition, Plata's band features some of the Dominican Republic's finest musicians, such as guitar legends Edilio Paredes and Frank Mendez. This song, La Comelona, can be found on Plata's first internationally distributed CD, Mujer de Cabaret, released in 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.