Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's a Small World After All: The Semer Ensemble and "Die Welt ist Klein Geworden"



The Semer Ensemble brings us today's random tune, called Die Welt ist Klein Geworden. Inspired by a Jewish record producer in Berlin who recorded Jewish musicians just prior to World War II under his own label called Semer which was ravaged and shut down by the Nazis in 1938. The Semer Ensemble plays the music that was recorded by the label. Almost all the entire catalog was tracked down by a musicologist between 1992 and 2001, and the recordings consist of everything from cabaret, Russian folk songs, Yiddish theater, opera arias and cantorial music. The ensemble consists of musicians from the US, Russia, Germany and Latvia, and boasts Lorin Sklamberg, a founding member of the Klezmatics, as one of its members. Die Welt ist Klein Geworden can be found on the ensemble's 2016 CD Rescued Treasure - Live at Gorki Berlin.

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.semerensemble.com/download/semer_band.pdf

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thieves and Robbers: Clannad and "Strange Land"



From the soundtrack to a British TV series called Robin of Sherwood comes today's random song. The music to this series was provided by Clannad, an Irish band whose music draws from Celtic, traditional Irish, new age, folk and folk rock. The band was formed, according to local story, when Ciarán, Pól, and Máire Brennan were performing late at night in their uncle's pub and a police sergeant walked in - they feared a summons for excessive noise but instead he had a form to participate in a music contest. After winning a local folk festival, they scored a record contract. Subsequent years saw them shooting to fame, and providing music for television and film and collaborating with superstars such as Bono. They are considered pioneers in the fusion of Celtic and new age music, creating an earthly yet spiritual sound. This song, Strange Land, is from their 1984 album Legend, which is all of the music from the British TV series about the famous outlaw.

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/Clannad

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Storyteller and Stud: Sotiw and "Kokopelli Shuffle"



Our random tune for today is by Sotiw, pronounced So-too. Made up of Native American flautist Michael Joseph Ulery and guitarist Derek Mortland, Sotiw combines New Age, eclectic, world and fusion jazz styles to create a musical world with no boundaries. The two musicians were initially drawn together by their heavy metal past, but found an instinctual kindred in writing music. In addition, Mortland had to relearn guitar after suffering a paralyzing injury in a motorcycle accident, and in the process of relearning he also redefined his musical perspective by breaking through new barriers. This song, Kokopelli Shuffle, highlights both of their abilities and this new direction, between the traditional flute rhythmically matching the guitar's dissonance. The song is named after the Southwestern Native American trickster and fertility god. You can find Kokopelli Shuffle on Sotiw's 2007 album Sketches in Time.

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://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Sotiw

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Devil Made Her Do It: Christine Salem featuring Moriarty with "Sakalav"



Christine Salem, from the island of Réunion, performs our random tune for today. Réunion is a French terroritory in the Indian Ocean about 120 miles southeast of Mauritius. Salem's music centers around "maloya," the traditional music made up of work songs and chants of the former African slaves of the island. These songs are percussion driven and of the call and response type and are often used to induce a trance where one communes with their ancestors in a musical gathering called "servis kabaré". The music was illegal on the island until 1981, as it was considered by the Catholic Church to be "devil's music" and by the authorities as a political threat. In fact, a woman singing this type of music upset some of the older generation, because it was also generally seen as "men's music." Salem came upon the music while attending a servis kabaré, and she became hooked. She has received international acclaim for her music, and has performed at WOMAD. This song, Sakalav, can be found on her 2013 CD Salem Tradition. She is accompanied on the song by Moriarty, a French/American musical collective made up of performers born in France to American parents. The band is named after Dean Moriarty, a character in Jack Kerouac's On the Road.

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: http://www.christinesalem.com/, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriarty_(band)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

That Day Will Come: Ebru Gündeş and "Bir Gün Olacak"



Today's random tune takes the flavor of Turkish pop. Born in Istanbul, Ebru Gündeş was forced to discontinue school after her primary years because of financial difficulties. Luckily, her voice was discovered when one of her relatives took her to be heard by a record label executive, who was impressed and introduced her to music producers. Gündeş sings tragic arabesque songs which lie at the core of Turkish pop. She is not only popular in Turkey, but also in Azerbaijan. She is also highly regarded in Iran due to the large Turkic minority there and has been called one of Iran's favorite singers. Most of her albums have been highly successful. Not only has she appeared on television as a singer, she is now an actress in a Turkish comedy series and was host of the hugely popular Mega Show, which was your standard variety show. She also was a guest judge on Popstar Alaturka, a talent show along the lines of American Idol or The Voice. Her career has been somewhat hampered by health issue - she suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1999 entailing two operations - but she is back in full health. This song, Bir Gün Olacak, can be found on her 2011 album Beyaz.

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/Ebru_G%C3%BCnde%C5%9F

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Like a Bug in a Rug: Capercaillie and "Puirt a Beul/Snug in a Blanket"



Capercaillie performs our random tune for today, called Puirt a Beul/Snug in a Blanket. A Scottish folk band formed in the 1980s, Capercaillie are named after the Scottish wood grouse. Capercaillie performs traditional Gaelic songs along with songs in English of their own composition or by others, and often mix traditional songs with modern recording techniques, rhythms and instrumentation. At first sticking fairly closely to traditional styles and instrumentation, in the 1980s they added funk bass lines, synthesizers and electric guitar to traditional songs. In 1992, their EP A Prince Among Islands was the first Gaelic language record to reach the top 40 of the UK singles charts They have since been moving back toward the more traditional while retaining a slight fusion sound. Puirt a Beul/Snug in a Blanket is from their 2006 album Crosswinds and on their 2007 CD Heritage Songs.

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/Capercaillie_(band)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Papa Loves Mambo: Carlos Núñez and "Mambo"



Today's random tune is by Carlos Núñez Muñoz, a Spanish/Galician musician who usually goes by the name Carlos Núñez. A multi-instrumentalist, he plays the gaita, the Galician bagpipe, Galician flute, ocarina, Irish flute, whistle and low whistle. He was born in Vigo, Spain and began to play bagpipes at eight. He met Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains in his late teens and performed with the band, becoming known as the band's 7th member, as well as appearing with them on their album Santiago which focused on Galician music. He continues to tour, play in large and small venues and release recordings. This instrumental, called Mambo, can be found on his 2014 album Inter-Celtic.

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/Carlos_N%C3%BA%C3%B1ez_Mu%C3%B1oz