Friday, May 25, 2018

Watch Your Back: Modena City Ramblers and "Giro di Vite"



Our random tune for today is courtesy of Italian band Modena City Ramblers. Started as a hobby in 1991 by a group of friends that wanted to play Irish music together, the Modena City Ramblers (or MCR) is an Italian folk band heavily influenced by Celtic themes and is often classified as folk rock. A band with an open lineup, they have had several people leave and return sporadically. They are outspoken in their left wing politics, and their lyrics often speak out against the Mafia and fascism. They have released 14 albums and 5 EPs. This song, Giro di Vite, is from their second album, 1996's La Grande Famiglia.

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/Modena_City_Ramblers

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Lion Sleeps Tonight: Mahotella Queens and "Mbube"



Mbube is the title of today's random tune performed by South Africa's Mahotella Queens. Formed in 1964 as a girl group ensemble backup to the vocals of Simon "Mahlathini" Nkabinde, they developed a distinct harmony within the traditions of the mbaqanga music of South Africa. The ensemble capitalized on the explosion of popularity of South African music in the 1980s due to its exposure by Paul Simon and compilation albums that began to appear. However, the ensemble also had its share of problems, with more than one breakup and turnover of members. When Mahlathini died in 1999, not long after the death of their producer and their longtime guitarist, the Mahotella Queens might have disbanded altogether but instead decided to keep going. They reached out to a younger audience by creating music with modern beats, ultimately returning to mainstream success due to a 2016 collaboration with rapper Cassper Nyovest. Mbube can be found on numerous albums featuring the Mahotella Queens - we found it on a Putumayo sampler of various artists called Putumayo Presents: Kids CD Sampler (2007). The title of the song means "lion" and is also a genre of music in South Africa. You'll recognize the familiar "weem-o-way" chorus as the same used in The Lion King hit The Lion Sleeps Tonight. The song dates to the 1920s and was written by South African Zulu Solomon Linda under the title Mbube and has been recorded under that name, as Wimoweh and as The Lion Sleeps Tonight over 40 times.

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/Mahotella_Queens; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lion_Sleeps_Tonight

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

From the Heart: Ray Kāne and "Wai O Ke Aniani"



Our random tune for today is by Ray Kāne, the legendary Hawaiian slack key guitarist. Kāne's middle name, Kaleoalohapoina'oleohelemanu, loosely translates as "the voice of love that comes and goes like a bird and will never be forgotten." His deceptively simple guitar style, coupled with unique ways of brushing, plucking, hammering on and pulling off the strings resulted in his "nahenahe" or sweet sounding music that he always felt should be played or sung from the heart. He was one of the first slack key masters to play public concerts and tour widely, and made his first recordings in 1961. In 1987, Kāne was honored as a national living treasure by the National Endowment of the Arts. Ray Kāne died in 2008, but his music lives on. This song, Wai O Ke Aniani, is from his 1998 CD Wa'ahila.

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/Raymond_K%C4%81ne

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Foxy: Yanase Miho and "Kitsune"



Yanase Miho brings us our random tune for today, called Kitsune. I couldn't find any information on Yanase Miho, so you'll just have to listen to the song and try to infer her essence from it. However, the title of the song refers to a fox, and kitsune have an integral part in the myths and legends of Japan. They are trickster figures, and during the Edo period in Japan were even considered witches with the ability to shapeshift, but they are also guardians, friends, and even lovers and wives. They are generally broken down into good foxes (zenko) and bad foxes (yako). Kitsune were thought to be able to even possess young women by entering them underneath their fingernails or through their breasts - the victim then often begins to slightly resemble a fox. Mental illness was explained by fox possession. They are often associated with Inari, the deity of rice in the Shinto religion, for whom they were messengers but also could actually be Inari, with the androgynous god taking on their form. Kitsune can be found on Yanase Miho's 2010 album Futatsu No Kotori.

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/Kitsune

Monday, May 21, 2018

Indi-progenitors: Rumillajta and "El Sicuri"



Our random tune is performed by Rumillajta (the name means "stones ruins" in Qechua). Formed in 1980 in Bolivia, they are one of the most important progenitors of modern Andean music and their themes are based around folk tradition and nature as well as social themes such as coca, foreign exploitation and indigenous rights. Most of the group's instruments were built by lead flute player Adrian Villanueva. Rumillajta has apparently disbanded since 2001, but as modern pioneers their influence lives on in groups that incorporate indigenous sounds. You can find this song, El Sicuri, on their 1984 album City of Stone (re-released in 2006) and on the compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Music of the Andes (2014). The name of the song refers to the player of a traditional Andean panpipe and of a style of Andean music consisting of interlocking panpipes that extend the range of the instrument accompanied by drum.

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/Rumillajta

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Love Hurts: Wayne Toups and Zydecajun with "True Love (Don't Leave Me Blue)"



Today's nice random tune is a waltz by Wayne Toups and Zydecajun. Songwriter and accordionist Wayne Toups is a well-known Cajun musician from Crowley, Louisiana. He started playing accordion at 13 and soon was winning local contests. He later began to combine Cajun music, zydeco, R&B and rock into a genre he labeled Zydecajun. Though he released his first album in the 1970s, his first album with the Zydecajun sound was 1986's Zydecajun. Besides releasing 16 albums and providing soundtracks for movies such as Steel Magnolias, Toups has also collaborated with such artists as Mark Chestnutt, Sammy Kershaw, Alan Jackson, George Jones and Garth Brooks. This song, True Love (Don't Leave Me Blue), is from his 1991 album Fish Out of Water.

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/Wayne_Toups; http://www.waynetoups.com/

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Beautiful, Tragic Voices: Women of Mombazo and "Vimba"



Today's random tune is by the South African group Women of Mombazo. They were formed by the wife of Joseph Shabalala, founder and leader of Ladysmith Black Mombazo. Nellie Shabalala created Women of Mombazo as an allied group to Ladysmith Black Mombazo in the 1970s, but unfortunately she was shot and killed by a masked gunman in 2002, after which Women of Mombazo disbanded. The song is called Vimba, and it can be found on the various artists compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Women of Africa, released in 2004.

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/Nellie_Shabalala