Monday, September 25, 2017

Roaming the Halls: Conjunto Céspedes and "Los Pasillos de Tia Conga"



Our random tune for today is called Los Pasillos de Tia Conga. It is performed by Conjunto Céspedes, who was founded in 1981 in San Francisco as Trio Céspedes. They soon expanded to a septet and released their first album in 1984. Their music has developed into a big band sound, and they explore Afro Cuban folklore, both religious and secular, and turn it into music that can be danced to. Los Pasillos de Tia Conga can be found on their 1993 album Una Sola Casa, and on the 1997 Putumayo various artists compilation ¡Latino Latino!

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, September 24, 2017

Cross Cultural Seedings: Family Atlantica and "Enjera"



Today's random tune is supplied by Family Atlantica. Family Atlantica is a band that spans an ocean and two continents, South America and Africa, building on African rhythms that came to South America through slavery and colonization. Those rhythms helped build Latin music, and later Latin music went back across the Atlantic to inspire African musicians in the 20th century and today. Listening to the band, you will hear echoes of Cuban rumba, Venezuelan tambor (a dance music) and tonada, Ghanaian highlife, calypso and even Ethiopian blues (a melancholy style of music). This song, Enjera, can be found on their 2016 debut Cosmic Unity.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Celebrate Good Times: Rahim Alhaj and Amjad Ali Khan with "Celebrations"



Rahim Alhaj and Amjad Ali Khan perform our random tune for today. Rahim Alhaj is an Iraqi-American oud player and composer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He began playing the oud at age nine and soon revealed a great talent for the instrument. A political activist against the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq, he was forced into political exile, first in Syria and Jordan and finally in the United States. He combines traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary stylings and influences. Amjad Ali Khan is an Indian classical musician who plays the sarod, an instrument that his family claims to have invented - he is the sixth generation of his family to be a musician. He is a recipient of India's second highest civilian honor, the Padma Vibhushan. This song, Celebrations, can be found on their 2009 collaboration Ancient Sounds.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

I'm All Ears: The Luminescent Orchestrii and "What the Water Said"



The Luminescent Orchestrii performs today's random tune, called What the Water Said. The Luminescent Orchestrii was founded as an experimental group based in the United States and was active from 2002 - 2012. Their oeuvre consisted of music influenced by Middle Eastern, gypsy, and traditional European music along with Appalachian fiddles, hip hop beats and an attitude often found in punk bands. They often used instruments that they had modified to create their sound. What the Water Said can be found on their 2009 album Neptune's Daughter.

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Look Under Bridges: The Mediaeval Baebes and "Dance of the Trolls"



Today's random tune is by the Mediaeval Baebes. The Mediaeval Baebes began in 1996 when a group of friends led by Katherine Blake of Miranda Sex Garden broke into a North London cemetery and sang a capella in flowing white robes and leaf garlands. They soon became an ensemble, and their first album, Salva Nos, shot to number two on the classical charts. It not only are they very talented, they are also very beautiful women. The group has since had many incarnations. They sing in an array of obscure and ancient languages, and have placed three albums in the top ten of the classical charts and participated in the BBC's television series The Virgin Queen. This song, Dance of the Trolls, is from their 2000 CD Undrentide.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Folk-Rockin' Estonia: Paabel and "Meeste Laul"



The band Paabel brings us the random tune for today, called Meeste Laul. From Estonia, Paabel infuses jazz, pop and other modern musical sensibilities with traditional Estonian folk songs. In fact, the sextet is made up of five musicians who worked mostly in jazz, and one who worked mostly in folk. Brought together in 2007 for a competition in folk music reinterpretation, they have won since many music awards in Estonia and have performed in Finland, Lithuania, Hungary and the United States. Meeste Laul is from their 2012 album Üle Järve.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Finding Patience: Bombino and "Zigzan"



Our random tune today is performed by Bombino, a singer-songwriter and acclaimed guitarist from Niger. He sings in the Tuareg Tamashek language and addresses political concerns of the Tuareg in his songs. Bombino taught himself to play guitar as a child in a refugee encampment in Algeria after his family had to flee Niger due to a Tuareg rebellion in 1990. While spending his teen years in exile in Algeria and Libya, he watched videos of Jimi Hendrix, Mark Knopfler and other guitarists to learn their styles. In 1997 he returned to Niger and began his life as professional musician, but had to flee again in 2007 after another Tuareg rebellion erupted. The government banned guitars to the Tuareg, fearing them as a political weapon but Bombino declared that his guitar was not a gun, but a hammer with which to build a house of the Tuareg people. While Bombino was in exile in Burkina Faso, filmmaker Ron Wyman heard cassettes of his playing and found him, and produced Bombino's chart-topping world album Agadez. Bombino returned to Niger again in 2010, and he is the subject of the film Agadez, the Music and the Rebellion. This song, Zigzan, is from Bombino's 2013 album Nomad. The song is about finding patience in a difficult world.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Hitching Song: Raissa Hafida and "Ayan Dar Illa Zine"



Today's random song is from a Moroccan Berber pop star and wedding singer named Raissa Hafida. I don't know more than this song, Ayan Dar Illa Zine, is one of her most popular tunes. Even despite the video quality, a Moroccan Berber wedding looks pretty awesome!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rapture: The Afro Celt Sound System and "My Secret Bliss"



The The Afro Celt Sound System, which fuses modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African songs, brings us our random song for today. The Afro Celt Sound System were formed by British producer Simon Emmerson and Afro-pop star Baaba Maal in 1991. Since then they've been proclaimed a world music supergroup, and have collaborated with Peter Gabriel, Sinead O'Connor, Robert Plant, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Ayub Ogada and many other pop and world stars. One of their members, Iarla O'lionaird, is also part of the Irish supergroup The Gloaming. This song, My Secret Bliss, can be found on their 1999 release Volume 5: Anatomic. The song has simple lyrics:

Return like children
We stumble into the sun
Into the sun, into the sun

Return like children
We stumble
We found a reason together
We stare into the sun

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Bad Blood: Khaled and "Mauvais Sang"



Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, also known by his performing names of Khaled and Cheb Khaled, brings us our random song of the day. Khaled is an Algerian raï singer and songwriter who started recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled and since has become a superstar and the most well-known Algerian performer in the world - he is usually labeled "The King of Raï." This song, Mauvais Sang, can be found on his 1994 album Khaled and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Arabic Groove (2001).

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Friday, September 15, 2017

National Anthem Translated: Lo'Jo and "La Marseillaise en Creole"



French band Lo'Jo, which performs songs drawing from world music, gipsy music, North African music and French folk songs, brings us our random tune for today, called La Marseillaise en Creole. Lo'Jo began in 1982 in the French city of Angers and performed locally for several years - with a rotating cast of band members and alongside acrobats, street actors, mimes and dancers. They became known worldwide in the 1990s after touring around Europe and appearing in New York City. In 1995 they solidified their lineup by adding Berber musicians Yamina Nid El Mourid and her sister Nadia - which opened the band to influences from North African music. La Marseillaise en Creole can be found on their 2012 album Cinéma el Mundo. The title of the song refers in part to the French national anthem.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Reel Climb: Lúnasa and "Temple Hill"



Our random tune for today, Temple Hill, comes to us from Lúnasa, an Irish band named after an ancient harvest festival. Playing primarily Irish traditional music, the band was pieced out of musicians that played in support of original band member Sean Smyth's solo tour in the mid-1990s. Their first album was a live album with recordings from the band's initial tour, and was critically acclaimed. The group has released seven studio albums, one live album, and has been featured on various artist compilations of Irish music. Temple Hill can be found on their 2003 album Redwood, and consists of three reels called Patrick Conneely's, Johnny McIljohn's and Temple Hill.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Traveling a Long Way: Joan Soriano and "Vengo de Lejos"



Today's random tune comes from the Caribbean and is performed by Joan Soriano, a Dominican bachata singer and guitarist who blends modern and traditional bachata styles. The seventh of fifteen children, he began his music career with a self-made guitar fashioned from a tin can and some fishing line. After mastering his style of bachata playing, he began working as a session musician in Santo Domingo. His album El Duque de la Bachata won the Indie Acoustic Project's Best Worldbeat Album of 2011. This song, Vengo de Lejos, can be found on his 2012 album La Familia Soriano.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Turkish Classical and Folk Stylings: Erkan Oğur and İsmail H. Demircioğlu with "Ey Zahit Saraba Eyle Ihtiram"



Today's tune is by Erkan Oğur and İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu. From Turkey, Erkan Oğur is a pioneer of fretless guitars, and invented the first fretless classical guitar. As a composer, he combines the ancient traditional sounds of Turkey with Turkish folk and classical music. He is also considered a master of the kopuz and bağlama lutes. İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu is a Turkish bass player who has made many albums and has worked a lot with Erkan Oğur. You can find this song, Ey Zahit Saraba Eyle Ihtiram, on their 1998 album Gülün Kokusu Vardi.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Get Your Drink On: Altan and "The Jug of Punch"



Irish music legends Altan perform our random tune for today. Originally formed in County Donegal by vocalist and fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and her husband Frankie Kennedy in 1987, the pair initially released a pair of albums as a duo, and additional members were added through the years. They named their group after a lake in County Donegal. County Donegal has a rich tradition of Irish music and styles, and Altan made this music available to the world and in the process became known worldwide with a popularity to match The Chieftains. Kennedy died of Ewings sarcoma in 1994, leaving Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh to keep the band going. Altan has recorded and toured with fellow countrymen The Chieftains, and other musicians such as such as Enya, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss. This song, The Jug of Punch, can be found on their 1993 album Island Angel, and on the various artists compilation album Celtic Wonder (2005). The song celebrates the wonders of a good drink.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Completely Kompa: KLASS and "Fè'l Ak Tout Kè'w"



Our random tune for today is called Fè'l Ak Tout Kè'w and is performed by KLASS, a Haitian band formed in 2012 that saw sudden success after the release of their first album and was voted Haitian band of the year four years running (2013-2016). They play a genre of music called Kompa, which is a modern Haitian dance and meringue music with roots in Europe and Africa. You can find Fè'l Ak Tout Kè'w on their 2016 album of the same name.

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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Gritty Griots: Trio Da Kali and "Yirimadjo"



Trio Da Kali brings us the random tune for today, a song called Yirimadjo. Uniting three musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali, each of the trio comes from the ancestral griot tradition. Vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté is the daughter of legendary griot Kassé Mady Diabaté. Lassana Diabaté is the group's musical director and balafonist, and he has recorded and toured with many legends of West African music. Bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté is the eldest son of celebrated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté. The group brings a modern interpretation to ancient Malian songs, but still using traditional instrumentation, and was originally formed as part of a collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. You can find Yirimadjo on Trio Da Kali's eponymous 2015 EP.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Mongol Pride: Various Artists and "Khamag Mongol"



Today's song is a little bit on the interesting side. Khamag Mongol, our random song, is performed by singers from different regions that consider themselves of Mongolian descent and who came together to do this song. The song celebrates Mongolian culture and unity. At least that's how I imagine it and I'm probably not that far off. Wikipedia defines Khamag Mongol as a 12th century tribal confederation that preceded the Mongol Empire But that's where my knowledge ends. I don't know who the singers are, nor do I know what the lyrics say. All I know is that the costumes are cool, the landscape of Mongolia starkly beautiful, and the sentiment seems real. I can't tell you where to find a recorded copy of Khamag Mongol, so you'll just have to enjoy this video.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Natural Beauty: The Mendes Bros. and "Angola Beleza Natural"



Today's random tune is by the Mendes Bros. Born in Cape Verde but based in Brockton, Massachussetts, João and Ramiro Mendes have put out three albums and own the MB record label, which they use to promote music from their home country. The brothers emigrated to the US in 1978, and almost immediately formed their own band to play music from Cape Verde and Angola. They brought on Haitian keyboardist Nono in 1981, who took over the leadership of the band by serving as musical director and composer. During this time, Ramiro studied classical guitar and also studied at the Berklee School of Music to learn commercial arranging and film scoring, and he produced an album for the artist Sãozinha. The brothers released their debut album in 1991. This song, Angola Beleza Natural, can be found on their 1993 album Palonkon and can also be found on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: The Best of World Music - World Dance Party (1994).

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hang Ten: DVA and "Surfi"



Today's song is by Czech duo DVA, made up of Bára Kratochvílová and Jan Kratochvíl, who create rich musical landscapes with vocals, instrumentation and electronics, creating an aural collage in pop, kitchen beatbox, tango, cabaret, circus, and radio noise. In their work, they write "pop for non-existing radio" and "folklore for non-existing nations." Their lyrics are most often in imaginary languages. This song, Surfi, is from their 2013 CD Nipomo.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My Beautiful Island: Capercaillie and "Soraidh Bhuam gu Barraidh"



Capercaille gives us a lament sung in Gaelic called Soraidh Bhuam gu Barraidh. The song, which is sung by someone who presumably was shipped off to Australia, looks back longingly on an island called Barra.

Barra is the most beautiful island
The island of my heart's desire
When I often sang in the company
Of serene and beautiful young ladies
And although I'm alone today
In Australia of the trees
I'll never forget the Gaelic language
Which is engraved on my mind

Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band formed in the 1980s. They are named after the Scottish wood grouse. They perform 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 more traditional music while retaining a slight fusion sound. Soraidh Bhuam gu Barraidh can be found on their 1987 album Crosswinds, and on their 2007 album Heritage Songs.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Bang the Drum Slowly: The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE) and "Teponazcuicatl (Procession of the Drum)"



Today's random song is called Teponazcuicatl (Procession of the Drum) and is by the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE), a unique ancient vocal music ensemble that is accompanied by early and traditional instrumentation. They made their debut in 1989 presenting Latin music from the colonial period. Its artistic director, Christopher Moroney, has penned arrangements and new compositions for the group by delving into ancient history and cultures. The group has been featured on national radio shows and has toured the United States and around the world. Teponazcuicatl (Procession of the Drum) can be found on their 2000 album El Milagro de Guadalupe.

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Rose-Colored Glasses: Duo Gadjo and "La Vie en Rose"



An interpretation of a classic made famous by Edith Piaf is our random tune for the day. La Vie en Rose is performed by Duo Gadjo, a pair made up of French-born Isabelle Fontaine and San Francisco native Jeff Magidson. They bill themselves as jazz with a French twist, and while Fontaine channels her influences of Piaf, Yves Montand and Charles Trenet, Magidson adds what he picked up listening to Louis Armstrong and Muddy Waters, among others. As a pair, they re-explore classic American jazz with a gypsy flair, and even venture into the music of New Orleans. They are also members of the Hot Club of San Francisco. You can find their version of La Vie en Rose on the Meet Me in Paris album by Duo Gadjo and their Hot Friends (2008).

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Where Happy Little Bluebirds Fly: Brittni Paiva and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"



Today's random tune is by ukulele mistress and guitar prodigy Brittni Paiva. From Hilo, Hawaii, she is known as "the ukulele darling" who besides uke and guitar also plays electric bass, piano and drums. With the ukulele, she is able to move between genres such as classical, ancient Japanese, jazz, world beat, pop, flamenco and Latin music, as well as adding her own special touch. This song, the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow, can be found on her 2009 album Four Strings: The Fire Within (2009). Full disclosure: this song often makes Mike tear up a little. Also, a very happy anniversary Megan Kamerick - one day I wished upon a star, and now it's 22 years.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

In the Dhow Countries: Rajab Suleiman and Kithara with "Chungu"



We have some taarab music on tap for you with today's random tune. Chungu is performed by Rajab Suleiman and Kithara, with Saada Nassor providing vocals. A Tanzanian style of music also popular in Kenya, taarab was started, according to legend, between 1870 and 1880 by the last sultan of Zanzibar. Influenced by music from places such as the African Great Lakes, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent, its first practitioners were probably Egyptian-trained musicians. Kithara is one of the most influential of today's taarab orchestras. The word taarab is Arabic for "joy in music," and though the traditional form is still played by orchestras like Kithara, you can now find "electro-taarab" all over Tanzania. Chungu can be found Rajab Suleiman and Kithara's 2013 album, Zanzibara, Vol. 8 (Chungu).

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Me Too: Hakan Türkürer & Ali Sural with "Dem"


Hakan Türküer & Ali Sural - Dem by sercansungur

Our random song for today is performed by Hakan Türkürer & Ali Sural and is entitled Dem. I couldn't find much information on Türkürer, who I assume is the trumpeter, but Ali Sural is a well known Turkish musician, DJ and prodcer from Istanbul who began his professional career at 17. He has continued to compose, perform on stage, has put out at least one album and has had his works included in many compilations, including the one from which this song was taken, Istanbul Calling, Vol. 2 (2007).

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Opening the Vain: Bob Marley and Wailers with "Waiting in Vain"



Today's random tune is by the legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers, a reggae and ska band that was formed by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963. Many of the band's early songs were recorded with the aid of Lee "Scratch" Perry and his studio band The Upsetters. Bob Marley and the Wailers were known for recording some of the most notable reggae songs in history. Tosh and Wailer left the band in 1974, leading to a revamped Wailers lineup, and Marley died in 1981 of malignant melanoma. This song, Waiting In Vain, is from the 1977 groundbreaking album Exodus, which redefined reggae music and was named by Time Magazine in 1999 as one of the three best albums of the 20th century.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Something to do with Love: Oki and "Kane Ren Ren"

OKI-"KaneRenRen" from BrotherByTheNameOfMagoo on Vimeo.

Indigenous Japanese musician Oki Kano, also known as OKI, brings us the random tune for today. An Ainu Japanese musician who studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, he plays the tonkori, guitar and traditional Ainu percussion, and mixes traditional Ainu music with dub, reggae and other types of world music. He has collaborated with the traditional female Ainu musical group Marewrew (who can be heard in this song) and his own Oki Ainu Dub Band, which does traditional Ainu songs in an electric style with dub rhythms. You can find this song, Kane Ren Ren, on his 2002 album No-One's Land.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Something To Hold in the Forest at Night: Kirsty MacColl and "Us Amazonians"



Kirsty MacColl, an English singer-songwriter who recorded many pop hits in the 1990s, and made notable appearances on other hits, is the performer of our random tune. Married to producer Steve Lillywhite, MacColl sang backup vocals on the recordings of many of the artists that he produced. She died in 2000 in a tragic accident in Cozumel, Mexico. While diving in an area restricted for swimming only, she was hit by a speedboat that had strayed into the area - she died saving her son who was in the boat's path. She is highly esteemed by musicians and friends who have survived her. Billy Bragg always includes extra verses she wrote in covering his song A New England, a memorial bench has been placed in her honor at the southern entrance to Soho Square in London, and she is always heard during the holidays on her guest vocal in The Pogues' Fairytale of New York, which has been voted as the fan favorite Christmas song on the VH1 video channel. This song, Us Amazonians, can be found on her 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Three-stepping: Genticorum and "Valse Beaulieu"



Today's random tune is by Québécois traditional music trio Genticorum, who was founded in 2000 and is based in Montreal. Formed by musicians who have a love for French Canadian fiddle tunes and folk music, Genticorum performs their own compositions and arrangements and meld different kinds of acoustical styles. Their lyrics are all in French. They have released five albums. This song, Valse Beaulieu, can be found on their 2009 CD La Bibournoise.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Heart-Flower: Manitas de Plata and "Toringa"



Flamenco is on tap today as our random tune from Manitas de Plata, a French flamenco guitarist who flouted flamenco rhythmic conventions and achieved worldwide fame. He was born Ricardo Baliardo in 1921 in a gypsy caravan in southern France. He began his career playing in an annual gypsy pilgrimage in Carmargue, France but only agreed to play for a wider public ten years after the death of preeminent gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. Pablo Picasso, on hearing him, exclaimed that Manitas de Plata was "of greater worth than I am!" He became known in the US in the 1960s, and he was father of many members of the renowned Gipsy Kings. He died in November, 2014. This song, Toringa, can be found on the 2014 album Flores de Mi Corazón.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Purified: Golem and "Mikveh Bath"



Our song today, called Mikveh Bath, references the traditional Jewish bath taken by women to purify themselves after menstruation and before marriage. The song is presented by rock-klezmer band Golem, which was created in 2000 in New York City by Annette Ezekiel Kogan, who serves as bandleader, vocalist and accordionist. The band describes their music as Eastern European Jewish folk-rock, and combines elements of rock, punk, and klezmer with lyrics in mainly English, Yiddish and Russian. The name of the band refers to the monster created out of clay to protect the Jewish people, and turned back to clay when it got out of control. The band calls themselves a collective monster that approaches traditional music with respect, but without timidity and resistance to change. Mikveh Bath can be found on Golem's 2014 CD Tanz.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Two Moons: Amr Diab and "Amarain"



Today's random tune is by Amr Diab, who is an Egyptian singer and composer of pop music. A winner of the multiple music awards, he is known as the "Father of the Mediterranean Sound," referring to his blend of Egyptian sounds and textures with Western rhythms and instrumentation. When you listen to his music, you can catch touches of flamenco and raï blending with Western pop and traditional Arabic music. He is also a pioneer in video, being the first Egyptian artist to appear in music videos and helping to popularize them in the Arab world. Diab has also appeared in film. He was criticized during the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt for maintaining his silence and moving to London during the tumult, but after Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was deposed he recorded a song called Masr A'let (Egypt Has Spoken) and released it in conjunction with a video showing many of those who had died, and established a charity to help rebuild Egyptian society. He has released 30 official albums. This song, Amarain, can be found on his 1999 album of the same name, and on the Putumayo Presents:Arabic Groove CD (2001). The song's title refers to the singer comparing his lover's eyes to two moons.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Spiritual Ambients: Shiva in Exile and "Oriental Distortion"



Today's random song is an ambient, drone-style piece called Oriental Distortion. It is by Shiva in Exile, which is a new age/oriental/gothic project started in 2003 and whose lead vocalist and composer is Stefan Hertrich of Munich, Germany, a former video game soundtrack composer who was also a member of goth metal band Darkseed. The name of the band Shiva in Exile is supposed to convey that the modern world may lack a collective spirituality and morality. You can find Oriental Distortion on their 2002 album Ethnic, though I found the song on a special collection called CARE: I am Powerful - Music to Empower Women (2007).

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Quite a Girl: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys with "Katherine"



Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a Cajun Louisiana band brings us today's random tune, a waltz called Katherine. Founded in 1988, the band takes its inspiration from Cajun traditional legends Dewey Balfa, Belton Richard and Walter Mouton. However, the music of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys has grown into a style that is distinctly Cajun but also unique and personal. They sing almost exclusively in Cajun French. They have been nominated twice for Grammys in the Best Traditional Folk Album category, and in 2013 Steve Riley took home a Grammy as part of The Band Courtbouillon, a Cajun jam band featuring Riley, Wayne Toups and Wilson Savoy. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have released 11 albums to date as well as one compilation album. Katherine can be found on the 1995 album La Toussaint and on the compilation album The Best of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (2008).

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Master of Chess and Reeds: Alihan Samedov and "Sen Gelmez Oldun"



Today's random tune is from an Azerbaijani artist named Alihan Samedov. Known for playing wind and other Azerbaijani folk instruments, Samedov came from a musical family and completed his music education at two Azerbaijani music schools. Among the wind instruments he plays are balaban, clarinet, tutek, zurna, oboe and saxophone. He is also a chess master and instructor, as well as the current music director of the Kadıköy Folklore Education Centre in Istanbul. He was also the person in charge of Azerbaijani music at Samanyolu TV's (STV) Music and Entertainment Programs before the Turkish government closed the station in 2016 for alleged links to the Gülen Movement which the government has blamed for organizing the attempted coup d'etat in 2016. You can find this song, Sen Gelmez Oldun, on the 2014 album Balaban (in two versions, no less), and on the various artists compilation Turca Lounge, Vol. 1 (2007).

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sweet and Savory: Mercan Dede and "Souffle"



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

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Shredding It: Oumar Konaté and "Ma Cherie"



Our random tune for today is by Malian guitar master Oumar Konaté called Ma Cherie. Konaté started music at an early age, astounding his hometown of Gao with nightly performances on an old bucket, helmet and drum outside his family's home. He joined the Orchestra of Gao while in high school and accompanied them on their national tour. While in the orchestra, he was introduced to guitar. He went on to enroll in the National Institute of Arts in Bamako and recorded his first album there which brought him to the attention of many artists such as Vieux Farka Touré, Sidi Touré and Khaira Arby. He has performed in numerous festivals all over the globe, and has received accolades worldwide for his music. The recorded version of Ma Cherie can be found on his 2014 CD Addoh.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Clarinet in Lounge: Hakim Abdullayev and "Close Your Eyes"



Today's random song is by Hakim Abdullayev and is called Close Your Eyes. I can't find much information on Mr. Abdullayev, though it appears he is a clarinetist and that he may be from Azerbaijan. You can find Close Your Eyes on Abdullayev's album Balaban III: The Land of Fire - Music of Azerbaijan (2005) and on the various artists compilation album Turca Lounge, Vol. 1 (2007).

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hendrix of the Kora: Prince Diabaté and "Horoya"



Our random song for today is called Horoya and is sung by Prince Diabaté, a griot from Guinea in West Africa. His father was a kora player who broke tradition and also taught Diabaté's mother to play, and Prince Diabaté gained proficiency by accompanying his parents to their concerts. At age 16, he braved outraged soldiers and his own fear to throw himself with his kora at the feet of Guinea's president to play a special song for him - the touched president personally sponsored his musical education. Diabaté takes as inspiration traditional Mandingo and Malinké music, but he also borrows from reggae, rap, blues and funk. He has been called the "Jimi Hendrix of the kora," and he is responsible for creating the sound he calls Mandingo reggae. Horoya can be found on his 2006 album Djerelon.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Emotional Devotional: Susheela Raman (with Cheb Mami) and "Nagumomo"



Acclaimed British/Indian musician Susheela Raman brings us the random tune for today, called Nagumomo. Raman's parents are Tamil from southern India who emigrated to London in the mid-60s, where Raman was born, then moved to Australia. Steeped in South Indian classical music because her parents were committed to keeping Tamil culture alive, Raman gave recitals and eventually started her own band concentrating on funk and rock & roll. She later moved into music based more on blues and jazz, then traveled to India to rediscover her music roots and explore Carnatic music. Returning to London, she began working with partner Sam Mills on ways to bridge Indian music with a wider Western audience. She released her first album in 2001, and has recorded five more since then. Nagumomo can be found on her debut album, Salt Rain, released in 2001. You can also find it on the various artists compilation CD Putumayo Presents: India (2009). The original song was written by South Indian mystic and poet-composer Thyagaraja and is a devotional to the Hindu deity Rama. Raman reinterprets the song in a jazz style. A nice bonus on this video is that she is joined on the song by Algerian artist Cheb Mami.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tribute: Gippy Grewal and "Chamkila"



Punjabi Indian actor, singer, songwriter and film director Rupinder Singh "Gippy" Grewal brings us the random tune for today, called Chamkila. Known for his Punjabi songs, Grewal made his music debut in 2002 and has released ten albums with an eleventh in production. In 2010, he made his film debut in a Punjabi film and his Bollywood debut in 2015. He has also directed two films. You can find Chamkila on his 2016 album Desi Rockstar 2. He is accompanied on the song by DJ Flow, a Punjabi DJ and music producer based in Italy. Chamkila is a tribute to the famous Punjabi singer-songwriter, musician and composer Amar Singh Chamkila. Chamkila and his wife werre gunned down by a gang of youths in 1988 as they arrived for a performance, spawning numerous conspiracy theories.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Tapped Out: Cara Dillon and "The Parting Glass"



Cara Dillon sings today's random song, called The Parting Glass. An Irish folk singer, Cara Dillon was part of the supergroup Equation and has collaborated with her husband, musician and songwriter Sam Lakeman, as Polar Star. From Dungiven in Northern Ireland, an area steeped in traditional Irish music, she learned local folk songs in school from teachers and at traditional music workshops. Primarily a singer, she can also play fiddle and whistle, but it is her voice that has made her famous and at 14 she won the All Ireland Singing Trophy. She formed her first band, Óige, in 1991 where she put her vision of Irish, Scottish and other traditional music out into the public. In 1995, she left to replace Kate Rusby in Equation and the band recorded one album of which one single was released before the record was shelved. She and Sam Lakeman left Equation because of creative differences with the other band members and formed Polar Star; unfortunately, none of their recordings was ever released. However, she did perform on Mike Oldfield's 1998 album Tubular Bells III. From 2001 to the present, often with help and support of Lakeman, she has released solo albums and her voice has often been compared to that of Kate Bush. You can find The Parting Glass on her 2009 album Hill of Thieves. The song is often sung at the end of a gathering of friends, and can be a powerful song at funerals to honor those who have departed.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Ancestral Dance: Khaira Arby and "Djaba"



Today's random song, called Djaba, is performed by Khaira Arby. From the northern deserts of Mali, Arby resided in Timbuktu and had to flee after the fundamentalist Islamic takeover of that city. Often called the Queen of Desert Rock, she is a cousin to the great Ali Farka Touré. She uses a varied assortment of instrumentation, such as electric guitar, calabash, traditional violin, acoustic guitar and drumming, and she sings in languages such as Sonrai, Arabic and Tamashek. She is the only singer in her family, and started singing when she was eleven years old. Before working with her own band, she performed with the Troupe du Cercle de Tomboctou and later the Troupe Regionale de Gao. Djaba is from her 2013 release Timbuktu Tarab. The song is about a legendary ancestral Tamashek warrior and "djaba" is also a dance in its own right.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gift of Gab: Tinariwen and "Tamiditin"



Today's random song is by the band Tinariwen. The band's name means "deserts" and indeed they are from the Saraha desert region of northern Mali. They were formed in 1979 in Algeria by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who witnessed his father's execution at age four, and have been called by Slate "rock and roll rebels whose rebellion, for once, wasn't just metaphorical." Alhabib built his own guitar as a child out of a tin can, a stick and bicycle wire and started to play old Tuareg and modern Arabic tunes. In the late 70s, he started exploring chaabi music, Algerian raï and western pop and rock. In the 1980, Ghadafi wanted to build an elite force of Tuareg fighters and issued a decree for all Tuareg living illegally in Libya to join the Libyan army. In military training camps in Libya, Alhabib met other Tuareg musicians, and the result was a collective they began calling Kel Tinariwen (People of the Desert) later shortened to the band's current name. They moved to Alhabib's home country of Mali in 1989, and a Tuareg uprising against the government led to a peace agreement in which the members of the band were able to leave fighting and devote themselves full time to their music. They began to receive international recognition in the late 1990s, and performed in the touring Festival au Désert as headliners and performed at WOMAD in 2001. After that, they toured regularly, and in 2010 represented Algeria at the South African World Cup. An Arabic uprising in Mali in 2012 and a denunciation of "Satan's music" led to the brief abduction of one of Tinariwen's members. Many fled to the Southwestern US to evade capture and record a new album. Their music is "assouf," traditional Tuareg melodies and rhythms with traditional Tuareg instruments, Berber music, Algerian rai, traditional Malian music, regional pop music, and Western rock. You can hear the desert in their driving electric guitars and chanting style. You can also hear the electric blues, though the band is adamant that they never heard the blues until they began touring the US. This song, Tamiditin, can be found on their 2015 release Live in Paris. The lyrics are of a man lamenting how his girlfriend moves from camp to camp talking to everyone.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Don't Mess with It: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca with "Tu No Sabes (No te Metas)"



Today's random song is by Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, called Tu No Sabes (No te Metas). Of Angolan descent but now living in Los Angeles, Lemvo and his band Makina Loca blend music encompassing styles ranging from Cuban salsa, samba and African genres such as soukous and kizomba. He has released seven albums. Tu No Sabes (No te Metas) can be found on his album São Salvador (2000).

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Limpid Pools: DeVotchKa and "Dark Eyes"



DeVotchKa, a Denver-based band, performs our random tune for today. A four piece ensemble, their name is derived from the Russian word for "girl." Their instrumentation, besides guitar, drums and bass can include theremin, bouzouki, accordion and sousaphone. DeVotchKa started as a backing band for burlesque shows, and in particular traveled with and backed noted burlesque performer Dita von Teese. During this time they were also self-releasing records and touring in support of them which earned them an underground following. The band was eventually picked by the directors of Little Miss Sunshine to score the film which earned them a Grammy nomination for best soundtrack. The band, while essentially a rock ensemble, incorporates a gypsy punk feel into many of its songs. This song, Dark Eyes (Ochi Chernye), is on their 2008 CD SuperMelodrama. The song is a famous Ukrainian love song, written in the mid-1800s, referencing the burning desire for a lover.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stretching the Bounds of Mediaeval Chant: Richard Souther and Sr. Germaine Fritz with "Praise for the Virgin (O Virga Ac Diadema)"



Today's random song is by Richard Souther, who reinterprets the work of Hildegard von Bingen. Richard Souther is a composer, producer, arranger, sound designer and multi-keyboardist working in the areas of New Age, smooth jazz and contemporary Christian music. A child prodigy who studied piano from the age of three, he eventually became an in-demand session musician until his career was almost derailed by a near-fatal bout of botulism. During his four year recovery, he began to delve into electronic music. In 1994, he recorded his groundbreaking album Vision: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen with vocalists Emily van Evera and Sr. Germaine Fritz, OSB. Von Bingen was a German 12th century writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath who created one of the largest repertoires of any mediaeval composer and who stretched the boundaries of traditional monastic chant. Her music frequently had themes centering around the Virgin Mary, the heavenly in earthly life, and a desire to know the divine. Today's tune, called Praise for the Virgin (O Virga Ac Diadema) can be found on Souther's 1994 album Vision: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Preserving an Island Nation: Razia and "Babonao"



Razia brings us our random tune for today. Razia is the performing name of Razia Said, and she gets influence for her music from Fela Kuti and Papa Wemba and incorporates R&B and jazz. Originally from Madagascar, she has lived in many places, including France, Italy, Bali and New York City. This song, Babonao, is from her 2010 album Zebu Nation. The album was the result of many trips back to Madagascar and meetings with the country's most prominent band, Njava. They inspired her to write songs in Malagasay, and the album is focused on preservation and conservation Madagascar's environment.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Appeasing the Spirits: Mariana Sadovska with Kitka and "Lamentation"



Our random tune for today is a beautiful lament 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, Lamentation, 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.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

And...Action: Kasai Allstars and "Tshalemba"



The Kasai Allstars bring us the random tune for the day, a joyous song called Tshalemba which was composed for the soundtrack to a movie called Félicité. A 25 piece orchestral group based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the members come from five different bands and represent five different ethnic groups. It was long thought that collaboration of members of these disparate ethnic groups, given some longstanding tribal conflicts, was impossible. But these musicians decided to form a "superband" at the encouragement of Belgian producer Vincent Kenis in order to pool their resources. They play a style of music known as Congotronics, which consists of traditional instrumentation and electric sounds, and often has a particular buzzing sound from a fuzzbox. You can find Tshalemba on their newest album, Around Félicité (2017).

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Waiting in Vain: The Prodigals and "Long Ago"



Today's tune, called Long Ago, is by The Prodigals, an American punk band begun in 1997. The band describes their music as jig-punk and can be classified with other Irish music influenced punk bands such as The Pogues and Black 47 in their merging of traditional Celtic melodies with rock rhythms. The band's melodies are carried by a button key accordion with bass and drum underneath. Long Ago can be found on their 1999 album Go On. The song is a lament and a wish for death by a woman abandoned by a lover.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Unmasking the Masked: Fèmina and "Buen Viaje"



Our random tune for today is by Argentine group Fèmina. Fèmina, based in Buenos Aires, is made up of three women from Argentina's Patagonia region. They classify themselves as a fusion rap group, bringing female voices into a mixture of rap and regional styles that creates something new in the global music scene. They released their first album in 2011, which was a selection of tunes performed live in Buenos Aires and other cities in Argentina. This song, Buen Viaje, is from their second album Traspasa (2014). Their sound and reputation has been spreading as they have been performing in various festivals around the world.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Personal Space: Danay Suárez with the Idan Raichel Project and "Closer Now"



Cuban R&B singer and rapper Danay Suárez performs the random tune for today, called Closer Now. Danay Suárez has been getting a lot of attention in Europe, particularly France, and Billboard named her one of the ten up and coming reggaeton artists in 2014. She is joined on the song by the Idan Raichel Project, a group under the leadership of Israeli singer and songwriter Idan Raichel which combines electronic music with Arab and Ethiopian music and Hebrew texts. You can find Closer Now on the Danay Suárez album Palabras Manuales, released in 2017.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Shazam: 8½ Souvenirs and "Kazango"



8½ Souvenirs, an Austin band of the 1990s that disbanded about 2000, brings us the random tune for today. While called an American swing jazz band led by French-turned-American lead guitarist Olivier Giraud, it was clearly influenced by gypsy jazz and other European and Latin American styles. The band's name came from the Fellini movie and the Django Reinhardt song Souvenirs. This song, Kazango, is from 8½ Souvenirs' 1995 album Happy Feet.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Not the Boss of Me: Liber Terán and "Don't Have to Be"



Liber Terán brings us our random song today, an almost ska-like song called Don't Have to Be. Liber Terán is a founding member and former lead singer and guitarist of the Mexican band Los de Abajo, which focused on Latin ska, rock, salsa. reggae, cumbia, Son Jarocho and banda sinaloense. As a solo artist, Terán has expanded his repertoire to explore classic rock and roll and Balkan influences. You can find Don't Have to Be on his 2008 CD El Gitano Western.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Smiling in the Funk: Garotas Suecas and "Eu Vou Sorrir pra Quem É Gente Boa"



Our random tune for today is by Garotas Suecas, a band from São Paulo, Brazil and whose name means Swedish Girls in Portuguese. The band incorporates many styles of sound, including funk, rock and soul. They have released two studio albums and four EPs, and are known for the high production quality of their music videos, which have won awards in Brazil. They also did a multi-country tour of Europe and the US in 2012. You can find this song, Eu Vou Sorrir pra Quem É Gente Boa (the title translates to something on the order of I Smile for Good People), a slow funk song with Beatlesque undertones, on their 2014 album Feras Míticas.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

It Is, It Is, It Is: Lula Pena and "Rose"



Today's random song is performed by Lula Pena, a fado (she prefers the spelling "phado") and world music singer, composer and poet from Lisbon, Portugal. Lula Pena's style is is influenced by musical styles from Mexico, Greece and Italy, as well as genres such as blues, chanson and flamenco. She has released three albums, including a new one this year. You can find this song, Rose, on her new release, called Archivo Pittoresco (2017).

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Singing the Truth: Soneros de Verdad and "Rubalcaba"



Our random tune for today is by Soneros de Verdad. The group's name means "Singers of Truth," and they call themselves the second generation of the Buena Vista Social Club, bridging the gap between the son cubano of 50-60 years ago with more modern sensibilities and original compositions. Fronted by Luis Frank Arias and Mayito Rivero, both international music award winners, the band also employs some other Cuban stars of the newer generation, giving a whole new sound layered on top of the old urban mixed with rural, son, jazz, and other genres. It's Cuba in one package. This song, Rubalcaba, is from the album Luis Frank Presents Soneros de Verdad: A Buena Vista Barrio de la Habana (originally released in 2000, CD release in 2010).

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Shipwrecked: Lo'Jo and "El Cabo Blanco"



Our random tune today is by Lo'Jo, a French band that performs songs drawing from world music, gipsy music, North African music and French folk songs. Lo'Jo began in 1982 in the French city of Angers and performed locally for several years - with a rotating cast of band members and alongside acrobats, street actors, mimes and dancers. They became known worldwide in the 1990s after touring around Europe and appearing in New York City. In 1995 they solidified their lineup by adding Berber musicians Yamina Nid El Mourid and her sister Nadia - which opened the band to influences from North African music. This song, El Cabo Blanco, can be found on their 2012 album Cinéma el Mundo. The song is about two shipwrecks.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

When Slacking is Sweet: Ray Kāne and "Kilakila 'O Halekalā"



Ray Kāne, a legendary Hawaiian slack key guitarist, performs our random tune for today, an instrumental called Kilakila 'O Halekalā. 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. Kilakila 'O Halekalā is from his 1998 CD Wa'ahila.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Young and Insolent: Moussu T e lei Jovents and "La Grand"



Moussu T e lei Jovents, a Marseilles-based band, brings us the random tune for today, called La Grand. The band splits its time between Marseilles, a French commune called La Ciotat, and Recife, Brazil. They are inspired by the music of Marseilles between 1920 and 1930 and the melting pot that the city was and remains. They range musically from the blues to reggae to Brazilian music to music hall, and they are very comfortable singing in Occitan, the regional language of the southern third of France. They have released eight albums. La Grand can be found on Moussu T e lei Jovents' 2006 album Forever Polida. The song is a description of a girl, "...free and without fear, young, brunette and insolent..." selling candies on a Marseilles street.

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.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Uniting Africa Through Music: Hugh Masekela and "Batsumi"



Our random tune for today, called Batsumi, is performed by Hugh Masekela. A trumpeter, cornetist, flugelhornist, composer and singer, Masekela began singing and playing piano as a child, but took up the trumpet after seeing Kirk Douglas play a trumpeter modeled on Bix Beiderbecke in the movie Young Man with a Horn. His music has always reflected his life experience during South Africa's apartheid era, and through his music he reached a large portion of the population living through the oppression. He helped form and played with the groundbreaking group The Jazz Epistles, the first African jazz group to record an LP. He is known in the United States for his interpretation of the 5th Dimension's Up, Up and Away (1967) and his hit Grazing in the Grass (1968). He was once married to singer Miriam Makeba, and he toured with Paul Simon in support of his Graceland album. He has also worked with African artists of all stripes, and he is involved in a number of South African social initiatives. Batsumi can be found on his 1992 album Beatin' Aroun de Bush, and on the 1999 compilation The Best of Hugh Masekela on Novus.

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.