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.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Back to the Future: Zero 7 and "Destiny"



Today's random song, Destiny, is a melancholy ode by English group Zero 7. Created by studio engineers Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker in 1997, Zero 7 first appeared when the duo remixed a Radiohead song, Climbing Up the Walls, followed by remixes of songs by artists such as Lenny Kravitz and the Sneaker Pimps. Zero 7, whose name references a bar on a Mexican island, released their first album in 2001, collaborating on the songs with musicians such as Australian singer-songwriter Sia and English musicians Mozez and Sophie Barker. Zero 7 has released four studio albums and four other albums that comprise remixes and compilations. Destiny can be found on their first album, 2001's Simple Things. The video above is a studio performance at San Diego's KPRI radio, but if you want to see the official video of the shorter version of the song I've included it below.



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Mountain: Replikas and "Şahar Dağı"



Today's random song is by Replikas, an experimental/psychedelic rock band from Istanbul. Featuring Gökçe Akçelik on guitar and vocals, Barkın Engin on guitar, Selçuk Artut on bass, Orçun Baştürk on drums and Burak Tamer on electronics, the band has released seven studio albums, one boxed set and one live performance album, as well as being featured on many compilations. The band has also made music for film as well as appearing in the documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. This song, Şahar Dağı, can be found on the soundtrack to Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006).

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

One Small Step: Sylvia Martens and "Fliegen Wie Neil Armstrong"



Our random song today is performed by German Sylvia Martens and is called Fliegen Wie Neil Armstrong (Flying Like Neil Armstrong). Sylvia Martens is a German pop singer who made her debut in 2005 singing "Schlager" music, a type of pop or electronic music that consists of sentimental ballads or light pop with lyrics about love, relationships and feelings. Fliegen wie Neil Armstrong can be found on her 2011 album Spiel Mich! (Play Me!).

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kitchen Sink: Beltuner and "Gnossienne No. 1"



Gnossienne No. 1, our random tune for today, is by Beltuner, a French band started in 2001 by four young self-taught musicians. First concentrating on gypsy swing, Parisian bal musette, tango, Yiddish and Balkan music, they found a unique sound by mixing the styles and adding in jazz, classical, rock, world music and funk. They are also known for their free-wheeling and energetic concerts. Gnossienne No. 1 can be found on their 2010 CD Album #1.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

South of the Border: Paolo Conte and "Sudamerica"



Paolo Conte performs today's random song, Sudamerica. Conte was born in Asti in the Piedmont region of Italy, and he began his music career as a vibraphone player traveling in local and touring bands. He started writing songs early on in his career with his brother Giorgio but eventually began writing on his own. His star rose in the 60s and 70s as he was the main creative songwriter behind hits of other well-known Italian artists. His solo career commenced in 1974. His songs are known for being evocative of colorful and dreamy Italian and Mediterranean sounds. His music is often jazzy, reminiscent of South America and French singers, and filled with a wistful melancholy. His music has also been used in many movies. Sudamerica can be found on his 2003 CD Reveries. The video shows an encore during his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fire in the Feet: Parov Stelar and "Demon Dance"



Parov Stelar, the performer of our random tune today, is the stage name of Marcus Füreder, an Austrian musician, composer, producer and DJ. Working in styles ranging from jazz, house, electro and breakbeat, he is one of the early pioneers of the genre called electro swing. He began his career as a DJ at nightclubs in the 1990s. Known as Plasma at the time, he started to get involved in producing and publishing around 2000, and established his own record label in 2003. He broke onto the international electronic music scene in 2004 with his EP Kiss Kiss. He has won numerous Austrian music awards, has been named as one of the most promising producers active in Europe by the BBC, and has worked with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Bryan Ferry and Lady Gaga. This song, Demon Dance, is an example of his electro swing and can be found on Disc 1 of his 2015 album The Demon Diaries.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shutout: Kirsty MacColl and "United Kingdom 2 Colombia 0"



Our random tune for today is by Kirsty MacColl, an English singer-songwriter who recorded many pop hits in the 1990s, and made notable appearances on other hits. 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. To give you an idea of the esteem she is held in, 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, United Kingdom 2 Colombia 0, can be found on her 2000 album Tropical Brainstorm. The song is about a woman who is nearly seduced by a married man while in a bar during a soccer match, and when she finds out she proclaims that she knows how the Colombians feel being on the losing side.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Poor Ardor: Nguyên Lê and Ngô Hồng Quang with "Beggar's Love Song"



An interesting melding of styles is the hallmark of our random tune today. Beggar's Love Song is by Nguyên Lê and Ngô Hồng Quang. Nguyên Lê is a French jazz guitarist and composer of Vietnamese descent, known primarily for his interpretations of pop songs from the 60s and 70s. He has been on albums as both leader and sideman, and has worked with a number of well-known musicians. Ngô Hồng Quang, from Vietnam, is a practitioner of traditional Vietnamese music on the lute, fiddle and vocals. On this song they are joined by percussionist Alex Trần. You can find Beggar's Love Song on their 2017 release Ha Noi Duo.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

At Grandpa's House: Márcio Faraco and "Na Casa Do Seu Humberto"



Today's random tune is by Márcio Faraco, a Brazilian guitarist, singer, composer and producer currently living and working out of France. He blends the samba and bossa nova of Brazil with musical influences he has picked up in France such as jazz, African music and fado. His music caught the ear of his countryman Chico Buarque, who invited him to participate on an Antonio Carlos Jobim tribute album. This song, Na Casa Do Seu Humberto, is from his 2000 CD Ciranda, and can also be found on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Café. The song is a recollection of a childhood spent at a grandfather's house.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Getting Together: Playing for Change and "One Love"



One Love, a reggae tune made famous by Bob Marley, is our random tune for today. It is performed by Playing for Change, a project to connect the world through music. Created by American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson, the project records musicians around the world each playing one element of each of the songs they record. The producers then build, layer by layer, the song by melding the recorded parts, each with the individual interpretations of the musicians involved. They have since developed the Playing for Change Band which tours, and they have built the Playing for Change Foundation, which funds the construction of music and art schools around the world. One Love can be found on Playing For Change's 2009 album Songs Around the World. The list of musicians on this tune is extensive, and includes Roberto Luti (Italy), Menyatso Nathole (South Africa), Manu Chao (France), Surrendra Shrestha (Nepal), Tula (Israel), Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa), Mermans Kenkosenki (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Sinamuva (South Africa), Martin Machapa (South Africa), The Oneness Choir (India), The Exile Brothers (India), William Aura (Nepal), Luis Mhlanga (Zimbabwe), Junior Kissangwa Mbouta (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tara Bir Tuladhar (Nepal), Keb' Mo (United States).

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Dance Party: Burhan Öçal & The Trakya All Stars with "Opaz"



Today's random tune is by Burhan Öçal & The Trakya All Stars and is called Opaz. A Turkish percussionist, Öçal started his music career at a young age, learning percussion from his father and vocal music from his mother. At the age of 24 he moved to Switzerland to continue his musical studies. He works in a variety of styles, including Turkish classical, western classical, Ottoman court music and Turkish pop. Besides playing the darbuka, he has also picked up a variety of other instruments during his career, including divan-saz, tambour and oud. He has worked with groups as varied as the Kronos Quartet, jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He is also an actor, playing lead in several films and some television dramas. You can find Opaz on his 2006 album Trakya Dance Party, on the 2016 Burhan Öçal Box Set, and on the 2006 various artists compilation Homegrown İstanbul, Vol. 1. He is joined on the tune by Smadj, a Tunisian born, Parisian musician who takes inspiration from Asian, Brazilian, funk, soul and folk music.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Happy Dance: Inflame and "Kirwani"



Inflame gives us some music that is a mix of two traditions for today's random tune. Inflame is a New York City quartet that got together a few years ago and realized they had something with a combination of traditional flamenco and classical Indian music. Featuring mandolin, flamenco guitar, tabla, flamenco cajon and darbuka, Inflame creates a new sound that still sounds rooted in the traditional. This song, Kirwani, can be found on Inflame's eponymous 2013 release. The notes on the song say "...this tune brings about festivity, joy and happiness....The melody of Kirwani evokes warmth and invokes dance."  Just scroll on the image above and you'll be able to play the tune.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Wedding Singer: Omar Souleyman and "Tawwalt El Gheba"



A Sunni Arab wedding musician who is influenced by all kinds of musical styles brings us the random tune for today. Omar Souleyman is from northeast Syria, and started his career as a wedding singer. He has released an astonishing 500 or so studio and live albums, eighty percent of which were recorded at weddings and given to the bride and groom. His styles include Kurdish, Ashuri, Arabic, Turkish and Iraqi influences from the peoples who live in and around his native area. He has performed in Sweden, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway, at Bonnaroo in Tennessee, and at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark among other places. He also remixed three versions of the Björk song Crystalline, from her 2011 album Biophilia, all of which were included on the second disc of her Crystalline series. This song, Tawwalt El Gheba, can be found on Omar Souleyman's 2015 album Bahdeni Nami.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Supposed to be Beautiful, But...: The Klezmatics and "Mermaid's Avenue"



Woody Guthrie, a great American songwriter and performer, wrote the lyrics to today's random song. The lyrics never had music to go with it until The Klezmatics came along. Based in New York City and formed in 1986, The Klezmatics are a Grammy award winning group klezmer group that mixes older Yiddish tunes with contemporary styles of music. They have also recorded songs in Aramaic and Bavarian. This song, Mermaid's Avenue, is from their album titled Wonder Wheel (2006).

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Having a Ball: Djavan and "Embola Bola (Catereté)"



Djavan, a Brazilian singer-songwriter, brings us the random tune for today, called Embola Bola (Catereté). He was born to a poor family and started his music career with a self-formed band that played Beatles songs. That began to change when in 1973, he moved to Rio de Janeiro and began singing in nightclubs and competing in festivals. He recorded his first album in 1975, which featured one of his most memorable hits called Flor de Lis Combining traditional Brazilian music and rhythms with other styles from around the Americas, Europe and Africa, Djavan's songs have been recorded by many other artists including Brazilian stars Gal Costa, Dori Caymmi, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso and American artists Al Jarreau, Carmen McRae, The Manhattan Transfer and Lee Ritenour. He has released 27 albums to date You can find Embola Bola (Catereté) on his debut album called A Voz E O Violão (1975) and on the 2009 compilation CD Putumayo Presents: Brazilian Café (2009).

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Real Guitar Roots: Ali Ghamsari and "Ghesehi Kamel"



Our song for today is called Ghesehi Kamel. It is performed by Iranian artist Ali Ghamsari. Ghamsari is a multi-instrumentalist who is a master of the Tar, a Persian long necked instrument that may have given its root name to instruments such as the guiTAR and siTAR, also instruments at Ghamsari plays. He graduated from the Tehran Music Conservatory and the University of Iran and has established three musical ensembles. He has released 10 albums to date, and travels the world performing and teaching modern Persian composition. He is the founder of the Institute for Persian Music in Tehran and a professor of Composition and Persian Music Theory at the University of Tehran. Ghesehi Kamel can be found on his 2013 CD Barfkhani.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

And So Little Time: Bob Marley and the Wailers with "So Much Things to Say"



Lay back, chill out and listen to Bob Marley and the Wailers lay it down on So Much Things to Say. Bob Marley and the Wailers was a Jamaican reggae and ska band 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. 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. Marley died in 1981 of malignant melanoma, and Tosh was killed in a gang holdup at his home in 1987. You can find So Much Things to Say on Bob Marley and the Wailers' 1977 album Exodus.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Long Suffering: Khaled and "Sbabi"



Our random song of the day, called Sbabi, is by Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, an Algerian raï singer and songwriter known by his stage name Khaled and also Cheb Khaled. He 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." Sbabi can be found on his 1994 album Khaled. This video is a live performance from 2007. The song is one of the suffering that goes with the longing for the one that one loves.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sometimes the Prey Wins: Leyla McCalla and "A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey"



American musician Leyla McCalla, former cellist with roots group The Carolina Chocolate Drops, brings us today's random tune called A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey. Leyla McCalla was born in New York City to Haitian parents and was raised in New Jersey. She also lived in Ghana for two years. After graduating from New York University, where she studied cello performance and chamber music (she also plays guitar and banjo), she moved to New Orleans and was a street musician. Her first solo album was a tribute to the poetry of Langston Hughes which she credits with inspiring her to be an artist. It was five years in the making and was financed by a Kickstarter campaign. She plays music inspired by Haitian folk songs and sung in Haitian creole, as well as Louisiana traditional music such as old Cajun fiddle tunes and trad-jazz. She also writes original compositions. A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey comes from a Haitian proverb, and McCalla told NPR in an interview that it was written while she was thinking of the vulnerability and desperation of the Haitian boat people, as well as Syrian refugees. You can find A Day for the Hunter, A Day for the Prey on McCalla's second solo album of the same name, released in 2016.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

You Better Listen: Kasai Allstars and "Thus Spoke the Ancestors"



Today's random tune is by the Kasai Allstars and is called Thus Spoke the Ancestors. 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 as part of the music. You can find Thus Spoke the Ancestors on their second album, Beware the Fetish (Congotronics 5), released in 2014.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Thinking of the Pink Moon: The Afro Celt Sound System and "Drake"



Our song today is called Drake by The Afro Celt Sound System, which fuses modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African songs. 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. Drake can be found on their 1999 release Volume 5: Anatomic. The song appears to be from the perspective of someone lost to death, and may refer to English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Don't Tease Your Mother: The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band and "Sao Sakit Mae"



From Thailand, the Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band lays down the random tune for today. The band was formed as a project to capture the sounds of Thai music that were in danger of being lost. In particular, they begin with a base of Thai molam music, a traditional country-folk music from the hinterlands of Thailand and Laos. The arrival of American GIs during the Vietnam war helped create a new style of molam infused with rock, blues, soul, funk and psychedelia. Until recently, it was marginalized as "taxi-driver music" but has undergone a surge of popularity in the West in recent years, which in turn has made it more popular among mainstream Thais. The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band has released two albums. This song, Sao Sakit Mae, can be found on their 2014 debut 21st Century Molam.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Challengers: Dissidenten with Lemchaheb and "Fata Morgana"



One of the leaders of "world-beat" music, Germany's Dissidenten, bring us our random tune for today. Formed in 1981 in India, the band started their career with a year's tour of Asia and then returned to India and recorded their first album. In 1982 they moved to Morocco, where they recorded this song, Fata Morgana, along with the rest of their second album called Sahara Elektrik. Fata Morgana, which was recorded in collaboration with Moroccan musical group Lemchaheb and which is influenced by Dissidenten's electronic rock along with Lemchaheb's roots in gnawa, Berber music and rock, is an example of the collaboration with Middle Eastern, African and Indian musicians for which they have become known. Fata Morgana became a big dance hit in Europe. They have since moved a few more times as they've recorded more albums - twelve in all. You can find Fata Morgana on their 1984 album Sahara Elektrik.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Another 50 Favorites: A Global Music YouTube Playlist



Another 50 favorites from around the world. Amazing music that you can play in the background on your computer or on your smart TV at parties. Where possible, videos are high quality concert or official videos. Enjoy!

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Somewhere: Reinhard Mey and "Über den Wolken"



Today's random tune is by German singer-songwriter Reinhard Mey, who also goes in France by the name Frédérik Mey. Moderate to left-leaning politically, he tends to focus on sensitive and humorous songs, though in his later years he has become a little more political mostly around issues of freedom and non-violence. He also sings against animal cruelty. Born in Berlin in 1942, he started learning piano at age twelve and guitar at age fourteen. He also is a self-taught trumpeter. He has 27 solo albums to his name, and 16 live albums. This song, Über den Wolken (Above the Clouds) is his biggest hit single which has been covered by many other German artists. It can be found on his 1974 album Wie vor Jahr und Tag, though we found it on the compilation album Die Großen Erfolge (1987, rereleased in 2002). The song is ostensibly about flying, but is more a metaphor about life.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Mermaids Bring Joy: Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks with "Chigwaya (The Bream Fish)"



"The Lion of Zimbabwe" brings us today's random tune, called Chigwaya (The Bream Fish). Thomas Mapfumo, also known as Mukanya, the praise name given to him in his Shona clan, is a sharp critic of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and is very popular and politically powerful. An innovator, he created the style of music known as Chimurenga - the word means "liberation" and focuses on themes of human rights, social justice and political dignity. It is also based on traditional mbira music, but played with modern electric instrumentation. Imprisoned during the white domination of the former incarnation of the country as Rhodesia, he now lives in the United States. His music is instantly recognizable to Zimbabweans and has influenced other Zimbabwean musicians. He occasionally returns to his home country though he hasn't been there since 2005. You can find Chigwaya (The Bream Fish) on his 1998 album Chimurenga '98. The song is a 1000 year old ceremonial mbira song calling mermaid spirits to bring health, wealth and powers of prophecy, and implies joy and delight in a time of plenty.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pulling All-Nighters: Zeb & Haniya with "Chup"



The random tune for today comes from Pakistani female duo Zeb and Haniya. Zebunnisa Bangash and Haniya Aslam are cousins who began writing music together when studying at Smith College and Mt. Holyoke College in the US. Zeb began singing at age 8 and studied under Ustad Mubarak Ali Khan. Haniya is a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. They began crafting music in the basement of Zeb's dorm between 2000 and 2003 with a rough version of today's song, Chup. After an enthusiastic response from their college community, they recorded a version of Chup and another song titled Yaad. The songs spread on the internet and made it to Pakistan's radio airwaves. They released their debut album Chup! in 2008 and following the album's success began to do live performances. Zeb and Haniya have been hailed as one of the first, if not the first, all female band in Pakistan. They sing mostly in Urdu, and their songs, though often with a pop feel, draw on Pashto and Dari folk traditions and the music of artists such as Suzanne Vega, Turkish artist Barış Manço and Muddy Waters. Chup is from their album Chup! (2010). This version is from their Coke Studio Sessions live show in Pakistan.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dancing on the Gulf: Beausoleil and "Two-Step de Port Arthur"



Beausoleil brings us the random tune for today, called Two-Step de Port Arthur. Beausoleil was founded in 1975, released its first album in 1977 and became one of the most well-known groups from playing traditional and original music in the Creole tradition of Louisiana. They have also gone beyond the traditional, incorporating rock and roll, jazz, blues, calypso and other genres. They are an extensive touring band, and they sing in both English and Colonial Louisiana French. The band takes its name from Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil, who led the Acadian resistance to British deportation from Canada and led 193 exiles to safety in Louisiana. The band almost didn't come to be - Michael Doucet, one of the founders, was going to New Mexico to study Romantic Poets, but he won a Folk Arts Apprenticeship sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. As he puts it: "I traded William Blake for Dewey Balfa," and he sought out every living Cajun/Creole performer to learn what he could about Cajun music and their techniques. He even encouraged some to resume performing. They are one of the few Creole/Cajun groups to win a Grammy. Two-Step de Port Arthur can be found on their 2013 CD From Bamako to Carencro. Port Arthur refers to a city along the Gulf Coast in Texas.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pucker Up: Los Texmaniacs and "Mil Besos"



Our song for today is by San Antonio, Texas group Los Texmaniacs. Los Texmaniacs were created in 1997 by Max Baca to play traditional conjunto and tejano music but also to incorporate rock and jazz while honoring the old traditions. Baca was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and followed his grandfather and father in learning the accordion beginning at age 5. He was invited by one of his idols, the great Flaco Jiménez, to play in Jiménez' band in San Antonio where he learned to play the bajo sexto (bass) using all six sets of strings in the traditional style. In forming Los Texmaniacs, Baca wanted to keep alive the style of another groundbreaking band, The Texas Tornados. This song, Mil Besos, can be found on their 2012 CD Texas Towns and Tex-Mex Sounds. The song expresses the love of one to another through the kisses that have been bestowed, and says "if it is sinning to love you, I will continue to sin because I do not deny I will still love you, I will continue to adore you, even if I go crazy."

Monday, June 26, 2017

Irish Sunbeam: Van Morrison and The Chieftains with "Celtic Ray"



Van Morrison and the The Chieftains are the performers of today's random tune, called Celtic Ray. The Chieftains are one of the greatest ambassadors of Irish music to the world, and have formed their distinctive sound around the Uileann pipes. Van Morrison, from Northern Ireland, is a singer-songwriter and musician who has been described as mystical and transcendental. Some of his albums have appeared near the top of many lists of the greatest albums of all time. He has released 39 albums. The collaboration between Van Morrison and The Chieftains goes back to at least 1979, when they met at the Edinburgh Rock Festival, and agreed to record an album together. The result, 1988's Irish Heartbeat, received positive critical acclaim, including 4 stars from Rolling Stone and was called one of the best albums of the year by The Village Voice. You can find Celtic Ray as the 8th song on Irish Heartbeat, and the video we found is a studio performance, date unknown, by Morrison and the Chieftains which has Morrison on drums and vocals.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Be Cool: Rocket Juice and the Moon with "Follow-Fashion"



Today's random song, Follow-Fashion, is by a supergroup called Rocket Juice and the Moon. Made up of music stars Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and longtime collaborator of Fela Kuti, the legendary percussionist Tony Allen, the band was announced in 2008 but delayed its recording until 2011 due to various projects of the band members. Led by Allen's Afrobeat rhythms, Flea and Albarn mix in their own stamp that uniquely complements the whole. Follow-Fashion includes guest artists Fatoumata Diawara and M.anifest. Diawara is a Malian guitarist living in France who is noted for a sensuous voice, while M.anifest is considered the king of Ghanaian hip-hop and is an award winning rapper, singer, and songwriter. You can find Follow-Fashion on the album Rocket Juice and the Moon (2012).

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Pure Grief: Capercaillie and "Ailein Duinn (Dark Alan)"



Capercaille tones down our random tune for today with a moody piece called Ailein Duinn (Dark Alan). 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. Ailein Duinn can be found on their 2005 best hits album called Dusk Till Dawn: The Best of Capercaillie, and another best of album, Grace and Pride: The Anthology 2004-1984 (2004). As far as we can tell, it was released originally in 1995 on their To the Moon album, but it was also released in 2017 on Capercaillie's re-recorded songs that appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Rob Roy. Ailein Duinn is a traditional lament, written for female voice by Annie Campbell for her lost love Alan Morrison, a sea captain who was lost at sea shortly before they were to be married. Campbell composed the lament and then apparently committed suicide - her body washed ashore near where Morrison's was found.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sadness in Land and People: Mariza and "Ó Gente da Minha Terra (Piano Version)"



Today's song, entitled Ó Gente da Minha Terra, is by Portuguese fado artist Mariza. Mariza was born in Mozambique before it gained independence from Portugal, and she is of mixed Portuguese and African heritage. When she was three her family moved to Lisbon and while young she began learning to sing in many styles, including jazz, gospel and soul. She adopted fado at the insistence of her father, who felt it would give her more acceptance in the Portuguese community. After the fado's most famous interpreter, Amália Rodrigues, died in 1999 Mariza was asked to perform a tribute in her memory, which led her to record a fado album. Fado was starting to regain popularity, and her album sold an astounding number of copies. She has since focused on fado, has released seven albums and has sold over a million records worldwide. Ó Gente da Minha Terra appears on her debut album Fado em Mim (2002). The album has two versions of the song - this version is the last track on the album and is labeled the piano version.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Hippo's Grief: Kassé Mady Diabaté and "Sadjo"



Today's random song is by Kassé Mady Diabaté, a singer from Mali descended from the Malian griot musical caste. Realizing that Kassé Mady may have inherited his family's musical prowess, His parents schooled and encouraged him. As lead singer of the Orchestre Régional Super Mandé de Kangaba, Kassé Mady won the Biennale music competition in the Malian capital of Bamako. He caught the eye of a group of Malian musicians who had gone to Cuba to study music - they asked him to join their group as lead singer. The group, the Maravillas, later known as the Bandema National, became famous throughout West Africa due to their music...Cuban style music with a touch of Malian Mandingo. In 1988 he left Mali for Paris and recorded his first solo record - he spent ten years there before moving back to Mali and made influential albums in collaboration with other artists such as flamenco group Ketama, blues artist Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabaté. This song, Sadjo, can be found on his 2015 album Kiriké. The song is a poignant and seemingly true account of a mother hippopotamus that spent months searching for her child that had been killed by a hunter. The villagers in the area came to know the hippo and realized that they could relate to her unending devotion for her lost offspring.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Come with Me: T with the Maggies and "A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá"



Today's random song is by T with the Maggies and is called A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá. A supergroup from County Donegal in Ireland, T with the Maggies are made up of Irish singers Moya Brennan (Clannad), Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (Skara Brae, Bothy Band) and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill (Skara Brae). All of the members are extremely highly regarded as influential and revered members of the Irish musical community, and all have, in addition to the various bands that they have participated in, produced some excellent solo work. T with the Maggies formed in 2007 to sing at the memorial of Irish musician Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (brother of Tríona and Maighread). All had performed together during their careers, but never as a foursome. They gave their first concerts as a group in 2009, and were invited to perform at the 2009 Irish Global Economic Forum. They were also commissioned by playwright Sam Shepard to record the folk song Two Sisters for his play Ages of the Moon. You can find A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá on their 2010 album T with the Maggies, and on the 2011 Readers Digest compilation The Music of Ireland (Disc 2) - Welcome Home. The song appears to be a person begging another to come home and join lives together.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fork it Over: L'il Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers with "Git Yo' Money Up"



Lafayette, Louisiana's Nathan James Williams, Jr., or L'il Nathan, started in zydeco music at the age of 5 playing the rub board in Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Cha's, his father's (Nathan Williams) band. His father later taught him the accordion and drums. L'il Nathan recorded his first CD at the age of 14, playing songs written by his father. He is currently fronting his own band, L'il Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers. You can find this song, Git Yo' Money Up, on their album Face 2 Face - Nate the Great (2015).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Funereal: Aynur Doğan and "Ehmedo"



Today's random tune is something that we've seen described as a Kurdish dirge. Ehmedo is performed by Aynur Doğan, a contemporary Kurdish singer and musician from Turkey. She has released six albums and was featured in the documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul. The version of this song that we have comes from the soundtrack to the documentary (Crossing the Bridge, 2006), though this video is a version I hadn't heard before.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Punching Holes: 8½ Souvenirs and "Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas"



Today's random tune is by 8½ Souvenirs, an Austin band of the 1990s that disbanded about 2000. 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, Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas, is from 8½ Souvenirs' 1995 album Happy Feet. It was originally written and performed by the famous French performer Serge Gainsbourg. Released in 1958, it was his first successful song.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stranger Danger: Kutiman and "Stranger on the Follow"



Our random tune for today is called Stranger on the Follow. It is performed by Kutiman, an Israeli musician, composer, producer and animator who is best known for a viral/audio mashup online album called Thru You and an ongoing series called Thru the City. Born Ophir Kutiel in Jerusalem, Kutiel started piano at the age of six and learned how to play drums and guitar by 14. He moved to Tel Aviv at eighteen to study jazz, where he was introduced to other types of music through college radio. He also met Israeli music artist Sabbo, and was introduced to Afrobeat and funk. In 2003, Kutiman went to Jamaica to research reggae and where he collaborated with Stephen and Damien Marley. He has been nominated for various awards including a Webby, and he won the Vibe Israel & Shorty Story award for outstanding content creator in Israel after the release of his 2016 album 6AM. Stranger on the Follow can be found on that album.

Friday, June 16, 2017

50 Favorites: A YouTube Global Music Playlist



Music from all over the globe. 50 favorites. Where possible, there are official videos or live performances if of broadcast quality. Otherwise it is just the song.

Put it on your TV at parties, or just play in the background. Have fun!

A Beautiful Time of Day: Mercan Dede and "Engewal (Twilight)"



For your listening pleasure, 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, Engewal (Twilight), is from his 2007 CD Nefes (Breath).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fighting Tyranny: Emel Mathlouthi and "Dhalem (Tyrant)"



Our random song today is by Emel Mathlouthi, a Tunisian singer-songwriter who penned and recorded two songs, Ya Tounes Ya Meskina and Kelmti Horra, that became anthems for the Tunisian Revolution. She began writing songs as a student, but became frustrated by the lack of opportunities and the political apathy of her classmates. Eventually she moved to Paris after the Tunisian government banned her songs from radio and television. However, bootleg copies of her performances in France circulated through Tunisia, and her songs had an impact on the 2010 uprising against the government. You can find this song, Dhalem (Tyrant) on her debut album, Kelmti Horra, released in 2012 to critical acclaim.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Where Mini Me Lives: Aromates and "Minimaroc (Minimorocco)"



Some classical Andalusian music today for our random tune. Minimaroc (Minimorocco) is by the Aromates, a French ensemble Aromates led by percussionist Michèle Claude. The ensemble fuses the ancient and contemporary, uses old and new instruments, and explores into gypsy and Cuban rhythms and jazz in its music. Its first album, Jardin des Myrtes (Garden of Myrtles - 2005), features traditional Arab-Andalusian songs played by the musicians on traditional instruments. The music takes you straight back to an Umayyad court in Spain - you might even be in the presence of the Caliph himself. Minimaroc (Minimorocco) can be found on Jardin des Myrtes (2005). Because it's the last track, it appears to be two songs, one a hidden track. The first tune ends at about 2:30 and the second one begins at about 3:48.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tattooing a Fly Would Be Tough: Tatu Fly? and "In This Room"



The Turkish psychedelic artist Tatu Fly? brings us the random song for today, called In This Room. I couldn't find much about Tatu Fly? other than that he is the musician Mehmet Fırıl, and that he wrote a number of songs between 2001 and 2006. Of those songs, In This Room has been featured on many compilation albums, including the Cafe Istanbul (2010) collection prepared by British label Union Square Music, Dubai - Suite n ° 32 (2013), and on the collection where I found it called İstanbul Calling Ethnic-Electronic Vol.2 (2006).

Monday, June 12, 2017

If You Want to Party, He's There: Chris Ardoin and "Rock Wit'Ya"



Today's random song, Rock Wit'Ya, is an example of what is being called nouveau zydeco, which fuses traditional zydeco with other styles such as reggae, hip hop and R&B. The performing artist, Chris Ardoin, is a musical prodigy who was one of the developers of nouveau zydeco. He is from a Lake Charles, Louisiana family steeped in zydeco music performance, and Ardoin grew up listening to zydeco music throughout his early life until his teens. He started playing accordion at the age of two and formed his first band at the age of ten. The band was originally called DoubleClutchin' but in 2005 Ardoin renamed his band NuStep. Rock Wit'Ya is from his 2015 album Zydeko Fever.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Don't Let the Bulb Burn Out: Michael Lee and "Shine in Love"



Gotta little sugar for you today. Our random song is called Shine in Love by Michael Lee. I can't find much information on Michael Lee, possibly because it's a common name for a lot of people. So, you'll just have to enjoy this romantic song that apparently gets used in weddings. We found Shine in Love on the 2007 various artists compilation the World of 96.1 FM.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hindu Physics: Todd Michaelson and "Sita's String Theory"



From the soundtrack to a movie comes today's random tune, called Sita's String Theory. The song is from the film Sita Sings the Blues, an animated feature written, drawn produced and directed by Nina Paley. The film juxtaposes in parallel the plot of the story of Rama and Sita in the Ramayana with her own marriage and relationship. The film has garnered some controversy among some Hindu believers because of its unorthodox portrayal of Rama. Sita's String Theory was written and performed by singer-composer Todd Michaelson, on whom I cannot find much information. If you are interested in the film, which uses music from old Annette Hanshaw recordings as well as original music, you can download it for free at Paley's website.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Get the Popcorn: Charanga Cakewalk and "El Cine"



El Cine is by Charanga Cakewalk, which is the brainchild of Michael Ramos, 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. El Cine is from his 2006 album Chicano Zen.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fun Percussion: Flamingods and "Vimana"



Today's tune is called Vimana, and is performed by Flamingods, a five piece instrumental band formed in Bahrain in 2009 and currently based both Bahrain and the United Kingdom. Using an extensive collection of instruments from various countries such as Tanzania, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Nepal, Flamingods explore and experiment with influences from a variety of cultures. The band started as a series of jam and solo recordings in Kamal Rasool's bedroom in Bahrain, and eventually became a full-fledged band in the United Kingdom when, at the ATP Festival the initial members of the band got together to jam and eventually 60 people joined in playing everything in a small house that could make noise. From the beginning, along with experimenting with different cultures the band also played with different genres, and were inspired by experimental, pop, rock and psychedelic acts the band members had seen. Vimana can be found on the Flamingods 2014 album Hyperborea.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Did She Listen: Ted Herold and "Little Linda"



Today's song is a blast from the past. Little Linda is sung by Ted Herold, a German schlager singer who, in the early 1960s made catchy pop and rock tunes modeled after American music, as well as singing the sentimental German ballads associated with schlager music. He was initially billed as "the German Elvis" and almost exclusively sang Elvis Presley songs in German from the start of his career in 1959 until 1960. Little Linda was released as a single in 1961, with a B-side of Sie war all sein Glück (She Was All of His Happiness).

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's Your Gambit: Petite Noir and "Chess"



Petite Noir, also known as Yannick Ilunga, brings us the random tune for today. A Belgian-born, Congolese singer, songwriter and producer living in Cape Town, South Africa, Petite Noir made his musical debut as one-half of the music duo Popskarr (2009-2012) and is part of the music collective Capital of Cool. His solo work has been praised by Pitchfork Media as "seamless, subtle and lithe and luminously sexy" and he has performed with live artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Killer Mike. He was also featured on American hip-hop artist Danny Brown's album Atrocity Exhibition. This song, Chess, can be found on Petite Noir's 2015 EP The King of Anxiety.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Togetherness: Bombino and "Tigrawahi Tikma (Bring Us Together)"



Today's song is by Omar "Bombino" Moctar, who usually goes by his stage name of Bombino. An acclaimed Tuareg guitarist from Niger, he sings in Tamashek and his music usually addresses Tuareg political concerns. Bombino taught himself to play guitar while living in exile in Algeria during the Tuareg Rebellion in 1990. He later studied with Tuareg guitarist Haja Bebe, who asked him to join his band and gave him the nickname Bombino, which is a version of the Italian "bambino" or little boy. Bombino soaked in videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler to learn their styles while working as a sheepherder and musician near Tripoli, Libya as a teen, and he also spent time living in Burkino Faso where he came to the attention of filmmaker Ron Wyman, who encouraged him to record a proper album. Bombino returned to Niger in 2010 and recorded his debut album there. The success of the album gained him attention from other musicians such as Robert Plant, Amadou & Mariam and Gogol Bordello, and his second album was produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. This song, Tigrawahi Tikma (Bring Us Together) is from his 2011 debut album Agadez.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Spreading the Love: MC Yogi and "Krishna Love"



Our random tune today is by MC Yogi, a Bay Area hip hop artist and yogi who promotes themes of Hindu religion and philosophy in hip hop whose real name is Nicolas Giacomini. Giacomini began rapping at 13 and, while living in home for at-risk children at age 17, he became a practitioner of yoga after his father took it up. His songs are often bhajans, or devotional songs, celebrating one or another of the Hindu deities. At other times, he provides interesting history lessons on the lives of important historical figures within Hinduism, such as Gandhi. Even when he is doing nothing but beatboxing, his songs can sound like mantras or prayers. This song, Krishna Love, is a devotional to the Hindu god of love and compassion and can be found on MC Yogi's 2008 album Elephant Power.  The video has various iconography of Krishna.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Blessings Bestowed: Nawal and "Narizambe"



The random tune for today is brought to you by Nawal, a musician from Comoros. Nawal takes the traditional music of Comoros and incorporates influences from African and Arabic traditions. She sings in Comorian, French, Arabic and English, and she is a multi-instrumentalist. Nawal is one of the first women from her country to take the international stage and she is known today as "The Voice of Comoros." This song, Narizambe (We Must Say It), is from her 2007 album Aman.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Not a Baby: Salif Keita and "Baba"



Salif Keita performs today's random song, called Baba. Salif Keita is an albino afro-pop singer from Mali known as "the golden voice of Africa" and a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire. Cast out by his family because of his albinism (a sign of bad luck in his culture) he moved to Bamako where he joined the renowned Super Rail Band de Bamako and then the famous Les Ambassadeurs. He moved to Paris in 1994 to reach a wider audience. In his music, he combines traditional West African styles with influences from Europe and the Americas, and uses a variety of African traditional instrumentation along with more modern instruments. He has since returned to Mali where he continues to make music and has released critically acclaimed albums. Baba can be found on his 2002 album Moffou.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

More than Peeps: Nitin Sawhney and "Koyal (Songbird)"



As we move into June, the sounds of songbirds are in the air. Koyal (Songbird) is by Nitin Sawhney, a British Indian musician, producer and composer. Combining Asian and other themes with jazz and electronica, he explores themes of multiculturalism, politics and spirituality. As a child, Sawhney studied piano, classical and flamenco guitar and tabla. After meeting up with acid-jazz keyboardist James Taylor and joining his quartet, he also began working with tabla player Talvin Singh and formed the Tihai Trio. After dropping out of school, Sawhney formed the comedy group The Secret Asians with friend Sanjeev Bhaskar and developed the award winning BBC comedy show Goodness Gracious Me. After, he refocused on music and released his debut album in 1993. He has released nine albums, has contributed scores for stage, screen, television and video games, and has remixed a wide variety of artists including Sting, Jeff Beck and Paul McCartney. Koyal (Songbird) can be found on Sawhney's 2005 album Philtre, and on the 2005 various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: Asian Lounge.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Redefining the Goal in Tango: Gotan Project and "La Gloria"



The random tune for today is by the Gotan Project. La Gloria is from their album Tango 3.0 (2010). Gotan Project, formed in 1999, is based in Paris and their music uses tango as a base but also incorporates samples, beats and breaks. Their name is a play on a famous tango compilation album called Tango Project released in 1982. The band's songs have been used in American film and television, and the band itself appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2012. The band has released three studio albums, a couple of live albums, and has been included on many compilations. The official video for La Gloria has the song at 3 minutes 12 seconds, though the version we have on iTunes is about 30 seconds longer. The song features an extended vocal by Uruguayan, Argentina-based football announcer Victor Hugo Morales, who mentions all band members by name and finishes with a long GOOOOOOOOOOOTAAAAN!!! instead of his trademark GOOOOAAAAALLLLL!!!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

It Is Common Sense to Listen: The Young'Uns and "Tom Paine's Bones"



British folk group The Young'Uns bring us today's random tune, called Tom Paine's Bones. Specializing in unaccompanied singing, The Young'Uns perform both traditional and modern music. The group met as teenagers and while doing underage drinking in pubs they discovered a mutual love of folk music. Eventually, they were asked to sing there by a guy who wanted to hear from "the young'uns," and they sang a sea shanty they knew. Tom Paine's Bones can be found on their 2015 album Another Man's Ground.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Take Wing: Rahim Alhaj and "Fly Away"



Iraqi musician Rahim AlHaj, who originally came to Albuquerque as a refugee, brings us the random tune for today. Rahim Alhaj is an oud player and composer. 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. Resettled in Albuquerque, he was told to report to a job. As an oud master, he assumed that he would be teaching music, and asked where the job was. "McDonalds," he was told. We think he was better off staying with his first love, music. He combines traditional Iraqi maqams with contemporary stylings and influences. This song, Fly Away, can be found on his 2013 album Journey.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Nocturnal Wanderings: The Afro Celt Sound System and "Even in My Dreams"



Our song today is called Even in My Dreams. The song is by The Afro Celt Sound System, which fuses modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African songs. 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. Even in My Dreams can be found on their 1999 release Volume 2: Release.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Seductress: Värttinä and "Lumotar / The Enchantress"



Värttinä performs today's random tune, called Lumotar / The Enchantress. Värttinä is a Finnish folk group founded in 1983 by sisters Sari and Mari Kaasinen, who had performed together reading poetry in the 1970s. In 1983, the sisters entered a youth arts contest with their poetry reading. They made it into the finals that first year. The next year they decided to refocus on singing and they won the event. They brought on some male members in 1985 and entered the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, becoming known as the group that sings high and loud. Many children in their hometown were now eager to join the band, and finally Värttinä had to establish a new group for the youngest children to join. In 1987, at the Kaustinen Folk Music Festival, they were chosen "Ensemble of the Year," and in 1988 they released their first album. In the early 1990s, they moved to Helsinki and began training at the Sibelius Academy and perfecting their skills. The band first performed traditional Finnish folk songs, but in the mid-1990s began playing its own original compositions. Over the years the band has had many forms and lineup changes, and is currently made up of three female vocalists and three acoustic musicians. They have performed worldwide to international acclaim and have released 14 albums, including 3 compilation albums and one live CD. You can find Lumotar / The Enchantress on their 2012 album Miero.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Foot Street: Maldita Vecindad and "Fut Callejero (Pura Diversión)"



Our random tune for today is brought to you by Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio, a Mexican rock band. Often known simply as Maldita, or Maldita Vecindad (the Damned Neighborhood), they one of the most influential bands in Mexico and are known as pioneers of rock en español. They have a sound that draws upon many influences, including ska, rock, and traditional Cuban styles such as bolero and son, and is also drawn from their urban and working class origins. You can find this song, Fut Callejero (Pura Diversión), on the compilation album Nacional Card 2010 and on the 2011 compilation Rock Mundial.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hush and Sleep: Mariana Sadovska and "Three Lullabies"



The song for today is by Germany-based Ukrainian actress, singer, musician, composer and recording artist Mariana Sadovska. 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. This song, Three Lullabies, is from her 2001 debut CD Songs I Learned in Ukraine.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Rain Knows You Don't Walk Alone: Los Amigos Invisibles and "La Lluvia Sabe Que no Andas Sola"



Today's random tune, La Lluvia Sabe Que No Andas Sola is by Los Amigos Invisibles of Venezuela. Known for their blend of disco, acid jazz and funk mixed with Latin rhythms, the band was formed in 1991 in Caracas. Los Amigos Invisibles gained the attention of David Byrne's Luaka Bop label after they discovered a CD that the band had surreptitiously planted in a New York City record store, and Luaka Bop released the band's second album in 1996 which garnered many positive reviews. Their third album received a Grammy nomination as Best Latin Alternative album, and with it's success the band relocated to New York City permanently, eventually starting their own label. La Lluvia Sabe Que No Andas Sola is from their 2011 album Not So Commercial, which is a Grammy nominated EP of outtakes from their hit 2009 album Commercial.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sounds Like a Fun Place: Capercaillie and "Finlay's"



Funky? Scottish? Capercaille brings the funk to a Celtic tune! 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. This song, Finlays, is from their 1997 album Beautiful Wasteland, and this version of the song is from their 2002 Live in Concert album (they end this version of Finlays with a snippet of Puirt a Beul, a song from their 1987 album Crosswinds). BTW: This is the band that started my long foray into world music after I saw them in the early stages of their career at Milwaukee's Irish festival in the late 1980s.

Monday, May 22, 2017

What's Spanish for Choogling: Los Lonely Boys and "Born on the Bayou"



A classic cover of a classic recording is our random tune today. Los Lonely Boys brings us Creedence Clearwater Revival's Born on the Bayou. An American Chicano band born in Nashville but located in San Angelo, Texas, Los Lonely Boys combine rock and roll, Texas blues, brown-eyed soul, country and Tejano music into a melange they call "Texican Rock 'n Roll." They are Grammy-winners for their 2005 song Heaven. You can find Born on the Bayou on the 2016 tribute album Quiero Creedence.