Sunday, December 31, 2017

It Must Be Lovely: Hapa and "Manoa, in the Rain"



Hapa plays our random tune for today, called Manoa, in the Rain. Hapa means "half," and refers to the fact that one of the members, Barry Flanagan, is a white guy from New Jersey who is currently working with Hawaii natives Kapono Nāʻiliʻili, Tarvin Edwin Lono Makia, and Radasha Ho`ohuli. Flanagan has been a consistent 30 year member of the duo. He started out partnering with Keli'i Ho'omalu Kaneali'i. Following Kaneali'i, Flanagan teamed with Nathan Aweau, who eventually left for a solo career. Flanagan then partnered with Hawaiian chanter Charles Ka'upu, who described Hapa's goal as helping revive the Polynesian language and to totally change the way the world perceives Hawaiian music. Unfortunately, Ka'upu died suddenly and unexpectedly in his early 50s in 2011. In its new incarnation Hapa continues to draw from jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass, Latin, flamenco, rock, Irish music and slam poetry as well as traditional Hawaiian music. Hapa's debut CD in 1995 became the biggest selling album ever by a Hawaiian group, and they have since released eight albums. Manoa, in the Rain, can be found on Hapa's 2002 album In the Name of Love.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Making Tortillas: Tish Hinojosa and "Las Marias"



Our random tune for today is by Tish Hinojosa, a south Texas Mexican-American singer-songwriter originally from San Antonio. Hinojosa sings traditional Mexican folksongs and her own compositions in both Spanish and English. She accompanies herself on guitar, playing right-handed even though she is naturally left-handed. This song, Las Marias, can be found on her 1995 album Frontejas.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

He Is: Fela Ransome Kuti and the Highlife Rakers with "Fela's Special"



Today's random song is an early tune by an African and music legend, Fela Ransom Kuti, accompanied by The Highlife Rakers. A Nigerian musician and composer who played many instruments, Fela Kuti was a pioneer of Afrobeat. In 1958, Kuti was sent to London to study medicine, but decided to study music instead and formed his first band, the Koola Lobitos, who fused jazz and highlife music. After five years in London, he moved back to Nigera and reformed the Koola Lobitos but after a while, he decided to move to Ghana to try a different direction. It was in Ghana that he first started playing what would be called Afrobeat, a unique fusion of jazz, funk, highlife, psychedelia and traditional chants and rhythms of West Africa. In 1969, he spent 10 months in Los Angeles where he became acquainted with the Black Power movement, and this experience would influence his future music, as well as drive his human rights and political activities. He became not only a revered musician, but a political figure as well. He frequently decried Nigerian political corruption and mistreatment of Nigerian citizens and consequently was arrested over 200 times. Personally, he also believed in polygamy as part of a greater African culture, and participation in this practice may have led to his contraction of HIV/AIDS which was his official cause of death in 1997, although his exact cause of death remains controversial. His funeral featured a five-sided glass coffin for full public viewing. His music has since undergone a revival, helped by the Broadway musical Fela! which was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, and an annual Felabration festival in Lagos. You can find this song, Fela's Special, on the 2015 various artists retrospective Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954-66, issued by Soundway Records.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Don't Jump on the Bed: Asheba and "No More Monkeys"



We have fun little song today, but don't jump on the bed to it! No More Monkeys is performed by Asheba, a musician who according to his website, strives "to encourage hope and happiness in children of all ages, abilities and background." Originally from Trinidad and now based in Oakland, California, he tells stories of hope and happiness through his music which is inspired by the musical and folkloric tradition of his homeland's calypso. He performs original lullabies as well as uptempo remakes of classic children's songs such as Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. You can find No More Monkeys on his 2004 CD of the same name, and on the 2015 Putumayo various artists release Animal Playground.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Not Gypped by Gypsy Jazz: 8½ Souvenirs and "Souvonica"



Our random tune for today is by 8½ Souvenirs, an Austin band of the 1990s that disbanded about 2000. While called an American swing jazz band, this group led by French-turned-American lead guitarist Olivier Giraud 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, Souvonica, is from 8½ Souvenirs' 1997 album of the same name.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Dance Lobby: WAI and "He Kanikani Mahau"



Today's random song is called He Kanikani Mahau, and is performed by New Zealand band WAI. WAI was started in 1999 by Mina Ripia and Maaka McGregor, and they released their debut album in 2000. They were immediately hailed in New Zealand and beyond as groundbreaking and bringing a new sound to music from the Pacific Rim. In 2007, the duo went on hiatus to focus respectively on having a family and to work on new songs for an album. They have since evolved into a five piece outfit that sings in Maori, and uses traditional Maori music as a base to create what they call Maori electronica roots world music which also is infused with jungle, funk, reggae, hip-hop and deep house. You can find He Kanikani Mahau on their 2000 debut release, WAI 100%.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Shredding the Kora: Prince Diabaté and "Sabou"



A very happy Christmas to you today. Prince Diabaté performs today's song called Sabou. A griot from Guinea in West Africa, Diabaté's father was a kora player who broke tradition and also taught Diabaté's mother to play. Prince Diabaté gained proficiency by accompanying his parents to their concerts. He 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. Sabou can be found on his 2006 album Djerelon.

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Respect the Spider: Bjornemyr and "Iktomi, The Teacher of Wisdom"



Today's random tune is called Iktomi, The Teacher of Wisdom. It is a song in the style of Native American flute playing by Bjornemyr. We can't find much information on Bjornemyr other than it is the name of a Norwegian village, so we'll tell you a little about Iktomi. A spider-trickster spirit of the various Sioux peoples (Lakota, Dakota and Nakota) who can take human form, Iktomi is one of those troublesome spirits that can teach humanity as well as cause it trouble. One should avoid his gaze, so that trouble does not find one. The tales of his misbehavior are often humorous, ribald, and occasionally violent. However, he also seems to be a spirit that makes ways of communication easier, and his spider's webs, which in legend are supposed to cover the land, have been interpreted by some as the web of modern communications. You can find Iktomi,The Teacher of Wisdom on the 2009 album The World of Indian Spirits.

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pretty Rain: Camille and "Jolie Bruine"



Today's random song is by French singer Camille Dalmais, who performs under her first name. Born and raised in Paris, she is the daughter of an English teacher and speaks both fluent English and French. She developed an early interest in bossa nova music and studied literature at the Lycée International de Saint Germain-en-Laye, a prestigious French school. Camille began performing in Paris jazz clubs in the early 2000s, and was signed to her first record label contract in 2002 and released her first album that same year. In 2004 she started working with the band Nouvelle Vague, which combines new wave and bossa nova, as well as continuing her solo career. She has released six studio albums and one live album, and has appeared as a guest on many other albums. She is also an actress, appearing in six films and performing the opening song, Le Festin, for the animated film Ratatouille (2007). This song, Jolie Bruine, can be found on her 2006 album Le Fil.

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Lost Youth: Moya Brennan and "Gone Are The Days"



Our random tune for today is sung by Moya Brennan. A native to Ireland, Brennan comes from a musical family (one of her sisters, Eithne, is better known as the singer Enya) and the family's band Clannad have been credited with creating the contemporary Celtic sound. Brennan is the eldest of the siblings, and started her own solo career in 1992. She is often classified as Celtic or New Age, though she feels uncomfortable with the New Age label as her music often has Christian themes. She has recorded 25 solo albums, her music has been featured in film, and she has collaborated with numerous other musicians in a variety of genres. She has also been very candid about her life - in her autobiography The Other Side of the Rainbow she recounts her upbringing in her family and her struggles with alcohol, drugs and an abortion which made her reevaluate her life and become a committed Christian. To help others with similar problems, she has given much to philanthropic endeavors and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Christian Blind Mission. This song, Gone Are The Days, can be found on her album Signature (2006) and on her 2011 live album Heart Strings. The song seems to be an ode to lost youth.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Are You Sure: Carolyn Penley & The Shantones with "That's All You Gotta Do"



We really don't know what to say about this one. There isn't any information on the artist or the song, though one person online speculates that Carolyn Penley is the daughter of Asheville bluegrass and country musician Rex Penley. The song appears to be sung in a foreign language, though we really don't know. How it ended up in our collection of global tunes is a mystery to us. So, enjoy That's All You Gotta Do from the album True Rockabilly, Vol. 4 (2014).

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hawaii West Side: Kuana Torres Kahele and "Kawaihae"



From Hawaii, our random song for today is called Kawaihae and is performed by Kuana Torres Kahele, a Hawaiian musician, vocalist, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and educator. While he does traditional Hawaiian music, he is more well known for his original compositions which he performs on a variety of instruments such as ukelele, guitar, ipu (a percussion instrument made from a gourd) and bass. He is a co-founder of the award winning Hawaiian group Na Palapalai, and released his first solo album in 2012. He has voiced the lead character in the 2014 Pixar short Lava, and he teaches cultural workshops and classes. He operates the Na Lei Lanakila O Ni'ihau halau (hula school) in Hawaii and the Kuana School of Hawaiian Music & Culture in three Japanese cities. The recorded version of Kawaihae can be found on his CD Music for the Hawaiian Islands: Vol. 1 Hawaii Keawe (2014).

We wish a very happy birthday to Mike's sister Pauline today!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Good Riddance: Doves and "There Goes the Fear"


Doves - There Goes The Fear from Chris Sayer on Vimeo.

Today's random tune is by Doves, an English alternative rock band. The core of the group formed as the band Sub Sub in 1991 in Cheshire playing dance-oriented music, but changed their direction to alt-rock when their studio burned down in 1996. They reformed as Doves in 1998. The band went on hiatus in 2010 and one member, Jimi Williams, has released his own solo album. The band itself has put out four studio albums, and there is a fifth album, The Places Between: The Best of Doves, which was released in 2010. This song, There Goes the Fear, was part of their 2002 album The Last Broadcast.

A very happy birthday to Mike's mother Shirley Hess. She turns 86 today!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

I Hope It Was Good: Epiphany Project and "Taliesen's Dream"



Epiphany Project brings us our random tune for today, called Taliesen's Dream. Epiphany Project is a new world folk ensemble that features Bet Williams on vocals, John Hodian on piano and Mal Stein on percussion. They combine unique melodies, world music styles and rhythms, thoughtful lyrics and improvisation to create music that spans time and space. Their goal is to put you in the moment, and to do that they have gathered sacred and secular texts in Aramaic, Sanskrit, Armenian, Farsi, Swahili and Welsh and employ inspiration from Armenian spiritual music, minimalism, Appalachian folk, jazz, qawwali devotional songs, acoustic blues and Tuvan throat singing. You can find Taliesen's Dream on their 2008 album Hin Dagh. The title of the song refers to a great Welsh bard whose work dates to the 6th century CE (AD).

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Shredding Sitar: Ashwin Batish and "Sitharmony"



Today's random global is by Ashwin Batish, an accomplished sitar and tabla player. Originally from Mumbai, India Batish is the son of composer and Bollywood playback singer Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish. Ashwin Batish was a child prodigy who started playing music on the dholak drum, then the tabla at age 10, but he fell in love with the sitar at age 12. He began to learn sitar through lessons taught by his mother and by listening to Ravi Shankar albums. He also learned some guitar and enjoyed playing Western music by The Beatles, Pat Boone, Cliff Richard and others of the 60s era. After joining his father in England, he began to learn North Indian classical music and composition. His training was rigorous, but Ashwin realized he had to study diligently because he found himself uncomfortable playing in front of audiences. Batish moved to the US in 1973 with his father, and played music with him at their family restaurant. In 1986, he released his debut album called Sitar Power #1. A sitar fueled fusion of Indian and Western rock music, it brought him much attention and a recording contract. He currently runs his own record label that focuses on publishing all of his family's music, and he teaches music in Santa Cruz, California at his Batish Institute of Music and Fine Arts. This song, Sitharmony, can be found on his 1986 release Sitar Power #1.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Vocal Tradition: IYASA and "Helele Mama"



Our random tune for today is called Helele Mama, and is performed by IYASA. Short for Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts, IYASA is a Zimbabwe-based award winning performing arts school for youth which was established in 2001. The school uses workshops, classes, projects, training programs and performance to build awareness of and support for the arts in Zimbabwe, and also serves as an incubator for talent in the country in a wide range of fields, including poetry, acting, music, voice, drama, film and other areas. You can find Helele Mama on the 2016 album Best of African Mbube. Mbube is an African vocal genre which is commonly associated with the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and was originally developed in coal mines by young Zulu men. It is characterized by a strong four part a cappella vocal harmony with dancing.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Dr. King Might Have Approved: Mighty Sparrow and "Death of Martin Luther King"



It's hard to come up with an upbeat song about an assassination, but Mighty Sparrow did it in our random tune for today, called Death of Martin Luther King. Born in 1935, Slinger Francisco aka Mighty Sparrow is one of the giants of calypso music, and for his lifetime of work has received the highest order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and also was made a officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. He is also known as the Calypso King of the World. Born in Grenada, he moved to Trinidad and Tobago as a small child and initially his love of calypso was thwarted while in Catholic school, where he sang in choir. As a teenager, he joined a steel band, and earned the name Little Sparrow during his early music career for his energetic performances. He later changed his performing name to Mighty Sparrow, and in 1956 he won his first Calypso King competition (he is a multiple winner). He was also a social activist - because he received so little for winning the Calypso King competition, he organized other musicians to boycott Carnival and he claimed to have succeeded in making conditions better for Trinidadian musicians. He also was able to take advantage of calypso's brief popularity, coinciding with Harry Belafonte's Calypso album, in the rest of the world. In the late 70s and 80s, calypso began to be eclipsed by soca, and Mighty Sparrow began performing hybrid music by mixing calypso, soca and local music called chutney. His style is described as witty, ironic and ribald, and he frequently comments on political and social issues, as well as themes of peace, tolerance and concern for the poor. You can find Death of Martin Luther King on his 2001 album Corruption.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blue Skies Leave You Smiling: Vintage Culture & Santti Remix Charlie Brown, Jr.'s "Céu Azul"



Vintage Culture and Santti remix a Charlie Brown Jr. song called Céu Azul for our upbeat random song for the day. Vintage Culture is the performing name of Brazilian DJ Lukas Ruiz, who works in electronic and house music. Born in Paraguay, he was raised in Brazil. He was immersed as a child in the electronic music of the 80s, and after some brief studies in law school he dropped out to devote himself full time to music. With only a small computer, he began remixing songs, and he released his first remix on Soundcloud, a remix of a New Order song. He began DJing and performing in 2013, and fairly rapidly began to get a following. In two short years he made a world tour of countries such as Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Ireland, Spain and Belgium, and has since toured and played many other countries. I can't find much information on Santti. Céu Azul can be found on Vintage Culture's first full length album, Vintage Culture & Friends, released in 2017.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Oath: Oumar Konaté and "Allahidou"



Malian guitar master Oumar Konaté brings us today's random tune. 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. This song, Allahidou (The Oath), can be found on his 2014 CD Addoh.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Beauty: Gjallarhorn and "Hymn"



Today's random tune is from Swedish-Finnish band Gjallarhorn. Gjallarhorn was formed in 1994 in a Swedish-speaking portion of Finland and performs world music based in the folk music and traditions of that region. As such, their music tends to be Swedish in nature, but based in acoustic folk music unique to the Ostrobothnian area. Gjallorhorn is also known for their use of the hardanger fiddle, an eight or nine string violin (as compared to four strings on a standard violin), and lead singer Jenny Wilhelm's singing technique called kulning, a technique based on Scandinavian cattle herding calls consisting of high pitched wordless tones designed to be heard over long distances. The band's name derives from the name of the horn of the Norse god Heimdallr, who blows the Gjallarhorn signaling the last battle of the Norse gods. This song, Hymn, can be found on their 2006 release Rimfaxe.  (Note: even though it looks like it won't work, the video does work if you hit play).

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Rapping Janitor: Die Fantastichen Vier and "Hausmeister Thomas D."



Die Fantastichen Vier (or Fanta 4), pioneers of German rap and hip hop, bring us the random tune for today called Hausmeister Thomas D. From Stuttgart, Die Fantastichen Vier was formed in the 1980s. They were one of the first groups to rap in the German language, and charted the first German rap hit in 1992. The group went to Los Angeles in the late 1980s for inspiration, but quickly realized that there was little in common between the experience of poor African-Americans in the US, whose circumstances fueled the creativity in the US rap and hip hop scene, and that of middle-class Germans. They moved away from gangsta rap influences to create a more German style which was often more serious and philosophical. The group has released 17 albums and 32 singles. Hausmeister Thomas D., referring to member Thomas Dürr who also calls himself the "janitor" ("hausmeister" is janitor in German), can be found on the group's 1991 debut album Jetzt Geht's Ab, and on their best hits compilation Best of 1990-2005 (2005). You will recognize the bass sample that they rap over from the Commodores' 1977 hit Brick House.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Tell Me Why: Amina and "Dis-Moi Pourquoi"



Today's song is by French-Tunisian singer-songwriter Amina Annabi, who is best known for finishing second in the 1991 Eurovision Song Contest. Her family was involved in setting up the Tunisian Tabarka Music Festival, and so at an early age Annabi was introduced to music through concerts by Joan Baez, James Brown and Algerian singer Warda. She also became friends with Senegalese star Wasis Diop. She formed her own group, but in 1982 she went solo, as well as developing a relationship with producer Martin Meissonnier of the French radio station Radio Nova. She won a music contest in 1983 with an Arabic-influenced rap song called Shehérazade, and began performing in Paris. She eventually married Messonier and had a daughter. She has recorded five solo albums and has released a number of singles, and she has also acted in 15 movies. You can find this song, Dis-Moi Pourquoi, on her 2001 album Nomad, on her 2002 album Le Best of, and on the Putumayo various artists compilation North African Groove (2005).

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Drumming and Dancing: Nii Okai Tagoe and "Oh Nu Kpa"



Ghanaian percussionist and dancer Nii Okai Tagoe performs the random tune for today, called Oh Nu Kpa. Tagoe was born into a family of master drummers and dancers in Accra, Ghana and eventually moved to London where he was principal performer and teacher for Adidzo Dance Ensemble. With the ensemble he traveled and toured around Africa, watching and learning other forms of African dance and music. He eventually formed Frititi, a London-based performing arts company whose name is the word for "ancient" in Ghana. He was the choreographer for Peter Gabriel's floor show at the London Millenium Dome, as well as two enthronements of Archbishop of Canterbury and a performance for the Pope. He has released two albums. Oh Nu Kpa is off his second album, West to West (2016).

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Don't Kick Me There: !DelaDap and "Le Shin"



Today's random tune is by !DelaDap. From Austria, !DelaDap is a music project by Prague producer Stani Vana that began with an international cast of musicians that fused Roma music with jazz, electronica and pop. As of 2012, they have turned more toward urban pop music with elements of club and global folklore. This song, Le Shin, can be found on their 2006 album Dela Paji and on the 2008 compilation Putumayo Presents: Euro Groove.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Eating the Bread of Sorrow: Bob Marley and the Wailers with "Guiltiness"



The legendary Bob Marley and the Wailers perform today's random tune, called Guiltiness. Bob Marley and the Wailers was a 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. 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. Guiltiness 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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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On the Dhol: Ryan Singh and "Margaye Kutiye"



Our random tune for today is sung by Ryan Singh, and is called Margaye Kutiye. Unfortunately, I can't find much information on Ryan Singh. You can find Margaye Kutiye, a fun, bhangra-style song, on his 2006 album Dholicious.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Necking: Shri featuring Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band with "Neck to Neck"



Shrikanth Sriram (who performs under the name Shri), with his guests the Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band, brings us today's random tune, called Neck to Neck. A British-Indian acoustic, electric and computer-based musician, Shri delivers eclectic live performances that also features traditional Indian instrumentation. Shri grew up learning classical Indian music on tabla in Mumbai, but tired of its rigid structure and taught himself how to play bass, guitar and flute. Today his trademark instrument is a self-designed fretless bass guitar that he plays with a bow. After working with rock bands in India, he moved to London in the 1990s where he worked with such musicians and producers as Nitin Sawhney, Talvin Singh and DJ Badmarsh. After touring five years with Sawhney, he released his own debut album in 1997. Since then he has released 15 albums, both solo and as part of the electronic trip-hop duo Badmarsh and Shri. You can find Neck to Neck on his 2015 album Just a Vibration. The song includes the Yorkshire-based and award-winning Hammonds Saltaire Brass Band.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Song of a Drifter: Värttinä and "Päivän Nousu Nostajani"



Today's random song is by Värttinä. 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 this song, Päivän Nousu Nostajani, on their 1998 album Vihma.

The song's lyrics are:

Where can I go, poor drifter in this world?
Where will my song take me, child that I am?

Evening is my father and dusk is my nurse;
the dark night is my keeper and dawn my rouser.

I have nothing but the wind to rely on.
I shall keep my hands from play and close my mouth to song.

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, December 3, 2017

Romance of Desperation: Charanga Cakewalk and "Romanticos Desesperados"



Romanticos Desesperados is today's random tune and is performed by Charanga Cakewalk, which is the brainchild of Michael Ramos. Ramos is 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. Romanticos Desesperados is from his 2004 album Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fool Me Once: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys with "Je Suis Pas un Couillon"



Our random tune for today is by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, a Cajun Louisiana band 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. This song, Je Suis Pas un Couillon (I am not a Fool) can be found on the 1998 album Bayou Ruler, on the 2009 album Live From Breaux Bridge, Pt. 2 and on the compilation album The Best of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (2008).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Reel 'Em In: Samuel Le Hénanff and "Reels"



Today's random tune is by Samuel Le Hénanff, who is recognized as one of the best diatonic accordionists of his generation. Hénanff is from Brittany and is steeped in the Breton language and music. Conscious of preserving the music of his region and culture, he studies musicology and is engaged in collecting music to preserve and record. He performs solo, in a duo and in a trio. You can find this song, Reels, on his 2009 album Accordion Diatonique.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Must be Uncomfortable: Sver and "Måsså ti Nåsså"



Our random tune for today is by five-piece Norwegian band Sver. With two fiddlers, a guitarist, a percussionist and a two-row accordionist, Sver was founded in 2008 as an instrumental band. They perform their own compositions and while their music is based in folk, they approach it with a rock style. This song, Måsså ti Nåsså (Moss in the Nose), can be found on their 2015 album Fryd.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Good Manifesto: Sol y Canto and "Manifiesto"



Our random tune for today is by Sol y Canto, a pan-Latin group led by Puerto Rican-Argentine singer and bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist and composer Brian Amador. The group includes musicians from Uruguay, Panama, Peru and Argentina. Formed in 1994, the band delivers unique compositions and sometimes quirky interpretations of Latin music. They have won a "Best of Boston" music award, and Brian Amador was the first Latino to be chosen by Boston's Celebrity Series to compose a Latin orchestral suite. The band seeks to connect Hispanic and non-Hispanic audiences in music, poetry, humor and playfulness. This song, Manifiesto, is from their 2008 CD Cada Día un Regalo.

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, November 28, 2017

Apian Music: Aza and "Tazwit"



Today's random tune is by Aza, a band based in Santa Cruz, California that was started by Fattah Abbou and Mohamed Aoualou, Berber musicians originally from Morocco. The band melds traditional Tamazight music with other global influences, creating a unique sound very evocative of Sahara blues. The group also works to highlight and educate people about Imazighen (Berber) culture. You can find this song, Tazwit (The Bee), on their 2013 CD Tayuga.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Leaving: The Perunika Trio and "Proshtavay, Mamo"



The Perunika Trio, a Bulgarian group based in the United Kingdom, brings us the random tune for today called Proshtavay, Mamo (Farewell, Mother). The group incorporates Bulgarian, Macedonian and Russian traditional music along with Orthodox chants into a broader Slavic framework. The result is a highly spiritual music based on Bulgarian folk that fuses a rich history of influences, from Slavonic Orthodoxy to Ottoman rule to even paganism. You can find Proshtavay, Mamo on their 2012 album A Bright Star has Risen.

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, November 26, 2017

Almost Sounds Spanish: The Chieftains and "Lily Bolero/The White Cockade"



Today's tune is by The Chieftains, an Irish ensemble formed in Dublin in 1962 and who developed their music primarily around the distinctive sound of the uileann pipes. They took their name from the title of a novel by Irish author John Montague. Besides releasing several critically acclaimed albums, they are just as well known for their collaborations with such artists as Van Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Sinead O'Connor and Roger Daltry. They have released 44 albums. This song, Lily Bolero/The White Cockade, is from their 1992 album An Irish Evening.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Round Sun: Maria Ines Ochoa and "Sol Redondo"



Our random song today, Sol Redondo, is performed by Mexican singer and songwriter Maria Ines Ochoa. The daughter of famous Mexican singer-songwriter Amparo Ochoa, she is currently singing with La Rumorosa, one of the more interesting Latin-American bands to emerge in the past year. Ochoa was born in Culiacan, Sinaloa and first studied ballet but by 14 was singing in contests and festivals around Latin America and later in Europe. She became a professional singer in 2001 and while based in traditional Mexican music, in her new band she also has branched into fusion with other styles. Sol Redondo can be found on her 2007 album Identidades.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Dark and Mysterious: Gitanosoy and "Gipsy Dance"



Our random tune for today is by Gitanosoy and is called Gipsy Dance. I can't find much about Gitanosoy, but I believe that the band is related in some way to the Gipsy Kings in terms of at least one of its personnel, and they are apparently based in Spain and France. Gipsy Dance can be found on Gitanosoy's 1996 album of the same name.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Come With Me: DeVotchKa and "Viens Avec Moi"



Our random tune for today is performed by DeVotchKa, a Denver-based 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, Viens Avec Moi, is on their 2004 CD How It Ends. The song is an entreaty by one person to take a companion to a beautiful place on a mountain.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Like a Snake: MC Yogi and "Shedding Skin"



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, Shedding Skin, can be found on MC Yogi's 2012 album Pilgrimage.

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, November 21, 2017

A Raï of Sunshine: Kadda Cherif Hadria and "Mandanitche"



Kadda Cherif Hadria brings us the random tune for today, called Mandanitche. We couldn't find much information on the artist, other than that he is from Algeria and sings a more traditional type of raï than some of practitioners of the newer, more pop-oriented raï styles. Mandanitche can be found on his 1997 CD Diri Kitabri, and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: From Cairo to Casablanca (1998).

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Up Ship's Creek: Forro in the Dark and "Riacho do Navio"



Forro in the Dark brings us the random tune for today. A band from New York City made up of Brazilian expatriates, Forro in the Dark was formed in 2002 after a birthday celebration jam session at a New York nightclub. They were such a hit they became a weekly fixture and thus came to the attention of David Byrne (former lead singer of the Talking Heads), who collaborated with them on their first album. In their highly infectious music, they combine elements of the Brazilian dance music known as forró with rock, folk, jazz and country. You can find this song, Riacho do Navio, on their 2006 debut album Bonfires of São João. The translation of the song title seems to mean "Ship's Creek."

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, November 19, 2017

Nobody's Perfect: Orhan Gencebay and "Hatasız Kul Olmaz"



Turkish artist Orhan Gencebay bring us the random tune for today, called Hatasız Kul Olmaz. A virtuoso of the bağlama, he is also a singer, composer, arranger, music producer, director and actor. He learned music at a young age, taking violin and mandolin lessons at the age of 6 but at 7 he started learning the bağlama, a stringed musical instrument, and created his first composition at age 10. He also studied the tambur to better learn Turkish classical music. During his teen years, he developed an interest in jazz and rock. His professional start came in radio and television where he was resident bağlama player for the Turkish Radio and Television Network (TRT). In the late 1960s, he began collaborations with a large number of Turkish musicians spanning a wide range of styles and genres, and he also served as music director for many Turkish films. He also helped develop a new genre of Turkish music that fused classical Turkish folk music with western styles and European styles. His releases in this style are often called arabesque, but he has rejected that label as too narrow for his style of music. He is also a prolific actor, having appeared in over 30 films, as well as a composer of over 1000 songs, and he has released 32 solo albums. You can find Hatasız Kul Olmaz on his 1976 album of the same name, and on the various artists compilation and soundtrack to the documentary Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2006). I believe the video is an excerpt from that film.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Pretty Cool: Jaywon and "Kule Lori"



Today's random tune is by Nigerian superstar Jaywon, and features Reminisce and Seriki. The song is called Kule Lori. Singer, songwriter, performer, producer and actor Jaywon was born Iledare Oluwajuwonlo, and is known not only for his music but for establishing Next World Music in 2013. He is also a multiple award winner for his music during his career, which started in 2005 in Lagos. He has released one album and a number of singles. You can find Kule Lori on his 2016 album Oba Orin. He is joined on the song by Nigerian rapper Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, also known as Reminisce, who in 2014 was named by Time Magazine as one of the seven world rappers you should meet. Also featured is another Nigerian rapper, Ibiyemi Seriki, who goes by his last name.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Worse than the Vandals and Vikings Combined: Gaelic Storm and "Girls' Night in Galway"



Gaelic Storm performs today's random song called Girls' Night in Galway. Gaelic Storm is an American Irish band formed in 1997 in Santa Monica, California. They play traditional Irish and Scottish music, as well as original music in the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. Gaelic Storm got a huge break in 1997 when they were cast as the steerage band in the blockbuster movie Titanic. They have burnished their resume by touring aggressively and adding new instrumentation to their ensemble, such as Uileann, Highland and Deger (electronic) bagpipes. Girls' Night in Galway can be found on their 2015 album Matching Sweaters. The song is a warning to those who would be out on the town in Galway when the girls are out and about.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Folk Rock Gold: Trad.Attack! and "Kullakarva"


Our random tune for today is by Trad.Attack!, an innovative band from Estonia that starts from a base of Estonian traditional folk songs and adds modern rock and pop influences as well as looping of past voices in Estonian music and culture. Trad.Attack! is a multi-year multiple winner of the Estonian Music Awards. Formed in 2013, the band has a goal of performing in every country in the world. At last count they were up to 31. You can find this song, Kullakarva (Shimmer Gold), as the title song on their 2017 CD of the same name. Apparently, Bandcamp defaults to another song, so if you want to hear Kullakarva skip ahead to track 12...however, this is a very nice album in its entirety.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

She Loves Him: Nancy Ajram and "Yalla"



Today's random tune is by Nancy Ajram. From Lebanon and born into an Eastern Orthodox tradition in Beirut, she is a singer, multi-platinum recording artist and a three-time winner of the World Music Awards. She is one of the best-selling Middle Eastern artists of all time, with over 30 million records sold worldwide. She began singing at eight years old and soon began participating in contests. After studying music in her early teens, she released a couple of albums in the late 90s and early 2000's, but her big breakthrough came when she signed a contract in 2002 with noted Lebanese producer Jiji Lamara, who began to move her away from her "decent girl" image. The rest is history. This song, Yalla, can be found on her 2014 album Nancy 8.

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, November 14, 2017

Hands On: Family Atlantica and "Manicero"



Family Atlantica performs today's random tune, called Manicero. 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). Manicero can be found on their 2013 album Family Atlantica.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Little Like Clapton: Bidinte and "Ke Cu Minio Na Tchora"



Our random song for today is sung by Bidinte (originally born Jorge Da Silva Bidinite). From Guinea-Bissau, he is considered one of West Africa's top singer-songwriters and his music is inflected with flamenco, Guinean gumbe and Afro-Portuguese rhythms. A self-taught guitarist, he formed a band after meeting several musicians at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal in 1988 but it was in Madrid, Spain where he fell in love with the intricacies of flamenco. You can find this song, Ke Cu Minio Na Tchora, on his 1998 album Kumura, and on the various artists compilation Putumayo Presents: African Odyssey (2001).

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, November 12, 2017

Eagle Feather: Samian and "La Plume d'Aigle"



Canadian rapper Samian brings us the random tune for today, called La Plume d'Aigle. Performing in both French and Algonquian, Samian is a member of the Abitibiwinni First Nation who was first noticed in 2004 after participating in a film project and performing onstage with the Quebecois hip hop group Loco Locass. He has won awards for his music, has acted in two films and has released three albums. La Plume d'Aigle can be found on his 2013 album Face à la Musique.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

No Cop Out: Vieux Farka Touré and Julie Easterlin with "Took My Brother Down"



Took My Brother Down, today's random song, is performed by Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré and American singer-songwriter Julia Easterlin. A Malian singer and guitarist. Touré first took up guitar in secret because his father disapproved and enrolled in the National Institute of the Arts in Bamako. He released his first album in 2005 after getting permission from his father and the great Malian musician Toumani Diabaté He has since released seven albums and has collaborated with other musicians from around the world, including Israeli Idan Raichel in the Touré-Raichel Collective. Julia Easterlin, now performing under the name of Hite, has been described by the Boston Globe as a one-woman a capella group due to her use of a looping machine that allows her to layer her own voice. Her musical style includes jazz, gospel and Southern folk, and she lists Björk and Philip Glass as influences on her music. Took My Brother Down can be found on Easterlin's and Touré's album Touristes (2015).

The song is very current, given the number of police shootings in our country in recent years.

I heard you took my brother down
Like a beast his blood was found
Along the road to the edge of town
With all the sirens blaring

I've since heard tell his empty hands
Were raised above his head
Just when the shots rang out
And through his skin the metal went a-blazin'

A hole shot in the corporal wall
The shattered bone and then the fall
From citizen to matrydom
The people all a-glaring

And when his head did hit the earth
Were you reminded of his birth
Descending to his country
With ___ and hope abounding

But you're a man of principle
Of boundaries that are quite simple
And you start to get like a bomb
When the right people rub you wrong

And if you call it self-defense
Then you will bear no consequence
You put my brother in the ground
And who's gonna defend him now

I heard you took my brother down
Just a boy, his blood was found
Along the road to the edge of town
The people all a-starin'

I've since heard tell you've been set free
You're settled in your certainty
But honey I just don't believe
You've got it figured out.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hear Them Grow: Lo' Jo and "Noisy Flower"



Lo'Jo, a French band that performs songs drawing from world music, gipsy music, North African music and French folk songs, brings us the random tune for today. 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, Noisy Flower, can be found on their 2017 album Fonetiq Flowers.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

You Should: Liber Terán and "Irme o Quedarme"



Our random tune for today is a cover of a Clash tune that you will recognize, and is performed by Liber Terán. 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 this song, Irme o Quedarme, on his 2008 CD El Gitano Western.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fool Me Once: Old Blind Dogs and "The Wisest Fool"



Today's random song is called The Wisest Fool and is performed by the Old Blind Dogs. Old Blind Dogs were formed in 1990 when the three founding members met on a "buskers holiday" in the Scottish Highlands. The band was originally distinctive as it represented the music and traditions of Northeastern Scotland and sang in the dialect of Aberdeen and the region. The band focuses on traditional Scottish and Celtic music, with influences from rock, reggae, jazz, blues and Middle Eastern rhythms. The Wisest Fool can be found on their 2006 CD The Gab o Mey, and in this live version on their 2005 CD Old Blind Dogs Play Live. The song is about James VI of Scotland, later to become James I of England.

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, November 7, 2017

Fleeting Birds: Tish Hinojosa and "Las Golondrinas"



Tish Hinojosa, a south Texas Mexican-American singer-songwriter, brings us the random tune for today. Originally from San Antonio, Hinojosa sings traditional Mexican folksongs and her own compositions in both Spanish and English. She accompanies herself on guitar, playing right-handed even though she is naturally left-handed. This song, Las Golondrinas (The Swallows), can be found on her 1995 album Frontejas.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Two by Two: Thornato with Kongo Elektro and "Deux a Deux"



Today's upbeat song, Deux a Deux, is by Thornato and features Kongo Elektro. Thornato is the stage name of Swedish/American producer Thor Partridge, who has produced sought-after remixes and artists in countries as various as India (for Bollywood), South Africa, Colombia and Kenya. He also toured extensively with Oakland-based Beats Antique. He is joined on Deux a Deux by Kongo Elektro, a duo consisting of American/South African musician Daniel Eppel and Congolese/South African musician Mapumba Cilombo, who bill themselves as reinventing African dance music through electronic soukous and live looping. You can hear Deux a Deux on Thornato's 2017 album Bennu, released by Wonderwheel Recordings.

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, November 5, 2017

She's a Crossfire Hurricane: Chaweewan Dumnern and "Sao Lam Plearn"



How about some Thai psychedelic spice for your random tune? Today's song, Sao Lam Plearn, is sung by Chaweewan Dumnern. There isn't much information on her other than she was born in Thailand in 1945, she sings Thai Molam, which is actually a Laotian form of flexible music that is tailored around the words of a text, and in its modern form is composed (rather than adapting already written poetry) and played with electric instruments. In 1993 Chaweewan Dumnern was named one of Thailand's National Artists. You'll recognize the guitar riff of this tune, though I don't think she has translated the original words into Thai but has put new ones to the song. You can find Sao Lam Plearn on the various artists compilation album Sound of Siam - Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam in Thailand 1964-1975, released in 2010.

Listen to songs like this and more on the KUNM Global Music Show every Monday night from 10 pm - 1 am Mountain Standard Time. Live streaming, program information and the two-week digital archive can be found at http://www.kunm.org.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

She Took the Risk: Byrne and Kelly with "The Rag Man"



Today's random song is called The Rag Man, by Byrne and Kelly. Members of the popular Irish music group Celtic Thunder, Neil Byrne (from County Wicklow) and Ryan Kelly (from County Tyrone) put together a set of acoustic shows in 2012 and that led to their continuing as a duo. They combine traditional Irish and Americana music to get something that still feels like folk but has a bit of a difference. Their efforts were rewarded by the Irish Music Association in 2013 when they were named Best Duo in a Concert, Pub or Festival and awarded Best New Album for Acoustically Irish. You can find The Rag Man on their 2016 release Echoes. The song is about a woman who gives up her life to join a wandering rag man, who gets her pregnant and leaves her with the fire still burning in her heart.

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.