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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