Charlie introduces more musicians who appeared at this year’s WOMAD festival in the UK including Mec Yek, a Belgian band fronted by two Romani singers from Slovakia; Ba Cissoko, the kora player from Guinea Conakry determined to remake the venerable traditions of his native land for the 21st century; Cuban expatriates Orishas; and Cimarron, seven virtuosic Colombians from the cattle-rearing region of Llanos Orientales.

Cimarron turned out to be the discovery of the festival for Charlie: another unexpected pleasure was introducing the doyen of Ethiopian jazz singers Alemayehu Eshete live from the stage. Eshete has dozens of records to his name while Victor Deme from Burkina Faso has just cut his first album, aged 45.

Tracks played in this programme:
Country: Burkina Faso
Title: Burkina Mousso
Artist: Victor Démé
CD Title: Victor Démé
Label: Chapa Blues
Cat. Number: CPCD01/6

Country: Colombia
Title: Pajarillo
Artist: Cimarrón
CD Title: Quitapesares
Label: Astar
Cat. Number: promo/3

Country: Belgium/Slovakia
Title: Parni Luludji
Artist: Mec Yek
CD Title: Antikrisis
Label: Choux de Bruxelles
Cat. Number: Chou 0802/4

Country: Ethiopia
Title: Betchayén Tègodahu
Artist: Alemayehu Eshètè
CD Title: Ethiopiques 8: Swinging Addis
Label: Buda
Cat. Number: 82982-2/5

Country: Cuba
Title: Mistica
Artist: Orishas
CD Title: A lo Cubano
Label: EMI France
Cat. Number: 7243 522052 2/9

Country: Guinea Conakry
Title: Séno
Artist: Ba Cissoko
CD Title: Séno
Label: Sterns
Cat. Number: STCD1108/1

28 minutes

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