Charlie Gillett's World of Music

Charlie Gillett's World of Music

Last Updated: Saturday, 21 March 2009, 13:32 GMT

Ethiopian music appears to be going through a revival, at least as far as collaborations with Western musicians go. Charlie plays two examples this week: Nick Page, aka Dub Colossus, is partnered by master sax player Feleke Hailu Woldemariam and vocalist Bahta Gebrehiwot. And Mulatu Astatke, a leading figure of Ethio-Jazz for about four decades now, has recently teamed up with the British band The Heliocentrics.

Also in the programme: recent album by the French guitarist (and accomplished player on several other string instruments) Titi Robin; the latest offering by Bonga, the voice of Angolan independence; and a new track by the Malian diva Oumou Sangare. And if you wondered what Coba Coba, the title of Novalima’s third album, means: apparently it is an Afro-Peruvian expression used to spur on a musician in the middle of a great solo, something like 'Go for it!'

Tracks played in this week's programme:

Country: Mali
Title: Iyo Djeli
Artist: Oumou Sangare
CD Title: Seya
Label: World Circuit
Cat. Number: WLWCD081

Country: Peru
Title: Liberta
Artist: Novalima
CD Title: Coba Coba
Label: Cumbancha
Cat. Number: CMB-CD-9

Country: Angola
Title: Kilumba
Artist: Bonga
CD Title: Bairro
Label: Lusafrica
Cat. Number: 562212

Country: France
Title: Afghani de Casa
Artist: Titi Robin
CD Title: Kali Sultana
Label: Naïve
Cat. Number: WN145173

Country: Brazil
Title: Carimbó
Artist: Sonantes
CD Title: Sonantes
Label: Six Degrees
Cat. Number: 657036 1148-2

Country: Ethiopia/UK
Title: Tazeb Kush
Artist: Dub Colossus (feat Bahta Gebrehiwot, vox & Feleke Hailu Woldemarian, sax)
CD Title: A Town Called Addis
Label: Real World
Cat. Number: CDRW 155

Country: Ethiopia/UK
Title: Cha Cha
Artist: Mulatu & The Heliocentrics
CD Title: Mulatu & The Heliocentrics
Label: Strut
Cat. Number: STRUT040CD

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