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13/11/2010

Lucy Duran with highlights from WOMEX 2010, the world music industry gathering. With Peruvian-inspired band Chicha Libre and Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara.

More highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry, which takes place for the second year running in Copenhagen and showcases the newest bands and the freshest talent in world music. This week Lucy Duran introduces performances by the New York-based, Peruvian-inspired retro rockers Chicha Libre, and the Malian dancer, actress, and singer-songwriter, Fatoumata Diawara. Plus, the ambassador of Congolese Rumba, Papa Wemba, is in town celebrating his 40-year career. Producer James Parkin.

Chicha Libre were inspired by the Amazonian music craze that shares its name with the liquor favoured by the Incas and still very popular throughout Peru. The Brooklyn-based band mix Latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop, drawing inspiration from chicha, a form of Peruvian music that emerged in the early '70s, loosely derived from Colombian accordion-driven cumbias but incorporating Andean melodies and Cuban son, amongst other things.

Fatoumata Diawara was born in the Ivory Coast of Malian parents, and achieved local fame as a dancer before moving to Bamako in her early teens and starting an acting career. Moving to Paris in her early twenties, she began recording and touring with Oumou Sangare. She soon developed her own music, composing, arranging and playing her own material, blending Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with wider influences.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Kobo Town

    St. James

    Composer: Drew Gonsalves Performers: Drew Gonsalves (lead vocals/cuatro/guitar), Jan Morgan (trumpet), Robert Milicevic (drums), Patrick Giunta (guitar/bass), Derek Thorne (percussion), Roger Williams (bass), Linsey Wellman (flute/saxophone)

    • Recorded by Danish Radio for the BBC, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Kobo Town

    The Trial of Henry Marshall

    Composer: Drew Gonsalves Performers: Drew Gonsalves (lead vocals/cuatro/guitar), Jan Morgan (trumpet), Robert Milicevic (drums), Patrick Giunta (guitar/bass), Derek Thorne (percussion), Roger Williams (bass), Linsey Wellman (flute/saxophone)

    • Recorded by Danish Radio for the BBC, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Yemen Blues

    Min Kalbi

    Composer: Ravid Kahalani Performers: Ravid Kahalani (vocals/gimbri/percission), Omer Avital (bass/oud/vocals), Avi Lebovich (trombone), Itamar Borohov (trumpet), Hilla Epstein (cello), Rony Iwryn (Latin percussion), Hadar Noiberg (flutes), Yochai Cohen (Middle-Eastern percussion), Galia Hai (viola)

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Fatoumata Diawara

    Mon Afrique

    Performers: Fatoumata Diawara (lead vocals/guitar), Corine Thuy-Ty (backing vocals, percussion), Nathanza (backing vocals), Hilaire Penda (bass), Hervé Samb (guitar), Ismael (drums)

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Fatoumata Diawara

    Sowa

    Performers: Fatoumata Diawara (lead vocals/guitar), Corine Thuy-Ty (backing vocals, percussion), Nathanza (backing vocals), Hilaire Penda (bass), Hervé Samb (guitar), Ismael (drums)

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Fatoumata Diawara

    Alama

    Performers: Fatoumata Diawara (lead vocals/guitar), Corine Thuy-Ty (backing vocals, percussion), Nathanza (backing vocals), Hilaire Penda (bass), Hervé Samb (guitar), Ismael (drums)

    • BBC recording by Sound Engineer James Birtwistle, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Chicha Libre

    Primavera en La Selva

    Performers: Greg Burrows (percussions), Joshua Camp (electravox organ), Olivier Conan (cuatro/vocals), Nicholas Cudahy (bass), Vincent Doulgas (guitar), Neil Ochoa (percussion)

    • Composed by Olivier Conan.
    • Recorded by VPRO and NOS for the BBC at WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Papa Wemba

    Ma Rosa

    Performers: Papa Wemba (lead vocals), Fafa (backing vocals), Myriam Betty (backing vocals), Garlos Gbaguidi (drums), Yves Ndjock (guitar), Patrick Bebey (piano), Olivier Tshimanga (guitar)

    • Recorded by Danish Radio for the BBC, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Papa Wemba

    Yolele

    Performers: Papa Wemba (lead vocals), Fafa (backing vocals), Myriam Betty (backing vocals), Garlos Gbaguidi (drums), Yves Ndjock (guitar), Patrick Bebey (piano), Olivier Tshimanga (guitar)

    • Recorded by Danish Radio for the BBC, WOMEX, October 2010.
  • Papa Wemba

    Awa yokey'i

    Performers: Papa Wemba (lead vocals), Fafa (backing vocals), Myriam Betty (backing vocals), Garlos Gbaguidi (drums), Yves Ndjock (guitar), Patrick Bebey (piano), Olivier Tshimanga (guitar)

    • Recorded by Danish Radio for the BBC, WOMEX, October 2010.

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