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Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, Phil Stanton, Commonwealth Connections 15

Lopa Kothar presents live music from Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis. Plus the 15th part of Commonwealth Connections, which features music from Dominica and Vanuatu.

Lopa Kothari introduces live music by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and talks to Phil Stanton who founded the Rough Guides label of world music compilations 20 years ago this year. This week's Commonwealth Connection is made in Dominica featuring the traditional Jing-ping style of music, and the Heritage Track is chosen by ping-pong champion Anolyn Lulu from Vanuatu.

Greekadelia is the latest album release of Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and this innovative pair perform electro-acoustic arrangements of traditional folk songs from Greece as well as their own compositions, using their traditional instruments, live looping techniques and story telling.

Music is a family affair in La Petite Souffriere, a tiny and remote village high in the hills of Dominica. Isma Alie still works as a farmer cultivating Bay Tree plantations for their oil but also happens to be the island's greatest accordion player. With his son James and grandson Jackson, he keeps alive the traditional Jing-ping music of Dominica for community dances and celebrations.

Vanuatu - which literally means freestanding - has only existed as an independent country since 1980, and before that it was known as the New Hebrides and run by Britain and France. This South Pacific archipelago consists of more than eighty islands and lies a thousand miles east of northern Australia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands. It has a population of less than quarter of a million, but despite that has a strong reputation for table tennis, especially in the shape of Anolyn Lulu whose chosen song is "Freedom" by Vanuatu's Vanessa Quai, as she explained from her island home.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie


    Performer: Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie.
  • Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie


    Performer: Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie..
  • Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie

    Jing Ping

    Performer: Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie.
  • Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie


    Performer: Isma Alie, James Alie and Jackson Alie.
  • Kyrie Kristmanson

    Song X

    Performer: Kyrie Kristmanson.
    • American Songbirds.
    • Yaro.
    • 6.
  • Kronos Quartet

    La Sidounak Sayyada

    Performer: Kronos Quartet.
    • A Thousand Thoughts.
    • Nonesuch.
    • 3.
  • Luba-Shankadi people

    Madimba Xylophone duet

    Performer: Luba-Shankadi people.
    • African Gems.
    • swp-records.
    • 4.
  • Ros Serey Sothea

    Jam 10 Kai Theit (Wait Ten Months More)

    Performer: Ros Serey Sothea.
    • Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cambodia.
    • World Music Network.
    • 1.
  • Stein Urheim

    Watch the View

    Performer: Stein Urheim.
    • Stein Urheim.
    • Hubro.
    • 3.
  • Just Because you Can (feat. Rachelle Garniez)

    • American Songbirds.
    • Jaro.
  • Matia san kai ta dika sou (feat. Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis)

  • Tremor


    Performer: Tremor.
    • Proa.
    • Wonderwheel Recordings.
    • 9.
  • Gabriella Ghermandi

    Che Belew

    Performer: Gabriella Ghermandi.
    • Atse Tewodros Project.
    • 4.
  • Mor Karbasi

    Viva Orduena

    Performer: Mor Karbasi.
    • La Tsadika.
    • Gibralter Productions.
    • 3.
  • Rodrigo Amarante


    Performer: Rodrigo Amarante.
    • Mana.
    • Sony.
    • 1.
  • Halassia Mou (feat. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis)

  • Auathematon Aitio (feat. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis)

  • Luke Jackson


    Performer: Luke Jackson.
    • Fumes and Faith.
    • Pipe Records.
  • Maria Pomianowska's Orchestra

    Polka z Opoczna

    Performer: Maria Pomianowska's Orchestra.
    • The Luto Slavs.
    • 9.
  • Hurray for the Riff Raff

    Blue Ridge Mountain

    Performer: Hurray for the Riff Raff.
    • Small Town Heros.
    • Ato Records.
    • 1.
  • Vanessa Quai

    Freedom by Vanessa Quai

    Performer: Vanessa Quai.
    • Freedom.
  • Anansy Cissé


    Performer: Anansy Cissé.
    • Mali Overdrive.
    • Riverboat Records.
    • 1.
  • Amergos Passage (feat. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis)

  • Sol Invictus (feat. Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis)


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