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Jaune Toujours in session, plus Commonwealth Connections 17

Lopa Kothari presents a session from Belgian cult band Jaune Toujours, Commonwealth Connections from New Zealand and a Heritage Track from Guyana.

Lopa Kothari with our Commonwealth Connections series, including a location feature from New Zealand and our Heritage Track from Guyana, also a session with band Jaune Toujours, plus new world music releases from around the globe. Jaune Toujours photo by Alex Vanhee

New Zealand
Whiri Tu Aka are a 5-piece all-female Maori a cappella group founded by producer/vocalist Mina Ripa. Best known for her work in the field of electronica and dance music, this project was inspired by the birth of Mina's son to create music using only 'the power of the voice'. We hear a performance by the band recorded at a special event on Waitangi Day (February 6th) at a waterfront concert in Wellington. On this day in 1840 the country's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed granting Maori people ownership of their lands and properties giving them the same rights as British subjects. The programme also features a unique collaboration with members of Whiri Tu Aka and Horomona Horo a practitioner of 'taonga puoro', the collective term given to a wide array of Maori instruments, recorded on the shores of Titahi Bay, Porirua in the North Island of New Zealand.

Heritage Track - Guyana
Writer and academic David Dabydeen is currently Guyana's ambassador to China. His Heritage Track is the calypso Not a Blade of Grass by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds. For David the song prompts thoughts of Guyana's evolving relationship with Britain since independence in 1966, and of the opportunity for the Guyanese to renew their self-image and own their heritage.

Session - Jaune Toujours
In our studio, this Belgian cult band with its irrepressible sound, a mix of accordion, wind instruments, percussion and voice, exploring contemporary issues with strong social and cultural undertones.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Kareyce Fotso

    Te Wa Vouan Ne Ma

    Performer: Kareyce Fotso.
    • Mokte.
    • Contre Jour.
    • 1.
  • Horomona Hora

    Taonga Puoro Improvisation

    Performer: Horomona Hora.
  • Magos & Limon


    Performer: Magos & Limon.
    • Dawn.
    • Okeh Records.
    • 2.
  • Ney Matogrosso

    Rua da Passagem (Transito)

    Performer: Ney Matogrosso.
    • Atento aos Sinais.
    • Som Livre.
    • 1.
  • Mina Ripia, Betty-Anne Monga & Horomona Hora


    Performer: Mina Ripia, Betty-Anne Monga & Horomona Hora.
  • Mona Matbou Riahi, Golnar Shahyar, Jelena Poprzan

    12 Azadi

    Performer: Mona Matbou Riahi, Golnar Shahyar, Jelena Poprzan.
    • Sormeh.
    • Lotus Records.
    • 12.
  • Mostar Sevdah Reunion

    Omere Prvo Gledanje

    Performer: Mostar Sevdah Reunion.
    • Tales from a Forgotten City.
    • Snail Records.
    • 9.
  • Quantic


    Performer: Quantic.
    • Magnetica.
    • Tru Thoughts.
    • 5.
  • The Railsplitters

    Room at the top of the Stairs

    Performer: The Railsplitters.
    • The Railsplitters.
    • The Railsplitters.
    • 7.
  • Tiny Ruins

    Me at the Museum You at the Winter Garden

    Performer: Tiny Ruins.
    • Brightly Painted One.
    • Bella Union.
    • 1.
  • Whiri Tu Aka

    Kaore Hoki

    Performer: Whiri Tu Aka.
  • Whiri Tu Aka


    Performer: Whiri Tu Aka.
  • Whiri Tu Aka


    Performer: Whiri Tu Aka.
  • C'est Parti (feat. Jaune Toujours)

  • Something you got (feat. Dextor Johnson & Le Super Star de Dakar)

    • Live at l'Etoile.
    • Teranga Beat.
  • Flaco Jiménez

    Margarita Margarita

    Performer: Flaco Jiménez.
    • Flaco & Max.
    • Smithsonian Folkways.
    • 1.
  • The Souljazz Orchestra

    As the Crow Flies

    Performer: The Souljazz Orchestra.
    • Inner Fire.
    • Strut.
    • 4.
  • Quantic

    You will return

    Performer: Quantic.
    • Magnetica.
    • Tru Thoughts.
  • Si j'etais toi (feat. Jaune Toujours)

  • All Eyes (feat. Jaune Toujours)

  • Habib Koité


    Performer: Habib Koité.
    • Soô.
    • Contre Jour.
    • 4.
  • Marinah

    El Carrusel

    Performer: Marinah.
    • El Baile de Las Horas.
    • Montuno.
    • 4.
  • David Martins

    Not a Blade of Grass by Dave Martins and the Tradewinds

    Performer: David Martins.
  • Julie Fowlis

    Danns' A Luideagan Odhar (Dance Dun-coloured Slattern)

    Performer: Julie Fowlis.
    • Every Story.
    • Machair Records.
    • 2.
  • Ayo


    Performer: Ayo.
    • Ticket to the World.
    • Wrasse.
    • 7.
  • Petit Chateau (feat. Jaune Toujours)

  • Int. Movers of the Heart (feat. Jaune Toujours)


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