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Charlie opens the programme with two tracks by the Tunisian-born, Parisian musician Smadj (Jean-Pierre Smadja). Trained as a jazz guitarist and sound engineer, Smadj first attracted attention in a duo with another oud player Mehdi Haddab called DuOuD. Their latest offering is called Ping Kong which also features the Mauritanian singer Malouma on a couple of tracks. Smadj has worked extensively with musicians from other musical traditions: on his album Selin released a few months ago he is joined by the British tabla player Talvin Singh, Swiss trumpeter Erik Truffaz and vocalist Minino Garay from Argentina.

Plucked string instruments from different parts of the world follow: another geomungo track from South Korea courtesy of Heo Yoon Jeong, and Seasick Steve (pictured above), the California-born blues veteran, accompanying himself on The Banjo Song.

A vintage tribute to Colon, Lord Cobra’s stamping ground in Panama is next, then Titi Robin and his daughter Maria join forces on Amantito and we round up the programme with a return to the hub of Mediterranean music that is Paris in Ibrahim Maalouf’s trumpet improvisation with saz.

27 minutes

Last on

Mon 1 Feb 2010 03:32GMT

Music Played

  • DuOuD

    Missy Nouackshott (feat Malouma)

    Tunis/ Algeria/ Mauretania

    • Ping Kong.
    • World Village.
    • 657 036 1160-2.
  • Smadj

    Toi et Moi (feat Minino Garay, Erik Truffaz, Talvin Singh)


    • Selin.
    • MVS.
    • 3 760148 282 2894.
  • Heo Yoon Jeong

    Recitation of Pleasure in Zen, Part 4

    South Korea

    • Geomungo Solo.
    • C&L/EMI.
    • CNLR 0626-2.
  • Seasick Steve

    The Banjo Song


    • Man from Another Time.
    • Atlantic.
    • 505186 5615828.
  • Lord Cobra

    Colon Colon


    • Panama 3.
    • Soundway.
    • SNDWCD018.
  • Thierry « Titi » Robin



    • Ces vagues que l'amour souleve.
    • Naïve.
    • WN 145080.
  • Ibrahim Maalouf

    Trumpet & Saz Improvisation


    • Diachronism.
    • IM.
    • IBM2.