Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
1960's-70's rock band from the Netherlands (they wrote Venus and Love Buzz.. but their other songs rock too!) Singer Mariska Veres had the original "tough girl" look and a powerful voice to back it up. here's a nice site dedicated to her: http://users.abac.com/gregoryo/mariska/mariska.html
check the video clips here (mirror site) http://users.abac.com/gregoryo/Shockingblue/shockbl2.html
Smita Patil in a dramatic moment with Rakesh Roshan in the Bollywood film "Aakhir Kyon".
Here is a list of her other films : http://imdb.com/name/nm0665599/
I recommend Mirch Masala ( "Spices" ) if you can find it. In this film, directed by Ketan Mehta, she opened a new door for actresses in Indian cinema, by playing the role of a woman who fights back against male chauvanism- her weapon of choice? hot pepper powder!! (sadly, she passed away in 1986 due to "complications after childbirth" , but her memory survives to this day through her incredible films)
Monday, September 26, 2005
L. shankar- "who's to know" lp- The album cover shown here has a picture of his custom-made, double neck violin. L. Shankar is a master musician- he plays in the Carnatic style - an ancient style of music from Southern India. But he has brought this ancient tradition into the present, giving it his own fiery interpretation (much like Ustad Nusrat Ali Khan did for qawaali music.) He has played with many popular musicians such as Peter Gabriel and FRANK ZAPPA. This lp is one of his finest- fluid and completely beautiful beyond anything i've ever heard.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
a long time back, i read Charles Mingus' autobiography : Beneath the Underdog: His World As Composed by Mingus (Vintage Books, ISBN: 0679737618) It has actually been years since i read the book, but some of the words and surreal anecdotes resurface in my mind quite frequently. If you've ever heard Mingus' music- its the same... the melodies and rhythms get stuck in your head.. PERMANENTLY.
my favorite cd by Mingus: the Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
this past Sunday's edition of "If music could talk" featured the legendary London based Caribbean Funk band - Cymande http://www.cymande.co.uk/band/band.htm , CLASSIC excerpts from a spoken word/music lp by Amiri Baraka http://www.amiribaraka.com - (thanks Steve Dalachinsky!) , also some dubs by Lee Perry- dancehall lyrics from the Lone Ranger- and a dark/moody dubbed out track by the late Keith Hudson called "California" http://www.firecorner.com/magazine/hudson/
I also played a half hour set of 70's Hong Kong vocalists backed by the famous Hong Kong/Singapore band The Stylers!
featured vocalists: Lisa Wong, Ervinna, and Teresa Teng
"If music could talk" 7-9pm EST Sundays www.wrir.org
here's the archive link for this show (dont forget to donate to radio4all!) :
old school "Pop Melayu" by Emilia Contessa of Indonesia. This record, 27 September, is incredibly beautiful... a mix of pop disco and traditional krontjong music..
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