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Friday, September 30, 2005

Cheick Hamala Diabate performs West African "jeli" music at National Folk Festival in Richmond Oct 7-9th!! MANY MORE PERFORMERS!! check this link! (thanks Jae-Young!)

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:

check the video clips here (mirror site)

Smita Patil

Smita Patil in a dramatic moment with Rakesh Roshan in the Bollywood film "Aakhir Kyon".

Here is a list of her other films :
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


Calypso Legend Lord Kitchener

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.

tonight's show setlist and archive link

archive link:


Saturday, September 24, 2005

Charles Mingus- "Beneath the Underdog"

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

If Music could Talk - Podcast of Last Week's Show

this past Sunday's edition of "If music could talk" featured the legendary London based Caribbean Funk band - Cymande , CLASSIC excerpts from a spoken word/music lp by Amiri Baraka - (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"
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
here's the archive link for this show (dont forget to donate to radio4all!) :

Pangaea Lounge AUGUST 2005

"Pop Melayu" - Indonesia's EMILIA CONTESSA

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..  Posted by Picasa

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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

photoshopped image from a vintage postcard - Nigerian dancers

Amitabh Bachchan legendary Bollywood actor

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings -Live- Charlottesville, VA (last night) the show was incredible! im always knocked out by their performances -
for tour info on Sharon Jones and the Dapkings- plus the latest greatest soul on wax here's the link

Thursday, September 01, 2005

extra extra read all about it--- WUNMI ( teamed up with these other artists to bring the cultcha! AFRO PUNK !! I hear it was slammin!  Posted by Picasa

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