Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sound & Groove, Episode 57: "Traveling the Globe Musically"

King Sunny Ade has made a long, respected career out of bringing his Nigerian musical roots to the world stage. Born into a royal family, Ade has nonetheless gone a different direction than his privileged status would expect him to. Along with several other singers from all over Africa he helped bring attention to the thrilling, organic sounds of the Third World- a burgeoning subset of record collectors that hit the mainstream when Western artists such as Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel but especially Paul Simon began incorporating it into their own works in the 1980s.

There are artists from all over the world who've made their dent internationally and not only singing in that language that us in the West are fortunate is the current common tongue spoken: English (but watch out for when the Chinese take over!) but also in their native tongues. A mix of both is the focus of this, the 4th of 12 podcasts in 2015 from yours truly Evan Dowbiggin. From France to Nigeria to Switzerland to Senegal to Iceland to Holland, it's a potpourri of sounds for your virgin North American ears ;)

So sit back and soak in another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast for your listening enjoyment. And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited versions of each tune (to make room for talk and for a good 8-9 songs per 45 minute episode). And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening to you all!

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Track Listing:
1. Le Poinconneur des Lilas- Serge Gainsbourg (1958)
2. Ja Funmi- King Sunny Ade (1982)
3. Nice- Kleenex (1978)
4. Wiri Wiri- Youssou N'Dour (2000)
5. Frozen Warnings- Nico (1969)
6. Human Behaviour- Bjork (1993)
7. Ne Me Quitte Pas- Jacques Brel (1972 version)
8. Radar Love- Golden Earring (1974)

Info of note:
Intro- "Rain on the Scarecrow" by John Cougar Mellencamp (1985)
Outro- "Between a Laugh and a Tear" by John Cougar Mellencamp (1985)
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