Show Notes: Lots of new releases arriving at the station
these days. A batch just in from our friends at the Czech label
a new release and two re-releases from the Klezmatics (on Rounder),
two new Putumayo CDs, and much more. I'm intrigued by Serart,
the new collaboration between Armenians Arto Tuncboyacian and
Serj Tankian (System of a Down), though I haven't really reached
a conclusion about it. One of the delightful surprises was Pape
Kanoute's "Kewoulo" -- I was expecting this to be a
traditional kora track, only to find that Kanouté also
plays sax and is into jazz. The combination is wonderful, and
I look forward to hearing more. We sampled a lot of it on this
show, though I was left with a pile that I didn't have time for.
There's always next week...
Oh, and last Sunday I made it to the Seattle
Folklife Festival, and ran across Modibo
Traore busking with his bougarabou drums. After hearing
his new CD, it was a delight to see him play and entrance the
passers-by. Humble as well as talented, he kept telling listeners
"If you like this, you should hear my teacher!" Also
heard Gina Salá
singing and chanting. Both Gina and Modibo are based in Seattle,
and I hope to get them into the studios soon for an interview
and some music.