Show Notes: Nice to have a theme-free week to focus on
some of the great new releases we've received in the last couple
months. Summer is always a good time for world music, with lots
of bands touring and releasing CDs (myself, I got to the Zap Mama
/ Les Nubians show in Portland last Sunday on a beautiful warm
evening, and saw Guarneri Underground in a lunchtime park concert).
Got lots of calls in response to this music, and in response to
the trip/show giveaway to see Bembeya Jazz in Victoria BC. For
those who didn't win, you can still drive to the Seattle show
Aug. 6. And if you're still stumped by the trivia questions, here
are the answers:
- Q: Bembeya Jazz’s song “Regard Sur le
Passe”-- an elaborate, 34-minute production in two parts--
won a national contest initiated by the president of Guinea
to commemorate which great Manding leader?
A: Almamy Samory Toure (died 1898).
- Q: What’s the meaning behind the band’s
A: Named for a river that runs through Beyla, the town where
the band was formed (in eastern Guinea near the border with
- Q: What event in 1973 led to a three-year hiatus
for the band?
A: The carcrash death of singer/composer/bandleader Aboubacar
- Q: What’s the name and nickname of the lead
guitarist, who was also a original member of the band, and how
many guitars in the current incarnation of Bembeya Jazz?
A: Sekou “Diamond Fingers” Diabate / four guitars
(yes, that is a lot of guitars).
# Our cover song of the week was a Nigerian
version of "My Girl" from 1966.