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Spin the Globe Playlist for 6 April 2007
Six Degrees of Ravi Shankar

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Anoushka Shankar
"Yaman Kalyan"(clip)


April 7 is the birthday of world music giant Ravi Shankar. We celebrated with a show featuring Ravi and his extended musical family, and those with whom they've played. It's the Six Degrees of Ravi Shankar! I discovered to my surprise that I have a 3rd-degree connection to Ravi, through James Whetzel and Ali Akbar Khan. See the connections of the artists on today's show below the playlist.

You (4) – listen to Spin the Globe (3) which recently did a live in-studio appearance by James Whetzel (2) – who studied with Ali Akbar Khan (1) – who played with Ravi Shankar. Spin The Globe (3) also has a connection through Pepe Danza (2) who studied with Trichy Sankaran (1) who played with Ravi Shankar.

It’s like doing genealogy, this, and discovering we’re all the same big family!

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Artist (degree of separation from Ravi Shankar*) - Song - Album

hour 1 -
Autorickshaw (2) - Aaj Ki Raat - So the Journey Goes
Angelique Kidjo (3) - Ae Ae - Djin Djin
Ray Lema (4), Professor Stefanov & Ensemble Pirin - Forest Orchestra - Planet Soup
Chico Cesar (5) - Tambores - Aos Vivos
Bole2Harlem – Tigist Shibabaw (4) - Endegena - Bole2Harlem Vol. 1
Vusi Mahlasela (5) - Jabula - Guiding Star
Celia Cruz (3) w/ Johnny Pacheco - Rico Changui - The Rough Guide to Celia Cruz
Cheb Mami (3) - Parisen Du Nord - Arabesque
Mino Cinelu (3) - Why Not - Mino Cinelu
Etienne Mbappe (5) - Ee to Kem - Misiya
Toumani Diabate (6) Symmetric Orchestra - Single - Boulevard de L’independence
James Whetzel (2) w/ Vishal Nagar - Dha, Vivid Response to Life - Capitol Hill: Secret Tracks
Ravi Shankar (0) w/ Ali Akbar Khan - Bilashkani Todi - The Rough guide to Ravi Shankar

hour 2 -
IndiaLucia - Taliquete - IndiaLucia
Lo’Jo - De Timbuktu a Essakane - Bazar Savant
Slavic Soul Party - Opa Cupa - Teknocheck Collision
Ceu - Mais um Lamento - Ceu
Aurelio Martinez - Mala Mujer - Garifuna Soul
Burning Spear - Walk - Putumayo World Party
Konono No. 1 - Mama Liza - Congrotronics 1
Luna Blanca - Island Reggae - Guitar Islane
Fabian Beghin & Didier Laloy - The Drop - Cryptonique
American Bhangra - Yaaran Naal Baharaan - The Debut Album
Tinariwen - Toumast - Aman Iman
Caetano Veloso - Musa Hibrida - Ce
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Juan Loco - Rodrigo y Gabriela


* Degrees of Separation from Ravi Shankar

Suba Sankaran (2) of Autorickshaw is the daughter of Trichy Sankaran (1) whose drumming was recorded at All India Radio when just 10 years old by Ravi Shankar, who was then the All India Radio orchestra conductor.

Angelique Kidjo (3) appears on the album African Fantasy by Trilok Gurtu (2) who worked with John McLaughlin (1) who studied with Ravi Shankar.

Ray Lema (4) contributed to the album The Rhythmatist by Stewart Copeland (3) who was in The Police with Sting (2) who has recorded with Anoushka Shankar (1) daughter of Ravi Shankar.

Chico Cesar (5) toured in 2005 with Ray Lema (4) who contributed to the album The Rhythmatist by Stewart Copeland (3) who was in The Police with Sting (2) who has recorded with Anoushka Shankar (1) daughter of Ravi Shankar.

Tigist Shibabaw (3) (who sings withBole2Harlem) is the sister of Gigi (2) who has strong ties, including in the group Tabla Beat Science, to Bill Laswell (2) and Zakir Hussain (1) who has performed with Ravi Shankar.

Vusi Mahlasela (5) is a friend (and records on the ATO label of) Dave Matthews (4) who appears on the album Black Ivory Soul by Angelique Kidjo (3) who appears on African Fantasy by Trilok Gurtu (2) who worked with John McLaughlin (1) who studied with Ravi Shankar.

Celia Cruz (3) worked with Tito Puente (2) who performed with Zakir Hussain (1) who performed with Ravi Shankar.
Cheb Mami (3) did the duet “Desert Rose” with Sting (2) whose album Sacred Love featured Anoushka Shankar (1) daughter of Ravi Shankar.

Mino Cinelu (3) appeared on Nothing Like the Sun by Sting (2) whose album Sacred Love featured Anoushka Shankar (1) daughter of Ravi Shankar.

Etienne Mbappé (5) is part of the African Jazz Trio, a group formed in 2006 along with Francis Lassus (5) and Ray Lema (4) who contributed to the album The Rhythmatist by Stewart Copeland (3) who was in The Police with Sting (2) who has recorded with Anoushka Shankar (1) daughter of Ravi Shankar.

Toumani Diabate (6) included on his latest album Boulevard de L’independence bass work by Etienne Mbappé (5) who is part of the African Jazz Trio with Ray Lema (4) who contributed to the album The Rhythmatist by Stewart Copeland (3) who was in The Police with Sting (2) who has recorded with Anoushka Shankar (1) daughter of Ravi Shankar.

James Whetzel (2) studied with Ali Akbar Khan (1) who plaed with Ravi Shankar [and Ali Akbar Khan’s sister Annapurna (1) is married to Ravi Shankar]

Most of the music played on Spin the Globe is available at cdRoots.com or CD Universe or Calabash.

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