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2011/11/29

Regrettably, another site update much delayed due to circumstances beyond my control. However, slowly catching up, bit by bit. Thus, again in brief.

One review of an out of this world album. The amazing Pablo Aslan Quintet's Piazzolla In Brooklyn And The Rebirth Of Jazz Tango, was released just earlier this month. Another album simply to die for that brings the number of albums I've hopelessly fallen in love with this year to five! A kind of Take Me Dancing! The Latin Rhythms of Astor Piazola & His Quintet re-visited and done right! Aslan here gives us one of those very rare beasts - an album of Piazzolla that's better by miles than the original and manages to capture both tango and jazz.

And one upcoming gig that promises to be amazing! Music for the Mind and Soul by Simon Thacker's Svara Kanti is at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London SE1 on Thursday 8th December at 7.45pm. Tix are a measly £12 only! The concert features guitar ace Thacker's latest ensemble, Svara-Kanti, consisting of Thacker himself and Sarvar Sabri, tabla; Japjit Kaur, vocal; and Jyotsna Srikanth, violin. They re-interpret classical Hindustani and Carnatic as well as Indian folk and Bollywood material through a Western classical and jazz lens - this promises to be a truly exciting performance! Be sure to get your tix early!

Things are moving in the BBC Local Radio sphere, but sadly there simply hasn't been the time to prepare another Campaigns News page lately due to the large backlog of reviews. I hope to rectify this ASAP.

Meanwhile, don't miss DJ Ritu's 22nd installment of A World in London on SOAS Radio! This week's show features all new tracks, no interview! You may also wish to catch up on last week's AWiL 21 and DJ Ritu's fab interview with Argentine tango singer extraordinaire Martin Alvarado and his fab in-studio performance if you missed it last week! You'll be able to catch the show on demand on SOAS and as a podcast on iTunes! And don't forget you can also keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more! We'll keep the AWiL flag flying here! Oh yeah!

Another show, although with a stronger roots/folk emphasis and with a Nottingham slant, is Roger Williams' AWoD. AWoD? Yes, AWoD - A World of Difference. Trent Sound’s A World Of Difference is presented by Roger Williams and is broadcast every Monday from 7-10pm. You can email the programme at worldATtrentsound.com.

7th November saw the first live session. Roger was joined in the studio by an amazing young Kora player, Sura Susso. 'Born in Gambia but now resident in Nottingham he is making a huge impact on the World Music scene and it was an absolute privilege to have him in the studio.' said Roger. Roger is also seeking nominations for your 'tracks of the year.' The tracks don’t have to have been released this year. Just needs to be something that’s made an impression on you in some way over the last 12 months. He’ll run a 'tracks of the year' special on the 19th December. You can nominate your favourite tracks via the email address above.

'In between these special features expect to hear artists like John Tams, Fairport Convention, Bellowhead, Pentangle and Martin Simpson. We’ll also be exploring the international stage and playing tracks by Papa Wemba, Youssou n’ Dour and many, many more. We’ll be previewing artists playing gigs locally at venues including The Glee Club, The Rescue Rooms and smaller local venues.' Roger isn’t afraid to step outside traditional musical boundaries. This is 'music without frontiers' in the style of the much missed Radio Trent programme 'Here Be Dragons', presented by John Shaw. Roger is happy to feature local acoustic and roots based artists and hopes to make every Monday night a voyage of discovery, but he needs your help to do it so don’t be afraid to let him have your ideas.

Congrats to Roger Williams and Radio Trent for filling a huge gap in radio programming in the East Midlands with A World of Difference. It's a fab show that surely must be of great interest far beyond the confines of Nottingham and the East Midlands. It is also available on demand 'play again', although at the moment is lagging a little behind.

And finally... Time is approaching fast for the Rainlore's World of Music Albums of the Year! These will be announced in January. And this year, something special is going to be happening in the World Music category! To find out what this is, you'll have to wait a little till nearer the time!

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2011/11/10

Have to keep it brief today as keep falling further behind - still approximately three weeks behind. Reviews include one sensational album that I instantly fell totally in love with. Just in time for its November 8th release we have the latest album from jazz flute giant Mark Weinstein, El Cumbanchero, arranged by piano wizard Aruán Ortiz (whom you can see at the Pizza Express Soho this Friday as part of the London Jazz Festival) - a total sensation! Charanga fused with jazz set in its authentic instrumentation. Weinstein as pioneering as ever. As much for the jazz as for the world music aficionado.

And finally, a long overdue review of a fantastic gig, the Roland Perrin Ensemble Plays The Jewish Connection At The 606 Club, Chelsea, London SW10, Friday 14th October 2011. Roland Perrin & Co. were just unforgettable! The gig went on till after 1 in the morning, but you'd never have known till you checked your watch. Riveting, this could easily have gone on past breakfast and you still wouldn't have noticed! Great jazz as well as great world music from musical polymath Perrin and his truly multi-cultural Ensemble, some of it based on Jewish music in anticipation of a forthcoming album.

Don't miss DJ Ritu's 19th installment of A World in London on SOAS Radio! This week's show features an exclusive interview with Susheela Raman! You'll be able to catch the show on demand on SOAS and as a podcast on iTunes! And don't forget you can also keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

 

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2011/11/01

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control, site updates are regrettably three in number and about three weeks behind. Today sees the first of these at last.

Reviewed this time is a solitary album. World music albums hardly come any more extraordinary than Mashasha's self-titled debut solo album, Mashasha. If you follow DJ Ritu's fabulous A World in London world music radio show on SOAS Radio (or as podcasts on iTunes), you would have heard two fantastic tracks from this outstanding album already. Exile Zim artist Mashasha definitely is the artist to look out for on the world music scene, and his album has to rank as the stand-out of the year! A UK tour is currently under preparation, so do watch out. Mashasha is a truly outstanding live performer whom you'll simply have to catch.

And speaking of DJ Ritu, today will see the 18th installment of A World in London on SOAS Radio! Today's show will be featuring an exclusive interview with Afrobeat heir, Seun Kuti. If you miss AWiL live at 4pm, no need to break into a sweat, you'll be able to catch the show on demand on SOAS and as a podcast on iTunes! Since moving to SOAS Radio (Tuesdays 4pm), the show is gaining more widespread and convenient exposure than ever, especially thanks to the hugely popular podcasts on iTunes no doubt. Where would we world music lovers be without our one and only DJ Ritu and A World in London, the coolest, most fabulous world music show anywhere, ever! And don't forget you can also keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more! Meanwhile, we also hope that Miss Dizee is feeling better now and is eating properly again.

The next (second) outstanding site update will follow very shortly and will include at least one fascinating gig.

 

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2011/10/05

Album reviews have had to take a bit of a back seat lately but will be back shortly. This time, we have two reviews of truly exceptional gigs. The Nicolas Meier Group - Journey - Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1 on Wednesday 28th September 2011 was a journey you really shouldn't have missed! Meier's unique brand of fusion of jazz and Turkish music was just mind-blowing, and you do not get an opportunity to hear this outfit live in the West End every day!

A few days later, the John Turville Trio - Live At Kings Place, King's Cross, London N1 on Saturday 1st October 2011 was another experience not to be missed. One of the few opportunities in 2011 to hear this outstanding trio live, and an added bonus was that it included a second performance of Turville's amazing new tango suite, with special guest Adam Spiers on cello. The tango suite is of course what makes this gig of such interest here.

And on the topic of tango, and South American music generally, there's news from Argentinean singer extraordinaire Guillermo Rozenthuler that he is organising another invitation-only home concert or soiree in London! Rather short notice as it's scheduled for Wednesday 12th October, it will also feature Alejandro Sancho, an extraordinary guitarist based in Copenhagen, who will be performing solo as well as accompanying Rozenthuler for some tango, some bossa nova and other songs they share a love for. Sanchez will also be performing with jazz vocalist Rosie Brown. For full details and to find out how you can attend what will undoubtedly be a fabulous event, please go to Facebook. When applying for an invitation, please mention Rainlore's World of Music if you had not already received an invite though FB.

Also, don't forget DJ Ritu's outrageously fantabulous world music show A World in London is now on SOAS Radio every Tuesday at 4pm, and available on demand and also as a podcast from iTunes from the following day! Tomorrow's show is No. 13, and DJ Ritu has some fantastic tracks lined up for you - don't miss! And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more! Also, let's all please not forget to wish our lovely lady, Ritu, a very happy belated birthday (it was on October 3rd)! And just to remind everybody, Ritu's lovely Rottie Dizee is definitely female, a 'she' not 'he' - exasperated, Ritu has even dressed Dizee in a bra in an attempt to drive this home. (Wot, no knickers? Ooh err missus! I say!)

 

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2011/09/27

No reviews this time, but some fantastic news about 2010/11 UK Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great and his 2011 winning calypso with Debra 'PanDiva' Romain, Trials Of A Pan Woman!

Their fabulous kaiso has been included as one of the Pan Tunes 2012 for TnT by the Pan On The Net web site! Their full page for Trials Of A Pan Woman is here.

This is fabulous news, so big big ups (congrats) to Alexander D Great and Debra 'Pan Diva' Romain! It is to be hoped most fervently that their tune will be played during the 2012 TnT pan season, and best of luck is wished them both. A sweeter-for-pan tune for 2012 would be very hard to find, I am sure.





Photo of Alexander D Great and Debra 'PanDiva' Romain
Debra 'Pan Diva' Romain and Alexander D Great

To celebrate, and to celebrate panwomen everywhere, here is a more recent version of a video for Alexander D Great and Debra 'PanDiva' Romain's Trials Of A Pan Woman, at right.



Debra 'PanDiva' Romain & Alexander D Great - Trials of a Pan Woman
Written by Romain & Loewenthal
Produced by Martin York at La Niche Music

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2011/09/12

On my FB wall I noted the other day that I'd totally - hopelessly! - fallen in love with two new albums. Here's the review of the first of these. (The second will follow next time.) It is nothing less than Heidi Vogel's sensational Lágrimas De Um Pássaro - Tears Of A Bird - an album and a voice to die for! This is one song bird you just cannot, must not miss! Brazilian music/jazz at its best. And tragically, to my utter chagrin and shame, I had to miss out on both of Ms. Vogel's launch gigs for this exquisite album. (There were two as the Pizza Express Jazz Club got flooded during the first due to torrential rain, although that couldn't stop Heidi Vogel with her powerful voice.) So it was a double delight to at least review the album at last. Get it!

And now a gig review, of sorts. It's the fabulous Mashasha & Sam Live - Powerdown @ The Power House - Industry Showcase - 70 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4, Wednesday 7th September, 2011. As it says on the tin, this was an industry showcase, and I'd been asked for comments on this superb duo from Zimbabwe. But this 'African drum & bass' duo were far too good not to do at least a mini review of, industry showcase or not - in fact, they were amazing! Look out for Mashasha & Sam.

Also, don't forget DJ Ritu's fantabulous world music show A World in London is now on SOAS Radio every Tuesday at 4pm, and available on demand and also as a podcast from iTunes from the following day! Tomorrow's show is an interview special featuring Egyptian percussion maestro Hossam Ramzy - don't miss! And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

Last not least, the fabulous 9th London African Music Festival got underway on 9th September and presents an amazing series of gigs through till the 18th. A poster and a detailed brochure listing all events is included here.

 

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2011/08/30

Come one, come all, come see - a review / report of the UK Calypso Monarch 2011 Finals At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, On Thursday 25th August 2011. This also includes a little report on Mangrove Steelband practicing, pre-show, for the London Panorama, which they subsequently won. And they not bad at all I must tell you. And of course this unmissable, fabulous show also saw reigning Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great defending his crown with collaborator Debra 'Pan Diva' Romain and the outstanding, Kitcheneresque Trials Of A Pan Woman, reviewed separately last week (complete with an early mix for you to listen to). Pan people everywhere in TnT you just have to listen to this kaiso, it's a pan tune if ever there was one. It will burn you, it so hot and sweet fuh pan so get your captains and arrangers and managers to listen!

Did Alexander D Great and Debra 'Pan Diva' Romain win? It always was an almost foregone conclusion! But see the review for all the sordid details, including another pan tune and a special guest appearance by reigning TnT Calypso Monarch Karene Asche.

A special feature this time comes in the shape of A Retrospective OF DJ Ritu's A World in London pre-SOAS Radio Soundcloud and Mixcloud Cloudcasts. This is an overview of DJ Ritu's fabulous interim AWiL shows between BBC London and SOAS Radio featuring all the shows embedded on a single page.

A World in London's new home is on SOAS Radio since July 12th! Broadcast live at 4pm every Tuesday, and also available from SOAS Radio online on demand from the following day, the show is also available as podcasts from iTunes! What more could you ask for? A World in London, now easily available anytime you want, all around the world! You can't and shouldn't miss AWiL now - the finest world music show around! And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

 

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2011/08/21

Hot on the heels of last week's update, another, very special one! Just one review - reigning UK Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great's calypso to defend his crown in 2011, Trials Of A Pan Woman with 'Pan Diva' Debra Romain. This was issued as a special edition CD single in aid of Artists For East African Famine Relief a couple of weeks ago. A first for Rainlore's World of Music, a review of a single track single (and an early mix at that), but this song is so hot it will burn you! This calypso struck me as more than deserving of its own review, it really is that extraordinarily good. What's more, it is also a classic soca groove in the vein of the one and only Lord Kitchener and thus strikingly perfect for arranging for steel pan. You just have to hear this - and you can, it's embedded in its full glory on the review page, courtesy of Alexander D Great!

 

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2011/08/18

Alas, a much delayed update! On the album review front, there's a well overdue review of Monsieur Camembert's wonderful 4th (double) album, simply self-titled Monsieur Camembert, which won them a well deserved third ARIA Award for best world music album. A kind of retrospective of mainly previously unreleased live material, it's a must have! Anything from contemporary singer-songwriter, traditional klezmer and Brahms to originals, classic rock, pop and more in that inimitable Camembert style with a goodly flavouring of Hot Club/gypsy swing.

Then, a review of a really superb gig in a very good cause - Artists For East African Famine Relief At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11 on 6th August 2011, presented by WOM@TT in association with Carnival Village and COLOURFUL. Eleven acts came together for a wonderful performance that was put together in an amazingly short time. Big names included such stars as Britain's reigning Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great, Mosi Conde, and others too numerous to list here.

Trinidadian born Alexander D Great, a calypsonian in the best tradition and Britain's finest, gave us a superb taste of his new calypso with which he will be defending his title on 25th August, with panwoman collaborator Debra 'Pan Diva' Romain (likewise a born Trini). They'll have to work mighty hard to take Alexander's crown from him - this song is surely unbeatable! Very much in the vein of The Grandmaster himself, the late Lord Kitchener - made for pan! Pan sweet fuh so!




The first mix of Alexander D Great's and Debra 'Pan Diva' Romain's Trials Of A Pan Woman. Even though just a first mix, it's already sounding great!

All the latest about the DJ Ritu's A World in London and the Folkwaves campaigns, plus the first of DJ Ritu's new AWiL shows for SOAS Radio of 12th July embedded on the page can be found in the feature 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 7th August 2011. Yes, A World in London's new home is on SOAS Radio! Broadcast live at 4pm every Tuesday, and also available from SOAS Radio online soon after, the show is now also available as podcasts from iTunes! What more could you ask for? A World in London, now easily available anytime you want, all around the world! And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

In the current feature, you will also find news of Roger Williams' new A World of Difference show for internet-based Trent Sound. And of Elizabeth Padgett's magnificent Folk on Tulip Radio, a fortnightly show also available live online.

Klezmer in the Park 2011 takes place on Sunday 11th September from 1pm to 5pm at Regent's Park Band Stand. Don't miss this wonderful free world music event, one of the best in the UK Jewish Music calender! Leading band Shir will be on stage app. 1.50pm to 2.30pm.

 

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2011/07/24

'Super Sunday' - two reviews of absolute crackers! First, a theatrical review of the show of shows - 'Midnight Tango' Starring Vincent Simone And Flavia Cacace At Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, on Tuesday, 19th July 2011. No kidding, this really is the theatrical event of the year! A sensational spectacle, this is dance theatre done right. And Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace and their superlative supporting cast are complemented to perfection by Britain's premier tango ensemble, Tango Siempre with outstanding Argentinean (now British based) singer Guillermo Rozenthuler. Indeed, so perfect is this match that one is unthinkable without the other - a marriage made in heaven!

Sadly, the current tour sees its final week in Glasgow this week, but the show will be back when it transfers to the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End for a ten week run from 20th January 2012. Tickets can be booked via 0844 248 5140 or online and seem to be selling fast already, so book yours early!

It is also strongly to be hoped that a few tasters from Midnight Tango would be presented in BBC TV's forthcoming new season of Strictly Come Dancing. Surely the BBC's budget can easily 'stretch' to accommodate a few dancers and musicians when it can accommodate the exorbitant fees of certain presenters!

The second review is of a monster of a double album, released back in 2007 but as fresh and exciting as the day it was recorded. You cannot possibly be without Monsieur Camembert's Famous Blue Cheese - The Leonard Cohen Show, a live tribute double CD and the Cohen tribute of all Cohen tributes. Recorded during a live, cabaret style show, this album is simply glorious. If you don't like Cohen, and/or subscribe to the idea that Cohen is dark, bleak and depressing, you should also get this album - it will blow away all the myths.

Finally, there's more exciting news about DJ Ritu's A World in London. From this coming Tuesday, AWIL, London's and indeed the UK's premier world music show, goes out live every Tuesday at 4pm on SOAS Radio. And not only that, you can now subscribe to podcasts of AWIL on iTunes! Just go to the iTunes store and type in 'DJ Ritu podcast' to download or subscribe. Don't forget that last Tuesday's second installment is also available on SOAS Radio, complete with playlist. And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

 

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2011/07/18

Much delayed due to unavoidable circumstances, this site update brings with it all the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns, plus the latest July 8th AWiL show by DJ Ritu embedded on the page in the feature 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 10th July 2011. Plus, news is that DJ Ritu is now broadcasting a new A World in London weekly on Tuesdays on SOAS Radio since 12th July! The first installment of the new show on SOAS Radio with full playlist can be found here. It's another superlative show that you really won't want to miss! And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

There's also important news about the spectacular Midnight Tango show currently touring the country (and in Westcliffe-on-Sea this week) starring stars of TV's Strictly Come Dancing Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace and featuring the gorgeous music of Tango Siempre with Guillermo Rozenthuler. The show has proven the theatrical event of the year and has put more than 160,000 'bums on seats' so far, as well as having been shown in a live broadcast from Bristol Hippodrome in over 130 cinemas nationwide, including practically all the major West End cinemas.

In January 2012, the show is to transfer to the West End and will be at the Aldwych Theatre (0844 248 5140) for Ten Weeks Only From 20th January 2012! Early booking seems highly advisable.

 

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2011/06/29

Reviewed today is a superb West African/Western fusion album, the Moussa Diallo Quartet's Acoustic Groove. Released back in 2008, this wonderful album oozes authenticity and needs checking out! Acoustic Groove is one of the best albums of its kind yet., and very polished with it. World fusion music at its sophisticated best, this is unmissable!

Also, some good news for 'folkies' and fans (and who possibly couldn't be one!) of Mick Peat, co-presenter of the axed Folkwaves show on BBC East Midlands that's the subject of vigorous campaigning to have it reinstated. Mick was sitting in for regular presenter of Thank Goodness It's Folk Dave Eyre while the latter's on holiday, last Friday, 24th June (and possibly this coming Friday?), broadcast every Friday from 10am to 12 noon on Sheffield community radio station Sheffield Live! on 93.2 FM. All shows are available for listening online and as podcasts, so you can find Mick Peat's show right here!

Meanwhile, over at the campaign to have the likewise axed DJ Ritu's A World in London show reinstated on BBC London 94.9, news is that DJ Ritu will be broadcasting regularly on SOAS Radio. Details as soon as they are available. Don't forget to check out DJ Ritu's web site for all the latest on this and so much else!

 

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2011/06/17

Another slightly delayed site update, but here it is at last! Today's review is Swiss-based Raaga Trio's exciting 2010 debut album, The Other Edge. A fascinating blend of jazz and West African traditional music, this is one of the most interesting albums of its kind yet, as well as one of the musically most successful yet. Definitely something a bit tasty and a bit special!

Also, all the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns, plus! Not just one but two new shows by DJ Ritu embedded on the page - DJ Ritu Spiced! and an A World in London Sona Jobarteh Special June 2011 - in the feature 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 16th June 2011. DJ Ritu Spiced! features the finest selection of Indian beats, from the genres of Bollywood, bhangra, and Asian/Western fusion, while A World in London Sona Jobarteh Special June 2011 features talented singer/composer/kora-player, Sona Jobarteh, who joined Ritu at SOAS Radio this month; in this exclusive interview she talks about her excellent new album, Fasiya, and more! Two new DJ Ritu shows for the price of one - we do spoil you rotten!

And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and more!

 

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2011/05/29

Regrettably, due to temporary computer problems which mean having to do all html-related work away from base, I'm a bit behind with the album reviews - if your album hasn't been reviewed yet, it will be as soon as circumstances permit so please be patient a little longer.

Although really belonging into mainstream music, this exceptional album of music of Jamaican origin could be of interest here, too. Reviewed is the fabulous Maroon Town's Urban Myths. If old skool ska, reggae, two-tone and the like are your bag, this is definitely for you! And fans of quality dub and rap don't get short-changed either. This album is a joy, not only is it superb music but also it's free of any serious mysoginism!

All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns, plus the most recent AWiL show of 21st May embedded on the page, are to be found in the feature 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 26th May 2011. And don't forget to keep checking DJ Ritu's own web site for all the latest on the AWiL show, EBU wm charts, all the latest Hot Tracks and gig listings and so much more! Last minute hot tip: a new Radio Station Page for A World in London is beginning to emerge out of the primordial code slime on Facebook!


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Also, there's news from Debbie Golt of Outerglobe/WOM@TT about this years City Showcase: Roots & Flutes event, which will now take place on 17th September in Mile End Park, London E14 (admission: free). Applications for selection must now be received by the new closing date of 15th July to talent AT cityshowcase.co.uk. Please see City Showcase's press release for full details.

City Showcase are looking for talented musicians of any age, solo or bands or orchestras; from steel bands to reggae or Rai, from classical ensembles to gospel choirs, from African to South American and all points across Asia and Europe including modern fusion roots.

All applicants will be entered into a public vote to select ten to perform on 17th September in front of an expert and celebrity panel at an entirely FREE event in Mile End Park. The overall winner will receive mentoring and performance slots in the Olympic year of 2012.

Entry for selection is FREE.

City Showcase has a proven track record of showcasing and helping young musicians of all genres including Jonathan Ansell, Myleene Klass, Panjabi Hit Squad, Jay Sean, Amy Dickson, O Duo, Modeste Hugues, Abdulkader Saadoun, Raghu Dixit – who have just won a Songlines Award, Camilla Kerslake, Raven Quartet, Sway, N-Dubz, Amy Winehouse, and Keane.

They now want to encourage musicians working in traditional or classical fields or who are fusing the old with the new to showcase their talents. Please note that, on this occasion, pure pop artists will not be selected.

Apply by emailing talent AT cityshowcase.co.uk with your contact details and links to your biog, pic and music saying where you saw the invitation to apply . Closing date 15th July 2011.

A last-minute reminder that an all-star Japan Fundraiser gig is taking place tomorrow, Monday 30th May, 8pm (doors open 7pm) at the Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho in Dean Street. ALL-STAR BENEFIT GIG: KIT DOWNES / GILAD ATZMON / SARAH GILLESPIE / BARB JUNGR / GWYNETH HERBERT / MARI WILSON (The Neasden Soul Queen herself!) PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS. Expect a riotous mix of be-bop, cabaret, lyrical folk, blues and virtuosity. Feat Enzo Zirilli (drums), Ben Bastin (bass) and Simon Wallace (piano). Tickets £20. Book here:
http://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/ or call 0845 6027 017.

 

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2011/05/18

An album review this time comes in the shape of Teymour Housego's sensational debut leader album Haunting Bazaar with Yves Mesnil. World music / world beat with an Indian slant with a difference! Well, actually, that's a little unkind - you can't limit this fabulous musician and album to these genres, and apart from the Indian slant there are plenty of other notable influences and angles. This certainly is world beat - if we must call it such for convenience's sake - with a huge difference. This is music that doesn't simply rely on clever ideas and instead is deeply and sincerely inspired and very innovative and imaginative. There's a video clip on YouTube of one of the tracks from this wonderful album, Aruna - by Teymour Housego with Yves Mesnil (Niraj Chag remix).

Sadly, news of world music band ZUM's intimate gigs at the groovy Quecumbar in Battersea on Sunday 15th & Monday 16th May, featuring accordion wizard Eddie Hession, arrived a little too late. With their unique blend of tango, gypsy swing and balkan music, ZUM are simply irresistible, and it's a great pity this came in so late.

 

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2011/05/09

This current site update was originally scheduled to 'go live' around the 26th/27th April. However, the computer had different plans and decided to die on the 21st! RIP - Rust in pieces! As current computer arrangements are of a temporary nature and I am only able to work on the site intermittently, site updates may regrettably be a little sporadic for the time being. However, to compensate, today's update is a real cracker!

After almost six months in preparation, a major new feature is finally here and exclusive to Rainlore's World of Music. In 2006, jazz giant Gilad Atzmon released the momentous album, Gilad Atzmon Presents Artie Fishel And The Promised Band. Associated with this was also an online game, The Bagel Shooter Game. We are now able to proudly present, courtesy of Gilad Atzmon, The Artie Fishel Bagel Pages, which also include The Bagel Shooter Game, A Brief Guide To Artie Fishel And The Promised Band, and the already previously published fiction, What Country Is Artie Fishel Hiding In? Artie F. just will not go away! And there will be more to come! The game's objective is to shoot down Artie Fishel - as often as you can! - with bagels for ammo. It's as insane and inane as befits the Artie Fishel character and myth, and it's great fun. The guide is a short intro to Artie F. and the whole concept, the satire, the politics, and the music. The fictional What Country Is Artie Fishel Hiding In? - already previously published here in March - is a humorous/satirical 'article' that was inspired by repeated search engine queries of that nature leading to this site and explores why Artie F. might be in hiding.

But what of Artie Fishel himself? Shall we see this great, if politically utterly misguided and despicable even, musician returning to the concert platform and/or the recording studio in the future? Who knows. Only one man can answer that question. We can but hope!

The Artie F. saga should be of interest here as the album has elements of world music, and also because it is concerned with aspects of politics that will resonate with many on the wm scene.

Last but by no means least, all the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns, plus the most recent AWiL show of 20th April embedded on the page, in 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 8th May 2011. AWiL is now also available via Radio Groovalizacion - see the article for details, or of course DJ Ritu's web site. Also look out on her site for the latest edition of AWiL, which should be along anytime now. You just can't beat A World in London and DJ Ritu - best world music DJ!

 

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2011/04/19

Just a solitary gig review today. And what a fab gig it was, too. Last night's Mumbai Jazz Feat. Larry Coryell, Ned McGowan, Ronu Majumdar & Rajesh Rajbhatt At The Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London SE1 proved most enjoyable indeed. But, for starters, hey, this is Larry Coryell we're talking about, one of the great guitar deities! A truly exceptional East-Meets-West type encounter, so exceptional one could almost forgive the substitution of the all the same excellent Ned McGowan for the great Hubert Laws as originally billed.

Two more dates are ahead for the Mumbai Jazz tour - Tuesday 26th April 2011, 20:00 St George's, Bristol Tickets £11 on 0845 40 24 001, and Saturday 30th April 2011, 20:30 Porgy & Bess, Vienna (Austria) Tickets 25 on +43 1 512 88 11.

Still trying to figure out how a copy of May's Mojo freeby disc found its way here in a plain Jiffy sans return address, sans identifiable post mark. Everybody makes a mistake sometimes, but I really wasn't expecting anything else last week. It's a mystery! S** it, I give up - who was the joker then?

 

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2011/04/12

First, an album review today. We've finally caught up with The Unthanks' glorious 2009 release Here's The Tender Coming. It really is an album to die for - 'prog folk' at its very best! Their latest stunning album, Last, was just released last month and we hope to catch up with that soon, too.

The latest feature on the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns, 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 11th April 2011 is also here with all the latest news, info, comment, gossip and more.

Watch out for DJ Ritu's latest A World in London cloudcast/podcast which should become available within the next day or two - keep checking DJ Ritu's web site!

 

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2011/04/06

DJ Ritu has exciting news re: A World in London. The show is now available as a podcast from www.groovalizacion.com! Full details on DJ Ritu's web site.

This just by way of a brief interim update. More soon!

 

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2011/04/03

Just a review of a fabulous private gig that didn't make it last time due to time constraints - Guillermo Rozenthuler And Martin Alvarado - Private Recital at Swiss Cottage, London NW3, Sunday 20th March 2011. Martin Alvarado is one of Argentina's leading singers and was stopping over in London for just one day, on his way to Finland and Russia for a series of performances in Astor Piazzolla's tango opera María de Buenos Aires and a series of concerts. Guillermo Rozenthuler, likewise one of Argentina's finest singers but living in London, organised this exhilarating private performance for his old friend, which was also the first time both singers performed together!

This was also the perfect occasion for Rozenthuler to bid farewell before he and the UK's foremost tango ensemble, Tango Siempre, embarked on the long Midnight Tango show's tour with stars of TV's Strictly Come Dancing Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. The show premiered in Jersey last week and will continue this week in Southampton. Tickets for the nationwide tour are selling extraordinarily fast, so be sure to book yours as early as you can.

 

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2011/03/24

Two album reviews today. First, a bass-led album from modern maestro of tango jazz Pablo Aslan, the Grammy nominated and finalist Tango Grill. And it's another of those absolute must have albums that's simply to die for. Rather than Aslan's more usual fare of tango jazz, this remains more firmly in tango territory, with improvs arising out of the players' playing without fixed arrangements, or 'on the grill' as it's called. Absolutely sensational. The tangos selected by Aslan are outstanding classics of the traditional tango (as opposed to Tango Nuevo), if sometimes lesser known ones. A beautiful exploration of Argentine tangos.

Tradition also plays a very big part in our next album. Legendary Anglo-Australian folk singer and national treasure Danny Spooner's brand new album with fellow singer Duncan Brown, The Fox, The Hare And The Poacher's Fate had to be held over from last week due to insufficient time. This is grassroots folk at its very best. A wonderful collection of songs on the topic of hunting and poaching from mainly all around the British Isles.

To return to tango briefly, an unusual gig with London-based tango and Argentine folk song supremo Guillermo Rozenthuler and leading Argentine tanguero Martin Alvarado, who had just arrived from Argentina for just one day, took place last Sunday and will be reviewed here next time. Wonderful traditional Argentinean songs and originals by both singers, and the odd not too sad tango, beautifully rendered in a warm, relaxing, friendly setting - maravilloso!

As usual, the feature 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 22nd March 2011 brings you all the latest news, info, comment, gossip and more about the campaigns to have BBC Local Radio shows DJ Ritu's A World in London, Mick & Lester's Folkwaves and others restored to their rightful places and to save BBC Local Radio itself. And of course there's news from DJ Ritu herself and her latest A World in London Goes Solo cloudcast for March 21st, now available on Mixcloud and of course also embedded on the current campaigns news page, and more. As usual, DJ Ritu brings you the best in global sounds in this week's AWiL so be sure to have a listen to the UK's premier world music show! With everything and anything from world beat and global fusion to world jazz and folk/traditional, there's something for everybody.

Don't forget also DJ Ritu's Asian music show on BBC 3 Counties Radio (AM) which is also syndicated on Thursdays via Funkhaus Europa 96.3 FM Berlin, Berlin, in Germany. Catch it on-line here.

Finally, superb bassist and composer Daphna Sadeh returns to the Vortex Jazz Club, 11 Gillett Square, with her band The Voyagers and special guest Anglo-Armenian singer and celtic harp player Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, on 30th March, 8.30-11.30pm. A sensuous, heady blend of music drawn from the Judeo-Middle Eastern, Balkan and many other cultural strands. The Voyagers feature woodwind ace Stewart Curtis, Ronen Kozokaro on drums and percussion, Yaie Schleider on accordion and Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, vocals and Celtic harp. An all too rare opportunity to catch this wonderful ensemble live!

 

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2011/03/14

Among album reviews this time, this one from the jazz realm might be of interest to world music and especially folk enthusiasts on account of its folk connection. It's the exciting debut album from pianist/composer Laura Cole's band Metamorphic, The Rock Between. A superb album, I had this since January but had been asked if I could hold the review till close to the release and tour, due at the beginning of April with the launch gig at The Red Eagle in Highgate on April 15th. (For more details on the launch gig and short tour by Metamorphic see today's News section of the Jazz page.) Laura Cole's onto something new and fresh with her sextet, something quite extraordinary...

Folk legend Danny Spooner's latest album The Fox, The Hare And The Poacher's Fate with Duncan Brown has at last arrived here from down under during the last week. It's a cracker, but sadly time was too short to include a review this time but it should be here next time.

All the latest news, info, comment and more from the campaigns concerning DJ Ritu's A World in London and Mick Peat's and Lester Simpson's Folkwaves shows can be found on its own feature page, 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 13th March 2011. This includes news of an exciting new campaign to Save BBC Local Radio, which, as suspected for some time, is facing a very real threat of being terminated. To show that it's not all doom and gloom, there's also very exciting news of DJ Ritu's (temporary) new A World in London cloudcast - more than that, it's even embedded on the page!

Panorama and carnival in Trinidad & Tobago have been and gone for another year. The feature 2011 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Championships - Full Results lists all the results of this year's competition and proffers some comment as well. At the moment, the results of the zonal preliminaries for the Traditional Bands are still missing but will be added in a 'silent' update probably in the next few days. Head for the Steel Pan page for more details.

You can also find out more about these two features on the Other Features page of course.

A gig that promises to be interesting is next week Friday, 25 March's Mama Africa at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY 7-11pm, £5 adv/conc/discounts & £8 door. Presented by WOM@TT in association with Carnival Village & Colourful, and part of the Best of British Season 2011, Mama Africa features Bumi Thomas, Bulawayo, Amaziah and introduces Phoenix Martins. It is a celebration of African Women's music throughout the Diaspora. More info at Carnival Village and at WOM@TT Blog. Advance tickets available from Carnival Village & Wegottickets.

News from The Jingling Gate Folk Club in Essex is that it has moved, as of March 2011, to The Swan, High Road, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Essex, SS17 8LD. Meeting at 8pm on the first Monday of every month, except January.

N.B. - Upload of this current site update has been delayed by one day due to unavoidable circumstances.

 

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2011/03/06

This week's reviews include Cape jazz pioneer and 'safrojazz' inventor Morris Goldberg (yes, he's the same 'guy who played the pennywhistle - and sax - on Paul Simon's Graceland album') on a re-release (2006, 2009) of a 1983 double vinyl live album. Being a single CD release, Morris Goldberg's Jazz In Transit - Live In Cape Town doesn't cover the whole of that double vinyl but nonetheless feels complete in itself and is most welcome indeed. It's a real cracker of an album. Cape jazz at its finest, blending Cape grooves and stylings with jazz.

As for the second album - oh dear, I really wish I could be more positive here but put simply - and much as I normally dislike comparisons, it's just inevitable here - last week's Kaira Kora Afrika by Mosi Conde is everything that Flautist Keith Waithe's Gathering Echoes is not. The latter tries to be jazz, it tries to be world music, and a whole lot besides, but in the end doesn't succeed being any of these really. The album's only real connection with jazz that I can see is that it includes a couple of Billy Holiday classics and a Nina Simone one, and features the otherwise excellent singer Helen McDonald (of, among others, Helen McDonald & The Descendants). Unfortunately, McDonald's remarkable voice is completely wasted here, and it would be better - and kinder - to forget she even appeared on this extraordinarily abysmal album. Now you might say that perhaps it would have been better to drop this review altogether. That might be fine with a debut album that shows at least some merit or promise, but this is Waithe's seventh album apparently...

Moving on, all the latest news, info, comment, gossip and more from the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns can be found on the feature page 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 4th March 2011. Not only that, but there's also some very exciting news from DJ Ritu herself!

Also there is a new and I hope fairly self-explanatory supplement, Supplementary Notes To DJ Ritu's A World in London Iranian Music Special With Fari Bradley of 4th December, 2010. What is says on the tin, more or less. It delves into a few aspects of Persian classical music and some of its instruments and its/their relationship to North Indian or Hindustani classical music and instruments that were not possible to be covered in DJ Ritu's superb Iranian music special with Fari Bradley (embedded on the page) given that the show's focus was more on the popular side of Iranian music and was limited to one hour. This supplement follows a discussion with DJ Ritu and is based on a slightly more compact version published in the thread announcing the availability of the show on Mixcloud on the Facebook page of the Save A World in London campaign.

And that conveniently leads us to the next topic. The lengthy, extended news items from this page with all the latest news, info, comment, gossip and more concerning the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns for 24th January and 1st and 8th February have been moved to their own pages, respectively: 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 24th January 2011, 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 1st February 2011, and 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 8th February 2011. This will make it much easier to access and reference what was going on on the campaign fronts for the respective dates.

 

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2011/02/24

Another cracker of a debut album is reviewed this week, London-based griot from Guinea - Conakry Mosi Conde's Kaira Kora Afrika. A joy of an album, this should have equal appeal to general world music as well as folk enthusiasts. It's the perfect blend of the traditional with the modern, with huge respect for the tradition.

All the latest news, info, comment and more concerning the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns can be found on its own feature page, 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 23rd February 2011. You'll even find the complete AWiL show of 4th December, 2010 there with the fascinating special on Iranian popular music with Fari Bradley, embedded for your convenience and listening pleasure!

 

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2011/02/17

Reviewed this week is the simply jaw-dropping debut album by Israeli guitar virtuoso Yair Yona, Remember. Originally inspired by the British folk scene and Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch in particular during his student days in Britain, Yona here starts from a largely folk and blues base with good doses of ragtime and touches of country, nu-grass and bluegrass. As much of interest to 'folkies,' blues, country and 'grass aficionados as it is to general world music and guitar music connoisseurs.

Staying with guitar virtiosi, flamenco guitarist Mehran Jalili's CD release concert for his Rainlore's World of Music World Music Album of the Year 2010, Angels of Persepolis, takes place at the Old Town School of Folk Music, Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall in Chicago, Ill. on Wednesday, 23rd February at 9.30pm. An occasion not to be missed!

Anglo-Australian folk legend Danny Spooner's latest album on the topic of Hunters and Poachers should be on its way here now, so expect a review RSN!

If you are looking for the latest news, info, comment and more concerning the Save DJ Ritu's A World in London show on BBC London and Save' Folkwaves' on BBC Radio Derby campaigns, you have still come to the right place, except that it has now been moved to its own feature page, 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 17th February 2011. You'll find all the usual there, and one or two treats as well!

Please note that as part of ongoing site maintenance the 2010 version of this page has now been moved to the Archives.

 

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2011/02/08

On the topic of things 'pull-and-squeezy', bandoneonista extraordinaire Julian Rowlands has come across a great web site concerned with all things free reed and diatonic - Diatonic News, providing a great link between accordionists, bandoneonists and others nationwide.

'Indo-jazz' wunderkind clarinettist Arun Ghosh will be performing music from his acclaimed debut album Northern Namaste and forthcoming release Primal Odyssey in an intimate jazz trio format with Liran Donin on double bass and Pat Ilingworth on drums at ignite brunch - Arun Ghosh on Sunday 20th February 2011 - 12:00 PM at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets for ignite brunch cost £28.50 per head and include a welcome drink, a main course and dessert from the Hall's brunch menu, tea or coffee and of course the live music. Doors open at 11.30am with music from 12 noon to 2pm. Don't miss this rare opportunity!

The campaigns to have DJ Ritu's A World in London and Mick & Lester's Folkwaves programmes (along with the other 'specialist music' shows that were axed) reinstated on BBC Local Radio soldier on! This weeks news, info, comment and more has been moved to its own page as 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 8th February 2011.

NB - Due to unforeseen circumstances this site update had to be held over for an extra day. However, this provided an opportunity to add last minute news to the A World in London and Folkwaves campaign thread.

 

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2011/02/01

Some exciting gig and tour news this week includes this from DJ Jamie Renton (of the legendary Chilli Fried sessions):

Friday nights are about to get a whole lot hotter down Clerkenwell way, with the launch of Spicy Sauce, the brand new bimonthly global beat party organised by DJ Jamie Renton and four piece band El-Andaluz, the capital’s kings of Arab-Andalusian grooves. On the 1st Friday of every other month, Jamie and the band will be inviting you to grab a drink and some of Darbucka’s delicious Middle Eastern food, relax in this recently refurbished Bedouin basement bar, enjoy the finest live music you’ll hear this side of the Maghreb and get ready to move to the hotter than hot Arabic and global tunes. This month for their special launch party, they’re welcoming as guest DJ the UK’s godmother of the global groove DJ Ritu (A World in London, Kuch Kuch)!

Friday 4th February 2011 8 PM – 1 AM £5 Darbucka, 182 St John Street, London, EC1V 4JZ 020 74908772 Nearest Tubes: Farringdon / Angel

And a reminder that you can catch one of the UK's finest Jewish music bands, the fabulous Shir, with Ashk’farad Live in Oxford this coming Saturday, 5th February 2011 at 8pm, with percussionist Ronen Kozokaro. Oxford Jewish Centre 21 Richmond Road, Oxford, OX1 2JL. Tickets: OJC members £10, non members £14, Students £5. Under 13s free if accompanied by an adult. For tickets call the OJC on 07525 785 200.

On Friday 25th February, WOM@TT presents the UK's reigning Calypso Monarch Alexander D Great & full band inc the Soca Divettes at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, London W11 2AY Telephone: 020 7221 9700 Nearest tube Westbourne Park.

And from the UK's foremost tango ensemble, Tango Siempre, more exciting news about the Midnight Tango show's tour with stars of TV's Strictly Come Dancing Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. With some theatres already reporting that Midnight Tango is their fastest selling show of 2011, the producers of Midnight Tango have responded by adding further performances at certain venues on the nationwide tour, which begins in Southampton at the Mayflower Theatre on 6th April.

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences for six series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning tango routines. Now, in their new live show, they will bring to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms.

Midnight Tango is set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires. Vincent and Flavia will be joined by ten of the finest tango dancers in the world, and, between them, they will take the audience on a journey into the heart of this intoxicating city, as danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion combine into a spectacular and explosive evening.

Karen Bruce, who has choreographed for both Strictly Come Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance on BBC 1, and whose recent theatre credits include Pacific Overtures (Donmar Warehouse), for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Choreographer, and Footloose (West End and UK Tour), will direct the production, with choreography by Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, design by Morgan Large and lighting by James Whiteside. The live music will be provided by top tango band, Tango Siempre, featuring vocalist Guillermo Rozenthuler.

The nationwide tour of Midnight Tango is produced by Arlene Phillips and Adam Spiegel. For further information, please visit www.MidnightTango.co.uk. Tour dates can be found there, too. Surely, a move to the West End seems almost inevitable?

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The ongoing and growing campaigns to reverse BBC Local Radio's axing of specialist music shows, DJ Ritu's A World in London on BBC London 94.9 and Mick Peat & Lester Simpson's Folkwaves on BBC Radio Derby (and throughout the East Midlands) keep growing and going! This weeks news, info, comment and more has now been moved to its own page as 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 1st February 2011.

 

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2011/01/24

Last week's news, comment and info concerning the campaigns to have DJ Ritu's A World in London and Mick & Lester's Folkwaves shows reinstated and to preserve diversity and specialist music programming on BBC Local Radio has now been slightly expanded, updated and moved to its own special feature page as Specialist Music And BBC Local Radio - Special Feature 2011/01/17.

Both campaigns of course continue unabated and keep growing in strength, numbers, and all-round support, and this weeks news, info, comment and more has also been moved to its own separate page now as 'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 24th January 2011.

In other news from the world music scene, Trinidad & Tobago's one and only David Rudder has announced his gig schedule for February. Look out for David Rudder & Charlie's Roots at SOB's New York in the coming weeks also. T&T dates are : Feb 4th - Holy Name Convent Concert at Queen's Hall; Feb 6th - Anchorage & UWI; Feb 15th - Central Bank; Feb 19th & Feb 24th - Spectakula at Jean Piere Complex; Feb 25th - Jazzance; Feb 26th - Hearts on Fire - Normandie.

For the first time in, ooh, a very long time, Rudder will also be on the road with Skullduggery for Carnival!

Also, available in the shops now is Rudder's 2011 album Random Notes.

 

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2011/01/17

These days best known as the fabulously talented drummer of Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble, Eddie Hick is also active in a number of other bands, not necessarily strictly jazz either. One of these is the relatively new They Say Jump. Fabulous sound, a mix of reggae and Latin grooves - you've simply got to hear this band live for yourself. And you can on Monday, 31st January, at Camden Town's Proud Galleries, The Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH. Admission is free. Don't miss!

Looking a little further ahead, flamenco guitarist extraordinaire Mehran, whose outstanding album Angels Of Persepolis was reviewed here a little while back and subsequently picked as Rainlore's World of Music's World Music Album of 2010, is finally having an official launch gig for this impressive album. It will be part of the Annual Chicago Flamenco Festival, on Feb 23rd 2011 at the Old Town School of Folk Music in the 'Windy City' aka Chicago. So if you're in that part of the US or anywhere near, make sure you don't miss this fabulous world music event.

While on the topic of Chicago, Rabbi Joe Black With The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band's album Eight Nights of Joy, reviewed a couple of weeks ago, seems to be a runaway success with visitors to this site. It's so far attracted more page views than any other world music or klezmer album in its first two weeks online! Well done, Lori and Max.

This week's item concerning the campaigns to have DJ Ritu's A World in London and Mick & Lester's Folkwaves shows reinstated and to preserve diversity and specialist music programming on BBC Local Radio has been moved to its own special feature page as Specialist Music And BBC Local Radio - Special Feature 2011/01/17.

Please be aware that due to long-overdue 'site maintenance' being in progress, new items may be a little slow in coming along for a while although we'll do our best. Please also note that the 2010 content of this page will be moved to the Archives section soon.

 

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2011/01/09

The irrepressible, irresistible, vibrant music of Trinidad and Tobago will turn up in the most unexpected places! After last week's encounter on Rabbi Joe Black With The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band's Eight Nights Of Joy, by sheer coincidence it again makes its presence heard on the first album actually reviewed in the New Year! This comes in the shape of an album from the klezmer scene that is firmly pitched at the general world music audience. It is the Red Hot Chachkas' fabulous Beats Without Borders. This is klezmer fusion at its finest. A very adventurous and inventive album by a very inventive and adventurous band - don't miss it! Oh, and the T'n'T presence referred to earlier comes in the form of a super 1950s/60s style calypso tune in one of the Red Hot Chachkas' originals.

Woodwind ace Seth Kibel - perhaps best known as leader of The Alexandria Kleztet and various jazz ensembles but never one to confine himself to any one genre - celebrated the New Year in style with a fab folk-ish performance with Maggie Sansone at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center. Ms. Sansone is one of America's premier hammered dulcimer players and here celebrated the release of her exciting new album, Wind Drift: Celtic Groove, Mystic Moods. There wasn't an embed code available, but you can follow the whole superb performance at the Kennedy Center. Seth Kibel's superb flute on some of the pieces is so Irish it'd easily gain him admission into any céilí! Unmissable!

Over on this side of the pond, news of two forthcoming gigs by the UK's premier Jewish music band Shir, whose latest fabulous album Ashk'Farad was also recently reviewed. They will be at the Vortex Jazz Club in London on 19th January, with percussionist Ronen Kozokaro. If you're not familiar with where the Vortex is located, here's a map! Tickets are only £10 and you can also contact the Vortex on 020 7254 4097.

On 5th February, Shir will be at the Oxford Jewish Centre, 21 Richmond Rd., Oxford, OX1 2JL. Here's a map to help. Tickets: OJC members £10, non members £14, Students £5, under 13s free if accompanied by an adult. From OJC on 07525 785 200 or by email from Sally Paskett - roladentATaol.com.


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The campaigns to have DJ Ritu's A World in London and Mick & Lester's Folkwaves shows reinstated and to preserve diversity and specialist music programming on BBC Local Radio continue unabated.

Although things have been moving a little slow at the Folkwaves campaign due to its principle admin Phil Carter having been unavoidably tied up with other business, John Greenwood has now at least temporarily taken over and is trying his best to get things into full swing again. Hopefully, this also will move things closer to a consolidated, national campaign on behalf of all affected programmes.

I'm sure everybody will try their best to pull out all stops in these efforts. Media support and support from all kinds of organisations as well as musicians is continuing to grow also. Recent notable supporters include the Musicians' Union, Music Week, Operation Black Vote and Time Out magazine.









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You can keep in touch with all the latest developments, and join the campaigns if you haven't already done so, here:

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You can also follow DJ Ritu on her own web site. Regrettably, Mick & Lester do not have a dedicated web site at present.

Don't give up the fight! These programmes are valuable resources that must not be lost!

Hoping to get busy with some long overdue site maintenance in the coming weeks, so things may slow down a bit temporarily in terms of new material.

 

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2011/01/03

This week, we catch up with a review of the most recent album by the Windy City's fabulous Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, in the shape of Joe Black With The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band's Eight Nights Of Joy. A wonderful live recording, with lots of 'genre-bending' with the customary panache of one of the very finest big-band klezmer bands anywhere, plus the extraordinary singer-songwriter Rabbi Joe Black. The incredibly eclectic blend of material and styles here even extends to the soca music of Trinidad and Tobago! This latter comes in the form of the music of Anslem Douglas' 1998 soca hit Who Let The Dogs Out (covered in 2000 by The Baha Men who had an even bigger international hit with it) with new and original lyrics by Rabbi Black as Who Led The Slaves Out. Priceless! You've simply got to hear this one. So here's a short clip:

Eight Nights Of Joy is not only a perfect album for Chanukah but for the whole year and moreover for all world music lovers.


Who Led The Slaves Out
Rabbi Joe Black With The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
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There is a full index of all reviews available on Rainlore's World of Music. Also, there is an index listing all CD reviews , which includes reviews of music from all genres, and another one listing all live music reviews.

Reviews added 2011/11/29:

Pablo Aslan Quintet :  Piazzolla In Brooklyn - And The Rebirth Of Jazz Tango (2011/11/16)

 

Reviews added 2011/11/10:

Roland Perrin Ensemble Plays The Jewish Connection At The 606 Club, Chelsea, London SW10, Friday 14th October 2011 (2011/10/16)

Mark Weinstein :  El Cumbanchero (2011/11/04)

 

Reviews added 2011/11/01:

Mashasha :  Mashasha (2011/10/09)

 

Reviews added 2011/10/05:

Nicolas Meier Group - Journey - Live At Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho, London W1 on Wednesday 28th September 2011 (2011/09/30)

John Turville Trio - Live At Kings Place, King's Cross, London N1 on Saturday 1st October 2011 (2011/10/03)

 

Reviews added 2011/09/12:

Heidi Vogel :  Lágrimas De Um Pássaro - Tears Of A Bird (2011/09/10)

Mashasha & Sam Live - Powerdown @ The Power House - Industry Showcase - 70 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London W4, Wednesday 7th September, 2011 (2011/09/08)

 

Reviews added 2011/08/30:

UK Calypso Monarch 2011 Finals At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, Thursday 25th August 2011 (2011/08/27)

 

Reviews added 2011/08/21:

Alexander D Great with Debra Romain :  Trials Of A Pan Woman (2011/08/16)

 

Reviews added 2011/08/18:

Artists For East African Famine Relief At The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London W11, Saturday 6th August 2011 (2011/08/07)

Monsieur Camembert :  Monsieur Camembert (2011/07/27)

 

Reviews added 2011/07/24:

'Midnight Tango' Starring Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace at Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, Tuesday 19th July, 2011 (2011/07/20)

Monsieur Camembert :  Famous Blue Cheese - The Leonard Cohen Show (2011/07/21)

 

Reviews added 2011/06/29:

Moussa Diallo Quartet :  Acoustic Groove (2011/06/23)

 

Reviews added 2011/06/17:

Raaga Trio :  The Other Edge (2011/06/15)

 

Reviews added 2011/05/29:

Maroon Town :  Urban Myths (2011/05/19)

 

Reviews added 2011/05/18:

Teymour Housego :  Haunting Bazaar (2011/05/09)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/19:

Mumbai Jazz - Larry Coryell, Ned McGowan, Ronu Majumdar & Rajesh Rajbhatt At The Purcell Room, SBC, London SE1, Monday 18th April 2011 (2011/04/19)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/12:

The Unthanks :  Here's The Tender Coming (2011/04/08)

 

Reviews added 2011/04/03:

Guillermo Rozenthuler And Martin Alvarado - Private Recital at Swiss Cottage, London NW3, Sunday 20th March 2011 (2011/03/27)

 

Reviews added 2011/03/24:

Pablo Aslan :  Tango Grill (2011/03/20)

Danny Spooner And Duncan Brown :  The Fox, The Hare, And The Poacher's Fate (2011/03/17)

 

Reviews added 2011/03/14:

Metamorphic :  The Rock Between (2011/01/25)

 

Reviews added 2011/03/06:

Morris Goldberg :  Jazz In Transit - Live In Cape Town (2011/03/02)

Keith Waithe :  Gathering Echoes (2011/02/27)

 

Reviews added 2011/02/24:

Mosi Conde :  Kaira Kora Afrika (2011/02/20)

 

Reviews added 2011/02/17:

Yair Yona :  Remember (2011/02/11)

 

Reviews added 2011/01/09:

Red Hot Chachkas :  Beats Without Borders (2011/01/06)

 

Reviews added 2011/01/03:

Rabbi Joe Black With The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band :  Eight Nights Of Joy (2010/12/29)

 

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Features/Articles added 2011/08/30:

A Retrospective OF DJ Ritu's A World in London pre-SOAS Radio Soundcloud and Mixcloud Cloudcasts - All of DJ Ritu's interim special AWiL shows embedded on a single page! (2011/08/24)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/08/18:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 7th August 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/08/07)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/07/18:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 10th July 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/07/10)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/06/17:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 16th June 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/06/16)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/05/29:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 26th May 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/05/26)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/05/09:

The Artie Fishel Bagel Pages - Main Page (2011/05/08) - The 'front page' to the Artie Fishel Bagel Pages - a Rainlore's World of Music Exclusive!

The Artie Fishel Bagel Pages - The Bagel Shooter Game (2011/05/08) - A Rainlore's World of Music Exclusive - the online Artie Fishel Bagel Shooter Game!

The Artie Fishel Bagel Pages - A Brief Guide To Artie Fishel And The Promised Band (2011/05/08) - An article exploring the meanings of Artie Fishel, who and what he is, etc. - A Rainlore's World of Music Exclusive!

The Artie Fishel Bagel Pages - What Country Is Artie Fishel Hiding In? (2011/03/21) - Fiction. An 'article' inspired by search engine queries leading to this site - A Rainlore's World of Music Exclusive!

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 8th May 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/05/08)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/04/12:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 11th April 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/04/11)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/03/24:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 22nd March 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/03/22)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/03/14:

2011 Trinidad & Tobago Panorama Championships - Full Results - what it says on the tin, plus comment (2011/03/07)

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 13th March 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns and now also including the Save BBC Local Radio campaign (2011/03/13)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/03/06:

Supplementary Notes To DJ Ritu's A World in London Iranian Music Special With Fari Bradley of 4th December, 2010 - some supplementary notes on Persian and Hindustani classical music and instruments and their relationship (2011/02/28)

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 4th March 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns (2011/03/04)

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 24th January 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns (2011/01/24)

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 1st February 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns (2011/02/01)

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 8th February 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns (2011/02/08)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/02/24:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 23rd February 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns (2011/02/23)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/02/17:

'Specialist Music' On BBC Local Radio Campaigns News 17th February 2011 - All the latest re: the DJ Ritu's A World in London and Folkwaves campaigns (2011/02/17)

 

Features/Articles added 2011/01/24:

Specialist Music And BBC Local Radio - Special Feature 2011/01/17

 

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