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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Music and promo video a gogo : James Hunter

EPK reel for London soul(!)man James Hunter. If you don't know him now,you better get to know him.He's one of the few talented cats out there bringing this fine music back,and I like this guy.Check his new album called "People Gonna Talk." website
To hear the live FREE AT NOON CONCERT at World Cafe Live,click here and push the "listen button" (and turn up the volume!).

Riot in my heart

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Friday, June 30, 2006

Fado Em Mim

This is a follow-up to my Amália Rodrigues post and Wouter's Nynke Laverman post. Part three of Fado week here at Splendida.

Mariza is a young (32 year old) Fadista and follower of Amália Rodrigues. Her music honors the deep tradition of Fado Português while breathing new life into the art form and gently pushing it in new directions.

Born in Mozambique to a Portuguese father and a Mozambican mother, Mariza grew up in Lisbon's Mouraria quarter, where the family moved when she was three. Her parents owned a cafe where Mariza began singing Fado at age five.

  • Ó Gente Da Minha Terra -- Mariza: Fado em Mim
  • Que Deus Me Perdoe -- " . . . " (2001)

  • Transparente -- Mariza: Transparente (2005)

  • "Transparente" is a tribute to Mariza's African grandmother. Lift a glass of vino verde to your own grandmother.
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    Tuesday, June 27, 2006

    Toots 'N Keef :

    A quickie post to celebrate the return to health of my laptop!! During my time offline I had the pleasure to see Toots & the Maytals live in Manchester & on the journey up I sampled Toot's recent album of star guest collaborations, 'True Love' ~ How could I resist!! A track featuring Keith Richards alongside a Reggae legend !

    'Careless Ethiopians' ~ Toots & the Maytals featuring Keith Richards

    Sunday, June 25, 2006

    Dutch (or more accurately Frisian) Fado

    In response to Matt's post, here's some really great Fado from the Netherlands by Nynke Laverman. For her first album, Sielesâlt, she translated poems of J.J. Slauerhoff to Frisian and turned them into beautiful Fado songs. Her second album, De Maisfrou, came out recently (and is a huge succes in the Netherlands) and contains lyrics by the Frisian poet Albertina Soepboer.

    Nynke Laverman - De Iensumen (Sielesâlt)

    Nynke Laverman - O Enjeitado (Sielsâlt)