Sunday, 31 May 2020

The Interloper's Guide to Hurlingham (Argentina) ep.2

Join Kevin Acott, Harvey Wells and Alban Low on The Interloper's Guide to Hurlingham (Argentina). Every episode the trio travel to a new location around the world in a quest to capture the spirit of the place. It is a search for the sensation of Hiraeth, a homesickness for a place you have yet to visit. Their experiences don't rely on aeroplanes or long distant travel but a mixture of music and words on this 20 minute programme. In Episode 2 they visit the city of Hurlingham (population 60,000) in the province of Buenos Aires. This programme is part of the 'A World in London' radio series.

Listen here or follow the link below

https://www.mixcloud.com/AlbanLow/the-interlopers-guide-to-hurlingham-argentina-ep2/

Tracklist
Jorge Lopez Ruiz - El Grito (CBS ‎– 8.769) 1967
Las Pelotas - Hola Que Tal (Silly Producciones S.A. ‎– CD 51.387) 1996
La Bomba De Tiempo - Madrugada (B0825RX94D) 2019
Kevin Johansen - La Chanson de Prevert (Los Años Luz Discos ‎– LAL 014) 2002
Eduardo Falú  - Cantilena (Philips ‎– BL 7624) 1969
Gato Barbieri - Evil Eyes (A&M Records ‎– AMSP 7387) 1978

Harvey Wells reads Argentina in the mind (author: Margaret Wilmot)
Alban Low's Hurlingham souvenir include this Argentinian Cricket tie from the 1986 ICC Trophy.



Thursday, 28 May 2020

The Gambia to Kenya - All Vinyl A to Z of Africa

Join me on a journey across Africa, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, one country, one record at a time.

Episode 5 is here for you to enjoy https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-5-the-gambia-to-kenya-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

Take a trip with me to The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Kenya. This week we hear from the Globetrotting Ghanaian musician who earned the title The Divine Drummer; the leader of a pioneering dance company who was imprisoned in a Guinean concentration camp; and the Kenyan musician who wrote and recorded one of the most popular songs in Africa.

1 – Konte Family – Masaane Siise (Virgin)
2 – Guy Warren – Waltzing Drums (RCA Victor)
3 – Des Ballets Africains De Keita Fodeba – Minko-Sodia (Vogue Productions)
4 – Ramiro Naka – Tchon Tchoma (Island Records)
5 – Fadhili William And The Black Shadows – Malaika (Equator International)

This radio programme is part of the A World In London Radio Series, more information at http://djritu.squarespace.com/

Lockdown here in London has had its challenges and I've been blessed with a fairly carefree life for the past month or so. Although I have missed my nights sketching in the clubs and nightspots of the capital I've used my time to research my first ever radio programme. Every evening I'm been trying to track down vinyl, records and shellac from Africa, and nearly every day a new package is brought by the postman. I've now managed to find a record from each African country and brought these together in eleven 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

The Interloper's Guide to Vamdrup (Denmark) ep.1

Join Kevin Acott, Harvey Wells and Alban Low on The Interloper's Guide to Vamdrup (Denmark). Every episode the trio travel to a new location around the world in a quest to capture the spirit of the place. It is a search for the sensation of Hiraeth, a homesickness for a place you have yet to visit. Their experiences don't rely on aeroplanes or long distant travel but a mixture of music and words on this 20 minute programme. In Episode 1 they visit the former border town of Vamdrup in Denmark (population 5,000).

Listen here or follow the link below
https://www.mixcloud.com/AlbanLow/the-interlopers-guide-to-vamdrup-denmark-ep1/

Tracklist
The Rocking Ghosts - Ghost Walk (Metronome ‎– B 1615) 1965
Grethe Og Jørgen Ingmann - Avant De Mourir (Metronome ‎– MEP 1116) 1957
Dreamers' Circus - Mormor (Vertical Records) 2018
Erik Paaske - Søren Bramfris lærkesang (FolkArt) 2019
Erik Moseholm - Nuancer (Sonet ‎– SXP 2011) 1958
Raquel Rastenni and the Harlem Kiddies - Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Little Beat Records) 2005

Harvey Wells reads Someplace in Europe (author: Benny Andersen/translator: Michael Goldman)
Alban Low's Vamdrup souvenirs.




In Episode 2 we visit Hurlingham in Argentina.
Listen to Alban Low on the A World In London radio programme with DJ Ritu on Resonance FM and SOAS Radio every Wednesday.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Egypt to Gabon - All Vinyl A to Z of Africa

Join me on a journey across Africa, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, one country, one record at a time.

Episode 4 is here for you to enjoy - https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-4-egypt-to-gabon-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

Take a trip with me to Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Gabon. This week we hear from musicians who have all traveled beyond their native shores. Meet the Ethiopian Elvis who moved to the USA, the chart-topping Egyptian who spoke five languages and drove a Chevrolet station wagon, and the Eritrean who was exiled in Holland.

1 – Bob Azzam – Habibi Rock (Disques Festival)
2 – Hijas del Sol – Experiencia (Satélite Producciones)
3 – Tewolde Redda – Hidri (Domino Sound)
4 – Alemayehu Eshete & The Polyversal Souls - Feqer Feqer Nèw (Philophon)
5 – Pierre Akendengue – Ibembe (NTYE NT)

This radio programme is part of the A World In London Radio Series, more information at http://djritu.squarespace.com/

Lockdown here in London has had its challenges and I've been blessed with a fairly carefree life for the past month or so. Although I have missed my nights sketching in the clubs and nightspots of the capital I've used my time to research my first ever radio programme. Every evening I'm been trying to track down vinyl, records and shellac from Africa, and nearly every day a new package is brought by the postman. I've now managed to find a record from each African country and brought these together in eleven 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Chad to Djibouti - All Vinyl A to Z of Africa

Join me on a journey across Africa, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, one country, one record at a time.
In episode 3 take a trip to Chad, The Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Djibouti. This week we listen to music from the ancient kingdom of Bagirmi, a singer who has been inducted into the Order of the Leopard and a recording made at the International Colonial Exhibition in Paris in 1931.

Episode 3 is here for you to enjoy - https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-3-chad-to-djibouti-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

1 – Bara – Ramata (Ocora)
2 – Ensemble Gabusi Des Iles – Yimbiyo (Arion)
3 – Ernesto Djédjé – Anowah (Philips)
4 – Vicky Et L’ Orchestre OK-Jazz – Bea (Pathé)
5 – Mahamoud Esma, Roble Hoche and Kihien Ebrahim – Chant du travail (Pathé)

This radio programme is part of the A World In London Radio Series, more information at http://djritu.squarespace.com/

Lockdown here in London has had its challenges and I've been blessed with a fairly carefree life for the past month or so. Although I have missed my nights sketching in the clubs and nightspots of the capital I've used my time to research my first ever radio programme. Every evening I'm been trying to track down vinyl, records and shellac from Africa, and nearly every day a new package is brought by the postman. I've now managed to find a record from each African country and brought these together in eleven 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.



Monday, 4 May 2020

All Vinyl A to Z of Africa - Ep. 2 Burundi to the Central African Republic


Lockdown here in London has had its challenges and I've been blessed with a fairly carefree life for the past month or so. Although I have missed my nights sketching in the clubs and nightspots of the capital I've used my time to research my first ever radio programme. Every evening I'm been trying to track down vinyl, records and shellac from Africa, and nearly every day a new package is brought by the postman. I've now managed to find a record from each African country and brought these together in eleven 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.

Episode 2 is here for you to enjoy - https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-2-burundi-to-central-african-republic-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

Take a trip with me to Burundi, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde and the Central African Republic. We hear tracks from a musician who played in Idi Amin’s legendary Suicide Revolutionary Band, we are lured into the Valley of a Thousand Palms by the voice of the volcanoes and we say farewell to a saxophone legend.

Tracklist
1 – Amabano – Nter’amajane (Afro7 Records)
2 – Manu Dibango – Big Blow (Decca)
3 – Mary Sánchez Y Los Bandama  – En El Palmeral De Haria (Columbia)
4 – Johnny Rodrigues – Hasibaba (EMI)
5 – From Oubangui-Chari – Chant pour le débroussaillement (No label)

and please listen to A World in London on Wednesday evenings at SOAS radio and Resonance FM.

Thursday, 30 April 2020

All Vinyl A to Z of Africa - Episode 1 - Algeria to Burkina Faso

Lockdown here in London has had its challenges and I've been blessed with a fairly carefree life for the past month or so. Although I have missed my nights sketching in the clubs and nightspots of the capital I've used my time to research my first ever radio programme. Every evening I'm been trying to track down vinyl, records and shellac from Africa, and nearly every day a new package is brought by the postman. I've now managed to find a record from each African country and brought these together in eleven 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.

Episode 1 is here for you to enjoy - https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-1-algeria-to-burkina-faso-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

Our journey begins with records from Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana and Burkina Faso. We meet the Algerian Nightingale, the Angolan Minister for Sport and the Botswanan guitarist who studied in London.

Tracklist
1 – Rabah Driassa – El Mouhdjer (Casaphone)
2 – Ruy Mingas – Birin Birin (Zip Zip)
3 – Joachim Boya & Poly-Rythmo – Bon Week-End (Disques Tropiques)
4 – Hugh Masekela – Stimela (Jive Afrika)
5 – Georges Ouedraogo – Rimbalé (Dragon Phénix)

and please listen to A World in London on Wednesday evenings at SOAS radio and Resonance FM.