Friday, 3 July 2020

The Interloper's Guide to Sennar (Sudan) Ep.4

From the safety of your own home travel with us to Sennar in Sudan. The latest episode of The Interloper's Guide is out today https://www.mixcloud.com/AlbanLow/the-interlopers-guide-to-sennar-sudan-ep4/ with Harvey Wells, Kevin Acott and Alban Low. 20 minutes of music and spoken vignettes. In Episode 4 they visit Sennar, a town on the Blue Nile, south of Sudan's capital Khartoum (population 100,000+). This programme is part of the 'A World in London' radio series

Listen here or follow the link - https://www.mixcloud.com/AlbanLow/the-interlopers-guide-to-sennar-sudan-ep4/


Tracklist
1 - Nile Waves - The Scorpions
2 - Falling Higher - Gaidaa
3 - Sudan - MaMan and Aidyproof
4 - Samha - The Scorpios

Alban talks about my grandfather who worked with the Sudan Defence Force in 1929, and was hit by a canon shot loaded with nails and bed casters. He was a very keen linguist and during his convalescence in the UK studied languages at SOAS. He went on to be the liaison officer and interpreter for King Faisal II of Iraq at George VI's Coronation in 1937.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Reunion to Somalia (All Vinyl A to Z of Africa) Ep.9


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

Episode 8 is here for you to enjoy https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-9-reunion-to-somalia-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

Take a trip with me to Reunion, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Somalia. This week we meet the group who brought the Tutsi, Hutu, and Abatwa tribes of Rwanda together after the 1994 genocide… the musician from Sierra Leone who now calls London his home…. and the story of a Somalian ‘Sugar Daddy’ grooving to Mogadishu vibes.

Tracklist:
1 – Régis & Le Groupe Caméléon – Séga Troisième Age (Disques Royal)
2 – The Good Ones – Amagorwa Y’ Abagabo (Dead Oceans)
3 – Orchestra Baobab – Fayinkounko (World Circuit)
4 – Abdul Tee-Jay’s Rokoto – Ro-Manké (Rogue Records)
5 – F. Qassim & Shareero – Waakaa Helaa (Analog Africa)

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. 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 twelve 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.

Monday, 29 June 2020

Mozambique to Republic of the Congo (All Vinyl A to Z of Africa) Ep.8

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

Episode 8 is here for you to enjoy https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/107224


Take a trip with me to Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria and Republic of the Congo. This week we are spread across the generations, from the colonial life of the 1930s, liberation and independence in the 1960s, Apartheid in the 1980s and finally recent releases from rising stars.

Tracklist:
1 – António Calvário – Terra De Flores (Alvorada)
2 – Ben Molatzi – Danisa Sam (Cree Records)
3 – Ben Molatzi – Tae E Ta Go Di? (Cree Records)
4 – Bombino – Deran Deran Alkheir (Partisan Records)
5 – The Rhythm Blues – Poto-Poto (Philips-West African-Records)
6 – Tela Mamba – Chant d’enfants (Pathe)
7 – Nio Niobi – Okala : chant de funérailles (Pathe)

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. 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 twelve 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.


The Interloper's Guide to Fort Atkinson (USA) ep.3

Join Kevin Acott, Harvey Wells and Alban Low on The Interloper's Guide to Fort Atkinson (USA). 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 3 they visit Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA (population 12,000). 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-fort-atkinson-usa-ep3/


1 - Empty - Kevin Abstract
2 - Sunshine & Lust Are No Longer Enough - Luna Luna
3 - Midwest Elegy - Simon Balto
4 - Sauk and Fox Peyote Song - Brian Stoner
5 - High Flying Bird - Judy Henske
6 - Turnpike - Charlie Ventura Quintet With Jackie Cain & Roy Kral

Malawi to Morocco (All Vinyl A to Z of Africa) Ep.7


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

Episode 7 is here for you to enjoy https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-7-malawi-to-morocco-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa


Take a trip with me to Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius and Morocco. This week we meet the ethnomusicologist who made over 35,000 recordings of African music, the Malian who was the first djelimuso (female griot) to tour Europe as a solo artist, and the Moroccan whose been awarded medals from two Popes.

Tracklist
1 – Acinkanja – A Name  (Beating Heart)
2 – Kulira kwa ng’omba – The Song Of The Ground Hornbill  (Beating Heart)
3 – Fanta Damba Accompagnée A La Cora Par Batourou Sékou Kouyaté –  Sekou Semega (Tembo Records)
4 – Hammed Touiff – Chant de Caravaniers (No Label)
5 – Alain Permal et Jeanine Lébout – Qui Coté Qui Coté (Disques Capricorne)
6 – Abdelwahab Doukkali – El Ouef Sahib (Atlassiphone)

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. 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 twelve 20 minute programmes on SOAS radio.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Lesotho to Madeira - 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 6 is here for you to enjoy https://soasradio.org/music/episodes/ep-6-lesotho-to-madeira-all-vinyl-a-to-z-of-africa

Take a trip with me to Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar and Madeira. This week we hear compositions that have survived since Stone Age times; a musician who performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert; and a singer who boycotted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1970.
Tracklist
1 - Basutoland - L'épervier, Nong, Sonnerie Pour Le Bétail (BAM)
2 - Miatta Fahnbulleh - Amo Sakee Sa (Rokel)
3 - Ahmed Fakroun - Nisyan (Groovin Recordings)
4 - Freddy Ranarison - Diavolana Fenomanana (Discomad)
5 - Conjunto de João Paulo - Hully Gully Do Montanhês (Columbia)
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. 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.

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 includes 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.