SliceAudio and FerryFM, and Radio Larne plays-out Around the World on Sundays from 10.00 pm – midnight local time. The show is also available Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Lisburn’s 98 FM, Bangor FM and Down Community Radio.
You can hear the show anytime here on MixCloud.
|Oquestrada||O Teu Murmúrio||Atlantic Beat|
|Branko||Ooo – Single||Ooo – Single|
|Lura||BLA BLA BLA||BLA BLA BLA – Single|
|Mariza||Maria Lisboa||Best of Mariza|
|Retimbrar||Vai de Centro ao Centro||Vai de Centro ao Centro – Single|
|Sopa De Pedra||A Praga||A Praga – Single|
|Seiva||Esta Noite Sai a Ronda||Esta Noite Sai a Ronda – Single|
|Galandum Galundaina||Para Namorar Morena||Quatrada|
|Brighde Chaimbeul||The Old Woman’s Dance / The Skylarks’s Ascension||The Reeling|
|Pongo||Uwa||UWA – EP|
|Bab L’ Bluz||Waydelel||Nayda!|
|Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance||Un sourire au cœur||Un autre monde|
|AyoM||Baile das Catitas||Ayom|
|O Gajo||Electro Santa||Subterrâneos|
|Maria Mazzotta & Pulcinella||La foule||Grifone|
|Bokanté, Metropole Orkest & Jules Buckley||La maison en feu (Single Version)||La maison en feu – Single|
|동양고주파 Dongyang Gozupa||Now and then||SURFACE|
|Manou Gallo||Mario ma lettre à Yacé||Mario ma lettre à Yacé – Single|
|The Azueï Movement||Alegba||ARTYBONITO|
|Yarima Blanco||Pa Mi Tres||Pa Mi Tres – EP|
|Mateus Aleluia||Canta Sabiá (feat. Thiago França & Pastoras do Rosário)||Olorum|
|Miroca Paris||Nhe Simpronia||D’alma|
|Sofia Rei||La Quinta Pata||Umbral|
|Lina & Raül Refree||A Mulher Que Já Foi Tua||Lina_Raül Refree|
|Aynur||Rabe hîv e||Hedûr – Solace of Time|
Around the World in on the road and up in the air again. Plans to present the show from interesting and exotic locations fell apart at the beginning of last year and by that time I’d only managed one show from abroad and that was from Sarajevo.
This time I was in Portugal.
I was on my way to WOMEX – The World Music Expo – in Porto, but I stopped off in Lisbon first.
The first half hour or so of the show will be from Lisbon and a small demonstration of the breadth of music from the city including Sara Tavares, Beautify Junkyards, Branko, and Mariza.
Here’s an example of Beautify Junkyards
And of course, Mariza
In Porto but before we turn to WOMEX, let’s spend a moment thinking about the humble Francesinha. With the “I’ll try that.” attitude to menus that I don’t understand, I pointed at the list of food in Portuguese, said “por favor”. 10 minutes later the francesinha arrived. It was big – a great big sandwich covered in cheese, filled with steak, ham, spiced sausage, and chipolata and … and … and… topped even further with a lightly fried egg. (Apologies to my vegetarian friends who are feeling either queasy or disgust – probably both.) But that’s not all. It is served in a large bowl … of spicy tomato soup. Oh, and there are chip/fries. It is Porto’s own traditional lunch and should you ever go there — get one!
In the meantime, here’s a recipe. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/user/213143/recipe/francesinha
WOMEX Opening Night. The opening event at WOMEX was held in the Rem Koolhaas designed Casa da Música which opened in 2005. It sits 1300 people and was packed to see Porto ReFolk Express, a showcase of folk music made in Portugal.
I’ll say now – it is impossible to capture the power of some of this music on record. The opening band was Retimbrar – a musical collective from Porto that explores deep Portuguese rhythm. I think I counted 9 drummers drumming, short pipes and a guest singer from Galicia, Uxía.
From 9 drummers and other musicians to 10 singers singing. Again, a powerful performance from Sopa de Pedra.
I was in the second row from the stage for these marvellous performances and there was no better place to sit to get the full effect of the percussion from this trio thump thump thumping into my chest. They are only a three piece but Seiva were very powerful.
And I can’t even begin to desctibe the stick-dance and tumbling that accompanied Galandum Galundaina
But you’ll get some idea from the video below.
On the show this week I’ll also be playing music from some of the bands who were my highlights. And some that I missed.
The best of all was from Ayom who I had been looking forward to seeing, but was completely taken aback by their live performance which ended with the audience forming a conga line and dancing through Porto’s national theatre.
Here’s a similar performance posted just a few days ago
Another outstanding performance was from Slaento’s Antonio Castrignanò.
He shared the stage with Bab L’ Bluz.
Among the most surprising and gripping performances was from Maria Mazzotta
Her’s was one of the daytime performances which left the audience emotional wrecks yet between the dramatic songs she made them laugh. It was an exceptional performance.
Another brilliant daytime performance was from piper Brighde Chaimbeul from Skye.