Episode 10 was originally posted on August 13, 2018.
01) "Catching Loners With Blank Arms" by Vibracathedral Orchestra.
From the 2001 album Versatile Arab Chord Chart.
England's Vibracathedral Orchestra has been making drones for the world since 1998. "According to John F Szwed's biography of Sun Ra, 'Space is the Place', the original 'Vibra-Cathedral Orchestra' was a 1930s jazz band from Ra's home town of Birmingham, Alabama, which was previously called the Sax-O-Society Orchestra." Pitfork says the "Avant-drone band operates at the nexus of Kraut-damaged rock, turbulent pan-ethnic folk, and Terry Riley/Tony Conrad-inspired minimalism."
02) "Wandering Melodic Road" by The튠 // Music Band The Tune.
From the 2016 album Wandering Melodic Road.
South Korea's The튠 (known in English as "Music Band The Tune") is breathing new life into traditional Korean music. The group's website explains:
Free extension from primitive, traditional, and old
the tune is showcasing an experimental and creative musical reinterpretation of the Korea traditional music traditional percussion and lifted, piano, vocals, percussion configuration. It invites traditional, primitive, and old things to create Korean-style emotions and their breathing to create music in which images can be seen and stories heard. It combines traditional Korean music, jazz, contemporary, and gypsy music to create music with a subtle oriental aura. The Thun is in a strange tightrope, staying inside Korean classical music and playing outside traditional Korean music.
Staying inside Korean traditional music
Playing outside Korean traditional music
03) "Jiu Kuang “The Drinking Song”" by Yao Gongbai.
From the 2003 album The Rough Guide to the Music of China.
We have extolled the virtues of the Rough Guide music series before (Episode 04 and Episode 05 both featured tracks from The Rough Guide To Australian Aboriginal Music). What a great way to find music from all over the world. We recently gave the The Rough Guide to the Music of China a spin here at the Fake Offices and have been smitten by "Jiu Kuang “The Drinking Song”" by Yao Gongbai ever since.
04) "Kogarashi”" by Kikagaku Moyo.
From the 2016 album House In The Tall Grass.
Fine purveyors of psychedelic rock from Tokyo, Japan. The band has quickly garnered international attention.
05) "Futare Chuy”" by 東ウメ子 [Umeko Ando].
From the 2001 album Ihunke.
Umeko Ando was an Ainu singer and mukkuri player who recorded with Oki who made an appearance on Episode 06 of our very own global music radio podcast with the Oki Dub Ainu Band.
06) "Akaasher Astaragey”" by Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee.
From the 2001 album Bengali film songs "E shudhu gaaner din".
Sandhya Mukhopadhyay is an Indian "playback singer." Playback singers are singers whose singing is pre-recorded for later use in movies, songs and soundtracks. The actors often lip-syncy over the songs for the camera while the actual singer does not appear on camera.
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07) "Flutes”" by Toto Bona Lokua.
From the 2004 album self-titled album.
Toto Bona Lokua is a collaborative group made up of French songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gerald Toto, Cameroonian jazz musician Richard Bona, and Congolese singer-songwriter Lokua Kanza. The group's record label No Format says: "Three voices then; three well-tempered personalities; three distinct universes with precisely drawn contours bringing together a whole palette of colors, moods and emotions with infinite nuances."
08) "Junkanoo" by Exuma.
From the 1970 album self-titled album.
Macfarlane Gregory Anthony Mackey was born in the Bahamas and reorced as Exuma blending genres like Freak Folk, Calypso, Reggae, and African Folk. Exuma played throughout New York's Greenwich Village and created a seven-person group that toured and recorded multiple albums. Allmusic says: "Exuma was a singular talent. Mixing the infectious rhythms and folkloric qualities of Bahamian music with rock, country, and other U.S. influences and adding a sharply satiric element of social commentary, Exuma's music aimed for the heart and the feet at the same time."
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09) "Mamita surumi" by Los Kjarkas.
From the 1981 album Canto a la mujer de mi pueblo.
Los Kjarkas is a Bolivian band from Capinota and a popular Andean folk music band. They play a variety of styles including Saya, tuntuna, huayno, and carnavales and they play the charango, quena, zampona, ronroco, guitar, and bombo.
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