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David Dalle
Thursday October 27th, 2016 with David Dalle
Funding drive! An epic recap of 22 years on-air part I. With a choice album for every year 1994-2001.

I am sure I find all of you at this time of year with some extra cash burning a hole in your pocket! Well have no fear, the best thing you can do with it is support CKCU and my program during our annual funding drive! For 22 years I have pleaded with, cajoled, and fought workplaces and bosses so I can continue bringing this unique programming to you. And after 22 years the show has just improved in both depth and breadth. My show and CKCU represent an essential part of Ottawa’s cultural landscape. Ottawa would be left a dreary grey with only mass-market, pre-packaged corporate-controlled media without independent voices like CKCU. We may not be able to have the live music culture of Vienna or New York City, but we can have the best damn radio! For my two funding drive shows we will hear a superb album from every year I have been on air from 1994-2016! DIAL AND DONATE! (or, navigate, click, and donate...)
1994 - starting with the unique earth-shaking power of Sengalese master drummer leading 50 drummers and 80 singers.
Doudou N'Diaye Rose - Djabote - Realworld
1995 - an incredible soundtrack from and incredible film where music itself is an important character, and my introduction to irresistible gypsy brass bands from the Balkans.
Underground Cocek
Goran Bregovic, Slobodan Salijevic, Boban Markovic - Underground - Polygram
1996 - an easy choice with one of my favourites from Egypt, the drums, those reeded pipes, the passionate soaring vocals of (at the time) their new and young singer Yussef 'ali Bakash.
Bitnadini Tani Lih
Musicians of the Nile - Charcoal Gypsies - Realworld
1997 - a groundbreaking Klezmer album from Brave Old World. For me, it really revolutionized what Klezmer music could be. An old review I wrote in 1998:
The Tune
Brave Old World - Blood Oranges - Pinorrekk Records
1998 - unfortunately my show can often respond to sad events and loss, and over 22 years we have seen the death of many world class musicians. Perhaps none have surprised and upset me as the unexpected death of the global superstar Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in 1997. 1998 saw many of his recordings re-released, and many others dedicated to him, but this one double album and tribute to Nusrat was exceptional. We hear this grief-stricken song by another supreme Sufi singer, Shahram Nazeri.
Del Miravad Ze Dastam
Shahram Nazeri & Dastan Ensemble - Hommage a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Network
1999 - nothing else captures the abstract essence of human emotion like music. Melancholy and nostalgia, beautifully expressed by Hamza el Din on Oud and voice, with piano and cello, singing of his Nubian hometown buried forever by the Aswan High Dam in the 1960's.
A Wish
Hamza el Din with Joan Jeanrenaud, W.A. Mathieu - A Wish - Sounds True
2000 - the few years after Nusrat's death there was a flurry of releases of Nusrat's music. This one on Realworld simply states "from unique archives in Nusrat's hometown of Lahore we have discovered some wonderful recordings which we are now proud to release."
Khawaja Tum Hi Ho
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Dust To Gold - Realworld
2001 - The great Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer has delved quite deeply into the music of Astor Piazzolla with over 7 albums dedicated to his music (mostly). "Tracing Astor" is his 4th album and one of my favourite pieces is not actually by Piazzolla but by Italian composer Giovanni Sollima and his gorgeous ballad for two cellos and string orchestra.
Violoncelles, Vibrez!
Giovanni Sollima/Marta Sudraba, Sol Gabetta, Kremerata Baltica - Tracing Astor - Nonesuch
Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far! And for the rest, please do so! Next week we will hear from 2002-2016.
Interactive CKCU
Unique show; excellent music. Always worthwhile.

2:33 PM, October 27th, 2016
Sarah Dalle
Listening from Norway tonight...

2:34 PM, October 27th, 2016
One amazing song after another...

3:08 PM, October 27th, 2016
David Dalle (host)
Thanks and thanks for your pledges!

3:21 PM, October 27th, 2016
Mike Mercer
Online $10 pledge from Seadrift Texas!

3:24 PM, October 27th, 2016
David Dalle (host)
Thank you Mike!

3:31 PM, October 27th, 2016