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David Dalle
Thursday October 8th, 2020 with David Dalle
What makes Canada great: new Canadian Andean-Persian fusion, Kora Flamenco fusion; the latest from Oumou Sangare and more.

Starting today with three fantastic new releases, two of them from the Centre des musiciens du monde based in Montreal, which offers residencies for artists to explore and experiment, perform and meet other musicians from different backgrounds, most of whom now make their home in Canada. For a couple decades, Kiya Tabassian with his ensemble Constantinople has been the Canadian flag bearer for cross-cultural musical collaborations, and he is the artistic director for the Centre des musiciens du monde. So it comes as no surprise that both these new releases feature meetings of musicians from very different backgrounds. The first is a duo comprised of Showan Tavakol, a kamencheh player with Kurdish-Iranian background and Federico Tarazona, who studied classical guitar and Andean charango in Peru. They perform compositions on kamencheh and charango which find shared points between Persian, Kurdish, and Andean traditions in modes, rhythms and moods. Two sound worlds which are very different and I have never heard them together. The result is incredible, it works extremely well and is pure joy to to listen to! The second is a project by kora player and singer Zal Sissokho who has nurtured the idea of combining Flamenco with Mandinka music from West Africa since a trip to Seville, Spain. He got the chance when he was offered a residency at the Centre des musiciens du monde in 2018 where he approached the Montreal Flamenco guitarist Caroline Planté. They formed a group with Miguel Medina on percussion, Mohamed Masmoudi on oud, and Jean Félix Mailloux on doublebass. There have been other kora and Flamenco collaborations, both Toumani Diabate and Djeli Moussa Diawara have tried it, but it certainly has not been overdone! Zal Sissokho has worked on blending his kora technique with Flamenco influences. The result is another fantastic new release. The third new release is "Acoustic" from Oumou Sangaré, a wonderful album that she recorded live in studio with a trio of instrumentalists and two backing vocalists without amplification, headphones, retakes, or overdubs. It is simply her best album to date.
Dialogue Kurde-Andin
Duo Perse-Inca - Echoes des Montagnes - Analekta Canadian New
Duo Perse-Inca - Echoes des Montagnes - Analekta Canadian New
L'aube de Gabriel
Duo Perse-Inca - Echoes des Montagnes - Analekta Canadian New
Zapateo de los Lagos
Duo Perse-Inca - Echoes des Montagnes - Analekta Canadian New
Zal Sissokho - Kora Flamenca - Analekta Canadian New
Mama Cherie
Zal Sissokho - Kora Flamenca - Analekta Canadian New
Diaraby Nene
Oumou Sangare - Acoustic - No Format New
Oumou Sangare - Acoustic - No Format New
Mali Niale
Oumou Sangare - Acoustic - No Format New
Zal Sissokho - Kora Flamenca - Analekta Canadian New
This past week I enjoyed a 3 hour listening session late in the evening. I started and ended with the great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in two great songs praising Ali, both recorded in concerts in 1985, the first at WOMAD, the second in Paris. I can't recreate the whole 3 hour playlist here, but we can listen to the beginning and the end, songs which linger in your ears and mind and heart for a long time after.
Haq Ali Ali
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party - Live at WOMAD 1985 - Realworld
When I discovered the Duo Perse-Inca and their brilliant new album, I realized how amazing it is, there are TWO Canadian duos featuring a Kurdish-Iranian kamancheh player with another stringed instrument from a different tradition. Kamancheh and charango, kamencheh and cello. Showan Tavakol and Federico Tarazona, Shahriyar Jamshidi and Raphael Weinroth-Browne. What are the odds of that? This made me think that THIS is what makes Canada great, not Tim's or hockey, the fact that we have so many Canadians with origins from all points of the globe, who are willing to meet, and share, and sometimes make beautiful new music together.
To Mourn
Kamancello - Of Shadows - Independent Canadian
De querer a no querer
Faiz Ali Faiz, Duquende, Miguel Poveda - Qawwali Flamenco - Accords Croises
Manaqib Ali
Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party - en concert à Paris vol. 1 - Ocora
Interactive CKCU
David Dalle (host)
Listening along! Share your thoughts!

2:04 PM, October 8th, 2020
David Dalle (host)
The music is very joyful today. However, sad news today the great singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian died earlier today. :( We will be remembering the great artist on next week's show.

2:51 PM, October 8th, 2020
Listening here on this peaceful Thanksgiving Monday morning. Many thanks Dave for your Show and this wonderful archive.

8:45 AM, October 12th, 2020