in Paris, France: Crocodisc, 40 rue des ecoles, 75005 Paris , Metro/RER St-Michel
in Berlin, Germany:Canzone, Savigny Passage, S-Bahnhof Savigny-Platz
in London, England: north of Covent Garden there are some fascinating world musical instruments and CD shops !
in Amsterdam, Holland: Musique Du Monde, Singel straat 281 Amsterdam
in Tokyo, Japan: in the Shimbashi shopping district the are a number of good CD shops featuring the excellent japanese World music labels that I feature quiet often on this show.
OCORA:, This is a massive collection of ethnic music directed by Radio France, the french government radio station.
Inedit: This is a label organized by the Maison de la culture du Monde in Paris. All recordings are done during live concert at this institution. These are not field recordings.
CNRS: This is a label organized by the Ethno-musicology section of the French Natioanal Research Institute (C.N.R.S.) that is located in the Musee de l'Homme in Paris.
Institut du Monde Arabe: This is a label organized by the parisian based intitute of the arab world.
September 5th, 2001
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Music from southern Laos
Laos is the home of a unique musical instrument, the mouth organ called Khene.
September 12th, 2001
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Colombian Vallenato
The Vallenato applies to the social group, their music and the local troubadours of the Magdalena Grande Valley in Colombia. It is a melting pot music that originated with the Chimila indians that already were using the carrizo hembra flutes and the guacharaca scrapper, african rythms and drums, and hispanic decimas.
October 4th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Il Trallalero Genovese
Il Trallalero genovese is a form of social song performed originally in the bars of the harbor city of Genova in Liguria, italy, the home of Christopher Colombus. Today it has migrated to familly and neighbourhood and has become a major form of popular art with concerts and even competitions among the various all non-professional
October 11th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The turkish Ud
Turkish, Arabic and Persian music have been entertwined for centuries, but each has its own variants of a common repertoire. The fundamental musical feature of these muci zone is the Maqquam, or the scale system. Maqquam are obtained by using various combinations of quater, half and half and a quarter intervals to form an endless amount of scales, each with its own mood. The turks are known tohave refined this habit by further splitting notes into less than quarter tones to add some emotional strain to it.
October 18th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Bali - The Kecak
an ancient form of drama has been revived in the 20th century to form the Kecak, proving that tradional arts are farm from vanishing even under the influence of american hollywoodian imperialism. Besides the recitations of the story, a punctuating choir of man imitating monkeys is the most colorfoul feature of this form of art.
October 25th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Mexico - la Negra Graciana
from the streets of Veracruz, la negra Graciana with her Sone Jarochos has made it to the limelight of European prestigious stages. This unique musician has learned to play the Harp secretedly by watching her brothers music lessons.
September 6th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Sivuca from Brazil's Nordeste
September 13th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Music of bulgaria''s Thrace region
September 20, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The music of Rajastan's Sufis - Ustad Imrat khan
September 27th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m the musical heritage of Kakraba Lobi from Ghana
August 9th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Didgeridoo Dreaming
Dreaming is the australian aboriginals equivalent to meditation. The didgeridoo is a unique musical instrument that is centered around sound texture performance.
August 16th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Central African Reflection Music
The african thumb piano Sanza despite its dozen or so distinct notes is like the australian digeridoo a way to achieve unlimited improvisations in sound texture. The reflection music of the Gbaya is centered around three main styles: the road songs, the dance songs and a combination of both in the sentimental songs.
August 23d, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m polyphonies of the russian minorities
Russian music is a unique melting pot between a multitude of distinct people that have been contributing in mixing the music of the east and the west and north and south, providing musical elements of such radically different people as the vikings and the turks ! Enjoy a classification by functionality such as seasonal songs, social songs (wedding, comic, play and work songs),turkish takmak and lyrical songs.
August 30th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The very first recordings of egyptian legendary singer Oum Koulthoum
Commercial recordings started in 1903. But the search for markets didn't limit itself to the industrialized western world. Soon enough pioneers like Mr Vogel a London based EMI label thought that excellent prospect markets existed in the arabic and ottoman world. Luckily for him and his label, he signed one of the greatest arabic singer, oum koulthoum.
July 5th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m African Drumming in Paris
Featuring african drummer Dudu N'Diaye Rose. African migrant workers bring their traditions along with them and after work perform their ancestral music to fight homesickness and preserve ethnic cultural integrity.
July 12th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Marins d'eau douce !
A famous swear word of captain Haddock, this CD is a collection of Sunday rowers on the river Marne, where Parisians of all social background enjoyed their first weekends of relaxation during the 19th century as a result of the famous 1848 revolution. This scenery was the prime source of inspiration of the famous impressionists painters like Monet that have immortalized these early attempts at civilization of leisure !
July 19th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Japanese Biwa Music - The Story
July 26th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Traditional Rythmic structures Iqa'at from Iraq
June 7th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Mohori Music from Cambodia
Featuring the chinese influenced music from Cambodia performed by students of the Phnom Penh unversity of Fine Arts.
June 14th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Irish Fiddlers for Eternity
Feturing Frankie Gavin, Arty McGlynn and Aidan Coffey.
June 21st, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Yayla Music from the Taurus Mountains of Turkey
During the summer shepperds would gather in yaylas (summer cottages) to entertain themselves with music and dance on the fiddle, saz and darbuka.
Featuring artist Mehmet Sakir.
June 28th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Four Famous Flamenco guitarists
Featuring Estaban de Sanlucar, Pepe Badajoz, Pepe martinez and Sabicas.
May 3d, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Colombian Palenque Music
May 10th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Thai Jakeh music
May 17th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Morroccan Street Music
May 24th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Polish Podhale music
May 31st, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Spanish Modern Sevillanas
April 5th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Albanian Toks a capella tradition
April 12th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Maloya tradition from the Island of La Reunion
Maloya music is performed by descendants of black slaves brought to this tiny island from Mozambique and Madagascar. Almost forgotten, this music has been revived and is even used as a major political tool so effective as to leave western politician green of envy.
April 19th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Work and sacred songs from Georgia
April 26th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Carnatic Flute from Southern india
March 1st, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Sufi Music of Turkey
Discover subtlety strung to the extreme with the turkish Mevlevi Order that decomposed octaves into 53 distinct sounds rather than the only 12 found in western music. These sounds are then combined into 952 scales to reflect the complex human emotions.
March 8th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Yoruba/Dahomean music accross the Atlantic
The very powerfull musical rituals of the african yorubas have made their way through slavery in north and south america. Discover today's traces of this fascinating culture in haitian Vodou, Brazilian Candomble, Cuban Santeria and Trinidadian Shango.
March 15th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Chinese Boudhist chanting Fanbai
Morning and evening teachings are part of the buddhist rituals where chanting is performed. The Fandai musical form is a re-adaptation of Indian chants to better suit the structure of the chinese language. It thus created a unique sound.
March 22nd, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Original Portuguese Fado
Fado is the ultimate artifact of portuguese traditional music that has survived the invasion of american rock and roll. Early recordings from the 20' and 30' at the height of the Fado will be presented.
March 29th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The original soundscape of Swiss cow bells
Thanks to the Ottawa citizen, an out of control "polical correctness" bureaucratic frenzy got back on people's track. In Switzerland, not only do dairy cows bear womens names, but they enjoy quasi divine status. Not only do very expansive paintings of cows adorn the walls of swiss farms, but they take part in annual rituals were they are richly decorated.
Every year, cows move up the mountains to be treated with the succulant flowers that grow only at high altitude. To monitor their well-being, the swiss have used and asian tradition of fitting the cows with bells. The natural music of this accoustic monitoring system is presented. All of this is to enhance the best quality milk production without the
help of hormones or Genetically Modified foods, thus enabling the production of the best chesse and chocolate of the world .
February 2nd, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Music from Armenia
Richard Hagopian, a Californian of Armenian descend looks back at his
ancestors by gathering recordings of the home country and learning
all the tricks of this middle eastern form of art.
February 9th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Peruvian electric Pasillos
Julia Jaramillo, from Peru, is a culturally transposed copy cat of
Elvis Presley. The star mania and the electric guitar is the same but
all of it is applied to traditional musical form of Pasillos.
February 16th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Maloya music from Reunion Island
The black slave that were brought to the Indian Ocean Island of La Reunion
from Mozambique and Madagascar have retained their original culture that
however has been transformed under new influences into the Maloya, their
equivalent of the Blues.
February 23d, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Folkloric music from Hungary
The violin and the Cymbalon rules the hungarian folkloric music. A recent
compilation of recordings ranging from 1895 to 1941 has been put together
on CD by the hungarian Kallos label.
January 5th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Women's song of the Arabic Peninsula
In the arab world, women have their own world, both private and public.
Hear the greeting songs of the perl fishermans wives in Bahrain and the social
songs of the women of Yemen
January 12th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Cuban-haitian a capella songs
The eastern portion of Cuba has a large population of former Haitian
emigrants when French colonizers fled Haiti after the Haitian Revolution
and also as recently as the 1980's.
The contemporary a capella "Grupo Vocal Desandann" from Santiago de Cuba
has devoted its repertoire to the ancient haitian traditions.
January 19th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Chinese Story Telling
In China, Story Telling is the acoustic equivalent of Dadzibaos. Initially
a harmless home activity to put children to sleep, it has evolved as far back
to the sith century to a form of art and is used whenever some
strong political message needs to be distributed. Consequently it is
not surprising that they are story telling schools where this form of art
is marvelously preserved for future genenrations.
January 26th, 2000
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Funerary rituals of the Senufo of the Ivory Coast
Funerary rituals in the land of the Senufo last for several days and
enables all members of a community to get involved. The music is the
privilege of the Boloyen, literally the calbash people due to the fact that
their musical instruments are composed of calbashes either as string
or percussion instruments.
October 6th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Japanese Shamisen
The shamisen is to Japan what the guitar is to the western world. Enjoy pieces written during the Edo period (1603-1867)
October 13th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Music from the Comoros (Indian Ocean)
Due to their geographical situation, the comores that are lying between East Africa and Madagascar are a natural trap for cultural influences moving from east to west and north to south on sailboats. In the comores you can hear Indian, arabic, Indonesian and african music in a perfect mix !
October 20th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The italian Banda
Anyobe who has seen Fellini's movies hasn't escape the famous italian bandas or brass bands that play
mostly classical music. But in italy, classical music is a form of traditional music !
October 27th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Cuban Musica campesina
The cuban country music is very diversified into zapateos, decimas, puntos, tonadas and the forgettable son.All of this with a band that plays lutes, a very spanish medieval musical instrument brought to them bythe arabs ! what a mix !
September 1st, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m the Burmese Pat Waing
the Burmese Pat Waing is a keyboard made of of drums ! It is a unique
percussion instrument made of 21 tuned drums hanging on an elaborate gilded
circular frame. Conceptually it is similar to many gong sets found in the
region, thailand, Cambodia and indonesia). But the music is different
from its neighbours that usually are influenced by India, China and Indonesia.
Reference: CD Shanachie records 66005 directed by Rick Heitzman, San Francisco
September 8th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Sabri Moudallal - first Muezzin of Alep
At 76, Sabri Moudallal is a living library of the Wasla genre of music from Syria.
The Wasla chanting survived only in Alep, Syria after roaming the arab world for centuries
even during the Andalusian days.
Reference: CD Institut du monde arabe - chants sacres et profanes de Syrie
Sabri Moudallal - BSD 303
September 15th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Yikhes - early Jewish kletzmer recordings
Rare recordings from the 1911-1939 period of the jewish community
of eastern europe ranging from Poland, Belorus, Ukraina and Romania. These
recordings are the standard for any modern Kletzmer bands that usually
transcribe this old repertoire.
Reference: CD Trikont US-0179 Yikhes (Lineage Stammbaum) early Kletzmer recordings 1911-1939
September 22nd, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m Songs and inuit drums from Thule and the bering straight
Ranging from Siberia to Groenland, the inuit are the most scattered people
in the world. Despite this geographical dispersion, they hold a relative
homogeneous culture well preserved by this extreme isolation. this
time we will enjoy the people from Thule and the bearing striaght.
reference: CD OCORA C 559021 chants et tambours Inuit de Thule au detroit de Bering diriege par Jean Malaurie.
September 29th, 1999
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m The Music of the Gypsies of sourthern France
The Gypsies originated from India and are roaming various regions of the middle
east and Europe where they developed interesting cases of local melting pots.
The the vast community of Languedoc in southern France hosts some rather
famous gypsies such as Manitas de Plata and his relatives the Gypsy kings.
Here we explore the brewing grounds for these great people.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Music Of Moldavia
Moldavia is a very narrow country strung around a river and composed of a mix of ethnies that all have their own musical heritage.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Celebrating Bastille Day in Martinique
Discover the direct linkage between modern Biguine and ancient african Laghias and negriers musical styles.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Java: Sung Poetry
Traditional javanese poetry sung on the two main javanese scales Pelog and Slendro that are unusual to the western ear due to the nature of its intervals.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Spanish Paso Doble
One of the many artifacts of spanish music is Paso Doble that is used in all kind of events including bull fights, another specific spanish cultural artifact.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. A comparative Study of Asian and south east Asian music
Homegeineity of musical styles and formats can be sometimes verified within large geographcial areas. Two illustration will be given in this program with two large ensembles from China and Indonesia and two three strings instruments from Tailand and Japan.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Pre-world war II Flamenco from the Algeciras region in Spain
Corrido de Algeciras was in a steep career path when he fell victim of the Spanish Civil war.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Travelling Flute Playing Style
A closer look at a specific flute playing style accross an ocean. Discover the similarities betwwen Ethiopian Cushites, Solomon Islands natives and south american indians
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The albanian music of Kosovo
An enigmatic recording from Kosovo from the time no one could put it on the map !
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Music of the Bassaris from Senegal
This presents an interesting format of recording a day in the life and soundscape of the bassaris. Some ethnologist's mix !
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Songs from the italian province of Liguri
Featuring a ligurian choir that performs tradional polyphonic music in a style that can be found in other parts of the mediteranean sea such as in Sardigna, Baleares, Corsica and in some dalmatian islands.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The soundscape of the peruvian Shuar people
Music is constantly present in every aspect of the Shuars life. But ironically there is no word in their language that actually means music.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The art of Randafison Sylvestre from Madagascar
Randafison Sylvestre plays the unique malagasy cylindrical lute, the Valiha, accompanied by Kabosa (an ukulele looking instrument), drums, flutes and rattles.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Classical Klue music from Thailand
Featuring an original thai recording of the Klue ( a flute ) performed in bhuddist ceremonies in Thailand.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Basler Guggemusigg
Carnevals are a well established tradition among regions of the European Rhine valley since roman times. Satire of all kinds are the back bone of any Carneval. However, in Basel, Switzerland, it is actually music that becomes the target of satire with the famous Guggenmusigg that are marching bands where every member of a band plays certainly the same tune, but each in a very different key ! This year, the battle started on February 22nd at 4 A.M., with the Morgenstraich (Morning trick) just to make sure the entire basler community gets involved !
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Marimbas de Chiapas, Oaxaca
The marimba concept originally brought along by african slaves ahs found a special resonance in the tropical part of Mexico and Guatemala. The special hardwoord from the male Hormiguillo tree has an unmatched vibrating sound when hit with a baqueta that also uses another rain forest product, rubber.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Anklung from Indonesia
The Anklung is one the the most original percussion instrument that combines features found even in modern pianos. Its name suggest the sound it makes: "klung" ! It is made of two small pieces of bamboo that are mounted into some shaft and it produces its "klung" sound when shaken ! of course it takes several Anklungs with corresponding musicians to be able to play a full scale. With only one note per musician, it takes a rather great sense of team work to perform a piece of music.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Songs of the Ju'hoansi Bushmen of Namibia
The Bushmen are some of the few hunter gatherers left on earth and they like their way of life so much that they fortunatly don't show any interest in Hollywood ! Their music is somewhat similar to the music of the pygmies but with noticeable differences. It consists of basic modules that performers choose from and replicate at different intervals.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Music of the Pacific islands
The Pacific Islands that are scattered over a wide expand, are however close enough to each other to maintain cultural and trade relationships even before large vessels or planes. They have acted as a natural preserve for a very ancient music, but they have also been subject to episodical influences. Discover the music of the Cook and solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Tahiti.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Lute in greek music
The oriental Lute, invented in Persia but surviving and hriving in arabic countries has been widely popular in western Europe from the time of the crusade until another oriental instrument, the guitar seeped in from Spain and wiped him out. Greece, a country with one foot in the orient, has maintained an interesting tradition of Lute music.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The Rio carnival in Brazil
The Rio carnival in Brazil is responsible for maintaining Brazil's strongest traditional and community music, the Samba ! Enjoy some of the famous Puxador de Samba such as Silvinho do Pandeiro, Goro da Escola, Delmo, Wilson Correa, Abilio Martins, Beth Carvalho, and Paulinho da Vila.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. The drumming of the Diolas from Senegal
Sports and Arts are a well separated genre in the western world ! Not so in Senegal where drummers are an integral part of wrestling events and not only to provide background music but to contribute directly to the activity . Wrestlers play the drum as part of a ritual in which the actual sport is only a component !
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Brazilian valsas and choros
Turibio Santos maintains the tradicion of coffe houses music on guitar, violao. A good melting pot example between african and portuguese influences.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Songs of the Wagogos and Kurias people from Tanzania.
Entranched in the middle of Tanzania, far away from the coast under the influence of arab merchant, the wagogos developed a unique musical culture based on sanza and african fiddles.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Balinese shadow play Mahabharata
Hollywood, traditional balinese style goes back to centuries. The sound track is maintained by a small group of xylophone players.
Musique en Balade: CKCU (93.1 FM) at 7:00 p.m. Songs of the Basque
The Basque are survivors of an ancient civilisation with two main focuses, the ocean and the pastoral life in the Pyrreneos mountains, fueling an endless repertoire for choirs.