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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Tanya Tagaq, New & Mixed
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Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning Inuit singer from Nunavut in far northern Canada. She has morphed the region's traditional throat-singing (which you may be familiar with from the acclaimed Inuit indie film Atanarjuat) into her own wildly dynamic, very un-traditional style. She's noted for her collaborations, having worked with Björk and Kronos Quartet among others. Tanya will join Kronos and an array of Arctic artists for a big northern-climes concert extravaganza, "Tundra Songs", at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Saturday, March 13. On tonight's show she previews her latest CD, Auk/Blood.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
You Are My Sunshine
/ Inuit CBC Strike Audio
Find this and other excerpts from a rather remarkable strike broadcast at a CBC station in Nunavut, on WFMU's Beware of the Blog, here (long uncut excerpt of the broadcast, plus some songs from a 1981 CBC Northern Services LP by Inuit singer Tumasi Quissa) and here (edited excerpts including individual songs).
The Big Four:
/ Various Artists: Next Stop Soweto - Township Sounds of The Golden Age of Mbaqanga
Hey kids - if you dig this, check out the groundbreaking and classic Earthworks Records South African comps from the 1980s onwards, particularly the Indestructible Beat of Soweto series.
/ African Cream
From African Cream: Gauteng group Khumbula broke into the South African music scene with their smash debut album called ‘Bayakhuluma’ and followed it with their equally successful second album, ‘Kheta’. The group is Skipper Shabalala, Andile Nqubezelo, Msizi "Chunky" Mashiyane, and Bheki Masina, and their unique "Afro-beat" musical style melds a North African influence into their dynamic combination of Maskanda and Fusion, to create the songs on ‘Khetha’.
Sat. 2/6/10 6:20pm
who is this right now???
Sat. 2/6/10 6:21pm
Sat. 2/6/10 7:37pm
Great interview, Rob. Tanya's voice is gorgeous — even when she just speaks.
Sat. 2/6/10 7:53pm
Sat. 2/6/10 8:47pm
I wonder how the food at Grand Dakar is. Haven't been there. Also heard it mentioned Thursday night on WKCR during an African music show (which I didn't even know existed until then).
Sat. 2/6/10 8:56pm
Haven't been either! I've heard good things though. Short review from the Village Voice: http://www.villagevoice.com/locations/le-grand-dakar-457832/