François Muduga – Whispered Song (Chante avec Cithare)

Various Artists – Burundi: Musiques Traditionnelles

Various Artists – Burundi: Musiques Traditionnelles

Let us now praise great men: Charlie Gillett, Andy Kershaw, John Peel, Alexis Korner, Mike Raven; radio DJs who, over the years, have entertained, excited and educated me.

Mike Raven was a DJ and producer on a number of pirate radio stations before joining BBC Radio 1 when it opened in September 1967. From 1967 to 1971 he hosted a weekly R&B show which was essential listening for this London teenager.

Alexis Korner is best known as one of Britain’s most influential bluesmen having played with all the greats of British blues. However, in 1977 he was given an hour-long programme on Saturday nights on BBC Radio 1, Alexis Korner’s Blues and Soul show. The series moved to Sunday night in 1978 and ran until 1982.

John Peel and Andy Kershaw probably don’t need any introduction to British readers, great British broadcasters both and both sorely missed from the airwaves.

Finally on to Charlie Gillett, journalist and broadcaster. I’m not sure how well known Charlie Gillett is; much of his broadcasting has been for BBC Radio London and the BBC World Service In recent years he has broadcast regularly BBC Radio 3. Unfortunately, due to continuing ill health, Charlie has had to give up the Radio 3 slot but hopes, in time, to continue with his World Service show.

And so on to today’s posting, we have music from the classic album Burundi: Musiques Traditionnelles. I first heard music from this album on the Alexis Korner show – indeed this was my first experience of African music. And Charlie Gillett played this track, segued with Dr John and Tom Waits on his show on 18 December 2009.

I have just repurchased this album having owned a vinyl copy for many years. It was not easy to find but, despite some problems, Honest Jons Records were able to get me a copy, so thanks are due to them.

François Muduga – Whispered Song (Chante avec Cithare)

7 thoughts on “François Muduga – Whispered Song (Chante avec Cithare)

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  2. Yannan

    Hi,

    I am a student who is writing a research paper on the film Hotel Rwanda. I realize the first song of your Burundi music album is included in the film’s OST. However, no more information can be found on this song. I am really surious to know what is the whisper singing for. Under what circumstance the Burundi people will sing in this style. Do you know the content of the lyrics or the song by any chance? Thank you very much for your help. I am looking forward to hearing back from you. Thanks!

    Sincerely,
    Yannan Li

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  4. Andrew Post author

    No, I do not know of any other recordings. François Muduga would not have been a professional musician I am sure and as the recording was made before the explosion of interest in “world” music, I doubt whether anyone heard this recording and thought “I must get out to Burundi and sign up this guy”!

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