Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko – Africa To Appalachia
February is to be devoted to new additions to my collection. Music that I have bought recently or has been generously given as a Christmas present.
I’m starting with Tunya by Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko from their album Africa To Appalachia. The album is pretty much as the title and artists names suggest i.e. a fusion of African and North American music. It works better than many of these kind of albums do, in my opinion and that of Robin Denselow in the Guardian – “(it) matches Malian praise songs against North American themes, with Sissoko’s stately, rippling kora and Stone’s impressive, agreeably muted banjo working remarkably well together.”
The album won the Juno Award for Best World Music Album of the Year in 2009 and Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko toured the project in Canada, the US and the UK. Such was the popularity of the music that Stone toured in 2010 with another Sissoko: Malian kora master and singer Yacouba Sissoko as well as fiddler Mike Barnett, bassist Brandi Disterheft and percussionist Nick Fraser.
Jayme Stone’s brand new album Room of Wonders looks interesting too. It is Inspired by folk dances from around the world and includes music from Norway, Sweden, Brazil, Bulgaria, Italy and North America.
Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko – Tunya
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Kate & Anna McGarrigle
As you know, January is Blues month here at Furious Music. Blues has become a universal form in popular music but this series of posts was conceived as a straightforward posting of 5 tracks by afro-americans “bluesmen”. News this week of the death of Kate McGarrigle has caused me to alter my plan. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 (and subsequently went on to established the Kate McGarrigle Fund at the McGill University Health Centre, to raise awareness of sarcoma, a rare cancer that affects connective tissue such as bone, muscle, nerves and cartilage).
So, Instead of the planned Buddy Guy track, I’m posting Blues in D from the Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s first album. It is very definitely the blues in both form and sentiment but above all it is the McGarrigles.
I’ve been a McGarrigles fan since the early albums were released. Their music has air of timelessness about it that I love. The voices, the arrangements, the songs echo so many of the musical traditions brought to North America by immigrants over the years. The music and their personalities spoke to many other people all round the world. You only have to read the tributes left on their website, and around the web to appreciate that.
Many of the McGarrigles’ songs remind me of the works of Stephen Foster – an influence they were proud to acknowledge. There are loads of McGarrigle video clips on YouTube, but if you want to watch just one, try a beautiful version of Stephen Foster’s Hard Times Come Again No More from the first Transatlantic Sessions.
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Blues in D
Joni Mitchell – Blue
After last week’s not so mainstream music, today I’m posting perhaps the most obvious colour related track that you are likely to find in a record collection like mine – Joni Mitchell‘s Blue.
There is not much that I can write about Joni Mitchell that has not been written before, I don’t know enough about the West Coast music scene of the 1970’s to have any original insight into the time, the people or the music. And I certainly don’t have any original stories about the place of Joni Mitchell’s music in my life.
However, I am often surprised about how much I still enjoy nearly all of her music from the 70’s. I expect to be tired of it and find it “old hat”, but pleasingly I don’t.
And with the resurgence of folk music and singer songwriters at the moment, I wonder if today’s teens and twenty-somethings have or will discover Joni Mitchell.
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Ménage À Quatre
Life is taking over! Today is the day to post and run. I’ve no time, even for the important things in life such as cutting the grass. But I will make time for a post to Furious Music.
Ad Vielle Que Pourra are a French Canadian group from Montreal who play music routed in but not exclusively from Brittany in France. Oh and they are also the first CD in my CD rack!
To find out a little more about Ad Vielle Que Pourra you could visit this page from the NPR show A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.
Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Un Fronças au Kébak