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playlist for December 09, 2006
host/producer Mark R. Thomas

Øystein Sevåg
Global House
Song From the Planet
Windham Hill Records

Blackmore's Night
Winter Carols
Winter (Basse Dance)

Locomotive Records
Artist website: Blackmore's Night
Former Deep Purple guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore & vocalist Candice Night along with their fellow band minstrels craft Rennaissance and Middle Age music in a contemporary context.

Anne Roos
Haste to the Wedding
The Foxhunter's Jig / Haste to the Wedding
Artist website:
We will begin this evening with Celtic Harp music from, Ann Roos and company. Her new cd is one of the most beautifully packaged cds I've ever seen. It would certainly make a nice gift for a fan of Celtic Harp music. The album is in four sections: Prelude Music, Processional Music, Music During the Ceremony, and Recessional Music. We will hear "My True Love's Hair" from the first section and "The Gentle Maid" from the second section.

Autumn Musings
Snowflakes Dancing

Fat Cat Music Productions
Artist website:
New music from the Canadian musicians known as ANEWDAY.

Putumayo World Music
New Orleans Christmas

Dukes of Dixieland: Holiday Time in New Orleans

Putumayo Records
The latest Putumayo World Music release, "New Orleans Christmas" has eleven tracks featuring the likes of Big Al Carson with Lars Edegran & his Santa Claus Revelers and New Orleans takes on classic Christmas tunes but we will be hearing a couple of tracks that are pure New Orleans.

The Pogues
If I Should Fall From Grace with God
Fairytale of New York


The original Celtic Punks, the Pogues, first five albums were recently reissued. Last month I played the Pogues "Dirty Old Town," from the Global Rhythms sampler disc. That tune piqued my interest so I stopped by Tune Town, our local campus record shop, and purchased a copy of the Pogues" If I Should Fall From Grace with God." I was blown-away by their powerful and beautifully crafted song "Fairytale of New York."

Gogol Bordello
Gypsy Punk - Underdog Worldstrike
Avenue B

Artist website:

Gogol Bordello mixes punk, ska, jazz, and the traditional Roma music of Ukraine, where band leader Eugene Hütz grew up. Hütz also acts and can be seen staring, as the Ukranian translator, alongside Elijah Woods, in the movie
Everything is Illuminated

Gogol Bordello : in-concert
First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Thu, Dec 14, 2006 06:00 PM

Various Artists
Electric Gypsyland 2i
Tunng: - Homecoming
Electric Gypsyland is a collection of re-interpretations and re-inventions from three leading Balkan Gypsy bands; Taraf de Haidouks, Koçani Orkestar, and Mahala Rai Banda. This music is transformed from musicians on the the Balkan Club Scene.
From the bonus cd, featuring original tracks; we will begin with a tune by Balkan Gypsy Band, Koçani Orkestar.

Mostar Sevdah Reunion
A Secret Gate

Snail Records
Artist website: Mostar Sevdah Reunion
Sevdalinka or (Sevdah, Turkish for "passion") is known as the "blues of the Balkans." Its an urban musical genre that was first introduced to Bosnia during Ottoman times. The group Mostar Sevdah will be touring the US in the spring and summer of 2007.

Loreena McKennitt
An Ancient Muse
Sacred Shabbat
Artist website: Loreena McKennitt
Verve Records
Lorenna McKennitt's preparation for "An Ancient Muse" included travels to the inner reaches of Mongolia and meetings with the Uighur people of North West China, who are said to be the predecessors of the Celts. She is accompanied by musicians from around the world from Greece, and Turkey to Norway

Rahim Alhaj with Souhail Kaspar
When the Soul is Settled: Music of Iraq
Taqsim Maqâm Mukhâlif

Smithsonian Folkways
Smithsonian Folkways just released a recording by Iraqi oud master, Rahim Alhaj accompanied by percussionist, Souhail Kaspar. Their music harkens back to the golden age of the oud, from the Abbasid period (750-1258). Musical instruments have an extremely long heritage in Iraq. An image of a woman playing a lute, similar to an oud, is depicted on a Sumerian clay seal from the prehistoric city of Uruk, date back to (4500-3100 B.C.)

Ana Moura
Através do meu coração
Como a Tempo Corre
Harmonia Mundi
World Village Music
Trip Around the World
Artist website: Ana Moura
World Beat Pick of the Month
Fado music, from Portugese diva, Ana Moura.
(20 new songs)

Monjes Budistas
Sakya Tashi Ling
I Wanna Fly

Vale Music
Artist website: Monjes Budistas
Music from the Sakya Tashi Ling Buddhist Monastery, in Spain.


Artist website: Chris Field
Oystein Ramfjiord is Amethystium. His cd Em-blem continues his "Dragonfly Trilogy" theme. Exploring myths, fairytales, and nature in the context of an emotive musical fantasy world.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens
An Other Cup
In The End
Atlantic Records
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Cat Stevens helped define the seventies, with "Tea for the Tillerman" and his other recordings. After a thirty year musical hiatus Cat Stevens is back as Yusuf Islam with, "An Other Cup."

Ben Ali
Tinder Records
A favorite song from Paris by the Seba brothers, with lead vocals by Abdel-Ouab Seba.

The Idan Raichel Project
Music from the Global Rhythms sampler
The Idan Raichel Project: Bo'ee (Come with Me)
Global Rhythm - World Music, Culture & Lifestyle

The Idan Raichel Project is an Israeli musical collaborative that has achieved success with a blend of traditional Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms. We will be hearing Bo'ee, "Come with Me."

Marisa Monte
Infinito Particular
Até Parece (it almost seems)
Metro Blue
Artist website: Marisa Monte
Brazilian singer Marisa Monte recently released two new records. We will play the title tracks from both records, here on the World Beat. (liner notes contain the Portuguese lyrics along with English translation)

Windham Hill
Holiday Guitar Collection
Manuel Barruecco: Carol of the Bells
Windham Hill Records
A new collection of timeless Christmas favorites featuring some of Windham Hill's best loved acoustic guitar artists.

Kelvin Mockingbird
Sacred Fire - Meditation songs for Native American Flute
The Dance of Butterfly, Badger Girl
Canyon Records
Kelvin Mockingbird was born and raised in the small town of Piñon, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. This is his sixth album; his cd, "Spirits in the Wind" received a Grammy Nomination for Best Native American Album.

Remember Me Grandfather
Thunder Being Song
Canyon Records
Joseph Shields Jr. was raised in the traditional way as a ceremonial singer and medicine man. He carries on the traditions of his forefathers as a keeper of Lakota culture and song.

Chris Field

Ave Maria
Tosca Road
Artist website: Chris Field
Chris Field is famous for his movie music trailers from "War of the Worlds" to "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Six Degrees - Emerging Artists Series
Emerging Artists Sampler, Vol 1
Rara Avis: Medicine (radio edit)
Six Degrees Records
Six Degrees is launching a new "digital only" series of releases dedicated to breaking new artists, the Emerging Artists Sampler Vol. 1, is the first release in the series. TRhe Series is available at and other leading digital stores including iTunes and eMusic.

Mamadou Diabate
Harmonia Mundi
World Village Music
Artist website: Mamadou Diabate

Malian griot and kora player Mamadou Diabate moved from his Bamako to the US in the late 1990s. and now makes his home in Durham NC. In 2005, his previous recording titled, "Behmanka" on the World Village record label, earned him a Grammy nomination. "Heritage" is recorded with a versatile quintet that includes: guitar, balafon, calabash, and talking drum.

Putumayo World Music
One World, Many Cultures
Ziggy Marley & Cheb Mami: Madanite (Jamaica/Algeria)

Putumayo Records
The newest offering from Putumayo World Music, "One World, Many Cultures" brings together some of their favorite tracks uniting different musical worlds. Collaborations from around the world include the Toots and the Maytals with Willie Nelson, the Memphis to Mali roots music of Taj Majal & Toumani Diabate, with the sweet Queen Bee vocals of Ramata Diakité and we will be hearing the Algerian/Jamaican collaboration of Ziggy Marley & Cheb Mami.


Aquí Huele a Quemao
South Beat Records
Artist website: Rayito
Twenty-four year old, Madrid native, Rayito comes from a musical family. His father is a Flamenco guitar player. At age 14 Rayito moved with his family to Miami where he went to school at New World School of the Arts. Rayito has already had opportunities to collaborate with an amazing line-up of partners, including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Paco de Lucia, Julio Iglesias, Paulina Rubio, Ricky Martin. Rayito's debut cd recieved three Latin Grammy Nominations.

Urban Legend
Tranquilidad Cubana

"Recorded in Havana, Los Angeles and New York, the Urban Legend sound is an eclectic blend of Cuban styles infused with hip-hop & electronica. More than 20 top musicians were involved in the recording: from Cuban percussionists to LA Djs and New York Jazz musicians.

Rob Symeonn
The Chosen One
Light of Mine

Redbud Recordings
Veteran reggae artist Rob Symeonn's "Chosen One" is fulled with the righteous rastaman vibrations, blending roots riddims with sweet, smoky vocals and an uplifting message.

irie time
"it's about time"
You Changed my Life
Inherent Music
Artist website:
Jazz-tinged reggae and dub from irie time.


Host/Producer, Board Op. & Webmaster: Mark R. Thomas
Modified: 12/09/2006