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playlist for December 02, 2006
host/producer Mark R. Thomas

Øystein Sevåg
Global House
Song From the Planet
Windham Hill Records

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."

Putumayo World Music
New Orleans Christmas
James Andrews: Christmas in New Orleans

Ingrid Lucia: Zat' You, Santa Claus?

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.

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
My True Love's Hair
Mairi's 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.

Ana Moura
À Porta Do Fado
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)

Various Artists
Electric Gypsyland 2
Zelwer: The Fiancee's Dream
D.J. Click: - Mahala Raï Banda (Romano Dance)
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

Cudna Jada Od Mostara Grada
(A Strange Pain in the City of Mostar)

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.

Andy Statman
Awakening from Above
Modzitz Waltz

Shefa Records
Artist website: Andy Statman
Klezmer Clarinet music from

Loreena McKennitt
An Ancient Muse
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 Maqam Saba

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.)

Paul Avgerinos
Know Thyself

Round Sky
Artist website: Paul Avgerinos
"Gnosis" (knowing & knowledge) is the next step in Paul Avgerinos' continuing quest for spiritual insight and enlightenment through music. It is a rich musical tapestry of ancient Greek chants, tabla, oud, sarangi, cello and choir.

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."

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.

Paul Schwartz
State of Grace III
Center of my Heart
Koch Records
The third record in the State of Grace series from Paul Schwartz, featuring vocals by Lisbeth Scott...
Artist website:

Windham Hill
Holiday Guitar Collection
W.G. Snuffy Walden: The First Noel
Windham Hill Records
A new collection of timeless Christmas favorites featuring some of Windham Hill's best loved acoustic guitar artists.

All is Forgiven
Ave Maria
Spirit Voyage Music
Songs for voice and singing crystal bowls

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.

Jeff Peterson
Slack Key Guitar - The Artistry of Jeff Peterson
Palm Records
New Hawaiian slack key guitar music from Palm Records, based in Kamuela, Hawaii.


Que Te Besen
Nacional Records
New music from a group, that in the early 90's, formed in Bogota, Columbia. Lead by lead singer, Andrea Echeverri and bassist, Hector Buitrago. they cross musical boundaries from salsa and bossa nova, from Mexican banda tobolero, and from rumba rock to reggae and surf-guitar.

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)

Marisa Monte
Universo Ao Meu Redor
(The Universe Around Me)
O Bonde do Dom
Metro Blue
Artist website: Marisa Monte
Brazilian songstress, Marisa Monte takes a scholarly approach to her new recording. She visits the people, places, associated with the Portelo Samba School to discover a treasure trove of sounds and oral tradition for recreating the early samba of Rio de Janeiro.

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.


Me Faulta
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

The Golden Era
"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
Message in the Music
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.

Artist website:
Music from the vast expanses of the Sahara desert by the Tuareg band, Tartit. The group consists of five women and four men who reside in the Timbuktu region of Mali. They play hypnotic trance-inducing music: the women sitdown and sing and play cyclic rhythms on their tinde drums while the men sing and play acoustic and electric guitars.


Host/Producer, Board Op. & Webmaster: Mark R. Thomas
Modified: 12/02/2006