World Routes - On the Road
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‘World Routes’ is the BBC’s flagship world music show listened to by around 100,000 radio listeners in the UK on BBC Radio 3, and millions across the globe via the World Service.
‘On The Road’ is a 2CD set of previously unreleased material recorded by the programme on location over the last 10 years & featuring some of the biggest names in world music inc. Grammy Award winner Toumani Diabate, Tito Paris & Ilham Al Madfai.
Album co-produced by World Routes presenter Lucy Duran – a Grammy-award winning record producer responsible for “Segu Blue” (2007) and “I Speak Fula” (2009) by the acclaimed award-winning Malian ngoni virtuoso, Bassekou Kouyate.
Deluxe 2CD digipack with 44 page booklet featuring notes & photographs from Lucy Duran and the production team.
World Routes is on a mission to travel to the most far-flung corners of the planet to document and preserve endangered musical traditions. To date, the programme has visited some 53 countries, including 15 in Africa, 15 in Asia, and 9 in the Americas. Artists from countries as diverse as Mali, India, Iraq, Georgia, China, Madagascar and Cape Verde all have tracks featured on the CD set.
|| ||Dilis Saari/Shushtari (Georgia, 2007)|
|| ||Musu Maramba (Mali, 2003)|
|| ||Soloho Mahavelo (Madagascar, 2009)|
Sambiasy & Samba
|| ||Themmangu (India, 2011)|
Ms Gunavathi, Inbaraj, Murugesan, Rajendran, Chellia, & Pandi
|| ||Ay Qiz Leyla (Azerbaijan, 2007)|
Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova
|| ||Baghdad (Jordan, 2007)|
Ilham Al Madfai
|| ||Vale do Jucá (Brazil, 2008)|
Siba & the Fuloresta
|| ||Mi Caballo (Peru, 2009)|
Duo Ayacucho featuring Puspo
|| ||Homi di Fora (Cape Verde, 2009)|
|| ||Lweny Dong Pe (Uganda, 2005)|
Watmon Cultural Group
|| ||Elif Dedim be Dedim (Turkey, 2009)|
|| ||Rag Soohab (India, 2002)|
The Langa Children of Rajasthan
|| ||Juni Juni (Israel, 2008)|
|| ||Mariola (Greece, 2003)|
|| ||Plum Tree Blossom (China, 2008)|
Dai Shuhong and Dai Wei
|| ||A la Suegra (Venezuela, 2004)|
|| ||Mar Azul (Cape Verde, 2009)|
|| ||Lazhghvashi (Georgia, 2007)|
|| ||Marcha do Donzel (Brazil, 2008)|
|| ||The Boatman (USA, 2009)|
|| ||Waire Nzira Nte (Uganda, 2005)|
Nakibembe Village Musicians
|| ||Veloma (Madagascar, 2009)|
Justin Vali & Paddy Bush
|| ||Naghmat Tahrir (Syria, 2010)|
Khyam Allami & Taoufik Meerkhan
|| ||Bandishi Thumri in Raga Desh (India, 2002)|
|| ||Ay Qiz/Mugham Shahaz (Azerbaijan, 2007)|
|| ||Flor de los Glaciares (Peru, 2006)|
|| ||Nakankari-Bushi (Japan, 2006)|
|| ||Uruk (Israel, 2008)|
|| ||Samaja Vara Gamana (India, 2011)|
Aruna Sairam & Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan
|| ||Jerusalem Llaqtaruna (Peru, 2006)|
The BBC’s World Routes radio series (R3/World Service) brings its exceptionally far-reaching approach to On The Road.
This double-compilation was exclusively recorded all over the globe and co-produced by the radio show’s presenter Lucy Duran and its producer James Parkin. As well as previously unreleased cuts from international superstars including Malian kora maestro Toumani Diabate (recorded at home) and Cape Verdean singer/guitarist Tito Paris, it includes ultra-rare roots music from as far afield as rural Georgia and Tamil Nadu.
It’s also brilliantly sequenced, flowing across continents from the Azerbaijani harmonies of Alim Qasimov and Fargana Quasimova to Ilham Al Madfai’s heart-rending homesick serenade, Baghdad, and lilting, Brazilian folk from Siba And The Fuloresta. These 30 tracks never trawl predictable paths and take you an entertainingly long way.
The Evening Standard
This double CD features recordings for BBC Radio 3’s World Routes programme (Sunday evenings), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The show has recorded great musicians on their home territory from Azerbaijan to Venezuela, from Mali to Madagascar.
There are well-known artists here – Toumani Diabate, Alim Qasimov from Azerbaijan – but most are known only within their own communities.
Everyone will find their favourites among the 30 tracks, and when you do its worth getting the back story from the original programmes, which are archived on the Radio 3 website.
Over the last decade, Radio 3’s flagship world-music show has put license payers’ money to good use, travelling the world to record local musicians in their own environments. Somewhere between Alan Lomax and a set of global peel sessions, 30 recordings made in 18 countries capture memorable moments from stars such as Toumani Diabate and Iraq’s Ilham al-Madfai, to obscure performers who’ve never left their villages.
One for those who missed the late Charlie Gillett’s round-up in 2011, Radio 3’s world music show has visited more than 50 countries in the past 11 years, here are 30 tracks recorded in its search for the new and unknown. Few “big” names, but when you are recording in hotel rooms and cowsheds, its all about the adventure.
There’s an old Taoist saying that the journey is the reward, but with 30 tracks from 18 countries spread over five continents and some islands in between, this might easily have been one bumpy ride. Assembling something cohesive from the World Routes programme’s diverse field trips, albeit a mid-price double CD, cant have been easy but they’ve succeeded admirably. Radio 3 producer James Parkin deserves credit for his hands-on role here; although Lucy Duran’s influence is never far away.
Naturally there are many gaps and long-time listeners may be surprised at the relative lack of African and Latin music. But the key element of such a compilation is not just source material but sequencing, with all the particular logic that entails. Nor, despite its largely traditional nature, is the selection short of well-known artists. Toumani Diabate, Justin Vali, Alim Qasimov, the Misra Brothers and Aruna Sairam from India, not to mention young artists like Khyam Allami and Hari Sivanesan.
In this delicate balancing act of so many styles, there are times when the more refined and extended pieces of music provide a necessary measure of gravitas and glue – among them the opening duduk piece from Georgia, the saz player recorded in a Turkish bath-house and the great Greek clarinettist Petroloulas Chalkias. Other items such as the village musicians from Uganda just break out in joyful spontaneity. And then there’s always the pleasure of unexpected discovery. A pair of refreshingly different recordings from Brazil, a good Azeri mugam, and even the Peruvian tracks - normally so passé - are nicely nuanced. One hopes there may eventually be further volumes, either thematic or studio, but for now let’s just enjoy the journey.