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For Londoners at home on a Saturday night, the best soundtrack to cooking dinner is, without question, DJ Charlie Gillett's BBC London show. This, along with his marvellous World Service programme is open-minded broadcasting at its best, with a reassuringly human touch. There's loads of cutting edge world and roots music plus guest musicians, an easy going way with a microphone and the occasional marvellous stretch of 'dead air'. All of which serves to remind you there's a real person on the other side of your speakers. For the past four years, he's also been compiling double CDs of the best material aired during the year on both shows, "guided by listeners, prods from friends and exposure to live performances at clubs, theatres and festivals". And here's the latest instalment..
As usual, the choice of material and the way it's sequenced makes for inspired listening. It's much like an extra-long show, but without interruptions from the news, or Charlie's dulcet tones. Regular listeners will know pretty much what to expect, and the contributions from the likes of Mariza, Manu Chao, Orchestra Baobab and Ojos de Brujo will probably be familiar, as will the wonderful opening track from French stars Noir Desir, who, like many others here would be virtually unknown in the U.K. if it weren't for Mr. Gillett's work.
Newcomers should probably be warned that not all the material is actually from 2003 and there's something of a bias towards music from Mediterranean and West African countries, with little from Latin America or Asia. Spanish and French artists are particularly favoured this time around. But every DJ has their favourites, and there are also plenty of surprises in his choices. Foremost among these for me were Pakistani singer Naseebo Lal and the cumbia/ska hybrid from Russian group Markscheider Kunst.
Everyone will have their own, depending on how much and when they get out. One thing's for sure; this is one series that deserves to run and run. --Jon Lusk
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Top Customer Reviews
I had thought the only exception to this were the excellent Rough Guides but now I can add this to the list.
A really wide ranging and intriguing runthrough of one years output of international music. Some of it is pop, some of it is roots. I don't love all of it but my word its interesting. I certainly love a great deal of it.
Only trouble is its going to cause me to buy lots of stuff by the artists I like.
An expensive bargain then!
Play it loud, or enjoy it softly...
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I liked about fifty percent of each CD. If you like more traditional World Music, this CD set may not appeal-- the 2002 compilation was certainly modern World sound. However this 2003 set is very much an international fusion of hypno-, techno, rap and reggae. If you had a hard time getting into World Music and you love the current pop trends, you should try this album because it's an excellent cross-section of World Pop and World Modern, well, Folk, I guess. I found a lot to like here, but it was a bit much pop for me in places.
J'adore absolument Rebecca Malope, l'Orchestre Baobab, et Samira Sa'id. Shukran yaa Charlie, for your part in making this wonderful music available at such a bargain price.
All the songs are well-produced (not a given, in my experience),
and all the artists technically proficient. So whether the individual listener likes a particular song is gonna be a personal thing.