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Woman’s Boat and Lifeforms

What a Fripp

1994 was a wonderful active year for Fripp, contributing to Damage – Live , Flowermouth  and Sidi Mansour but that is not all.

Together with a star cast is names like Peter Gabriel, Trey Gunn and David Rhodes, Fripp contributed to Toni Childs album “The Woman’s Boat” on several tracks. The album features a rich world music inspiration that we also know from the works of Peter Gabriel in this period and it is no surprise to find that it was recorded in his Real World Studios.

 

Toni Childs (born 1957) is an American/Australian singer and songwriter. Making three albums from 1988 to 1994, best received was the debut “Union”. After 1997 Toni Childs gave up touring after developing Graves’ disease, she would not make another album until 2009.

Fripp also played on a track from “The Future Sound of London”’s album “Lifeforms” a wonderful album of avant-garde electronic music, walking the line between  techno and ambient. Surprisingly not only a success with critics but also commercially; selling over 60.000 copy’s.

The Future Sound of London is a duo of Garry Cobain born 1967 Bedford England and Brian Dougans born 1966 Glasgow Scotland. Brian Dougans has also released as soloartist under the name Humanoid having a hit with ”Stakker Humanoid” prior to his work with ”The Future Sound of London”

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Sidi Mansour

One of the most unexpected Fripp collaborations was the creation of Cheikha Rimittis “Sidi Mansour” album from 1994. An amazing blend of Middle East traditions meets Western rock.

Fronted by  Cheikha Remitti, a female 70 years old Algerian Raï singer, often referred to as the Grandmother of Raï, with East Bay Ray (Dead Kennedys) on rhythm guitar, Fripp on lead guitar, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) delivers some very very hot bass work throughout the album, all this on top of very crafted percussions and horns. All very talented put together to create a sound I have never heard on any other album.

“Sidi Mansour” was followed by a 1995 mini album: Cheikha [Unreleased Tracks From The Sidi Mansour Album]

Rimitti was one of the most influential singers in the development of the popular Algerian music style known as Rai. She was born in 1923 in French-controlled Algeria. She became an orphan at a young age and grew up living a hard life.

She joined a troupe of traditional Algerian musicians and learnt to sing and dance, and even though she was illiterate all her life, she created more than 200 songs. Mostly of a social realistic nature, about the hardness of poor people living, love, sex, alcohol ect. Her poetry forced her out of Algeria in the 1960’s, she spent most of the rest of her live in France. She died in Paris in 2006, aged 83.

 

Tribal Ritual Psychedelic Rock

Swedish band Goat, jumped out of nowhere and into the sprawling scene of neo-psychedelic in 2012, with their debut “world music”, followed by “Commune” in 2014.

The band covers their origins, warring masks in live shows, acting as a loosely connected music community of nameless members, and by a story of them springing from a collective of townspeople in Korpilombolo, located north of the Arctic Circle, a small town of native Sami people, and a few Scandinavian settlers. Creating a tradition of ritual music, in praise of pagan Gods and ancestral worshipping.

The cover story works well with the music, there is a strong sense of tribal pagan ritual coming from their recordings, on a base of stoner/psychedelic rock, with a rarely seen mix with influences from a wider range of styles sounds and rhythm patterns. Goat’s albums are a new interesting breed of psychedelic rock, no matter if you like the mystery or not.

The Circle Maker

In a wonderful combination of Jazz, World and Chamber music, John Zorn have on this album, taken the music of his Hebrew background, using traditional Jewish melodies and scales from the Hebrew folk tradition, and arranged them for a modern Jazz/Chamber setting.

Even though Zorn is saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist himself, on this album, he is composer and producer only. First half of the project called “Issachar”, performed by a trio of Violin – Cello – Bass. The second half called “Zevulun” performed with the addition of Guitar – Percussion – Drums.

Zorn (born September 2, 1953) usually known as an American avant-garde composer, working with almost any kind of experimental music since the mid 70’s, trying to expand on the borders and eliminate the limits of music.
This album from his “Masada” project, traditional in its origin, seems very calm and soft, Zorn said about the hundreds of songs he has written in this tradition : “The project for Masada was to create something positive in the Jewish tradition something that maybe takes the idea of Jewish music into the 21st century”

The musicians on the project was :
Mark Feldman: Violin – Erik Friedlander: Cello – Greg Cohen: Bass
Marc Ribot: Guitar – Cyro Baptista: Percussion – Joey Baron: Drums

Gnawa fusion

Majid Bekkas was born in Marocco 1957, He got a classical music training at “Rabat national conservatoire of music and dance” as well as studies in Gnawa culture, the ritual Ganwa music and their traditional instruments. Besides playing traditional instruments Bekkas is also a guitarist and vocalist, during his musical adventures he have played with a string of different musicians from all over the world, and incorporate numerous styles in his music. Bekkas have toured in Europe and played at many international festivals.

African Reggae – Tiken Jah Fakoly

Tiken Jah Fakoly Born Doumbia Moussa Fakoly (1968) into a family of musicians, Fakoly grow up in the northern part of the Ivory Coast. He formed his first group in 1987. Fakoly wrote songs that documented events of his times and the oppression of his people.


His music and reputation spread across the nation and even beyond its borders, particularly to the French audiences. In 1998 Fakoly performed in Paris, his first international venture.


His later recordings such as Françafrique (2002) and Coup de Gueule (2004), have become best-sellers in France. Fakoly racked up an impressive 100,000 records sold to French audiences, making him Africa’s best-selling reggae artist.

Rin’

Rin’ was a Japanese female trio, created by three graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2003. They performed a groundbreaking combination of J-pop style songs, with the use of traditional Japanese instruments.

With their music and expression they connect the traditions and aesthetic of the old Japan, with the Modern Japanese pop culture. Rin’ was :
Chie – 新井智恵 (Chie Arai) and Mana – 吉永真奈 (Mana Yoshinaga) koto, sangen, and jushichi-gen, Tomoca – 長須与佳 (Tomoca Nagasu) biwa and shakuhachi.

They have released four singles and several albums.Most notably Inland Sea released in both the U.S. and in Europe 2006. Their songs have been used as themes for anime and movies. According to the band’s website in 2009 Rin’ put an end to their activities and decided to disband.

Jurojin

Saturday, and I have had a bit of controversy with myself about what to post today, looking into everything from pop over punk and ska to canterbury scene and jazz , but nothing was suitable for my moods today.

The Heavier Jurojin

So finally I came across Jurojin, an experimental rock group from London, England. Playing a nice mix of world music, folk and heavy metal. Uniquely spiced by Simran Ghalley a classically trained Tabla player. Only one album have been released so far, The Living Measure Of Time (2010).

The Folk side of Jurojin

Jurojin have sometimes perform acoustic shows, focused on Eastern influences and the Tabla. Violinist Anna Phoebe (Jethro Tull, Roxy Music) have been performing with the band.

The more eastern influenced world music, side of Jurojin

1 Giant Leap – What About Me

1 Giant Leap is a project by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman. Traveling all over the world recording with artists, and from those many recordings, making film and albums, of world music, in the most true sense of the word. The projects completed so far have been the 2002 “1 Giant Leap”, and the 2009 “What About Me?”

“What about Me” took them to over 50 locations, around the world, Mali, Brazil, India, Japan, Egypt, China, New York, Oman and many other. Recording well known names like Alanis Morrisette, Carlos Santana, Stewart Copeland and less well known artists like, Rebirth Brass Band (New Orleans) , Samburu Tribe (Kenya) , Dibouka Dancers & The Mask (Gabon), Mirim Imperio do Futuro (Brazil), Kamal Sabri (India), Yoshida Brothers (Japan), and many many more.

From “1 Giant Leap” official homepage :“Next day we had our first music session arranged. A traditional Japanese folk singer, a Miss Honda. We drove up into the hills to a little studio and we met with the singer and her producer. John had given me a CD of her singing and to be honest I wasn’t sure where the hell it would fit, it was very obscure to my ears. I thought folk music meant ordinary people could sing along! I guess it’s all about reference points. They played me something they had worked on over the rocking part of the Love track and it sounded incredible, from another planet all together but perfect!”
(Slightly edited to keep it a bit shorter)

“What about Me” was four years in the making, including 7 months of traveling.
“Our mission was not only to gather insight on the huge universal themes of life…..but also to seek out the cream of the world’s musicians, and compose immence multilayered music with them.”

Kitaro – Ku-Kai – Japan Part 3

Kitaro – part 2
Kitaro started his solo career in 1977 and became a pioneer in what was to become known as, the New Age movement. Kitaro’s music for “The Silk Road”, an NHK documentary series from the 80’s, was sold in millions and created huge international attention.
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai is a series of albums inspired by the classic Buddhist pilgrimage “The Shikoku Pilgrimage” (四国遍路) of 88 temples on the island of Shikoku – associated with Kūkai (空海), 774 – 835, a Japanese monk, kalligrapher and engineer. Among the many achievements attributed to him is the invention of the kana, with which in combination with Chinese characters (kanji), the Japanese language is written to this day.

Temple bell

Every track on the 4 volumes of Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai contains samples from ancient Japanese temple bells (Peace Bells) from the 88 sacred temples.

Japan part 2
Japan part 4