Awards for World Music 2004

Awards for World Music 2004


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Awards for World Music 2004

Running for about two hours and 15 minutes altogether, this two-CD compilation features tracks from all 32 nominees for the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2004. With almost as many countries represented as there are tracks, it's a guaranteed smorgasbord of the state of world music 2004, including sounds from corners of the world not given much airtime on Western media music programming, like Iraq, Croatia, Uzbekistan, Mali, Poland, and Turkey. While some of the performers had attained some level of recognition in North America and Europe (Oumou Sangare, Trilok Gurtu, Ibrahim Ferrer, Césaria Evora, Khaled, and Caetano Veloso), most were more obscure at the time of this release, likely making this an educational experience even for collectors with sizable world music libraries. Judged on a purely musical level, the major reservation is that many of the songs have a bubbly, repetitively upbeat feel -- something that some listeners might value highly, but which makes this less of a voyage of discovery than some might want. There are, of course, a good number of selections that don't fit into that description at all, like the dramatically orchestrated British folk of John Spiers and Jon Boden on "The Outlandish Knight," the Tuvan throat singing of Huun-Huur-Tu, Frenchman Manu Chao's convincing roots reggae on "Mr. Bobby," the Warsaw Village Band's dark haunting vocals, or the lively Cuban dance music of Ibrahim Ferrer. There are also tracks where numerous influences bump up against each other to produce sounds not often previously heard, whether it's the injection of rap or electronic dance beat into some more traditionally ethnic music, Cibelle's mix of romantic Brazilian vocals with trip-hoppiness, or Think of One's "Barcas," on which they sound like an army brass band gone into slightly loco Afrobeat. There are good track-by-track liner notes, but it's strange that nowhere does it say exactly what categories of the Awards for World Music the performers and songs were nominated for.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2004
Label: Manteca
UPC: 0698458222329
catalogNumber: 223

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Khaled   Composer
Steve Hillage   Arranger,Producer
Bob Brozman   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Trilok Gurtu   Composer,Producer
Bill Laswell   Arranger,Producer
Marisa Monte   Composer
Oumou Sangare   Composer
Debashish Bhattacharya   Composer
Carlinhos Brown   Composer
Rita Ray   Liner Notes
Hector Zazou   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bacon   Producer
Manu Chao   Composer
Toy Vieira   Composer
Omar Sosa   Composer,Producer
Daniel Thomas   Producer
Phil Stanton   Executive Producer
Mercan Dede   Composer
Arnaldo Antunes   Composer
Ibrahim Ferrer   Composer
Smadj   Producer
Mehdi Haddab   Composer
Rokia Traoré   Arranger
Cibelle   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Christian Scholze   Executive Producer
Rotana   Producer
Tamara Obrovac   Composer
DJ Dolores   Composer
Souad Massi   Composer
Marina Abad   Composer
Sevara Nazarkhan   Composer
Panjabi MC   Composer,Producer
Warsaw Village Band   Arranger
Tom Pintens   Producer
Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw   Arranger,Producer
Razia Sultanova   Producer
Nik Ammar   Composer
Haley S. Robertson   Executive Producer
Piotr Pucylo   Executive Producer
David Moraes   Composer
Irene Breslaw   Composer
Oi Va Voi   Composer
Lovas   Producer
Breslaw   Producer
Shivaji Gupta   Executive Producer
Pedro Baby   Composer
Benjamin Escoriza   Composer

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