#3520: Desert Songs

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Just how much music gets made in the desert, in Asia, Africa, Australian, and here in North America?  This New Sounds program sets about to answer that question, but only skims the surface.  Hear both an aboriginal and Euro-centric view of the Australian Outback, along with music from the great deserts of Asia and Africa.  Listen to music from both the eastern and western Sahara; from the Niger-based Tuareg group Etran Finatawa as well as music from Sudanese folk singer and bandleader Abdel Gadir Salim.  Also, hear music from the Khoi San people of the Kalahari Desert. Then, from the Taklamakan Desert in northwest China, listen the overtone singing-meets-country music Uyghur group Qetiq. Also, from the Indian desert state of Rajasthan, (thought to be the original home of the gypsy, or Roma people), listen to the music by the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band.  Plus, American composer Peter Garland’s work inspired by the peyote chants of the American southwest, "Walk In Beauty," and more.

PROGRAM #3520– Desert Songs (First aired on 10/10/2013)        

ARTIST: Etran Finatawa
WORK: Allis [5:49]
RECORDING: Introducing Etran Finatawa
SOURCE: INTRO105
INFO:  worldmusic.net

ARTIST: Abdel Gadir Salim & Emmanuel Jal
WORK: Lemon Bara [5:02]
RECORDING: Rough Guide To Acoustic Africa
SOURCE: Rough Guide RGNET1297
INFO: worldmusic.net

ARTIST: Abdel Gadir Salim & Emmanuel Jal
WORK: Lemon Bara [5:02]
RECORDING: Rough Guide To Acoustic Africa
SOURCE: Rough Guide RGNET1297
INFO: worldmusic.net

ARTIST: Qwii Music Arts' Trust Khoi San Music
WORK: Xlao Tshao [1:28]
RECORDING: Pulse: A STOMP Odyssey
SOURCE: Six Degrees #675036-1084
INFO: sixdegreesrecords.com

ARTIST: Qetiq
WORK: Qizdar [3:28]
RECORDING: Rock from Taklamakan Desert
SOURCE: Eastern Voices 21077
INFO: easternvoices.com

ARTIST: Alash
WORK: Buura [3:36]
RECORDING: Buura
SOURCE: alashensemble.com

ARTIST: Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
WORK: Dil Ka Chor Mera Jab Aayega [4:38]
RECORDING: Dance of the Cobra
SOURCE: Riverboat TUG 1073
INFO: worldmusic.net

ARTIST: David Hudson
WORK: David Hudson [6:48]
RECORDING: Gunyal
SOURCE: Black Sun 15033
INFO: harmonies.com

ARTIST: Andrew Byrne
WORK: Desert Terrain: for processed piano and percussion [4:00]
RECORDING: White Bone Country
SOURCE: New World 80696 
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: Andrew Byrne
WORK: Desert Life: for piano and gongs [2:38]
RECORDING: White Bone Country
SOURCE: New World 80696 
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: Andrew Byrne
WORK: Desert Weather: for piano and crotales and glockenspiel [3:16]
RECORDING: White Bone Country
SOURCE: New World 80696 
INFO: newworldrecords.org

ARTIST: Aki Takahashi
WORK: Peter Garland: Walk in Beauty [3:44]
RECORDING: Walk in Beauty
SOURCE: New Albion #052
INFO: Out of print. Download from Amazon.com or iTunes.