Brass Around the World

Darcy James Argue

For this New Sounds, enjoy an hour of works for brass, from the 19 piece French band Bigre! and sample some of the just-out release, “Brooklyn Babylon” from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, (only 17 pieces strong.)  There’s also music from east and western Africa - Ethiopia and Benin, along with music from Macedonia, Manhattan and even Albania.  The Albanian outfit Fanfara Tirana meets London’s Trans-Global Underground on their fabulous record, “Kabatronics,” and for more brass band power, there’s the Kocani Orkestar from Macedonia.  Plus, listen to classic 1970’s Ethio-groove from Mahmoud Ahmed and Benin’s classic funk heroes, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. 

PROGRAM # 3454, Brass Around the World  (First aired on 4/12/2013)                                                  





Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Brooklyn Babylon

The Neighborhood, excerpt [1:00]

New Amsterdam Records NWA046
due out April 30, 2013


Les icebergs aussi

Contredanse 1 [5:04]

Linn Records 42548

Mahmoud Ahmed 

Ethiopiques Vol 7, Ere Mela Mela

Sedetegnash Negn [5:31]

Buda Musique #82980

3 Mustaphas 3

Heart of Uncle

Taxi Driver (I Don't Care) [3:40]

Rykodisc #20156 Out of print, but download from or iTunes.

Kocani Orkestar

L’Orient est Rouge

L’Orient est Rouge [6:07]

Crammed Discs #craw19

Sex Mob


Martin Denny [6:31]

Thirsty Ear #57171

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo

Cotonou Club

Tegbe [4:24]

STRUT 077  

Fanfara Tirana Meets Trans-Global Underground


Mehndi [4:47]

World Village 450022

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Brooklyn Babylon

The Neighborhood [6:13]

See above.

Raya Brass Band

Raya Brass Band

Karsilamas Hrysodaktili [4:12]