Thursday, 26 September 2013

Orchestre Virunga & Samba Mapangala - Kershaw Session 17/11/1991

Orchestre Virunga formed in Nairobi, Kenya in 1981. The following year they scored a big hit with Malako ( a version of which was recorded for this session) and a big selling debut album, It's Disco Time with Samba Mapangala.

The group were largely made up of musicians of Congolese origin. Mapangala was born in the Congo, before he decamped to Uganda in the mid-seventies, eventually settling in the United States when the gained international popularity in the nineties.

The group continue to perform across the globe and release albums, the most recent cd, African Classics, surfacing in 2008.

Here is the Orchestre's only session for the BBC. Sound quality is a bit washy, suggesting a MW recording on a clear night.

Vunja Mifupa

Thursday, 19 September 2013

John Delafose & The Eunice Playboys - Kershaw Session 24/9/1992

Hi-energy Zydeco from deep within the heart of the crawfish ponds of Louisiana.

Born in 1939, Delafose took an interest in music at an early age. As a child he would make his own instruments out of any material available to hand. Later he would gravitate towards more conventional instruments, mastering the harmonica and button accordion.

A farmer by day, it wasn't until the early 1970s that Delofose actively began to pursue music, initially playing in a couple of local Cajun groups, before establishing the Eunice Playboys midway through the decade.

The group released several albums before somehow coming to the attention of Andy Kershaw. This their only session for the beeb was first aired on 28 November 1992. Sadly, less than two years on, Delafose passed away after a brief illness aged just 55. His son, Geno, continues to lead the band to this day.

Watch That Dog
Johnny Can't Dance

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Gabby & Grynner - Kershaw Session 21/4/1991

For the next few weeks I'll be posting a few salvaged sessions from the much-missed Andy Kershaw shows, mostly from his tenure at Radio One. In a cosily nostalgic vein, I'll be posting the sessions every Thursday, the day Kershaw's shows were initially aired on the 10pm to midnight slot that had previously been occupied by Peel for over a decade. If wannabe Anglo-Saxons can perform battle re-enactments across this green and peasant land, I'm sure the psychological damage in broadcast re-enactment will be minimal.

Can't find much information on G&G, but there are several clips circulating on Youtube at present. The duo hailed from Barbados and, perhaps unsurprisingly, performed in a calypsonian stylee, both as a duo and individually. As far as I'm aware tis was their only session for the BBC, first aired in spring 1991 and then repeated on 1 March 1992 where these recordings were extracted.

We Want More Grynner
Get Out De Way
Easy Come, Easy Go

Friday, 6 September 2013

The Chills - Peel Sessions 1985-88/Live 1990

Earlier this week it was announced that The Chills will be releasing a live album, Somewhere Beautiful, in October. Recorded at a private party on New Years Eve in 2011, the album will be available as a standard to 2cd edition and a limited 3LP set with lavish packaging and an art print by Shane Cotton. Available to pre-order via Fire records, details of which can be found on the official Chills Facebook page.

In the meantime, he's some more choice Chills tunage to whet your appetite. The Peel sessions gained a limited commercial release on the ridiculously rare Secret Box rarities set, self-released by Martin Phillips in 2000. Recorded by three different "phases" of the group in three years, highlights include Moonlight On Flesh and Christmas Chimes, neither of which made it on to record at the time, and early stabs at tracks that would grace their major lable debut, Submarine Bells.

Rollin' Moon
Brave Words
Wet Blanket
Night Of Chill Blue

Dan Destiny & The Silver Dawn
Living In A Jungle
Moonlight On Flesh

Part Past, Part Fiction
Christmas Chimes
Effloresce And Deliquesce
Dead Web

It was 23 years ago today.....

Excellent audience recording of the Submarine Bells-era line-up/phase. 19 songs in total, including equal dollops of songs from the first two albums, early singles and two ultr-rare originals, I Saw Your Silhouette and Smile From A Dead Dead Face.

Update Jul 16:
All files have now been deleted.
The complete BBC sessions are now officially available in all manner of formats from record stores across the globe.