9th March 2019: Marehemu George Mukabi – Bibi Mama Ngani Mzuri

Artist: Marehemu George MukabiTitle: Bibi Mama Ngani Mzuri Language: Swahili Translation: What a beautiful mother she is This fabulous Kenyan track is originally from George Mukabi’s album ‘Sengula Nakupenda’, which was recorded in 1956. This version here is from a 2007 compilation called ‘Lipa Kodi Ya City Council’ (which is named after one of the tracks on the album by...

8th March 2019: Ilaiyaraaja – Pattu Enge

Artist: Ilaiyaraaja Title: Pattu Enge Language: TamilTranslation: Where is silk (?)…hmmm… Seriously, what is going on here in this video? This song is amazing – really interesting harmonies and musical sounds. It was written by Ilaiyaraaja, and the singers are S. P Shailaja & Malaysia Vasudevan. This song is from a 1987 Tamil film called ‘Poovizhi Vasalile‘ (which means ‘eye at...

4th March 2019: 亜蘭知子 – ひと夏のタペストリ

Artist: 亜蘭知子 (Tomoko Aran) Title: ひと夏のタペストリ Language: Japanese Translation: A Summer tapestry (on Discogs it is just called ‘Tapestry’) This super song is from 1983. It clearly has ’80s’ stamped all over it in huge writing, with that very busy bass line and those distinctive synth sounds. I am now trying to imagine what Japan in 1983 was like… Later in...

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