Here's my latest Road Trip for the BBC's Music Planet. One of the most meaningful times I've ever had in my life as a music aficionado, chronicler and story-teller was to experience the Festival Nacional de la Mejorana, in Guararé, Panamá. Of all the festivals I've been lucky to attend, in the past 20+ years, this one is close to the top.
Just a few days before the release of her new album "El Mal Querer", I had the opportunity to interview Rosalía in Madrid. The location: a lavish salon in a XVI century palace on Calle Huertas, in the historic district. In this rare conversation in English, Rosalía talks about the influence of flamenco giant Camarón de la Isla; the making of her new album; and the many years of hard work she's put in, to achieve her dreams.
Este es un programa especial que celebra el encuentro de dos corrientes musicales que surgieron en el mismo mar, hace más de cuatro siglos. En este Encuentro participan los músicos Raúl Rodríguez, tres flamenco; Mario Más, guitarra; Josh Brown, guitarra; y César Castro, requinto jarocho y jarana.
As this is the first podcast of The Cosmic Barrio, I’d like to focus on new and exciting music I’ve received in the past few weeks:
SET 1 - Four pianists
Music by four different pianists: Stefano Battaglia's “In the morning - Music by Alec Wilder”. A piece titled “When I am Dead My Dearest”; Júlia Tygel from Brasil, Tigran Hamasyan from Armenia, and Max Richter from England.
SET 2 - Mediterranean music
Music by the Corsican vocal ensemble, A Filetta; two singer-songwriters from Palestine, Sana Moussa and Haya Zaatry; and The Gurdjieff Ensemble playing the music of Armenia’s renowned composer Komitas.
SET 3 - New African music
The new album by Mali’s Ballaké Sissoko & France’s Vincent Segal called “Musique de Nuit”. Daby Touré’s new record “Amonafi”. Ghana’s marimba player SK Kakraba and his new album “Songs of Paapieye”, and Mali’s legendary super band “Les Ambassadeurs”.
SET 4 - New Afro-Latin Music
For the final set of today’s program we’ll be hearing new music from Cuban violinist Darien Santamaria’s new album “Belleza”. And to cap the set and the show, Eddie Palmieri and Chucho Valdés, appearing on Tuesday, October 20th at Disney Hall in Los Angeles.