GondwanaSound with Pacific Curls

Mar 31, 2011 by presenter

Pacific Curls comprise a Scot, a Maori and a Pacific Islander. They’ve played the Winter Olympics at Vancouver, the tropical paradise of New Caledonia and the harsher concrete environment in urban South Korea. With knockout tours of Canada and endless tours in Australia and New Zealand the trio have built up a considerable fan base.

Mesmerised and enchanted by their blend of traditional Celtic and Pacific traditions, Jill Turner caught up with two of the trio after they put in a spellbinding set at the Musicport festival.

Lissten to Sarah Beattie and Ora Barlow talk about their illustrious past, their plans for the future, their inspirations and their love of traditional instuments of the Maori people, the Pacific Islanders and
Scotland ….emphasised with Sarah’s mobile phone ring tone…

In between the chat you can hear tracks from their last album Pacifi Celta. They have subsequently released a new album, Te Kora, which they will be showcasing at WOMAD UK and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Sarawak, in July 2011.


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Jan 21, 2011 by presenter

Album of the Week: Burn form Lek Sen on Makasound

Welcome to another eclectic round the world music adventure which starts with an Algerian Moroccan collaboration, Karim Said ex Weather Report and his long time friend Hamid El Kasri are using jazz and gnawa traditions as they make music under the moniker of Yobadi. We continue in a Sufi style with Earth Sync’s latest release The Nagore Sessions.

Our album of the week, Burn, comes from Lek Sen who combines rap, reggae and mbalax now resident in Paris and originally from Senegal. We stay in Senegal with Naby, formerly of Positive Black Soul his album Dem Naa is on heavy rotation back here at GondwanaTowers. There’s a free download from Chris Valen and the Sierra Leonne Refugee All Stars, a preview track from Manchester based the Jadid Ensemble’s debut album and we finish on a tropical flourish playing a cut from the eagerly awaited Sofrito crew’s complilation followed by the biggest selling soca record ever… hope you hear something you enjoy.

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