Nico Carstens – ZAMBEZI ( Boeremusiek )

Nico Carstens was at the forefront of the jazz-inspired South African musical tradition of Boeremusiek, subsequently renamed Afrikwela. Known in his homeland as the Boeremusiek King, Carstens and his group, the Boire Qanga Band, attracted international attention when they performed the Boeremusiek-mbaqanga song “Viva Madibe,” by former jazz restauranteur Henry Shields and Morris Goldberg, at President Nelson Mandela’s inauguration gala. Carstens’ earliest success came in 1963 when he co-wrote the song “Strike It Rich” with Anton De Waal. His compositions were subsequently covered by Acker Bilk, Bert Kaempfert, the Shadows, James Last, Chet Atkins, and Floyd Cramer. Carstens also recorded with the Springbok Nude Girls.

Mdou Moctar – Tanzaka

Music for desert picnics. Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar delves into his more sensitive side with a minimal studio recording of dreamy ballads. Thumping calabash, droning guitars, and vocal overdubs evoke an imagined desert soundscape. All instruments and vocals performed by Mdou only, creating a very personal and auteur sessions. Emotive and introspective, exploring themes of religion, spirituality, and matters of the heart.

Bridget St John – “There’s A Place I Know”

Found on a compilation of British folk-rock (1967-1973).

Bridget St John (born Bridget Anne Hobbs; 4 October 1946 in Surrey, England) is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for the three albums she recorded between 1969 and 1972 for John Peel’s Dandelion record label. Peel produced her debut album Ask Me No Questions. She also recorded a large number of BBC Radio and Peel sessions and toured regularly on the British college and festival circuit. St John appeared at leading folk venues in the UK, along with other folk and pop luminaries of the time such as Nick Drake, Paul Simon, and David Bowie, among others. In 1974 she was voted fifth most popular female singer in that year’s Melody Maker readers poll. Blessed with a “rich cello-like” vocal style, she is also an accomplished guitar player who credits John Martyn and Michael Chapman as her “musical brothers”.

It Was 50 Years Ago …

Funky Nassau- Beginning of the End

Nothing at all to do with space exploration …

“Funky Nassau” is a song written by Ray Munnings and Tyrone Fitzgerald and performed by the Beginning of the End. It reached #7 on the US R&B chart, #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #31 on the UK Singles Chart in 1971. The song was featured on their 1971 album, Funky Nassau.

The song was produced by Marlin Productions and arranged by the Beginning of the End.

The single ranked #75 on Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1971.