Tonight - 4.2.13 - Roots and Shoots featured music from Mali including an album by Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba called Jama Ko. Bassekou writes about the album,
"Jama Ko means 'a big gathering ofpeople'... There are over 90% Muslims in Mali,but our form of Islam here has nothing to do with a radical form of Sharia: that is not our culture. We have been singing praise songs for the Prophet for hundreds of years. If the Islamists stop people music making they will rip the heart out of Mali".
As well as this the show broadcast music from the Palestinian community. Against all the odds after being bulldozed out of his country by the Israeli government and brought up on a refugee camp, Ramzi Aburedwan managed to study music in what's left of Palestine and escape to Paris to live and record an album called Reflections of Palestine, a track from which, Sodfa, was played.
Also from the Palestinian community I played, Al Shatte Al Akhar by Kamilya Jubran from an album called Listen To The Banned - music recorded by different musicians who have been subject to being banned from playing their music for political or religious reasons.
Whether it's Islamists or Israelis it takes a lot to break the human spirit - music will continue to be made.
I'm back on Roots and Shoots next week - 11th February for another session of music from all round the world. Martin Hodge will present the show the following week.
Tracks played were as follows:
La Bicicleta Celeste..Cuarteto Cedrón.. Arrabal Salvaje
Sueña Como un Niño..Txarango.. Benvinguts al Llarg Viatge
Sister..The Deep M.O.. The Deep M.O E.P
Jama Ko ..Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba.. Jama Ko
Magossa ..Amadou & Mariam.. Welcome to Mali
Dominik..Abdou Diop.. Nootee
Belleville Rendez-Vous (Version anglaise) ..M Les triplettes de Belleville (Bande originale du film)
Swing Swing..Nicolas Repac.. Swing-Swing
Vajzë E Valëve ..Elina Duni Quartet.. Matanë Malit (feat. Colin Vallon, Patrice Moret & Norbert Pfammatter)
Aidhinikos Horos ..Mavrika.. Mavrika
Bird Sad Song..Soname.. Natural Mind
Sodfa ..Ramzi Aburedwan.. Reflections Of Palestine
Al Shatte' Al Akhar ..Kamilya Jubran.. Listen to the Banned
Katica 6:0..6 Brina.. Slečena Koža
Voodoo Blues ..Nicolas Repac.. Black Box
Directly From My Heart To You ..Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention.. Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Out In The Traffic ..Wilko Johnson.. The Best Of Wilko Johnson Volume 2
Shake It Down ..The Monkey Gland Bluesband.. The Monkey Gland Bluesband
Plaqk - Cercle Circassien ..Sous Le Pont.. Sous Le Pont
Ouarioua ..Roland Becker.. Immrama
Complete Mandingue ..Ti Jaz ..Live In Ar Vag
Glass: Glassworks - Closing ..Philip Glass Ensemble.. The Essential Philip Glass
Doi Tovarasi Am La Drum ..Romica Puceanu & The Gore Brothers.. Sounds From A Bygone Age.
Tarantella Al Melograno ..Riccardo Tesi.. Banditaliana
Recanto Escuro..Moreno Veloso..Recanto Gal
Walk With Me..The Skatalites..Walk With Me
Mano a Mano..Carlos Gardel..The King Of Tango, Vol 1