65. Suffering and smiling

Posted on 27/08/2017

Fela Kuti wrote this epic song in the 1980's. It describes the hard life of those living on very low incomes in Africa. Its title first points the hardship, but then to the joy which enables the... read more >

64. Cafe music

Posted on 21/08/2017

64. Cafe music When I was a child, there was a radio show based in an imaginary 'Palm Court' of an hotel. The music was dreadful, but was the sort of weedy stuff that passed for music in hotels in... read more >

63. Music while you work

Posted on 12/08/2017

63. Music while you work It should not be too demanding, but at the same time be interesting enough. I listen to a french online radio station called FIP. It is excellent because almost all of its... read more >

62. The man with the Twang

Posted on 05/08/2017

62. The man with the Twang I met Duane Eddy in 1972. He was then past his stardom and was working as an A+R man for a record company in Hollywood. I was doing the rounds of the record companies ('Mr... read more >

61. Rebel with a cause: Fela Kuti

Posted on 30/07/2017

61. Rebel with a cause: Fela Kuti Fela Kuti is a remarkable icon of African music. His parents were respectable upper middle class Nigerians, but his mother was an activist involved in anti-colonial... read more >

60. Its wonderful: chips, chips

Posted on 23/07/2017

60. Its wonderful: chips, chips Not many singers would think of a lyric such as this. Indeed only one has: the great Paulo Conte. Its partly that although he admires jazz and US big bands... read more >

59. London Grammar

Posted on 18/07/2017

59. London Grammar Its an impossible name: there is no such place. The band said it was because London is a world city and they had come down from Nottingham, which isnt. But they did not... read more >

58. Boy Scout Samba

Posted on 10/07/2017

58. Boy Scout Samba Baden Powell de Aquino, known as Baden Powell was a brilliant Brazilian jazz guitarist. The oddity of his name is due to the fact that his father was a keen supporter of the Boy... read more >