Podcast: The Accordion Episode with Marié Abe

The accordion, one of the most fascinating, unique and without question culturally important musical instruments that all of us pelangueros can’t get enough of. Yet to be honest, we actually know very little about these squeezable typewriter-looking devices. That is why we knew we had to dedicate an entire episode to the accordion and why we were so excited to welcome Professor of Ethnomusicology at Boston University, Co-Producer of Public Radio International’s Squeeze Box Stories and bad-ass acordeonista of the group Debo Band Pati Marié Abe. Listen as we learn about the accordion’s origins and its travels through Europe, Africa, the Americas and all the way to Japan.

 

Tracklist:
http://solent-art.co.uk/paintings/beach-huts-at-mudeford-no-2/ Ferew HiluEshururu
Debo BandAmbassel
Debo BandDC Flower
Los Cholos de PastoCumbia de O. Vreeskin
Alejo DuránMi pedazo de acordeón
Squeezebox Stories – Trailer
Los YukinosDe party con las malandrinas
Los PerlasTener o no tener
El Cieguito de NaguaLa bailadora
José Santiago VegaNo me hable estrujao
北原謙二 – 銀座パチャンが通り  (Kenji KitaharaGinza Pachanga)
Ferro GaitaTareza
Petar RalchevTo the north of Bulgaria
Fred FrithHands of the juggler

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Emahoy Tsegué Mariam Gebru

My friend Feven pointed me to this incredibly beautiful short film on the Ethiopian classical pianist Emahoy Tsegué Mariam Gebru. Thank you, Feven! You can click on the CC for English subtitles, but, really, the film speaks for itself.

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It’s been a bit of a crazy summer over here, and I guess you shouldn’t be surprised when a 90 year old nun knows exactly what you need. I’ve been playing her music all day long. After watching this, I’m pretty sure many of you will, too.

 

Enjoy,

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