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The Down Under Hour 05-22-2024 show 69

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Show 69, 05-22-2024

Inspired by the Global Village program, heard on Thursdays at 2PM, this week’s show is meant to portray Australia as a musical global village.

Intro: Roulette - Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp, Underwater Casino, 2003

West Papua (Merdeka mix), and


Two songs by George Telek from his 2010 album Akave. Telek is from one of Australia’s nearest northern neighbors, Papua New Guinea. He made the album in Australia, produced by Victorian musician David Bridie.

Black Girl Magik - Sampa the Great, from her 2017 album Birds and the BEE9. Sampa Tembo was born in Zambia, grew up in Botswana, went to school in California, and moved to Australia in 2013 where she launched a career in music.

Native Tongue - Mo’Ju, the title track of a 2018 album. The lyrics talk about the singer’s family history and heritage.

Bluegrass Nikriz - Joseph Tawadros and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, live at the Sydney Opera House in 2020. Tawadros was born in Egypt and his family came to Australia when he was three. He is a master of the oud, a Middle-Eastern instrument, usually with 11 strings.

Rhythm And Sound - Miriam Lieberman, from her 2010 album This Is the Story. She is from Sydney Australia but lived in West Africa for a couple of years studying the music and culture. She also learned to play the kora, a musical instrument made from a large cowhide-wrapped gourd and with 21 strings.  

Cry For Me - Marcus Hook Roll Band, in which George Young, from Scotland, and Harry Vanda (full name Johannes Hendrikus Jacob van den Berg), from the Netherlands, keep busy after the demise of the Easybeats. According to some reports, George’s young brothers Malcolm and Angus played on this 1973 album, titled Tales of Old Grand-Daddy.

Walking In the Rain - Flash And the Pan, AKA Vanda and Young, a 1976 single and it was also on their 1978 debut album. Grace Jones covered it on her 1981 album Nightclubbing.

Sorry - the Easybeats, the lead single off Volume 3, their 1966 album. Along with Vanda and Young, the Easybeats were Stevie Wright, lead singer, drummer Gordon "Snowy" Fleet, both from Britain, and bassist Dick Diamonde, from the Netherlands. Check out the 2017 Australian ABC TVEasybeats miniseries titled Friday On My Mind.

You Aint Got A Hold On Me - AC/DC in there, from their 1975 debut LP High Voltage. Produced by Vanda and Young, recorded in Sydney in 1974.

Living World - the Visitors, from an album they recorded in 1979 that wasn’t released until 1983. The band was led by Deniz Tek, who came to Australia from Michigan to become a doctor and along the way founded Radio Birdman, one of the most influential Australian bands of the late 1970s.

Aint Got No Soul - Geoffrey Williams, from his 2012 album Yes Is the Answer!. London born, he now lives in central Victoria. Singer, songwriter and multi-imstrumentalist, his songs have also been covered by the likes of Michael Jackson and Dusty Springfield.

Bakaindi (Ancestors) - Larry Maluma, the title track of a 2013 EP. From Zambia, he came to Australia in 1985 and immediately began making a career in music.

Road Trip - Adrian Kosky, from his 2006 album The High Side Of the Low End. Kosky, true-blue Aussie, and his wife Carla, from the USA, are often on the road, splitting their time between Daylesford, Victoria, and Clarksdale, Mississippi, where they operate the Holy Moly, a building, a business and a community center.

Outro - Chicken Omelette, by Baby Langston, from their acclaimed 1998 album

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