Last week I received a mail by one of our loyal visitors from Glasgow,
Scotland. He made a wonderful tribute to the great John Peel as a
contribution to our page. It is nice to pass the mic for a change,
ladies and gentlemen, I give the word to
William, the Jukebox Rebel..
Hello groovers, warm greetings from Glasgow where
there are many music nuts just like Moos.
I say THANK YOU to my host for helping to keep all these wonderful
global grooves alive over the years – and for giving me a chance
to share my mix-tape with you today. It’s a special tenth anniversary
commemoration for the incomparable DJ of the World, John Peel.
Of all the Peel eulogies since 2004, Billy Bragg said it best when he
astutely surmised: “Throughout his career, John Peel defined independent
music. Although he became an institution at the BBC, he was, in effect,
running his own pirate radio station from within the Corporation,
introducing us to music that could not be heard on any other radio show.”
I listened to his nightly shows regularly from 1983 until his untimely
death from a heart-attack on 25th October 2004, taping highlights and
then following them up by purchasing the LP or CD whenever possible.
During the course of his shows, John Peel brought the Planet closer
together, with a weird and wonderful mix of all that was musically
interesting – there were no borderlines in his musical world.
He imbued me with a passion for musical adventure and opened my eyes
and ears to the richness of the artists from all around our planet –
and I could safely say that he is the main reason that I’ve ended up
following the crazy Dutchman on this website.
Most of the selections on this compile were actually featured in the
John Peel show at some stage – and I feel sure that the few exceptions
would also have done so, were they to have landed on his doorstep or
in his time zone.
I hope you can join me for this ’round the world celebration.
Long live John Peel – the original, independent global groover!
The Jukebox Rebel
p.s. don’t miss the text document where I’ll tell you
a bit about the artists and their songs 😉
1. Mieskuoro Huutajat – Kalinka (Finland)
2. King Short Shirt – Tourist Leggo (Antigua and Barbuda)
3. Banda Bajera de San Pelayo – Descarga En Cumbia (Colombia)
4. Huun-Huur-Tu – Aa-Shuu Dekei-Oo (Russia)
5. Boris Karlov – Daichovo Horo (Bulgaria)
6. Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited – Chitima Cherusununguko (Zimbabwe)
7. Les Grammacks – En Quimber On Soucougnan (Dominica)
8. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Taa Deem (Pakistan)
9. Clotaire K – Maqam (France)
10. Manny Corchado and his Orchestra – Pow-Wow (Puerto Rico)
11. Admiral Bailey – No Way No Better Than Yard (Jamaica)
12. Rod Dennis Mento Band – No Body’s Business (Jamaica)
13. Esso Trinidad Steel Band – I Want You Back (Trinidad and Tobago)
14. Selda – Maden Dağı (Deloy, Deloy) (Turkey)
15. The DeZurik Sisters – The Arizona Yodeler (the USA)
16. Vanuatu Women’s Water Music – Rim Rim Siag (Vanuatu)
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