She was an innocent young woman, a member of the court of Baroda. He was a lowly court servant from a tribe of rural musicians. I think you know where this is going.
In this second Fonotopia Short, Ian brings you the story and the music of Hirabai Barodekar, the daughter of those two star-crossed lovers.
We’re going to get you some more full-length Fonotopias as soon as we can, but right now we’re trying to get this thing up on the airwaves. In the meantime, we’re going to bring you one song at a time.
In this first Fonotopia Short, Ian introduces us to the electric Reverend Samuel Kelsey, recorded in Washington, D.C. in 1947. Listen for that magical moment when sermon becomes song.
Yep. It’s a big one. The agony, the ecstasy, all the big questions, and it begins with the “Dies Irae” (“The Wrath of God”). Enjoy! (more…)
Listen to episode 2 of Fonotopia with Ian Nagoski, “Goodbye Babylon”:
Lance Ledbetter of the Grammy-winning Dust-to-Digital label joins Ian to explore the sounds, stories, and sermons of early Southern gospel music. Songs are from Dust-to-Digital’s “Goodbye Babylon” and “Take Me to the Water” compilations.
After you’re done at the Fonotopia blog, head on over to Excavated Shellac. Ian has a beast of an article on a revenge-themed song from 1910 that he says is basically the Turkish version of Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd.”
You’ll hear this song when we post Fonotopia episode #3, Music of the Ottoman Empire. Keep your eyes and ears peeled!
Welcome to Fonotopia – the world on record.
Our new radio program will resurrect the most beautiful music recorded on 78 rpm discs during the first decades of the 20th century. Keep reading…
In June 2009, Ian tapped his vast 78rpm collection to let listeners of WYPR’s Maryland Morning hear a few favorites, including a song by two Indian women that he swears are sisters and a South African hit that was covered by Louis Armstrong, Bill Haley and the Comets, and Lawrence Welk. Take a listen:
In December, he returned to introduce us to the world of Greek hash den music: