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80s World Music Classics — “When The World Was Young”

12 Feb

80s World Music Classics

“When The World Was Young”

18th April 2011 release on Nascente

Features Orchestra Baobab, Bhundu Boys, Ofra Haza, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Gilberto Gil, Khaled, Tenor Saw, Salif Keita, Youssou N’Dour, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & many more.

2CD set of seminal world music tracks from the decade when ‘world music’ was born featuring full-length original versions of classic tunes.

These were the radio, press & club best-sellers that defined world music in the 1980s and have been selected by 12 of the DJs, journalists & promoters who shaped the world music scene in the UK at the time such as Charlie Gillett, Ben Mandelson, Ian Anderson, Jumbo Vanrenen, Iain Scott & others.

On the one hand the 1980s gave us Sloane Rangers and loadsamoney City boys resplendent in extravagant red braces indulging in the relatively new wine bar culture. On the other hand they were hard times for many with the country under heavy Thatcherite manners: teenagers sleeping on the streets, the notorious ‘sus’ laws, nationwide uprisings, police/youth confrontation, the National Front, Rock Against Rascism and the epoch-defining miners’ strike. But hard times can be productive times: pirate radio stations sprung up everywhere as an antidote to syndrums, poodle rock bands and Eurovision contest winners. People were also travelling much further afield than Benidorm and in ever greater numbers with many experiencing Africa and Latin America, maybe on gap years or working for VSO, and returning with more exotic tastes.

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