Mapa Sonoro 45

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Spanish TV music program Mapa Sonoro, takes it name because it travels around the country, and it’s territories, such as the Canary Islands.  It is creating a national map of sound.  Episode 45(rpm)

Somebody had my back, El Especialista Manel, a dj based in Las Palmas, recommended me to the program producers, so the producers called me up, and we spoke about Canarian culture, my habits, daily routine etc.

The program fixed me up with Germán López from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.  He plays the Timple, a five string instrument, that is very common in these parts.  It is not to be confused with the Ukelele.  I had been casually looking for a Timple player for nearly two years, and the wait was worth it.  He played one of his compositions, called Lux, a delicate melody evoking the surroundings hit my ears, and that was that.  Really keen to do a respectful remix of this asap, then get my butt over to Las Palmas for another studio session with the man.

Major thanks to the crew of Mapa Sonoro: Carola Guerreo, Roberto Herroros and Xavi Lensman.

Mapa Sonoro45 Part 1

Mapa Sonoro45 Part 2

Mapa Sonoro takes a break after the show46, but there are plans for the show to return next season.  If your into music that is made in Spain and it’s colonies, check it.


John Peel – Dandelion Radio


In celebration of BBC Radio dj John Peel, Dandelion Radio in the UK are dedicating October to transmitting sessions by bands/musicians that had the honour to be asked to produce music for the legendary Peel sessions.

Fun-da-mental had two sessions, that I recall, there may have been one before I joined the band.
I’ve done a forty minute mix of FDM material, including a couple live tracks from the Urkult Festival in Sweden and the collaboration with Bakshi Javad Salat from Womad Gran Canaria all those years ago.  Also in the pot, tracks that inspired and motivated us, eg. Bad Brains, Public Enemy, The Clash, Sex Pistols; and there’s a few other joints.

Check Dandelion for transmission details.

Speaking of Peel Sessions, the Maide Vale studios where the sessions were recorded may be sold off according to a report in the Independent newspaper.