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Posted by Ras the Builder 
Ras the Builder
World Music
February 28, 2006 03:20AM
What an odd genre. Surely all music is world music... Unless it is composed on Mars or some such. Hmmm.
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 03:25AM
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 03:26AM
thats right...i wonder who made up this oxymoronic terminology?
Ras the Builder
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 03:38AM
The Mars Volta, eh? You like At The Drive In, Sparta and DeFacto also? DeFacto made at least one horrendous dub album. Yuk
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 03:40AM
World Beat was supposedly a verbal concoction created by an old Austin musician and radio dj named Dan Del Santo. He eventually fled the country after being connected to a drug sting and after disappearing to Mexico for about nine years, died of esophageal bleeding (cancer?). Dan weighed over 300 lbs most of his career in Austin but just before leaving the country he dropped about half of that weight and looked very strange from folds of hanging skin.

From rounderstore:

Off Your Nyash

"The Undisputed Originator of World Beat," Dan Del Santo released this album in 1990. He composed all the songs for the album, plays guitar and is backed by a 13-piece band, including a full horn section. "This album has emphasized Dan's versatility and essence of musicality. . . . a must for all music lovers." --Joe Higgs

From narco news:


Remembering Dan

Another Drug Fugitive Bites the Dust

By Stan Gotlieb

(c)2001 by Stan Gotlieb

Dan Del Santo died in Oaxaca, Mexico on October 12, 2001. He was 50 years old when he succumbed to esophageal bleeding: just another needless victim of the senseless and destructive war against people who prefer marijuana over alcohol.

Being an expatriate in Mexico is, by and large, a positive experience. The Mexican people are friendly, helpful, patient and understanding. When it comes to medical care, however, lower levels of training and resources sometimes dictate a trip back to "the old country" for diagnosis and treatment. Dan, who probably would still be alive had he returned to Texas, couldn't do so: he was a fugitive from "justice."

In 1992, Dan was arrested in Virginia, and charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Released on his own recognizance, he returned to Austin, Texas, where he had lived since 1974. An accomplished musician, who had played with many great blues, jazz, and country rock performers, he and his guitar were soon accepted into the "Texas outlaw" scene whose most celebrated personalities were Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, and whose most celebrated recreational drugs were Lone Star beer and kick-ass marijuana.

Always an innovator, Dan grew restless in the "outlaw music" scene and, by the mid '80s he had founded "The Professors of Pleasure," an Afro-Cuban band. He wore African style clothing. He had his own radio program every Friday night, featuring third-world music (some say he coined the phrase "world beat"; other say it was "world music"winking smiley. He also began to grow his own pot: one album cover picture shows him - considerably heavier than he was by the time that I knew him - standing in his patch.

Dan was not an invisible criminal, sneaking around on the edges of society doing who-knows-what. He was an out-front guy. His home grown was well-known for its potency, as well as its packaging in mason jars. He was, himself, visible and vocal. No wonder the forces of repression set him up, luring him to far-away Virginia in order to remove him and his influence from the local scene. In the end, he chose to disappear into Mexico, rather than to disappear into prison.

I first met Dan in 1994, when I came to Oaxaca to live. He had formed a band, "Perros del Sol" (the Sun Dog is a symbol found in many parts of prehispanic Mexico), and was singing only his own original compositions, a practice he continued until his death. He struggled for years to keep a band together (there is not much money to be made in Oaxaca if you are a musician, and musicians come and go at a rapid pace), while writing reams of good, clean, simple blues, reggae, and rock lyrics, virtually all in Spanish. In the end, he decided to go solo. He called himself "The Blues Demon", and performed from two to five nights a week in an Italian restaurant.

Dan was a great guitarist, with a wonderful sense of timing. His voice, very distinctive, deep and soft, was not his strongest suit, but it served. He was generous with other musicians who dropped in to play with him, and sometimes vacated the stage to give them a chance to do their own thing. I never saw him lose his temper, or be less than gracious to anyone.

Privately, Dan talked to me about the ironies of his life: how it felt to have been a well-known guitarist whose presence was sought by other musicians; a local entertainment personality with thousands of fans; and then end up having to do his own leafleting on the streets of a provincial Mexican capital, just to drum up enough cusomers so that the restaurant he played in would keep him on.

In Oaxaca, the club does virtually nothing to promote their musical talent. For a long time, they wouldn't even pay for the costs of the leaflets. They certainly won't pay for someone to distribute them, and even on the few occasions when they do, the kids they hire are not very responsible about passing them out. So Dan did it himself.

Every day that he played in town at night, he came in early in the morning and canvassed all the places where the tourists might be found. There was hardly a Friday or Saturday in the last three years that Dan didn't come by our table in the Primavera while making his rounds. Fluent in Spanish, he would stop at each table, hand the occupants a flier, introduce himself, explain a little about the venue, and answer questions. Most nights, he brought in a good crowd, based, I am sure, on his ability to connect personally with strangers in just a few seconds. He did this even when he should have stayed home in bed: musicians need to make music for an audience.

Suffering severe back pains from injuries received in two automobile accidents, as well as diabetes and high blood pressure, Dan never did find a doctor he trusted. Depressed by a series of conflicting recommendations for treatment, he decided to treat himself. Twice, he had been hospitalized for transfusions because of internal bleeding. He believed (probably correctly) that the bleeding was a side effect of the medication he was taking for his back pain, but would not give it up because it was the only medicine he had found that gave him any relief from the pain. The third time he went in to the hospital, it was too late. The bleeding was too widespread and had been going on too long. It was a painful death.

Dan Del Santo, musician, composer, entertainer, husband, father, brother, son, friend. Dead at only 50 because jobs for prison guards, dope police, lawyers, judges, money launderers and myriad others whose careers depend on the "drug war" are more important than the right of individuals to celebrate life as they choose.

Stan Gotlieb, who does not do drugs, lives in Oaxaca, Mexico, and publishes "An Expatriate Life" on the Internet at [www.realoaxaca.com]. He also writes "The Oaxaca / Mexico Newsletter", an insider newsletter available to subscribers only. A sample can be seen at [www.realoaxaca.com]. His email address is stan@realoaxaca.com

Post Edited (02-27-06 19:44)

"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 03:41AM
hah, I agree Builder....I've always figured "world music" was all the miscellaneous countries which don't carry a popular genre of their own.

Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 03:48AM
and the term has only served to further confuse the music fans all over the
'world' ( sic )
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 01:25PM
I am not sure why world music or world beat is confusing. I don't pay much attention to labels of music, but the artistry and beauty of individual performers. When Dan Del Santo started his world music show it was simply a celebration of the world's diverse cultures through music.

Post Edited (02-28-06 09:30)

"love shines brighter than the morning sun"
Re: World Music
February 28, 2006 02:06PM
google world music
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