Monday 18th May
8pm 104.4FM in London or at www.resonancefm.com everywhere.
In tonight's programme I talk to the singer/songwriter Mamer whose debut album Eagle is released today on Real World Records. Mamer is from the Xinjiang province in Western China and sings in his native language of Kazakh. You can hear the folk influences from the countries that surround Mamer's birthplace (Russia, Tibet, Kazakhstan...) in his music – a reminder of the size and diversity of China.
The album Eagle has been produced by English musicians Robin Haller and Matteo Scumaci and I discuss the genre of Chinagrass with them on tonight's programme.
Robin and Matteo also produced Mongolian group Hanggai’s album Introducing Hanggai released last year.
Both Mamer and Hanggai performed in concert at the Union Chapel last Saturday. I was lucky enough to make it to the unforgettable gig. The artists have very different styles - Hanggai are real showmen, bringing more of a party vibe and Mamer connects with the audience on a more emotional melodic level. Both acts were musically outstanding. If you missed the concert, part of the Barbican's Beyond the Wall festival, then you can catch them both in July at WOMAD.