On the road to Damascus.
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News for this 10th of June in 1967 had a lot to do with the Middle East. Notably, the Israeli advance on Syria and the approach to Damascus. Cause for much concern in diplomatic circles. The Soviet Union decided it was best to break off ties and the United Nations issued warnings. Still, the effects of this latest War in the Middle East had noticeable repercussions all around. Egypt’s President Nassar offered his resignation the day before, but in an abrupt about-face told sources he wasn’t, in fact resigning.
Meanwhile, the Summer of Love continued with reports of more air raids on Hanoi in Vietnam with one U.S. plane down, the pilot missing, and a Vietcong mortar attack on Pleiku claimed 24 people, including two Americans. The love continued.
Joseph Cardinal Ritter, Archbishop of St. Louis died in the wake of two heart attacks from earlier in the week. Vice-President Humphrey in the hospital for a mild bladder infection. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King outlined a four-point plan to reduce poverty and improve the living condition of African-Americans in Cleveland.
All that and more, but mostly about the situation in the Middle East for this June 10th in 1967 as presented by ABC News Around The World.
Nancy Vieira – she had me at the intro.
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Back over to Wurzburg tonight for another wonderful entry in the 2013 Africa Festival. This time with the radiant Nancy Vieira from Cape Verde.
Vieira’s music is as much a melting pot of styles as the country she comes from. A mixture of Afro-Cuban, Fado, Rumba, folk and pop. It all comes together in seamless fashion and Vieira’s remarkable voice glues it all together.
Tonight it’s a concert recorded on June 1st and broadcast shortly after. Like the Africa Festival itself, it’s an amazing tour of some of the best sounds coming out of that continent right now. And somehow it’s bitter-sweet, knowing the set of strange edicts earlier this year coming from Somalia, banning all music like this from public performance makes you scratch your head with complete disbelief. We are given this incredible feast of gorgeous music, while those responsible for it are deemed somehow immoral and “un-islamic”. I suspect the ones handing down the edicts are the immoral and un-islamic ones – since we all know there’s God in the notes.
But that’s just me.
Festival season continues and more will be revealed.
In the meantime, enjoy and feel nourished.
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Something rather short and rare tonight. From a broadcast recital from Paris Radio (ORTF) given by the legendary French Soprano Ninon Vallin in 1952 are two songs (sorry): Debussy: Les Cloches and Faurè: Soir. According to the notes, this recital was given on the occasion of Vallin returning from an extended stay in South America and the original recital was given over to Spanish songs in the first half and French songs in the second half.
Hopefully the rest will surface at some point, but this is all I have right now. I am not sure if this has been reissued – it would be a shame if it hasn’t. But it wouldn’t be the first time . . .
Vallin had a huge career, dating back to 1911. She had a close relationship with Claude Debussy and was chosen by Debussy to sing the premiers of many of his works. She turned to Opera in 1912 and continued in various roles into the late 1940s.
Referred to by several critics as “the epitome of good singing but also of good taste”, Ninon Vallin continued recording into the 1950s. Between 1953 and 1959 was guest Professor of singing at the Conservatory in Montevideo, before return to France for good before her death in 1961.
A short glimpse this weekend, but a rare one. Enjoy.