When Audiogram started getting serious about putting out the album, the guys started buckling down and finishing up. The biggest challenge came when they actually had to pick a name for the band, which Haworth says was the "toughest thing in the whole project."How Magneto got its name has become something of a legend to the band members. It become something of a joke, with several different stories in circulation. "The truth of it is, I wanted something that was the same word in both English and French just so it would translate. Mario came up with a list - he and his son went through the dictionary picking out names. In French, you'll call a tape recorder a magnetophone, or a magneto." Haworth learned later on that the word also had other associations. For one, Magneto is a comic book character. "We found that out later. We also found out that in the 70's it was a Mexican boy band, kind of along the Menudo lines. I kind of liked that reference; I thought that was pretty cool too. People would mistake us for a Mexican boy band," he says, with a touch of sarcasm. Until now, when asked by the press about the name, the guys would generally see how far they could pull the interviewer's leg. "At one point I told somebody from some newspaper that Magneto was a 17th century Prussian king that walked around with one bare foot. On CBC radio I told a woman that it was an Aztec god that had a sect that Mario was a priest in," he laughs. (While he got away with it in the first instance, the CBC reporter figured out he was putting her on.) Guest artists Les Frères Diouf add a touch of Africa to the album. Two percussionists from Senegal, Haworth cannot talk highly enough about their work. "They are just amazing - they are phenomenal musicians, they are phenomenal singers, and they are also phenomenal human beings." Middle Eastern and Indian influences also appear on the album. "I listen to a lot of music in general, and I do enjoy a lot of stuff from other countries. One of the beauties of touring with Lhasa [with whom Haworth has toured in Europe], World Music in France isn't nearly as marginal as it is here. The stores have huge World Music sections, and when you're doing festivals there's a lot of world music stuff around. I love Mexican music, I love African stuff. I love Arab stuff - the saz is a Turkish lute that isn't really Arab, but has a somewhat Eastern feel to it. A lot of stuff sneaks through."
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