September 26, 2016
1 ABOU DIARRA | Koya | Mix Et Metisses
2 VIEUX KANTE | The Young Man's Harp | Sterns Africa
3 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Arbina | Glitterbeat
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | This Is Kologo Power! | Sahelsounds / Makkum / Red Wig
5 MAMADOU BARRY AND AFRO GROOVE GANG | Tankadi | Label Bleu
6 BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND | 55 | Big Crown
7 SAN LAZARO | Amor De Despedida | HopeStreet
8 JOE BATAAN | Call My Name | Vampisoul
9 IMARHAN | Imarhan | City Slang
10 PUPPA LEK SEN | Sweet And Tuff | Jahsen Creation
September 20, 2016
LABEL: Mix Et Metisses
Abou Diarra is a musician from Mali’s Sikasso region who now lives in Paris. His main instrument is the kamale ngoni or youth harp, a secularized version of the donso ngoni (hunter’s harp) which has primarily ceremonial uses – it’s something like a cross between the small ngoni and the kora.
September 19, 2016
Their music is hard to describe, but easy to list influences for: French chanson and jazz manouche, Brazilian bossa nova and forro, Greek folk and pop, and the list could go on and on. Check 'em out on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go, in a live session from WRIR's Studio C that's scheduled to get underway at 3:30.
Also this week (time permitting): the music of Mali's female kamale ngoni star Kokanko Sata, who will be playing at the Neighborhood Resource Center on Friday (more info here); more virtuosi of the kamale ngoni (youth harp); and a new record from Noura Mint Seymali of Mauritania.
September 18, 2016
1 FRIGHTNRS | Nothing More To Say | Daptone
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Quiero Creedence | Concord Picante
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | This Is Kologo Power! | Sahelsounds / Makkum / Red Wig
4 KRISTI STASSINOPOULOU AND STATHIS KALYVIOTIS | NYN | Riverboat
5 JOE BATAAN | Call My Name | Vampisoul
6 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics | Sterns Africa
8 DZAMBO AGUSEVI ORCHESTRA | Brass Like It Hot | ARC
9 BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND | 55 | Big Crown
10 FANFARE CIOCARLIA | 20 | Asphalt Tango
September 13, 2016
Led by singer-songwriter Christina Marie Gleixner (pictured above, photo by Betty Clicker), they play original songs inspired by Turkish pop music of the 1960s (which itself was heavily influenced by European and American pop of the era), sung in the Turkish language. The band has been gigging around Richmond for the last two years, and their current demo tape (which has garnered interest from international record labels) is one of WRIR's most played albums this year.
On this week's program, I welcome Christina Marie to the studio. We'll talk about how she got interested in Turkish music, about writing songs in a new language, about finding your true musical calling and much more. We'll also play music that Christina has selected: her songwriting influences, examples of the Turkish nostalji sound and what she's listening to these days.
Also this week: Latin soul, including a recent rediscovery from Willie Bobo; and one from Banda Magda, who will share the bill next Wednesday at the Broadberry with Yeni Nostalji, and who will play live on next week's edition of Global A Go-Go.
September 6, 2016
I'm going up to New York this weekend to see Astatke perform (at this event: http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/mulatu-astatke-fy17), and in honor of the event I'll spin a set of the music that made me such a big fan of the father of Ethio-jazz.
Also this week: musical prescriptions from Africa, the cumbia-reggae-salsa connection, and funk Caribbean style.
September 5, 2016
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Quiero Creedence | Concord Picante
2 FRIGHTNRS | Nothing More To Say | Daptone
3 SAN LAZARO | Amor De Despedida | HopeStreet
4 DZAMBO AGUSEVI ORCHESTRA | Brass Like It Hot | ARC
5 JOE BATAAN | Call My Name | Vampisoul
6 FANFARE CIOCARLIA | 20 | Asphalt Tango
7 MONEY CHICHA | Echo En Mexico | Vampisoul
8 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP Demo (final mix) | unreleased
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Rough Guide To Peru Rare Groove | World Music Network
10 MIRAMAR | Dedication To Sylvia Rexach | Barbes
August 31, 2016
TITLE: Nothing More To Say
This is the debut long-player by the Frightnrs, a young band from Queens, New York that specializes in original music based on rocksteady, the mid-60s Jamaican genre that preceded reggae.
August 30, 2016
Nothing was less hip than digging JuanGa, yet no one was more hip than he himself. Here's a thoughtful tribute to the man: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-arellano-juan-gabriel-20160829-snap-story.html.
I'm not going to offer a full musical tribute to JuanGa (that's a statue of him above in Mexico City's Plaza Garibaldi, decorated with death offerings from his fans, in an AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo) -- I'll leave that to someone with more expertise. But I will play you his last hit, a cover of a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival (no joke), and some more selections to get you thinking about the enormous influence of Mexico on American culture.
Also this week: descarga and salsa dura; Jamaican lovers rock; and Dzambo Agusev, the next Balkan trumpet star.
August 29, 2016
1 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
2 MAMADOU BARRY AND AFRO GROOVE GANG | Tankadi | Label Bleu
3 ANTHONY JOSEPH | Caribbean Roots | Heavenly Sweetness/Strut
4 VIEUX KANTE | The Young Man's Harp | Sterns Africa
5 KRISTI STASSINOPOULOU AND STATHIS KALYVIOTIS | NYN | Riverboat
6 QUANTIC PRESENTA FLOWERING INFERNO | 1000 Watts | Tru Thoughts
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed | Analog Africa
8 JOSEPH ISRAEL | Paradise | Lions Of Israel
9 LENI STERN | Dakar Suite | self-released
10 DJELIMADY TOUNKARA | Djely Blues | Label Bleu
August 23, 2016
TITLE: Quiero Creedence
LABEL: Concord Picante
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) isn’t just a mainstay of American “classic rock” – they’ve long been huge south of the border as well. Here’s a clever project that brings top Latin rock and pop acts together with the CCR material they grew up listening to.
TITLE: This Is Kologo Power!
LABEL: Sahelsounds / Makkum / Red Wig
The kologo is a two-stringed lute made of calabash, wood and animal hide. It’s native to the Upper East region of Ghana, although similar instruments appear across West Africa (variously called molo, xalam, hoddu, tidinit and ngoni).