February 20, 2018

Program February 21, 2018

Percussionist Hector "Coco" Barez (pictured above) is known here in Richmond for his work in the bands Bio Ritmo, Afro Zen Allstars, Miramar, Hotel X and Mekong Express, among others.

What you might not know is that he's an in-demand session and touring musician -- he spent seven years with the Grammy-winning Calle 13, and he's played with everyone from Tego Calderon and William Cepeda to Ruben Blades and Femi Kuti.

Coco's first solo album, El Laberinto Del Coco, has just been released.  He'll come by the studio this week to talk about the album, playing everything from boleros to progressive metal, how one of Puerto Rico's top congueros came to live in Richmond, and a whole lot more.  And you'll hear some tracks from the new album as well.

Also this week: Puerto Rican plena in salsa; contemporary rock, African style; and the sounds of Haiti's RAM, who'll be playing live in DC on Wednesday.

February 18, 2018

Charts February 18, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD | Eghass Malan | Sahel Sounds
2 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
3 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
4 BUMBA MASSA | V70 | Cantos
5 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
6 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
7 PLENA LIBRE | Amores En El Camino | GN Musica
8 BOUBACAR TRAORE | Dounia Tabolo | Lusafrica
9 DA CRUZ | Eco Do Futuro | Boom Jah/Broken Silence
10 IMARHAN | "Azzaman" [Single] | City Slang

February 13, 2018

Program February 14, 2018

Lovers rock is the flip side of roots reggae: it's romantic rather than dangerous, sunny instead of stormy.  It grew out of Jamaicans' love of American soul music.  They say all soul songs can be broken down into three categories: Beg, Scream and Shout.  Lovers rock is reggae's "Beg" songs.

The genre got its name and some fame in London in the mid 70's (it was tagged after a record label which got its own handle from an obscure Augustus Pablo B-side), but the sound predates the name and continues to be popular today.  Importantly, lovers rock was the avenue by which many female singers were able to break into the male-dominated Jamaican music business.

For Valentine's Day, I'll spin a full hour of some of my favorite lovers rock tracks.  Also this week: the man who got Mali dancing the twist and the Madison, and a set of samba-funk from Brazil.

February 11, 2018

Charts February 11, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 RUMPUT | Rumput | self-released
2 GUY ONE | #1 | Philophon
3 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
4 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
5 SPANGLISH FLY | Ay Que Boogaloo! | Chaco World
6 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
7 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
8 HECTOR "COCO" BAREZ | El Laberinto Del Coco | Obi Musica
9 BRENDA NAVARRETE | Mi Mundo | Alma
10 CRIOLO | Espiral De Ilusao | Sterns Brasil

February 5, 2018

Program February 7, 2018

This week, it's the first live session of 2018 on Global A Go-Go.  I'll be joined in Studio C by Orkes Keroncong Rumput from right here in Richmond, the only active Indonesian keroncong group in North America.

Rumput's Hannah Standiford is on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia this academic year; she's back in the states briefly and rejoins her band for this session.  And Rumput is fortified by guest artist Danis Sugiyanto, here in Virginia on his own Fulbright, teaching at University of Richmond and William & Mary and playing with Rumput and Gamelan Raga Kusuma.

Both those bands will perform at Sound of Music Studios on Friday night.  But before then, you can catch Rumput live here on Global A Go-Go this week.

February 4, 2018

Charts February 4, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
2 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
3 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
4 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
5 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
6 CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO | Canzoniere | Ponderosa
7 EXPANDERS, THE | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 | Easy Star
8 KRIES | Selo Na Okuke/Village Tracks | Riverboat
9 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | "Mambo Rapidito" [Single] | Daptone
10 JOE PILGRIM AND THE LIGERIANS | "Migrants" [Single] | SoulNurse

January 30, 2018

Sonido Gallo Negro | Mambo Cosmico

ARTIST: Sonido Gallo Negro
TITLE: Mambo Cosmico
LABEL: Glitterbeat
Sonido Gallo Negro (SGN), an eight-piece band from Mexico City, expand their horizons on their third album.

January 29, 2018

Program January 31, 2018

It's mambo time this week on Global A Go-Go -- you'll hear the Syrian-American mambo king of Brooklyn Eddie "The Sheik" Kochak (pictured above), plus new mambos by Orquesta Akokan and Sonido Gallo Negro.

Also this week: folk-rock from Southern and Eastern Europe; music by Zgomot (who'll be at WRIR's birthday party on Friday night) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (at the Barns of Wolf Trap next Monday and Tuesday); a farewell to Hugh Masakela; and the best reggae I heard in late '17 and early '18.

January 28, 2018

Charts January 28, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
2 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
3 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
4 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
5 LOS YETIS | Los Yetis | Vinilisssimo
6 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
7 PLENA LIBRE | Amores en el Camino | GN
8 SON PALENQUE | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
9 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
10 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | "Mambo Rapidito" [Single] | Daptone

January 23, 2018

Camarao | The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie, 1964-1974

ARTIST: Camarao
TITLE: The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie, 1964-1974
LABEL: Analog Africa
Forro is one of the indigenous musical styles of Brazil’s largely rural northeastern province of Pernambuco.

Los Chicos Malos | Los Chicos Malos

ARTIST: Los Chicos Malos
TITLE: Los Chicos Malos
LABEL: Vampisoul
Vampisoul continues mining the Discos Fuentes catalog with a reissue of this salsa gorda gem from 1980.

Levanta Poeira

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Levanta Poeira
LABEL: Jazz & Milk
Levanta poeira means “kick up dust” in Portuguese; it’s an apt title for the first Brazil-focused release from German dance music label Jazz & Milk.

Little Axe | London Blues

ARTIST: Little Axe
TITLE: London Blues
LABEL: Echo Beach
Little Axe (aka Skip McDonald, aka Bernard Alexander) was part of two of the 20th century’s most influential studio bands: the unnamed house band that backed many of rap’s early hits on Sugar Hill Records, and Tackhead, who provided the industrial soundtrack for Adrian Sherwood projects like Mark Stewart’s Maffia, African Head Charge and New Age Steppers.

Program January 24, 2018

The great Kabyle (Berber) singer-songwriter Lounes Matoub (the painting above is by Lisa-nne: https://lisa-nne.deviantart.com/art/Matoub-Lounes-510846413) would have been 62 years old Wednesday.

That is, if he wasn't assassinated in 1998, a week before a decree banning Kabyle (and other languages other than Arabic) in Algeria went into effect.  Two men were framed in the case, but the true perpetrators were almost certainly members of the Algerian military.

This week on Global A Go-Go, a song from Lounes Matoub and a couple more by Kabyle artists.  Also this week: deep blues, left-field forro, and salsa Colombiana dancefloor fillers.

January 21, 2018

Charts January 21, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
2 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
3 LA MISA NEGRA | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
4 TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET | Ladilikan | World Circuit
5 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
6 TOTO BONA LOKUA | Bondeko | No Format
7 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Black Times | Strut
8 LUCIBELA | Laco Umbilical | Lusafrica
9 BOZI BOZIANA | Toute Une Histoire | Boziro
10 EBO TAYLOR AND THE PELIKANS | Ebo Taylor And The Pelikans | Mr Bongo