March 28, 2017

Program March 29, 2017

Tinariwen, who will perform at the Barns at Wolf Trap on April 19, is the band that in 1979 invented what they call tishoumaren or assouf and many others know simply as desert blues, the Sahara Desert's greatest musical export.

Like the Velvet Underground, Tinariwen has inspired the creation of a plethora of younger bands.  My favorite of all of them is Tamikrest (pictured above), whose new album Kidal will be released in the USA on March 31.

This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a set from each of these two bands: a great opportunity to compare and contrast the first two generations of desert blues.

Also this week: touring the Caribbean, Swahili rumba inspired by last week's visit by the Nile Project, new Latin sounds from Colombia and Puerto Rico, and a ticket giveaway.

March 26, 2017

Charts March 26, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Red Baraat | Bhangra Pirates | Rhyme & Reason
2 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
3 Orquesta El Macabeo | La Maldicion Del Timbal | Peace & Rhythm
4 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
5 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
6 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
7 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
8 Afro-Zen Allstars | Greatest Hits | self-released
9 The Nile Project | Jinja | self-released
10 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional

March 20, 2017

Program March 22, 2017

As you probably know, we loving having musicians play live at WRIR.  Not every radio station, and certainly not every low-power FM station, has the facilities and expertise to do this -- we make a point of having both.

Some of the bands who play here come from around the corner; others take a longer trip.  The band playing live on Global A Go-Go this week is in the latter category.  The Nile Project (pictured above), a band Afropop Worldwide has called "nothing short of revolutionary,"  brings together artists from Africa's eleven Nile countries to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth.

They'll be performing at the University of Richmond's Camp Concert Hall on Friday night.  And they've played a few live-radio sets before: the BBC, KEXP.  On Wednesday at 3 PM, they'll add WRIR to that list.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear musicians from Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan (yes, singer Asia Midany got into the USA before the attempted seven-country travel ban) and Uganda perform live on your own community radio station.

Charts March 19, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 The Nile Project | Jinja | self-released
2 Nathaniel Braddock | Quadrille & Collapse | Invertebrata
3 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
4 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
5 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
6 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
7 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
8 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa
9 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released
10 Andres Landero | Yo Amaneci | Vampisoul

March 14, 2017

Program March 15, 2017

Gamelan Raga Kusuma, Richmond's community Indonesian gamelan orchestra, is ten years old this year.  In honor of the occasion, they're performing Sunday night at the Grace Street Theater with their kronchong string-band spinoff Rumput and with guest artists from DC's Indonesian embassy.

Also in honor of the occasion, Gamelan Raga Kusuma returns to WRIR to play live in Studio C this week on Global A Go-Go.  Before they go on the air, you'll hear recorded music from the band who'll be playing live on Global A Go-Go next week: The Nile Project, featuring artists from Egypt, Ethiopia, Burundi and all the countries who share the Nile River.

March 12, 2017

Charts March 12, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
2 Hard Proof | Stinger | Modern Outsider
3 Flavia Coelho | Sonho Real | World Village
4 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
5 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
6 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
7 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World
8 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti-
9 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa
10 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released

March 7, 2017

Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira

ARTIST: Meta & The Cornerstones
TITLE: Hira
LABEL: Metarize
Reggae is a Jamaican style that is now one of the world’s most cosmopolitan musical genres. Meta & The Cornerstones is a perfect illustration: front man Meta Dia is a native of Senegal now based in Brooklyn; his bandmates hail from Israel, Algeria, Japan, Jamaica and Cote D’Ivoire.

Program March 8, 2017

Here's four words you don't hear often these days: good news from Zimbabwe.  That's what Mokoomba (pictured above) is -- a young band from Victoria Falls making excellent original music, reaching an audience at home and around the world.  You'll hear a track from their soon-to-be-released third album on this week's program, along with a couple of the Zimbabwean international music stars who preceded them.

Also this week: new reggae by Mellow Mark and Meta & The Cornerstones, from Boricua roots to samba-soul, and modern Afrobeat from the Americas -- Sao Paulo, Austin, Los Angeles and Ottawa.

March 5, 2017

Charts March 5, 2017

WRIR's RWR World Music Top Ten
1 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released
2 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
3 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti-
4 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
5 Yeni Nostalji | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
6 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
7 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
8 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World
9 Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha | Naennainen | Playground Music
10 The Bongo Hop | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog

February 28, 2017

Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto

ARTIST: Fruko Y Sus Tesos
TITLE: A La Memoria Del Muerto
LABEL: Vampisoul
What we now call salsa, the admixture of Cuban son montuno with Puerto Rican bomba and plena, American jazz and soul, and rock ‘n’ roll attitude, was invented in New York City in the 1960s.

Mokoomba | Luyando

ARTIST: Mokoomba
TITLE: Luyando
LABEL: Out|Here
It’s been a while since Zimbabwe, home of Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi, produced an international music star. The young band Mokoomba is a beacon in a never-ending sea of bad news from the country being systematically ruined by Robert Mugabe.

February 27, 2017

Program March 1, 2017

Ani Cordero (pictured above), is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter of Puerto Rican ancestry whose work straddles the line between indie-folk and world music.  She and her band will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea's Mainline this Saturday, touring behind her terrific new album Querido Mundo, and you'll hear a couple of tracks from it on this week's program.

Also this week: a continuous-mix set of Colombian champeta, the way you'd hear it on a Barranquilla pico; from Algerian rai to Balkan brass with a Turkish accent; Cabo Verde's psychedelic disco; and the new album by Ibibio Sound Machine.

February 20, 2017

Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai

ARTIST: Ibibio Sound Machine
TITLE: Uyai
LABEL: Merge
The second album by London-based Ibibio Sound Machine is being released by the indie-rock Merge label, a sure sign the band is trying to escape the world music ghetto.

Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha | Naennainen

ARTIST: Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha
TITLE: Naennainen
LABEL: Playground Music
OK, a band from Finland with a Balkan sound? I’m game, expecting it’s going to be a tongue-in-cheek Leningrad Cowboys scenario. Wait a minute: these guys are totally serious.

Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988
LABEL: Ostinato
Space Echo, Analog Africa’s anthology of the trippy, funky 70s and 80s sounds of Cabo Verde, was my favorite compilation album of 2016. Hot on its heels comes Synthesize The Soul with another 18 killer tracks in the same vein.