September 16, 2019
1 TINARIWEN | Amadjar | Anti-
2 RACHID TAHA | Je Suis Africaine | Believe
3 KALETA AND SUPER YAMBA BAND | Medaho | Ubiquity
4 GOOD ONES, THE | "The Farmer" [Single] | Anti-
5 WEMBLER'S DE IQUITOS, LOS | Vision Del Ayahuasca | Barbes
6 DANIELA SOLEDADE | A Moment Of You | Blue Line
7 AHMEDOU AHMED LOWLA | Terrouzi | Sahel Sounds
8 DAYME AROCENA | Sonocardiogram | Brownswood
9 KANAZOE ORKESTRA | Tolonso | Buda Musique
10 GILI YALO | Made In Amharica [EP] | Dead Sea
September 9, 2019
1 ALTIN GUN | Gece | ATO
2 BUDOS BAND, THE | The Budos Band V | Daptone
3 MIRAMAR | "Salida/Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
4 NICOLA CONTE AND GIANLUCA PETRELLA | Free Your Mind [EP] | Schema
5 MARCIA GRIFFITHS | "Ska Medley" [Single] | Tad's
6 AYMEE NUVIOLA | A Journey Through Cuban Music | Top Stop
7 MOSQUITO CABARET | The Modern Life Of Insects | self-released
8 AWARENESS ART ENSEMBLE | "Awful Situation" [Single] | Love City
9 WUTA MAYI | La Face Cachee | Sterns
10 KARINE POLWART | Scottish Songbook | Hegri
September 2, 2019
WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 RACHID TAHA | Je Suis Africaine | Believe
2 BUDOS BAND, THE | V | Daptone
3 YOUSSOU N'DOUR | History | Naive
4 COMBO CHIMBITA | Ahomale | Anti-
5 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Kaleido Stropico | Curura Musique
6 LAGARTIJEANDO | Jallalla | Wonderwheel
7 ALEX CUBA | Sublime | Caracol
8 CHE APALACHE | Rearrange My Heart | Free Dirt
9 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
10 MINYO CRUSADERS | Echoes Of Japan | Mais Um
April 23, 2019
So I've got some catching up to do, and that's the focus of this week's program. The whole first hour is dedicated to new releases and new reissues in the Afro-funk and Latin bags, including the great new Carnaval single from two of my favorites Colombian bands, Bomba Estereo and Systema Solar (pictured above).
The second hour has more new sounds from Mali and Niger, a look at the Balkan-Caribbean connection, and we finish up with some particularly crazed Balkan vocalists. Should be fun.
April 21, 2019
1 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
2 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
3 BONGO HOP, THE | Satingarona Pt 2 | Underdog
4 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
5 MIRAMAR | "Salida/Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
6 BUDOS BAND, THE | V | Daptone
7 GRUPO FANTASMA | American Music: Vol. VII | Blue Corn
8 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana: The Creator | Sahel Sounds
9 HAMA SANKARE | Niafunke | Clermont
10 DJ PANKO | Panko Pa' Palenque | Palenque
April 10, 2019
TITLE: Ilana: The Creator
LABEL: Sahel Sounds
Here’s the album I, and a lot of Moctar’s fans, have been waiting for him to make. The left-handed guitarist from Agadez, Niger has worn a path through Europe and the USA in the last several years, leaving audiences with mouths agape at his technique and energy and at the forward propulsion of his band.
April 9, 2019
April 2, 2019
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April 1, 2019
1 MIRAMAR | "Salida / Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
2 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
3 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana: The Creator | Sahel Sounds
4 BONGO HOP, THE | Satingarona Pt 2 | Underdog
5 GLOAMING, THE | 3 | Real World
6 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
7 AHMED AG KAEDY | Akaline Kidal | Sahel Sounds
8 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
9 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released
10 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco/Daptone
March 26, 2019
For their first Latin project in their own Brooklyn studio, what band did Daptone choose? None other than Richmond's Miramar (pictured above at Daptone headquarters). The single that resulted from that session will be released on Friday, and Global A Go-Go will premiere it this week.
You'll also hear two tracks from Inner Mongolia's Anda Union, who will perform live on Global A Go-Go next week to kick off WRIR's Spring 2019 Fund Drive. I'll also be giving away a pair of tickets to see Anda Union's April 4 show at the University of Richmond.
Also this week: news from the Tamasheq bush telegraph; a whole set of throat singing; and the Haiti-Cabo Verde connection.
March 24, 2019
TITLE: Panko Pa’ Palenque
Here’s the latest project from Lucas Silva, the man who’s done more than anyone to get Colombian champeta music in front of the masses. This time he’s engaged Barcelona-based DJ Panko to remix nine Silva-produced tracks.
TITLE: Doko Mien
The first two albums by Ibibio Sound Machine have been sensational in parts but inconsistent as a whole. On their third release, the band seems to have found the precise blend of African and first-world elements they’ve been searching for.
TITLE: Akaline Kidal
LABEL: Sahel Sound
Guitarist-singer-songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy leads Amanar, one of the top bands in desert blues. He also had a key role in the development of Sahel Sounds, probably the most influential record label for Tamasheq music – Chris Kirkley, who runs Sahel Sounds, lived at Ahmed’s compound in Kidal, Mali for six months while he was building his label.