August 21, 2014
Also on this week's program: brand new music by Malouma (not only one of Mauritania's most famous singers, also the first woman ever elected to that country's legislature); Manu Chao collaborating with Colombia's Doctor Krapula; and some killer salsa dura.
August 18, 2014
1 MESTRE CUPIJO E SEU RITMO | Siria | Analog Africa
2 SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS | Follow The Path | Freestyle
3 EDIP AKBAYRAM | Edip Akbayram | Pharaway Sounds
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | Knitting Factory
5 ZONGO JUNCTION | No Discount | Electric Cowbell
6 JUNGLE FIRE | Tropicoso | Nacional
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation | Discos De Hoy
8 BOBBY VALENTIN | El Mensajero | Andale
9 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
10 SON PALENQUE | Afrocolombian Sound Modernizers | Vampisoul
August 15, 2014
TITLE: Edip Akbayram
LABEL: Pharaway Sounds
More from the wonderful world of Turkish psychedelia. Edip Akbayram is a singer who reached popular consciousness by recording traditional songs with lyrics by some of Turkey’s most famous poets set to buzzing electric folk-psych-rock arrangements.
August 14, 2014
Also this week: Turkish psych from the 60s, 70s and 80s; music of the maroons -- escaped African slaves in the Caribbean and South America; the Berlin beat -- my favorite Berlin bands that didn't play in town when I was there.
August 13, 2014
1 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
2 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation | Discos De Hoy
4 BLACK HIPPIES | The Black Hippies | Academy LPs
5 SLIM ALI AND HODI BOYS | 70s Soul! | ARC
6 QUANTIC | Magnetica | Tru Thoughts
7 CUMBIA ALL STARS | Tigres En Fuga | World Village
8 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
9 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Sendero Mistico | Glitterbeat
10 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Tzenni | Glitterbeat
August 3, 2014
1 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
2 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Sendero Mistico | Glitterbeat
3 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
4 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
5 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat
6 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | A Long Way To The Beginning | Knitting Factory
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Ola Cabo Verde | Lusafrica
8 MARCIO FARACO | Cajueiro | World Village
9 SALLY NYOLO | Tiger Run | Riverboat
10 JOHNNY SEDES AND HIS ORCHESTRA | Mama Calunga | Andale
July 31, 2014
On this week's show, you'll hear two bands I saw live in Berlin: Chile's Chico Trujillo and local cumbiamba La Mula Santa. I'll also offer a belated tribute to Charlie Haden, play salsa Africana circa 1969 and today, and wrap things up with a set of Afro-funk.
- Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali (pictured above) tours the USA supporting her new album Tzenni, one of the year's best; she and her band (led by amazing guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly (also pictured) perform at Artisphere in Arlington on Friday August 1
- Omar Souyleman, the king of Syrian dabke wedding music, plays the Howard Theatre on Tuesday August 5
- Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, still on tour, return to DC at the Black Cat on Friday August 22
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- The University of Richmond's Modlin Center for the Arts kicks off its 2014-15 performance season with an outdoor brass band festival on Sunday September 7 featuring Rebirth Brass Band, Red Baraat, Slavic Soul Party and No BS! Brass
- Vieux Farka Toure, who blew away listeners at the Richmond Folk Festival a few years ago, visits Artisphere in Arlington on Friday September 12
- DC-based Balkan brass blasters Black Masala return to Balliceaux on Saturday September 13
- Two of African music's legends are appearing this month at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium: Youssou N'Dour on Sunday September 14 and Salif Keita (pictured above) on Sunday September 21
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- Of course, the big event in October is the Richmond Folk Festival, Friday October 10 to Sunday October 12. The headliner (for me at least) is the Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar from Serbia (pictured above), one of the world's truly great Balkan brass bands.
- Just a boatload of great artists from Mali are visiting our area in October: Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Oumar Konate, Mamadou Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. See below for all the details.
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July 29, 2014
1 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Tzenni | Glitterbeat
2 SON PALENQUE | Afrocolombian Sound Modernizers | Vampisoul
3 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
4 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat
5 CUMBIA ALL STARS | Tigres En Fuga | Harmonia Mundi
6 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
7 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
8 OUMAR KONATE | Addoh | Clermont Music
9 BOULPIK | Konpa Lakay | Lusafrica
10 RAY LUGO AND THE BOOGALOO DESTROYERS | Que Chevere! | Freestyle