November 29, 2016

Program November 30, 2016

Joshua Camp (pictured above) is a Richmond boy made good.  He's co-founded two outstanding bands, One Ring Zero and Chicha Libre, he's currently working on Broadway as the accordionist for Fiddler On The Roof, and in his spare time he's put together a brand new 31-song double LP as C.A.M.P.O.S. (short for Cumbias And More Psychedelic Original Sounds), which gets its Richmond airwaves debut this week on Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: North African sounds from Mauritania to Ethiopia, Balkan beats and remixes, Ghanaian highlife and sun-drenched soulful Afro-folk.

November 28, 2016

C.A.M.P.O.S. | Miracles & Criminals

ARTIST: C.A.M.P.O.S.
TITLE: Miracles & Criminals
LABEL: Peace & Rhythm
Cumbias And More Psychedelic Original Sounds, or C.A.M.P.O.S. for short, is the latest project of ex-Richmonder Joshua Camp, best known for his bands Chicha Libre and One Ring Zero.

Charts November 27, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | Racines | Wrasse
2 FRIGHTNRS | Nothing More To Say | Daptone
3 ALKIBAR JR. | Jamal | Studio Mali
4 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Struggle Sounds | Sony Masterworks
5 ATERCIOPELADOS | Reluciente, Rechinante Y Aterciopelado | Sony Colombia
6 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES | Manara | Wonderwheel
7 KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS | Cats, Dogs And Ghosts | Asphalt Tango
8 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Arbina | Glitterbeat
9 AZYMUTH | Fenix | Far Out
10 VAUDOU GAME | Kidayu | Hot Casa

November 21, 2016

Charts November 20, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 ALKIBAR JR. | Jamal | Studio Mali
2 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | Racines | Wrasse
3 VAUDOU GAME | Kidayu | Hot Casa
4 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Struggle Sounds | Sony Masterworks
5 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Arbina | Glitterbeat
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | This Is Kologo Power! | Sahelsounds / Makkum / Red Wig
7 KATIE MCNALLY | The Boston States | self-released
8 KUTIMANGOES | Made In Africa | Tramp
9 DAWDA JOBARTEH | Transitional Times | Sterns Africa
10 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES | Manara | Wonderwheel

November 15, 2016

Program November 16, 2016

Alkibar Jr. (pictured above) is bringing Ali Farka Toure's Songhai blues sound into the present tense.  Their debut album will be released in December and it's a gem -- you'll hear a track from it on this week's program.

Also this week: Bosnian sevdah, Balkan brass, lovers rock, roots reggae, and Afrofunk classics from the 70s and from this year.

November 13, 2016

Alkibar Jr. | Jamal

ARTIST: Alkibar Jr.
TITLE: Jamal
LABEL: Studio Mali
Before Tinariwen and the rise of la guitare des ishumar, Ali Farka Toure was the first international superstar of desert blues.

Charts November 13, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 DAWDA JOBARTEH | Transitional Times | Sterns Africa
2 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES | Manara | Wonderwheel
3 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Arbina | Glitterbeat
4 ABOU DIARRA | Koya | Mix Et Metisses
5 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | Racines | Wrasse
6 VAUDOU GAME | Kidayu | Hot Casa
7 KUTIMANGOES | Made In Africa | Tramp
8 ORKESTA MENDOZA | Vamos A Guarachar! | Glitterbeat
9 KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS | Cats, Dogs And Ghosts | Asphalt Tango
10 MARIZA | Mundo | Nonesuch

November 8, 2016

Program November 9, 2016

The KutiMangoes (in the small images above), an Afro-jazz band from Copenhagen, went to Ouagadougou in the West African nation of Burkina Faso to record their new album Made In Africa.  You'll hear the results on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: the bluesy stylings of Mali's Boubacar Traore; Dawda Jobarteh, a Gambian in Denmark, brings Nordic jazz to the kora; a set of Afropop; Brazilian psychedelia circa 1968 and 2016; and a visit to the Latin lounge.

November 7, 2016

Charts November 6, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 FRIGHTNRS | Nothing More To Say | Daptone
2 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | Racines | Wrasse
3 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES | Manara | Wonderwheel
4 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Arbina | Glitterbeat
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Ultimate Guide To English Folk | ARC
6 VAUDOU GAME | Kidayu | Hot Casa
7 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Struggle Sounds | Sony Masterworks
8 MOUSSU T E LEI JOVENTS | Navega! | Manivette
9 ANTHONY JOSEPH | Caribbean Roots | Strut
10 BONGA | Recados De Fora | Lusafrica

November 1, 2016

Tiken Jah Fakoly | Racines

ARTIST: Tiken Jah Fakoly
TITLE: Racines
LABEL: Wrasse
My favorite reggae album of 2015 is now getting a proper USA release. Tiken Jah Fakoly of Cote D’Ivoire is one of Africa’s leading reggae artists; his roots sound and conscious lyrics (usually in French) are a throwback to mid-to-late 70s Jamaica, his creamy harmonies and punchy attack are pure African reggae.

October 31, 2016

Program November 2, 2016

First of all, I want to thank the over 500 listeners who donated $43,000 during WRIR's Fall 2016 Fund Drive.  This was WRIR's most successful fund drive in several years, and we owe it all to you!  You can still get in on the action: just visit wrir.org, click one of the Donate buttons, and get yourself the great Fall '16 premiums.

Extra thanks to the 52 donors who named Global A Go-Go as one of your favorite WRIR programs; I think this week's program will live up to your accolades.  You'll get some killer Afrobeat and Afro-funk, including a track from the new album by Vaudou Game (pictured above) which is one of my favorites of the year.

Also this week: folk and roots from the UK and France, reggae in Africa and America, and North African hard rock.

October 30, 2016

Charts October 30, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 VAUDOU GAME | Kidayu | Hot Casa
2 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Struggle Sounds | Sony Masterworks
3 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Bobo Yeye: Belle Epoque In Upper Volta | Numero Group
5 KUTIMANGOES | Made In Africa | Tramp
6 ORKESTA MENDOZA | Vamos A Guarachar! | Glitterbeat
7 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES | Manara | Wonderwheel
8 MIRAMAR | Dedication To Sylvia Rexach | Barbes
9 ROBERTO FONSECA | ABUC | Impulse!
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Palenque Records Afrocolombia Mix | Galletas Calientes

October 24, 2016

Program October 26, 2016

First of all, thank you to everyone who has donated in WRIR's Fall 2016 Fund Drive, our most successful drive in a couple of years.  If you slept through it or otherwise missed the drive, it's not too late to contribute and have the personal satisfaction of supporting this awesome community radio project: just click one of the "Donate" buttons at wrir.org.

I'm joined once again this week in the studio by DJ Beet Farmer.  Her world music program on WRIR, Kisses With Foreign Fishes, will premiere soon on alternate Sunday nights, 1-3 AM.

In the mean time, she's sitting in on Global A Go-Go this week, spinning a set of parents and their children and second one she describes as "super f-ing girly."  And I'll celebrate the end of the fund drive with all dance music: boogaloo plus some tracks inspired by Afrisa International's appearance at the Richmond Folk Festival.

October 18, 2016

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 | Struggle Sounds

ARTIST: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
TITLE: Struggle Sounds
LABEL: Sony Masterworks
Seun Kuti has been fronting his dad’s old band since Fela’s death in 1997; the band’s personnel stayed remarkably constant through the transition.

The KutiMangoes | Made In Africa

ARTIST: The KutiMangoes
TITLE: Made In Africa
LABEL: Tramp
Here’s an unexpected pleasure: the second album by a Copenhagen-based band influenced by Afrobeat, electric jazz, soul and blues.