July 10, 2018
TITLE: Light Of Day
British reggae singer Alpheus and Spanish producer Roberto Sanchez have been working together since 2006. Alpheus is an oddity in modern reggae: a mid-career singer who only works with vintage rhythms – ska, rocksteady and early reggae.
And July 11 is also the 37th birthday of Richmond's Plan 9 Records. We'll celebrate that one by giving away a $37 Plan 9 gift certificate during Global A Go-Go to a caller who can correctly answer any one of these Plan 9 trivia questions (answers added after the contest ended; congratulations to our winner, David):
- How did Plan 9 Records get its name? From "Plan 9 From Outer Space," frequently cited as the worst movie ever made.
- What was the address of Plan 9's first location? 2905 W. Cary Street, today the left side of Citizen Burger Bar.
- What infamous Richmond city councilman endorsed Plan 9 in a TV advertisement? H.W. (Chuck) Richardson, who would subsequently be arrested for heroin distribution while serving on City Council.
- What legendary Richmond band was fronted by long-time Plan 9 employee Bob Schick? The mighty post-punk band Honor Role, Richmond's analogue to Fugazi, the Minutemen and Husker Du.
- What radio station had Plan 9 as its landlord? Channel 36 / Color Radio, the radio station that "broadcast" on the last channel of Richmond's brand new cable TV system starting in 1982; their motto was "Better radio through television."
Also on this week's program: new music by Bombino, who'll perform in DC on July 12; Sudan's irresistible dance music; and some Afro-funk deep cuts.
July 8, 2018
1 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
2 JUPITER AND OKWESS | Kin Sonic | Everloving
3 MYSTIC BOWIE | Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads | MTMB Entertainment
4 ABELARDO CARBONO Y SU GRUPO FEAT QUANTIC | "La Pina Madura" [Single] | Names You Can Trust
5 RED BARAAT | Sound The People | Rhyme & Reason
6 DIALI CISSOKHO AND KAIRA BA | Routes | Twelve | Eight
7 EL DUSTY | Cumbia City | Aftercluv
8 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
9 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
10 EL HIJO DE LA CUMBIA | Genero Genero | Nacional
July 3, 2018
It seems like a lot of Americans have lost touch with their immigrant roots, or maybe they're just in denial. As a public service to the many Americans who've forgotten that their families too were immigrants, this special 4th of July edition of Global A Go-Go will feature two hours of great American music made by people who chose to come to this country. These are the people, like my grandparents, who have made America great always. Today's the right day to celebrate them, and us.
June 27, 2018
June 25, 2018
Also this week: the high Andes sound; another cumbia dance party; and Red Baraat's world jazz, Punjabi stylee.
June 24, 2018
1 NICOLA CONTE AND SPIRITUAL GALAXY | Let Your Light Shine On | MPS
2 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
3 NICKODEMUS | A Long Engagement | Wonderwheel
4 LISTEN ALL AROUND: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICAN MUSIC | various artists | Dust-To-Digital
5 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
6 VIBRONICS | Woman On A Mission | SCOOPS
7 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica
8 ROOTZ RADICALS | "Bad Government" [Single] | Fett Music
9 BROWNOUT | Fear Of A Brown Planet | Fat Beats
10 BALOJI | 137 Avenue Kaniama | Bella Union
June 19, 2018
Also this week: vintage recordings from Central and East Africa, the Ethiopian tinge in jazz, and some hot dancehall and soca for this hot weather.
June 17, 2018
1 DIALI CISSOKHO AND KAIRA BA | Routes | Twelve | Eight
2 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
3 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
4 LOS TEXMANIACS | Cruzando Borders | Smithsonian Folkways
5 ALI FARKA TOURE | The Source (Remastered) | World Circuit
6 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
7 BROWNOUT | Fear Of A Brown Planet | Fat Beats
8 LA DAME BLANCHE | Bajo El Mismo Cielo | Nacional
9 LUCIBELA | Laco Umbilical | Lusafrica
10 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Black Times | Strut
June 12, 2018
Also this week: yet another cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- but this time in Yiddish, a trip to the Mexico-USA border for Norteno and rock 'n' roll, and Afrobeat and Afro-funk at drum & bass tempos.
June 10, 2018
LABEL: Twelve | Eight
North Carolina has become an exporter of top-shelf West African music in recent years. The trend started with Asheville’s Toubab Krewe, followed shortly by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba from Carrboro.
TITLE: Remain In Light
Remain In Light by Talking Heads is one of the last albums I thought needed to be remade. This 1980 classic is the high point of that band’s career and a master class in employing an African sensibility without resorting to mere imitation.