August 23, 2016
TITLE: Quiero Creedence
LABEL: Concord Picante
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) isn’t just a mainstay of American “classic rock” – they’ve long been huge south of the border as well. Here’s a clever project that brings top Latin rock and pop acts together with the CCR material they grew up listening to.
TITLE: This Is Kologo Power!
LABEL: Sahelsounds / Makkum / Red Wig
The kologo is a two-stringed lute made of calabash, wood and animal hide. It’s native to the Upper East region of Ghana, although similar instruments appear across West Africa (variously called molo, xalam, hoddu, tidinit and ngoni).
Kristi and Stathis' sixth album, NYN, is one of their finest efforts to date. It will be released in the USA on September 30; you'll hear a track from it this week on Global A Go-Go.
Also this week: musical poets Anthony Joseph and Ishmael Reed; new music from Francophone West Africa; and the music of two artists who'll be performing in Saturday's Richmond Roots Festival at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
August 22, 2016
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | This Is Kologo Power! | Sahelsounds/Makkum/Red Wig
2 YENI NOSTALGI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Quiero Creedence | Concord Picante
4 JOE BATAAN | Call My Name | Vampisoul
5 FANFARE CIOCARLIA | 20 | Asphalt Tango
6 MONEY CHICHA | Echo En Mexico | Vampisoul
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Rough Guide To Peru Rare Groove | World Music Network
8 ANTHONY JOSEPH | Caribbean Roots | Heavenly Sweetness/Strut
9 IMARHAN | Imarhan | City Slang
10 FELA RANSOME KUTI AND HIS KOOLA LOBITOS | Highlife-Jazz And Afro-Soul (1963-1969) | Knitting Factory
August 16, 2016
Also this week: the brassy sounds of Macedonia, Creedence en Espanol, and kologo power straight outta Ghana's Northeast.
August 8, 2016
1 VIEUX KANTE | The Young Man's Harp | Sterns Africa
2 MAMADOU BARRY AND AFRO GROOVE GANG | Tankadi | Label Bleu
3 SAN LAZARO | La Despedida | HopeStreet
4 QUANTIC PRESENTA FLOWERING INFERNO | 1000 Watts | Tru Thoughts
5 LICKSHOTS | The Lickshots | Rockers International
6 MIRAMAR | Dedication To Sylvia Rexach | Barbes
7 AUGUSTUS PABLO | Original Rockers | Greensleeves
8 KONONO NO. 1 | Konono No. 1 Meets Batida | Crammed
9 OMAR | I Want It To Be | Freestyle
10 STICKY JOE | Good Day | Kingston Express
August 2, 2016
TITLE: The Young Man’s Harp
LABEL: Sterns Africa
The kamale ngoni, or young man’s harp, is a young instrument: a smaller, secular version of the donso ngoni (hunter’s harp), it wasn’t invented until the 1960s and it quickly became a staple in the Wassoulou music of southwestern Mali.
Maitre Mamadou Barry (far right in picture above) is this week's case in point. His band Kaloum Star (pictured above) was one of Guinee Conakry's national orchestras (Bembeya Jazz National is the most famous of their peers) yet they released only eight songs in that time. He's gone on to be chef d'orchestre for Les Amazones De Guinee and worked with Sekouba Bambino, the aforementioned Bembeya Jazz and just about everybody who's anybody in Francophone West African music of the last 50 years.
Barry released his second solo album in June, so now's a great time to give the man his due. On this week's program you'll hear a track from his new album, one by Les Amazones and an unreleased live recording of the amazing Kaloum Star, courtesy of the music blog Worldservice: http://wrldsrv.blogspot.com/2009/03/kaloum-star-live.html.
Also this week: Mali's hunter's harp and youth harp; mo' Latin soul; and what's new in reggae, summer 2016 edition.
August 1, 2016
1 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
2 JOE BATAAN | Call My Name | Vampisoul
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Rough Guide To Peru Rare Groove | World Music Network
4 MIRAMAR | Dedication To Sylvia Rexach | Barbes
5 ELIAS ALEXANDER AND BYWATER BAND | Bywater | Fresh Haggis
6 BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND | 55 | Big Crown
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed | Analog Africa
8 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Tanbou Toujou Lou: Meringue, Kompa Kreyol, Vodou Jazz & Electric Folklore From Haiti 1960-1981 | Ostinato
9 ELZA SOARES | The Woman At The End Of The World | Mais Um Discos
10 KRISTI STASSINOPOULOU AND STATHIS KALYVIOTIS | NYN | Riverboat
July 19, 2016
July 18, 2016
Their debut album, Dedication To Sylvia Rexach, was released on June 17 and just hit #3 on CMJ's New World chart; they were featured on NPR's "All Things Considered" and on CNN en Espanol; they finished a six-city tour in support of the album; and they're about to play NYC's Lincoln Center Out Of Doors on a bill with Puerto Rican superstars Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz.
They'd probably like to take a nap. But instead they'll be joining me this week on Global A Go-Go to talk about the album, the whirlwind of activity around it, and all their new and old projects. We'll play some Miramar music and some other stuff as well.
Also this week: fabulous new music from Greece by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis, and the ultra-danceable sounds of Haiti.
July 17, 2016
1 JOE BATAAN | Call My Name | Vampisoul
2 MONEY CHICHA | Echo En Mexico | Vampisoul
3 JON RENBOURN AND WIZZ JONES | Joint Control | Riverboat
4 ELIAS ALEXANDER AND BYWATER BAND | Bywater | Fresh Haggis
5 MIRAMAR | Dedication To Sylvia Rexach | Barbes
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Rich Medina Presents Jump N Funk | BBE
7 BACAO RHYTHM AND STEEL BAND | 55 | Big Crown
8 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Rough Guide To Peru Rare Groove | World Music Network
9 ANTHONY JOSEPH | Caribbean Roots | Heavenly Sweetness / Strut
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Space Echo: The Mystery Behind The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed | Analog Africa