February 10, 2016

Aziza Brahim | Abbar El Hamada

ARTIST: Aziza Brahim
TITLE: Abbar El Hamada
LABEL: Glitterbeat
With the passing of Mariem Hassan in 2015, Aziza Brahim has inherited the mantle of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic’s most important musician.

Czech Up! Vol. 1: Chain Of Fools

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Czech Up! Vol. 1: Chain Of Fools
LABEL: Vampisoul
Supraphon and Panton were two of the three state-owned record companies in Czechoslovakia after the second world war. They’re best known for classical music, but their popular music catalogs are extensive and Munster/Vampisoul has been mining them in recent years.

February 9, 2016

Program February 10, 2016

At Global A Go-Go, we pride ourselves on covering a lot of ground in the world of world music.  So, how about garage-rock from Czechoslovakia, circa 1967?  Got you covered, courtesy of the band Flamengo (pictured above) and a new compilation from Vampisoul Records called Czech Up! Vol. 1: Chain Of Fools.

Also this week: a Latin groove thing; Balkan singers, songwriters and rockers; and music from tropical islands once colonized by France.

February 8, 2016

Charts February 7, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 SIDESTEPPER | Supernatural Love | Real World
2 GEPE | Estilo Libre | Quemasucabeza
3 CLIFTONES | Enemies Scatter | Rebel Sound
4 DOS SANTOS ANTI-BEAT ORQUESTA | Dos Santos | Alebrije
5 TISDASS | Yamedan | Sahelsounds
6 ROMAIN VIRGO | "Caress Me" [Single] | VP
7 MAX-HOBA | TravelingMan | Hobacity
8 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979 | Strut
9 LA MAMBANEGRA | La Galeria | self-released
10 LUKA PRODUCTIONS | Mali Kady | Sahelsounds

February 2, 2016

Gepe | Estilo Libre

ARTIST: Gepe
TITLE: Estilo Libre
LABEL: Quemasucabeza
Daniel Riveros, aka Gepe, is a singer-songwriter from Santiago de Chile whose music touches on folk, pop and electronica. You could describe him as a Chilean version of Beck or Devendra Banhart.

Program February 3, 2016

There's some hair-raising electronic music coming out of the Arab world today; you'll get a primer on this week's program.

I'll play Omar Souleyman, the legendary Syrian wedding singer who brought electronic dabke to a world audience, plus a new solo album by his long-time collaborator Rizan Said, and the amazing power trio EEK (pictured above) featuring Islam Chipsy, the Egyptian Cecil Taylor.

Also this week: Saharan desert blues, American blues and reflexivity; music inspired by the brass bands of Mexico and Chile; mellow, righteous and rockin' reggae.

February 1, 2016

Charts January 31, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 DOS SANTOS ANTI-BEAT ORQUESTA | Dos Santos | Alebrije
2 BAABA MAAL | The Traveller | Palm / Marathon Artists
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Senegal 70: Sonic Gems And Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70's | Analog Africa
4 LA MAMBANEGRA | La Galeria | self-released
5 CLIFTONES | Enemies Scatter | Rebel Sound
6 CORTIJO | The Ansonia Years: 1969-1971 | Vampisoul
7 LUKA PRODUCTIONS | Mali Kady | Sahelsounds
8 DIEUF-DIEUL DE THIES | Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2 | Teranga Beat
9 BIO RITMO | "Oriza" [Single] | Peace And Rhythm
10 FAT FREDDY'S DROP | Bays | The Drop

January 27, 2016

The Cliftones | Enemies Scatter

ARTIST: The Cliftones
TITLE: Enemies Scatter
LABEL: Rebel Sound
Every mid-sized or larger city in the USA has a “best reggae band in town.” The Cliftones are that band in Cincinnati, and they’re probably better than most all of their peers.

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta | Dos Santos

ARTIST: Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta
TITLE: Dos Santos
LABEL: Alebrije
Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta is a new five-piece combo from Chicago that plays cumbias and other Latin rhythms with the attack of rock ‘n’ roll.

La Mambanegra | La Galeria

ARTIST: La Mambanegra
TITLE: La Galeria
LABEL: self-released
La Mambanegra is the new project from Jacobo Velez, former front man of the outstanding urban Afro-Colombian big band La Mojarra Electrica.

January 26, 2016

Program January 27, 2016

La Mambanegra (pictured above) is a new group from Cali, Colombia flavoring indigenous sounds with 70s NYC salsa, dancehall, funk and hip hop.  Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta is a hard-rocking new pan-Latin American cumbia band from Chicago.  Both these outstanding combos are making their Global A Go-Go debuts on this week's program.

Also this week: deep grooves from Mali, Italy and New Zealand; more fabulous Senegal 70's sounds; coupe decale keeps on keepin' on.

January 25, 2016

Charts January 24, 2016

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 LUKA PRODUCTIONS | Mali Kady | Sahelsounds
2 BLACK MASALA | I Love You Madly | self-released
3 DEBO BAND | Ere Gobez | FPE
4 DUBIOZA KOLEKTIV | Happy Machine | Koolarrow
5 DIVANHANA | Zukva | ARC
6 TISDASS | Yamedan | Sahelsounds
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979 | Strut
8 ADAMA YALOMBA | Waati Sera | Studio Mali
9 PROTOJE | Ancient Future | Mr Bongo
10 MEXRRISSEY | "International Playgirl" [Single] | Nacional

January 19, 2016

Luka Productions | Mali Kady

ARTIST: Luka Productions
TITLE: Mali Kady
LABEL: Sahelsounds
Sahelsounds is the record label run by “guerrilla ethno-musicologist” Christopher Kirkley; his objective is to release unrepresented music from Mali, Niger and Mauritania onto the world stage.

January 18, 2016

Program January 20, 2016

I've been listening to a lot of vintage South African music in recent months, most of it from the outstanding Electric Jive music blog, and much of it contributed to Electric Jive by Richmond-based artist Siemon Allen, whose Flat International website is creating a visual archive of rare South African recordings.

Lately I've really been digging "soul jive," a style that flourished in the late 70s that's equally indebted to South African mbaqanga and American R&B.  On this week's show, I'll spin eight of my soul jive favorites: eight great songs you'd be hard-pressed to find on vinyl or hear on the radio in America, in South Africa, or anywhere else.

Also this week: what's new in Balkan music, two pairs of reggae versions, and Malian Afropop.

Charts January 17, 2016

Rafael Ferrer, "Cortijo Tres Veces," 2012
WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 CORTIJO | The Ansonia Years: 1969-1971 | Vampisoul
2 RAM | 6: Manman M Se Ginen | self-released
3 BAABA MAAL | The Traveler | Palm/Marathon Artists
4 ADAMA YALOMBA | Waati Sera | Studio Mali
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Soul Sok Sega: Sega Sounds From Mauritius 1973-1979 | Strut
6 TISDASS | Yamedan | Sahelsounds
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Senegal 70: Sonic Gems And Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70's | Analog Africa
8 FAT FREDDY'S DROP | Bays | The Drop
9 ST GERMAIN | St Germain | Nonesuch
10 KANDIA KOUYATE | Renascence | Sterns