July 10, 2014

Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca | La Rumba SoYo

ARTIST: Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
TITLE: La Rumba SoYo
LABEL: Cumbancha
Here’s the latest from American-based Congolese singer Ricardo Lemvo (he’s made Los Angeles his home since the ‘80s), and it’s a beauty.

Program July 11, 2014

Karikatura (pictured above) is a band that sounds like an amalgam of all the music you hear if you spend a day walking around New York City neighborhoods: the sounds coming out of apartment windows, shops, passing cars and even the subway.  It's Afrobeat, cumbia, klezmer, hip hop and more rolled up into one young, very enegetic sextet.

Speaking of the subway, one of their longest-running gigs is in the Union Square subway station, as part of the Music Under New York program.  They've also toured the world, and Ropeadope Records just released their first full-length album.  They're making a stop in Richmond on Friday night at Balliceaux; before that happens, they'll do a live set on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go.

July 9, 2014

July 2014 Concert Calendar

July's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues on the mall in DC with free shows of music from Kenya and China on Wednesday July 2, Thursday July 3 and Saturday July 5
  2. Gogol Bordello returns to central Virginia after a long absence: they're at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Thursday July 17
  3. Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso and his band Los Que Son Son (pictured above), maybe the hottest aggregation in Cuba, make a rare stateside visit to the Howard Theatre in DC on Friday July 25
Have an event you'd like me to include, or a suggestion for the concert calendar?  Just drop me a line at globalagogoradio [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave me a message right here.

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August 2014 Concert Calendar

August's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. 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
  2. Omar Souyleman, the king of Syrian dabke wedding music, plays the Howard Theatre on Tuesday August 5
Have an event you'd like me to include, or a suggestion for the concert calendar?  Just drop me a line at globalagogoradio [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave me a message right here.

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September 2014 Concert Calendar

September's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Two of African music's legends are appearing this month at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium: Youssou N'Dour on Sunday Spetmeber 14 and Salif Keita (pictured above) on Sunday September 21
Have an event you'd like me to include, or a suggestion for the concert calendar?  Just drop me a line at globalagogoradio [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave me a message right here.

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July 6, 2014

Charts July 6, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 RICARDO LEMVO & MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
2 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
3 BOULPIK | Kompa Lakay | Lusafrica
4 QUANTIC | Magnetica | Tru Thoughts
5 HASSAN HAKMOUN | Unity | Healing
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Ola Cabo Verde | Lusafrica
7 KASAI ALLSTARS | Beware The Fetish | Crammed
8 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Putumayo Presents: Australia | Putumayo
9 MERIDIAN BROTHERS | Salvadora Robot | Soundway
10 MELAZA | Melaza | Chulo/Daptone

July 3, 2014

Program July 4, 2014

It happens that I live in a Congressional district (Virginia's 7th) where the key issue in the recent Republican primary was immigration -- not the economy, not unemployment, not healthcare.  Here's a quick summary: the incumbent disliked immigration and wanted to make it more difficult, the challenger disliked it even more.

As the grandson of Italian immigrants (some of them illegal, even under the relatively relaxed laws of the early 20th century), I find both of those candidates' points of view repugnant.  I think immigration is one of the main things that makes America great, and I think we ought to encourage more of it.

Since I've got the floor for two hours on the 4th of July, I'll use it to do a radio show on this subject -- two hours of great American music made by people who emigrated to America.  Or if you prefer, you can call it two hours of music Dave Brat doesn't want made in America.

June 30, 2014

Charts June 29, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
2 CUMBIA ALL STARS | Tigres En Fuga | World Village
3 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation | Discos De Hoy
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Sound Of Siam, Volume 2: Molam And Luk Thung From North-East Thailand 1970-1982 | Soundway
6 BOBBY VALENTIN | El Mensajero | Andale
7 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Sendero Mistico | Glitterbeat
8 LOS HACHEROS | Pilon | Chulo / Daptone
9 QUANTIC | Magnetica | Tru Thoughts
10 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat

June 26, 2014

Cumbia All Stars | Tigres En Fuga

ARTIST: Cumbia All Stars
TITLE: Tigres En Fuga
LABEL: World Village
In the last seven or so years, there’s been a worldwide groundswell of interest in chicha, Peru’s psychedelic cumbia music of the 60s, 70s and 80s, with a wide assortment of reissues and new bands grabbing attention.

Program June 27, 2014

Here at WRIR, the flavor of summer 2014 is most definitely "Latin."  We've received more good-to-excellent new Latin music releases in the last couple of months than at any other time in the first ten years we've been on the air.

We have so much good new Latin music that I'm going to feature an hour of it on this week's program.  You'll hear WRIR premieres of new discs by Angolan-Congolese-American salsero Ricardo Lemvo (pictured above) and by Peuvian chicha supergroup the Cumbia All Stars, a track by Bio Ritmo (celebrating with a record release show at the Broadberry on Sunday night), and much more.

Also this week: one from Debo Band (also in town this weekend, Saturday night at the Broadberry), and a set of songs by "the James Brown of [your country's name here]."

June 22, 2014

Charts June 22, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BOBBY VALENTIN | El Mensajero | Andale
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation | Discos De Hoy
3 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
4 TOUMANI DIABATE AND SIDIKI DIABATE | Toumani And Sidiki | World Circuit
5 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Sendero Mistico | Glitterbeat
6 OUMAR KONATE | Addoh | Clermont Music
7 RAY LUGO AND THE BOOGALOO DESTROYERS | Que Chevere! | Freestyle
8 BLACK MASALA | Black Masala | self-released
9 ALSARAH AND THE NUBATONES | Silt | Wonderwheel
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Pulse Of Brazil | ARC

June 21, 2014

Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation
LABEL: Discos De Hoy
Richmonders know all about Bio Ritmo (track 4), the hometown salsa band whose appeal goes well beyond the hard-core Latin music audience and who market themselves the way an indie rock band would do. Well, there’s an international cohort of similar nueva generacion salsa groups, and this compilation is a fine introduction to ten of them.

June 19, 2014

Program June 20, 2014

This week, Global A Go-Go goes live -- Black Masala (pictured above), DC's gypsy-inspired brass band, plays live this Friday on Global A Go-Go before taking the stage at Balliceaux later that night.

If you haven't heard Black Masala yet ... well, you probably haven't been listening to my radio show lately.  They're Washington Area Music Association's 2013 "Best New Artist," they include members of DC-area stalwarts Thievery Corporation, See-I and Yellow Dubmarine, and they sound like a more Balkanized version of No BS! Brass.  It's gonna be hot in the Live Room tonight!

Also this week: Mande virtuosos, twangy guitars of Latin America, and salsa's trombanga sound.

June 16, 2014

Charts June 15, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
2 GAROTAS SUECAS | Feras Miticas | Vampisoul
3 QUANTIC | Magnetica | Tru Thoughts
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Sound Of Siam, Volume 2: Molam & Luk Thung From North-East Thailand 1970-1982 | Soundway
5 TOUMANI DIABATE AND SIDIKI DIABATE | Toumani And Sidiki | World Circuit
6 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat
7 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Tzenni | Glitterbeat
8 SON PALENQUE | Afrocolombian Sound Modernizers | Vampisoul
9 BOULPIK | Kompa Lakay | Lusafrica
10 HASSAN HAKMOUN | Unity | Healing

June 12, 2014

Program June 13, 2014

This week on Global A Go-Go, Elin (pictured above with Brazilian legend Jorge Ben) and Ben Takis of the band Alma Tropicalia drop by the studio for a chat.  DC-based Alma Tropicalia, who specialize in psychedelic samba and Brazilian funk, will play later on Friday night at Balliceaux; we'll talk about the gig, the joys of tropicalia, DC's Brazilian community, and much more some time after 6 PM.

Also on this week's program: great female voices of the Sahara; brass bands from around the world; and of course some Brazilian psychedelia.