April 23, 2019
So I've got some catching up to do, and that's the focus of this week's program. The whole first hour is dedicated to new releases and new reissues in the Afro-funk and Latin bags, including the great new Carnaval single from two of my favorites Colombian bands, Bomba Estereo and Systema Solar (pictured above).
The second hour has more new sounds from Mali and Niger, a look at the Balkan-Caribbean connection, and we finish up with some particularly crazed Balkan vocalists. Should be fun.
April 21, 2019
1 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
2 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
3 BONGO HOP, THE | Satingarona Pt 2 | Underdog
4 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
5 MIRAMAR | "Salida/Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
6 BUDOS BAND, THE | V | Daptone
7 GRUPO FANTASMA | American Music: Vol. VII | Blue Corn
8 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana: The Creator | Sahel Sounds
9 HAMA SANKARE | Niafunke | Clermont
10 DJ PANKO | Panko Pa' Palenque | Palenque
April 10, 2019
TITLE: Ilana: The Creator
LABEL: Sahel Sounds
Here’s the album I, and a lot of Moctar’s fans, have been waiting for him to make. The left-handed guitarist from Agadez, Niger has worn a path through Europe and the USA in the last several years, leaving audiences with mouths agape at his technique and energy and at the forward propulsion of his band.
April 9, 2019
April 2, 2019
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April 1, 2019
1 MIRAMAR | "Salida / Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
2 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
3 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana: The Creator | Sahel Sounds
4 BONGO HOP, THE | Satingarona Pt 2 | Underdog
5 GLOAMING, THE | 3 | Real World
6 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
7 AHMED AG KAEDY | Akaline Kidal | Sahel Sounds
8 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
9 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released
10 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco/Daptone
March 26, 2019
For their first Latin project in their own Brooklyn studio, what band did Daptone choose? None other than Richmond's Miramar (pictured above at Daptone headquarters). The single that resulted from that session will be released on Friday, and Global A Go-Go will premiere it this week.
You'll also hear two tracks from Inner Mongolia's Anda Union, who will perform live on Global A Go-Go next week to kick off WRIR's Spring 2019 Fund Drive. I'll also be giving away a pair of tickets to see Anda Union's April 4 show at the University of Richmond.
Also this week: news from the Tamasheq bush telegraph; a whole set of throat singing; and the Haiti-Cabo Verde connection.
March 24, 2019
TITLE: Panko Pa’ Palenque
Here’s the latest project from Lucas Silva, the man who’s done more than anyone to get Colombian champeta music in front of the masses. This time he’s engaged Barcelona-based DJ Panko to remix nine Silva-produced tracks.
TITLE: Doko Mien
The first two albums by Ibibio Sound Machine have been sensational in parts but inconsistent as a whole. On their third release, the band seems to have found the precise blend of African and first-world elements they’ve been searching for.
TITLE: Akaline Kidal
LABEL: Sahel Sound
Guitarist-singer-songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy leads Amanar, one of the top bands in desert blues. He also had a key role in the development of Sahel Sounds, probably the most influential record label for Tamasheq music – Chris Kirkley, who runs Sahel Sounds, lived at Ahmed’s compound in Kidal, Mali for six months while he was building his label.
TITLE: “Salida” / “Urgencia”
Richmond’s Miramar, led by keyboardist Marlysse Simmons (Bio Ritmo) and fronted by singers Rei Alvarez (Bio Ritmo) and Laura Ann Singh (Quatro Na Bossa), specializes in boleros, the romantic ballads that were popular across the Americas in the 1940s and 50s.
Dexter Story has worked all sides of the music business in his career: he’s done marketing and artist management, been a talent buyer and event producer, he’s produced and music-directed major events, and he’s a working musician as well.
1 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
2 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco / Daptone
3 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
4 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
5 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Miri | OutHere
6 LEYLA MCCALLA | The Capitalist Blues | Jazz Village
7 MISTER KALI | Step Fast | Rebel Sound
8 AHMED AG KAEDY | Akaline Kidal | Sahel Sounds
9 DAWDA JOBARTEH | I Met Her By The River | Sterns Africa
10 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released