September 1, 2015

Program September 2, 2015

Orquesta El Macabeo (pictured above) is a 12-piece salsa band from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.  Their members' backgrounds are in punk, metal, ska, reggae and hip hop -- pretty much everything but salsa.  That back-story may remind you of Richmond's Bio Ritmo.

On Wednesday night, Bio Ritmo and Orquesta El Macabeo will share the stage at the Broadberry, along with Miramar and the Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew.  But before that happens, Orquesta El Macabeo will play a live set on Global A Go-Go, direct from WRIR's new Studio C, the Community's Studio.

And I'll also interview DJ Bongohead and DJ Andujar from Peace & Rhythm, a new record label specializing in funk, world and jazz 45s.  They'll soon be releasing a new Bio Ritmo single, and we're planning to give it a world premiere on this week's program.

September 2015 Concert Calendar

September's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Bio Ritmo and Miramar play Richmond's Broadberry on Wednesday September 2 along with Orquesta El Macabeo, one of Puerto Rico's hottest salsa combos, and the Peace & Rhythm DJ Crew
  2. Two ways to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year: on Thursday September 10 here in Richmond with the Afro-Zen Allstars at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, or in DC on Friday September 11 with the legendary singer Mahmoud Ahmed at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium
  3. The outstanding Cambodian-American band Dengue Fever (pictured above) makes a rare East Coast appearance at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington on Saturday September 12
  4. Tuareg desert blues rockers Terakaft, touring behind their brand-new album, play DC's intimate Bossa Bistro on Tuesday September 15, along with Cheick Hamala's Griot Street
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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October 2015 Concert Calendar

October's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. The big one in October is always the Richmond Folk Festival, free to all Friday October 9 through Sunday October 11 on Richmond's historic downtown waterfront; world music artists to watch this year include Georgian chorus Zedashe (pictured above), Afro-Colombian ensemble Grupo Rebolu and DC-based Ethio-jazz combo Feedel band
  2. There's a big Folk Festival after-party at Capital Ale House on Sunday October 11 featuring Bio Ritmo, the aforementioned Bio Ritmo and possibly some special guests
  3. The amazing Czech singer-violinist Iva Bittova plays DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center on Thursday October 22
  4. A cool world music double-bill at the Camel on Monday October 26, with Richmond's one-of-a-kind Indo-Appalachian string band Rumput and Fado Nosso, RVA's homegrown fado combo
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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November 2015 Concert Calendar

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August 25, 2015

Terakaft | Alone

ARTIST: Terakaft
TITLE: Alone
LABEL: Out|Here
The musical style from the Sahara Desert region commonly called desert blues (the Tamasheq locals themselves simply call it la guitare) has been around long enough now to have sub-genres and trends.

Program August 26, 2015

Moldova is one of the newest (formed in 1991), smallest (population of 3 million) and poorest (per capita GDP of $5,000) countries in Europe.  Squeezed between Romania and Ukraine in eastern Europe, it's where Russian and Romanian cultures collide.

My friend Vlad Cuiujuclu is a native of Moldova, which celebrates its 24th birthday on August 27 (the country's only a little bit older than Vlad is).  On this week's program, Vlad and I will play two hours of music from Moldova for your entertainment and edification.  You'll hear Roma-influenced sounds, jazz, punk rock and all things in between.  Plus a viral sensation you'll certainly know.

August 24, 2015

Charts August 23, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 SPANGLISH FLY | New York Boogaloo | Chaco World
2 ZEDASHE | Our Earth And Water | Living Roots Music
3 TROMBORANGA | Golpe Con Melodia | self-released
4 QUARTER STREET | Quarter Street | HopeStreet
5 AMADOU BALAKE | In Conclusion | Sterns
6 PAT THOMAS AND THE KWASHIBU AREA BAND | Pat Thomas And Kwashibu Area Band | Strut
7 BRIAN CHILALA AND NGOMA ZASU | Vangaza! | SWP
8 AMARA TOURE | 1973-1980 | Analog Africa
9 LES AMBASSADEURS | Rebirth | World Village
10 FLAVIA COELHO | Mundo Meu | Mr Bongo

August 18, 2015

Program August 19, 2015

We'll get started this week with full-throated singing from Western Asia and Eastern Europe, from the former Soviet Union. Zedashe (pictured above) is nine-person vocal and dance ensemble from the republic of Georgia.  They have a bit of a Richmond connection, they'll be playing here in October at the Folk Festival and live on Global A Go-Go, and their eighth album will be released on September 18.

August 17, 2015

Zedashe | Our Earth And Water

ARTIST: Zedashe
TITLE: Our Earth And Water
LABEL: Living Roots Music
Zedashe is a nine-person vocal and dance ensemble from the republic of Georgia, between the Black and Caspian Seas in western Asia.

Charts August 16, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 CHICO TRUJILLO | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes
2 NOZINJA | Lodge | Warp
3 AMADOU BALAKE | In Conclusion | Sterns
4 WESTERN STANDARD TIME | A Big Band Tribute To The Skatalites, Vol. 2 | self-released
5 BOMBA ESTEREO | Amanecer | Sony Music Latin
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia | World Music Network
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Big Box Of Afrosound | Vampisoul
8 LETTA MBULU | In The Music The Village Never Ends | Be With
9 MORGAN HERITAGE | Strictly Roots | CTBC
10 MAZHAR VE FUAT | Turkuz Turku Cagiririz | Shadoks Music

August 11, 2015

Program August 12, 2015

Shangaan electro is the traditional sound of Limpopo in northeastern South Africa, given a 21st century, Afro-futurist Soweto twist.  It's an urban dance music that's fast, funny, funky and folkloric all at the same time -- you'll hear a set of it on this week's program.

Also this week: it's cumbia time again, this time from WRIR's new music shelf; rocksteady and roots reggae; and an excursion into Cosmic Slop territory.

August 10, 2015

Charts August 9, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
2 MAZHAR VE FUAT | Turkuz Turku Cagiririz | Shadoks Music
3 QUARTER STREET | Quarter Street | HopeStreet
4 TROMBORANGA | Golpe Con Melodia | self-released
5 SK KAKRABA | Songs Of Paapieye | Awesome Tapes From Africa
6 RANA SANTACRUZ | Por Ahi | Chicavasco
7 CHICO TRUJILLO | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes
8 LETTA MBULU | In The Music The Village Never Ends | Be With
9 OLA FRESCA | Elixir | PiPiKi
10 MORGAN HERITAGE | Strictly Roots | CTBC

August 9, 2015

August 2015 Concert Calendar

August's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. The legendary Los Van Van of Cuba (pictured above) celebrate their 45th anniversary and a new era of USA-Cuban relations with an American tour that stops at DC's Howard Theatre on Friday August 7
  2. Fado Nosso, Richmond's only Portuguese fado combo, continues their summer residency at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream on Thursday August 20
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 5, 2015

SK Kakraba | Songs Of Paapieye

ARTIST: SK Kakraba
TITLE: Songs Of Paapieye
LABEL: Awesome Tapes From Africa
SK Kakraba is a young virtuoso of the gyil, a tuned percussion instrument related to balafon and marimba that’s native to northern Ghana.

Quarter Street | Quarter Street

ARTIST: Quarter Street
TITLE: Quarter Street
LABEL: HopeStreet
Salsa is one of New York City’s contributions to world music, but it stopped being a New York-only thing a long time ago. Nowadays the global capital of salsa is undoubtedly Cali, Colombia, and you can find world-class orquestas in the most unlikely locales.