July 27, 2015

Charts July 26, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BOMBA ESTEREO | Amanecer | Sony Music Latin
2 CIA DM | "Mon Afrique" [Single] | self-released
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia | World Music Network
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Big Box Of Afrosound | Vampisoul
5 GINGER JOHNSON AND HIS AFRICAN MESSENGERS | African Party | Freestyle
6 MIDDLE EAST'S REVOLUTIONARY ARTISTS | "Zombie" [Single] | Freemuse
7 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
8 OLA FRESCA | Elixir | PiPiKi
9 SK KAKRABA | Songs Of Paapieye | Awesome Tapes From Africa
10 HAILU MERGIA | "Hailu" / "Yegle Nesh" | Philophon

July 21, 2015

Program July 22, 2015

Makossa from Cameroon is on this week's menu -- it's one of the world's most infectious dance musics.  You'll hear Big Benji Mateke, Sam Fan Thomas (pictured above) and the man who popularized makossa around the world, Manu Dibango.

Also this week: Tromboranga, a fabulous trombone-driven salsa band from Barcelona, visits Global A Go-Go; highlife time; and new Latin electro-roots music from Colombia's Bomba Estereo and Peru's Novalima.

July 20, 2015

Charts July 19, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 AMARA TOURE | 1973-1980 | Analog Africa
2 GINGER JOHNSON AND HIS AFRICAN MESSENGERS | African Party | Freestyle
3 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
4 KHAIRA ARBY | Gossip | Clermont Music
5 FATOUMATA DIAWARA AND ROBERTO FONSECA | At Home: Live In Marciac | Jazz Village
6 FLAVIA COELHO | Mundo Meu | Mr Bongo
7 ELIDA ALMEIDA | Ora Doci Ora Margos | Lusafrica
8 OLA FRESCA | Elixir | PiPiKi
9 TIPSY OXCART | Upside Down | self-released
10 THOMAS MAPFUMO | Lion Songs: Essential Tracks In The Making Of Zimbabwe | Lion Songs

July 13, 2015

Charts July 12, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 LES AMBASSADEURS | Rebirth | World Village
2 AMARA TOURE | 1973-1980 | Analog Africa
3 NOZINJA | Lodge | Warp
4 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
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 CHICO TRUJILLO | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes
9 GINGER JOHNSON AND HIS AFRICAN MESSENGERS | African Party | Freestyle
10 TIPSY OXCART | Upside Down | self-released

July 7, 2015

Program July 8, 2015

The album pictured above has just been reissued by Analog Africa Records, as part of their Amara Toure collection simply entitled 1973-1980.  This is noteworthy because:
  • It's one of the best but least-heard African LPs of the 70s and 80s, and
  • You no longer need to spend $350.00 to buy a copy
Nope, in fact you can hear a track from it for free on this week's show, along with some other artists of similar vintage: Etoile De Dakar, Bembeya Jazz and Les Ambassadeurs.

Also this week: sounds of the Maghreb, mo' cumbia, and Balkan jazz.

July 6, 2015

Charts July 5, 2015

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WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia | World Music Network
2 AMARA TOURE | 1973-1980 | Analog Africa
3 LES AMBASSADEURS | Rebirth | World Village
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Big Box Of Afrosound | Vampisoul
5 LETTA MBULU | In The Music The Village Never Ends | Be With
6 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Ba Power | Glitterbeat
7 KHAIRA ARBY | Gossip | Clermont Music
8 LE VENT DU NORD | Tetu | Borealis
9 DAYME AROCENA | Nueva Era | Brownswood
10 VISHTEN | Terre Rouge | self-released

July 2, 2015

July 2015 Concert Calendar

July's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. The Smithsonian Institution's 2015 Folklife Festival features the music and culture of Peru, including a performance by Susana Baca on the National Mall on Thursday July 2 and chicha legends Los Wembler's De Iquitos at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Friday July 3 and on the National Mall on Saturday July 4
  2. It's the Richmond Summer Reggae Jam on Saturday July 18 at the Broadberry with the Itals, Mighty Joshua, New Kingston, Buddha Council and Ricochet Red
  3. Bomba Estereo (pictured above), Colombia's hottest band, are touring the world in support of their new album Amanecer; they visit the Howard Theatre in Washington on Saturday July 25
  4. Desert blues superstar Bombino from Niger plays DC's intimate The Hamilton on Friday July 31
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 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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September 2015 Concert Calendar

September's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Bio Ritmo plays Richmond's Broadberry on Wednesday September 2 along with Orquesta Macabeo, one of Puerto Rico's hottest salsa combos
  2. Two ways to celebrate the Ethiopian New Year on Friday September 11: here in Richmond with the Afro-Zen Allstars at Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, or in DC 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
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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June 30, 2015

Program July 1, 2015

I've been listening to a lot of vintage South African music lately, courtesy of the incredible music blog Electric Jive (http://electricjive.blogspot.com), which is run by a group of record collectors that includes Richmond's own Siemon Allen.

On this week's show I'll spin a set of SA music from the late 70s and early 80s that combines local traditions with the influence of globally-popular African-American music of that era.  There are a few terms for it: Soul Jive, Disco Jive, Bump Jive.  Whatever you call it, it's all funky, catchy, danceable music and really hard to find nowadays.  Tune in and check it out for yourself.

Also this week: folk-rock in French, the golden age of Mali is now, and psychedelic cumbia.

The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia
LABEL: World Music Network
Here’s a nicely curated compilation that weaves together several threads from the current worldwide cumbia revival.

June 29, 2015

Charts June 29, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 AMARA TOURE | 1973-1980 | Analog Africa
2 LES AMBASSADEURS | Rebirth | World Village
3 BOMBA ESTEREO | Amanecer | Sony Music Latin
4 CHICO TRUJILLO | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes
5 NOZINJA | Lodge | Warp
6 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
7 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Ba Power | Glitterbeat
8 MORGAN HERITAGE | Strictly Roots | CTBC
9 TIPSY OXCART | Upside Down | self-released
10 THOMAS MAPFUMO | Lion Songs: Essential Tracks In The Making Of Zimbabwe | Lion Songs

June 23, 2015

Les Ambassadeurs | Rebirth

ARTIST: Les Ambassadeurs
TITLE: Rebirth
LABEL: World Village
Les Ambassadeurs Du Motel De Bamako (their full name) is one of the greatest ensembles in African musical history; their reunion is a major event and has produced a superb new four-song EP.

Bomba Estereo | Amanecer

ARTIST: Bomba Estereo
TITLE: Amanecer
LABEL: Sony Music Latin
This is the fourth album in Bomba Estereo’s ten-year career; it’s their first for a major label (Sony) and the first time they’ve used an outside producer (Ricky Reed, a hitmaker for Jason Derulo and Pitbull).

Amara Toure | 1973-1980

ARTIST: Amara Toure
TITLE: 1973-1980
LABEL: Analog Africa
Analog Africa returns from the seemingly bottomless sea of great, neglected West African recordings with this pearl.