February 20, 2018
TITLE: Carnaval De Mindelo
Lusafrica Records is the house that Cesaria built – Jose da Silva started the label in 1990 to release Cesaria Evora’s first international album, and Cabo Verde’s “barefoot diva” remains Lusafrica’s biggest seller even though she died in 2011.
What you might not know is that he's an in-demand session and touring musician -- he spent seven years with the Grammy-winning Calle 13, and he's played with everyone from Tego Calderon and William Cepeda to Ruben Blades and Femi Kuti.
Coco's first solo album, El Laberinto Del Coco, has just been released. He'll come by the studio this week to talk about the album, playing everything from boleros to progressive metal, how one of Puerto Rico's top congueros came to live in Richmond, and a whole lot more. And you'll hear some tracks from the new album as well.
Also this week: Puerto Rican plena in salsa, and the sounds of Haiti's RAM, who'll be playing live in DC on Wednesday.
February 18, 2018
1 LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD | Eghass Malan | Sahel Sounds
2 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
3 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
4 BUMBA MASSA | V70 | Cantos
5 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
6 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
7 PLENA LIBRE | Amores En El Camino | GN Musica
8 BOUBACAR TRAORE | Dounia Tabolo | Lusafrica
9 DA CRUZ | Eco Do Futuro | Boom Jah/Broken Silence
10 IMARHAN | "Azzaman" [Single] | City Slang
February 13, 2018
The genre got its name and some fame in London in the mid 70's (it was tagged after a record label which got its own handle from an obscure Augustus Pablo B-side), but the sound predates the name and continues to be popular today. Importantly, lovers rock was the avenue by which many female singers were able to break into the male-dominated Jamaican music business.
For Valentine's Day, I'll spin a full hour of some of my favorite lovers rock tracks. Also this week: the man who got Mali dancing the twist and the Madison, and a set of samba-funk from Brazil.
February 11, 2018
1 RUMPUT | Rumput | self-released
2 GUY ONE | #1 | Philophon
3 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
4 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
5 SPANGLISH FLY | Ay Que Boogaloo! | Chaco World
6 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
7 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
8 HECTOR "COCO" BAREZ | El Laberinto Del Coco | Obi Musica
9 BRENDA NAVARRETE | Mi Mundo | Alma
10 CRIOLO | Espiral De Ilusao | Sterns Brasil
February 5, 2018
Rumput's Hannah Standiford is on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia this academic year; she's back in the states briefly and rejoins her band for this session. And Rumput is fortified by guest artist Danis Sugiyanto, here in Virginia on his own Fulbright, teaching at University of Richmond and William & Mary and playing with Rumput and Gamelan Raga Kusuma.
Both those bands will perform at Sound of Music Studios on Friday night. But before then, you can catch Rumput live here on Global A Go-Go this week.
February 4, 2018
1 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
2 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
3 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
4 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
5 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
6 CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO | Canzoniere | Ponderosa
7 EXPANDERS, THE | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 | Easy Star
8 KRIES | Selo Na Okuke/Village Tracks | Riverboat
9 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | "Mambo Rapidito" [Single] | Daptone
10 JOE PILGRIM AND THE LIGERIANS | "Migrants" [Single] | SoulNurse
January 30, 2018
January 29, 2018
Also this week: folk-rock from Southern and Eastern Europe; music by Zgomot (who'll be at WRIR's birthday party on Friday night) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (at the Barns of Wolf Trap next Monday and Tuesday); a farewell to Hugh Masakela; and the best reggae I heard in late '17 and early '18.
January 28, 2018
1 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
2 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
3 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
4 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
5 LOS YETIS | Los Yetis | Vinilisssimo
6 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
7 PLENA LIBRE | Amores en el Camino | GN
8 SON PALENQUE | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
9 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
10 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | "Mambo Rapidito" [Single] | Daptone
January 23, 2018
TITLE: The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie, 1964-1974
LABEL: Analog Africa
Forro is one of the indigenous musical styles of Brazil’s largely rural northeastern province of Pernambuco.
TITLE: London Blues
LABEL: Echo Beach
Little Axe (aka Skip McDonald, aka Bernard Alexander) was part of two of the 20th century’s most influential studio bands: the unnamed house band that backed many of rap’s early hits on Sugar Hill Records, and Tackhead, who provided the industrial soundtrack for Adrian Sherwood projects like Mark Stewart’s Maffia, African Head Charge and New Age Steppers.