March 24, 2015

Program March 25, 2015

I thought it was pretty cool when I had a Brazilian musician on my show a few weeks ago (see http://www.globalagogo.com/2015/02/program-february-20-2015.html for details).  This week, I have a whole Brazilian band playing live in the studio.

All the way from Porto Alegre (nearly as far south as you can go in Brazil) come Marcelo Fruet & Os Cozinheiros.  They're working their way across the USA, including a stop at SXSW in Austin last week, and they're in Richmond now.  And you'll hear them play live on Global A Go-Go starting at about 4:00 on Wednesday.

Also this week: what would Yma Sumac fronting The Mamas & The Papas sound like?, and the Senegambian sound.  Plus I'll be giving away a pair of tickets to see tUnE-yArDs at the National on March 30 with Son Lux and Richmond SXSW heroes Avers.

Charts March 23, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND | Juguya | Sublime Frequencies
2 E.T. MENSAH AND THE TEMPOS | King Of Highlife Anthology | RetroAfric
3 BKO QUINTET | Bamako Today | Buda Musique
4 OS BRAZOES | Os Brazoes | Mr Bongo
5 KASSE MADY DIABATE | Kirike | Six Degrees
6 BOUBACAR TRAORE | Mbalimaou | Lusafrica
7 SAMBA TOURE | Gandadiko | Glitterbeat
8 VERCKY'S ET L'ORCHESTRE VEVE | Congolese Funk, Afrobeat And Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978 | Analog Africa
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Afrosound Of Colombia, Vol. 2 | Vampisoul
10 TOM ZE | Tom Ze | Mr Bongo

March 23, 2015

The Bluebeaters | Everybody Knows

ARTIST: The Bluebeaters
TITLE: Everybody Knows
LABEL: Record Kicks
Versions (we call them covers) have long been a staple of Jamaican popular music. The Bluebeaters are an Italian band that specializes in ska and rocksteady versions of, shall we say, unlikely material.

Chicas! Vol.2: Spanish Female Singers 1963-1978

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Chicas! Vol. 2: Spanish Female Singers 1963-1978
LABEL: Vampisoul
Here’s volume 2 of Vampisoul’s look at Spanish female singers of the ye-ye period. On one level, this stuff is disposable pop music that was discarded decades ago (hence its current obscurity); on another, it’s a fascinating document of an era when Spain was striving to join first-world Europe and women were achieving some grudging liberation.

Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca | At Home: Live In Marciac

ARTIST: Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca
TITLE: At Home: Live In Marciac
LABEL: Jazz Village
This is one of those pairings that seems arbitrary but turns out to be so, so right. Roberto Fonseca is a stunningly virtuosic Cuban pianist; he came to fame as Ruben Gonzalez’s replacement in the Buena Vista Social Club, and he’s carving out a career at the edges of jazz, Afro-Cuban music and funk. Fatoumata Diawara is a Malian singer-songwriter-guitarist who started as an actor and whose debut solo album earned her rave reviews.

The Skints | FM

ARTIST: The Skints
TITLE: FM
LABEL: Easy Star
Some of today’s best reggae music is coming out of London – here’s a good example. The Skints are a young band that started in a kind of ska-punk bag; now on their third album (in addition to three EPs) they’ve broadened their sound to include more elements of reggae, dub, dancehall, hip hop and grime, and crucially they write some hooky, catchy songs.

March 17, 2015

Program March 18, 2015

I'll be joined in the studio this week by Bernadette Stephens Cruse, lead singer of Fado Nosso, Richmond's leading fado band.  Fado is the Portuguese blues, a 200-year-old genre that combines folk melodies, influences from Lusophone colonies Brazil, Cape Verde and Angola, and the ineffable feeling Portuguese speakers refer to as saudade.

Fado Nosso will be a central part in a unique event that's happening this weekend: a music/dance performance called Amalia at Dogtown Dance Theatre.  Bernadette and I will talk about Fado Nosso, Amalia, fado and more starting at about 4:00.  She's also bringing a set of some of her favorite fado songs to introduce you to this unique genre of music.

Also on this week's program: Brazilian rock including a song by Marcelo Fruet & Os Cozinheiros, who will play live on next week's show; and the latest and greatest from West Africa.

Charts March 16, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco And Mbaqanga 1975-1985 | Strut
2 DENGUE FEVER | The Deepest Lake | Tuk Tuk
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Afrosound Of Colombia, Vol. 2 | Vampisoul
4 DOM LA NENA | Soyo | Six Degrees
5 MELISANDE (ELECTROTRAD) | Les Metamorphoses | self-released
6 NILSON MATTA | East Side Rio Drive | World Blue
7 BKO QUINTET | Bamako Today | Buda Musique
8 ABELARDO BARROSO Y LA ORQUESTA SENSACION | Cha Cha Cha | World Circuit
9 KHUN NARIN'S ELECTRIC PHIN BAND | Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band | Innovative Leisure
10 IBEYI | Ibeyi | XL

March 3, 2015

Program March 4, 2015

http://www.discogs.com/artist/210653-Harari
What were you listening to in 1978?  If you were around then, the answer is probably "disco" -- for a couple of years there, you pretty much couldn't avoid it.  And things were similar in Africa, where disco was widespread, popular and influential.  This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a few examples of late 70's Afro-disco like the South African group Harari (pictured above).

Also this week: it's cumbia time!, a set of music from Zimbabwe, and some mariachi and banda influenced songs.

Charts March 3, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 E.T. MENSAH AND THE TEMPOS | King Of Highlife Anthology | RetroAfric
2 HAILU MERGIA AND THE WALIAS | Tche Belew | Awesome Tapes From Africa
3 OS BRAZOES | Os Brazoes | Mr Bongo
4 DENGUE FEVER | The Deepest Lake | Tuk Tuk
5 BOUBACAR TRAORE | Mbalimaou | Lusafrica
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Peru Bravo: Funk, Soul, And Psych From Peru's Radical Decade | Tiger's Milk
7 DOM LA NENA | Soyo | Six Degrees
8 MELISANDE (ELECTROTRAD) | Les Metamorphoses | self-released
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Cafe Del Mundo | Putumayo
10 AFROROCKERZ | The Afrorockerz | Buda Musique

March 2, 2015

Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco And Mbaqanga 1975-1985

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Next Stop Soweto, Vol. 4: Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco And Mbaqanga 1975-1985
LABEL: Strut
The fourth volume of Strut’s essential Next Stop Soweto series focuses on the decade before the world music boom (and especially Paul Simon’s Graceland) shone an international spotlight on South African music.

March 1, 2015

March 2015 Concert Calendar

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kaoru-Watanabe/371557296258030
 March's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Kaoru Watanabe (pictured above), the former artistic director of Kodo, plays both Japanese drums and transverse flute; he performs his music, integrating Japanese folk traditions with contemporary improvisation, on Thursday March 5 at the University of Richmond's International Center Commons
  2. Brooklyn-based dhol-and-brass band Red Baraat brings its Festival Of Colors to DC's Howard Theatre on Thursday March 5
  3. Mighty Joshua and the Zion #5 bring roots and culture to Balliceaux on Friday March 20
  4. Fado Nosso and Claves Unidos presents "Amalia: An Evening Of Fado And Dance" at the Dogtown Dance Theatre, Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22
  5. Two excellent local-band double bills at Balliceaux: Yeni Nostalji and the Afro Zen All Stars on Wednesday March 25, and Miramar and the Richmanian Ramblers on Tuesday March 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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April 2015 Concert Calendar

https://luminatofestival.com/festival/2013/dakhabrakha
April's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Ukrainian "ethno-chaos" combo DakhaBrakha (pictured above), who wowed a Richmond audience in November, return to the region on Thursday April 2 with a performance at DC's Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
  2. Amazing Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux makes a rare appearance in the USA on Wednesday April 15 at the Black Cat in DC
  3.  Powerhouse dance band Tal National from Niger will have the crowd moving at Tropicalia in DC on Friday April 17
  4. The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, who must be heard to be believed, visit Strathmore in Bethesda on Sunday April 26
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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May 2015 Concert Calendar

Photo by Ricardo Trabulsi
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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February 27, 2015

E.T. Mensah & The Tempos | King Of Highlife Anthology

ARTIST: E.T. Mensah & The Tempos
TITLE: King Of Highlife Anthology
LABEL: RetroAfric
Highlife is a seminal style of West African popular music that got started way back in the late 19th century. The classic highlife combo is horn-driven, with guitar and drums in the rhythm section; American jazz, especially big band swing, became a major influence in the mid-20th century.