February 20, 2017
LABEL: Playground Music
OK, a band from Finland with a Balkan sound? I’m game, expecting it’s going to be a tongue-in-cheek Leningrad Cowboys scenario. Wait a minute: these guys are totally serious.
TITLE: Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988
Space Echo, Analog Africa’s anthology of the trippy, funky 70s and 80s sounds of Cabo Verde, was my favorite compilation album of 2016. Hot on its heels comes Synthesize The Soul with another 18 killer tracks in the same vein.
February 19, 2017
1 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World | 2
2 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti- | 2
3 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released | 2
4 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique | 1
5 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa | 1
6 various artists | Macondo Revisitado: The Roots Of Subtropical Music, Uruguay 1975-1979 | Vampisoul | 1
7 Slavic Soul Party | Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite | Ropeadope | 1
8 Chico Mann & Captain Planet | Night Visions | Bastard Jazz | 1
9 Flavia Coelho | Sonho Real | World Village | 1
10 Amadou Binta Konte & Tidiane Thiam | Waande Kaade | Sahelsounds / Songs From Home | 1
February 14, 2017
Against all odds, this tiny ethnic group has survived three exiles (from Africa, from St. Vincent and from Roatan). There are about 600,000 identifiable Garifuna in the world today, mostly living in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, with about 100,000 in New York's Bronx borough.
Aurelio Martinez (pictured above) is the greatest living exponent of Garifuna music, which has had a massive worldwide revival in the last 20 years. You'll hear a track from Aurelio's new album Darandi on this week's program, part of a full set of Garifuna music.
Also this week: Tinariwen's new album, the pachuco sound of 1950's Mexican-Americans, and Balkan songs of immigration.
February 13, 2017
WRIR's RWR World Music Spins
1 Afro-Zen Allstars | Greatest Hits | self-released | 3
2 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti- | 2
3 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional | 2
4 C.A.M.P.O.S. | Miracles & Criminals | Peace & Rhythm | 2
5 Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids | "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" | Philophon | 2
6 various artists | Dangal original soundtrack | Zee Music | 2
7 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique | 1
8 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa | 1
9 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released | 1
10 Hard Proof | Stinger | Modern Outsider | 1
February 7, 2017
In real life, Juan Campos is Joshua Camp: ex-Richmonder currently based in Brooklyn, founder of the bands One Ring Zero and Chicha Libre, a solo artist under the name C.A.M.P.O.S. (short for Cumbias And More Psychedelic Original Sounds), and he's also the video artist who calls himself Croaker Norge (shoutout to I-64 exit 231).
Joshua Camp joins me in WRIR's Studio C this week to play C.A.M.P.O.S. music with Coco Barez (Bio Ritmo) and Gary Kalar (Yeni Nostalji) and to talk about the many projects he's working on. I'll spin some of his recordings beforehand; after that, who knows where we'll go?
February 5, 2017
1 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | self-released
2 ALKIBAR JR. | Jamal | Studio Mali
3 AFRO-ZEN ALLSTARS | Greatest Hits | self-released
4 BONGO HOP | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog
5 JUNGLE FIRE | Jambu | Nacional
6 NILE PROJECT | Jinja | self-released
7 SYSTEMA SOLAR | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
8 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | "Give Me A Reason"/"The Pot Is On Fire" [Single] | Merge
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Agrim Agadez: Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger | Sahelsounds
10 NOUVELLE VAGUE | I Could Be Happy | Kwaidan / !K7
January 31, 2017
The first hour of Global A Go-Go this week is devoted to musicians who, all of a sudden, are unwelcome in the eyes of America's government. You'll hear from active artists who happen to be natives of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
All of them will currently find it difficult if not impossible to travel to the USA; one of them holds a green card and may not be able to come home to the USA; one of them is here now and will be performing in Richmond in March. Apparently their art is subversive, threatening to the powers that temporarily be. That's why I'm playing it.
Omar Souleyman begs to differ:
For more reading (and listening) on the subject: Pitchfork, Associated Press, Bandcamp, All Songs Considered.
Also this week: the Sahara Desert's Kel Tamasheq, not so good at politics but geniuses with the guitar; and some funky Latin sounds to cleanse your palate.
January 29, 2017
1 AFRO-ZEN ALLSTARS | Greatest Hits | self-released
2 SYSTEMA SOLAR | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
3 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | Racines | Wrasse
4 GIRMA BEYENE AND AKALE WUBE | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
5 AWA POULO | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa
6 ANI CORDERO | Querido Mundo | self-released
7 HARD PROOF | Stinger | Modern Outsider
8 BONGO HOP | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog
9 SLAVIC SOUL PARTY! | Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite | Ropeadope
10 ANDRES LANDERO | Yo Amaneci | Vampisoul
January 24, 2017
TITLE: Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose
LABEL: Buda Musique
Girma Beyene is one of the leading lights of Ethiopia’s Swinging Addis period of the 60s and 70s. As a singer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and bandleader, he contributed to dozens of the sides that today define the golden age of Ethiopian music.
TITLE: Querido Mundo
Ani Cordero is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who’s been a member of the bands Pistolera and Bee And Flower, has fronted her own combo called Cordero, and is now releasing her second solo album, one that I think should get her a lot of favorable attention.