August 21, 2014

Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LABEL: Knitting Factory
This two-disc soundtrack to the new Fela Kuti biopic (in theaters right now) is a worthwhile document in its own right.

Zongo Junction | No Discount

ARTIST: Zongo Junction
TITLE: No Discount
LABEL: Electric Cowbell
The second album from this Brooklyn-based ensemble, which ranges from 8 to 11 players, is a superb example of progressive Afrobeat.

Program August 22, 2014

My colleague David Noyes of The Motherland Influence (Sundays at 5 PM on WRIR) has been raving all year about the compilation of music from Burkina Faso that's pictured above.  I finally bought a copy, and guess what -- he's right to rave, it's fabulous, one of the best things I've heard all year.  I'll play you a track this week (first of many to come, I'm sure) so you can hear for yourself.

Also on this week's program: brand new music by Malouma (not only one of Mauritania's most famous singers, also the first woman ever elected to that country's legislature); Manu Chao collaborating with Colombia's Doctor Krapula; and some killer salsa dura.

August 18, 2014

Charts August 17, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 MESTRE CUPIJO E SEU RITMO | Siria | Analog Africa
2 SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS | Follow The Path | Freestyle
3 EDIP AKBAYRAM | Edip Akbayram | Pharaway Sounds
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Finding Fela: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | Knitting Factory
5 ZONGO JUNCTION | No Discount | Electric Cowbell
6 JUNGLE FIRE | Tropicoso | Nacional
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation | Discos De Hoy
8 BOBBY VALENTIN | El Mensajero | Andale
9 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
10 SON PALENQUE | Afrocolombian Sound Modernizers | Vampisoul

August 15, 2014

Edip Akbayram | Edip Akbayram

ARTIST: Edip Akbayram
TITLE: Edip Akbayram
LABEL: Pharaway Sounds
More from the wonderful world of Turkish psychedelia. Edip Akbayram is a singer who reached popular consciousness by recording traditional songs with lyrics by some of Turkey’s most famous poets set to buzzing electric folk-psych-rock arrangements.

Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo | Siria

ARTIST: Mestre Cupijo E Seu Ritmo
TITLE: Siria
LABEL: Analog Africa
Analog Africa branched out to a second continent in 2010 when it started reissuing Colombian music; now it’s moved into Brazil with a band that barely sounds Brazilian at all.

The Shaolin Afronauts | Follow The Path

ARTIST: The Shaolin Afronauts
TITLE: Follow The Path
LABEL: Freestyle
The Adelaide, Australia-based Shaolin Afronauts straddle two worlds – they have one foot planted in soulful, funky Afrobeat and the other in avant-garde and spiritual jazz.

August 14, 2014

Program August 15, 2014

This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear Afrobeat in all its varieties: a 1969 Fela Kuti classic reissued; the jazzy influences of Shaolin Afronauts, Zongo Junction and Somi; and an Afro-Latin burner by Jungle Fire (pictured above).  And they're all new releases, to boot.

Also this week: Turkish psych from the 60s, 70s and 80s; music of the maroons -- escaped African slaves in the Caribbean and South America; the Berlin beat -- my favorite Berlin bands that didn't play in town when I was there.

August 13, 2014

Charts August 10, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
2 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Salsa De Hoy: An Independent Salsa Caliente Compilation | Discos De Hoy
4 BLACK HIPPIES | The Black Hippies | Academy LPs
5 SLIM ALI AND HODI BOYS | 70s Soul! | ARC
6 QUANTIC | Magnetica | Tru Thoughts
7 CUMBIA ALL STARS | Tigres En Fuga | World Village
8 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
9 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Sendero Mistico | Glitterbeat
10 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Tzenni | Glitterbeat

August 3, 2014

Charts August 3, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
2 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Sendero Mistico | Glitterbeat
3 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
4 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
5 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat
6 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | A Long Way To The Beginning | Knitting Factory
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Ola Cabo Verde | Lusafrica
8 MARCIO FARACO | Cajueiro | World Village
9 SALLY NYOLO | Tiger Run | Riverboat
10 JOHNNY SEDES AND HIS ORCHESTRA | Mama Calunga | Andale

July 31, 2014

Program August 1, 2014

I'm back after two weeks on vacation -- thank you to Otto Konrad and Eric Walters for holding down the fort in my absense.  And that's my back above, perusing the miles of "Weltmusik" (German for "world music") at Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus in Berlin.  Who says the music mega-store is dead?

On this week's show, you'll hear two bands I saw live in Berlin: Chile's Chico Trujillo and local cumbiamba La Mula Santa.  I'll also offer a belated tribute to Charlie Haden, play salsa Africana circa 1969 and today, and wrap things up with a set of Afro-funk.

August 2014 Concert Calendar

August's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali (pictured above) tours the USA supporting her new album Tzenni, one of the year's best; she and her band (led by amazing guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly (also pictured) perform at Artisphere in Arlington on Friday August 1
  2. Omar Souyleman, the king of Syrian dabke wedding music, plays the Howard Theatre on Tuesday August 5
  3. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, still on tour, return to DC at the Black Cat on Friday August 22
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 2014 Concert Calendar

September's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. The University of Richmond's Modlin Center for the Arts kicks off its 2014-15 performance season with an outdoor brass band festival on Sunday September 7 featuring Rebirth Brass Band, Red Baraat, Slavic Soul Party and No BS! Brass
  2. Vieux Farka Toure, who blew away listeners at the Richmond Folk Festival a few years ago, visits Artisphere in Arlington on Friday September 12
  3.  DC-based Balkan brass blasters Black Masala return to Balliceaux on Saturday September 13
  4. Two of African music's legends are appearing this month at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium: Youssou N'Dour on Sunday September 14 and Salif Keita (pictured above) on Sunday September 21
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 2014 Concert Calendar

October's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Of course, the big event in October is the Richmond Folk Festival, Friday October 10 to Sunday October 12.  The headliner (for me at least) is the Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar from Serbia (pictured above), one of the world's truly great Balkan brass bands.
  2. Just a boatload of great artists from Mali are visiting our area in October: Toumani & Sidiki Diabate, Oumar Konate, Mamadou Diabate and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.  See below for all the details.
 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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July 29, 2014

Charts July 27, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Tzenni | Glitterbeat
2 SON PALENQUE | Afrocolombian Sound Modernizers | Vampisoul
3 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
4 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat
5 CUMBIA ALL STARS | Tigres En Fuga | Harmonia Mundi
6 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
7 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
8 OUMAR KONATE | Addoh | Clermont Music
9 BOULPIK | Konpa Lakay | Lusafrica
10 RAY LUGO AND THE BOOGALOO DESTROYERS | Que Chevere! | Freestyle