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.

Program June 24, 2015

The June solstice is in the rear view mirror, and we've hit 99 degrees on the thermometer.  So it must be time for a summer dance party, and Global A Go-Go delivers the goods this week.

Colombia's Bomba Estereo (pictured above), Trinidad's Bunji Garlin and South Africa's Nozinja are making the music you'll hear on global dance floors this summer -- you get all of them and more on this week's program.

Also this week: some jazzy ska, Balkan brass & beats, and the golden age of West Africa featuring new discs from Les Ambassadeurs and Amara Toure.

Charts June 22, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten, June 9-22
1 CHICO TRUJILLO | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas | Barbes
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Big Box Of Afrosound | Vampisoul
3 GINGER JOHNSON AND HIS AFRICAN MESSENGERS | African Party | Freestyle
4 NOZINJA | Lodge | Warp
5 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
6 DENGUE FEVER | The Deepest Lake | Tuk Tuk
7 BOMBA ESTEREO | Amanecer | Sony Music Latin
8 VERY BEST | Makes A King | Moshi Moshi
9 NOVALIMA | Planetario | Wonderwheel
10 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Ba Power | Glitterbeat

June 10, 2015

Program June 10, 2015

One of the best party bands in the world, Chile's cumbia ambassadors Chico Trujillo (pictured above) have a new album -- you'll hear their take on Tex-Mex norteno music on this week's show, along with some artists who are closer to the source.

Also this week: Turkish folk-rock from the 1970s, a roots reggae sampler, and salsa with trombones.

June 9, 2015

Big Box Of Afrosound

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Big Box Of Afrosound
LABEL: Vampisoul
Vampisoul and DJ Bongohead are back with their third installment in the Afrosound series, collecting the best psych and funk-inflected material from Discos Fuentes, Colombia’s oldest and largest record label.

Chico Trujillo | Reina De Todas Las Fiestas

ARTIST: Chico Trujillo
TITLE: Reina De Todas Las Fiestas
LABEL: Barbes
Looking for the best party band in the world? These guys would be on the short list of contenders. Chico Trujillo is a cumbia band from Chile that started in 1999 on a lark, a side project of the ska-punk band La Floripondio.

Charts June 8, 2015

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 GINGER JOHNSON AND HIS AFRICAN MESSENGERS | African Party | Freestyle
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Highlife On The Move: Selected Nigerian And Ghanaian Recordings From London And Lagos 1954-66 | Soundway
3 NOZINJA |  Lodge | Warp
4 LILA DOWNS | Balas Y Chocolate | Sony Music Latin
5 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Ba Power | Glitterbeat
6 LETTA MBULU | In The Music The Village Never Ends | Be With
7 KHAIRA ARBY | Gossip | Clermont Music
8 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB | Lost And Found | World Circuit
9 VERY BEST | Makes A King | Moshi Moshi
10 MBONGWANA STAR | From Kinshasa | World Circuit