June 24, 2012
1 RICHMANIAN RAMBLERS | World, Sister World | self-released
2 BALKANIZE! | For You Are Made Of Stars | self-released
3 KONKOMA | KonKoma | Soundway
4 TUNE-YARDS, ANGELIQUE KIDJO, AHMIR ?UESTLOVE THOMPSON, AKUA NARU | "Lady" [Single] | Knitting Factory
5 KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS | Demoni | Asphalt Tango
6 BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR | Golden Horns | Piranha
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Sensacional Soul, Vol. 3 | Vampisoul
8 HAPPY LUCKY COMBO | Lucky Buddha | self-released
9 JOAN SORIANO | La Familia Soriano | iASO
10 QUANTIC AND ALICE RUSSELL WITH THE COMBO BARBARO | Look Around The Corner | Tru Thoughts
June 21, 2012
TITLE: … For You Are Made Of Stars
BALKANIZE! is a Richmond-based band that specializes in “Old World TurkoBalkan folk music.” In a blindfold test, there’s no way you’d guess their home town; in fact, you probably wouldn’t guess their home country.
Soundway Records, famous for their compilations of historic African recordings, is branching out into original music. They have a winner in KonKoma, a new band featuring several veterans of London’s Ghanaian scene including three former members of the pioneering Afro-rock band Osibisa: guitarist Kari Bannerman, keyboardist Emmanuel Rentzos and percussionist Nii Tagoe.
ARTIST: tUnE-yArDs + Angelique Kidjo + Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson + Akua Nara
LABEL: Knitting Factory
Here’s the first track from the forthcoming (RED) Hot + FELA album, due in 2013 – a version of Fela’s “Lady” as conceived by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs.
June 18, 2012
1 CHICHA LIBRE | Canibalismo | Barbes
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | For Whom The Cowbell Tolls | Electric Cowbell
3 BA CISSOKO | Nimissa | Cristal
4 KOO NIMO | Highlife Roots Revival | Riverboat
5 BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR | Golden Horns | Piranha
6 EBO TAYLOR | Appia Kwa Bridge | Strut
7 BLACK BAZAR | Black Bazar | Lusafrica
8 MOUSSU T E LEI JOVENTS | Empeche-Nous | Le Chant Du Monde
9 MARIEM HASSAN | El Aaiun Egdat (El Aaiun On Fire) | NubeNegra
10 FUNKEES | Dancing Time: The Best Of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 | Soundway
June 14, 2012
Josh Sturgill right away), it was popular across West Africa in the 1950s and it's being brilliantly revived by Ghana's Koo Nimo (pictured above) on a delightful new recording.
ARTIST: Ba Cissoko
Ba Cissoko is a kora player from Guinea Conakry in West Africa who now lives in France; this is his fourth album as a bandleader. Cissoko’s playing and singing is very much of the grand Mande tradition, but he’s equally committed to modernizing that tradition.
ARTIST: Koo Nimo
TITLE: Highlife Roots Revival
Palm-wine is a coastal West African musical style with a relaxed, acoustic sound centered on guitar and voice that gained mass popularity in the 1950s. Its easygoing tempos and mellifluous melodies link it to a variety of tropical genres from the other side of the Atlantic: Trinidadian calypso, Jamaican mento, Dominican bachata, Cuban son and the Garifuna music of Central America all sound like they could be palm-wine’s cousins.
June 10, 2012
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Sensacional Soul, Vol. 3 | Vampisoul
2 KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS | Demoni | Asphalt Tango
3 BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR | Golden Horns | Piranha
4 HOLLIE COOK | Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub | Mr Bongo
5 LACK OF AFRO | One Way: Remixes And Rarities | Freestyle
6 SOOTHSAYERS | We're Not Leaving | Red Earth
7 HAPPY LUCKY COMBO | Lucky Buddha | self-released
8 EBO TAYLOR | Appia Kwa Bridge | Strut
9 CHICHA LIBRE | Canibalismo | Barbes
10 MOUSSU T E LEI JOVENTS | Empeche-Nous | Le Chant Du Monde
June 7, 2012
This week on Global A Go-Go, I'll feature an hour of music from a few of my favorite London reggae artists, mostly recent material (including the latest from Little Axe, pictured above) with a little bit of older stuff in the mix -- certainly not a comprehensive look at the London reggae scene, more of a personal perspective on a place where good things are happening.
LABEL: Asphalt Tango
Kottarashky (“Tomcat”) is a Bulgarian electronic musician whose specialty is integrating Balkan and Roma music samples (everything from contemporary tracks to his own field recordings) into the 21st century laptop-music palate.
ARTIST: Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar
TITLE: Golden Horns
Contemporary Balkan brass band music is the product of a confluence of influences, most directly Roma (gypsy) musical traditions and the Ottoman Empire’s military bands. The best Balkan brass players are world-class virtuosos (after hearing a few, Miles Davis famously said “I didn’t know you could play the trumpet that way”) and musical omnivores.
June 3, 2012
1 THE BOMBAY ROYALE | You Me Bullets Love | Hope Street
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Sensacional Soul, Vol. 3 | Vampisoul
3 HAPPY LUCKY COMBO | Lucky Buddha | self-released
4 DAVY GRAHAM | Anthology: 1961-2007 Lost Tapes | Les Cousins
5 EBO TAYLOR | Appia Kwa Bridge | Strut
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | For Whom The Cowbell Tolls | Electric Cowbell
7 BLACK BAZAR | Black Bazar | Lusafrica
8 DERDIYOKLAR IKILISI | Disco Folk | Guerssen
9 LE SUPER BORGOU DE PARAKOU | The Bariba Sound | Analog Africa
10 THE FUNKEES | Dancing Time: The Best Of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 | Soundway