June 24, 2012
Charts 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
Program June 22, 2012
BALKANIZE! | ... For You Are Made Of Stars
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.
KonKoma | KonKoma
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.
tUnE-yArDs + Angelique Kidjo + Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson + Akua Naru | "Lady"
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
Charts June 17, 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
Program June 15, 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.
Ba Cissoko | Nimissa
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.
Koo Nimo | Highlife Roots Revival
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
Charts 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
Program June 8, 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.
Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs | Demoni
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.
Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar | Golden Horns
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
Charts 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
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