July 28, 2013
1 GOGOL BORDELLO | Pura Vida Conspiracy | ATO
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Stand Up, People: Gypsy Pop Songs From Tito's Yugoslavia 1964-1980 | Vlax
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music, And Interfaith Harmony In Uganda | Smithsonian Folkways
4 CHICO TRUJILLO | Gran Pecador | Barbes
5 BIO RITMO | "Picaresca" [Single] | Paris DJs
6 ALPHA BLONDY | Mystic Power | VP
7 JIMMY CLIFF | The KCRW Session | Universal
8 FAT FREDDY'S DROP | Blackbird | The Drop
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Saoco! Vol. 2: Bomba, Plena And The Roots Of Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955-1967 | Vampisoul
10 PIERRE AKENDENGUE | Destinée | Lusafrica
- Crossroads Coffee has five of Richmond's finest world music aggregations (all of whom have performed live on Global A Go-Go, incidentally) on their August weekend calendar: My Son The Doctor on Saturday the 3rd, Happy Lucky Combo on Friday the 9th, Rattlemouth (pictured above) on Saturday the 10th, Hotel X on Friday the 16th, and Quatro Na Bossa on Friday the 23rd
- The Krayolas, a San Antonio-based band that will remind you of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Joe "King" Carrasco & The Crowns, visit the Virginia Museum on Friday August 2 and DC's Tropicalia on Sunday August 4
- The Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont has a few international acts on its extensive roster: Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on Saturday August 10, and Cuban combo Tiempo Libre along with reggae greats The Wailers on Sunday August 11
Click "Read more" to see the entire August calendar.
July 26, 2013
This week's program also features new releases from Gogol Bordello, Jimmy Cliff, Alpha Blondy and Richmond's own Bio Ritmo, With plenty of vintage selections in the mix as usual, including one from the new Saoco! Vol. 2 collection of historic Puerto Rican salsa.
TITLE: Mystic Power
Reggae has been popular in Africa since the mid 70’s, when the roots rhythms and conscious lyrics of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff resonated across the continent. Africa has since developed its own crop of reggae stars; none shines brighter than Cote D’Ivoire’s Alpha Blondy, whose new album is a fine African reggae primer for the uninitiated.
TITLE: Gran Pecador
Cumbia is the current common language for South and Central American popular music -- this rural, retro rhythm is being retrofitted in various ways by urban hipsters across the continent and isthmus. In Chile, Chico Trujillo are the kings of nueva cumbia and perhaps the country’s most popular band right now.
TITLE: The KCRW Session
Jimmy Cliff’s comeback album Rebirth was one of 2012’s most pleasant surprises – at age 65, Cliff’s voice is still in fine form and he’s writing quality songs to boot. This short album is a follow-up to Rebirth, a live session from KCRW’s "Morning Becomes Eclectic" program with Cliff’s voice and guitar accompanied by Ben Peeler (The Mavericks, The Wallflowers) on guitar and lap steel.
TITLE: Pura Vida Conspiracy
Gogol Bordello has a well-deserved reputation for their killer live shows, full-bore performances of authentic energy that are equal parts punk-rock and theatre. With their last two albums, 2010’s Trans-Continental Hustle and this new one, they’ve now come up with a studio approach that complements their gigs.
July 21, 2013
1 BIO RITMO | "Picaresca" [Single] | Paris DJs
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Saoco! Vol. 2: Bomba, Plena And The Roots Of Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955-1967 | Vampisoul
3 THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE | Ayo | Cumbancha
4 NOEL MCLOUGHLIN | Home Is The Rover | ARC
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Bollywood | World Music Network
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Ladies At Joe Gibbs | 17 North Parade
7 VIEUX FARKA TOURE | Mon Pays | Six Degrees
8 ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU | Volume 3: The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 | Analog Africa
9 DANNY MICHEL WITH THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE | Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me | Cumbancha
10 BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS | Legend Remixed | Tuff Gong-UME-Island
July 18, 2013
LABEL: The Drop
Wellington, New Zealand-based Fat Freddy’s Drop is one of the most unique bands you’ll ever hear. They’re a seven-piece ensemble with no drummer (percussion and bass parts are created on Akai MPC sampler and other electronics by DJ Fitchie, who has more ideas than any 10 hip hop producers combined), one of the world’s finest soul singers, a skanking guitar/keyboards rhythm section, and a horn section that can honk like an R&B combo and solo like free-jazzers.
I'll play tracks from 18 or so of my favorite 2013 releases on this week's program. Maybe you'll hear a few of your favorites too, or better yet, something new that becomes a favorite.
July 7, 2013
1 THE GARIFUNA COLLECTIVE | Ayo |Cumbancha
2 GOGOL BORDELLO | "Malandrino" [Single] | ATO
3 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Saoco! Vol. 2: Bomba, Plena And The Roots Of Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955-1967 | Vampisoul
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Daora: Underground Sounds Of Urban Brasil - Hip-Hop, Beats, Afro & Dub | Mais Um Discos
5 FEMI KUTI | No Place For My Dream | Knitting Factory
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Ladies At Joe Gibbs |17 North Parade
7 ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU | Volume 3: The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 | Analog Africa
8 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Jama Ko | Out|Here
9 KOBO TOWN | Jumbie In The Jukebox | Cumbancha
10 ALPHA BLONDY | Mystic Power | VP
July 5, 2013
- This year's Smithsonian Folklife Festival features a host of Hungarian tanchaz (dance-house or folk-dance) bands; the festival runs June 26-30 and July 3-7 on the National Mall and is entirely free of charge
- Romania's Fanfare Ciocarlia (pictured above), the titans of gypsy brass, will blow down the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage on Tuesday July 16
- Kobo Town, an exciting Toronto-based new-calypso project, also has a two-part DC gig: Monday July 8 at Millennium Stage (early), and Tropicalia (late) along with The Garifuna Collective
- Global A Go-Go faves Quatro Na Bossa at VCU's Guitar And Other Strings series, Friday July 19 at the Singleton Center's Vlacevic Concert Hall
Click "Read more" to see the entire July calendar.
July 4, 2013
TITLE: Saoco! Vol. 2: Bomba, Plena And The Roots Of Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955-1967
While Cuban rhythms are the root source material for contemporary salsa, it was the Puerto Rican combos of the 1950s and 60s that really put together the ingredients we today call salsa dura. That’s the key idea behind Vampisoul’s Saoco! series, curated by French journalist Yannis Ruel.
(By the way, did you know that the Dang Fence has its own Twitter feed? Right here: https://twitter.com/TheDangFence. You're welcome.)
The week of the USA's Independence Day (also the week of Monticello's annual naturalization ceremony, pictured above), seems like a great time to celebrate this country's world musicians -- folks who have come here to further their musical and other life dreams, folks who have woven their native or inherited musical traditions into the American fabric, and born-and-bred Americans whose music taps into that of other cultures.
So this week on Global A Go-Go: World music made in the USA.