November 24, 2013
Charts November 24, 2013
1 SYSTEMA SOLAR | La Revancha Del Burro | Sambumbia
2 JUANA MOLINA | Wed 21 | Crammed
3 JOSEPH KABASELE | Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music | Sterns
4 KAL | Romology | ARC
5 MAR SECK | Vagabonde: From Super Cap-Vert To Number One | Teranga Beat
6 OMAR SOULEYMAN | Wenu Wenu | Ribbon Music
7 ALPAY | Yekte | Pharaway Sounds
8 ABELARDO CARBONO | El Maravilloso Mundo De Abelardo Carbono | Vampisoul
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical, And Cumbia | Tiger's Milk
10 BOBAN AND MARKO MARKOVIC ORCHESTRA | Gipsy Manifesto | Piranha
November 21, 2013
Program November 22, 2013
Also this week: what's new in the world of Afropop, mo' Balkan beats, and salsa from around the world.
November 19, 2013
Mar Seck | Vagabonde
TITLE: Vagabonde: From Super Cap-Vert To Number One
LABEL: Teranga Beat
Mar Seck was a Senegalese singer who started his professional career at age 19 during a seminal stage in the development of modern African music. In the late 60s and early 70s, many African nations won their independence from European colonials. Traditional idioms across Africa were now supported, and in some cases mandated - as opposed to suppressed or swept aside - by the new African governments.
November 17, 2013
Charts November 17, 2013
1 BLACK BAZAR | Round 2 | Lusafrica
2 JUANA MOLINA | Wed 21 | Crammed
3 LIBERATORS | Power Struggle | Record Kicks
4 JOSEPH KABASELE | Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music | Sterns
5 SYSTEMA SOLAR | La Revancha Del Burro | Sambumbia
6 ABELARDO CARBONO | El Maravilloso Mundo De Abelardo Carbono | Vampisoul
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Red Hot + Fela | Knitting Factory
8 AFRICANDO | Viva Africando | Sterns
9 MAR SECK | Vagabonde: From Super Cap-Vert To Number One | Teranga Beat
10 TRIO MATAMOROS | El Legendario Trio Matamoros | Egrem
November 14, 2013
Joseph Kabasele | Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music
TITLE: Le Grand Kalle: His Life, His Music
On the heels of Ken Braun’s comprehensive Franco and Rochereau compilations, here’s Braun and Sterns Africa’s look at the third member of Congolese music’s big three: Joseph Kabasele, aka Le Grand Kalle.
The Liberators | Power Struggle
TITLE: Power Struggle
LABEL: Record Kicks
Afrobeat is popular all over the world these days, and Australia is no exception: in the last few years, we’ve heard a bunch of fine Aussie Afrobeat combos: the Shaolin Afronauts, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and the Afrobiotics. Add The Liberators to that list.
Program November 15, 2013
Jorge Ben Jor, "Pais Tropical," 1969
Jorge Ben Jor (pictured above) is Brazil's everyman-poet, a man who's beyond legendary in his home country. He's on tour in the USA for the first time in eight years, and I'm looking forward to seeing him this Saturday at the Howard Theatre in DC. To get warmed up for the event, this week I'll spin a set of his tunes and a medley of covers as well.
November 10, 2013
Charts November 10, 2013
1 JUANA MOLINA | Wed 21 | Crammed Discs
2 MIGHTY DIAMONDS | Pass The Knowledge | 17 North Parade
3 TAMIKREST | Chatma | Glitterbeat
4 GUY BUTTERY | Live In KwaZulu | self-released
5 ALBOROSIE | Sound The System | VP
6 KAL | Romology | ARC
7 ALPAY | Yekte | Pharaway Sounds
8 BLACK BAZAR | Round 2 | Lusafrica
9 SYSTEMA SOLAR | La Revancha Del Burro | Sambumbia
10 ABELARDO CARBONO | El Maravilloso Mundo De Abelardo Carbono | Vampisoul
November 7, 2013
Program November 8, 2013
I'll also have a ticket giveaway in which one lucky listener will win a pair of passes to see reggae legends Black Uhuru at the Southern in Charlottesville. More info here:
Kal | Romology
The third album from the Belgrade-based combo Kal (“black” in Romani, a word often used by Europeans to describe the Roma, Europe’s fastest-growing ethnic group) continues and expands their “rock ‘n’ Roma” sound.
Juana Molina | Wed 21
TITLE: Wed 21
LABEL: Crammed Discs
Her sixth album and another stellar, solid release. Whereas her previous albums have been mostly loops and layers of her guitar and voice, mixed with various electronic pings and pongs, this one has taken on more instruments, samples and musicians.
November 2013 Concert Calendar
- VCUarts Music Department hosts a three-day festival of flamenco music and dance November 1-3 at the Singleton Center for the Performing Arts on VCU's campus
- Klezmer and bluegrass virtuoso (no, that's not a typo) Andy Statman visits the University of Virginia's Old Cabell Hall on Tuesday November 5
- Legendary Brazilian singer Jorge Ben Jor (pictured above) is on a rare USA tour which includes an appearance at DC's Howard Theatre on Saturday November 16
- The Easy Star All-Stars celebrate the 10th anniversary of their album Dub Side Of The Moon (yes, an all-reggae Pink Floyd cover album) with a performance of the full album at the Hamilton in DC on Sunday November 24, featuring a live dub mix by Jesse (Dubmatix) King
Click "Read more" to see the entire November calendar.
Labels: Concert Calendars
November 3, 2013
Charts November 3, 2013
1 OMAR SOULEYMAN | Wenu Wenu | Ribbon Music
2 ALPAY | Yekte | Pharaway Sounds
3 BLACK BAZAR | Round 2 | Lusafrica
4 ABELARDO CARBONO | El Maravilloso Mundo De Abelardo Carbono | Vampisoul
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Red Hot + Fela | Knitting Factory
6 ROKIA TRAORE | Beautiful Africa | Nonesuch
7 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana | Analog Africa
8 SYSTEMA SOLAR | La Revancha Del Burro | Sambumbia
9 FREEDOM FAMILY | Ayentsoo | Academy LPs
10 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Qat, Coffee, And Qambus: Raw 45s From Yemen | Dust-To-Digital
November 1, 2013
Alpay | Yekte
LABEL: Pharaway Sounds
Pharaway Sounds continues its excavation of 1970’s Turkish rock with this little gem of a compilation. Alpay is a singer from Ankara who was quite popular back then, mostly known for his pop and folk material. But the Anatolian psych-rock movement was so strong that it swept in artists from all styles.
Black Bazar | Round 2
TITLE: Round 2
“Black Bazar” is a concept as well as the name of a band of contemporary Congolese musicians. Like the concept, the band membership is not static. It changes to illustrate an idea. The goal is to present great modern Congolese music that reflects the influences of the day.
Omar Souleyman | Wenu Wenu
TITLE: Wenu Wenu
LABEL: Ribbon Music
Here’s the first studio album by one of the world’s most-recorded artists. Souleyman, a native of Syria currently living in Turkey, is the king of electronic dabke, a 21st century version of Syrian folk music where synthesizer replaces traditional instruments, beats are straightened out to four-on-the-floor, and tempos are frequently dialed up to 120 to 150 bpm’s.
Systema Solar | La Revancha Del Burro
TITLE: La Revancha Del Burro
Systema Solar is a multimedia (film, performance and costume along with music) septet that gives Colombian roots music a neo-psychedelic injection and a hip hop/electronica pants-kick.
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