July 31, 2014
On this week's show, you'll hear two bands I saw live in Berlin: Chile's Chico Trujillo and local cumbiamba La Mula Santa. I'll also offer a belated tribute to Charlie Haden, play salsa Africana circa 1969 and today, and wrap things up with a set of Afro-funk.
- Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali (pictured above) tours the USA supporting her new album Tzenni, one of the year's best; she and her band (led by amazing guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly (also pictured) perform at Artisphere in Arlington on Friday August 1
- Omar Souyleman, the king of Syrian dabke wedding music, plays the Howard Theatre on Tuesday August 5
- Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, still on tour, return to DC at the Black Cat on Friday August 22
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July 29, 2014
1 NOURA MINT SEYMALI | Tzenni | Glitterbeat
2 SON PALENQUE | Afrocolombian Sound Modernizers | Vampisoul
3 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
4 DEXTER JOHNSON AND LE SUPER STAR DE DAKAR | Live A L'Etoile | Teranga Beat
5 CUMBIA ALL STARS | Tigres En Fuga | Harmonia Mundi
6 SIA TOLNO | African Woman | Lusafrica
7 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
8 OUMAR KONATE | Addoh | Clermont Music
9 BOULPIK | Konpa Lakay | Lusafrica
10 RAY LUGO AND THE BOOGALOO DESTROYERS | Que Chevere! | Freestyle
July 10, 2014
Speaking of the subway, one of their longest-running gigs is in the Union Square subway station, as part of the Music Under New York program. They've also toured the world, and Ropeadope Records just released their first full-length album. They're making a stop in Richmond on Friday night at Balliceaux; before that happens, they'll do a live set on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go.
July 9, 2014
- The Smithsonian Folklife Festival continues on the mall in DC with free shows of music from Kenya and China on Wednesday July 2, Thursday July 3 and Saturday July 5
- Gogol Bordello returns to central Virginia after a long absence: they're at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville on Thursday July 17
- Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso and his band Los Que Son Son (pictured above), maybe the hottest aggregation in Cuba, make a rare stateside visit to the Howard Theatre in DC on Friday July 25
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July 6, 2014
1 RICARDO LEMVO & MAKINA LOCA | La Rumba SoYo | Cumbancha
2 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul
3 BOULPIK | Kompa Lakay | Lusafrica
4 QUANTIC | Magnetica | Tru Thoughts
5 HASSAN HAKMOUN | Unity | Healing
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Ola Cabo Verde | Lusafrica
7 KASAI ALLSTARS | Beware The Fetish | Crammed
8 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Putumayo Presents: Australia | Putumayo
9 MERIDIAN BROTHERS | Salvadora Robot | Soundway
10 MELAZA | Melaza | Chulo/Daptone
July 3, 2014
As the grandson of Italian immigrants (some of them illegal, even under the relatively relaxed laws of the early 20th century), I find both of those candidates' points of view repugnant. I think immigration is one of the main things that makes America great, and I think we ought to encourage more of it.
Since I've got the floor for two hours on the 4th of July, I'll use it to do a radio show on this subject -- two hours of great American music made by people who emigrated to America. Or if you prefer, you can call it two hours of music Dave Brat doesn't want made in America.