December 18, 2014

Program December 19, 2014: Top Ten Compilations of 2014

This week on Global A Go-Go, I'll run through my favorite compilations and reissues of 2014.  For ten years, this category has been a consistent source of great material for my radio program, and it remains the fastest and cheapest way to build a great music collection.

The boom in global cratedigging has led to a plethora of excellent compilations and reissues, and 2014 continued this trend.  Classic recordings from Turkey, southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and all parts of Africa: all these and more are represented on my list, and on this week's show.  Tune in and find some new old music to love.

Click "Read more" to see my 2014 Top Ten (compilations and reissues division).

December 11, 2014

Program December 12, 2014: Top Ten New Releases of 2014

Just for the record, world music artists, promoters and labels sent 544 recordings to WRIR in the last year.  On my next two programs, I'll feature the top 7%: my 40 favorites amongst them.  (Oh, there are a few items in there that I bought on my own -- but as you can imagine, most of my new-music-listening time is dedicated to stuff that arrives at WRIR.)

This week, you'll hear tracks from my top ten new releases of 2014, plus as many honorable mentions as I can fit in.  Next week, it will be time for my favorite compilations, reissues and historic recordings of 2014.

And two weeks after that, on January 2, I'll wrap up my look at 2014 with the best of the rest: all the great stuff that didn't fit on the two previous programs.  I love doing these year-end wrap-ups -- it gets me in the mood for the new year and all the great new music that it's likely to include.  Happy listening!

Click "Read more" to see my 2014 Top Ten (new releases division).

December 7, 2014

Charts December 7, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 HAILU MERGIA AND THE WALIAS | Tche Belew | Awesome Tapes From Africa
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Afrosound Of Colombia, Vol. 2 | Vampisoul
3 VERCKYS ET L'ORCHESTRE VEVE | Congolese Funk, Afrobeat And Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978 | Analog Africa
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Feedback Madagascar | ARC
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Golden Afrique, Vol. 1 | Network
6 VARIOUS ARTISTS |Glitterbeat: Dubs And Versions I | Glitterbeat
7 ALMA AFROBEAT ENSEMBLE | Life No Get Dublicate | Slow Walk Music
8 TONY ALLEN | Film Of Life | Jazz Village
9 BUDOS BAND | Burnt Offering | Daptone

December 5, 2014

Program December 5, 2014

This week's program starts with a tribute to Cayman Mooney (pictured above), who died on Monday.  Cayman was a former WRIR volunteer (co-host of The Odyssey Hours, part of WRIR's stable of amazing late-night shows), a hell of an accordion player (with My Son The Doctor, Richmanian Ramblers, busking on the street, or in any situation), a man equally passionate about Eastern European music and social justice.

I'll try to reflect all of those characteristics in a set of music that I think Cayman would have approved of, including several songs from his personal library and a never-before-heard performance of his own.  The world's a poorer place without you, my friend.

Also on this week's program: cumbia power, elegancia tropical; sounds from the Sahara and Ethiopia; and soukous lives.

December 4, 2014

December 2014 Concert Calendar

December's Global A Go-Go picks:
  1. Mexico's tribal sound (aka the music behind the pointy boots craze) comes to DC -- 3bal MTY visits the Fillmore in Silver Spring on Thursday December 11
  2. Fulton's own Corey Harris has a rare hometown show at the Camel on Friday December 12 with his band the Rasta Blues Experience, Mighty Joshua and Lost Dreads
  3. Gogol Bordello (Eugene Hutz's guitar pictured above) returns to DC to rock the 9:30 Club on Saturday December 27 and Sunday December 28
Have an event you'd like me to include, or a suggestion for the concert calendar?  Just drop me a line at globalagogoradio [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave me a message right here.

Click "Read more" to see the entire December calendar.

December 1, 2014

Charts November 30, 2014

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Feedback Madagascar | ARC
2 PERUQUOIS | The Original Essence | self-released
3 HAILU MERGIA & THE WALIAS | Tche Belew | Awesome Tapes From Africa
4 VERCKYS & L'ORCHESTRE VEVE | Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978 | Analog Africa
5 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Golden Afrique, Vol. 1 | Network
6 DONA ONETE | Feitico Cabloco | Mais Um Discos
7 MESTRE CUPIJO E SEU RITMO | Siria | Analog Africa
9 ANTIBALAS | "Tattletale" [Single] | Daptone
10 BIO RITMO | Puerta Del Sur | Vampisoul