November 30, 2015
1 BIO RITMO | "Oriza" [Single] | Peace And Rhythm
2 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Senegal 70: Sonic Gems And Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70's | Analog Africa
3 M'TORO CHAMOU | "Umani" [Single] | Le Cri De L'Ocean Indien
4 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | Racines | Barclay
5 PROTOJE | Ancient Future | Mr Bongo
6 ELIKEH | Kondona | Ropeadope
7 DIEUF-DIEUL DE THIES | Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2 | Teranga Beat
8 BLACK MASALA | I Love You Madly | self-released
9 GRUPO FANTASMA | Problemas | Blue Corn Music
10 KANDIA KOUYATE | Renascence | Sterns
November 27, 2015
- From Morocco via New York City, Innov Gnawa (pictured above) makes three appearances in Washington DC this month: Friday Dec 4 at the Hill Center, an early show Sunday Dec 20 at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and then a late gig that night at Bossa Bistro
- Bio Ritmo celebrates the release of their latest single "Oriza" with a performance at the Broadberry on Friday Dec 18
- East African retro-pop act Alsarah & The Nubatones, just back from touring Europe and Morocco, play Tropicalia in DC on Friday Dec 18
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November 24, 2015
TITLE: Ancient Future
LABEL: Mr Bongo
Protoje is part of the current generation of artists leading a reggae revival in Jamaica. And it’s badly needed, since most of the music I hear coming off the island sounds like it’s made for New York’s Hot 97.
TITLE: Senegal 70: Sonic Gems & Previously Unreleased Recordings From The 70’s
LABEL: Analog Africa
Analog Africa and Teranga Beat, two superb crate-digging operations, team up for this set of Senegalese music just before and during the development of mbalax.
November 23, 2015
This week you'll hear a track from Analog Africa and Teranga Beat's fabulous new Senegal 70 compilation, a song recorded in 1976 and unreleased until this Friday. Also on the new music tip there's singer-songwriter M'Toro Chamou from Ile De Mayotte; French soul-reggae band Soul Sugar; Jamaican dancehall toaster Protoje; and XIXA, a chicha band from Tucson -- all artists being played for the first time ever on Global A Go-Go.
Oh, and a new record from an artist that I've played more than a few times -- Bio Ritmo's brand new single, which goes on sale December 1.
1 KANDIA KOUYATE | Renascence | Sterns
2 SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA | Resistance | Strut
3 LURA | Heranca | Lusafrica
4 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cumbia | World Music Network
5 DOUG BEAVERS | Titanes Del Trombon | ArtistShare
6 JOAN SORIANO | Me Decidi | iASO
7 MARIEM HASSAN AND VADIYA MINT EL HANEVI | Baila Sahara Baila | Nubenegra
8 BIXIGA 70 | III | Glitterbeat
9 CEU | Live | Six Degrees
10 TERAKAFT | Alone (Ténére) | Out|Here
November 18, 2015
1 DIEUF-DIEUL DE THIES | Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2 | Teranga Beat
2 GRUPO FANTASMA | Problemas | Blue Corn Music
3 BLACK MASALA | I Love You Madly | self-released
4 FAT FREDDY'S DROP | Bays | The Drop
5 ST. GERMAIN | St. Germain | Nonesuch
6 ADAMA YALOMBA | Waati Sera | Mesa/Bluemoon
7 BIXIGA 70 | III | Glitterbeat
8 QWANQWA | Volume Two | FPE
9 TROMBORANGA | Golpe Con Melodia | self-released
10 BRIAN CHILALA AND NGOMA ZASU | Vangaza! | SWP
November 10, 2015
Volume 2 of Dieuf-Dieul's original 1981-82 sessions has just been issued by Teranga Beat Records; you'll hear a nice long, spacious selection from it on this week's program. By the way, the band's original members are so excited about their 30-year-delayed career as recording artists that they've reunited to gig in Senegal and are hoping to tour Europe and the USA next year. More power to them!
Also this week: dub and blues, two great tastes that taste great together; the newest Balkan beats from Germany, Bosnia, Moldova and Washington DC; and 21st century Afrobeat.
TITLE: Aw Sa Yone Vol. 2
LABEL: Teranga Beat
Two and a half years ago, I raved about the first-ever album from Senegalese band Dieuf-Dieul De Thies: recorded in 1982, the session somehow went unreleased for 31 years and was one of my favorites of 2013.
November 9, 2015
1 VARIOUS ARTISTS | The Brasileiro Treasure Box Of Funk And Soul | Cultures of Soul
2 ADAMA YALOMBA | Waati Sera | Mesa/Bluemoon
3 KANDIA KOUYATE | Renascence | Sterns
4 ROGER DAMAWUZAN AND LES AS DU BENIN | Wait For Me | Hot Casa
5 TERAKAFT | Alone | Out|Here
6 ELIKEH | Kondona | Ropeadope
7 DOUG BEAVERS | Titanes Del Trombon | self-released
8 MACKA B | Neva Played A 45 | Peckings
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Biggest Reggae One Drop Anthems 2015 | Greensleeves
10 KUKU | Ballads And Blasphemy | Buda Musique
November 3, 2015
Also this week: the oriental sound in West African music, another trip to the Islamic funk belt, and guitar heroes of the Sahel.
November 2, 2015
1 FAT FREDDY'S DROP | Bays | The Drop
2 BLACK MASALA | I Love You Madly | self-released
3 ADAMA YALOMBA | Waati Sera | Mesa/Bluemoon
4 GRUPO FANTASMA | Problemas | Blue Corn Music
5 BIXIGA 70 | III | Glitterbeat
6 CEU | Live | Six Degrees
7 PAT THOMAS AND THE KWASHIBU AREA BAND | Pat Thomas And Kwashibu Area Band | Strut
8 CHUCHO VALDES | Tribute To Irakere: Live At Marciac | Jazz Village
9 BOOGAT | Neo-Reconquista | Maisonette
10 DR. ED CALLE | Presents Mamblue | Mojito
November 1, 2015
- Richmond's No BS! Brass celebrates the release of their new album Brass Knuckles with a full weekend of performances at Balliceaux, Thursday November 12 through Saturday November 14
- Youssou N'Dour (pictured above), African superstar and the man who almost became president of Senegal, makes an appearance at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday November 17
- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Best Cafe is a perfect venue for the Afro-Zen Allstars' take on Ethio-jazz, Thursday November 19
- The legendary Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra take over DC's Howard Theatre on Friday November 27
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