May 22, 2017

Program May 24, 2017

It's Ska Week in central Virginia!  The SuperNova International Ska Festival takes over the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds this weekend, May 27 & 28 from noon to 11:30 PM.

SuperNova is bringing artists from around the world (Derrick Morgan and Monty Neysmith from Jamaica, The Skints from England), the country (LA's The Aggrolites, NYC's The Toasters) and the region (DC's The Pietasters and Eastern Standard Time, and Murphy's Kids from right here in Richmond) to your backyard.

Sean Kennedy joins me in the studio this week to spin some of the acts he'll be checking out at SuperNova this year.  We'll also be giving away a pair of tickets to see The Skints, Mighty Joshua and Buddha Council at the Broadberry Saturday night.  And I'll play progressive salsa and vintage Afro-disco to get you warmed up for our ska-labration.

May 21, 2017

Charts May 21, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
2 L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie | Colomotion
3 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
4 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
5 Lobo Marino | The Mulberry House | self-released
6 Elemotho | Beautiful World | ARC
7 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura | Vampisoul
8 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
9 The Bongo Hop | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog
10 Ivoryman | Culturally Rude | Tusk

May 16, 2017

Program May 17, 2017

Meta & The Cornerstones (pictured above in Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios) is a reggae band from Brooklyn with a multinational lineup bringing global elements into their sound: jazz, rock, flamenco, West Africa and the Koran all factor in.

Their third album, Hira, is my favorite reggae release so far this year, and number two isn't even close.  Find out why when I play two tracks from Hira on this week's program.

Also this week: Brazilian roots music, everybody's talking about Russia so let's hear from the FSU (former Soviet Union), and West Africa goes electronica.

May 14, 2017

Charts May 14, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
2 Ozomatli | Non-Stop | Cleopatra
3 Forro In The Dark | Sandcastle | Nacional
4 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
5 Red Baraat | Bhangra Pirates | Rhyme & Reason
6 various artists | Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984 | Analog Africa
7 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura | Vampisoul
8 L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie | Colomotion
9 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
10 various artists | Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu | Uzelli

May 10, 2017

Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura

ARTIST: Fruko Y Sus Tesos
TITLE: Tesura
LABEL: Vampisoul
It may seem unlikely today, but there was a time when salsa was the punk rock or the gangsta rap of the Latin music world.

Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984
LABEL: Analog Africa
After 13 years of brilliant African and Afro-diasporic reissues, on album number 23 Samy Ben Redjeb’s Analog Africa Records covers Cameroon for the first time.

May 9, 2017

Program May 10, 2017

First of all, I want to thank the over 470 listeners who donated more than $42,000 during WRIR's Spring 2017 Fund Drive.  This was one of WRIR's most successful fund drives ever, and you made it happen!  You can still get in on the action: just visit wrir.org, click one of the Donate buttons, and get yourself the groovy Spring '17 premiums.

This week I've got the latest from Analog Africa Records, kings of the crate-diggers.  It's called Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984, a period when disco was infecting everything in its vicinity, even African music.  I'll spin a hot disco-meets-makossa track from Pastuer Lappe (pictured above) in a set of Afro-disco.

Also this week: Balkan and Rajasthani brass blasters, Tabu Ley's Afrisa International as they sounded in 1974 and sound today, and electro-cumbia straight outta Mexico.

May 8, 2017

Charts May 7, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
2 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti-
3 Battle Of Santiago | La Migra | Made With Pencil Crayons
4 Juama Molina | Halo | Crammed
5 Daniel Dzidzonu | Vikpome | Zephyrus
6 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura | Vampisoul
7 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
8 Mamadou Kelly | Politiki | Clermont Music
9 Tamikrest | Kidal | Glitterbeat
10 Vieux Farka Toure | Samba | Six Degrees

May 1, 2017

Program May 3, 2017

Julio Ernesto Estrada, better known as Fruko (pictured above), has done more than any other person to make salsa into Colombian music, and to make Colombia the world capital of salsa.  Clearly he didn't do it with his ravishing looks.

Madrid's Vampisoul Records has embarked on a major reissue of material from the catalog of Discos Fuentes, Colombia's biggest record label.  Appropriately, they've started by reissuing the first two albums by Fruko Y Sus Tesos.  You'll hear tracks from both of them, plus a third Fruko classic, on this week's program.

Also this week: a tour across the Caribbean, new desert blues (Sahara and Timbuktu variants) from Mali, and Zimbabwe's old and new generations.

Charts April 30, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
2 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
3 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
4 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
5 The Nile Project | Jinja | self-released
6 Forro In The Dark | Sandcastle | Nacional
7 Kondi Band | Salone | Strut-INTL BLK
8 Monsalve Y Los Forajidos | "Abeja" / "Black & Decker" | Olindo
9 Dayme Arocena | Cubafonia | Brownswood
10 Tamikrest | Kidal | Glitterbeat

April 25, 2017

Program April 26, 2017

We're in the middle of WRIR's Spring 2017 Fund Drive, and I'd love to see you make your donation to Richmond Independent Radio right now.

We're planning to raise at least $40,000 in this drive, 100% of which will enable WRIR to keep broadcasting and webcasting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year's worth of underrepresented music, news and views, most of it produced in our very own studios by our 150 volunteers.

We need the support of about 500 folks just like you in order to keep community radio strong in Richmond.  I hope you'll choose to be one of those 500.  We have three easy ways for you to donate:
  1. By visiting our secure online sites at https://wrir.wufoo.com/forms/zt8de5l0zy2s68 (for a one-time contribution) or https://wrir.wufoo.com/forms/rv9ju9k11dt0c0 (for a monthly recurring donation)
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)
I'm putting my own money where my mouth is for this fund drive.  This week during Global A Go-Go, I'll personally match the first $500 of donations.  So if you give $50 (and get our latest limited edition T-shirt) I'll throw in another $50; if you ante up $150 (and receive both the T-shirt and the first-ever WRIR baseball cap), I'll see your $150.  Tune in Wednesday April 26 between 3 and 5 PM on 97.3 FM or http://wrir.org/listen and let me double your contribution to WRIR.  If you can't listen and donate at that time, there's no need to wait -- you can make your contribution right now, or any time until May 2.

As usual, I have some special programming lined up for Global A Go-Go listeners during the fund drive.  I'll be joined in WRIR's Studio C this week by the Afro-Zen Allstars (pictured above), Richmond's multicultural, multi-generational little big band playing groove-based music from around the globe.  Their debut album Greatest Hits is one of the best recordings I've heard in 2017 -- not just one of the best from Richmond, one of the best from anywhere on the planet.  They'll be playing selections from bandleader George Lowe's vast book of arrangements: music of Ethiopia, Rajasthan, Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Cameroon, Cuba, Richmond and many other places.

Thank you for your support in the past, and thank you for considering a donation during WRIR's Spring 2017 Fund Drive.  Long live Richmond Independent Radio: providing a voice to the voiceless since 2005 and reminding you that the public airwaves belong to the public.  They're your airwaves, we're your radio station, and we can't do it without your support.

April 23, 2017

Charts April 23, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Orchestra Baobab | Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng | World Circuit
2 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
3 L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie | Colomotion
4 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
5 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
6 Orquesta El Macabeo | La Maldicion Del Timbal | Peace & Rhythm
7 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
8 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
9 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
10 Afro-Zen Allstars | Greatest Hits | self-released

April 18, 2017

Dona Onete | Banzeiro

ARTIST: Dona Onete
TITLE: Banzeiro
LABEL: Mais Um Discos
Dona Onete is the stage name of singer Ionete da Silveira Gama, who didn’t really need a stage name until 2014, when she released her first album at the young age of 73.

Program April 19, 2017

Dona Onete (pictured above) got around to her recording career at age 73, after she had been a history teacher, union organizer and Municipal Secretary of Culture in Igarape-Miri, her home town near the mouth of the Amazon in northern Brazil's Para state.  Her second album will be released on May 19 and it's a blast; you'll hear a track from it on this week's program.

Also this week: the varied sounds of Cabo Verde; summer weather means it's time for Congolese music; and Girma Beyene sings it twice, 48 years apart.

April 16, 2017

Charts April 16, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
2 Vieux Farka Toure | Samba | Six Degrees
3 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
4 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
5 L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie | Colomotion
6 Mamadou Kelly | Politiki | Clermont Music
7 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
8 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hyponotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
9 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
10 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa

April 12, 2017

L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie

ARTIST: L’Orchestre Afrisa International
TITLE: Melanie
LABEL: Colomotion
Afrisa International was the last band led by Tabu Ley Rochereau, one of the handful of people who stood at the pinnacle of Congolese music, the pop music lingua franca of the African continent.

Oumou Sangare | Mogoya

ARTIST: Oumou Sangare
TITLE: Mogoya
LABEL: No Format
Oumou Sangare, Mali’s “Wassoulou Songbird,” is back with her first solo album in eight years.

April 11, 2017

Program April 12, 2017

It's all the usual great music plus a couple of guests this week on Global A Go-Go.

At 3:30, Morgan Niles of WRIR's News & Public Affairs Committee (and of Zodiac Audio Almanac, Friday at 1 AM) stops by to talk about Local Voices Live, WRIR's semi-annual event where you get to see radio made right in front of your own eyes.  We'll be at Gallery 5 (200 W. Marshall St.) Wednesday evening starting at 6:30.  Admission is free; if you can't be there in person make sure to tune in from 7 to 9 PM tonight and hear it broadcast live on 97.3 FM.

I'll also be joined by Mari Elysian, a new volunteer who's finishing up her DJ training.  Mari and I will split the show in half this week; that means you get to hear a whole new perspective on music from around the world in the universal language of groove.

On my half, you'll hear from some of the songbirds of Mali, including new releases by Oumou Sangare and Awa Poulo, and reggae inspired by the 40th anniversary of Culture's Two Sevens Clash album, which is being celebrated Wednesday night at the Broadberry.  On Mari's half: tune in and she'll tell you herself.

April 9, 2017

Charts April 9, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Vieux Farka Toure | Samba | Six Degrees
2 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
3 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
4 Cilantro Boombox | Shine | self-released
5 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
6 Mamadou Kelly | Politiki | Clermont Music
7 various artists | Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu | Uzelli
8 Orquesta El Macabeo | La Maldicion Del Timbal | Peace & Rhythm
9 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
10 Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha | Naennainen | Playground Music

April 4, 2017

Mamadou Kelly | Politiki

ARTIST: Mamadou Kelly
TITLE: Politiki
LABEL: Clermont Music
Guitarist Mamadou Kelly is one of the stalwarts of the Songhai blues idiom that was popularized by Ali Farka Toure.

Vieux Farka Toure | Samba

ARTIST: Vieux Farka Toure
TITLE: Samba
LABEL: Six Degrees
Ali Farka Toure didn’t want Boureima, his second child, to become a musician.

Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu
LABEL: Uzelli
In recent years, there’s been a bunch of reissues of Turkish pop and rock music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Program April 5, 2017

Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure (pictured above) is an incendiary live performer, kind of a cross between his father Ali Farka Toure and Jimi Hendrix.  If you saw him at the 2008 Richmond Folk Festival, or on any of his frequent USA tours, you know what I'm talking about.

April 2, 2017

Charts April 2, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Orquesta El Macabeo | La Maldicion Del Timbal | Peace & Rhythm
2 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
3 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
4 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti-
5 Tamikrest | Kidal | Glitterbeat
6 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
7 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
8 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World
9 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
10 Andres Landero | Yo Amaneci | Vampisoul

March 31, 2017

Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero

ARTIST: Ondatropica
TITLE: Baile Bucanero
LABEL: Soundway
The second album from Ondatropica, the Colombian project organized by Will (Quantic) Holland and Mario (Frente Cumbiero) Galeano, builds on the ideas of their debut, creating a pan-Colombian sound from a large mix of musicians from across that musically, ethnically and socially diverse country.

Orquesta El Macabeo | La Maldicion Del Timbal

ARTIST: Orquesta El Macabeo
TITLE: La Maldicion Del Timbal
LABEL: Peace & Rhythm
Puerto Rican salseros Orquesta El Macabeo played live on my radio show in September 2015. When they arrived, you’d have thought they were a punk band, right down to the case of PBR they tried to smuggle into the studio.

Tamikrest | Kidal

ARTIST: Tamikrest
TITLE: Kidal
LABEL: Glitterbeat
Tamikrest (“alliance” in the Tamasheq language) is the standard-bearing band of desert blues for assouf music’s second generation.

March 28, 2017

Program March 29, 2017

Tinariwen, who will perform at the Barns at Wolf Trap on April 19, is the band that in 1979 invented what they call tishoumaren or assouf and many others know simply as desert blues, the Sahara Desert's greatest musical export.

Like the Velvet Underground, Tinariwen has inspired the creation of a plethora of younger bands.  My favorite of all of them is Tamikrest (pictured above), whose new album Kidal will be released in the USA on March 31.

This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a set from each of these two bands: a great opportunity to compare and contrast the first two generations of desert blues.

Also this week: touring the Caribbean, Swahili rumba inspired by last week's visit by the Nile Project, new Latin sounds from Colombia and Puerto Rico, and a ticket giveaway.

March 26, 2017

Charts March 26, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Red Baraat | Bhangra Pirates | Rhyme & Reason
2 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
3 Orquesta El Macabeo | La Maldicion Del Timbal | Peace & Rhythm
4 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
5 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
6 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
7 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
8 Afro-Zen Allstars | Greatest Hits | self-released
9 The Nile Project | Jinja | self-released
10 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional

March 20, 2017

Program March 22, 2017

As you probably know, we loving having musicians play live at WRIR.  Not every radio station, and certainly not every low-power FM station, has the facilities and expertise to do this -- we make a point of having both.

Some of the bands who play here come from around the corner; others take a longer trip.  The band playing live on Global A Go-Go this week is in the latter category.  The Nile Project (pictured above), a band Afropop Worldwide has called "nothing short of revolutionary,"  brings together artists from Africa's eleven Nile countries to compose new songs that combine the rich diversity of one of the oldest places on Earth.

They'll be performing at the University of Richmond's Camp Concert Hall on Friday night.  And they've played a few live-radio sets before: the BBC, KEXP.  On Wednesday at 3 PM, they'll add WRIR to that list.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear musicians from Burundi, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan (yes, singer Asia Midany got into the USA before the attempted seven-country travel ban) and Uganda perform live on your own community radio station.

Charts March 19, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 The Nile Project | Jinja | self-released
2 Nathaniel Braddock | Quadrille & Collapse | Invertebrata
3 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
4 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
5 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
6 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
7 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
8 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa
9 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released
10 Andres Landero | Yo Amaneci | Vampisoul

March 14, 2017

Program March 15, 2017

Gamelan Raga Kusuma, Richmond's community Indonesian gamelan orchestra, is ten years old this year.  In honor of the occasion, they're performing Sunday night at the Grace Street Theater with their kronchong string-band spinoff Rumput and with guest artists from DC's Indonesian embassy.

Also in honor of the occasion, Gamelan Raga Kusuma returns to WRIR to play live in Studio C this week on Global A Go-Go.  Before they go on the air, you'll hear recorded music from the band who'll be playing live on Global A Go-Go next week: The Nile Project, featuring artists from Egypt, Ethiopia, Burundi and all the countries who share the Nile River.

March 12, 2017

Charts March 12, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
2 Hard Proof | Stinger | Modern Outsider
3 Flavia Coelho | Sonho Real | World Village
4 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
5 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
6 Mokoomba | Luyando | Out|Here
7 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World
8 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti-
9 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa
10 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released

March 7, 2017

Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira

ARTIST: Meta & The Cornerstones
TITLE: Hira
LABEL: Metarize
Reggae is a Jamaican style that is now one of the world’s most cosmopolitan musical genres. Meta & The Cornerstones is a perfect illustration: front man Meta Dia is a native of Senegal now based in Brooklyn; his bandmates hail from Israel, Algeria, Japan, Jamaica and Cote D’Ivoire.

Program March 8, 2017

Here's four words you don't hear often these days: good news from Zimbabwe.  That's what Mokoomba (pictured above) is -- a young band from Victoria Falls making excellent original music, reaching an audience at home and around the world.  You'll hear a track from their soon-to-be-released third album on this week's program, along with a couple of the Zimbabwean international music stars who preceded them.

Also this week: new reggae by Mellow Mark and Meta & The Cornerstones, from Boricua roots to samba-soul, and modern Afrobeat from the Americas -- Sao Paulo, Austin, Los Angeles and Ottawa.

March 5, 2017

Charts March 5, 2017

WRIR's RWR World Music Top Ten
1 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released
2 Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai | Merge
3 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti-
4 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
5 Yeni Nostalji | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | unreleased
6 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto | Vampisoul
7 various artists | Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988 | Ostinato
8 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World
9 Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha | Naennainen | Playground Music
10 The Bongo Hop | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog

February 28, 2017

Fruko Y Sus Tesos | A La Memoria Del Muerto

ARTIST: Fruko Y Sus Tesos
TITLE: A La Memoria Del Muerto
LABEL: Vampisoul
What we now call salsa, the admixture of Cuban son montuno with Puerto Rican bomba and plena, American jazz and soul, and rock ‘n’ roll attitude, was invented in New York City in the 1960s.

Mokoomba | Luyando

ARTIST: Mokoomba
TITLE: Luyando
LABEL: Out|Here
It’s been a while since Zimbabwe, home of Thomas Mapfumo and Oliver Mtukudzi, produced an international music star. The young band Mokoomba is a beacon in a never-ending sea of bad news from the country being systematically ruined by Robert Mugabe.

February 27, 2017

Program March 1, 2017

Ani Cordero (pictured above), is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter of Puerto Rican ancestry whose work straddles the line between indie-folk and world music.  She and her band will be at Ashland Coffee & Tea's Mainline this Saturday, touring behind her terrific new album Querido Mundo, and you'll hear a couple of tracks from it on this week's program.

Also this week: a continuous-mix set of Colombian champeta, the way you'd hear it on a Barranquilla pico; from Algerian rai to Balkan brass with a Turkish accent; Cabo Verde's psychedelic disco; and the new album by Ibibio Sound Machine.

February 20, 2017

Ibibio Sound Machine | Uyai

ARTIST: Ibibio Sound Machine
TITLE: Uyai
LABEL: Merge
The second album by London-based Ibibio Sound Machine is being released by the indie-rock Merge label, a sure sign the band is trying to escape the world music ghetto.

Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha | Naennainen

ARTIST: Jaakko Laitinen & Vaara Raha
TITLE: Naennainen
LABEL: Playground Music
OK, a band from Finland with a Balkan sound? I’m game, expecting it’s going to be a tongue-in-cheek Leningrad Cowboys scenario. Wait a minute: these guys are totally serious.

Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Synthesize The Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From The Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988
LABEL: Ostinato
Space Echo, Analog Africa’s anthology of the trippy, funky 70s and 80s sounds of Cabo Verde, was my favorite compilation album of 2016. Hot on its heels comes Synthesize The Soul with another 18 killer tracks in the same vein.

February 19, 2017

Charts February 19, 2017

WRIR's RWR World Music Spins
1 Aurelio | Darandi | Real World | 2
2 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti- | 2
3 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released | 2
4 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique | 1
5 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa | 1
6 various artists | Macondo Revisitado: The Roots Of Subtropical Music, Uruguay 1975-1979 | Vampisoul | 1
7 Slavic Soul Party | Plays Duke Ellington's Far East Suite | Ropeadope | 1
8 Chico Mann & Captain Planet | Night Visions | Bastard Jazz | 1
9 Flavia Coelho | Sonho Real | World Village | 1
10 Amadou Binta Konte & Tidiane Thiam | Waande Kaade | Sahelsounds / Songs From Home | 1

February 14, 2017

Aurelio | Darandi

ARTIST: Aurelio
TITLE: Darandi
LABEL: Real World
Aurelio Martinez’s fourth studio album is a valedictory: a summing-up of his 30 year career as the world’s best-known Garifuna musician as he prepares to move in new musical directions.

Tinariwen | Elwan

ARTIST: Tinariwen
TITLE: Elwan
LABEL: Anti-
This is the band that invented the sound: whatever you want to call it, assouf or tishumaren or la guitare or desert blues, Tinariwen created it in 1979 in southern Algeria’s Tamanrasset oasis.

Program February 15, 2017

The Garifuna people are direct descendants of the survivors of two shipwrecked Nigerian slave ships that landed on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent in 1675.  Those survivors inter-married with native Caribbeans; they were exiled by the British to Roatan Island off the coast of Honduras in 1797 and then disbursed across Central America.

Against all odds, this tiny ethnic group has survived three exiles (from Africa, from St. Vincent and from Roatan).  There are about 600,000 identifiable Garifuna in the world today, mostly living in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras, with about 100,000 in New York's Bronx borough.

Aurelio Martinez (pictured above) is the greatest living exponent of Garifuna music, which has had a massive worldwide revival in the last 20 years.  You'll hear a track from Aurelio's new album Darandi on this week's program, part of a full set of Garifuna music.

Also this week: Tinariwen's new album, the pachuco sound of 1950's Mexican-Americans, and Balkan songs of immigration.

February 13, 2017

Charts February 12, 2017


WRIR's RWR World Music Spins
1 Afro-Zen Allstars | Greatest Hits | self-released | 3
2 Tinariwen | Elwan | Anti- | 2
3 Systema Solar | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional | 2
4 C.A.M.P.O.S. | Miracles & Criminals | Peace & Rhythm | 2
5 Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids | "Tinoge Ya Ta'a Ba" | Philophon | 2
6 various artists | Dangal original soundtrack | Zee Music | 2
7 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique | 1
8 Awa Poulo | Poulo Warali | Awesome Tapes From Africa | 1
9 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released | 1
10 Hard Proof | Stinger | Modern Outsider | 1

February 7, 2017

Program February 8, 2017

Juan Campos (pictured above) is a bad hombre -- he's from the southside of Richmond and he plays music from the Peruvian Amazon; he takes the electric accordion to outer space and beyond.

In real life, Juan Campos is Joshua Camp: ex-Richmonder currently based in Brooklyn, founder of the bands One Ring Zero and Chicha Libre, a solo artist under the name C.A.M.P.O.S. (short for Cumbias And More Psychedelic Original Sounds), and he's also the video artist who calls himself Croaker Norge (shoutout to I-64 exit 231).

Joshua Camp joins me in WRIR's Studio C this week to play C.A.M.P.O.S. music with Coco Barez (Bio Ritmo) and Gary Kalar (Yeni Nostalji) and to talk about the many projects he's working on.  I'll spin some of his recordings beforehand; after that, who knows where we'll go?

February 5, 2017

Charts February 5, 2017

WRIR's CMJ New World Top Ten
1 YENI NOSTALJI | 2016 EP demo (final mix) | self-released
2 ALKIBAR JR. | Jamal | Studio Mali
3 AFRO-ZEN ALLSTARS | Greatest Hits | self-released
4 BONGO HOP | Satingarona Pt. 1 | Underdog
5 JUNGLE FIRE | Jambu | Nacional
6 NILE PROJECT | Jinja | self-released
7 SYSTEMA SOLAR | Rumbo A Tierra | Nacional
8 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | "Give Me A Reason"/"The Pot Is On Fire" [Single] | Merge
9 VARIOUS ARTISTS | Agrim Agadez: Musique Guitare De La Republique Du Niger | Sahelsounds
10 NOUVELLE VAGUE | I Could Be Happy | Kwaidan / !K7

January 31, 2017

Program February 1, 2017

Of course they came for the musicians.  They always come for the musicians -- people who can speak directly to your soul, even without the use of language, are the most dangerous of all.

The first hour of Global A Go-Go this week is devoted to musicians who, all of a sudden, are unwelcome in the eyes of America's government.  You'll hear from active artists who happen to be natives of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

All of them will currently find it difficult if not impossible to travel to the USA; one of them holds a green card and may not be able to come home to the USA; one of them is here now and will be performing in Richmond in March.  Apparently their art is subversive, threatening to the powers that temporarily be.  That's why I'm playing it.

Omar Souleyman begs to differ:


For more reading (and listening) on the subject: Pitchfork, Associated Press, Bandcamp, All Songs Considered.

Also this week: the Sahara Desert's Kel Tamasheq, not so good at politics but geniuses with the guitar; and some funky Latin sounds to cleanse your palate.