October 15, 2017

Charts October 15, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Music Top Ten
1 EXPANDERS, THE | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 | Easy Star
2 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
3 LA MISA NEGRA | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
4 SON PALENQUE | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
5 CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND | Bone Reader | self-released
6 BETSAYDA MACHADO | Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree | Odelia
7 BOMBAY ROYALE, THE | Run Kitty Run | HopeStreet
8 OM ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
9 DA CRUZ|  Eco Do Futuro | Boom Jah / Broken Silence
10 SAZ'ISO | At Least Wave Your Handerchief At Me: The Joys And Sorrows Of Southern Albanian Song | Glitterbeat

October 10, 2017

Program October 11, 2017

It's my favorite weekend of the year: the weekend of the annual Richmond Folk Festival, three days of great music in the great outdoors, right here in downtown Richmond.

On this week's program, you'll hear six artists who'll be playing the festival: the psychedelic cumbia of Peru's Los Wembler's (pictured above), on their first American tour since they were founded in 1968; the drums and voices of Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo from Venezuela; Iranian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi; Romanian gypsy cimbalom player Nicolae Feraru; accordionist Bitori, who made the very first album of traditional Cape Verdean funana; and the Moroccan Sufi music of Innov Gnawa.

This week's show is the perfect way to figure out which international artists you need to check out at the festival.  I'm thinking you're going to want to see all six of them.

October 8, 2017

Charts October 8, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MDOU MOCTAR | Sousoume Tamachek | Sahel Sounds
2 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
3 KRIES | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks | Riverboat
4 LA MISA NEGRA | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
5 BETSAYDA MACHADO AND LA PARRANDA EL CLAVO | Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree | Odelia
6 GOGOL BORDELLO | Seekers And Finders | Cooking Vinyl
7 RAMON GOOSE | Long Road To Tiznit | Riverboat
8 MYRKUR | Mareridt | Relapse
9 LADAMA | LADAMA | Six Degrees
10 THE EXPANDERS | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 | Easy Star

October 3, 2017

Los Camaroes | Resurrection Los

ARTIST: Los Camaroes
TITLE: Resurrection Los
LABEL: Analog Africa
With all the recent years’ crate-digging activity, one might think that he’d heard all the great African records of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Expanders | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2

ARTIST: The Expanders
TITLE: Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2
LABEL: Easy Star
The Expanders are a Los Angeles-based reggae quintet that seems entirely uninterested in the reggae-rock hybrid that dominates the current West Coast sound.

Kries | Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks

ARTIST: Kries
TITLE: Selo Na Okuke / Village Tracks
LABEL: Riverboat
Folk music played differently can be the most radical act there is. Kries (“Bonfire” in a Croatian dialect) plays traditional music from their country and region in a manner like no one else.

Program October 4, 2017

Gumboot (pictured above), a dance style originally developed by gold miners, is one of the true symbols of the black working class experience in South Africa.  Gumboot dancers stamp, slap, clap and kick their heels in perfect synchronization while wearing wellingtons.

Jazz musician Darius Brubeck described a gumboot dancer as "looking and sounding like Fred Astaire only with 10 pairs of shoes on!"  If you've seen African-American stepping, that's a dance derived from gumboot.

The Festival of South African Dance is bringing gumboot and pantsula (another South African vernacular dance style) to Richmond's Carpenter Theatre on Thursday.  On this week's program, you'll hear a gumboot performance recorded by Janet Topp Fargion, lead curator for world and traditional music at the British Library (my summary for this week's show is adapted from her liner notes).  You'll also hear maskanda, the music that usually accompanies gumboot.

Also this week: the music of Mdou Moctar, who's performing at the University of Richmond on Friday; Central African dance hits from the 70s and 80s; and Balkan folk-rock with the emphasis on "rock."

October 1, 2017

Charts October 1, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 BETSAYDA MACHADO & LA PARRANDA EL CLAVO | Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree | Odelia
2 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
3 SON PALENQUE | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
4 CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND | Bone Reader | self-released
5 GOGOL BORDELLO | Seekers and Finders | Cooking Vinyl
6 RIO MIRA | Marimba Del Pacifico | AYA
7 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
8 RUBEN GONZALEZ | Introducing... Rubén González | World Circuit
9 OM ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
10 BUYEPONGO | Tumbalo | self-released

September 25, 2017

Program September 27, 2017

I'm digging deep into older Cuban music on this week's program -- we're talking charanga, cha-cha-cha, son montuno, tumbao; recordings from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  Plus a track from the recently reissued debut as bandleader of Ruben Gonzalez (pictured above), whose career went all the way back to those days.

Also this week: percussion from South America's Pacific coast; now that Chad has been added to Trump's travel ban, let's hear some music from that threatening (?) country; and more dancefloor gems from South Africa.

September 24, 2017

Charts September 24, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MEKLIT | When the People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
2 TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET | Ladilikan | World Circuit
3 JOEY LE SOLDAT | Barka | Tentacule
4 LA MISA NEGRA | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
5 OUMOU SANGARE | Mogoya | No Format!
6 EMETERIANS | The Magic Touch | Stingray
7 ANTIBALAS | Where the Gods Are in Peace | Daptone
8 MACKA B | "Wha Me Eat" [Single] | Greensleeves
9 J-P PIIRAINEN | Twined | Bafe's Factory
10 PABLO MOSES | The Itinuation | HS Roots

September 20, 2017

La Misa Negra | La Misa Negra

ARTIST: La Misa Negra
TITLE: La Misa Negra
LABEL: NAM Entertainment
Cumbia is probably more popular today than it’s ever been, and that’s saying something since it’s been around for nearly 200 years.

Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet | Ladilikan

ARTIST: Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet
TITLE: Ladilikan
LABEL: World Circuit
Classically-trained Western musicians like the Kronos Quartet are schooled in centuries-old tradition. Mande musicians like Trio Da Kali are heirs to a practice that dates back to Europe’s medieval period; this album’s track 10, the story of the Malian empire’s founding, is about 800 years old.

September 19, 2017

Program September 20, 2017

Cumbia is probably more popular now than it's ever been.  And that's saying something when you're talking about a style of music almost 200 years old.

La Misa Negra (pictured above) from Oakland CA is part of the latest generation of musicians to embrace the idiom.  You'll hear a track from their brand-new album this week on Global A Go-Go, alongside sounds from the 1950s that inspire them.

Also this week: the best reggae songs I heard this summer; when Meklit says "I want to sing for them all," who's she talking about?; and a beautiful new recording from Mali's Trio Da Kali and the Kronos Quartet.

September 17, 2017

Charts September 17, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 GWYNETH GLYN | Tro | Bendigedig
2 ZAIRE '74: THE AFRICAN ARTISTS | various artists | Wrasse
3 RUMPUT | Rumput | self-released
4 SON PALENQUE | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
5 LEILA GOBI | 2017 | Clermont
6 GOGOL BORDELLO | Seekers and Finders | Cooking Vinyl
7 OFFA REX | The Queen of Hearts | Nonesuch
8 ANTIBALAS | Where the Gods Are in Peace | Daptone
9 TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET | Ladilikan | World Circuit
10 BANDA MAGDA | Tigre | GroundUP / Verve

September 13, 2017

Banda Magda | Tigre

ARTIST: Banda Magda
TITLE: Tigre
LABEL: GroundUP / Verve
Magda Giannikou is a Greek-born composer who’s had a unique group of collaborators already in her young career: Snarky Puppy, Kronos Quartet and Louis CK.

Rumput | Rumput

ARTIST: Rumput
TITLE: Rumput
LABEL: self-released
Rumput is certainly one of Richmond’s most unique bands: they seem to be the only group in the USA (for now, at least) playing keroncong, the traditional string-band music of Indonesia.

Son Palenque | Kutu Prieta Pa Saraguia

ARTIST: Son Palenque
TITLE: Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia
LABEL: Palenque
Champeta resulted from the head-on collision of modern Congolese and Antillean pop music styles like soukous and zouk with the wellspring of Afro-Colombian music found along Colombia’s Caribbean coast and especially in the cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla.

September 12, 2017

Program September 13, 2017

Terapia (therapy): that's what Colombians call the urban dance music of Cartagena and Barranquilla which is based on African, Antillean, indigenous and Afro-Colombian styles.  It's good for what ails you -- find out why this week on Global A Go-Go, and hear a track from the brand-new album by terapia masters Son Palenque (pictured above).

Also this week: folk-rock with Indonesian and Greek seasoning; new Afrobeat from Professor Wouassa and Antibalas; and more of la guitare from the Sahara Desert.

September 10, 2017

Charts September 10, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
2 CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND | Bone Reader | self-released
3 MDOU MOCTAR | Sousoume Tamachek | Sahelsounds
4 BOMBAY ROYALE, THE | Run Kitty Run | HopeStreet
5 CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT FEAT TONY ALLEN | What Goes Up | self-released
6 LEILA GOBI | 2017 | Clermont Music
7 BETSAYDA MACHADO & LA PARRANDA EL CLAVO | Loé Loá - Rural Recordings Under the Mango Tree | Odelia
8 OM ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
9 AFOUS D'AFOUS | Tenere | Sahelsound
10 ANTIBALAS | Where the Gods Are in Peace | Daptone

September 7, 2017

Leila Gobi | 2017

ARTIST: Leila Gobi
TITLE: 2017
LABEL: Clermont Music
Leila Gobi is a singer from the town of Menaka in eastern Mali, nearly 1000 miles from Bamako and far closer to the capitals of Niger and Burkina Faso.

Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo | Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree

ARTIST: Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo
TITLE: Loe Loa: Rural Recordings Under The Mango Tree
LABEL: Odelia
Parranda is music of the Afro-Venezuelans of the Barlovento region on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast, many of whom are descended from the escaped rebel slaves who founded cumbes (fortified towns) starting in the sixteenth century and remained at war with the Spanish colonialists until 1820.

September 5, 2017

Program September 6, 2017

The African influence on music from the Americas is vast.  On this week's program, you'll hear seven different styles of music from Latin America, each of which is just one degree removed from Africa.  Included will be a new release by Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo from Venezuela (pictured above), who'll be performing at this year's Richmond Folk Festival.

Also this week: female singers from the Red Sea region; low-tech electronica, made in Africa; and Afro-funk, DC style.

September 3, 2017

Charts September 3, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Music Top Ten
1 GOGOL BORDELLO | Seekers and Finders | Cooking Vinyl
2 RIO MIRA | Marimba Del Pacifico | AYA
3 BOMBA ESTEREO | Ayo | Sony Latin
4 MURPHY'S KIDS | Time Dilation | self-released
5 CHOPTEETH AFROFUNK BIG BAND | Bone Reader | self-released
6 OFFA REX | The Queen of Hearts | Nonesuch
7 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
8 RUBEN GONZALEZ | Introducing... Rubén González | World Circuit
9 OM ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
10 MEKLIT | When the People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees

August 31, 2017

Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band | Bone Reader

ARTIST: Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band
TITLE: Bone Reader
LABEL: self-released
Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afro-funk band from Washington DC that won the Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best world music group nine years in a row.

Gogol Bordello | Seekers And Finders

ARTIST: Gogol Bordello
TITLE: Seekers And Finders
LABEL: Cooking Vinyl
Here’s the seventh studio album from Gogol Bordello, the New York based multinational band fronted by Eugene Hutz.

August 29, 2017

Program August 30, 2017

Gogol Bordello (pictured above), maybe the most exciting live band in the USA right now, with members hailing from Ukraine, Russia, China, Scotland, Ethiopia, Ecuador and Belarus, have been making America great since 1999.  They're just released their seventh studio album, Seekers And Finders -- you'll hear a track this week on Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: new releases and reissues from across Latin America, a deep dive into South African bubblegum, and English folk-rock from the 60s to today.

August 20, 2017

Mdou Moctar | Sousoume Tamachek

ARTIST: Mdou Moctar
TITLE: Sousoume Tamachek
LABEL: Sahelsounds
Mdou Moctar from Niger is a central figure in the current Tuareg guitar music boom.

Offa Rex | The Queen Of Hearts

ARTIST: Offa Rex
TITLE: The Queen Of Hearts
LABEL: Nonesuch
In case you can’t tell from their recordings, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists is a huge fan of British folk music and the folk-rock of the 60s and 70s; he says he wishes he had been in the Albion Dance Band.

Rio Mira | Marimba Del Pacifico

ARTIST: Rio Mira
TITLE: Marimba Del Pacifico
LABEL: AYA
Colombia’s Afro-Caribbean musical genres like cumbia, champeta and vallenato are now well known around the globe.

Charts August 20, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 CULTURE | Two Sevens Clash (40th Anniversary Edition) | VP
2 LOBO MARINO | The Mulberry House | self-released
3 MDOU MOCTAR | Sousoume Tamachek | Sahelsounds
4 OFFA REX | The Queen of Hearts | Nonesuch
5 RIO MIRA | Marimba Del Pacifico | AYA
6 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA |  various artists | Ostinato
7 BOMBAY ROYALE, THE | Run Kitty Run | HopeStreet
8 OUMAR KONATE | Oumar Live In America | Clermont
9 RAMON GOOSE | Long Road To Tiznit | Riverboat
10 PROFESSOR WOUASSA | Grow Yes Yes | Matasuma

August 15, 2017

Program August 16, 2017

1977, the year when "two sevens clash," is when reggae went mainstream in the USA and Bob Marley became an international superstar.  This week on Global A Go-Go I'll play you five indelible, unbeatable reggae tracks from 1977, including two from albums that are receiving 40th anniversary reissues this year.

Also this week: music for Sahara Desert picnics; from Peru to Bollywood; and new Afrobeat by Antibalas and Professor Wouassa.

August 13, 2017

Charts August 13, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MEKLIT | When the People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
2 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
3 UMOJA | 707 [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
4 PROFESSOR WOUASSA | Grow Yes Yes | Matasuma
5 AFOUS D'AFOUS | Tenere | Sahelsounds
6 MDOU MOCTAR | Sousoume Tamachek | Sahelsounds
7 RIO MIRA | Marimba Del Pacifico | AYA
8 ALBOROSIE | "Living Dread" [Single] | Baco
9 RUBEN BLADES | Salsa Big Band | self-released
10 RODRIGO GALLARDO AND NICOLA CRUZ | El Origen | Wonderwheel

August 8, 2017

Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa
LABEL: Ostinato
Like most African nations, Somalia had a cultural golden age after it gained independence, which was in 1960.

August 7, 2017

Program August 9, 2017

Kwaito is South Africa's answer to house music from Chicago, Detroit and New York City: disco's four-on-the-floor rhythm, deep bass, percussive samples, infectious melodies.  It's also a direct relative of mbaqanga and bubblegum, two popular South African styles that preceded it.  You'll hear the relationship this week on Global A Go-Go.

(As an aside, pantsula is the dance style most closely associated with kwaito -- you've seen it if you've seen Beyonce's "Run The World (Girls)" video.  Check out the amazing pantsula photo-animation above by Chris Saunders for the New York Times, and his photo gallery as well: https://nyti.ms/1OTaDxP)

Also this week: some artists who are performing in Richmond this week, crate-digging (with a shovel) in Somalia, and the sound of the gaita colombiana.

August 6, 2017

Charts August 6, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 THE BOMBAY ROYALE | Run Kitty Run | HopeStreet
2 RODRIGO GALLARDO & NICOLA CRUZ | El Origen | Wonderwheel
3 RUBEN GONZALEZ | Introducing | World Circuit
4 "OM" ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me | Awesome Tapes From Africa
5 MEKLIT | When The People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
6 RAFIKI JAZZ | Har Dam Sahara | Riverboat
7 OMAR SOULEYMAN | To Syria, With Love | Mad Decent
8 FRUKO Y SUS TESOS | Tesura | Vampisoul
9 ONDATROPICA | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
10 CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT FEAT TONY ALLEN | What Goes Up | self-released

July 31, 2017

Program August 2, 2017

Regis Gizavo, the Big Box Man of Madagascar, was one of the most amazing accordionists you'll ever hear.  He made a career in France in the Corsican band I Muvrini, as accompanist for Cabo Verdean divas Cesaria Evora, Lura and Mayra Andrade, and playing with tennis-star-turned-pop-star Yannick Noah and African legends Kekele and the Mahotella Queens.

But all his music is rooted in the traditions of Tulear, the dusty southwest region of Madagascar that he called home.  Regis himself went home for the last time on July 16, dying way too young at age 58.  I'll play a few of my favorites from Regis' catalog, including a track from his very last album, released June 9 by the band Toko Telo.

Also this week: West Africa's Oriental sound; some soca hits of the 80s and today, just in time for Crop Over in Barbados (it's always carnival season somewhere); and Global A Go-Go's African dance party continues.

July 30, 2017

Charts July 30, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MEKLIT | When The People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
2 CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT FEAT TONY ALLEN | What Goes Up | self-released
3 JUANA MOLINA | Halo | Crammed
4 OTE MALOYA: THE BIRTH OF ELECTRIC MALOYA ON REUNION ISLAND 1975-1986 | VARIOUS ARTISTS | Strut
5 THE BOMBAY ROYALE | Run Kitty Run | HopeStreet
6 RUBEN GONZALEZ | Introducing | World Circuit
7 OUMAR KONATE | Oumar Live In America | Clermont
8 OM ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me | Awesome Tapes From Africa
9 PROFESSOR WOUASSA | Grow Yes Yes! | Matasuna
10 MAMADOU KELLY | Politiki | Clermont

July 25, 2017

The Bombay Royale | Run Kitty Run

ARTIST: The Bombay Royale
TITLE: Run Kitty Run
LABEL: HopeStreet
The Bombay Royale is an 11-piece band led by saxophonist Andy (The Skipper) Williamson and fronted by two Indian-Australian singers, Parvyn Kaur Singh (aka The Mysterious Lady) and Shourov (The Tiger) Bhattacharya.

Ruben Gonzalez | Introducing

ARTIST: Ruben Gonzalez
TITLE: Introducing
LABEL: World Circuit
Here’s a reissue of then-77-year-old Ruben Gonzalez’s first solo album, 20 years after its initial release.

July 24, 2017

Program July 26, 2017

The Bombay Royale (pictured above) is an 11-piece band from Melbourne, Australia that's equally inspired by Bollywood and by spaghetti westerns -- think A.R. Rahman meets Ennio Morricone and you'll have an idea of what they sound like.

Their new album Run Kitty Run is a boatload of fun -- it will be released on August 11, but you can hear a track from it this week on Global A Go-Go.  Also this week: vintage Cuban cha-cha-chas, mambos and guarachas; progressive Afrobeat; and highly unlikely reggae covers.

July 23, 2017

Charts July 23, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MEKLIT | When the People Move, The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
2 OUMAR KONATE | Oumar Live In America | Clermont Music
3 RAMON GOOSE | Long Road To Tiznit | Riverboat
4 "OM" ALEC KHAOLI | Say You Love Me [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
5 UMOJA | 707 [EP] | Awesome Tapes From Africa
6 FRUKO Y SUS TESOS | Tesura | Discos Fuentes
7 DONA ONETE | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
8 ONDATRÓPICA | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
9 GOGOL BORDELLO | "Walking On The Burning Coal" [Single] | Cooking Vinyl
10 PEYOTI FOR PRESIDENT FEAT JEREMY CORBYN | "We The People" [Single] | Sordid Soup

July 20, 2017

Ramon Goose | Long Road To Tiznit

ARTIST: Ramon Goose
TITLE: Long Road To Tiznit
LABEL: Riverboat
Ramon Goose is an English guitarist whose interest in American pre-war Delta blues has gradually expanded to include the blues-related styles of North and West Africa.

Oumar Konate | Oumar Live In America

ARTIST: Oumar Konate
TITLE: Oumar Live In America
LABEL: Clermont Music
Malian guitarist Oumar Konate and his trio toured the USA coast-to-coast in 2014 – one of their stops was at Balliceaux here in Richmond.

Umoja | 707 & "Om" Alec Khaoli | Say You Love Me

ARTIST: Umoja                                        "Om" Alec Khaoli
TITLE:   707                                             Say You Love Me
LABEL: Awesome Tapes From Africa
With global interest in the disco era peaking right now, people ought to be checking out bubblegum, South Africa’s local answer to disco.

July 18, 2017

Program July 19, 2017

Rick James (pictured above) on Global A Go-Go?  No, and he better not grind his dirty boots into my new suede couch.  Actually, it's bass player and producer "Om" Alec Khaoli, whose music was as popular in South Africa in the 80's as Rick James' was in the USA in the same decade.

This week on Global A Go-Go you'll hear a selection of Khaoli's best from his bands The Beaters, Harari and Umoja, including a couple of new reissues from the Awesome Tapes From Africa label.

Also this week: Meklit and a few other globally-minded singer-songwriters, new sounds from Gogol Bordello and Peyoti For President, and two species of West African guitarists: delta bluesmen and arena-rock shredders.

July 16, 2017

Charts July 16, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 POP MAKOSSA: THE INVASIVE DANCE BEAT OF CAMEROON 1976-1984 | VARIOUS ARTISTS | Analog Africa
2 OUMOU SANGARE | Mogoya | No Format
3 ELZA SOARES | End Of The World Remixes | Mais Um Discos
4 LOBO MARINO | The Mulberry House | self-released
5 NINA MIRANDA | Freedom of Movement | Six Degrees
6 KONDI BAND | Salone | Strut / INTL BLK
7 JERRY CANS, THE | Inuusiq | Aakuluk
8 JUANA MOLINA | Halo | Crammed
9 CAMILLE | Oui | Balulalo
10 L'ORCHESTRA AFRISA INTERNATIONAL | Melanie | Colomotion

July 11, 2017

Program July 12, 2017

(Photo above by the legendary Malick Sidibe of Mali: "Regardez-moi?" [1962])

Great to be back after a week away from the studio; thanks to the Haberdasher for sitting in for me last week.

It's time for a mid-summer African music dance party on Global A Go-Go.  No filler, just killer: two hours of music for your listening and dancing pleasure from Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and Ghana.  Tracks released this summer and stuff from back in the 70s and 80s, all in one steamy, sensual mix.

July 10, 2017

Charts July 9, 2017

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 Omar Souleyman | To Syria, With Love | Mad Decent
2 Mamadou Kelly | Politiki | Clermont Music
3 Lobo Marino | The Mulberry House | self-released
4 Nina Miranda | Freedom Of Movement | Six Degrees
5 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
6 Afous D'Afous | Tenere | Sahelsound
7 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura | Vampisoul
8 L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie | Colomotion
9 various artists | Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu | Uzelli
10 Tamikrest | Kidal | Glitterbeat

June 26, 2017

Program June 28, 2017

Time to fire up your cigarette lighter -- it's 70s rock Turkish style this week on Global A Go-Go.  You'll hear Kardaslar (pictured above) fronted by Unol Buyukgonenc (he's on the left in the snazzy plaid blazer), Ersen with Dadaslar, Mazhar & Fuat and more luninaries of the Anatolian rock scene.

Also this week: the latest from the Sahara, contemporary Colombian bands rockin' the gaita (cane flute), and some North African and Middle Eastern dance floor bangers.

June 25, 2017

Charts June 25, 2017

WRIR's World Music Top Ten
1 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura | Vampisoul
2 Oumou Sangare | Mogoya | No Format
3 Mamadou Kelly | Politiki | Clermont Music
4 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
5 Professor Wouassa | Grow Yes Yes! | Matasuna
6 Afous D'Afous | Tenere | Sahelsound
7 Alemayehu Eshete | "Alteleyeshegnem" / "Temar Ledje" | Philophon
8 Rafiki Jazz | Har Dam Sahara | Riverboat
9 Omar Souleyman | To Syria, With Love | Mad Decent
10 L'Orchestre Afrisa International | Melanie | Colomotion