June 26, 2017
Program June 28, 2017
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
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
June 19, 2017
Program June 21, 2017
She's a feminist activist fighting against polygamy, arranged marriage and other traditions that cement women's place on the bottom rung of African society. She's a successful business person with interests in the agriculture, tourism and automobile industries. You could say that she actually is what Beyonce pretends to be.
Sangare's new album Mogoya, the eighth in her 30-year recording career, was released on May 19. This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a brief survey of Oumou Sangare's musical career, from her 1989 debut Moussolou to today.
Also this week: British and Irish folk-rock, qawwali meets jazz and rock, and some stunning new Afrobeat from Switzerland.
June 18, 2017
Charts June 18, 2017
1 Lobo Marino | The Mulberry House | self-released
2 Meklit | When The People Move The Music Moves Too | Six Degrees
3 Professor Wouassa | Grow Yes Yes! | Matasuna
4 Afous D'Afous | Tenere | Sahelsound
5 Alemayehu Eshete | "Alteleyeshegnem" / "Temar Ledje" | Philophon
6 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
7 Vieux Farka Toure | Samba | Six Degrees
8 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
9 Ani Cordero | Querido Mundo | self-released
10 Hard Proof | Stinger | Modern Outsider
Afous D'Afous | Tenere
Most of the Saharan desert blues I get to hear is produced with a first-world audience in mind.
Meklit | When The People Move The Music Moves Too
TITLE: When The People Move The Music Moves Too
LABEL: Six Degrees
You can’t pin Meklit Hadero down. Born in Ethiopia, educated at Yale, living in Oakland, she lectures around the world as a TED Senior Fellow and she co-founded The Nile Project.
Professor Wouassa | Grow Yes Yes!
TITLE: Grow Yes Yes!
An American or European Afrobeat band today is working in a crowded space: the genre has become so popular you need a gimmick or special talent to stand out from the crowd.
June 13, 2017
Program June 14, 2017
Also this week: cool and hot sounds from Brazil; the most celebrated young desert blues band within the Tuareg community; and Global A Go-Go's tribute to Adam West (seriously).
June 11, 2017
Charts June 11, 2017
1 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
2 various artists | Pop Makossa: The Invasive Dance Beat Of Cameroon 1976-1984 | Analog Africa
3 Fruko Y Sus Tesos | Tesura | Vampisoul
4 various artists | Uzelli Psychedelic Anadolu | Uzelli
5 Nina Miranda | Freedom Of Movement | Six Degrees
6 Oma Souleyman | To Syria, With Love | Mad Decent
7 Dona Onete | Banzeiro | Mais Um Discos
8 Mamadou Kelly | Politiki | Clermont Music
9 Tamikrest | Kidal | Glitterbeat
10 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
June 6, 2017
Program June 7, 2017
This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear what some contemporary musicians are doing with this venerable form: New York's first all-female mariachi band (Flor De Toloache, pictured above), the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band, a punk band that moonlights as mariachis, and more.
Also this week: more blues from Mali, a Congolese non-stop classic by Sam Mangwana, and Turkish Gastarbeiter folk-rock.
June 5, 2017
Charts June 4, 2017
1 Omar Souleyman | To Syria, With Love | Mad Decent
2 Juana Molina | Halo | Crammed
3 Alemayehu Eshete | "Alteleyeshegnem" / "Temar Ledje" | Philophon
4 Rafiki Jazz | Har Sam Sahara | Riverboat
5 Lobo Marino | The Mulberry House | self-released
6 The Nile Project | Jinja | self-released
7 Ondatropica | Baile Bucanero | Soundway
8 Meta & The Cornerstones | Hira | Metarize
9 Girma Beyene & Akale Wube | Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose | Buda Musique
10 Afro-Zen Allstars | Greatest Hits | self-released
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