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