April 24, 2018

African Scream Contest 2

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: African Scream Contest 2
LABEL: Analog Africa
African Scream Contest, digging deep into the funk and psychedelic sounds of West Africa’s Benin and Togo, was Analog Africa’s third release and the one that put this intrepid label on the music map.

El Hijo De La Cumbia | Genero Genero

ARTIST: El Hijo De La Cumbia
TITLE: Genero Genero
LABEL: Nacional
Emiliano Gomez, who records and performs as El Hijo De La Cumbia, is an Argentine DJ and producer now living in Sweden who spins an urban, worldly musical mix based on Colombian cumbia.

April 23, 2018

Program April 25, 2018

WRIR's Spring 2018 Fund Drive wraps up on Wednesday April 25 at 11 PM.  Many of you have already donated during this drive or are monthly sustaining members -- thank you to all of you for keeping 97.3 FM, Richmond's tower of low power, on the radio and internet airwaves for another six months.  We can't do it without you!

If you've been waiting until the end of the drive to contribute -- well, now is that time.  We're so very close to our $40,000 goal, and that means your help right now can push us across the finish line and ensure that WRIR's next six months are just like its first 13 years: living proof that radio of, by and for the people is the independent media antidote to so many of our culture's current ailments.

Please consider making that donation today or tomorrow.  I'll be doing a special fund drive edition of Global A Go-Go Wednesday at 3 PM, featuring some of the most unlikely foreign-language cover songs that have crossed my path in the 14 years I've been doing this radio show.  And I'll be back on the air Wednesday between 7 and 11 PM, encouraging listeners to contribute during the drive's last four hours.  I'd love to be able to announce your name on the air, thank you for your support, and say that it's folks like you who make community radio in Richmond possible.

We have three easy ways for you to donate:
  1. Online at http://wrir.org/donating
  2. By calling 804-622-9747
  3. Or by visiting us in person at 1621-B W. Broad Street (2nd floor)
Thank you for considering it, and extra thanks if you've already contributed this spring or are a sustaining member.  Love live Richmond Independent Radio!

April 16, 2018

Program April 18, 2018

WRIR's Spring 2018 Fund Drive is now underway -- we're working to raise $40,000 by Wednesday April 25 to power independent community radio in Richmond for another six months. Thank you for your previous donations to Richmond Independent Radio; I'm writing to encourage you to make a donation once again this spring.

You can make that donation in two minutes by clicking this link: http://wrir.org/donating. Or you can call or visit us between 9 AM and 9 PM during the drive, now through April 25. Our phone number is 804-622-9747; our address is 1621 W. Broad Street, 2nd floor.

Charts April 15, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
2 THORNATO | Back It Up | Wonderwheel
3 CESARIA EVORA | Carnaval De Mindelo | Lusafrica
4 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
5 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
6 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
7 BALOJI | 137 Avenue Kaniama | Bella Union
8 BANDERAS | "Tema De Banderas" | Matasuna
9 EMEL MATHLOUTHI | Ensenity | Partisan
10 MELISSA LAVEAUX | Radyo Siwél | No Format

April 10, 2018

Program April 11, 2018

Daniel Kahn (pictured above with his be-masked band The Painted Bird) is one of my favorite songwriters.  What can you say about a guy who lists his musical influences as Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Tom Lehrer, Woody Guthrie, The Bad Seeds, Howlin' Wolf, Brecht & Eisler, The Pogues and Leonard Cohen, other than "you need to hear his music right away"?  And you will, this week on Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: Cesaria Evora's music from beyond this mortal coil, new African sounds from Guy One and Seun Kuti, and Thailand's rockin' electric phin.  Plus a song dedicated to my favorite actor in the current Trump reality TV show, Michael Cohen:

April 8, 2018

Charts April 8, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LISTEN ALL AROUND: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICAN MUSIC | various artists | Dust-to-Digital
2 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
3 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
4 BALOJI | 137 Avenue Kaniama | Bella Union
5 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
6 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
7 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
8 RAS FRASER JR. | Journey To Greatness | Rebel Sound
9 EMEL MATHLOUTHI | Ensenity | Partisan
10 MELISSA LAVEAUX | Radyo Siwél | No Format

April 3, 2018

Listen All Around: The Golden Age Of Central And East African Music

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Listen All Around: The Golden Age Of Central & East African Music
LABEL: Dust-to-Digital
Hugh Tracey spent most of his life making field recordings of sub-Saharan African music; he probably did more than any other human to open the world’s ears to Africa’s sounds.

Orquesta Akokan | Orquesta Akokan

ARTIST: Orquesta Akokan
TITLE: Orquesta Akokan
LABEL: Daptone
Mambo is the big band sound of Havana’s glory days: the years before Castro’s revolution and the subsequent American embargo of all things Cuban, even (maybe especially) music.

Program April 4, 2018

This week's program has that Latin tinge throughout.  The show gets started with the unique sound of salsa Senegalaise, as Senegal celebrates its 58th anniversary of independence on April 4.

Then we'll dig very deep into classic Cuban big band recordings of the 1940s and 50s, plus one ringer -- the brilliant debut album by Orquesta Akokan (pictured above), modern music inspired by Arsenio Rodriguez, Beny More and their peers.

Next, it's over to Cuban-influenced recordings from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, starting with a track from the forthcoming Dust-to-Digital box set Listen All Around of Hugh Tracey's "town music" field recordings and finishing with Kekele's tribute to Franco and O.K. Jazz.

We'll wrap things up with some cumbia-based tracks, including recent releases by Roberto Lopez, Kumbia Boruka and Sonido Gallo Negro.

April 1, 2018

Charts April 1, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
2 SIDI TOURE | Toubalbero | Thrill Jockey
3 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
4 EMEL MATHLOUTHI | Ensenity | Partisan
5 MELISSA LAVEAUX | Radyo Siwél | No Format
6 LE KARMAPA | Caligula Vol. 2 | self-released
7 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
8 THORNATO | Back It Up [EP] | Wonderwheel
9 VIBRONICS | Woman On A Mission | Scoops
10 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica

March 25, 2018

Charts March 25, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
2 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
3 SPANGLISH FLY | Ay Que Boogaloo! | Chaco World
4 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
5 BANDERAS | "Tema De Banderas" [Single] | Matasuna
6 FEMI KUTI | One People One World | Knitting Factory
7 TIBBLE TRANSSIBIRISKA | "100 Ar Av Langtan (BalkanBeats SoundSystem remix)" [Single] | Big Is Promotion
8 KHRUANGBIN | Con Todo El Mundo | Dead Oceans
9 HAILU MERGIA | Lala Belu | Awesome Tapes From Africa
10 BALOJI | 137 Avenue Kaniama | Bella Union

March 20, 2018

Program March 21, 2018

One of the pleasures of hosting a radio show is the opportunity it affords me to bang the drum for artists who deserve wider recognition.  Skip McDonald, who records as Little Axe (pictured above) is high on my list of those artists.

McDonald is best known as the guitarist in two of the seminal studio bands of our era: the house band at Sugarhill Records (where he played on the pioneering hip hop recordings of Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa) and Tackhead (the London band that powered Adrian Sherwood's On-U Sound Records, uniting funk, dub and industrial music).

But he started with the blues, learning guitar from his father at age eight, and the Little Axe project ties together all of his musical experience -- it's the blues meets dub and trip-hop.  This week on Global A Go-Go I'll play you three tracks from the extensive Little Axe catalog (12 albums so far), including one from his most recent release, London Blues.

Also this week: a Latin music sampler - trova, bachata, Latin soul and salsa; brass bands from India and the Balkans; and new sounds from Fela Kuti's sons Femi and Seun.

March 19, 2018

Charts March 18, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HAILU MERGIA | Lala Belu | Awesome Tapes From Africa
2 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
3 SIDI TOURE | Toubalbero | Thrill Jockey
4 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
5 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica
6 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
7 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
8 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
9 BANDERAS | "Tema De Banderas" [Single] | Matasuna
10 FATOUMATA DIAWARA | "Nterini" [Single] | Shanachie

March 12, 2018

Program March 14, 2018

That Ethiopian guy who took you to Dulles Airport last time?  He might be the greatest musicians you've never heard.

Hailu Mergia (pictured above) has been working as a taxi driver in Washington DC since 1997.  Back in the 70s, he was one of the pioneers of Ethio-jazz.  He fled the Derg military dictatorship in 1981 and settled in DC, home to more Ethiopians than any city other than Addis Ababa.

In the last several years, his music has made a comeback; now 71 years old, he's just put out his first new recording since 1985, and it's fantastic.  On this week's program you'll hear a track, plus one from the supergroup he led in the 70s that also featured Mulatu Astatke and Girma Beyene, two more Ethio-jazz veterans who are having late-career renaissances.

Also this week: new Malian releases by Djeneba & Fousco, Fatoumata Diawara and Sidi Toure; the sounds of Brazil's Northeast; and the music of West Africa's Islamic funk belt.

March 11, 2018

Sidi Toure | Toubalbero

ARTIST: Sidi Toure
TITLE: Toubalbero
LABEL: Thrill Jockey
Guitarist, singer and bandleader Sidi Toure is one of the unsung heroes of Malian music. Born in 1959 in Gao in Mali’s southeast, he led the regional orchestra Songhai Stars in the 1980s and released an album on Stern’s Africa in 1996.

Charts March 11, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 VIBRONICS | Woman On A Mission | SCOOPS
2 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
3 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Black Times | Strut
4 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
5 FATOUMATA DIAWARA | "Nterini" [Single] | Shanachie
6 LA DAME BLANCHE | Bajo El Mismo Cielo | Nacional
7 MO KALAMITY MEETS SLY AND ROBBIE | One Love Vibration | Sofia Thea
8 LUCIBELA | Laco Umbilical | Lusafrica
9 BANG DATA | Loco | Futuro Sónico
10 AFRIKA MAMAS | Iphupho | ARC

March 5, 2018

Program March 7, 2018

I saw Black Panther last week, and I thoroughly enjoyed the film's score, composed by Ludwig Goransson (pictured above seated, along with four Senegalese tama drummers), which liberally incorporates African popular and traditional music.

Most noteworthy to my ears was the voice of Baaba Maal, the great Fulani singer whose music, like Goransson's, employs a fusion of global elements in a search for the ecstatic.  Maal's most recent album, The Traveller, in particular sounds like a template for Goransson's score.  So I'll start today's program with two Maal songs that echo sounds you hear in Black Panther, then move on to the drum-driven Senegalese mbalax which is also a major influence on the film's soundtrack.

Also this week: deep dub; chicha and cumbia; and Super Djata vs. Toubab Krewe in a jam band showdown, West African style.

March 4, 2018

Charts March 4, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
2 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
3 THORNATO | Back It Up [EP] | Wonderwheel
4 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica
5 CESARIA EVORA | Carnaval De Mindelo [EP] | Lusafrica
6 PALENQUE RECORDS AFROCOLOMBIA REMIX, VOL. 2 | various artists | Galletas Calientes
7 FEMI KUTI | One People One World | Knitting Factory
8 LOS NASTYS | "Veneno Del Serpiente" [Single] | Nacional
9 LOS YETIS | Los Yetis | Vinilisssimo
10 GUY ONE | #1 | Philophon

February 27, 2018

Program February 28, 2018

Some of the best rock music in the world right now is coming out of Africa, and that will be the focus of Global A Go-Go's first hour this week.  We'll start with the brilliant new album by Imarhan (pictured above) from Algeria, along with other artists from the second generation of desert blues.

Then we'll move on to another new release, this one by Mali's Djeneba & Fousco, plus rockers from Burkina Faso, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, all within the last decade.  Also this week: music from Africa's lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries and some remixes of Colombian champeta.

Imarhan | Temet

ARTIST: Imarhan
TITLE: Temet
LABEL: City Slang
Imarhan is a five-piece band from Tamanrasset, the largest Tuareg community in Algeria. They’re led by Iyad Moussa Ben Abderahmane aka Sadam, whose cousin Eyadou Ag Leche is the bassist for desert blues standard-bearers Tinariwen.

Thornato | Back It Up

ARTIST: Thornato
TITLE: Back It Up
LABEL: Wonderwheel
Thor Partridge is a New York-based producer of Cypriot descent who was born in Sweden. So yes, he comes by his global point of view naturally.

Vibronics | Woman On A Mission

ARTIST: Vibronics
TITLE: Woman On A Mission
LABEL: SCOOPS
Vibronics call themselves “the future sound of dub”; coming out of Leicester England in 1995, they’ve produced a dozen albums and scores of singles in the digital dub (electronic-based reggae) genre.

February 25, 2018

Charts February 25, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HECTOR "COCO" BAREZ | El Laberinto Del Coco | Obi Musica
2 PLENA LIBRE | Amores En El Camino | GN Musica
3 DA CRUZ | Eco Do Futuro | Boom Jah/Broken Silence
4 THORNATO | Back It Up [EP] | Wonderwheel
5 FEMI KUTI | One People One World | Knitting Factory
6 LUCIBELA | Laco Umbilical | Lusafrica
7 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
8 ALEXANDRA JACKSON | Legacy & Alchemy | Legacy & Alchemy
9 ANGOLA SAUDADE, VOL. 1 | various artists | Sons D'Africa
10 ONDENO | "Mayolye" [Single] | Rocafort

February 20, 2018

Djeneba & Fousco | Kayeba Khasso

ARTIST: Djeneba & Fousco
TITLE: Kayeba Khasso
LABEL: Lusafrica
Djeneba Kouyate and Fousseyni (Fousco) Sissoko are both descendents of griot families from Mali’s Kayes region.

Cesaria Evora | Carnaval De Mindelo

ARTIST: Cesaria Evora
TITLE: Carnaval De Mindelo
LABEL: Lusafrica
Lusafrica Records is the house that Cesaria built – Jose da Silva started the label in 1990 to release Cesaria Evora’s first international album, and Cabo Verde’s “barefoot diva” remains Lusafrica’s biggest seller even though she died in 2011.

Program February 21, 2018

Percussionist Hector "Coco" Barez (pictured above) is known here in Richmond for his work in the bands Bio Ritmo, Afro Zen Allstars, Miramar, Hotel X and Mekong Express, among others.

What you might not know is that he's an in-demand session and touring musician -- he spent seven years with the Grammy-winning Calle 13, and he's played with everyone from Tego Calderon and William Cepeda to Ruben Blades and Femi Kuti.

Coco's first solo album, El Laberinto Del Coco, has just been released.  He'll come by the studio this week to talk about the album, playing everything from boleros to progressive metal, how one of Puerto Rico's top congueros came to live in Richmond, and a whole lot more.  And you'll hear some tracks from the new album as well.

Also this week: Puerto Rican plena in salsa, and the sounds of Haiti's RAM, who'll be playing live in DC on Wednesday.

February 18, 2018

Charts February 18, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD | Eghass Malan | Sahel Sounds
2 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
3 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
4 BUMBA MASSA | V70 | Cantos
5 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
6 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
7 PLENA LIBRE | Amores En El Camino | GN Musica
8 BOUBACAR TRAORE | Dounia Tabolo | Lusafrica
9 DA CRUZ | Eco Do Futuro | Boom Jah/Broken Silence
10 IMARHAN | "Azzaman" [Single] | City Slang

February 13, 2018

Program February 14, 2018

Lovers rock is the flip side of roots reggae: it's romantic rather than dangerous, sunny instead of stormy.  It grew out of Jamaicans' love of American soul music.  They say all soul songs can be broken down into three categories: Beg, Scream and Shout.  Lovers rock is reggae's "Beg" songs.

The genre got its name and some fame in London in the mid 70's (it was tagged after a record label which got its own handle from an obscure Augustus Pablo B-side), but the sound predates the name and continues to be popular today.  Importantly, lovers rock was the avenue by which many female singers were able to break into the male-dominated Jamaican music business.

For Valentine's Day, I'll spin a full hour of some of my favorite lovers rock tracks.  Also this week: the man who got Mali dancing the twist and the Madison, and a set of samba-funk from Brazil.

February 11, 2018

Charts February 11, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 RUMPUT | Rumput | self-released
2 GUY ONE | #1 | Philophon
3 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
4 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
5 SPANGLISH FLY | Ay Que Boogaloo! | Chaco World
6 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
7 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
8 HECTOR "COCO" BAREZ | El Laberinto Del Coco | Obi Musica
9 BRENDA NAVARRETE | Mi Mundo | Alma
10 CRIOLO | Espiral De Ilusao | Sterns Brasil

February 5, 2018

Program February 7, 2018

This week, it's the first live session of 2018 on Global A Go-Go.  I'll be joined in Studio C by Orkes Keroncong Rumput from right here in Richmond, the only active Indonesian keroncong group in North America.

Rumput's Hannah Standiford is on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia this academic year; she's back in the states briefly and rejoins her band for this session.  And Rumput is fortified by guest artist Danis Sugiyanto, here in Virginia on his own Fulbright, teaching at University of Richmond and William & Mary and playing with Rumput and Gamelan Raga Kusuma.

Both those bands will perform at Sound of Music Studios on Friday night.  But before then, you can catch Rumput live here on Global A Go-Go this week.

February 4, 2018

Charts February 4, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
2 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
3 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
4 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
5 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
6 CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO | Canzoniere | Ponderosa
7 EXPANDERS, THE | Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 | Easy Star
8 KRIES | Selo Na Okuke/Village Tracks | Riverboat
9 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | "Mambo Rapidito" [Single] | Daptone
10 JOE PILGRIM AND THE LIGERIANS | "Migrants" [Single] | SoulNurse

January 30, 2018

Sonido Gallo Negro | Mambo Cosmico

ARTIST: Sonido Gallo Negro
TITLE: Mambo Cosmico
LABEL: Glitterbeat
Sonido Gallo Negro (SGN), an eight-piece band from Mexico City, expand their horizons on their third album.

January 29, 2018

Program January 31, 2018

It's mambo time this week on Global A Go-Go -- you'll hear the Syrian-American mambo king of Brooklyn Eddie "The Sheik" Kochak (pictured above), plus new mambos by Orquesta Akokan and Sonido Gallo Negro.

Also this week: folk-rock from Southern and Eastern Europe; music by Zgomot (who'll be at WRIR's birthday party on Friday night) and Ladysmith Black Mambazo (at the Barns of Wolf Trap next Monday and Tuesday); a farewell to Hugh Masakela; and the best reggae I heard in late '17 and early '18.

January 28, 2018

Charts January 28, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
2 LOS CHICOS MALOS | Los Chicos Malos | Vampisoul
3 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
4 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
5 LOS YETIS | Los Yetis | Vinilisssimo
6 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
7 PLENA LIBRE | Amores en el Camino | GN
8 SON PALENQUE | Kutu Prieta Pa Saranguia | Palenque
9 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
10 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | "Mambo Rapidito" [Single] | Daptone

January 23, 2018

Camarao | The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie, 1964-1974

ARTIST: Camarao
TITLE: The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie, 1964-1974
LABEL: Analog Africa
Forro is one of the indigenous musical styles of Brazil’s largely rural northeastern province of Pernambuco.

Los Chicos Malos | Los Chicos Malos

ARTIST: Los Chicos Malos
TITLE: Los Chicos Malos
LABEL: Vampisoul
Vampisoul continues mining the Discos Fuentes catalog with a reissue of this salsa gorda gem from 1980.

Levanta Poeira

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Levanta Poeira
LABEL: Jazz & Milk
Levanta poeira means “kick up dust” in Portuguese; it’s an apt title for the first Brazil-focused release from German dance music label Jazz & Milk.

Little Axe | London Blues

ARTIST: Little Axe
TITLE: London Blues
LABEL: Echo Beach
Little Axe (aka Skip McDonald, aka Bernard Alexander) was part of two of the 20th century’s most influential studio bands: the unnamed house band that backed many of rap’s early hits on Sugar Hill Records, and Tackhead, who provided the industrial soundtrack for Adrian Sherwood projects like Mark Stewart’s Maffia, African Head Charge and New Age Steppers.

Program January 24, 2018

The great Kabyle (Berber) singer-songwriter Lounes Matoub (the painting above is by Lisa-nne: https://lisa-nne.deviantart.com/art/Matoub-Lounes-510846413) would have been 62 years old Wednesday.

That is, if he wasn't assassinated in 1998, a week before a decree banning Kabyle (and other languages other than Arabic) in Algeria went into effect.  Two men were framed in the case, but the true perpetrators were almost certainly members of the Algerian military.

This week on Global A Go-Go, a song from Lounes Matoub and a couple more by Kabyle artists.  Also this week: deep blues, left-field forro, and salsa Colombiana dancefloor fillers.

January 21, 2018

Charts January 21, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
2 HOLLIE COOK | Vessel Of Love | Merge
3 LA MISA NEGRA | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
4 TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET | Ladilikan | World Circuit
5 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
6 TOTO BONA LOKUA | Bondeko | No Format
7 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Black Times | Strut
8 LUCIBELA | Laco Umbilical | Lusafrica
9 BOZI BOZIANA | Toute Une Histoire | Boziro
10 EBO TAYLOR AND THE PELIKANS | Ebo Taylor And The Pelikans | Mr Bongo

January 16, 2018

Program January 17, 2018

My grandparents came to the USA from Italy in the first couple of decades of the 20th century.  Back then, plenty of Americans wanted to keep out people from shithole countries like Italy.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The whole idea of the Global A Go-Go radio show is that we live in a post-colonial, hybrid, "flat world" -- no country or culture has any business lording it over another, we all have plenty to learn from each other, and cultural walls are rapidly being torn down.  If you like music and you don't listen to music from around the world, why not?

So let's listen this week to music from places the USA's president calls shitholes.  We'll start with Haiti, a country he singled out.  Then we'll move over to Africa, focusing on the poorest nations on the world's poorest continent.  You'll hear great music from places you're being told have nothing to offer to America.  And you'll hear for yourself why that idea is dead wrong.

P.S.  If you want a counterbalance to the president's point of view on this subject (aside from my radio show, of course), let me recommend this Instagram feed: https://www.instagram.com/everydayafrica/?hl=en.

January 14, 2018

Charts January 14, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Criollo Electrik | Stonetree
2 PLENA LIBRE | Amores En El Camino | GN Musica
3 NAINO! SPANISH GIPSY SOUL FUNK DISCO 1974/1984 | (various artists) | Adarce
4 MACCASIO | Ninsala | Zola / 69 Entertainment
5 DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND | White Guy Disease | Electric Cowbell
6 SPANGLISH FLY | Ay Que Boogaloo! | Chaco World
7 TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET | Ladilikan | World Circuit
8 CALIBRO 35 | Decade | Record Kicks
9 FEMI KUTI | "One People, One World" [Single] | Knitting Factory
10 BOB AND GENE FEATURING THE INVERSIONS | "It's Not What You Know (It's Who You Know)" [Single] | Daptone

January 9, 2018

Drunken Foreigner Band | White Guy Disease

ARTIST: Drunken Foreigner Band
TITLE: White Guy Disease
LABEL: Electric Cowbell
Molam is the country music of Laos and northeastern Thailand. In the 1970s, it was cross-fertilized with rock (especially of the psychedelic persuasion) and soul borne by ubiquitous American soldiers.

Roberto Lopez | Criollo Electrik

ARTIST: Roberto Lopez
TITLE: Criolo Electrik
LABEL: Stonetree
Roberto Lopez is a Colombian guitarist now based in Montreal who’s best known for his large ensembles, the Roberto Lopez Project and the Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra.

Plena Libre | Amores En El Camino

ARTIST: Plena Libre
TITLE: Amores En El Camino
LABEL: GN Musica
Now in its 25th year, Plena Libre has become an institution – probably the world’s best known band specializing in the indigenous rhythms of Puerto Rico, bomba and plena.

Spanglish Fly | Ay Que Boogaloo!

ARTIST: Spanglish Fly
TITLE: Ay Que Boogaloo!
LABEL: Chaco World
Boogaloo was arguably the first Nuyorican music: a mix of mambo with R&B that started in the early 60s, became a craze in ‘66 and was over the hill by ’69.

January 8, 2018

Program January 10, 2018

Antibalas (pictured above), America's finest Afrobeat band and one of the best live acts you'll ever see, celebrates their 20th anniversary this year.  They're playing two nights at the Hamilton in DC this week, so it's a good time to spin a couple of Antibalas classics.

Also this week: a set of Caribbean rhythms in honor of the newest station in the Global Global A Go-Go Radio Network, Caribriddims International; the wailing guitars (and phins) of Thailand; and put on your boogaloo shoes for a set of Latin soul from the 60s and today.

January 7, 2018

Charts January 7, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO | Canzoniere | Ponderosa
2 SWEET AS BROKEN DATES: LOST SOMALI TAPES FROM THE HORN OF AFRICA | various artists | Ostinato
3 HAMAD KALKABA AND THE GOLDEN SOUNDS | 1974-1975 | Analog Africa
4 CRIOLO | Espiral De Ilusao | Sterns Brasil
5 HABIBI FUNK 007: AN ECLECTIC SELECTION OF MUSIC FROM THE ARAB WORLD | various artists | Habibi Funk
6 PAULO FLORES | Kandongueiro Voador | LS Republicano
7 DA CRUZ | Eco Do Futuro | Boom Jah/Broken Silence
8 LOS CAMAROES | Resurrection Los | Analog Africa
9 LA MISA NEGRA | La Misa Negra | NAM Entertainment
10 TRIO DA KALI AND KRONOS QUARTET | Ladilikan | World Circuit

January 2, 2018

Program January 3, 2018

I'm going to start 2018 with one more look back at 2017: an overview of the five extraordinary live performances I was fortunate to host last year on Global A Go-Go.

Richmond bands Afro-Zen Allstars (pictured above with me at WRIR) and Hotel X helped raise money by playing live on the air during WRIR's fund drives.  Gamelan Raga Kusuma celebrated their tenth anniversary by bringing dozens of players and instruments up the stairs and into Studio C.

Ex-Richmonder Joshua Camp visited Global A Go-Go to play songs from his recent solo project C.A.M.P.O.S. (Cumbias And More Psychedelic Original Sounds).  And The Nile Project brought musicians from up and down the Nile River, seven countries in all, to our community radio station for an amazing performance and cross-cultural experience.

I'll revisit all five of these live-in-concert recordings on this week's program, and throw in a few other items that fit the mood.