August 12, 2018

Charts August 12, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 RED BARAAT | Sound The People | Rhyme & Reason
2 LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA | If I Had The Strength | Six Degrees
3 ALPHEUS | Light Of Day | Liquidator
4 JUPITER AND OKWESS | Kin Sonic | Everloving
5 MYSTIC BOWIE | Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads | MTMB Entertainment
6 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
7 TWO NILES TO SING A MELODY: THE VIOLINS AND SYNTHS OF SUDAN | various artists | Ostinato
8 PAD ANTHONY AND CHESHIRE CAT | "Lead The Way / Heart And Soul" [Single] | Ram Goat
9 DE'ANZA | Cosmic Dream | Fusion Beats
10 CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO | Bienaventuranza | Wonderwheel

August 7, 2018

Lemon Bucket Orkestra | If I Had The Strength

ARTIST: Lemon Bucket Orkestra
TITLE: If I Had The Strength
LABEL: Six Degrees
Toronto’s Lemon Bucket Orkestra (LBO) is an 11-piece ensemble that describes itself as “guerrilla-folk party-punks imprisoned and liberated by Eastern European folklore.”

Program August 8, 2018

Red Baraat (pictured above) is a living embodiment of Duke Ellington's notion that the best music is "beyond category."  They're inspired by Indian bhangra and brass bands; their music also incorporates funk, go-go, rock and jazz.

They're one of the most exciting live acts anywhere, which you'll be able to see for yourself when  Red Baraat plays the Richmond Jazz Festival on Sunday evening and a Plan 9 Records in-store that afternoon.  Their latest album, Sound The People, was released in June, and you'll hear a track from it this week on Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: one from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who will also be at the Richmond Jazz Fest; a reggae set including my all-time favorite song about road kill; two cuts from Ostinato Records' current Sudanese projects; and Balkan brass that matches Red Baraat's white-hot energy.

August 5, 2018

Charts August 5, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
2 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
3 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
4 RAM | 7: August 1791 | Willibelle Publishing & Sales
5 DISQUES DEBS INTERNATIONAL, VOL. 1 | various artists | Strut
6 EDDIE PALMIERI | Full Circle | Ropeadope
7 ORLANDO 'CACHAITO' LOPEZ | Cachaito | World Circuit
8 MYSTIC BOWIE | Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads | MTMB Entertainment
9 EL DUSTY | Cumbia City | Aftercluv
10 LISTEN ALL AROUND: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICAN MUSIC | various artists | Dust-to-Digital

July 30, 2018

Program August 1, 2018

We're celebrating the birthday of the Republic of Benin on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go.  The little West African country formerly known as Dahomey has long punched above its weight in the world of music.  You'll hear the most famous Beninoise musicians -- Angelique Kidjo, Gnonnas Pedro, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo -- and we'll dig deep for regional and local favorites as well.

Also this week: four modern sides cut at Havana's Estudio Areito, plus some unlikely cumbia covers of rap and metal.

July 22, 2018

Charts July 22, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
2 ORLANDO "CACHAITO" LOPEZ | Cachaíto | World Circuit
3 DIALI CISSOKHO AND KAIRA BA | Routes | Twelve | Eight
4 NICOLA CONTE AND SPIRITUAL GALAXY | Let Your Light Shine On | MPS
5 DE'ANZA | Cosmic Dream | Fusion Beats
6 CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO | Bienaventuranza | Wonderwheel
7 LES POULES A COLIN | Morose | self-released
8 PIERRE SANDWINI | Le Troubadour De La Savane - 1978/1982 | Born Bad
9 EDDIE PALMIERI | Full Circle | Ropeadope
10 DEBADEMBA | Sanikoya | Dankama

July 17, 2018

Orlando 'Cachaito' Lopez | Cachaito

ARTIST: Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez
TITLE: Cachaito
LABEL: World Circuit
World Circuit has been reissuing much of its catalog, giving you a new reason to hear this one-of-a-kind 2001 album.

Program July 18, 2018

July 18, 2018 is the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth.  And July 18 every year is Nelson Mandela International Day, when all are encouraged to remember this piece of his wisdom: "What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."  Learn more about the Mandela Day movement here: https://www.mandeladay.com.

In this week's first hour, Global A Go-Go celebrates his life and legacy with songs about Nelson Mandela from South Africa and around the world.  And in our second hour, I'm joined by my new colleague Jennifer, who'll be premiering her new program of French-language music later this summer.  She'll spin some reggae en Francais and Ivoirian coupe decale for your listening and dancing pleasure.

July 15, 2018

Charts July 15, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
2 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
3 ABU OBAIDA HASSAN | Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound of Sudan | Ostinato
4 ALPHEUS | Light Of Day | Liquidator
5 JUPITER AND OKWESS | Kin Sonic | Everloving
6 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
7 SIDI TOURE | Toubalbero | Thrill Jockey
8 KING KONG | Repatriation | VP
9 REGGAE SAX RIDDIM | various artists | Reggae Vibes
10 MYSTERY OF THE BULGARIAN VOICES, THE | BooCheeMish | Prophecy

July 10, 2018

Alpheus | Light Of Day

ARTIST: Alpheus
TITLE: Light Of Day
LABEL: Liquidator
British reggae singer Alpheus and Spanish producer Roberto Sanchez have been working together since 2006. Alpheus is an oddity in modern reggae: a mid-career singer who only works with vintage rhythms – ska, rocksteady and early reggae.

Program July 11, 2018

July 11 is the 71st birthday of the late John Holt (pictured above in a painting by Oliver Martin), one of my favorite reggae singers.  We'll celebrate with five selections from the man who was the prototype for lovers rock.

And July 11 is also the 37th birthday of Richmond's Plan 9 Records.  We'll celebrate that one by giving away a $37 Plan 9 gift certificate during Global A Go-Go to a caller who can correctly answer any one of these Plan 9 trivia questions (answers added after the contest ended; congratulations to our winner, David):
  • How did Plan 9 Records get its name?  From "Plan 9 From Outer Space," frequently cited as the worst movie ever made.
  • What was the address of Plan 9's first location?  2905 W. Cary Street, today the left side of Citizen Burger Bar.
  • What infamous Richmond city councilman endorsed Plan 9 in a TV advertisement?  H.W. (Chuck) Richardson, who would subsequently be arrested for heroin distribution while serving on City Council.
  • What legendary Richmond band was fronted by long-time Plan 9 employee Bob Schick?  The mighty post-punk band Honor Role, Richmond's analogue to Fugazi, the Minutemen and Husker Du.
  • What radio station had Plan 9 as its landlord?  Channel 36 / Color Radio, the radio station that "broadcast" on the last channel of Richmond's brand new cable TV system starting in 1982; their motto was "Better radio through television."

Also on this week's program: new music by Bombino, who'll perform in DC on July 12; Sudan's irresistible dance music; and some Afro-funk deep cuts.

July 8, 2018

Charts July 8, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
2 JUPITER AND OKWESS | Kin Sonic | Everloving
3 MYSTIC BOWIE | Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads | MTMB Entertainment
4 ABELARDO CARBONO Y SU GRUPO FEAT QUANTIC | "La Pina Madura" [Single] | Names You Can Trust
5 RED BARAAT | Sound The People | Rhyme & Reason
6 DIALI CISSOKHO AND KAIRA BA | Routes | Twelve | Eight
7 EL DUSTY | Cumbia City | Aftercluv
8 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
9 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
10 EL HIJO DE LA CUMBIA | Genero Genero | Nacional

July 3, 2018

Program July 4, 2018

I'm the grandson of immigrants from one of the sh*thole countries of the early 20th century: Italy.  For my grandparents, the 4th of July was the best holiday of the year.  That was the day they celebrated the nation that took them in, let them make something of themselves, and gave their children and grandchildren the opportunities their homeland couldn't provide.

It seems like a lot of Americans have lost touch with their immigrant roots, or maybe they're just in denial.  As a public service to the many Americans who've forgotten that their families too were immigrants, this special 4th of July edition of Global A Go-Go will feature two hours of great American music made by people who chose to come to this country.  These are the people, like my grandparents, who have made America great always.  Today's the right day to celebrate them, and us.

June 27, 2018

Jupiter & Okwess | Kin Sonic

ARTIST: Jupiter & Okwess
TITLE: Kin Sonic
LABEL: Everloving
In a just world, Jean-Pierre (Jupiter) Bokondji would be the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first international rock star.

Red Baraat | Sound The People

ARTIST: Red Baraat
TITLE: Sound The People
LABEL: Rhyme & Reason
Here’s the fifth album by Red Baraat, the brassy combo led by dhol (Indian barrel drum) player Sunny Jain that’s one of the most invigorating live acts today in any genre.

June 25, 2018

Program June 27, 2018

Jupiter Bokondji is the rare Congolese musician who isn't steeped in rumba Congolaise and soukous.  He grew up in East Berlin, and he and his band Okwess (pictured above) are making Central African rock 'n' roll.  Hear them, and some of their Afro-rock peers from the 70s to today, on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: the high Andes sound; another cumbia dance party; and Red Baraat's world jazz, Punjabi stylee.

June 24, 2018

Charts June 24, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 NICOLA CONTE AND SPIRITUAL GALAXY | Let Your Light Shine On | MPS
2 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
3 NICKODEMUS | A Long Engagement | Wonderwheel
4 LISTEN ALL AROUND: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICAN MUSIC | various artists | Dust-To-Digital
5 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
6 VIBRONICS | Woman On A Mission | SCOOPS
7 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica
8 ROOTZ RADICALS | "Bad Government" [Single] | Fett Music
9 BROWNOUT | Fear Of A Brown Planet | Fat Beats
10 BALOJI | 137 Avenue Kaniama | Bella Union

June 19, 2018

Program June 20, 2018

Desert blues superstar Oumara "Bombino" Moctar (pictured above), the "Sultan of Shred" from Agadez in Niger, has just released his sixth album.  It's the first in ten years that he's recorded in Africa -- there's no celebrity stars or crossover narrative here, just the best in Sahara Desert guitar.  You'll hear a track from it this week on Global A Go-Go, along with other artists from inside and north of the desert.

Also this week: vintage recordings from Central and East Africa, the Ethiopian tinge in jazz, and some hot dancehall and soca for this hot weather.

June 17, 2018

Charts June 17, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 DIALI CISSOKHO AND KAIRA BA | Routes | Twelve | Eight
2 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
3 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
4 LOS TEXMANIACS | Cruzando Borders | Smithsonian Folkways
5 ALI FARKA TOURE | The Source (Remastered) | World Circuit
6 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
7 BROWNOUT | Fear Of A Brown Planet | Fat Beats
8 LA DAME BLANCHE | Bajo El Mismo Cielo | Nacional
9 LUCIBELA | Laco Umbilical | Lusafrica
10 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | Black Times | Strut

June 12, 2018

Program June 13, 2018

North Carolina has become an exporter of top-shelf West African music in recent years.  The trend started with Asheville's Toubab Krewe, followed shortly by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba (pictured above) from Carrboro.  The latter's third album will be released on June 29, the former issued their latest in March, and you'll hear a track from both on this week's program.

Also this week: yet another cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- but this time in Yiddish, a trip to the Mexico-USA border for Norteno and rock 'n' roll, and Afrobeat and Afro-funk at drum & bass tempos.

June 10, 2018

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba | Routes

ARTIST: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
TITLE: Routes
LABEL: Twelve | Eight
North Carolina has become an exporter of top-shelf West African music in recent years. The trend started with Asheville’s Toubab Krewe, followed shortly by Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba from Carrboro.

El Dusty | Cumbia City

ARTIST: El Dusty
TITLE: Cumbia City
LABEL: Aftercluv
Dusty Oliveira is a young DJ-producer from Corpus Christi, Texas with a fresh take on electro-cumbia.

Angelique Kidjo | Remain In Light

ARTIST: Angelique Kidjo
TITLE: Remain In Light
LABEL: Kravenworks
Remain In Light by Talking Heads is one of the last albums I thought needed to be remade. This 1980 classic is the high point of that band’s career and a master class in employing an African sensibility without resorting to mere imitation.

Mystic Bowie | Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads

ARTIST: Mystic Bowie
TITLE: Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads
LABEL: MTMB Entertainment
I didn’t expect to be reviewing two albums of Talking Heads covers this week.

Charts June 10, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
2 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
3 MYSTIC BOWIE | Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads | MTMB Entertainment
4 EL DUSTY |  Cumbia City | Aftercluv
5 NICOLA CONTE AND SPIRITUAL GALAXY | Let Your Light Shine On | MPS
6 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
7 ALI FARKA TOURE | The Source (Remastered) | World Circuit
8 EL HIJO DE LA CUMBIA | Genero Genero | Nacional
9 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
10 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone

June 4, 2018

Program June 6, 2018

Two legendary African singers passed away in recent days.  Kasse Mady Diabate (pictured above), the man Salif Keita called "the greatest singer in Mali," was a direct descendant of the jelis (professional musicians and historians) who served Sundiata Keita when he founded the Malian Empire in 1235.  He died on June 1 at age 69.

Singer and soldier Tsehaytu Beraki died at age 79 on May 24, Eritrean Independence Day, in the Netherlands where she was granted political asylum in 1988.  Tsehaytu, "The Sunshine Of Eritrea," helped popularize the traditional Tigrigna music of Asmara, a sound that has greatly influenced both Eritrean and Ethiopian music.

This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a whole set of Kasse Mady's work, from his days with L'Orchestre National Badema in the 1970s to his remarkable 2015 final solo album.  And from Tsehaytu I'll play a pair of songs, one from the 70s and the other from her Dutch comeback album of 2004; you'll also hear younger musicians working in the azmari tradition.

Also this week: Angelique Kidjo and Mystic Bowie both remake Talking Heads songs, and a set of electro-cumbia to get you dancing.

June 3, 2018

Charts June 3, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
2 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
3 LES POULES A COLIN | Morose | self-released
4 NICOLA CONTE AND SPIRITUAL GALAXY | Let Your Light Shine On | MPS
5 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
6 SIDI TOURE | Toubalbero | Thrill Jockey
7 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
8 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
9 AFRO B | Afrowave 2 | Marathon Artists
10 MYSTERY OF THE BULGARIAN VOICES, THE | BooCheeMish | Prophecy

May 29, 2018

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy | Let Your Light Shine On

ARTIST: Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
TITLE: Let Your Light Shine On
LABEL: MPS
Nicola Conte is an Italian guitarist, producer and DJ best known for his work in acid jazz, bringing improvised music and the dance floor together.

May 28, 2018

Program May 30, 2018

The godfather of champeta is back!  Abelardo Carbono (pictured above) made a series of brilliant recordings in Barranquilla in the 1980s that fused Afro-Colombian rhythms with sounds from the crates of records that entered Colombia's largest Caribbean port and became hits with the country's picos (mobile sound systems): Nigerian Afrobeat, Congolese soukous, Cuban mambo, Haitian compas, American funk and psych-rock.

It's been decades since Carbono released a new recording.  But here he is, working with a younger generation of crate-digging musicians who've all been inspired by him: Will (Quantic) Holland, Mario (Frente Cumbiero) Galeano, Lucas (Palenque Records) Silva and Felipe (Polen Records) Alvarez.  You'll hear their new single this week on Global A Go-Go.

Also this week: spiritual jazz from Italy and the USA; new desert blues by Sidi Toure, Bombino and Imarhan; and more classics from West Africa's golden age.

May 27, 2018

Charts May 27, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 BOMBINO | Deran | Partisan
2 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
3 LOS TEXMANIACS | Cruzando Borders | Smithsonian Folkways
4 NICKODEMUS | A Long Engagement | Wonderwheel
5 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
6 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
7 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
8 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
9 DOMENICO LACELLOTTI | The Good Is a Big God | Luaka Bop
10 PIERRE SANDWINI | Le Troubadour De La Savane - 1978/1982 | Born Bad

May 20, 2018

Charts May 20, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 YENI NOSTALJI | Yeni Nostalji | Ropeadope
2 LOS TEXMANIACS | Cruzando Borders | Smithsonian Folkways
3 NICKODEMUS | A Long Engagement | Wonderwheel
4 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
5 LISTEN ALL AROUND: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICAN MUSIC | various artists | Dust-To-Digital
6 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
7 THORNATO | Back It Up [EP] | Wonderwheel
8 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
9 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
10 EMPRESARIOS | Cambumbeo [EP] | Empresarios Musica

Bombino | Deran

ARTIST: Bombino
TITLE: Deran
LABEL: Partisan
Oumara “Bombino” Moctar is a Tamasheq guitarist and singer from Agadez, Niger. Of all the second generation of tichumaren (sometimes called “desert blues”) players he’s the one with the highest international profile, aided in part by his last two albums which were produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) and David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), respectively.

Nickodemus | A Long Engagement

ARTIST: Nickodemus
TITLE: A Long Engagement
LABEL: Wonderwheel
Nick DeSimone, aka Nickodemus, is an NYC-based producer and DJ best known for his Turntables On The Hudson club nights (now in their 20th worldwide season) and for founding Wonderwheel Records.

Los Texmaniacs | Cruzando Borders

ARTIST: Los Texmaniacs
TITLE: Cruzando Borders
LABEL: Smithsonian Folkways
Grammy award-winning Los Texmaniacs, who played the Richmond Folk Festival in 2010, are one of the most accomplished Tejano bands in the USA today.

Yeni Nostalji | Yeni Nostalji

ARTIST: Yeni Nostalji
TITLE: Yeni Nostalji
LABEL: Ropeadope
If you want to be an artist, you need to follow your obsessions down their rabbit hole. That’s what Christina Gleixner did four years ago when she decided she had to write and sing in Turkish, a language she didn’t speak.

May 15, 2018

Program May 16, 2018

It's been two years in the making, and Yeni Nostalji (pictured above)'s debut album has now been released by Ropeadope Records.  It's a beautiful thing; you'll hear a track from it this week on Global A Go-Go.  BTW, their record release show is this Friday at Gallery 5.

Also this week: welcome to Areito's Estudio 101 in Havana; Norteno and forro; Hailu Mergia's return to the scene; and new music for the dance floor by Empresarios, Nickodemus and Thornato.

May 13, 2018

Charts May 13, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
2 LISTEN ALL AROUND: THE GOLDEN AGE OF CENTRAL AND EAST AFRICAN MUSIC | various artists | Dust-to-Digital
3 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
4 VIBRONICS | Woman On A Mission | SCOOPS
5 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica
6 CESARIA EVORA | Carnaval De Mindelo [EP] | Lusafrica
7 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
8 LEVANTA POEIRA | various artists | Jazz & Milk
9 LITTLE AXE | London Blues | Echo Beach
10 JIMI TENOR | "Quantum Connection" / "My Mind Will Travel" [Single] | Philophon

May 9, 2018

Ali Farka Toure | The Source

ARTIST: Ali Farka Toure
TITLE: The Source
LABEL: World Circuit
For those of us who were just getting interested in African music around 1990, it’s impossible to overstate the impact of Ali Farka Toure.

May 8, 2018

Program May 9, 2018

Desert blues guitarist Mdou Moctar (pictured above) and his band return to Richmond Monday night at Strange Matter, on a killer triple bill with The Messthetics (Fugazi's rhythm section plus guitar shredder Anthony Pirog) and Time Is Fire (featuring Electric Cowbell's Jim Thomson on drums).

If you saw Mdou at the University of Richmond in October, you'll be back for more.  If you didn't, I'll play a track from his film Akounak Tedelat Taha Tazoughai ("Purple Rain" in Tamasheq) so you can hear what the buzz is about.

Also this week: I cannot give up rumba; what's new in reggae, spring 2018 edition; and the "101st century eucosmic raw soul" of Berlin's Philophon label.

May 6, 2018

Charts May 6, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 SIDI TOURE | Toubalbero | Thrill Jockey
2 EL HIJO DE LA CUMBIA | Genero Genero | Nacional
3 AFRICAN SCREAM CONTEST 2 | various artists | Analog Africa
4 ORQUESTA AKOKAN | Orquesta Akokan | Daptone
5 ALI FARKA TOURE | The Source | World Circuit
6 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
7 DJENEBA AND FOUSCO | Kayeba Khasso | Lusafrica
8 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Mambo Cosmico | Glitterbeat
9 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
10 SPANGLISH FLY | Ay Que Boogaloo! | Chaco World

May 1, 2018

Program May 2, 2018

First of all, I want to thank close to 600 WRIR listeners who donated $48,000 during the Spring 2018 Fund Drive.  For the second consecutive drive, we've set another all-time fundraising record.  Thank you so much for powering the Tower of Low Power!

You can still get in on the action: just visit wrir.org, fill out the online form, and get the groovy Spring '18 T-shirt, magnet and bandana.  If you donated and haven't picked up your swag yet, please email fundraising@wrir.org -- we'll set up a time for you to come by and get your premiums.

Fund drive season is also new releases season.  And after two weeks of special programs during the Spring '18 Fund Drive, I've got a backlog of excellent recent material to share with you.

Global A Go-Go premieres this week will include a reissue of Ali Farka Toure's 1993 classic The Source, TootArd's desert blues from the Golan Heights, electro-cumbia by El Hijo De La Cumbia and E Arenas, Pinata Protest's Tejano punk rock (playing Richmond in June), and the brand-new single from Colombian legends Atercioplelados (pictured above).

Also this week: Latin soul and boogaloo, and Afrofunk chestnuts from the golden 70s.

April 29, 2018

Charts April 29, 2018

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 HECTOR "COCO" BAREZ | El Laberinto Del Coco | Obi Musica
2 SIDI TOURE | Toubalbero | Thrill Jockey
3 IMARHAN | Temet | City Slang
4 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack to a Brazilian Western Movie (1964-1974) | Analog Africa
5 PLENA LIBRE | Amores en el Camino | GN Musica
6 BALOJI | 137 Avenue Kaniama | Bella Union
7 NANCY VIEIRA | Manha Florida | Lusafrica
8 MELISSA LAVEAUX | Radyo Siwél | No Format
9 TOOTARD | Laissez Passer | Palmetto
10 GENERAL DEFAO | Irruption | JP Diamantino Production

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.