January 21, 2018
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
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
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
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.
January 8, 2018
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
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
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.