September 16, 2019

Charts September 7-13, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 TINARIWEN | Amadjar | Anti-
2 RACHID TAHA | Je Suis Africaine | Believe
3 KALETA AND SUPER YAMBA BAND | Medaho | Ubiquity
4 GOOD ONES, THE | "The Farmer" [Single] | Anti-
5 WEMBLER'S DE IQUITOS, LOS | Vision Del Ayahuasca | Barbes
6 DANIELA SOLEDADE | A Moment Of You | Blue Line
7 AHMEDOU AHMED LOWLA | Terrouzi | Sahel Sounds
8 DAYME AROCENA | Sonocardiogram | Brownswood
9 KANAZOE ORKESTRA | Tolonso | Buda Musique
10 GILI YALO | Made In Amharica [EP] | Dead Sea

September 9, 2019

Charts Aug 31 - Sep 6, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ALTIN GUN | Gece | ATO
2 BUDOS BAND, THE | The Budos Band V | Daptone
3 MIRAMAR | "Salida/Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
4 NICOLA CONTE AND GIANLUCA PETRELLA | Free Your Mind [EP] | Schema
5 MARCIA GRIFFITHS | "Ska Medley" [Single] | Tad's
6 AYMEE NUVIOLA | A Journey Through Cuban Music | Top Stop
7 MOSQUITO CABARET | The Modern Life Of Insects | self-released
8 AWARENESS ART ENSEMBLE | "Awful Situation" [Single] | Love City
9 WUTA MAYI | La Face Cachee | Sterns
10 KARINE POLWART | Scottish Songbook | Hegri

September 2, 2019

Charts August 24-30, 2019

I'm back after a lengthy health-related absence, feeling much better now.  I've resumed my music director activities and I'm looking forward to bringing Global A Go-Go back to the airwaves as soon as a slot is available at WRIR.  Look for WRIR's world music charts every week in this space.

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 RACHID TAHA | Je Suis Africaine | Believe
2 BUDOS BAND, THE | V | Daptone
3 YOUSSOU N'DOUR | History | Naive
4 COMBO CHIMBITA | Ahomale | Anti-
5 ROBERTO LOPEZ | Kaleido Stropico | Curura Musique
6 LAGARTIJEANDO | Jallalla | Wonderwheel
7 ALEX CUBA | Sublime | Caracol
8 CHE APALACHE | Rearrange My Heart | Free Dirt
9 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
10 MINYO CRUSADERS | Echoes Of Japan | Mais Um

April 23, 2019

Program April 24, 2019

April is usually one of the big months for new releases in the music world (September and October are the others).  For a variety of reasons (WRIR's Spring 2019 Fund Drive, personal matters), I haven't had much opportunity to feature new music this month.

So I've got some catching up to do, and that's the focus of this week's program.  The whole first hour is dedicated to new releases and new reissues in the Afro-funk and Latin bags, including the great new Carnaval single from two of my favorites Colombian bands, Bomba Estereo and Systema Solar (pictured above).

The second hour has more new sounds from Mali and Niger, a look at the Balkan-Caribbean connection, and we finish up with some particularly crazed Balkan vocalists.  Should be fun.

April 21, 2019

Charts Mar 30 - Apr 19, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
2 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
3 BONGO HOP, THE | Satingarona Pt 2 | Underdog
4 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
5 MIRAMAR | "Salida/Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
6 BUDOS BAND, THE | V | Daptone
7 GRUPO FANTASMA | American Music: Vol. VII | Blue Corn
8 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana: The Creator | Sahel Sounds
9 HAMA SANKARE | Niafunke | Clermont
10 DJ PANKO | Panko Pa' Palenque | Palenque

April 10, 2019

Mdou Moctar | Ilana: The Creator

ARTIST: Mdou Moctar
TITLE: Ilana: The Creator
LABEL: Sahel Sounds
Here’s the album I, and a lot of Moctar’s fans, have been waiting for him to make. The left-handed guitarist from Agadez, Niger has worn a path through Europe and the USA in the last several years, leaving audiences with mouths agape at his technique and energy and at the forward propulsion of his band.

Hama Sankare | Niafunke

ARTIST: Hama Sankare
TITLE: Niafunke
LABEL: Clermont Music
Veteran singer-percussionist Sankare, a former member of Ali Farka Toure’s Groupe ASKO, is a native of Niafunke, Mali, best known as Ali Farka Toure’s home town.

April 9, 2019

Program April 10, 2019

WRIR's Spring 2019 Fund Drive wraps up on Wednesday April 10 at 11 PM. Many of the folks receiving this message 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!

April 2, 2019

Program April 3, 2019

WRIR's Spring 2019 Fund Drive starts on Wednesday April 3 at 3:00 PM -- we're working to raise $40,000 by Wednesday April 10 to power "the tower of low power" in Richmond for another six months.  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, April 3 through April 10.  Our phone number is 804-622-9747; our address is 1621 W. Broad Street, 2nd floor.  If you'd like to know about the cool premiums we're offering to donors this drive, just click here: http://www.wrir.org/donate.

April 1, 2019

Charts March 23-29, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MIRAMAR | "Salida / Urgencia" [Single] | Daptone
2 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
3 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana: The Creator | Sahel Sounds
4 BONGO HOP, THE | Satingarona Pt 2 | Underdog
5 GLOAMING, THE | 3 | Real World
6 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
7 AHMED AG KAEDY | Akaline Kidal | Sahel Sounds
8 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
9 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released
10 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco/Daptone

March 26, 2019

Program March 27, 2019

Daptone Records, home of soul stars like the late Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, has started dipping their toes into Latin music.  Their first effort was a beauty: the debut album by Orquesta Akokan (one of my favorites of 2018), recorded in Havana.

For their first Latin project in their own Brooklyn studio, what band did Daptone choose?  None other than Richmond's Miramar (pictured above at Daptone headquarters).  The single that resulted from that session will be released on Friday, and Global A Go-Go will premiere it this week.

You'll also hear two tracks from Inner Mongolia's Anda Union, who will perform live on Global A Go-Go next week to kick off WRIR's Spring 2019 Fund Drive.  I'll also be giving away a pair of tickets to see Anda Union's April 4 show at the University of Richmond.

Also this week: news from the Tamasheq bush telegraph; a whole set of throat singing; and the Haiti-Cabo Verde connection.

March 24, 2019

The Bongo Hop | Satingarona Pt. 2

ARTIST: The Bongo Hop
TITLE: Satingarona Pt. 2
LABEL: Underdog
Here’s the second release from trumpeter Etienne Sevet as The Bongo Hop; his first was one of my favorites of 2017.

DJ Panko | Panko Pa' Palenque

ARTIST: DJ Panko
TITLE: Panko Pa’ Palenque
LABEL: Palenque
Here’s the latest project from Lucas Silva, the man who’s done more than anyone to get Colombian champeta music in front of the masses. This time he’s engaged Barcelona-based DJ Panko to remix nine Silva-produced tracks.

Ibibio Sound Machine | Doko Mien

ARTIST: Ibibio Sound Machine
TITLE: Doko Mien
LABEL: Merge
The first two albums by Ibibio Sound Machine have been sensational in parts but inconsistent as a whole. On their third release, the band seems to have found the precise blend of African and first-world elements they’ve been searching for.

Ahmed Ag Kaedy | Akaline Kidal

ARTIST: Ahmed Ag Kaedy
TITLE: Akaline Kidal
LABEL: Sahel Sound
Guitarist-singer-songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy leads Amanar, one of the top bands in desert blues. He also had a key role in the development of Sahel Sounds, probably the most influential record label for Tamasheq music – Chris Kirkley, who runs Sahel Sounds, lived at Ahmed’s compound in Kidal, Mali for six months while he was building his label.

Miramar | Salida / Urgencia

ARTIST: Miramar
TITLE: “Salida” / “Urgencia”
LABEL: Daptone
Richmond’s Miramar, led by keyboardist Marlysse Simmons (Bio Ritmo) and fronted by singers Rei Alvarez (Bio Ritmo) and Laura Ann Singh (Quatro Na Bossa), specializes in boleros, the romantic ballads that were popular across the Americas in the 1940s and 50s.

Dexter Story | Bahir

ARTIST: Dexter Story
TITLE: Bahir
LABEL: Soundway
Dexter Story has worked all sides of the music business in his career: he’s done marketing and artist management, been a talent buyer and event producer, he’s produced and music-directed major events, and he’s a working musician as well.

Charts March 16-22, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
2 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco / Daptone
3 COCHEMEA | All My Relations | Daptone
4 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
5 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Miri | OutHere
6 LEYLA MCCALLA | The Capitalist Blues | Jazz Village
7 MISTER KALI | Step Fast | Rebel Sound
8 AHMED AG KAEDY | Akaline Kidal | Sahel Sounds
9 DAWDA JOBARTEH | I Met Her By The River | Sterns Africa
10 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released

March 19, 2019

Program March 20, 2019

My friend and long-time WRIR supporter Stacie Birchett recently asked me to put together a dinner music playlist for the Better Housing Coalition (BHC)'s Stay Home RVA "non-event gala."  I was happy to do so and to help support the Richmond area's largest nonprofit community development corporation.

On today's show, I'm going to play the selections I chose for Stay Home RVA, and I've added on to them as well.  Since it's a dinner music playlist, you might describe it as a polite version of Global A Go-Go.  But it ain't background music -- no, it's some of my favorite non-dance tracks from around the world and across the decades, kind of a best of Global A Go-Go in its own right.

And since no Global A Go-Go program is complete without some dance tracks, I've added some on to the playlist.  For folks who'll be supporting BHC at Stay Home RVA, you can think of them as a lagniappe, an extra gift, and maybe the way to start the dance party you want to host after your dinner is over.

If you'd like to know more about supporting the Better Housing Coalition through Stay Home RVA April 29 through May 5, here are a couple of links for you to check out:

https://www.betterhousingcoalition.org/what-were-doing/stay-home-rva
https://www.stayhomerva.org

March 18, 2019

Charts March 15, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 VAUDOU GAME | Otodi | Hot Casa
2 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien | Merge
3 ROCKY DAWUNI | Beats Of Zion | Aquarian / Six Degrees
4 LEYLA MCCALLA | The Capitalist Blues | Jazz Village
5 DEXTER STORY | Bahir | Soundway
6 DJ PANKO | Panko Pa' Palenque | Palenque
7 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco / Daptone
8 COCOA TEA | Music Is Our Business | VP
9 HELADO NEGRO | This Is How You Smile | RVNG Intl.
10 SON PALENQUE | "Adios Batata (Cerrero Dub Mix)" [Single] | Llorona / Palenque

March 12, 2019

Program March 13, 2019

Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story (pictured above) overlays his background in soul, funk and jazz with his more recent interest in East African music.  His second album in this direction, Bahir, will be released on Friday, and it's a gem.  You'll hear a track from it on this week's show, surrounded by recordings by other American artists who are mining the rich vein of sound from Ethiopia and Sudan.

Also this week: vintage salsa Senegalaise; new Afro-funk from Rocky Dawuni and Ibibio Sound Machine; and the return of the Batusi.

March 10, 2019

Charts March 8, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 FREDERICO7 | Exotico Americano | self-released
2 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released
3 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana (The Creator) [Advance Tracks] | Sahel Sounds
4 JUANECO Y SU COMBO | El Gran Cacique | Infopesa
5 HELADO NEGRO | This Is How You Smile | RVNG International
6 DAWDA JOBARTEH | I Met Her By The River | Sterns Africa
7 UMUT ADAN | Bahar | Riverboat
8 LE VENT DU NORD | Territoires | Borealis
9 BRANKO | Nosso | Enchufada
10 COMBO CHIMBITA | Ahomale [Advance Tracks] | ANTI-

February 24, 2019

Charts February 24, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 UMUT ADAN | Bahar | Riverboat
2 CUMBIA BEAT, VOL. 3 | various artists | Vampisoul
3 VAUDOU GAME | Otodi | Hot Casa
4 FOKN BOIS | Afrobeats LOL | FOKN Inc.
5 TARTIT | Amankor/The Exile | Riverboat
6 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
7 JUANECO Y SU COMBO | El Gran Cacique | Infopesa
8 BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND | Siri Ba Kele | Sublime Frequencies
9 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Doko Mien [Advance Tracks] | Merge
10 MDOU MOCTAR | Ilana (The Creator) [Advance Tracks] | Sahel Sounds

February 18, 2019

Program February 20, 2019

What's in the water in Nana (tildes over both N's, please), Peru?  I dunno, but that small city about 20 kilometers east of Lima along PE-22 (La Carretera Central or Central Highway, the main road connecting Lima to the high Andes and the rainforest) produced several outstanding bands playing chicha or Peruvian cumbia.  They all had the town's name in them, and they all featured Teo Laura (pictured above) on guitar.

You'll hear three bands from Nana on this week's program, in a set of chicha from that unlikely music capital and from the selva.  Also this week: folk-rock from Turkey and the former Yugoslavia; Le Super Djata Band Du Mali and its acolytes; and the sound of Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, who are playing in DC tonight.

Cumbia Beat, Vol. 3

ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: Cumbia Beat, Vol. 3
LABEL: Vampisoul
The uniquely Peruvian version of cumbia called chicha is now 50 years old. Vampisoul has been documenting the genre since 2010 with its Cumbia Beat series; Volume 3 suggests that there’s plenty more to be anthologized.

Frederico7 | Exotico Americano

ARTIST: Frederico7
TITLE: Exotico Americano
LABEL: self-released
Frederico7 (Frederico Geib to his friends and family) is a Brazilian-born musician now based in Austin TX.

Dawda Jobarteh | I Met Her By The River

ARTIST: Dawda Jobarteh
TITLE: I Met Her By The River
LABEL: Sterns
Here’s the third album from Gambian kora player Dawda Jobarteh, who now lives in Denmark.

Lobo Marino | At Appalachian South Folklife Center

ARTIST: Lobo Marino
TITLE: At Appalachian South Folklife Center
LABEL: self-released
Lobo Marino, the Richmond-based duo of Laney Sullivan and Jameson Price, has been making music for ten years.

February 17, 2019

Charts February 17, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LOBO MARINO | At Appalachian South Folklife Center | self-released
2 DAWDA JOBARTEH | I Met Her By The River | Sterns Africa
3 FREDERICO7 | Exotico Americano | self-released
4 LE VENT DU NORD | Territoires | Borealis
5 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Miri | Out Here
6 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco / Daptone
7 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
8 BARRO | Somos | self-released
9 BUDOS BAND, THE | "Old Engine Oil" [Single] | Daptone
10 LEYLA MCCALLA | The Capitalist Blues | Jazz Village

February 12, 2019

Program February 13, 2019

I have a bunch of new releases and new reissues from West Africa in hand this week, and I'll feature them in this week's first two sets.  You'll hear kora players Dawda Jobarteh (illustrated above) from The Gambia and Senegal's Sourakata Koite, vintage salsa Senegalaise by Star Band De Dakar, juju from Nigeria's Sir Shina Peters and more.

You'll also hear a track from Lobo Marino's wonderful new live album set among related artists working in Indo-Pakistani devotional music, and we'll finish up with a set of what Brazilians call MPB: musica popular brasileira or Brazilian pop music.

February 10, 2019

Charts February 10, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LE VENT DU NORD | Territoires | Borealis
2 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion [Remastered] | Desco / Daptone
3 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
4 COMBO CHIMBITA | "Testigo" [Single] | ANTI-
5 BERES HAMMOND | Never Ending | VP
6 THIRD WORLD | "Loving You Is Easy" [Single] | Ghetto Youths International
7 CLAUDE FONTAINE | "Cry For Another" [Single] | Innovative Leisure
8 STEP FORWARD YOUTH | various artists | Greensleeves
9 JAAKKO LAITINEN AND VAARA RAHA | "I Taget Finns En Restaurangvagn" [Single] | self-released
10 LEYLA MCCALLA | The Capitalist Blues | Jazz Village

February 5, 2019

Le Vent Du Nord | Territoires

ARTIST: Le Vent Du Nord
TITLE: Territoires
LABEL: Borealis
Le Vent Du Nord (The North Wind), arguably the finest Quebecois trad group currently working, blows back in with their tenth album.

February 4, 2019

Program February 6, 2019

Bob Marley (left, with Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston) would have been 74 years old today, and it's fitting that we pay him tribute here on Global A Go-Go.

I'll do so by spinning a set from my favorite Marley era: the years between 1970 and 1973 when roots reggae was in ascendance, the Wailers were beginning to break out internationally, and the core trio (they started as a vocal harmony group) was still intact.  Everyone has their own Marley favorites -- you'll hear mine on this week's program.

Also this week: a visit to The Great White North, eh?; lovers rock by the ladies; and the Daktaris -- it is all a big hustle.

February 3, 2019

Charts February 3, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ME AND MY FRIENDS | Look Up | Ear Trumpet
2 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
3 JOHNNY CLARKE | Creation Rebel | 17 North Parade
4 UMUT ADAN | Bahar | Riverboat
5 MDOU MOCTAR | "Kamane Tarhanin" [Single] | Sahel Sounds
6 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Miri | Out Here
7 TARTIT | Amankor / The Exile | Riverboat
8 VAUDOU GAME |  Otodi | Hot Casa
9 TE'AMIR | Abyssinia Rise [EP] | Tru Thoughts
10 DAWDA JOBARTEH | I Met Her By The River | Sterns Africa

January 30, 2019

Umut Adan | Bahar

ARTIST: Umut Adan
TITLE: Bahar
LABEL: Riverboat
As American and British rock spread across the world in the 1960s, Turkish musicians like Erkin Koray, Baris Manco and Cem Karaka energized and modernized folk and traditional music by adding the new sounds of garage and psychedelic rock.

January 29, 2019

Program January 30, 2019

For me, one of the great pleasures of hosting a radio show is the opportunity to hear musicians I've never heard of, and then find out that I love their music.  That's what happened to me this week -- the artist in question is Umut Adan (pictured above) from Turkey.

Adan's debut international album Bahar (Spring) will be released on February 22.  He's working in a genre called Anatolian rock that back in the 60s and 70s melded Turkish folk music with garage and psych rock, kind of like what bands like the Byrds or Fairport Convention were doing with American and British folk.

I'll play a track this week from Bahar alongside some of my Anatolian rock favorites, plus one from Richmond's own Yeni Nostalji, who are mining a similar vein.  Also this week: a continuation of last week's exploration of Malian music -- this time, three classic Malian female singers plus artists who'll be at the Soiree Nomade in this year's Festival Sur Le Niger.  Plus some disco boogie African style to send you out dancing.

January 28, 2019

Charts January 28, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MDOU MOCTAR | "Kamane Tarhanin" [Single] | Sahel Sounds
2 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Miri | Out Here
3 JUANECO Y SU COMBO | El Gran Cacique | Infopesa
4 VAUDOU GAME | Otodi | Hot Casa
5 SARAZINO | Mama Funny Day | Cumbancha
6 DUR-DUR OF SOMALIA | Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks | Analog Africa
7 ATERCIOPELADOS | Claroscura | Sony Colombia
8 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion | Desco / Daptone
9 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
10 BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND | Siri Ba Kele | Sublime Frequencies

January 23, 2019

Mdou Moctar | Kamane Tarhanin

ARTIST: Mdou Moctar
TITLE: Kamane Tarhanin
LABEL: Sahel Sounds
Tamasheq guitarist Mdou Moctar from Agadez, Niger is one of the most prominent second generation musicians playing what the Tamasheq call tishumaren or assouf or la guitare; in English, we typically call it “desert blues.”

January 22, 2019

Program January 23, 2019

Richmond, Virginia, USA and Segou, Mali have been sister cities since 2009.  And WRIR's relationship with Segou started even earlier -- in the winter of 2006, a Richmond delegation featuring several WRIR volunteers visited Segou, made an alliance with that city's Radio Sikoro, and attended and even performed at Segou's second annual Festival Sur Le Niger.

Fast forward to 2019, and WRIR's relationship is getting even deeper.  WRIR volunteers and filmmakers Cameron Kit and Andee Arches are about to depart for Segou to begin filming Sister Radio, a documentary film following the partnership between WRIR and Radio Sikoro as they build a program to educate women in Segou on radio broadcasting and radio production.  And they'll be in Mali during the 15th annual Festival Sur Le Niger.

Cameron Kit joins me in the studio this week to talk about her trip and the Sister Radio project.  She and I will also spin the music of some of the famous musicians Segou has produced, many of the artists who'll be performing at this year's Festival Sur Le Niger, and some of Mali's most popular female singers.

For more information about Sister Radio:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sister-radio-documentary#
https://www.facebook.com/sisterradiodocumentary
http://www.wrir.org/sister-radio

And for more information about Festival Sur Le Niger:
http://www.festivalsegou.org
http://www.festivalsegou.org/index.php/download_file/view/2150/441

January 21, 2019

Charts January 21, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA | Miri | Out Here
2 MDOU MOCTAR | "Kamane Tarhanin" [Single] | Sahel Sounds
3 TARTIT | Amankor / The Exile | Riverboat
4 JUANECO Y SU COMBO | El Gran Cacique | Infopesa
5 VAUDOU GAME | Otodi | Hot Casa
6 BARRO | Somos | self-released
7 DANIEL KAHN AND THE PAINTED BIRD | The Butcher's Share | Oriente Musik
8 SUPERFONICOS | Suelta [EP] | Discos Fonicos
9 COMPLETE CUBAN JAM SESSIONS, THE | various artists | Craft Recordings / Concord
10 IVAN "MAMAO" CONTI | Poison Fruit | Far Out Recordings

January 15, 2019

Program January 16, 2019

Andy McGraw from the University of Richmond joins me this week to discuss a fascinating concert he's involved in next Wednesday at U of R's Camp Concert Hall.

Andy's group Gamelan Raga Kusuma and the Richmond Symphony will team up under the direction of Indonesian master musicians Sumarsam and Darsono to premiere a reconstruction of the Javanese music that Claude Debussy heard at the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition.  The ideas Debussy got from gamelan music -- cyclicality, stasis, new ways of using counterpoint, and the unique harmonies of Java -- became key elements of his compositions and, through him, were integrated into 20th and 21st century Western classical music.

Andy and I will talk about the concert, about Debussy and gamelan, and we'll listen to some related recordings, possibly even transcriptions of 1889 wax cylinders.

Also this week: Bassekou Kouyate's new album, a wide variety of Latin American sounds from Andean pipes to Mexican banda, and some socially conscious klezmer.

January 14, 2019

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba | Miri

ARTIST: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
TITLE: Miri
LABEL: Out Here
At this point in his career, Bassekou Kouyate is synonymous with his instrument, the Malian proto-banjo lute called ngoni.

Charts January 14, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 DAKTARIS, THE | Soul Explosion | Desco / Daptone
2 STEP FORWARD YOUTH | various artists | Greensleeves
3 TARTIT | Amankor / The Exile | Riverboat
4 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
5 JUANECO Y SU COMBO | El Gran Cacique | Infopesa
6 ALBOROSIE MEETS ROOTS RADICS | Dub For The Radicals | Greensleeves
7 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | "Tell Me (Doko Mien)" [Single] | Merge
8 STEEL PULSE | "Stop You Coming And Come" [Single] | Rootfire Cooperative
9 STRICTLY THE BEST VOL. 58 | various artists | VP
10 MAURICE LOUCA | Elephantine | Northern Spy

January 7, 2019

Program January 9, 2019

We're back to our normal programming on Global A Go-Go after reviewing the best releases of 2018 for the last three weeks.  And we'll feature a version excursion into "Uptown Top Ranking," Althea & Donna's 1977 proto-feminist dancehall classic, which was conceived as an answer record to a 1975 single by Trinity.  You'll hear both of them plus another answer record (see jacket above) -- in total, six releases all based on the same blueprint.

Also this week: the women of the Sahara Desert; chicha from deep in the Peruvian selva; Salif Keita returns to his Afro-pop roots; and the Daktaris, straight outta Nigeria Brooklyn.

The Daktaris | Soul Explosion

ARTIST: The Daktaris
TITLE: Soul Explosion
LABEL: Desco / Daptone
When Soul Explosion was first released in 1998, Gabe (Bosco “Bass” Mann) Roth’s Desco Records marketed it as the reissue of an early 70s Nigerian afro-funk album.

Juaneco Y Su Combo | El Gran Cacique

ARTIST: Juaneco Y Su Combo
TITLE: El Gran Cacique
LABEL: Infopesa
Here’s a reissue of the 1972 debut album by Juaneco Y Su Combo, super-collectible in its original pressing and a key marker in the development of chicha, Peru’s unique form of psychedelic cumbia.

Salif Keita | Un Autre Blanc

ARTIST: Salif Keita
TITLE: Un Autre Blanc
LABEL: Naive
Mali’s Salif Keita, the 69 year old “golden voice of Africa,” says this will be his last album.

Tartit | Amankor / The Exile

ARTIST: Tartit
TITLE: Amankor / The Exile
LABEL: Riverboat
We tend to think of desert blues as music that was sprung, fully formed, on an unsuspecting world.

Charts January 7, 2019

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 BARRO | Somos | self-released
2 MICHI SARMIENTO Y SU COMBO BRAVO | Salsa Con Monte | Vampisoul
3 ANGELIQUE KIDJO | Remain In Light | Kravenworks
4 CAMARAO | The Imaginary Soundtrack To A Brazilian Western Movie, 1964-1974 | Analog Africa
5 SALIF KEITA | Un Autre Blanc | Naive
6 VAUDOU GAME | Otodi | Hot Casa
7 BABA COMMANDANT AND THE MANDINGO BAND | Siri Ba Kele | Sublime Frequencies
8 DUR-DUR OF SOMALIA | Volume 1, Volume 2 & Previously Unreleased Tracks | Analog Africa
9 STEP FORWARD YOUTH |  various artists | Greensleeves
10 DEAD CAN DANCE | Dionysus | PIAS