October 17, 2020

Global A Go-Go Classic: Tony Allen

I'm on vacation this week, so I'm presenting a rebroadcast of the program that was originally aired on WRIR on June 1, 2020.  It's a tribute to the great Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who passed away on April 30.  He's one of my favorite musicians of all time in any genre: a drummer whose effortlessly cool style both defined and transcended Afrobeat, the genre of music he essentially co-invented alongside Fela Kuti.
 
On this week's program (Monday October 19, 3:00-5:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) you'll hear two hours of Tony Allen's drumming from all seven decades of his career. We'll range from his early days with Fela in the Koola Lobitos and the legendary Afrika 70, to his solo career, his electronica experiments, his many collaborations and the new album he released in March with Hugh Masakela.

October 12, 2020

Charts October 6-12, 2020

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 MUKAMBO PRESENTS GLOBAL AFROBEAT MOVEMENT | various artists | NYP
2 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | N'Dona Ponte | Mopiato
3 LEYLA MCCALLA | "Mesi Bondye" [Single] | Smithsonian Folkways
4 HIP HOP HOODIOS | "Mexican Miller (The Stephen Miller Song)" [Single] | self-released
5 CLINT EASTWOOD AND GENERAL SAINT | "Stop That Train/Talk About Run" [Single] | Greensleeves
6 LOS MOCOSOS | All Grown Up | Hip Spanic
7 ANDAL SUKABE | Music From Saharan WhatsApp 07 [EP] | Sahel Sounds
8 NOBLEZZA | "Coletera" [Single] | Codiscos
9 JUAN PINA CON LA REVELACION | Juan Pina Con La Revelacion | Vampisoul
10 BUDOS BAND, THE | Long In The Tooth | Daptone

October 11, 2020

Paging Dr. Freude ... Dr. Schaden Freude

Merriam-Webster reports that on October 2, "schadenfreude" was the most looked-up word on their dictionary's website.  So a set of related music seems timely, including a brand-new single from Hip Hop Hoodios about one of the many COVID-positive White House staffers, Stephen Miller.
 
Also this week (Monday October 12, 3:00-5:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): Haitian twobadou and Jamaican mento, salsa made for Africa, soulful dub and Afrobeat, the amazing dance music of South Africa's Tsonga people, and remixers who've moved to Colombia for inspiration and great cratedigging.

October 6, 2020

Charts Sep 29 - Oct 5, 2020

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | N'Dona Ponte | Mopiato
2 CLINT EASTWOOD AND GENERAL SAINT | "Stop That Train/Talk About Run" [Single] | Greensleeves
3 CONTENTO | "Paso Palante" [Single] | El Palmas
4 GOOD ONES, THE | "Soccer (Summer 1988)" [Single] | Anti-
5 CAMPOS | Shake Up The World: Live In The Studio, Volume 1 | Peace & Rhythm
6 JUANA MOLINA | "Eras (ANRMAL)" [Single] | Crammed
7 ROUGH GUIDE TO URBAN MALI, THE | various artists | World Music Network
8 KELEKETLA | Keleketla! | Ahead Of Our Time
9 BLACK MARKET BRASS | Undying Thirst | Colemine
10 OK JAZZ | Pas Un Pas Sans ... The Boleros Of OK Jazz | Planet Ilunga

October 4, 2020

Non-Violence, Peace & Rhythm

Ex-Richmonder Joshua Camp kept himself busy in his Brooklyn home studio during the lockdown: he recorded a one-man live-in-the-studio album and made videos to accompany each song for when he finally gets to perform them for an audience.  You'll hear one of those songs, plus three more from the Peace & Rhythm record label, on this week's program.
 
Also this week (Monday October 5, 3:00-5:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): a new single from Rwanda's The Good Ones for the U.N.'s International Day of Non-Violence; sounds of the lamellaphone (thumb piano); the wide influence of Congolese soukous; calypso, dancehall and roots reggae from the Caribbean; and the music of Bamako's balani shows.