April 13, 2021

Charts April 6-12, 2021

 
WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LES FILLES DE ILLIGHADAD | "Surbajo" [Single] | Sahel Sounds
2 STRAIGHT FROM THE DECKS 2 | various artists | Pura Vida Sounds/Heavenly Sweetness
3 KANE MATHIS | Geminus | Nyaato
4 COLOR DE TROPICO, VOL. 2 | various artists [Advance Tracks] | El Palmas
5 LEE FRY MUSIC | "Wianek (feat Alia Fay)" [Single] | self-released
6 ELIDA ALMEIDA | Gerasonobu | Lusafrica
7 NATION BEAT | The Royal Chase | NBM
8 YAADCORE, JAH9 AND SUBATOMIC SOUND SYSTEM | "Police In Helicopter" [Single] | Yard Birdz-Subatomic Sound
9 ALTIN GUN | Yol | ATO
10 TOMMY GUERRERO | Sunshine Radio | Too Good

April 10, 2021

You are flawless

The swinging 60s happened all over the planet, even in Ethiopia, one of the world's most tradition-loving and inward-focused countries.  We'll visit the Swinging Addis of the 60s and 70s on this week's edition of Global A Go-Go with five Ethio-oldies from that wonderful era.
 
Also this week (Monday April 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): progressive folk music from Eastern Europe, new desert blues by Les Filles De Illighadad, the Senegambian kora, West Africa's funky Afropop and funana from the island nation of Cabo Verde.

April 7, 2021

Charts Mar 30 - Apr 5, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 DELGRES | 4:00 AM | PIAS
2 EDO FUNK EXPLOSION VOL 1 | various artists | Analog Africa
3 LOS MUTABLES | "Pasos En La Luna/Suspenso En El Espacio" [Single] | Munster
4 STRAIGHT FROM THE DECKS 2 | various artists | Pura Vida Sounds/Heavenly Sweetness
5 MUITO KABALLA POWER ENSEMBLE | "Mamari" [Single] | Rebel Up
6 AMPEX, THE | The Ampex | Munster
7 JOAO SELVA | Navegar | Underdog
8 LOS TEDDY'S | Doce Psicoexitos | Munster
9 JUPITER AND OKWESS | Na Kozonga [Advance Tracks] | Everloving
10 CHRISTINE SALEM | Mersi | Blue Fanal

April 4, 2021

We'll do it live

In the immortal words of Bill O'Reilly (youtube.com/watch?v=Qy-Y3HJNU_s): "we'll do it live!"  Yes, Global A Go-Go is back in WRIR's Studio A for the first time in 56 weeks, thanks to the good work of Drs. Johnson & Johnson.  I'm looking forward to doing live radio again, and I can't wait to find out which mistakes I'm going to make in my rusty first week back.

Here's what you'll hear this week (Monday April 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): new music from a German one-man band that's now a 9-piece powerhouse ensemble, some urbane MPB from Brazil, Afro-boogie circa 1978, hard-hitting island blues from France, and a double shot of Get In The Garage, a recurring feature on this show spotlighting garage rock from around the world.

March 31, 2021

Charts March 23-29, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 CARAVELA | Orla | None More
2 BAIUCA | "Luar" (feat Lilaina) [Single] | Raso Estudio
3 COLOR DE TROPICO, VOL. 2 | various artists [Advance Tracks] | El Palmas
4 KASAI ALLSTARS | "Olooh, A War Dance For Peace" [Single] | Crammed
5 PUPA CURLY | "Wake Up Mama (feat Aziatic & SupaG)" [Single] | Tuff Kruffy Entertainment
6 LITO BARRIENTOS Y SU ORQUESTA/LOS ROBBINS | "Cumbia En Do Menor/Patricia" [Single] | Vampisoul
7 LA PESADA | Tomate Y Alandette | Vampisoul
8 TENO AFRIKA | Amapiano Selections | Awesome Tapes From Africa
9 OMAR SOSA | An East African Journey | Ota
10 WAU WAU COLLECTIF | Yaral Sa Doom | Sahel Sounds-Sing A Song Fighter

March 28, 2021

La cumbia del cuervo

I've recently received a bunch of cool cumbia reissues from the 60s and 70s and I just bought another great cumbia compilation too, so that gave me the impetus to dig into my collection and pull out a bunch of tracks that I haven't played on the show in years.  The result is today's second hour -- all cumbia, baby!
 
Also this week (Monday March 29, 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): the kologo of Ghana's Frafra people, music from Galicia, and Manu Chao and more musica mestiza.

March 23, 2021

Charts March 16-22, 2021


WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 STAR LOVERS | Boafo Ne Nyame | Hot Casa
2 KASAI ALLSTARS | "Olooh, A War Dance For Peace" [Single] | Crammed
3 EDO FUNK EXPLOSION VOL. 1 | various artists | Analog Africa
4 AMJ COLLECTIVE FEAT NAI-JAH | "Let Go Of Fear" [Single] | Astar Artes
5 ALTIN GUN | Yol | ATO
6 BEATERS, THE | Harari | Matsuli
7 URBAN VILLAGE | Udondolo | No Format
8 ROGER FAKHR | Fine Anyway | Habibi Funk
9 KELEKETLA | Keleketla! | Ahead Of Our Time
10 AMPEX, THE | The Ampex | Munster

March 21, 2021

Ponta de lanca africano

Jorge Ben, my all-time favorite Brazilian musician, is 76 years old on March 22.  He's the father of the genre called samba-soul, but really his music crosses all the boundaries between Brazilian popular music styles of the late 20th century.  He's samba and jovem guarda and bossa nova and tropicalia and MPB all at the same time.
 
This week on Global A Go-Go (Monday March 22, 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 five of my favorite Jorge Ben songs.  And it was hard work winnowing it down to just five!
 
Also this week: new music from Congotronics band Kasai Allstars, rock music of southern Africa, four bands that are reviving Turkey's 1970s Anatolian rock sound, some top-shelf reggae singing, and highlife meets post-disco boogie.

March 16, 2021

Charts March 9-15, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANANSY CISSE | Anoura | Riverboat
2 AFROSOUND | La Danza De Los Mirlos | Vampisoul
3 BOMBA ESTEREO | Deja [Advance Tracks] | Sony Latin
4 FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS | Banane Bleue | Domino
5 SUE MASKALERIS | Love Is The Key | Jazilian
6 JUANA MOLINA | ANRMAL (Live In Mexico) | Crammed
7 LIDO PIMIENTA | Miss Colombia | Anti-
8 MDOU MOCTAR | Afrique Victime [Advance Tracks] | Matador
9 ALSARAH | "Your Love Is Home" [Single] | self-released
10 LA MAMBANEGRA | "Oilo" [Single] | Tambora

March 14, 2021

Chicken skin music

Ry Cooder was born on March 15, 1947 in Santa Monica, California.  Ry is one of my all-time favorite musicians and he's one of the primary inspirations for the Global A Go-Go radio program.
 
In the 1960s, Ry played with Captain Beefheart and the Rolling Stones; in the 70s he made a series of brilliant solo albums that brought all kinds of American vernacular sounds into rock; in the 80s he was one of the top soundtrack artists in Hollywood; in the 90s he introduced American listeners to a world of music from Africa, Cuba and India; and in the 21st century Ry has continued to be one of the most vital musicians on the planet.

On this week's edition of Global A Go-Go (Monday March 15, 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), each set will start with one of Ry Cooder's songs and then spin down a path he's blazed for me and for all of us.  I've tried to make the whole show as eclectic and rooted and soulful as Ry Cooder's music is.  Happy birthday, Ry!

March 9, 2021

Charts March 2-8, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ALTIN GUN | Yol | ATO
2 ELIDA ALMEIDA | Gerasonobu | Lusafrica
3 BOMBA ESTEREO | Deja [Advance Tracks] | Sony Latin
4 STELLA CHIWESHE | Ambuya! | Piranha
5 ZEDASHE | Silver Sanctuary | Electric Cowbell
6 NAHAWA DOUMBIA | Kanawa | Awesome Tapes From Africa
7 VUSI MAHLASELA | Shebeen Queen | ATO
8 MADE KUTI | For(e)ward | Partisan
9 JUPITER AND OKWESS | Na Kozonga [Advance Tracks] | Everloving
10 GUAYACAN ORQUESTA | "Bogota Salsera" [Single] | Sanas Canciones

March 7, 2021

International Women's Day 2021

March 8 is International Women's Day.  If you're not familiar with the day, it's an official holiday in at least 27 countries and it's observed in many others.  But it's mostly ignored here in the USA where it was invented in 1909 by the Socialist Party of America in support of female garment workers who were striking for humane working conditions in New York City sweatshops.

The holiday was popularized by the 1917 Russian Revolution, where women struck for "Bread and Peace" on March 8; the czar abdicated four days later.  So now you know why International Women's Day has never caught on in the USA -- it's far too dangerous!
 
This week on Global A Go-Go (Monday March 8, 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 music by female artists from 19 different countries working across 6 decades.  And this is all coming to you on WRIR, almost certainly the radio station with the most female staffers of any radio station in the country.

March 2, 2021

Charts Feb 23 - Mar 1, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 KHALIA | "Free" [Single] | K-Licious
2 ELIDA ALMEIDA | Gerasonobu | Lusafrica
3 TANYA STEPHENS | "Good Good" [Single] | Tad's
4 PHONOSONICS | "Rocksteady Heavyweights" [Single] | self-released
5 FLORENCE ADOONI | "Mam Pe'ela Su'ure" [Single] | Philophon
6 FEMI KUTI | Stop The Hate | Partisan
7 ANANSY CISSE | Anoura | Riverboat
8 STELLA CHIWESHE | Ambuya! | Piranha
9 SYSTEMA SOLAR | "Mi Kolombia" [Single] | ONErpm
10 NAHAWA DOUMBIA | Kanawa | Awesome Tapes From Africa

February 28, 2021

Do you remember the days of slavery?

March 1 is the 76th birthday of Winston Rodney, the reggae singer better known as Burning Spear.  Burning Spear is the living embodiment of roots reggae; his music is the deepest, the most meditative, and at the same time the most politically charged music that's ever been made in Jamaica.
 
In celebration of his birthday, I'm going to spin a set of some of my favorite Burning Spear music.  A proper tribute to him would take hours, so use this set as a launching pad for your own exploration of this brilliant artist.
 
Also this week (Monday March 1, 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): my favorite reggae singles of early 2021, a tribute to toaster U-Roy who passed away on February 17, a cynical look at the former Yugoslavia on the occasion of Bosnia & Herzegovina's Independence Day, Afropop from Mali and Senegal, and a wonderful new Ghanaian highlife single from Florence Adooni.

February 23, 2021

Charts February 16-22, 2021


WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ADMAS | Sons Of Ethiopia | Frederiksberg
2 DOM LA NENA | Tempo | Six Degrees
3 ELIDA ALMEIDA | Gerasonobu | Lusafrica
4 FREE RADICALS | White Power Outage, Vol. 1 | self-released
5 NKUMBA SYSTEM | Bailao Duro! | Prado
6 FLORENCE ADOONI | "Mam Pe'ela Su'ure" [Single] | Philophon
7 BUYEPONGO VS. QUITAPENAS | "Cantarito/Inspiracion" [Single] | Peace & Rhythm
8 FEMI KUTI | Stop The Hate | Partisan
9 JOAO SELVA | Navegar | Underdog
10 ANANSY CISSE | Anoura | Riverboat

February 21, 2021

El Gran Pacheco

The musician, bandleader and entrepreneur Johnny Pacheco died on February 15 at age 85.  In my opinion, Pacheco is one of the seminal figures in American popular music, in the same category with people like Sam Phillips and Berry Gordy.
 
Fania, the record label he founded and artistically directed, is responsible for a style of music that has spread around the world: salsa.  This music reflects the point of view of young Spanish-speaking Caribbeans (Latinos) in New York City in the 1960s and 70s who grew up in an all-new urban multicultural environment.  Such an environment was unusual then -- today it's mainstream culture.

Pacheco did it all at Fania: he co-started and co-owned the label; he produced many of the recordings; he was the A&R man signing and developing artists like Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Ray Barretto, Ruben Blades and Celia Cruz; he sold the albums out of the trunk of his car; he wrote songs; led and conducted bands; played flute and congas and even sang coros (background vocals).

This week on Global A Go-Go (Monday February 22, 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) the whole show focuses on Johnny Pacheco, Fania Records and the invention of salsa.

February 16, 2021

Charts February 9-15, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 FEMI KUTI | Stop The Hate | Partisan
2 BUYEPONGO VS. QUITAPENAS | "Cantarito/Inspiracion" [Single] | Peace & Rhythm
3 MADE KUTI | For(e)ward | Partisan
4 NKUMBA SYSTEM | Bailao Duro! | Prado
5 VOILAAA | Voiciii | Favorite
6 JOAO SELVA | Navegar | Underdog
7 STELLA CHIWESHE | Ambuya! | Piranha
8 VENEZONIX | La Que Es [EP] | Nacional
9 GLOBAL RIDDIMS, VOL. 4 | various artists | NYP
10 CHRISTINE SALEM | Mersi | Blue Fanal

February 14, 2021

Kuti legacy

On February 5, Partisan Records released Stop The Hate, the tenth solo album by Femi Kuti, eldest son of Fela Kuti and in his own right one of the most important Afrobeat artists.  On the same day the label also issued For(e)ward, the debut album of Femi's son and Fela's grandson Made Kuti.  They're also marketing the two as a 2-disc package called Legacy +.
 
This week on Global A Go-Go, the whole second hour is devoted to the Kuti musical legacy with tracks from Fela, Femi, Made and Fela's other musician son Seun who now fronts his father's old band, Egypt 80.

Also this week (Monday February 15, 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): women of the mbira, the best new Latin material that's come across my desk this year, and the sounds of Trinidad's carnival -- you know, the one that's not happening this year.

February 9, 2021

Charts February 2-8, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 BOMBA ESTEREO | Deja [Advance Tracks] | Sony Latin
2 JOAO SELVA | Navegar | Underdog
3 ANANSY CISSE | Anoura | Riverboat
4 BOSQ | Y Su Descarga Internacional | Bacalao
5 WARSAW AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA | Antibody | Peace & Rhythm
6 BUDOS BAND, THE | Long In The Tooth | Daptone
7 GOOD ONES, THE | "Soccer (Summer 1988)" [Single] | Anti-
8 TP ORCHESTRE POLY RYTHMO DE COTONOU BENIN | Volume 4: Yehoussei Leopold Batteur | Acid Jazz
9 FAT FREDDY'S DROP | Lock-In | The Drop
10 BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE | In D | self-released

February 7, 2021

Poly Rythmo

T.P. Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou Benin is, in my opinion, one of the premier bands from the era of West African independence, right up there with the better-known Rail Band of Mali, Orchestra Baobab of Senegal and Bembeya Jazz of Guinee Conakry.
 
I've been a fan of Poly Rythmo since I heard the first reissues of their material back in 2003.  I own about 10 of those reissues and, to be honest, I assumed I had already heard the band's best.
 
I was wrong.  The British label Acid Jazz is now reissuing a slate of Poly Rythmo titles under an exclusive licensing arrangement with Albarika Store, the band's original label in Benin.  The first three of those titles are now available, and there's material on there that I think is even better than the best of what has previously been reissued.
 
I played two tracks from the new reissues in the last two weeks, and I'm playing another one this week.  If you're a fan of African music, do yourself a favor and check out this Poly Rythmo music that few listeners have had the opportunity to hear until now.
 
Also this week (Monday February 8, 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): women in Afrobeat, 50 years of samba-soul, reggae that veers off in an unexpected direction, and two sets of Latin electronica: one for the chill room and one for the dance floor.

February 3, 2021

Charts Jan 26 - Feb 1, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 DUB PISTOLS V DUBMATIX | "Blue Monday" [Single] | Cyclone
2 EL DUSTY | "Sax Riddim (feat Chucho Ponce & Los Daddys and Mariano Herrera)" [Single] | Americano
3 LA CUMBIA MODERNA DE SOLEDAD/MACHUCA CUMBIA | "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy/Stayin' Alive" [Single] | Vampisoul
4 ABELARDO CARBOBO Y SU CONJUNTO | Guana Tangula | Vampisoul
5 ALFREDO LINARES | Lo Que Tengo | Vampisoul
6 TOMMY GUERRERO | Sunshine Radio | Too Good
7 KHRUANGBIN | Late Night Tales | Night Time Stories
8 SONGHOY BLUES | Optimisme | Fat Possum
9 KELEKETLA | Keleketla! | Ahead Of Our Time
10 NKUMBA SYSTEM | Bailao Duro | Prado

January 31, 2021

Westbound train

February 1st would have been Dennis Brown's 64th birthday, had he not passed away far too young in 1999.  They called Brown "The Crown Prince of Reggae" and he was Bob Marley's favorite singer -- hell, he's the favorite singer of a legion of reggae fans.  This week on Global A Go-Go I'll spin one of my favorite deep cuts from Brown's vast archive plus a killer version of one of his biggest hits.
 
Also this week  (Monday February 1, 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): the early days of champeta, spicy and annoying cumbia, the latest from La Mambanegra, makossa from Cameroon and Colombia, and another highlight of Orchestre Poly Rythmo's catalog.

January 26, 2021

Charts January 19-25, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 ANANSY CISSE | Anoura | Riverboat
2 BUDOS BAND, THE | Long In The Tooth | Daptone
3 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | N'Dona Ponte | Mopiato
4 DAVID WALTERS | "Freedom" [Single] | Six Degrees
5 FREE RADICALS | White Power Outage, Vol. 1 | self-released
6 CONTENTO | Lo Bueno Esta Aqui | El Palmas
7 VUSI MAHLASELA | Shebeen Queen | ATO
8 TAMIKREST | Tamotait | Glitterbeat
9 ANTIBALAS | Fu Chronicles | Daptone
10 NKUMBA SYSTEM | Bailalo Duro | Prado

January 24, 2021

Lelo toponi azda

Yes, I know WRIR is a non-commercial radio station, but this week on Global A Go-Go I'm going to play you a 7-1/2 minute long advertisement.  It's a beautiful song by Franco and T.P.O.K. Jazz from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of their most popular worldwide hits, entitled "Azda."
 
Many people throughout the years have assumed that Azda is a woman's name.  Actually, it's the acronym for a Congolese Volkswagen dealership -- the band wrote and recorded the song in exchange for new VWs for all 24 band members.  A much better deal than Spotify royalties, I'd say.  And a pretty awesome song, despite or maybe because of its back-story.

Also this week (Monday January 25, 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): Rokia Traore sings from the Manden songbook; Mali with strings; the deep blues, West African style; Budonian knights; a great new reissue of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou; and we'll finish with a Latin dance party so you can muevete.

January 19, 2021

Charts January 12-18, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten
1 LA CUMBIA MODERNA DE SOLEDAD/MACHUCA CUMBIA |  "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy/Stayin' Alive" [Single] | Vampisoul
2 STAR FEMININE BAND | Star Feminine Band | Born Bad
3 ZONKE FAMILY | At The Studio | Localophon
4 STELLA CHIWESHE | Ambuya! | Piranha
5 BALKAN TAKSIM | Balkan Taksim [EP] | Buda Musique
6 SYSTEMA SOLAR | "Mi Kolombia" [Single] | ONErpm
7 FONTANAS, THE | "Capoeira Mata Um" [Single] | Movimientos
8 RICARDO LEMVO AND MAKINA LOCA | N'Dona Ponte | Mopiato
9 MADE KUTI | For(e)ward [Advance Tracks] | Partisan
10 LEYLA MCCALLA | Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute To Langston Hughes | Smithsonian Folkways

January 17, 2021

Crees que soy sexy?

Let me go on record: "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart is right up at the top of my all-time-most-annoying-songs list.  First of all, it's imitation disco, not even the real thing.  Secondly, Stewart blatantly stole the chorus melody from Jorge Ben, figuring no one would know the difference since Ben is Brazilian.  Finally, he's Rod Stewart, nuff said.
 
But a funny thing happens when that chorus is played on the gaita, Colombia's end-blown flute, and it's set to a trotting cumbia rhythm -- all of a sudden "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" is acceptable, maybe even good, actually pretty awesome.  Hear for yourself this week on Global A Go-Go.

Also this week (Monday January 18, 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): some Balkan folktronica, soulful sounds from Brazil, thumb piano music of Zimbabwe, mbaqanga and soul jive, and the debut of Star Feminine Band: a band of seven young Beninoise women rockin' a vintage West African sound.

January 12, 2021

Charts Dec 15, 2020 - Jan 11, 2021

WRIR's NACC World Top Ten 
1 BAB L'BLUZ | Nayda! | Real World
2 LA LOCURA DE MACHUCA 1975-1980 | VARIOUS ARTISTS | Analog Africa
3 JUANA MOLINA | ANRMAL (Live In Mexico) | Crammed
4 KELEKETLA | Keleketla! | Ahead Of Our Time
5 SONGHOY BLUES | Optimisme | Fat Possum
6 LEVE LEVE: SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE SOUNDS (70S - 80S) | VARIOUS ARTISTS | Bongo Joe
7 ALFREDO LINARES | Lo Que Tengo | Vampisoul
8 PETE RODRIGUEZ | I Like It Like That (A Mi Me Gusta Asi) | Fania/Craft/Concord
9 TAMIKREST | Tamotait | Glitterbeat
10 BAMBA WASSOULOU GROOVE | Dankele | Lusafrica

January 10, 2021

Boogaloo vs. the booga-losers

photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
 
Last Wednesday the world had the opportunity to observe what America's far right calls "the boogaloo," a violent uprising against the Federal government, their idea of what the second Civil War will be.  On this week's edition of Global A Go (Monday January 11, 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) I'm going to focus on that word "boogaloo."

Before it was co-opted by fascists, boogaloo was originally the name for a style of music that came out of New York City's Spanish-speaking barrios in the mid-1960s, where young Latinos were listening and dancing to mambo, guaracha and cha-cha-cha and at the same time were digging soul, doo-wop and rock 'n' roll.  In celebration of the ignominious failure of "the boogaloo," today on Global A Go-Go it's Boogaloo vs. The Booga-losers.  Beep beep, mofos!

January 3, 2021

Gateway to the blues

I spent the last three weeks of 2020 on Global A Go-Go reviewing my favorite new albums, singles, compilations and reissues of the just mercifully departed year.  But there are still a few items I want to bring forward, and I'll spread them throughout this week's program (Monday January 4, 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).

For example, I've only played a few tracks so far from my favorite new album of 2020, Nayda! by Bab L'Bluz; I'll remedy that situation by a spinning a whole set from that disc.  You'll also hear Anatolian rock both old and new, some Sudanese funk, and a whole hour of Afrobeat and Afro-funk including tracks from three of my favorite compilations and reissues of 2020.