(photograph by Tanja Softic)
Dobrodosli means "welcome" in Serbo-Croatian and many of the related South Slavic languages. Every week, I start Global A Go-Go with this word and today I get to welcome some new listeners.
Because this (Sunday August 29, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the wrir.org archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) is my first program in a new time slot: Sundays from 1 to 3 PM. I'm looking forward to sharing Sunday afternoons with you.
If you're not familiar with Global A Go-Go, let me tell you a little bit about the show. I describe it as "music from around the world in the universal language of groove." I like to say that the program's purpose is to decolonize your ears: to get you out of the bad habit of behaving as though the music of your culture and time is the sun around which all other musics orbit.
While I do play some things that could be classified as "folk music," Global A Go-Go isn't particularly folkloric: mostly I play music that is or has been quite popular, just not popular in Richmond or Virginia or the USA.
A typical two-hour episode will include artists from 10 or more countries, and performances recorded over six or more decades. This week's show is pretty typical, with 11 countries from five continents spanning eight decades. Without any further ado, let's jump into the program; I hope you enjoy the journey with me today.
All the podcasts: radio4all.net/index.php/series/Global+A+Go-Go
Artist | Country | Song | Recording | Label | Year
Oliver Lake | USA | Separation | Matador Of 1st & 1st | Passin' Thru | 1997
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros | England UK | Global A Go-Go | Global A Go-Go | Hellcat | 2001
Fat Freddy's Drop | New Zealand | Shady | Wairunga | The Drop | 2021
Harlem River Drive | USA | Harlem River Drive (Theme) | Harlem River Drive | Roulette | 1971
Orchestra Harlow | USA-Cuba | Gracia Divina | Hommy: A Latin Opera | Fania | 1973
Conjunto Flores Valdes | Cuba | Azucar Mami | Ritmo Y Alegria | M.F.R. | 1955
Arsenio Rodriguez Y Su Conjunto | Cuba | Adivinalo | Adivinalo - Single | RCA Victor | 1947
Beny More Y Su Orquesta | Cuba | Que Bueno Baila Usted | Asi Es … Beny | RCA | 1958
Tito Gomez Y Orquesta Riverside | Cuba | Yayabo | Ritmos De Cuba | Puchito | 1961
Orquesta Akokan | Cuba-USA | Mi Conga Es De Akokan | Mi Conga Es De Akokan - Single | Daptone | 2021
Meridian Brothers & Conjunto Media Luna | Colombia | El Profesionalismo Es Importante | Paz En La Tierra | Bongo Joe | 2021
Son Rompe Pera | Mexico | El Palo Poste | Bootleg Cumbia Vol. 1: The Live On KEXP Session | self-released | 2021
Chico Trujillo | Chile | Gran Pecador | Gran Pecador | Barbes | 2013
A Espetacular Charanga Do Franca | Brazil | Nao Para (Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough) | Nao Para (Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough) / Vem Desacatar - Single | Mais Um | 2021
Bloco De Sargento Pimienta & Pedro Tie | Brazil | Don't Let Me Down | Don't Let Me Down - Single | Sony Brasil | 2019
Monobloco | Brazil | Taj Mahal / Filho Maravilha / Pais Tropical | Ao Vivo | Som Livre | 2006
A Espetacular Charanga Do Franca | Brazil | Vem Desacatar (feat Lucas Santtana) | Nao Para (Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough) / Vem Desacatar - Single | Mais Um | 2021
Ernesto Djedje | Cote D'Ivoire | Zibote | Le Roi Du Ziglibithy | Badmos | 1977
Orchestre Anassoua-Jazz De Parakou-Nord Dahomey | Benin | Bakassine Gabou | Bakassine Gabou - Single | Acid Jazz | 1975
Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band | Burkina Faso | Keleya | Sira Ba Kele | Sublime Frequencies | 2018
Mdou Moctar | Niger | Afrique Victime | Afrique Victime | Matador | 2021
Bombino | Niger | Iyat Idounia Ayasahen | Agadez | Cumbancha | 2011