August 30, 2022

Charts August 22-28, 2022

WRIR World's NACC Top 10
1 VIEUX FARKA TOURE | Les Racines | World Circuit
2 CELESTINE UKWU | No Condition Is Permanent | Mississippi
3 LEE SCRATCH PERRY | King Scratch: Musical Masterpieces From The Upsetter Ark-ive | Trojan
4 SONIDO GALLO NEGRO | Paganismo | T-Vox
5 SUPER DJATA BAND DE BAMAKO | Authentique 80 | Numero Group
6 MOVERS, THE | Vol. 1: 1970-1976 | Analog Africa
7 GNAWA MUSIC OF MARRAKESH | Night Spirit Masters | Zehra
8 CROSSROADS KENYA: EAST AFRICAN BENGA AND RUMBA, 1980-1985 | various artists | No Wahala Sounds
10 ROBERTO LOPEZ | "Solo Tu Vibra" [Single] | Curura

August 26, 2022

Summer singles roundup

Well, I deserve a D for attendance this summer.  First there was the Chicago weekend, then the two-week European vacation.  Subtract another week for traveler's disease and two more for COVID, and I've been absent from the airwaves as often as I've been present since June.  Then factor in the two special programs (Madagascar independence day in June, Joe Strummer's birthday last week) and it's a wonder I've played any new releases at all this summer.
I'll remedy the latter situation this week (Sunday August 28, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site).  I'm spinning nothing but new material and new reissues, no track released before May, only one track from an album I've played anything at all from in past shows.
And most of what I'll play will be singles, either stand-alones or pre-issues from albums coming out in the fall.  Seems appropriate -- I've always thought 45s were the premiere summer format.  Tune in and mark the unofficial end of summer with Global A Go-Go's Summer Singles Roundup.

August 23, 2022

Charts August 15-21, 2022

WRIR World's NACC Top Ten
1 NOORI AND HIS DORPA BAND | Beja Power! Electric Soul & Brass From Sudan's Red Sea Coast | Ostinato
2 ROMAN STEWART | "Never Too Young To Learn" [Single] | Pantomine
3 MONTE AND DINASTIA TORRES | El Duende | Palenque
4 AKAE BEKA | Ride Tru | Before Zero
5 HOLLIE COOK | Happy Hour | Merge
6 CLINTON FEARON | Breaking News | Baco
7 CAREY JAMES, THE | Self Fulfillment | Morelove
8 TIKEN JAH FAKOLY | "I Can Hear" feat. Winston McAnuff [Single] | Chapter Two/Wagram
9 KABAKA PYRAMID AND DAMIAN MARLEY | "Red, Gold & Green" [Single] | Ghetto Youths International/Bebble Rock
10 BARRINGTON LEVY | "Black Heart Man" [Single] | Jah Guidance

August 18, 2022

The future is unwritten

John Graham Mellor was born in Ankara, Turkey on August 21, 1952.  Who's that, you say?  Well, you might know him better by his stage name: Joe Strummer.
Strummer was, of course, the co-founder, front man and principal lyricist for the Clash, a band that, when I was younger, some people called "the only band that matters."  After the Clash disbanded in 1986, he spent the next 13 years being whatever the opposite of a rock star is: he worked on projects that appealed to him as a musician, songwriter, producer and actor, but mostly stayed out of the limelight until he founded the second great rock band of his career, the Mescaleros.

One of those projects was an radio show that Joe occasionally hosted for the BBC World Service called London Calling, where he got to explore all of the wide variety of music that inspired him: early rock 'n' roll, reggae, blues and jazz, music from Africa and Latin America, anything that pushed his buttons.

Joe and London Calling are among the primary inspirations for this radio program (which is named after one of the Mescaleros' songs; that song has kicked off this program every week for 18 years).  So it's only appropriate that Global A Go-Go celebrates Joe Strummer's 70th birthday today (Sunday August 21, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) with a 2-hour tribute.
P.S.  You can listen to all 7 hours of Joe Strummer's London Calling BBC radio shows here:
And here's a Spotify playlist that includes almost all the songs that Joe played on that radio show: 

One more thing -- a complete tracklisting for each episode of Joe Strummer's London Calling:

August 15, 2022

Charts August 8-14, 2022

WRIR World's NACC Top Ten
1 STAR FEMININE BAND | "Le Mariage Forcé" [Single] | Born Bad
2 CUMBIAMUFFIN | Cumbiamuffin | Peace & Rhythm / Hyperopia / Sounds & Colours
3 RAY PEREZ Y EL GRUPO CASABE | "Lamento Del Campesino" [Single] | El Palmas
4 LOS CALVOS | Estos Son Los Calvos | El Palmas
5 PEDRO LIMA | Recordar E Viver: Antogolia Vol. 1 | Bongo Joe
6 BKO | Djine Bora | Bongo Joe
7 LUCIBELA | Amdjer | Lusafrica
8 JESUS PAGAN Y SU ORQUESTA | Salsa De La Mata 'From The Roots' | Peace & Rhythm
9 ORQUESTA LA JUSTICIA | Salsa Con Nostalgia | Numero Group
10 FERRE GOLA | Dynastie | Sony East Africa

August 10, 2022

Charts Jul 25 - Aug 7, 2022

WRIR World's NACC Top Ten, July 25-31
1 CUMBIAMUFFIN |  Cumbiamuffin | Peace & Rhythm/Hyperopia/Sounds & Colours
2 SHAOLIN AFRONAUTS, THE | "Broken Flowers" b/w "Sun Spiral" [Single] | Freestyle
3 LUCHO BERMUDEZ | The Coastal Invasion: Cumbia, Porro, Gaita And Mapalé From Colombia's Caribbean Coast (1946-1961) | Radio Martiko
4 JOAO SELVA | Se Acabou [EP] | Underdog
5 PEDRO LIMA | Recordar E Viver: Antogolia Vol. 1 | Bongo Joe
6 EZRA COLLECTIVE | "Victory Dance" [Single] | Partisan
8 PAHUA AND TERROR/CACTUS | Amuleto | Nacional
9 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Electricity | Merge
10 S.E. ROGIE | Dead Men Don't Smoke Marijuana | Real World
WRIR World's NACC Top Ten, August 1-7
1 VIEUX FARKA TOURE AND KHRUANGBIN | "Savanne" [Single] | Dead Oceans
2 PEDRO LIMA | Recordar E Viver: Antogolia Vol. 1 | Bongo Joe
3 MADE KUTI | "No More Wars" [Single] | Partisan
4 OMAR PENE AND SUPER DIAMONO | Direct From Dakar | Real World
5 FERRE GOLA | Dynastie | Sony East Africa
6 SON ROMPE PERA AND GIL GUTIERREZ | "El Saleroso" b/w "Proteus" [Single] | Barbes
7 LOS CALVOS | Estos Son Los Calvos | El Palmas
9 LEYLA MCCALLA | Breaking The Thermometer | Anti-
10 GWENNO | Tresor | Heavenly/PIAS

August 6, 2022

Global A Go-Go Classico: Top reissues & compilations of 2014

Well, the COVID finally caught up with me this week.  Seems to be a mild case so far, but I certainly couldn't come into the studio and I really didn't have the energy to put together a whole new program.  So I've dug into the Global A Go-Go archives and found you a gem of a show from all the way back on December 19, 2014, back in the days when I was on the air on Friday evening.
This edition (Sunday August 7, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) pulls together tracks from my favorite reissues, compilations and historic recordings that came out in the year 2014.  The music spans 19 different countries, with songs originally recorded in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90, oughts and right through the 20-teens.  Each selection has stood the test of time, both before 2014 and subsequently.  I think you're going to enjoy this program.
I'll be out again next week on August 14; WRIR super-sub Sean Kennedy, who definitely deserves his own show, will be sitting in for me then.  And I have something very special planned for you when I return on August 21.  I'll see you then!