July 12, 2024

The original sound of cumbia

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto are the original sound of cumbia.  Founded in 1940, they're a multigenerational band playing gaita music, which is performed on the reed flute of the same name that was introduced to the Spanish colonials and to the Africans they enslaved by the Kogi natives of Colombia's Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains.
 
It's the collision of these three cultures (Native, African and Spanish) that makes Colombian music what it is; Los Gaiteros are maybe the foremost living embodiment of that collision.  Los Gaiteros will be performing here in Richmond at the Get Tight Lounge on Friday July 19.  This week on Global A Go-Go, you'll hear a sampling of Los Gaiteros' music, including tracks from their brand new album Orgullo Colombiano, the Grammy-winning 2006 album Un Fuego De Sangre Pura and more.

Also this week (Sunday July 14, 1:00-3:00 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 South African a cappella singing of The Joy; what's new in reggae featuring Mighty Joshua, Prince Fatty, the Hempolics and more; Qwanqwa is where Ethiopian tradition meets free jazz; and the latest from Cote D'Ivoire's Dobet Gnahoré.

July 9, 2024

Charts Jun 24 - Jul 7, 2024

WRIR World's NACC Top Ten
1 IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE | Pull The Rope | Merge
2 COMBO DAGUERRE | Fracassines | Barbes
3 PROTOJE | "Mariposa" [Single] | Ineffable
4 KANKOU KOUYATE | N'Darila | One World
5 AFRICA NEGRA | Antologia Vol. 2 | Bongo Joe
6 SEUN KUTI AND EGYPT 80 | "Dey" feat. Damian Marley [Single] | Record Kicks
7 NEGAH SANTOS | Ensaio Do Forro | Percussah Sessions
8 ANGELICA GARCIA | Gemelo | Partisan
9 ESY TADESSE | Ahadu | FPE
10 ROLANDO BRUNO Y EL GRUPO AREVALO | Cosas Raras | Peace & Rhythm/Electric Cowbell/DJ Cajon

July 4, 2024

Global A Go-Go Classico: Independence Day Special

I'm the grandson of immigrants from one of the sh*thole countries of the early 20th century: Italy.  For my grandparents, the 4th of July was the best holiday of the year.  That was the day they celebrated the nation that took them in, let them make something of themselves, and gave their children and grandchildren the opportunities their homeland couldn't provide.
 
It seems like a lot of Americans have lost touch with their immigrant roots, or maybe they're just in denial.  As a public service to the many Americans who've forgotten that their families too were immigrants, this special 4th of July edition of Global A Go-Go (Sunday July 7, 1:00-3:00 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) will feature two hours of great American music made by people who chose to come to this country.  These are the people, like my grandparents, who have made America great always.  Today's the right day to celebrate them, and us.
 
This episode of Global A Go-Go was originally broadcast on WRIR on July 4, 2018.