Archive for May, 2008

Mayra Andrade

May 30, 2008

Let the weekend begin with this clip of Lua from Mayra Andrade‘s excellent album Navega.

Global Beat 05/28/08

May 28, 2008

Pitched in for Doug Cain today at KFAI on the weekly Global Beat show, taking in everything from classic reggae to new music from Al Green. Stream here (available for two weeks), playlist after the break.

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African Rhythms 5/22/08

May 25, 2008

Sitting in for Salif and Charlie. Featured titles: Nigeria Rock Special, African Scream Contest, Made In Dakar by Orchestra Baobab.

Ofo The Black Company Eniaro Nigeria Rock Special Soundway
Lokonon André & Les Volcans Mi Ma Kpe Dji African Scream Contest Analog Africa
Salah Ragab & The Afro Egyptian Ensemble Ole Honest Jons 12″
Mayra Andrade Lua Navega RCA
Orchestra Baobab Ndeleng Ndeleng Made In Dakar Nonesuch
Budos Band Budos Rising Budos Band II Daptones
Mahmoud Ahmed Ere Mela Mela Best Of Ethiopiques Manteca
Dee Dee Bridgewater Afro Blue Red Earth Universal
Kekele Ponton La Belle Kinavana Sterns
Songhai Jarabi Songhai Hannibal
Amadou & Mariam Bali Maou Tje Ni Mousso Circular Moves
The Funkees Acid Rock Nigeria Rock Special
Picoby Band D’Abomey Mi Ma Kpe Dji African Scream Contest
Nomo Reasons New Tones Ubiquity
Najite Olokun Prophecy Showtime Africa Before Invasion EFA
Amani unreleased song
Tinariwen Tamatant Tilay Aman Iman World Village
Tabu Ley Rocherau Omanga The Voice Of Lightness Sterns
Sara Tavares One Love Balance Times Square
Orchestra Baobab Pape Ndiaye Made In Dakar Nonesuch
The Hygrades In The Jungle Nigeria Rock Special Soundway
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats Let Em Talk Heavy Heavy Heavy Soundway
Ernest Ranglin Anna In Search Of The Lost Riddim Palm

African Rhythms 5/22/08
KFAI Minneapolis

African Rhythms

May 21, 2008

I’ll be sitting in for Salif and Charlie on this week’s edition of African Rhythms on KFAI, Thursday from 1-3 CDT. Featured CDs will include the great new Nigeria Rock Special from Soundway. You can stream the show live on KFAI’s website, and the show will be available for two weeks after broadcast.

Orchestra Baobab

May 16, 2008

In honor of Nonesuch finally getting around to releasing Made In Dakar (May 20 – 7 months after the UK release) here’s more of OB’s live majesty.

New Al Green Album

May 11, 2008

Here’s a sneak peak mini-doc on the making of the new Al album, due in stores May 27. Will it reach the heights of his Hi glory years of the early 70s? The snippets here are tantalizing…

More Brazilian LP Covers

May 8, 2008

The Loronix website continues to amaze and delight with its ongoing restoration of rare and out of print Brazilian albums. Not only is the music great, but the packaging does an incredible job of hinting at the wonders within. Three cheers for Zecalouro and his contributors.

In Rotation 05/03/08

May 4, 2008

Currently found under the laser beam or on the turntable:

African Scream Contest Analog Africa CD
Analog Africa, a new contender, is giving Soundway a run for its money in terms of impeccable selection and packaging. There’s not as much screaming on this disc as you might expect, what is there shows the tangible influence of James Brown on young African bands in the 70s.

Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro Rock & Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria Soundway CD
The champs are back with another stellar compilation in their Nigeria Special series.

Jackie Edwards This Is My Story: A History Of Jamaica’s Greatest Balladeer Trojan CD

Willie Colon The Player Fania CD

The Heliocentrics Out There Now Again CD

Erykah Badu New Amerykah Universal Motown CD

Watel Branco Mancini Tambem É Samba Mocambo/What Music CD

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble War/Mercury HBE 10″

The Viceroys We Must Unite Trojan LP

Harold Land Eastward Ho! Jazzland LP

Sonny Fortune Long Before Our Mothers Cried Strata-East LP