Starting off with a percussive blast from Trinidad, today’s African Rhythms on KFAI careened around the globe, tracking musical influences and trends that completely disregard borders. The show features a vintage 70’s Afro-rock set, taking in cuts from Cymande (pictured above), Blo, Mandrill and Santana, plus much more. You can hear the show for 2 weeks at the KFAI site.
Archive for August, 2011
Tinariwen‘s forthcoming album, Tassili, is filled with dark and brooding lyrics and a stripped-down acoustic sound. They’ve put away the electric guitars for the moment but haven’t lost a bit of their intensity. We debuted two tracks from that CD on today’s African Rhythms on KFAI and heard plenty of other contemporary and classic sounds from the continent along the way. The show can be heard for the next two weeks at the KFAI site.
Samba Mapangala joined us on today’s African Rhythms to talk about his upcoming show at the Cedar. We also heard new music from Juakali who is merging dub with electronics, along with classic sounds out of the Ivory Coast, South Africa, the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia and points beyond. You can hear the show (available for two weeks) at the KFAI site via MP3 stream.
Yusuf Shalita from Marimba Africa joined us on today’s African Rhythms to talk about the band’s upcoming residency at Ras Ethiopian Restaurant in St. Paul. (They’re also going to be opening for and playing with Samba Mapangala at the Cedar on August 13.) We also heard a typically eclectic mix of music including songs from Cape Verde, Angola, Cameroon, Kenya, Mali, and Senegal, along with a brand new track from the Addis Acoustic Project (pictured above), a group of top musicians playing acoustic versions of Ethiopian popular songs of the 50’s and 60’s. The show can be heard via MP3 stream at the KFAI website.