African Rhythms, KFAI 02/16/12

Music from Buika (Spain) with Chucho Valdez (Cuba), Staff Benda Bilili (Congo), Hugh Masekela (South Africa), and Dele Sosimi (Nigeria) were among the highlights on today’s edition of African Rhythms. Two hours of eclectic sounds from the continent and beyond with Brad and Charlie. The playlist is posted and the show is now streaming at the KFAI site!

self-portrait by Buika

Michael KiwanukaI’m Getting Ready
album: I’m Getting Ready EP; label: Polydor
Fatoumata DiawaraSowa
album: Fatou; label: World Circuit
Buika with Chucho ValdezEl Andariego
album: El Ultimo Trago; label: WEA International
Augustus PabloA Java Instrumental
album: Message Music: Augustus Pablo’s Digital Productions 1986 – 1994; label: Pressure Sounds
Willie WrightRight On For the Darkness
album: 7″; label: Numero Group
Hugh MasekelaAshiko
album: The Boy’s Doin’ It; label: Casablanca
Joan Soriano¿Que Pasará Mañana?
album: El Duque de la Bachata; label: Iaso Records
Leonardo PaniaguaLa Cruz de Olvido
album: The Bachata Legends; label: Iaso Records
Luis SeguraMi Muchachita
album: Bachata Roja — Amor y Amarque; label: Iaso Records
Tarika SammyVohitsara
album: Balance; label: Xenophile
Staff Benda BililiSala Mosala
album: Tres Tres Fort; label: Crammed Discs
Horace ParlanCongalegre
album: Back Down to the Tropics; label: Blue Note
Gregory IsaacsGood Morning
album: Out Deh!; label: African Museum
Tyrone TaylorSufferation
album: Niney the Observer — Roots with Passion; label: 17 North Parade
Jimmy CliffGuns of Brixton
album: Sacred Fire EP; label: Collective Sounds
Dele SosimiTurbulent Times
album: Nu Afrobeat Experience; label: Shanachie
Charles BradleyHeartaches and Pain
album: Heartaches and Pain EP; label: Daptone Records
Hugh MasekelaPart of a Whole
album: Home is Where the Music Is; label: Chisa
Lloyd McNeill QuartetHome Rule
album: Washington Suite; label: Asha/Soul Jazz
album: Give the Beggar a Chance; label: Soundway
Mahmoud AhmedSidetegnash Negn/Samiraye
album: Ere Mela Mela; label: Hannibal

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One Response to “African Rhythms, KFAI 02/16/12”

  1. Bob Green Says:

        I’m writing to let you know that soul music’s “mystery man,” the enigmatic Willie Wright, famed for his funky 1970 cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Right on for the Darkness,” has just released a new album, his first in 35 years. His 1977 classic, “Telling the Truth” was re-issued last year by Numero Group in Chicago. The re-issue got very positive response from soul fans and new listeners; “Good Morning America” featured one of the tunes (“I’m So Happy”) from it on May 7, 2011, and the first pressing of the re-issue sold out in a matter of weeks. All of this inspired Willie to ease temporarily out of retirement, assemble a new band with some old friends in Burlington, Vermont, and create this collection.
    The new album, all recent, original compositions by Mr. Wright, is called “This is Not a Dream.” It was released by Green Coil Records in Burlington, Vermont, U.S.A. on April 24, 2012. You can hear all the new tunes here: and see some videos and read the complete liner notes, as well as buy the CD directly from the artist at
    He is 73 years old, living in Providence, Rhode Island, and copes with advanced Parkinson’s, but can still make arrestingly beautiful music with his characteristically thoughtful lyrics. His “smooth as warm butter” voice is still powerful, although at the same time it now reveals a more fragile and emotional side than in his early career.
    Given that he is not able to gig or tour in support of the album, we are depending on reviews and word of mouth to promote it – please give a listen and let us know what you think.
    Thank you
    Bob Green
    Green Coil Records

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