African Rhythms, KFAI 03/15/12

On this week’s African Rhythms on KFAI: Women of African Music: Great Voices from the Continent. This show, devoted exclusively to African women vocalists in honor of Women’s History Month, gave us an opportunity to play all-female groups like the Amazons of Guinea and the Mahotella Queens, superstars like Mariam Makeba, Oumou Sangaré, Cesaria Evora, and Gigi Shibabaw, and some lesser-known women who deserve to be known. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to hear superb singers we could not fit in this two-hour show, such as Monique Seka (Ivory Coast), Amina Annabi (Tunisia), Mbilia Bel (Zaire/Congo), Toto Bissainthe (Haiti), Coumba Gawlo Seck (Senegal), Mingas (Mozambique), Rasha (Sudan), and Susanna Baca (Peru). With Charlie, Joelle and Brad. Hear the show at the KFAI site.

Amazons of Guinea/Sonia DiabateSamba
album: Golden Afrique Vol 1, Disc 2; label: Network
Ami KoitaConcorde Gaye
album: Songs of Praise; label: Stern’s
Viviane N’DourBagdad
album: Amul Visa; label: Jololi
Oum KalthoumGhanili Chweyi
album: Africa- 50 years; label: Discograph
GigiBati Bati
album: Zion Roots; label: World Network
Aster AwekeKabu
album: Africa 50 years; label: Discograph
Oumou SangaréAn Ndiya
album: Oumou; label: Nonesuch
Souad MassiBledi
album: Raoui (The Storyteller); label: Wrasse
Angelique KidjoAfirika
album: Black Ivory Soul; label: Columbia
Brenda FassieVulindela
album: Brenda Fassie Africa; label: Palm World Voices
Janice DeRosaAduna
album: Aduna; label: Next Music
Mariem HassanWajadu
album: Mariem Hassan & Leyoad; label: NubeNegra
Mahotella QueensThina Siyakhanisa
album: Golden Afrique Vol 3, Disc 1; label: Network
Miriam MakebaPata Pata
album: Africa 50 years; label: Discograph
Cesaria EvoraTraz D’horizonte
album: Mornas Du Cap Vert; label: Lusafrica
Sara TavaresBom Feeling
album: Balance; label: Times Square
Mayra AndradeKonsiensia
album: Storia Storia; label: RCA
Lijadu SistersBayilense
album: Mother Africa; label: Knitting Factory
NnekaShining Star
album: Soulisheavy; label: Decon
AsaWhy Can’t We?
album: Beautiful Imperfection; label: Dramatico

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