Posts Tagged ‘Dennis Brown’

African Rhythms, KFAI 01/29/15

January 29, 2015

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A salute to the great Dennis Brown (who would have been 58 on Sunday), music from a maximum security Malawi prison (the Zomba Prison Project) and plenty of contemporary and vintage sounds from Congo, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Cuba and Brazil await you on today’s African Rhythms. Listen! via KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul.



African Rhythms, KFAI 07/18/13

July 18, 2013

Dennis Brown

It’s the Summer Reggae Special on today’s African Rhythms — 2 hours of Roots, Rock Steady, Ska and African Reggae with Brad, Jojo and General Moses. Listen now at the KFAI site!

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Steady Rock Sound, KFAI 08/03/10

August 4, 2010

It was the Steady Rock Sound System takeover of Balkan Jamboree on KFAI tonight, venturing from pre-ska mento and jump blues to ska, rock steady, roots and dub; courtesy of yours truly and General Moses. The show is available as an MP3 stream for two weeks at the KFAI site, playlist is also there and here…

photo source: Brooklyn Radio


Global Beat, KFAI 09/09/09

September 9, 2009


I was joined in Studio 4  today by Rob Simonds of The Cedar and we had a chance to talk about The Cedar’s 2009 – 2010 season, in particular about the upcoming Global Roots Festival in late September which features a ridiculously diverse and wonderful roster of artists including Os Mutantes  (above, in 1968), BLK JKS from South Africa, Forro In The Dark and Huun Huur Tu with Carmen Rizzo. We also heard tracks from Tony Allen, Dennis Brown, Puerto Plata, Ted Curson and many others. The show is available for 2 weeks by visiting the KFAI site where I’ve also posted the playlist (here as well, after the break).


The Ten Best Albums of 2008

December 2, 2008

There was little question Orchestra Baobab would take the honors this year with their magisterial Made In Dakar album. Last year Trojan Records were the rage for classic reggae compilations but with the label falling into limbo VP have stepped up with their excellent 17 North Parade series. It was also a year for incredible Afrobeat compilations from Soundway, Strut, and Analog Africa. And Juana Molina followed her mesmerizing Son CD with the even more hypnotic and brilliant Un Dia. Without further ado…

Orchestra Baobab/Made In Dakar (Nonesuch/World Circuit)

Juana Molina/Un Dia (Domino)

Dennis Brown/A Little Bit More: Joe Gibbs 12″ Selection 1978-1983 (VP)

Various Artists/Channel One Story Chapter Two (VP)

Buika/Nina de Fuego (WEA International)

Maria Rita/Samba Meu (WEA International)

Various Artists/African Scream Contest (Analog Africa)

Various Artists/Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump (Strut)

Various Artists/Nigeria Disco Funk Special (Soundway)

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 (Disorient)

The year also saw strong albums and tracks from Amp Fiddler, Sonantes, Pacifika, Jazzanova, Horace Andy, Erykah Badu, Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Hercules & Love Affair, Quantic, The Mighty Diamonds, Toumani Diabate, Raphael Sebbag, Orgone, Kylie Auldist & The Bamboos, Bronx River Parkway, Q-Tip, Lucinda Williams, Al Green, and others. (And never mind the countless records that didn’t cross my path.) We also look forward to US releases of new CDs by Seu Jorge, Rokia Traore, and Novalima. Great music is alive and well.

(related post: The Ten Best Albums of 2007)

Revolution by Dennis Brown

March 7, 2008

Forgive the choppy intro and outro but let’s kick off the Surface Noise jukebox weekend the right way with some hard roots from Dennis Brown, backed by Sly & Robbie and friends.