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playlist #116 (5/24/10)-africa, pt. 3

May 24, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #116 – The latest installment in our occasional series exploring the multitude of sounds from Africa
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
African Vision: Africa / African Vision / Ethno World Music 4008 – (WORLD FUSION)
Baloji: Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo / Kinshasa Succursale / EMI 68613 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Mahotella Queens: Mbube (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) / Sound Offerings from South Africa, vol. 2 / Gallo Record Company 632 – (SOUTH AFRICA)
Atongo Zimba: Guuse, en sugro / Barefoot In The Sand / Hippo Records 1055 – (GHANA)
The Anambra Beats: Ayamma / Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues / Soundway 9 – (NIGERIA)
Trio Tambours: Oust / Port du Capricorne / (demo) – (LA RÉUNION)
Chiwoniso: Karima (Planting) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE)
Victor Démé: Deni Mouke Ila / Victor Démé / Chapa Blues 2008 – (BURKINA FASO)
Bako Dagnon: Bélébélé / Titati / Discograph 6099245 – (MALI)
The LA Drivers Union Por Por Group: Por Por Akwaaba (Welcome) / Por Por Honk Horn Music from Ghana / Smithsonian Folkways 40531 – (GHANA)
(Four Shi musicians from the Bantu Tribe in Congo): Uni Urmi / Music of the Shi People / Alula Origins 5008 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW*
Master Drummers of Africa: Imichingo (Dust Devil) / Master Drummers of Africa, vol. 2: Ubuntu / Arc Music 2280 – (TANZANIA, GHANA, etc.) *NEW*
Maria de Barros: Funana Ca Tem Frontera / Morabeza / Sheer Group 2009 – (CAPE VERDE)
Lulendo: Angola / Angola / Buda Musique 2005 – (ANGOLA)
Ba Cissoko featuring Tiken Jah Fakoly: Africa / Electric Griot Land / 3D Family Music 2005 – (MALI)
Tarika: Koba / Rough Guide to the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 – (MADAGASCAR)
Ghorwane: Mayvavo / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Manou Gallo: Chanter L’Amour (Love Song) / Manou Gallo / Zig Zag World 1 – (IVORY COAST)
Papa Wemba: Esclave (Slave) / Molokai / Real World 2373 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Issa Bagayogo: Touba / Tassoumakan / Six Degrees 6570361103 – (MALI)
Terakaft: Arghane Manine / Akh Issudar / World Village 468084 – (MALI) *(written by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, lead singer from Tinariwen)
Habib Koité: Africa / Afriki / Cumbancha 5 – (MALI)
Dobet Gnahoré: Têlo Dé / Na Afriki (My Africa) / Cumbancha 4 – (IVORY COAST)
Orchestra Baobab: Papa Ndiaye / Made in Dakar / World Circuit 433788 – (SENEGAL)
The Waves Band: Angba Langar / Only A Dream / Kelele Records / 31004 – (SEYSCHELLES ISLANDS)

na afriki (my africa)

May 23, 2010

Africa: a continent of 54 countries with more than a billion people speaking a thousand separate languages, and over 150 native dialects.

It follows that the music would be just as diverse and eclectic.

This week’s World of Music treks across the second largest continent on the globe, in our third dedicated exploration of the sounds of Africa including Zimbabwe’s Chiwoniso, South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, the griot families of Mali, and the cross-pollinated Afro-Latin rhythms of West Africa. We’ll also make stops in Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, La Reunion, and the Seyschelles Islands.

World of Music is a pan-dynamic diaspora of blues, poetry, jazz, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator. Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.


November 8, 2009

The description in the program is as much an explanation, as it is a mission statement: “In the Bambara language of Mali, ‘Jeh Kulu’ means ‘community’ “.

For the last 15 years Jeh Kulu has been dancing and drumming and sharing the music and culture of West Africa in classes, First Night and numerous other  appearances around the state, along with their annual Dance and Drum Festival. This year’s event is called “Duniya Lahnee” – “Peace in the World”. It’s dedicated to the people of Guinea, with the horrifying events of September 28th and their aftermath a sad and shocking reminder that human rights are still far from being “rights” in too many places in the world.

The final concert for this year’s festival happened last night at Burlington’s Contois Auditorium, two hours of seamless vignettes unfolding on themes of oppression, alliance, acceptance – and community. Jeh Kulu’s performances are typically packed with enough energy output to give Yankee some serious competition (and hey, none of those messy leaks), as top-level musicianship and dancing electrify the performers and audience members alike.

The annual festival itself concludes today at City Hall in a series of master classes. If it sounds interesting at all I’d say get on down there and check it out – “community”, after all, is about participation:

Sunday, November 8
10 -11:30      – Dance with Oumar N’Diaye
11:45 – 1:15 – Dance with Babacar N’Diaye
11:45 – 1:15  – Balafone with Famaro Diabate
1:30 – 3:00   – Dance with Djeneba Sacko
1:30-3:00     – Advanced Drum with Kolipe Camara
3:15 – 4:45    – Women’s Sangban Drum with Seny Daffe
5:00 – 6:30   – Dance with Moustapha Bangoura

like a refugee

June 27, 2009

Ashade Pearce, lead guitar

Ashade Pearce, lead guitar

“You left your country to seek refuge, in another man’s land…you will be confronted by strange dialects, you will be fed unusual diets…you’ve got to sleep in a tarpaulin house, which is so hard…you’ve to sleep on a tarpaulin mat, which is so cold…living like a refugee… “

I first heard those lyrics a couple of years ago – a snowy afternoon, if I remember right – on St. Patrick’s Day during the annual Green Mountain Film Festival.

I knew I should have been focusing less on the lyrics and more on the visuals of the film that day. But it’s that kind of music.

The Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars‘ story is widely known now, as the individuals who make up the group fled their country’s brutal civil war in the ’90s and came together to make music in a neighboring Guinea refugee camp. That’s where Woodstock, VT native Zach Niles caught up with them. A fan of African music, Zach and a partner went to Africa to create a film about the role of music in West African refugee camps. He made the Refugee All Stars film in 2005, and has  continued his involvement with the group since then as their manager.

The lineup has varied a little from the original six members, most recently with the unexpected death last March of bassist Idrissa Mallam Bangura. In their common mission and experience, though, they remain constant: messages of peace, happiness, and unity still rest firmly at the heart of their music.

Today’s blue skies and sunlit afternoon countered those first snowy film festival memories of  the Refugees, as they lit up the Green at Dartmouth College and launched the “eMotion” Arts Festival.

A most fortuitous omen  for a positive, creative, artistically inspirational summer ahead!

playlist: #62 (3/2/2009)-AFRICA, pt. 2 ‘Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)’

March 2, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #62 – 3/2/09 – “exploring Africa”, pt. 2 – featuring the new “Open Remix” recording, a partnership between IntraHealth and Grammy-winning Senegalese singer/humanitarian Yousou N’Dour. Free downloads of hot remixes. Get the music, get the mission. Make a contribution to IntraHealth – and, better healthcare in Africa.
Gaudi & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: (Theme song) Bethe Bethe Kese Kese / Dub Qawwalli / six degrees 657036-1137 – (PAKISTAN/UK) 
Chiwoniso: Kurima (“Planting”) / Rebel Woman / Cumbancha 8 – (ZIMBABWE) 
Alpha Yaya Diallo: Fissiriwaly / Deep Roots/Future Grooves / Wicklow 1 – (GUINEA/VANCOUVER, B.C.) 
Tartit: Aï Hele Dumahele / Ichichilia / Network 36584 – (MALI)
Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Gavin Hardkiss featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Afrissippi featuring Youssou N’Dour, Neneh Cherry & Guelel Kumba: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Angélique Kidjo: Malaïka / Logozo / Mango 162539918 – (BENIN) 
Vusi Mahasela: A Prayer For Our Time / The Voice / ATO Records 11 – (S. AFRICA) 
Les Amazones de Guinée: Reine Nyepou / Wamato / Sterns Music 1106 – (GUINEA) 
Duncan Sheik featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Q-Burns Abstract Message featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Lobi Trahore: Tiekoroba / Mali Blue / DixieFrog 8574 – (MALI) 
Miriam Makeba: Soweto Blues / Welela / Mercury 838208 – (S. AFRICA) 
Soweto Gospel Choir: Pride (In The Name of Love) / In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 / Shout Factory 10608 – (S. AFRICA) 
Orlando Julius: Selma to Soweto / Sound Affects-Africa / P&C Mr. Bongo Records 45 – (NIGERIA) 
Sierra Leone’s Refugee Allstars: Compliments for the Peace / Living Like a Refugee / Anti- 86837 – (SIERRA LEONE) 
Beef Wellington: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-“Fantabulous REMIX” / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Baka Forest People: Call of the Forest / Rhythm Tree / March Hare Music 20 – (CAMEROON) 
Dobet Gnahoré: Intro Pygmé & Youné / ano neko / Contre Jour 14 – (IVORY COAST) 
Papa Wemba: Mi Amor / Best Of / Suave 6942139 – (CONGO) 
Malouma: Nebine / Nour / Marabi France 46819 – (MAURITANIA) 
Tarika: Koba (Franglais Mix) / Rough Guide to Music of the Indian Ocean / Rough Guide 1086 – (MADAGASCAR) 
Cesaria Evora: Angola / The Very Best of Cesaria Evora / Bluebird 63984 – (CAPE VERDE) 
Toubab Krewe & DJ Equal featuring Umar Bin Hassan, Youssou N’Dour & Nenah Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*
Nas featuring Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)-REMIX / Open Remix / / (download) – (SENEGAL) *NEW*

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