This week’s African Rhythms is an exploration of Afrobeat: its birth and development over 40 years ago and countless modern incarnations, from the earliest music of Fela Kuti and Tony Allen to today’s artists like Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds who draw upon the rhythms of Afrobeat as inspiration for their music. Melanie Marshall from the cast of Fela! The Musical (coming to the Ordway in June) joins us during the first half hour.
Once again the freshest new dub & roots make their way to the Echo Chamber.. Starting things off with the excellent “Feeding My Faith” album from Webcam Hi-Fi (on Tube Dub Sound). Followed this up with 3 more choice new releases: Groundation’s “Building an Ark” (on VP); Clinton Fearon’s 2nd full acoutic album Heart and Soul (on his own Boogie Brown Productions); and the heavy new “Highest Grade” single from Alpha Steppa (on the Steppas label). Also new tonight: the “Mindset (Reloaded)” EP from Lucky Dub & Dubmatix, as well as tracks from Negritage, Dub Terminator & Reality Chant, Mutant Frogs, Prince Fatty meets the Mutant Hi-Fi, and Creation Rockers