World Music

DJ Brian Engel (Hipshaker/Hotpants) joins Steely in the studio for a wild vinyl party of Early Dancehall, Disco Rap, Modern Soul, Classic Boogaloo, and Afro Funk. Featuring sides from Yellowman & Fathead, Michigan & Smilie, Grandmaster Flash, Super 3, The Sylvers, Bobby Caldwell, Aktion, TNTH, Manny Corchado, Willie Bobo, Willie Colon, & more…

This program presents music from the Andes, music from Brazil, the Mexican harpsichordist Claudine Gómez-Vuistaz, and music for the Mexican youth movement #yosoy132 (continued). The literature segment presents the third part (penultimate) of “Aura”, by Carlos Fuentes, read by the author himself.

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Cantaores that El Farru would have recommended sing some clean and pure palos from the past.

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.

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