Another all-vinyl serving of Deep Funk, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Afro Beat… featuring Benny Sharp The Sharpies, James Knight The Butlers, Little Sonny, Rudy Ray Moore, Meditation Singers, Little Sister, Lady Margo, George Freeman, Clarence Wheeler, George Danquah, and Fela Kuti…
This program presents “Raíces cubanas”: Isaac Oviedo, Pancho Amat, María Teresa Vera . . It also includes Liliana Herrero and Soledad Pastorutti, from Argentina, and Violeta Parra, from Chile. The literature segment presents poetry by the Chilean Gabriela Mistral, winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Tinariwen’s forthcoming album, Tassili, is filled with dark and brooding lyrics and a stripped-down acoustic sound. They’ve put away the electric guitars for the moment but haven’t lost a bit of their intensity. We debuted two tracks from that CD on today’s African Rhythms and heard plenty of other contemporary and classic sounds from the continent along the way.
The highlight of tonight’s show was a double dose of great new reggae from ROIR: 10 Ft. Ganja Plant’s “Shake Up the Place” and from Brazil, Digitaldub’s “#1”. To celebrate these releases on ROIR, along with Kevin Kinsella’s brand new “Great Design”, we did an extended ROIR set. Straight from today’s headlines, we debuted the new “London’s Burning” from Big Youth (produced by Mad Professor on Ariwa). And from the upcoming Earthshaker 3 album, The Technician dropped the heavy “Liquefaction Dub” on the Echo Chamber massive.
Tonight’s program is an eclectic mixture of new and old French music from many countries. We start with a new collection of French reggae by artists from France, Nigeria, Réunion, and Bénin from Radio France Internationale. In the second half of the program, various artists sing their versions of standard French songs.