Yusuf Shalita from Marimba Africa joined us today to talk about the band’s upcoming residency at Ras Ethiopian Restaurant in St. Paul. (They’re also going to be opening for and playing with Samba Mapangala at the Cedar on August 13.) We also heard a typically eclectic mix of music including songs from Cape Verde, Angola, Cameroon, Kenya, Mali, and Senegal, along with a brand new track from the Addis Acoustic Project, a group of top musicians playing acoustic versions of Ethiopian popular songs of the 50’s and 60’s.
GotchaSKAravaned? Not, exactly. The oft-ska-covered Ellington/Tizol goodie is something we thought we had at least one of this week, but WE COULDN’T FIND IT! So instead, we gave you a different Ellington SKAver (Sophisticated Lady a la Ska-J as part of a salute to Italy’s ska scene), as well as somebody else’s Skaravan (Skaravan Petrol, itself a version of an Italian hit sent skankin’ in high style by Giuliano Palma with Casino Royale, his pre-Bluebeaters band). We’ll have back-to-back Ellington Skaravans for the 8/11/11 show! Elsewhere in the 8/4, Euro ska from outside Italy also turned out to fill up hour 3, with a stray Japanese track (by The Determinations) thrown in for good measure. Sherwood schwung to Schory, Shiina and Senor Coconut, and the Ooh (Opening Oldies Hour) dipped into the 30-year-old early ’80s for some Blue Riddim, some Elvis Costello and some Clive Langer the Boxes, adding to our usual ’60s ska mix. Time to pour this pitcher… who wants some? :^)
Kristina de Sacramento webcasts the first snippet of a long conversation with local guitarist/composer Ben Abrahmson. Tune in and you will also hear some of the most obscure cantes de ida y vuelta yet played on this show!