A heavyweight all-vinyl set of thunderous Afro Beat, Highlife, Cumbia, Salsa, Boogaloo, Guancuanco, Caribbean Soul… featuring The Lebron Brothers, Ray Barretto, Black Sugar, Soseme Makonde, Blackman Akeeb Kareem, ROB, Amral’s Trinidad Steel Orchestra, Chino Y Su Conjunto Melao, Michi Sarmineto, Afrosound…
This program includes songs on and about serpents (inspired by the Cuban Benny Moré’s version of “La culebra”), “Joropo” music, from the Colombia-Venezuela Plains and songs by the Mexican composer José Alfredo Jiménez. The literature segment presents the first part of “Lección de cocina” by Rosario Castellanos, from México.
The government may be shutting down but the Rockhouse carries on. We welcome Curtis Obeda, leader of the Butanes, in to the studio for Hour 2. To kick off this weekend’s Riverbend Blues Festival in Mankato, Curtis is reuniting the Butanes’ Soul Revue after a 10-year hiatus. We’ll also talk about the new Butanes’ record, Long Time Thing, released this spring.
New music (including an Ethio-jazz style cut from São Paolo’s Da Cruz) and plenty of old favorites from Ghana, Senegal, Mali, the Congo, Uganda, South Africa and points beyond on today’s summer-scorched mix.