Our friends from Secret Stash Records join us in the studio to chat about the new reissue of Afro Funk – Body Music. In the meantime, we sample a ton of releases from the label including Los Destellos, Grupo Oz, Enrique Lynch, K Frimpong, George Danquah & more…

This program is an early celebration of International Women’s Day: Latin American, Spaniard and Portuguese women are in charge of the music. Rosario Castellanos, from Mexico, is in charge of the poetry.

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Heather Roan Robbins gives the astrological quarterly,
Leigh and Dixie talk about International Women’s Day, March 8 on KFAI

This week we observe the passing of saxophone great Red Holloway, as well as celebrate the re-issue, by local label Secret Stash, of a long forgotten album of mid-70’s afro-beat by London-based African ex-pats Afro Funk. Also, a taste of the just issued compilation of Brooklyn/NYC funk & soul Original Raw Soul III.

Eclectic sounds from all over the continent and beyond on today’s African Rhythms: music from The Funk Ark, Tony Allen, Boubacar Traoré, Oumou Sangare and Marijata were among the highlights.

3/1 in a nutshell…

We did a few things more than once this week, ‘cuz next week we’re pre-empted by 24 hours’ worth of International Women’s Day specials. So… three “Do the Blue Beats” (and one “He Can’t Do the Blue Beat”) for your 4:00 4-in-a-row, two “Tu Sei Pallidos” (they’re Lollipops, and you’ve gotta hear Rita Pavone’s!), a C’est Toi Mon Idole (also a Lollipop) and mucho Ringrollage! Shiina’s band Tokyo Jihen have called it a career as of their final gig on Leap Day… meaning the 4th anniversary of the breakup will be in 16 years! But seriously, we’ll miss looking forward to new Jihen releases even as we eagerly anticipate wrapping our ears around numerous solo projects and collabs. The “Ooh” opened with a set of… you might say “newsworthy” Ska (check the non-reg playlist for “headlines”) and eventually progressed toward two Ska Twists. Sherwood’s set tells a proverbial thousand tales (including Teddy Charles’ vibraphonic jazz reading of Princess Scheherezade), and that should be enough to tide us over ‘til the 15th, when the Rocket Ship will once again be boarding skassengers. Bon voyage!

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