April 2011 African Rhythms Archives

We are getting tantalizingly close to reaching our goal of $80,000. It’s the 13th and penultimate day of the KFAI 2011 Spring Pledge Drive and Charlie, Jojo and Brad along with Deborah and Bill continued to make the case for listener partnership with community radio and we heard some great music along the way.

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Thanks to everyone who pledged their support to African Rhythms and KFAI – we surpassed our goal and now can get back to what we do best – play great music! Brad and Jojo (along with Charlie in the second hour) took us on an eclectic tour of West, East, South and North African sounds, both old and fresh.

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We’ve been talking about the shows for weeks and the time has come: Calypso royalty Mighty Sparrow and Calypso Rose are appearing at the Dakota tonight, and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen’s long-awaited show at the Cedar is this Saturday, April 23. On today’s show we heard tracks from Sparrow and Tony Allen (on his own and with Fela Ransome-Kuti on a 1971 tune that made Fela a sensation in Nigeria) along with a wide variety of African and African-inspired music that we could barely fit into the 2 hour time slot.

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Today’s show started off with a radical reworking of the Beatles’ Blackbird (Dead of Night by Mauritian percussionist/singer Mo Kolours) and things kept moving in eclectic, serendipitous directions including cuts from Omar Sosa, Abdou Guité Seck and Céu (all with upcoming or ongoing Minneapolis performances).

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