Madagascar, South Africa, Benin and Burundi were among the stops on our musical itinerary on today’s edition of African Rhythms. We also heard new tracks from Les Nubians (with Manu Dibango) and mento stalwarts the Jolly Boys plus lots more with Brad, Jojo and Bill.
We heard a track from Vieux Farka Touré’s forthcoming CD The Secret (produced by Soulive’s Eric Krasno) along with music from Tuareg guitarist Bombino (opening for Tinariwen at the Cedar on July 8), Cesaria Evora, and Les Nubians (supporting their new CD Nu Revolution with a tour that includes two shows at the Dakota) on today’s show.
Gearing up for a summer of great shows we heard a set of contemporary desert blues with tracks by Tinariwen and Bombino (coming to the Cedar in July) and Tamikrest (whose leader, guitarist Ousmane Ag Massa, first heard Tinariwen when he was five years old). Bill brought in some rare party music from Tanzania, Jojo shared some tracks from Kenya and Uganda, and we started off the whole thing with new music from two formidable sons of African superstars, Vieux Farka Touré and Femi Kuti.