A late-70’s Nigerian cover of Fela’s Zombie and Omar Souleyman’s storming new collaboration with Björk opened the proceedings on today’s edition of African Rhythms on KFAI. Lawyer Bill brought in some music from Tanzania (where he’s returning shortly), Jojo spun tunes from Uganda and Kenya, Brad mixed in a bit of Kuduro from Angola and soukous from Cape Verde and it all turned into a rather rhythmically propulsive two hours.
Today’s edition of African Rhythms on KFAI featured a set of music from some of South Africa’s greatest female voices, going back to a 1964 LP by Miriam Makeba (The Voice of Africa) and fast-forwarding to contemporary stars like Simphiwe Dana, Thandiswa, and Lira (singing a lovely pop song in Zulu). We also heard a couple of tracks from M.anifest’s forthcoming album plus the usual eclectic mix of sounds from the continent and beyond.
Fatoumata Diawara‘s lovely new CD Fatou hit record store shelves in the UK on Tuesday and our mailbox on Wednesday (nice job Royal Mail + USPS!). We heard a couple of tracks from that record on today’s African Rhythms, along with a set of contemporary Afro-Latin-Salsa-Cumbia cuts from the USA and the usual eclectic mix of music from the continent and beyond.
It’s the 2011 Fall Pledge Drive at KFAI and Brad and Charlie spun a diverse mix of music from around the continent while making the case for supporting community radio and African Rhythms. We also featured a 45 RPM tribute to Leonard Dillon and the Ethiopians.