A Middle Eastern musical variety mix – from Montreal, Morocco via the UK, & Israel in the first 40 mins. That is followed by a three song set by Toronto’s Kobo Town for a new calypsonian poetry/activism. Then we hear a two song selection from Ethiopian retro group from Boston’s Berklee School of Music, Debo Band, who recently played the Cedar Cultural Center. Then the highlight of the show — a first listen to an exclusive interview with Oliver Mtukudzi, superstar from Zimbabwe, Southern Africa — conducted by Minna Zhou who joined me on today’s Global Beat.
Roots, Rock & Reggae… 70’s, 80’s & 90’s flash by in the first hour… Dylan, Lou Reed, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, The Fugees, on to the track “Jump” from Kris Kross. A classic Otis Redding interpretation of “A Change is Gonna Come”, some rare Manu Dibango, and 2 tracks from the latest Alpha Blondy release. Also a preview of “Images of Africa”, an African film festival running for a week at St. Anthony Main, sponsored by the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul… for details go to: www.mspfilmsociety.org
After seeing a great documentary on Miriam Makeba last Sunday as part of the African Film Festival at St. Anthony Main, “Images of Africa”… Global Beat features Mama Africa along with her longtime accordionist, fellow band member Sivuca. Also coming to town next week from Mali, Rokia Traore performs at the Cedar Mon. Nov. 25… you can hear two songs from her new release “Beautiful Africa”. Lots more on this week’s program to enjoy as well.