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.
5/5 in a nutshell…
Break into the light! Party at ground zero! And ska-doo-de-yah!
Working backwards from Hour 3, we inaugurated the May GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club selection, Phoenix City, with the Judge Dread version (see embellished non-regulation playlist, posted in Announcements, for the Capt.‘s lowdown on this selection_ a rulebook loophole is invoked, ‘nuff said). Ska on the jazzy side made up the 4@4, b4 which was Sherwood B. Funn spending an hour in the Voov with great old sides by Googie Rene’, The Fireballs, Joe Meek and Peggy Lee, with relative newcomers Dengue Fever and Anna Calvi (both COMINGSOON!! to 7th St. Entry and Triple Rock, respectively) contributing quite worthily. Opening the show: a well-rounded set of Jamaica’s finest ska oldies from the likes of Peter Tosh, Carlos Malcolm, the Mighty Vikings, and the even mightier Skatalites. Mash it!
“Call Me Big Quarters” You ever reminisce to the days when all you had was a seven digit number and a couple of quarters to call that special someone. On this episode of Radio Pocho we bring you some telephone jams from The Boys, New Edition, Blondie, Timbiriche, El Gran Combo, La Sonora Dinamita, Jorge Ben and plenty plenty more….
Joining us in the studio this evening is Big Quarters, Twin Cities hip hop duo made up of Medium Zach and Brandon Allday. We get a chance to hear some old BQ that was never released as well as cuts that will be featured on their next album “Party Like A Young Commie”. Both Zach and Brandon have produced beats and remixes that you’ll hear on tonight’s episode with songs by Brother Ali, Slug of Atmosphere, Low, and Mankwe Ndosi.
Lastly find out about Radio Pocho’s next edition of Saturday Love at Ginger Hop Restaurant.
Willie Gray & The Gossamer Sisters were our guests for the entire show. They played numerous cool songs and joked around with us, all live in the studio. The band consists of Nate Westgor of Willie’s American Guitars, Mary Rancone, and Deb Brown. As usual, the talented and lovely Angie Pykonen sat in with me on the show.
If you’d like to hear the show, click “MORE” below to link to the playlist and archives. Music starts around 03:45 into the archive, just after the news.