Global A Go-Go
Bill Lupoletti | 3:00 - 5:00p.m. Wednesdays
I describe Global A Go-Go as "music from around the world in the universal language of groove." In short, you could call it a world music program that emphasizes the danceable over the folkloric.
"World music" is one of those terms that everybody uses but nobody claims to like; I guess I'm that group too. My favorite definition of world music is that it's "local music from somewhere else." That's a pretty good description of my show as well: most of the artists I play aren't the least bit obscure, they're just popular somewhere other than Richmond Virginia.
I live in a metropolitan area (and a country, for that matter) that is becoming more diverse at a rapid pace. Not everybody recognizes it, and more than a few people are actively resistant to it. But resistance is futile: America has always been a multicultural nation, and now's the time for a little bit more multicultural radio programming.
I've been recording and podcasting my show since 2004, even before WRIR began broadcasting. You can find a ridiculously large number of Global A Go-Go podcasts here:
At Global A Go-Go, we pride ourselves on covering a lot of ground in the world of world music. So, how about garage-rock from Czechoslovakia, circa 1967? Got you covered, courtesy of the band Flamengo (pictured above) and a new compilation from Vampisoul Records called Czech Up! Vol. 1: Chain Of Fools.
Also this week: a Latin groove thing; Balkan singers, songwriters and rockers; and music from tropical islands once colonized by France.
There's some hair-raising electronic music coming out of the Arab world today; you'll get a primer on this week's program.
I'll play Omar Souleyman, the legendary Syrian wedding singer who brought electronic dabke to a world audience, plus a new solo album by his long-time collaborator Rizan Said, and the amazing power trio EEK (pictured above) featuring Islam Chipsy, the Egyptian Cecil Taylor.
Also this week: Saharan desert blues, American blues and reflexivity; music inspired by the brass bands of Mexico and Chile; mellow, righteous and rockin' reggae.
La Mambanegra (pictured above) is a new group from Cali, Colombia flavoring indigenous sounds with 70s NYC salsa, dancehall, funk and hip hop. Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta is a hard-rocking new pan-Latin American cumbia band from Chicago. Both these outstanding combos are making their Global A Go-Go debuts on this week's program.
Also this week: deep grooves from Mali, Italy and New Zealand; more fabulous Senegal 70's sounds; coupe decale keeps on keepin' on.
I've been listening to a lot of vintage South African music in recent months, most of it from the outstanding Electric Jive music blog, and much of it contributed to Electric Jive by Richmond-based artist Siemon Allen, whose Flat International website is creating a visual archive of rare South African recordings.
Lately I've really been digging "soul jive," a style that flourished in the late 70s that's equally indebted to South African mbaqanga and American R&B. On this week's show, I'll spin eight of my soul jive favorites: eight great songs you'd be hard-pressed to find on vinyl or hear on the radio in America, in South Africa, or anywhere else.
Also this week: what's new in Balkan music, two pairs of reggae versions, and Malian Afropop.
Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, one of my all-time favorite artists, has a new album out (his eleventh). It's a collaboration with Johan Hugo of The Very Best, and I'll give it a spin on this week's program.
Also this week: the Puerto Rican roots of salsa, mizik rasin from Haiti, and a Global A Go-Go tribute to David Bowie (see photo above for a hint of where I'm going with that).
Let's get started in 2016 with some brand-new music, shall we? First up is the fabulous Bosnian punk-ska-Balkan brass band Dubioza Kolektiv (pictured above), whose new album will be released on February 5, and who are planning their first-ever tour of the USA later this year.
I have a whole hour of Balkan music this week, including a January 29 release from another Bosnian band, Divanhana -- these guys are more folk and jazz than punk and brass, however.
Also new this week: vintage sega music from the island nation of Mauritius, courtesy of Natty Ho, Konsole and Strut Records (due on February 4); and a superb desert blues outing by Niger's TisDass (released December 1 while everyone was working on their best-of-2015 lists).