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:
Pat Thomas, "The Golden Voice of Africa," is one of the great singers of Ghanaian music. Pat is back with a new recording, and it's like he's right back in the jazzy, funky highlife scene of the late 70s and early 80s. You'll hear a track from it, surrounded by vintage highlife of the same classic vintage.
Also this week: the final recordings of Burkina Faso's Amadou Balake; Western Standard Time, a new ska big band from Los Angeles; and karindula music from Zambia by Brian Chilala & Ngoma Zasu.
Makossa from Cameroon is on this week's menu -- it's one of the world's most infectious dance musics. You'll hear Big Benji Mateke, Sam Fan Thomas (pictured above) and the man who popularized makossa around the world, Manu Dibango.
Also this week: Tromboranga, a fabulous trombone-driven salsa band from Barcelona, visits Global A Go-Go; highlife time; and new Latin electro-roots music from Colombia's Bomba Estereo and Peru's Novalima.
The album pictured above has just been reissued by Analog Africa Records, as part of their Amara Toure collection simply entitled 1973-1980. This is noteworthy because:
- It's one of the best but least-heard African LPs of the 70s and 80s, and
- You no longer need to spend $350.00 to buy a copy
Nope, in fact you can hear a track from it for free on this week's show, along with some other artists of similar vintage: Etoile De Dakar, Bembeya Jazz and Les Ambassadeurs.
Also this week: sounds of the Maghreb, mo' cumbia, and Balkan jazz.
I've been listening to a lot of vintage South African music lately, courtesy of the incredible music blog Electric Jive (http://electricjive.blogspot.com), which is run by a group of record collectors that includes Richmond's own Siemon Allen.
On this week's show I'll spin a set of SA music from the late 70s and early 80s that combines local traditions with the influence of globally-popular African-American music of that era. There are a few terms for it: Soul Jive, Disco Jive, Bump Jive. Whatever you call it, it's all funky, catchy, danceable music and really hard to find nowadays. Tune in and check it out for yourself.
Also this week: folk-rock in French, the golden age of Mali is now, and psychedelic cumbia.
The June solstice is in the rear view mirror, and we've hit 99 degrees on the thermometer. So it must be time for a summer dance party, and Global A Go-Go delivers the goods this week.
Colombia's Bomba Estereo (pictured above), Trinidad's Bunji Garlin and South Africa's Nozinja are making the music you'll hear on global dance floors this summer -- you get all of them and more on this week's program.
Also this week: some jazzy ska, Balkan brass & beats, and the golden age of West Africa featuring new discs from Les Ambassadeurs and Amara Toure.