Episode #3293

World Music Tour

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Monday, January 23, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear some world music from Congo, in both Staff Benda Bilili and the Congolese-Belgian rapper Baloji.  Staff Benda Bilili are a 8-piece group of street musicians who used to live & play around the grounds of the zoo in Kinshasa.  They'll serve up some rumba-rooted grooves, overlaid with vibrant vocals and tin-can guitar solos. 

There’s also music from the Andean group Sukay, drawing from regions of Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia.  Then we’ll hear music from Cape Verde, by a male pop-griot singer, Tcheka. He plays traditional percussive guitar and weaves the batuku style (a style traditional to the islands that was banned by the Portuguese, but continued by the women in the fields as they worked.) Plus, music for accordion and double-bass from Finland, and traditional music of West Java, featuring the kacapi, a boat-shaped zither.  And more.

PROGRAM # 3293, World Music Tour (First aired on 1/23/2012)                                                              





Sambasunda Quintet


Paddy Pergi Ke Bandung, excerpt [1:30]

Riverboat TUG1058
Due out Jan. 30, 2012

Sidi Touré


Tondi karaa (The White Stone) [4:22]

Thrill Jockey Records Thrill 301
Due out 4/17/2012

Alamayehu Eshete

Ethiopiques 9

Yeweyn Haregitu [3:44]

Buda Musique #829832

Staff Benda Bilili

Tres Tres Fort

Moto Moindo [5:48]

Crammed Discs CRAW 51CD or
Download from or iTunes

Sambasunda Quintet


Teman Endah [5:36]

Riverboat TUG1058
Due out Jan. 30, 2012


The Well Below The Valley


The Well Below The Valley [5:35]

Shanachie 79010 or Download from


Dor de Mar

Fla Mantenha [4:25]

Lusafrica Recs / RCA Victor 88697963812

Sambasunda Quintet


Paddy Pergi Ke Bandung [6:34]

See above.



Radio Moskova

Raudanselka [4:18]

Aito Records
Due out 1/23/2012 in UK


Rough Guide to Music of the Andes

Concepcion [3:52]

World Music Network
Out of print, but try


Kinshasa Succursale

Congo Eza Ya Biso

Crammed Discs  CRAM 183

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