Episode #2877

Giants of African New Music

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Hear works by some of the seminal figures in the development of the global phenomenon called Afropop on this New Sounds. We'll listen to greats by Fela Kuti, Franco, Tabuh Ley Rochereau, Mahlathini, Youssou N'Dour, and more.

PROGRAM # 2877, Giants of Afropop (First aired on Mon., 12/15/08)





Various Artists: Solomon Linda

In The Blood

Mbube (Wimoweh) [2:00]

Rykodisc #20174 Out of print. Try or auction sites.


Francophonic 1953-1980

Ku Kisantu Ki Kwenda Ko [4:00]

Sterns Africa #3041-42 **

Various Artists: Franco & Tabu Ley Rochereau

Mondo Soukous

Ngungi [5:30]

Mondo Melodia #186 850 037 *

Fela Kuti

Mr. Follow Follow

Mr. Follow Follow [12:00]

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Thomas Mapfumo

Chimurenga Forever

Hamzvadzi [5:30]

EMI / Hemisphere #35582 Try*


Lion of Soweto

Baba Ye [3:30]

Earthworks /Virgin
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Youssou N’Dour & Etoile de Dakar

The Rough Guide to Youssou N’Dour & Etoile de Dakar

Jalo [6:00]

RGNET #1109

Various Artists: Toure Kunda

In The Blood

Ne Nam II [3:30]

See above.

D.O. Misiani & Shirati Jazz

Piny Ose Mer

Nyar Gombe [6:00]

Ace Records
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Comments [1]

Ernie Bynum from New York City

I listened to your program last night and heard the interview you conducted with a musician from Puerto Rico who recently was awarded the $500K grant from the McCarthur Foundation.

What surprised me was when you questioned him on the root of his drumming as having come from West Africa he corrected you and said, "No, it is Spanish." What surprised me more was you didn't take issue with him since you have had such wonderful and educational programs recently on West African music. Since he was awarded this large sum of money it surprised me the foundation didn't check further into how this man traces the history of his drumming music. If Spain had drumming, it came from North Africa and certainly was not of their own making.

Following him was a musician who claimed his roots to both Ireland and West Africa.

Thank you

Ernie Bynum

Feb. 04 2010 05:01 PM

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