African Roots


For this New Sounds show, listen to the Afrobeat party band Antibalas, formed in 1998 and modeled the outfit after the late great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band.  The Brooklyn-based music collective recently released a self-titled effort, the first in five years, featuring the track below, “Dirty Money,” on the heels of their run as house band for the Broadway musical, “Fela!”  

Also, hear music by the legendary South African trumpet player Hugh Masekela who, throughout his 50 year career, has pushed boundaries, both musical and social, with his advocacy for civil rights from both sides of the Atlantic.  Then, listen to music known as “Cape Jazz” from South African pianist/composer Abdullah Ibrahim, formerly performing as Dollar Brand.  Back in the late 1950’s, Dollar Brand and Masekela formed the Jazz Epistles, the first African jazz group to record an LP and perform to wildly enthusiastic crowds within South Africa.  Plus, music by pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, and more.

PROGRAM #        3391, African Roots  (First aired on 10/22/2012)                                                            





Fela Kuti

The Best Of The Black President

No Agreement (Part 2), excerpt [5:10]

Wrasse Records 158



Ari Degbe [6:44]

Daptone Records DAP 028

Hugh Masekela


Sala Le Mane [5:06]

Mo Jazz / Motown 0329
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Hugh Masekela

The Boy's Doin It

Ashiko [9:39]

Verve 557403
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The Debo Band


Yefeker Wegagene [5:31]

Next Ambiance / Sub Pop NXACD 003

Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)

Voice of Africa

The Pilgrim, excerpt [8:00]

Camden 74321579642 or

Vijay Iyer / Mike Ladd

In What Language?

Plastic Bag [6:08]

Pi Recordings #09