New Music from West Africa


For this New Sounds, hear some loping Tamashek guitar music from the brand new record, "Aratan N Azawad" by the North Malian band, Terakaft, and some new music from the South Malian Vieux Farka Touré, with his father, Ali Farka Toure.  Then take a listen to some jazzy big band music from Volker Goetze, featuring  Ablaye Cissoko on kora.

Also, we’ll hear from the first non-cassette recording of Group Doueh, “Zayna Jumma,” playing in its electric glory along with some Malian trance blues-rock from Sorry Bamba.  Plus, a new recording from Senegalese Sufi musician Cheikh Lo.   His new record, “Jamm” translates from Wolof as “Peace.”  And more.

PROGRAM #3213, Music from West Africa (First aired on 6/8/11)                                                       





Francis Bebey


Akwaaba [5:48]

Original Music #105 Out of print, but check*

Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

Odo Sanbra

Akwaaba  You Are Welcome [4:33]

Blitz the Ambassador

Native Sun

 Akwaaba [2:46]

Sorry Bamba

Volume One 1970-79

Gambari [8:28]

Thrill Jockey 272

Vieux Farka Toure  

The Secret

Wonda Guay [3:51]

Six Degrees Records 65703611792

Cheikh Lo


Il N'est Jamais Trop Tard [4:30]

Nonesuch 527269

Volker Goetze Orchestra, feat. Ablaye Cissoko

NY 10027

Cissokos Kora [6:33]

G. Records

Roswell Rudd

The Incredible Honk

Airborne, excerpt [:30]

Sunnyside SSC 1279


Aratan N Azawad

Ahod [3:42]

World Village 479052

Group Doueh

Zayna Jumma

Zayna Jumma [4:30]

Sublime Frequencies SF066
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Aratan N Azawad

Aman Wi Kawalnen [3:46]

See above.