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November Radio: African Explosion

Radio Nov 15- African Explosion

November Radio is a collection of new and old recordings from Africa. No artists from the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa… mostly from artists South of the Equator. But still, even somewhat limited, an incredible variety… and most of all of what I hear is the African acts listening and being aware of everything that is going on in other places. There were always influences- Cuban rhumba and gospel choirs- but now it’s almost impossible to determine what the influence is! It’s an explosion, in a good way. Here is some information on a few of the acts. Click on the gallery below to check out the people behind these acts.

The Soil is a South African vocal group. There used to be 25+ members in the group but now there are just 4 members and one of them is God. Really beautiful and inventive stuff that takes the SA vocal tradition to a whole new place.

There are a few Angolan and other Luso African musicians here- Paulo Flores is one I didn’t know about until recently. Think I might have read about him on Ned Sublette’s blog. His music is hard to classify and is often about Angolan politics, the war, and corruption. Paulo performed in NYC this summer, at Le Poisson Rouge.

Mbongwana Star are from Congo- and amazingly this is their first full length CD, produced by a French producer and mixer named Doctor L. Mbongwana Star offers a mix of punk (!), funk, Congolese styles… you name it. One track has the sound of the televisions that were playing in the background during the recording.

Taj National are from Niger- and they integrate about 3 different regional styles into something amazing.



Mbongwana Star Shégué Amazon
Paulo Flores Maravilhoso 1972 Amazon
Were Kery & George Ramogi Silfanu Auma
Tal National Kaani Amazon
Bonga Mona Ki Ngi Xica Amazon
Tabu Ley Rochereau Et L'Orchestre Afrisa International Muzina Amazon
Simphiwe Dana Ndim Nawe Amazon
Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars Yabis Amazon
Nuru Kane Exile Amazon
Tamikrest Imanin bas zihoun Amazon
Tabu Ley Rochereau Exil-Ley Amazon
Vum Vum Salalé Amazon
Fatoumata Diawara Sowa Amazon
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 You Can Run Amazon
Tabu Ley Rochereau Tu As Dit Que Amazon
Fatoumata Diawara Bakonoba Amazon
Nuru Kane Bambala Amazon
Césaria Évora Sodade Amazon
Paulo Flores Camarada Kill Bill Amazon
Fatoumata Diawara Kèlè Amazon
André Mingas N'Zambi Amazon
The Soil Noma Ungahamba Amazon
África Negra Bô Legá Cacô Modê Bô Amazon
Tal National Sarkin Fada Amazon
Victoria Revolution '73 Joash Okowa
Waldemar Bastos N Gana Amazon
Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Segal Super Étoile Amazon
Tal National Kountche Amazon
Mbongwana Star Suzanna Amazon
Rokia Traoré Tuit Tuit Amazon
Tulipa Negra Tulipa Negra Amazon
Bana And Paulino Vieira Amor Divino
The Soil Andinanto Amazon
Mbongwana Star Kala Amazon
Paulo Flores Rumba Nza Tukiné Amazon
Livity Rosinha Amazon
Pedro Ramos Luís di Kandinha Amazon
The Soil Mkhuluwa Amazon
The Soil featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo Hamba Uyosebenza (Radio Edit) Amazon
Ugambe Jazz Joseph Ochola
Dany Silva Mamã África
Opondo Mugoye Owiti Otiende
Choir Invisible - The Desmond & Leah Tutu Peace Choir Sithi Shwele Amazon


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