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.
|Paulo Flores||Maravilhoso 1972||Amazon|
|Were Kery & George Ramogi||Silfanu Auma|
|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|
|Tamikrest||Imanin bas zihoun||Amazon|
|Tabu Ley Rochereau||Exil-Ley||Amazon|
|Seun Kuti & Egypt 80||You Can Run||Amazon|
|Tabu Ley Rochereau||Tu As Dit Que||Amazon|
|Paulo Flores||Camarada Kill Bill||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|
|Rokia Traoré||Tuit Tuit||Amazon|
|Tulipa Negra||Tulipa Negra||Amazon|
|Bana And Paulino Vieira||Amor Divino|
|Paulo Flores||Rumba Nza Tukiné||Amazon|
|Pedro Ramos||Luís di Kandinha||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|