Monday, June 28th, 2010
Recently I reviewed the new 3-part Strutt Records compilation, “Next Stop … Soweto,” for The National. The album series are re-releases of rare 45s and other recordings from 1960s and 1970s South Africa. The first installment showcases “Township Sounds from the Golden Age of Mbaqanga” (cover above). This is the kind of music that drove Paul Simon’s “Graceland”
Thursday, November 19th, 2009
This is good.
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
I like the sound of Brooklyn band, Burkina Electric. Here they perform with composer Lukas Ligeti on “Soundcheck,” a music program on WNYC, the New York City public radio station.
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
Some bad 1970s West African funk courtesy of one of the continent’s craziest bands, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. This track is called “Gbeti Madjro.”
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
Personnel: Miles Davis (Trumpet) Benjamin Rietveld (Bass) Joseph “Foley” McCreary (Lead Bass) Ricky Wellman (Drums) John Bigham (Electric Percussion) Kenny Garrett (Sax & Flute) and Kei Akagi (Keyboards).