Saturday, November 20, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 95

Intro: Senor Blues / Herbie Mann / Ritmos de la Noche / Compilation

Set one:

1. Manitos / Theresa Perez / Small World
2. Let it Rain / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Thunder in the Jungle

Set two:

  1. Watermelon Man / Mongo Santamaria / Ritmos de la Noche
  2. Luck of Lucien / Tribe Called Quest / People’s Instinctive Travels & Paths of Rhythms
  3. Bailalo Asi / Pelo el Afrokan / Revolution! Original Cuban Funk
     Set three:

1.    Fireweaver / Roy Ayers Ubiquity / He’s Coming
2.    Ponteio / Astrud Gilberto / Ritmos de la Noche
3.    She Will be Loved / Maroon 5 / Aid Still Required (led the voice of Adam Levine)

     Set Four:

  1. Freedom Road / Blind Boys of Alabama / Aid Still Required
  2. Bless You / John Lennon / Aid Still Required
  3. We Live in Brooklyn, Baby / Roy Ayers Ubiquity / He’s Coming
  4. Everybody Loves the Sunshine / Seu Jorge & Almaz
  5. Crescent / Monika’s Universe Mix / Island Outpost 2

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 94

Intro: Toque de timbaleiro / Timbalada

Set one:

  1. Menina do Samba / Barravento / Vatapa de Veia
  2. Suenos Lejos / Olodum
  3. Danca de Cordinha / E o Tchan
Set two:

  1. Neguinha, Pretinha / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza na Cidade Negra
  2. Danca do Poe, Poe / E o Tchan
  3. 3. Raio de Sol / Barravento / Vatapa de Veia
Set three:

  1. Dente de Ouro / Barravento / Vatapa de Veia
  2. Pacquerei / E o Tchan
  3. 3. Eu Sou o Seu / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis 
Set four:

  1. Abalou Cachoeira / Mestre Bimba
  2. Nao Precisa Ainda Nada / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis
Set five:

  1. Uma Canto de Ile Aiye / Caetano Veloso
  2. De Ouro e Marfim / Gilberto Gil / Quantas
  3. Amor na Bahia / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza
Set six:

  1. Venha Ca / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis
  2. Eu Vim da Bahia / Joao Gilberto / Joao, Voz e Violao

Saturday, November 06, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 93


A Chamada da Bahia / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza

set one

1. Negrice Cristal / Ile Aiye / Canto Negro
2. Na Cidade Negra / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza

set two

1. A Saida do Ile / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis
2. Depois Que o Ile Passar / Ile Aiye / Canto Negro
3. Que Dia Bonito / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis

set three

1. Que Bloco e Esse? / Ile Aiye / Canto Negro
2. Tambores da Liberdade / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza
3. Caminho /  Ile Aiye / Canto Negro

set four:

1. O Acaraje / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis
2. Ogum e Que Sabe / Dori Caymmi / If Ever...
3. Beijos Azuis / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis

set five

1. Voce Esta na Bahia / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza
2. Na Serenidade / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis
3. Fica no Brasil / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza


Friday, November 05, 2010

George Cain, African-American Novelist (1943-2010)

George Cain

When you grow up in the inner city you come in contact with an assorted cast of characters. Characters quite unlike those found in a Mark Twain novel. In my neighborhood, the characters had a greater resemblance to those described by the great Charles Dickens; rogues and criminal geniuses. In my neighborhood, con-artist were many while creative artist were few. Unfortunately, some men combined the best of both worlds to become creative con-artist whose treachery was legendary. 

It is easy to learn bad things from bad people, the ill-gotten gains of their treachery are easily on display in bad neighborhoods. Even good kids will dabble in the "devils work" because it's the most readily acceptable currency and commodity. The villain and the outlaw have a greater power of seduction when you live "on the other side of town"

George Cain was a good kid once, a neighborhood legend. He was a high school basketball star and he went to a well known private school. He was hyper-intelligent and he received a college scholarship that should have been his passport out of my neighborhood. Unfortunately for George, he could never turn his back on our neighborhood, never give up his membership in the underclass. He would be tied by a string of remembrance to my neighborhood forever. He would hold fast to the rope of heroin addiction until it took its toll on him. 

What made George stand out, was not his addiction to heroin in a neighborhood filled with heroin addicts. What made him stand out, was that he wrote about it and his novel, "Blueschild Baby", was published by a major publishing house, McGraw-Hill, in 1970.

It is a major accomplishment for any writer to have their first novel published by a major publishing house. Yet George's accomplishment would be soon buried under the debris of a lost opportunity.
Still, when I choose to remember George Cain, I prefer to recall his loving support for my musical creativity and hopes for my career as a recording artist. 

As my big brother's best friend, George occupied a place of reverence for me because he was cool, tall and intelligent. He appreciated good music and he recognized my talent early on. When you are a child growing up in the ghetto, encouragement is a precious sentiment. Young men remember the kind words
from the "big brothers" in the neighborhood. Sometimes, their influence is of greater importance than those of real family. When I was growing up, many a failed ghetto genius saw in me the potential to escape from inner city doom. Many a neighborhood heroin addict recognized my musical ability as a one-way ticket off the block. Those who had seen the dark side could clearly see the light in me.
 I never would have imagined that George would one day be that failed ghetto genius.

One summer day, before George would join the ranks of the "should-have-beens", he would jump-start my musical career as a recording artist with one kind act. Oddly, this summer day would forever connect me to George Cain's first and only novel.

I really cannot remember any of the details of that day as much as I can recall the outcome. What I do remember is that I encountered George on the street and he told me that he had just received his first royalty advance check from McGraw-Hill to complete his first novel. He was glowing, as happy as a young man could be. He told me to come with him, that he was going to take me someplace. I don't remember if we walked or how we got there but we soon arrived at Sam Goody's record store in midtown Manhattan. At the time, Sam Goody's was the most incredible warehouse for all of the world's music. It was to me like some giant exotic candy store. I would make pilgrimage to Sam Goody's just to look at the beautiful LP record covers. Unlike today's CD cases, these were big beautiful works of art that held the secrets to the musical universe. The most fascinating of all were the Jazz albums because the covers would be so cool. Blue Note covers were fascinating but all of the labels had fantastic artwork designs.

I was young but I was already very knowledgeable, since my dad always brought home DownBeat magazine. I would always read the musician's blindfold test reviews and along with listening to WLIB, New York's premiere jazz station, I had many albums on my imaginary must buy list. Yet, the truth was, I was just a kid and I could not afford to buy any of these albums. Until that summer day when George Cain's largess and loving generosity changed my life forever.

 I can only remember how he made me feel. He told me to get whatever music I wanted to get and he would pay. I can recall being repressed by the social mores of my Caribbean upbringing. Though this was a grand gesture, I didn't want to be greedy or thoughtless. Though my mother wasn't there, I could hear her voice in my head. We were always raised with this sense of propriety and dignity that Caribbean parents impart to their children. So, I would mull my decision with great care since I had self-imposed limits that George never imposed. I don't remember all the albums I bought as much as I remember George urging me to let myself go and get what I  truly wanted!

I do remember that I reached for my biggest hero first; Miles Davis Quintet's "The Sorcerer" was my prize selection. Then I had to buy two John Coltrane albums; "Africa Brass" and "Expression". I think I bought McCoy Tyner's; "Expansions" that day and I know I bought the classic Sonny Rollins recording; "East Broadway Rundown". Max Roach's fascinating; "Drums Unlimited" was definitely on the list that day.

I cannot remember just how many albums George bought for me that day but I do know that they were the start of my Jazz collection that now exceeds hundreds of recordings. His joy at receiving his first advance check included doing something special for me!

Unfortunately for George, after his first novel was published and sold in book stores, he would get more royalty checks that financed his addiction to heroin. The money he received from McGraw-Hill for a second novel never provided it's intended outcome. There never would be a second George Cain novel.
Today, George Cain's first novel; "Blueschild Baby" stands as the only testament to the life of a brilliant ghetto genius.

George Cain, who wrote the critically acclaimed novel "Blueschild Baby" died on Saturday, Oct.27th, a day that what was to be his 67th birthday. His novel was published by McGraw-Hill in 1970.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 92

Vote!  2010

Election Day Special

Qua, Qua, Qua / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Agua Que Va a Caer

set one:

1. In 2 Deep / Damian Marley / Welcome to Jamrock
2. I.T.T. / Fela Anikulapo Kuti

set two:

1. Tristeza e Beleza / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza na Cidade Negra
2. Las Calles / Ruben Blades / Cantares del Subdesarollo
3. El Tumbadero / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Agua Que Va a Caer

set three:

1. (Send Your Roaches to) Julie Nixon / Mother Night / Mother Night
2. Believe / Ozomatli / Street Signs
3. Ghost Town / The Specials

set four:

1. Things Aint Cool / Julian Marley / Awake
2. Crazy Baldheads / Bob Marley
3. The Strong Will Survive / Nas & Damian Marley / Distant Relatives

Monday, October 25, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 91

Female Voices: 7th Show in the Series.                                        
Theresa Perez

Intro: My People / Theresa Perez / Small World
Set one:

1. Black Hand Side / Queen Latifah / Black Reign
2. Mango Pickle Down River / M.I.A. / Kala
3. Weekend Love / Queen Latifah / Black Reign
Koralee and Rasheed

Set two:

1. Time (35 bag remix) / O’spada / Hot Biscuits Blog
2. I Can’t Understand / Queen Latifah / Black Reign
3. Exmas / Koralee / Koralee EP
    Mayra Andrade

    Set three:

    1. Grains de Beaute / Ceu / Vagarosa
    2. Just Another Day / Queen Latifah / Black Reign
    3. Lapidu Na Bo / Mayra Andrade / Navega
    4. The D.J.’s Interlude / Queen Latifah / Black Reign

    Set four:

    1. Rainforest Kissing / Theresa Perez / Small World
    2. Kounandi / Rokia Traore / Tchamantche
    3. Fall at My Feet / Koralee / Koralee EP

    Gregory Isaacs, The Cool Ruler! (1951-2010)

    Gregory Isaacs: The Cool Ruler

    Jamaican Reggae Legend, Gregory Isaacs has passed today.

    All the world of reggae music lovers will mourn the loss of the man known as “The Cool Ruler”. Though I never had the pleasure of performing with this master musician, I did see him perform on stage three times in my life.

    He had a silky smooth delivery and the suave cool of a ghetto Casanova. Gregory Isaacs’ appeal to women was obvious but his appeal to men was even more powerful. He was that brother you could relate to, like so many you knew from the neighborhood posse. He was somebody that it was cool to look up to, cool to be like, a smooth brother.

    I can still remember how he strolled onto the stage with his tall hat tilted to the side. He took his time, because he could! He had that Jamaican walk that said he grew up on the tough side of the tracks. This made him more than the average love song singer, Gregory Isaacs was tough but he could admit to a broken heart. Gregory Isaacs was a Black man and I could relate to him.

    His voice was captivating, one of those singers who’s every word you could remember. If you lived in Brooklyn, I’m sure you remember Earl Chin’s late night Rockers show, after the midnight hour.  Can anybody forget hanging out with their woman, candle light, incense burning, and Gregory Isaacs in the room singing “Night Nurse”?

    Sunday, October 17, 2010

    Neyma from Mozambique

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 90

    Photo Credit: Grace Olsson

    The Music of Mozambique

    Intro: Maria Caracoles / Pelo el Afrokan 

    Set one:

    1. Zora Drums / Grupo Zora de Maputo
    2. Matxutxubanga / Projeto Africa
    3. Mayvavo / Ghorwane

    Set two:

    1. Timbila Solo / Spooni Wilessene
    2. Wavitika / Ghorwane
    3. Golheani / Seppo Kantonen

    Set three:

    1. Shitende / Fernando Naife
    2. Marido e Dono / Neyma
    3. Djika / Orch, Marrabenta Star de Mocambique

    Set four:

    1. Djomela / Orch, Marrabenta Star de Mocambique
    2. Tiyisselane / Zebra
    3. Nwahulwana / Orch, Marrabenta Star de Mocambique
    4. Mi So / Neyma
    5. Las Jardineras / Pelo el Afrokan

    Monday, October 04, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 89

    Intro: Odo-Ya / Sergio Mendes-Carlinhos Brown / Encanto

    Set one:

    1. Dance or Die / Janelle Monae / ArchAndroid
    2. As We Enter / Nas-Damian Marley / Distant Relatives
    3. Tengo La Voz / Nortec Collective / Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3

    Set two:

    1. San Juan y Martinez / Anga / Echu Mingua
    2. The Look of Love / Sergio Mendes-Fergie / Encanto
    3. Samba Hop / Branford Marsalis / Music Evolution
    4. Rezos / Anga / Echu Mingua

    Set three:

    1. Freeform / Anga / Echu Mingua
    2. The Scratch / Branford Marsalis / Buckshot LeFonque
    3. Funky Bahia / Sergio Mendes-Saidah Garrett / Encanto
    4. Jerry's Tune / Anga / Echu Mingua

    Set four:

    1. Neon Valley Street / Janelle Monae / ArchAndroid
    2. Wonders & Signs / Branford Marsalis / Buckshot LeFonque
    3. Say You'll Go / Janelle Monae / ArchAndroid
    4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings / Branford Marsalis

    Listen to the Show!

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 88

    Intro: Puerto Rico / Eddie Palmieri / Sentido

    Set one:

    1. Viva Cepeda / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri / El Sonido Nuevo
    2. Ritmo Uni / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri /
    3. Condiciones Que Existen / Eddie Palmieri / Sentido

    Set two:

    1. Adoracion / Eddie Palmieri / Sentido
    2.  Los Bandidos / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri
    3. El Sondio Nuevo / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri

    Set three:

    1. Los Jibaros / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri
    2. Guajira en Azul / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri
    3. Fuji / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri
    4. Black Orchid / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri
    5. Picadillo / Cal Tjader-Eddie Palmieri

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 87

    Mark "Markolino" Dimond

    Fallen and forgotten, Markolino Dimond was one of Latin Music's most dynamic pianists. A child prodigy from New York City's East Harlem, he began his 3-year tenure with the legendary Willie Colon when he was a mere 15-years old. 

    Growing up in the primarily Latino neighborhood of "El Barrio", Mark's musical abilities with Salsa garnered him attention in part because he had an 'Anglo' surname. It was said that his father was Cuban, nonetheless, when I met Markolino he seemed to be an American who grew up around Boricuas. Being an island boy, I was always tickled by guys like him, who took on affectations of our culture, but Markolino was the real deal. When he played a montuno on the piano, it didn't matter what his last name was, he was an incredibly swingin' dude! 

    Funny thing about him was that when I played in a band with him, he never flaunted his career accomplishments. I never knew he had played with Willie Colon and Hector LaVoe and was held in such high regard by the Latin music community. 

    The Mark Dimond I knew, from my vantage point, was a brilliant mercurial-minded musician who had endless ideas flowing from his mind but his fingers could reveal a losing battle with heroin. Sometimes he would be completely sober and his playing was fantastic. He had incredible rhythm and he loved classical music-styled embellishments. Other times, sadly, he was like so many flawed heroin-addicted musicians; sloppy, surly attitude and missing in action. 

    New York City has always featured prominently in drug culture and back then, before the crack cocaine epidemic, heroin ruled the lives of many inner city kids. When I think of Mark Dimond, I think of how many non-musician, regular kids suffered the same fate in obscurity. Markolino had a gift that separates him still to this day. Even now, you can find music critics who remember him fondly for his brilliance and not his demise.

    Intro: Che Che Cole /Willie Colon (featuring Hector LaVoe)

    Set One:

    1. El Quinto de Beethoven / Markolino Dimond
    2. Sonido Bestial / Richie Ray / Homenaje a Jerry Masucci
    3. Por Eso / Hector LaVoe / Fania All-Stars / 100% Descargas

    Set Two:

    1. El Todo Poderoso / Hector LaVoe / La Voz
    2. Mi Irmita / Markolino Dimond / Brujeria
    3. Yo Soy la Salsa / Richie Ray / Homenaje a Jerry Mascucci

    Set Three:

    1. The Hustler / Willie Colon / A Man & His Music
    2. Paraiso de Dulzura / Hector LaVoe / La Voz
    3. Aguardiente /Markolino Dimond / Brujeria
    4. Mi Gente / Hector LaVoe / La Voz

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Truth is Stranger Than Fiction...

    An Egyptian bust that resembled Michael Jackson on display in Inside Ancient Egypt, which opened in 1988 at the Field Museum. This bust of an Egyptian woman is nearly 3,000 years old, yet the resemblance to the late King of Pop is uncanny. The bust has been a part of the Museum's collection since 1899 and was collected by Edward Ayer, who spearheaded the founding of the Museum. 

    The bust was made during the New Kingdom Period (1550 BCE to 1050 BCE) which is the same time period as King Tut and Ramses. According to the curator, 95% of Egyptian statues and busts were defiled by early Christians and Muslims because the statues were looked at as idolatry. Taking the nose off made them 'non-human' and less offensive. 

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    Another Artist Passing: Arrow (Alphonsus Cassell)

    For many people who are not familiar with Calypso, Arrow may not be a recognizable name but for those of us who have danced and partied from Brooklyn to Port of Spain that is not the case.

    Arrow brought a distinct flavor to Kaiso, it was the flavor of  Montserrat. Arrow put Montserrat and himself on the musical map in 1982 with his gigantic hit: "Hot, Hot, Hot". A song that would later be covered by a pop musician, Buster Pointdexter, and brought to international fame.

    I can recall being drenched in sweat in Trinidad Carnival as Arrow sang "Bills", "Soca Rhumba" and "Rub Up". His was a different take on soca, it had the feel of merengue and it seemed to crossover into a more Pan-Caribbean vibe. The beat was hard and it reminded me of the French Caribbean and the Spanish Caribbean all at once. The horns were very prominent, in your face. My best friend; Ron Taylor added his blaring lead trumpet to many of Arrow's hits. The talented Leston Paul added superb arrangements. Take a listen.

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Sadly, Another Passing: Varnette P. Honeywood

    I met this talented artist when I first moved to Los Angeles in 1982 at a street faire. I bought some of her work because I thought it was so sweetly unique. Her work was unassuming and straight forward. Her use of color was so very African. She will be missed but like all great artist, her work will live forever and a day.

    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    A word about this week's podcast episode (86)

    This week's podcast celebrates a wonderful compilation CD: "African Scream Contest". This is a project that sheds light on the beginnings of Afro-Funk in West Africa in the 1970's. I like to call this period "Africa:Post-James Brown". The Godfather of Soul had a profound effect on the entire continent, as he brought African-American polyrhythms back to their source. 

    What seems to be lost on so many Americans is the fact that Africa was so hip and aware back then. Unfortunately, so much of this symbiotic cultural relationship was lost upon a pre-Internet generation that had to rely upon the dominant-culture media for African news.

    Now in 2010, the African Diaspora is so much more connected. The lines of cultural communication are fortified by a satellite linked world. Creators like me benefit greatly from this brave new world.

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 86

    Lola Falana

    Set One:

    1. Djanfa Magni / Tidiane Kone & Orchestre Poly-Ritmo  / African Scream Contest
    2. Thunder in the Jungle / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Thunder in the Jungle
    3. Na Oil / Seun Kuti & Eygpt 80 / Think Africa 

    Set Two:

    1.  Vinon So Minsou / Ouinsou Corneille & Black Santiago / African Scream Contest
    2.  Se Na Min / El Rego & Ses Commandos / African Scream Contest 
    3. Ayer y Hoy / Brownout / Aguilas and Cobras  

    Set Three:

    1. Che Che Cole Makossa / Antibalas / Daptone Gold
    2. Oya Ka Jojo / Les Volcans de la Capital  
    3. I Faram Gami I Faram / Mulatu Astatke / Mulatu Steps Ahead  
    4. Sacred Waters / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Thunder in the Jungle   



    Sunday, September 05, 2010

    Remembering A Great African Mind

    Check out Runoko Rashidi's biography of Cheikh Anta Diop.

     If you are interested in African Diaspora Culture you can follow the links at the right side of this page to read up on African History and other interesting topics.

    Saturday, September 04, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 85

    Photo: Betty Press

    Intro: Cheikh Anta Diop / Doudou N'diaye Rose / Djabote

    Set One:

    1. Senegal-Brasil / Cheikh Lo / Lamp Fall 
    2. Na Cidade Negra / Rasheed Ali & Rain People/ Tristeza e Beleza

    Set Two:

    1. Tristeza e Beleza / Rasheed Ali & Rain People/ Tristeza e Beleza
    2. Umi Says / Mos Def / Black on Both Sides
    3. Improvisation No.2 / Saikouba Badjie / Solo Drumming of Casamance

    Set Three:

    1. The Good Lord / Brother Ali / The Truth is Here
    2. Kongo Magni / Boubacar Traore / Kongo Magni
    3. Al Ghourba / Ali Hassan Kuban / Nubian Magic

    Set Four:

    1. Trembony / Ali Hassan Kuban / Nubian Magic
    2. Helalisa / Hamza El-Din / Eclipse
    3. Zikroulah / Cheikh Lo / Lamp Fall
    4. Djonkana / Boubacar Traore / Kongo Magni

    Saturday, August 28, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 84

    Intro: Indigene / DJ Malik / Rai & RnB

    Set One:

    1. The Call / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Thunder in the Jungle
    2. Musafir / A.R. Rahman / Vande Mataram

    Set Two:

    1. Lies From The Truth / Rasheed Ali / Unreleased Track
    2. Geulis / Sabah Habas Mustapha & Jugala AllStars / So La Li
    3. The Game / Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan / Mustt Mustt

    Set Three:

    1. Africa Occidental / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Agua Que Va Caer
    2. Doley Mbolo Remix / Africando / Trovador

    Set Four:

    1. Gurus of Peace / A.R. Rahman w/ Nusrat F.A.Khan / Vande Mataram
    2. Voce Esta Na Bahia / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Tristeza e Beleza Na Cidade Negra
    3. Cheiknah Demba / Ballake Sissoko & Toumani Diabate / New Ancient Strings

    Saturday, August 21, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 83

     Ramadhan Special Show / Part Two

    Intro: Tamatant Tilay / Tinariwen / Aman Iman (“water is Life”)

    Set One:

    1. Muhammad Walks / Lupe Fiasco  / Farenheit 1-15 Part-1 
    2. Tijaniyya / Youssou N’Dour / Egypt

    Set Two:

    1. Africa / Akon  / African Westside
    2. Baaye Faal / Rasheed Ali / Thunder in the Jungle
    3. Sunlight / Wu-Tang Clan (Featuring: RZA) / 8 Diagrams

    Set Three:

    1. Improvise / Jurassic 5 / Quality Control
    2. Sisi / Issa Bagayogo / Timbuktu
    3. Astronomy 8th Light / Black Star (Tailb Kweli & Mos Def)
    4. Saye Mogo Bane / Issa Bagayogo / Timbuktu

    Set Four:

    1. Change / T-Pain (Featuring: Akon & Mary J.Blige) / Thr33 Ringz
    2. Keep Going / T-Pain / Thr33 Ringz
    3. As in a Mirror / Youssou N’Dour / Music from “I Bring What I Love”
    4. Fighters / Lupe Fiasco (Featuring: Mathew Santos) / The Cool

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 82

    Intro: The Invocation / Rasheed Ali / The Empty Vessel Speaks

    Filaw / Issa Bagayogo / Mali Koura

    Set One:

    1.  Cler Achel / Tinariwen / Aman Iman (water is life)
    2. Koukou / Salif Keita / Moffou
    3. Jhoole Jhoole Laal / Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan / Visions of Allah
    4. No Hay Nada Mas / Mos Def / The Ecstatic

    Set Two:

    1. Gnangran / Issa Bagayogo / Sya
    2. Awa Didjen / Tinariwen / Aman Iman (water is life)
    3. Sankana / Salif Keita / La Difference

    Set Three:

    1. Illailagh Tenere / Tinariwen / Aman Iman (water is life)
    2. Tcheni Tchemakan / Issa Bagayogo / Mali Koura
    3. Baba / Salif Keita / Moffou

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

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    Saturday, August 07, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 81

    Intro: Cachao's Guiro / Cachao / Master Sessions, Vol. 1

    1. Chango Ta Veni / Celia Cruz / 100% Azucar
    2. Canto a Las Guerreros / Orch. Estrellas Cubanas / Cuando Los Esperitos Bailan Mambo

    Set Two:

    1. Rezos / Miguel 'Anga' Diaz / Echu Mangua 
    2. La Procesion / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Agua Santa
    3. Obatala / Francisco Aguabella y Su Grupo Oriza / Bembe Y Afro-Cuban Music
    4. Eri Onle / Lazaro Ros / Oluwe Aye: Chango

    Set Three:

    1. Ochosi (Seco) Lazaro Ros / Oluwe Aye: Ochosi
    2. Yemaya y Ochun  (Prelude) / Llego la India Via Eddie Palmieri
    3. Canto Ebioso / Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevoyorkino
    4. Oya / Francisco Aguabella y Su Grupo Oriza
    5. Agua Santa / Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevoyorkino

    Set Four:

    1. Canto Ayosin / Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nuevoyorkino
    2. Africa / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Agua Santa
    3. Tume, Tume / Miguel 'Anga' Diaz w/ Baba Sissoko / Echu Mangua
    4. Modele, Modele / Lazaro Ros / Oluwe Aye: Chango

    Saturday, July 31, 2010

    Without Words: Issa Bagayogo

                                                                  The Funky Griot of Mali!

    Madala Kunene (re-posted from an earlier post)

    I fell in love with the city of Durban. A jewel of a city in KwaZulu-Natal Province, it sits majestically on the warm Indian Ocean.
    Durban is home to Zulus and East Indian descendents and it was the last outpost of Colonial British influence.
    This city reminds me of the Caribbean, especially Trinidad.
    I felt so at home, I hung out with great people like Oscar Ngcobo who took me to a music club; The Rainbow Room, where I sat for hours listening to the trance-like sounds of Madala Kunene's Maskanda music. It's a music that reminds you of Malian music; like Oumou Sangare or Ali Farka Toure.
    It was the most different music I've ever heard in my life but when it ended, it was like a dream that you couldn't describe to anyone.

    His Story:

    Madala Kunene has been making music since he was a child, busking on the streets of Durban, playing a guitar he made from a cooking oil tin and fish guts. Madala's music is rooted in ritual and tradition, and he frequently goes into trance when he performs. He has been called: "The Mystic of Durban".
    Madala has developed a completely original style of playing guitar based on ancient divination music and most of his inspiration comes to him in dreams. Kunene is renowned for the transcendental and ethereal quality of his songs. While performing he goes into a deep trance, "When I am playing my brain is not there. Each time I go to a place I've never been before." His music reflects all of this, with its dreamy, almost hallucinatory images.


    While in South Africa I learned much about the history of the Zulu. The Zulus were not native to South Africa. The Khoi-San were the dominant ethnic group in the area of Southern Africa. The Zulus were Bantu speakers from further north who arrived in the area of Southern Africa in the 9th century. Maybe this explains why Maskanda music reminds one of the music of the Sudan or Sahel.

    You can enjoy the mystic sounds of Madala Kunene on this week's One Tribe, Many Voices podcast.

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 80

    Dobet Gnahore
    Mayra Andrade

    Intro: M'Ba Fodi / Issa Bagayogo / Mali Koura

    Set One

    1. Sumbuyaya / Jali Bakari Konteh / Konteh Kunda
    2. Lua / Mayra Andrade / Navega
    3. Palea / Dobet Gnahore / Na Afriki

    Set Two

    1. Kurima / Chiwoniso / Rebel Woman
    2. Sani Bonani / Madala Kunene / Kon'Ko Man
    3. Toroya / Issa Bagayogo / Timbuktu

    Set Three

    1. Kon'Ko Man / Madala Kunene
    2. Mogo Kele / Oumou Sangare / Seya
    3. Souba Souba / Vieux Farka Toure / Fondo

    Set Four

    1. By Your Side / Sade / Red, Hot & Riot / Fela Tribute
    2. Donso / Oumou Sangare / Seya
    3. Pamuromo / Chiwoniso / Rebel Woman


    Sunday, July 25, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 79

    Intro: Salsa Rai (Sin Cadenas) 
    Faudel & Yuri Buenaventrua / L'essential Faudel

    Set One

    1. Salamane / Zahouania / Oran Party Mix Tape
    2. La Camel / Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella / Kutche
    3. Moulay Abdallah / Gnawa Marrakech / Songs for Sidi Mimoun

    Set Two

    1. Lemayti / Maroc All-Stars
    2. Chebba / Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella / Kutche
    3. Hana-hana / Cheba Djenet
    4. Ya Moulati / AbdeSalam Khaloufi

    Set Three

    1. Sandiye / Majid Bekkas / African Gnawa Blues
    2. Hana-hana / Cheba Fadela / Live

    Set Four

    1. Mraba / Majid Bekkas / African Gnawa Blues
    2. Hana-hana / Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella / Kutche
    3. Taksim Sur le Makam Awjara / Said Chraibi / Oud


    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 78

    This week's show is a re-broadcast of a show from our archives.

    You can access the playlist: Episode 48

    Saturday, July 03, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 77

    Intro: Keleya / Moussa Doumbia / Psychedelic Classics Vol.3

    Set One:

    1. Big Payback / James Brown / Soul Power Soundtrack
    2. Think Africa / Seun Kuti

    Set Two:

    1. Kalakuta Show / Red , Hot and Riot / Fela Tribute
    2. Zombie / Bugz in the Attic / Red , Hot and Riot
    3. Katakuta Show / Mix Master Mike, Lateef / Red , Hot and Riot
    4. Don't Give Me That Shit / Seun Kuti / Seun Kuti & Egypt '80

    Set Three:

    1. Water Get No Enemy / Femi Kuti / Collection
    2. Ijo / Tony Allen / Secret Agent
    3. Alutere / Tony Allen / Secret Agent

    Set Four:

    1. Do Your Best / Femi Kuti & Mos Def
    2. No Agreement / Baba Maal, Tony Allen & Ray Lema / Red, Hot and Riot

    Check out these archive posts on Tony Allen , and James Brown .

    Sunday, June 27, 2010

    "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 76

    Intro: Combination / Jali Bakart Konteh / Konteh Kunda

    Set one:

    1. Massake / Habib Koite / Afriki
    2. Sarama / Vieux Farka Toure / Fondo

    Set two:

    1. Dambalou / Issa Bagayogo / Timbuktu
    2. Iyo Djeli / Oumou Sangare / Seya

    Set three:

    1. Fimani / Issa Bagayogo / Mali Koura
    2. Koroko / Oumou Sangare / Seya

    Set four:

    1. Sebero / Issa Bagayogo / Mali Koura
    2. Cherie Le / Vieux Farka Toure / Fondo

    Set five:

    1. Afriki / Habib Koite / Afriki
    2. Djeli / Salif Keita / La Difference
    3. Sabu Yerkoy / Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate / Ali & Toumani