Friday, April 30, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 68

Intro: Djoley Mbolo / Africando / Trovador

Set One:

1. Gorel / Baaba Maal / Firin' in Fouta
2. Oubil M'Barken Diaye / Mapathe Diop / Sabar Wolof
3. Teugein / Pape Fall / African Salsa

Set Two:

1. Bamako / Youssou N'Dour / The Lion
2. Tabala Ganar / Doudou N' Diaye Rose / Djabote
3. Sidiki / Baaba Maal / Firin' in Fouta

Set Three:

1. Yaba Compose / Mapathe Diop / Sabar Wolof
2. African Woman / Baaba Maal / Firin' in Fouta

Set Four:

1. Baaba / Baaba Maal / Baayo
2. Gouye Gui / Africando / Trovador
3. Tajabone / Ismael Lo / Jammu Africa
4. Sama Duniya / Baaba Maal / Firin' in Fouta

Friday, April 23, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 67

Intro: Recordando las Descargas / Fania All-Stars

Set One:

1. Tumba / Fania All-Stars
2. La Inspiracion / Patato Valdez /Authority
3. Asi se Baila / Kako y Totico / La Maquina y El Motor
4. Bongo, Bongo / La Sonora Dinamita / Salsa Colombia

Set Two:

1. Cuero / Fania All-Stars
2. Oye Los Tambores / Kako y Totico / La Maquina y El Motor
3. La Descarga de Fruko Llego / Fania All-Stars

Set Three:

1. Timbalero / Fania All-Stars
2. El Trabuco Especial / Kako y Totico / La Maquina y El Motor
3. Anga y Jimmy Descarga / Caravana Cubana / The Late Night Sessions
4. Mazacote / Mongo Santamaria / Afro Roots

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010

Anyone who reflects on the name of my band knows that green is my favorite color. In the shadow of the rain forest I have lived and I know how alive the jungle is.

The original Earth Day was the brainchild of the late Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., who called for a nationwide teach-in on the environment in a speech in Seattle in September 1969. His daughter, Tia Nelson, said he decided to launch it after a major oil spill in California, and wrote the speech on airplane napkins.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

G.U.R.U. of Gang Starr succumbs to cancer.

News got out around the music world that Keith Elam, better known as MC G.U.R.U., had passed away after a battle with cancer.

The Gang Starr sound was part of a movement that included restructured jazz into the audio landscape of rap. The truth is, African-Americans of all shape and variety grow up in homes where Black music is not narrow-casted like modern American music is. The average Black person grows up in a home that has no boundaries for what constitutes our music. Many Hip Hop idols grew up in homes where Miles Davis was heard along side James Brown and BB King. Likewise, many of the Hip Hop icons also grew up in Caribbean-American homes where they heard island heroes like Mighty Sparrow, Bob Marley and Hector LaVoe.

G.U.R.U.'s passing reminds me of what Hip Hop used to sound like, how excited I was by dynamic socially-conscious recordings that paid homage to Malcolm X and reminded young Black men to "go head up against the competition". The message of real revolution was misappropriated and hijacked and now resides in a make-believe Hip Hop that echoes empty posturing.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Archive Show

This beautiful photo was taken by Gayle Nicholls last week at the Victor Pantoja Tribute Concert.

Today's "One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast features an archived show re-broadcast.

This show originally aired as an Earth Day Special on April 24, 2009.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 66

Set one:

1. Walking in the Rain
2. Long Time
3. Trinidad Steel / Rain People

Set two:

1. Mariana D'Angola / Thunder in the Jungle
2. Neguinha, Pretinha / Tristeza e Beleza na Cidade Negra
3. Falar sem Parar / Tristeza e Beleza na Cidade Negra
4. Uma Borboleta no Brasil / Tristeza e Beleza na Cidade Negra

Set three:

1. Beijos Azuis / Beijos Azuis
2. Uma Bofetada / Beijos Azuis
3. Cade Voce / Beijos Azuis
4. Venha Ca / Beijos Azuis

Set Four:

1. Come with Me / Thunder in the Jungle
2. Morena, Gitana / Agua que va Caer

Sunday, April 04, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 65

This week, the podcast radio show features the Rain People sound.

Afro-Centric and Pan-African are unifying themes that express the "Black Music Without Borders" concept of Rasheed Ali & Rain People. The music of the African Diaspora comes in many voices, many tongues. In the New World we Africans were often chained together and housed with fellow Africans that did not speak our tribal language. The colonial slave owners used this tactic to help keep order and keep us somewhat separate. The historical record provides a validation for this point.
Now, in the New Millennium, African descendants such as myself are reconnecting our tribal links. We came as Yoruba, Ashanti, Mende, Fulani, Bantu, Fon and many more before adapting to the foreign tongues. Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, English, Chinese and Hindi have all intertwined with the African tongue in the New World. Language is not a barrier for those who embrace the concept of "One Tribe, Many Voices". Celebrating unity!

Intro: Na Cidade Negra

Set One:

1. Thunder in the Jungle
2. Tristeza e Beleza
3. El Tumbadero

Set Two:

1. Agua Que Va Caer
2. Baye Fall
3. Nao Precisa Ainda Nada

Set Three:

1. The Teachers
2. A Cara Que o Mundo Ve
3. Uma Coisa Boa, Uma Coisa Doida

Set Four:

1. Cocinando
2. Let it Rain
3. Eu Sou o Seu