Saturday, May 29, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 72

Intro : Calypso Rose / I am Back

Special Show Celebrating the Female Voices of the African Diaspora!

Set One:

1. Kayini Wura / Oumou Sangare / Ko Sira
2. Guzophela / Zap Mama

Set Two:

1. Nweti / Amoya / Cineta
2. Yachilwi Yachali / Yosefa
3. Avelo / Tarika / Son Egal

Set Three:

1. Nin Hun / Maryam Marsal / Journey
2. La Voz de Experiencia / Celia Cruz y La India / Carnaval de Exitos
3. Forever / Tarika

Set Four:

1. Ponta de Areia / Elis Regina / Live
2. In Brasil / Flora Purim / Every day, Every night
3. No Love / Erykah Badu / Baduizm

Sunday, May 23, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 71

intro: 'Na Gira / Rita Ribeiro / Perolas aos Povos

Set one:

1. Nao Brinca Mais / Gode Pavao
2. 'To / Rita Ribeiro / Perolas aos Povos
3. Jose / Mestre Ambrosio

Set two:

1. Palavra de Rei /Leao Coroada / Maracatu Atomico
2. Despedida de Amor /Gode Pavao
3. Usina / Mestre Ambrosio

Set three:

1. Que Baque e Esse? /Nacao Ere / Maracatu Atomico
2. Gode Pavao / Gode Pavao
3. Benjaa / Mestre Ambrosio

Set four:

1. Luanda /Nacao Ere / Maracatu Atomico
2. Aperto de Mao / Gode Pavao
3. Tres Vendas / Mestre Ambrosio

Set Four:

1. Beijos de Coco / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis
2. Nordestina / DJ Dolores & Santa Massa / Contraditorio
3. A Cara que o Mundo Ve / Rasheed Ali & Rain People / Beijos Azuis

Saturday, May 15, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 70

intro: Ni Fu, Ni Fa / Tego Calderon /Contra Ataca!

Set One:

1. Um Passeio no Mundo Livre / Chico Science & Nacao Zumbi/ Afrociberdelia

2. I Come Prepared / K'naan & Damian Marley / Troubadour

3. La Sirenita / Plastilina Mosh / Tonino & Chalo / Y Tu Mama Tambien Soundtrack

Set Two:

1. Santa Massa Chegou / DJ Dolores / Contraditorio
2. ABC's / K'naan & Chubb Rock / Troubadour
3. Ah! / Daude / Daude

Set Three:

1. America / K'naan & Mos Def / Troubadour
2. A Mancha / Lenine / Labiata
3. O Pensador / Daude / Daude

Set Four:

1. Catimbo / Dj Dolores / Contraditorio
2. Fire in Freetown / K'naan / Troubadour
3. Insomnio / Cafe Tacuba / Y Tu Mama Tambien
4. Continuacao / Lenine / Labiata

Showroom Dummies / Senor Coconut / Y Tu Mama Tambien

Monday, May 10, 2010

Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)

Lena Horne
and My Mom

Yesterday was Mother's Day and I am still reflecting on my mom.

My mother is a classy lady. People always see her as beautifully timeless and dignified. My mom was a sharp dresser when she was younger and when I was a child, she walked so tall that I always thought of her as a tall woman. It wasn't until I got older that I realized my mother wasn't tall at all. She merely created this illusion because she was proud and elegant at a time when not everyone was proud to be a "negro".

Maybe that's why Lena Horne was always her favorite star. My mom would talk about Lena Horne in the same way that the others talked about her. It was obvious to me that my mom saw Lena Horne as a strong African-American woman, always a shining beacon of racial pride and elegance.

Surely my mom didn't have to be so proud of being "black" since she has that cafe au lait creole complexion and is in fact, creole. Maybe that's one of the reasons why my mom loved Lena Horne so much. If you saw Lena Horne dancing up a storm in Stormy Weather, the 1943 all-Black cast musical, you had no doubts that she had Africa in those hips. When she sang..."Don't know why there's no sun up in the sky...stormy weather, since my man and I aint together" knew that despite her creole features, she was as Black as any other Black woman singing the blues.

Like so many other pioneers and prominent African-American barrier-breakers, I'm sure she endured countless heartbreaking moments, documented or not.

Lena Horne, African-American grand diva.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

"One Tribe, Many Voices" Podcast Episode 69

Intro: Inspiration / Patato Valdes / Authority

Set One

1. Eleggua Acapella / Lazaro Galaraga / Emi Okokan
2. Con Tres Tambores Bata / Tata Guines / Aniversario
3. Soke Mamdo / Juan "Long John" Oliva / Lucumi

Set Two

1. Obatala Ayacuna / Maraca / Tremenda Rumba
2. Cajon Abakua / Caravana Cubana / Del Alma

Set Three

1. El Solar de Cueva de Humo / Juan "Long John" Oliva / Lucumi
2. Dale Tres Golpes / Tata Guines / Aniversario
3. Sarandanga / Juan "Long John" Oliva / Lucumi

Set Four

1. Iroko Van Van / Juan "Long John" Oliva / Lucumi
2. Oyelo de Nuevo / Los Munequitos de Matanzas
3. Mambuela / Gregorio "El Goyo" Hernandez / La Rumba es Cubana
4. Oyanza / Juan "Long John" Oliva / Lucumi

Friday, May 07, 2010

Master Drummer Francisco Aguabella Passes Away!

Francisco Aguabella: October 10, 1925 - May 7, 2010

Another master of African-Caribbean music has passed away. Cuban master drummer Francisco Aguabella succumbed to a long battle with cancer today.

Though I had the pleasure of watching him perform live, it is his performances on some of my favorite classic recordings that really inspire awe.

Aguabella was featured on Mongo Santamaria's classic 1958 recording: Yambu.

He was also featured on Tito Puente's landmark 1957 recording: Top Percussion.

If Francisco Aguabella would have ended his musical career 52 years ago, he would still be enshrined in the Afro-Caribbean music Hall of Fame!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Fulano de Tal, An Africanism in the Language.

Senegalese Actress: Aissa Maiga

It is an interesting truth that in Latin America, when someone is not acquainted with a person's name, they will call the stranger "Fulano de Tal". This is a way of saying: "so-and-so" or "what's-his-name".

In Brasil and Portugal people also say: "Fulano, Cicrano e Beltrano". In Spanish-speaking places people say: "Fulano, Mengano y Zutano". Both phrases translate into the English colloquial phrase: "Tom, Dick and Harry".

So, the question becomes; "Why use the name Fulano?"

The Fulani people were nomadic, moving from place to place, so it is easy to imagine someone referring to someone not known to them as "that nomad" or Fulani. It is nearly analogous to people calling European nomads by the term Gypsy, as in Egyptian.