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Friday, December 30, 2011

A video from Dengue Fever

Here is a video of Dengue Fever, #2 on the list of top World Music albums of 2011, performing Uku from their 2011 release, Cannibal Courtship. You can hear the whole list on Global Grooves, New Years Eve at 11am-2pm on

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Video from this weeks show

Here is a link to a video of Tinariwen recording Tassili, the number one album of 2011 on the Global Grooves countdown. The album was record in the Algerian desert.

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Global Grooves playlist for 12/24/11

Global Grooves (Music) with DJ Brian 12/24/2011 11:00AM to 02:00PM
11:00AM The Chieftains “Oiche Nollag (Christmas Eve)” from Live From Dublin (CD, Album, 2005) on RCA (USA)
11:03AM Les Kilimambogo Brothers “Christmas Day Parts 1 & 2” from Les Kilimambogo LES 16 on unknown — Christmas song from Kenya, sung in Swahili
11:12AM Kakai Kilonzo & Les Kilimambogo Brothers “Shangilia Christmas Pts 1 & 2” from Les Kilimambogo LES 22 on Shava Musik (Kenya)
11:21AM The Psychedelic Aliens “Gbomei Adesai” from Psycho African Beat (World, 2010) on Academy LPs
11:24AM The Psychedelic Aliens “Gbe Keke Wo Taoc” from Psycho African Beat (World, 2010) on Academy LPs
11:27AM El Rego “Hessa” from El Rego (CD, Album, World, 2011) on Daptone (USA)
11:30AM Joe Mensah “Africa Is Home” from Ghana Soundz, Vol. 2: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70's Ghana (World, 2004) on Manufacturer
11:39AM Amade Cyrille & les Volcans de la Capitale “Ekpo Do Ye Si” from EPEV 003 on unknown
11:45AM Sir Victor Uwaifo “Ebibi (Ekassa 28)” from Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-1976 (CD, Album, Private, 2008) on Soundway
11:50AM Konono N°1 “Makembe” from Assume Crash Position (World, 2010) on Crammed Discs
12:00PM Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou “Mede ma gnin messe” from Échos hypnotiques, vol. 2 - From the Vaults of Albarika Store (1969-1979) (World, 2009) on Analog Africa
12:10PM Babatunde Olatunji “Ascension (Igoke)” from Circle of Drums (CD, Album, World, 2005) on Chesky Records
12:20PM Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan “ECSTASY” from Shahen-Shah (Religious, 1989) on Real World Records
12:34PM Cesaria Evora “Cabo Verde Mandá Manténha” from Original Album Classics: Césaria Évora (1999) on Catalog — From Cape Verde-she passed away this last week
12:38PM E Preciso Perdoar “Cesaria Evora” from Red Hot + Rio on Luaka Pop (US)
12:44PM Cesaria Evora “Tudo Tem Se Limite” from Cesaria (World, 1994) on RCA Records Label
12:49PM Salif Keita “Yamore (With Cesaria Evora)” from Moffou (CD, Album, Other, 2002) on Decca/Universal Music Company
12:56PM Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra “Boulevard De l'Independance” from Boulevard De l'Independance (MP3, Album, World, 2006) on World Circuit
01:00PM R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton “Many Flags” from Voices Across The Canyon, Vol. 4 (CD, Comp, 1999) on Canyon
01:05PM R. Carlos Nakai, William Eaton, Will Clipman “Horses In The Rain” from Dancing Into Silence (CD, Album, 2010) on Canyon
01:10PM Will Clipman “Desert Rain” from Pathfinder (CD, Album, World, 2007) on canyon records (USa)
01:13PM Sacred Spirit “Tor-Cheney-Nahana (Winter Ceremony)” from Chants And Dances Of The Native Americans (World, 1994) on Virgin UK
01:20PM Mari Boine, Inna Zhelannaya & Sergey Starostin “Das aiggun cuozzut” from Winter In Moscow (World, 2001) on Jaro Records
01:28PM Ofra Haza “Rachamim” from Adama (World, 1994) on Hed-Arzi — Music from Isreal
01:32PM Zohar “Shabbat Medley” from A Jewish Odyessey (CD, Comp, World, 2000) on Putumayo (USA)
01:35PM Zafa “Tariki” from Funky Grooves of Yemen (World, 2007) on Blue Pie
01:38PM Ofra Haza “Eshal” from Shaday (Pop) on Sire (USA)
01:42PM Natacha Atlas “Mistaneek” from Gedida (1999) on Mantra
01:50PM Karmix “sabhyata” from Putumayo Grooves on Putumayo (USA)

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Artist video Sir Victor Uwaifo

Here is a great video by Sir Victor Uwaifo,  playing a Nigerian version of the Christmas. Note the stellar red and white jump suit! I'll be playing a track by him tomorrow on Global Grooves.

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Happy Holidays from Global Grooves

I debated on whether to include any Christmas or holiday music at all on the Christmas Eve edition of Global Grooves. I knew for a fact I did not want to play foreign language versions of overplayed Christmas music but I did find a couple of African tunes that are really stellar and run about nine minutes each. I found them here:

"There's not a lot of African Christmas music out there, but I did manage to dig up a couple of tunes for your holiday enjoyment. Our first selection is by Kenya's Kilimambogo Brothers Band, "Shangilia Christmas Pts. 1 & 2," (Les Klimambogo LES 22). The second is side 1 of Ebenezer Obey's (left) 1972 LP Odun Keresimesi (Decca WAPS 62), also known as A Christmas Special From the King of Juju."-Likembe Blog

So I want to wish all my readers and listeners a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus and a Festive Kwanzaa!

Monday, December 19, 2011

My picks for the Top 10 World Music albums for 2011

Its that time of year again. Where we reflect on the new releases in music for the year and rate our favorite music released in 2011. Here is my list for the top 10 albums of the last year:

                                                      10. Youssou N' Dour-Dakar-Kingston

                                                         9. Vinicius Cantuária & Bill Frisell-Lágrimas Mexicanas

8. Vieux Farka Toure-The Secret


6. Ladysmith Black Mambazo-Songs from a Zulu Farm

5. Cheikh Lo-Jamm

4. Bombino-Agadez

3. Femi Kuti-Africa for Africa

2. Dengue Fever-Cannibal Courtship

1. Tinariwen-Tassili

You'll hear tracks from all of these great album plus more on Global Grooves, the 2011 retrospective show, 12/31/11 from 11am to 2pm on KRBX 89.9 FM and

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Here is a link to Global Grooves Facebook fan page

Here is a link to my Global Grooves fan page on Facebook. Please follow the link and like the fan page.

World music diva Cesaria Evora has passed away

"Cape Verdian Star Cesaria Evora, one of the most famous international world music acts, died today at Baptista de Sousa hospital in Mindelo in the island of Sao Vicente (Cape Verde). She died of high blood pressure complications.

The Cape Verdian government has declared two days of mourning for the death of the international star and flags are flying at half-staff at all official buildings in the archipelago and international delegations abroad.
Nicknamed the ‘barefoot’ diva for her habit of performing without shoes, Cesaria Evora was perhaps the best-known practitioner of morna, songs of sadness, sorrow and yearning.
Cesaria Evora (her friends called her Cize) was born on August 27th, 1941 in Mindelo, Cape Verde. At the age of 16 she started to sing at bars and ships, always standing and wearing down her legs. Mindelo has a large bay and ships arrived frequently bringing all kinds of goods, creating a lively atmosphere.
After Cape Verde gained its independence from Portugal, things didn’t go so well. There were less ships arriving to the ports and the once green archipelago suffered a severe drought that forced many of the island’s inhabitants to emigrate to mainland Africa, Portugal, the United States and France. Cesaria stayed in her hometown until 1985, when Bana, a musician friend, and a Cape Verde women’s association encouraged her to travel to Lisbon (Portugal) to showcase her talent.
In recent times, things improved in Cape Verde. Cesaria returned to the island, bringing with her a blue Ford that she owned in Paris. The lady with the bare feet, as she was also known, had difficulty walking so she used a driver.

Her album Cafe Atlantico sold more than 300.000 copies in France. In 2004, Voz d’Amor won the Grammy for best contemporary world music recording. That same year, Club Sodade: Cesaria Evora came out. It was the first-ever remix collection from the enduring Grammy winning artist.
For her 2009 album, Nha Sentimento, Cesaria and her crew found a collaborator and an admirer in Fathy Salama, a former conductor of the Cairo Orchestra who arranged the three mornas on the album.
Cesaria Evora survived a stroke in April of 2008. In May 2010 she was urgently admitted to a Paris hospital, due to a cardiac problem. "-World Music

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Last half of today's show...

Here is the last half of todays show. Good stuff on here. Enjoy.

Playlist for 12/17 Global Grooves

Global Grooves (Music) with DJ Brian 12/17/2011 11:00AM to 02:00PM
11:00AM Blink “Polka Set from Læsø” from Blink (Jazz, 2011, added 11/29/2011) on Norcd — Norway / Denmark / Sweden / Finland / Estonia-Nordic dance music. Brand new release
11:03AM Anne Niepold “Ces Petits Riens” from Terrain Vague (2011, added 12/05/2011) on — Belgium
11:07AM Baba Maraire “Chimurenga Chitsva” from Wona Baba Maraire (World, 2010) on Maraire Enterprises — Brand new tune from Zimbabwe
11:12AM Guehi Jean et son Enemble “Essemon Moupoh” from BB5008 on unknown — Ivory Coast
11:19AM Francis Bebey “Se Les Gaulois Avaient Su” from Francis Bebey - Original Masters Volume 1 (World, 2005) on Wedoo Music
11:28AM Orchestre Super Borgou de Parakou “Nan Koffi Taba” from ISN04 on unknown — Benin
11:34AM Guehi Jean et son Enemble “Gueya Zou” from BB5008 on unknown — Ivory Coast
11:38AM Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou “Nan Man Nan” from The 1st Album (World, 2011) on Analog Africa — Benin Groove
11:44AM Danialou Sagbohan & Les Astronautes “Mi Na Gan” from SAT063 on unknown — from a traditional rhythm of Goun people called Kaka and which Sagbohan transfigured into jazz.
11:49AM The Woody Woodpeckers “Nandi Nabhuti” from 78 Revolutions Per Minute - Majuba Jazz from Mra to Bra - Vol.1 on unknown — South African Jazz
11:53AM Merry Swingsters with Victor Mkize and Joyce Foley “Hambela eBhayi” from 78 Revolutions Per Minute - Majuba Jazz from Mra to Bra - Vol.1 on unknown
11:57AM The Blue Notes “No Doli Wami” from Siya Hamba! 1950s South African Country And Small Town Sounds on unknown
12:01PM Mulatu Astatke “Mascaram Setaba” from Mulatu of Ethiopia (Jazz, 1972) on SFR — Classic Ethiopian Jazz
12:04PM Mulatu Astatqé “Munaye” from Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974 (MP3, Album, Private, 1998) on Buda Musique (USA)
12:09PM Gétatchèw Mèkurya “Cofèré / Antichi Hoyé” from Éthiopiques 14: Negus Of Ethiopian Sax on Buda Musique (USA)
12:17PM Girma Beyene “Sét Alamenem” from Ethiopiques Volume 8: Swinging Addis on Buda Musique (USA)
12:23PM Ethiopiques “Heywèté - Instrumental” from Ethiopiques Vol.01 - Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music '69-'75 (Afro-Jazz) on Buda Musique (USA)
12:31PM Tito Puente and His Orchestra “A Night In Havana” from Dance Mania on unknown — Cuban Jazz
12:34PM Bembeya Jazz National “Beyla” from The Syliphone Years (World, 2004) on Sterns
12:41PM Nuta Jazz Band “Instrumental 1” from Zanzibara 3 (World, 2007) on Buda Musique (USA) — Zanibar
12:46PM The Afro Soul-Tet “Afro Revolt” from Afrodesia (Jazz, 2011) on Ubiquity Records
12:53PM Cheikh Lo “Shakara / Lady, Pt. 1” from Red Hot + Riot (Jazz, 2002) on Geffen (USA)
12:56PM Fela Kuti “Eko Ile” from AFRODISIAC (World, 2009) on LA C — Afro beat from Nigeria
01:03PM Fela Kuti “Unnecessary Begging” from The Underground Spiritual Game (CD, Album, World, 2004) on Quannum Projects
01:12PM Os Titas “Tema Para Titas” from PORTUGUESE NUGGETS VOL.1 on unknown — Psychedelic Portugal
01:15PM Various “Hoje Mais Feliz Do Que Nunca” from PORTUGUESE NUGGETS VOL.1 on unknown
01:18PM Quarteto 1111 “1111” from Psychedelic Portugal, Hard Psych And Progressive Sounds From Portugal Underground Scene 1968-1974 on unknown
01:23PM Evolucao “Noites De Sabath (1970)” from Psychedelic Portugal, Hard Psych And Progressive Sounds From Portugal Underground Scene 1968-1974 on unknown
01:26PM Ben “Blauer Montag” from The In-Kraut Vol. 2 - Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967-1974 on unknown
01:29PM Reith “No No No” from The In-Kraut Vol. 2 - Hip Shaking Grooves Made In Germany 1967-1974 on unknown
01:33PM The Fentones “Simla Beat Theme” from Love, Peace and Poetry-Asian Psychedelic Music on unknown
01:37PM Mogallar “Katip Arzvhalim Yaz Yare Boyle” from Love, Peace and Poetry-Asian Psychedelic Music on unknown
01:41PM Kack Toi Mor “P.M. Pocket Music” from Shadow Music of Thailand on unknown
01:44PM Johnny Guitar “Bangkok by Night” from Shadow Music of Thailand on unknown
01:47PM Dara Puspita “bertamasja” from Java-Java: Indonesia Screaming Fuzz Vol. 1 on unknown
01:50PM The Swallows “Angkok Angkok Bilis” from Java-Java: Indonesia Screaming Fuzz Vol. 1 on unknown
01:53PM Unknown “Blue Basket” from Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk And Pop Music Vol. 1 (Cassette) on unknown
01:56PM Yuya Uchida & the Flowers “Cambodia Rocks” from Love, Peace & Poetry: Asian Psychedelic Music (CD, Comp, Private, 2000) on Q.D.K. Media
01:59PM Dengue Fever “Escape from the Dragon House” from Escape From the Dragon House (CD, Album, World, 2005) on M80 (USA)

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This is an essay I wrote on Media consolidation

The Problem of Media Consolidation

     The line between news and entertainment has become increasingly blurred in our modern society. News media should provide all the information available to inform the public and serve the public interest. Since 1983, the number of companies that own most of the media in the United States, which includes newspapers, magazines, telephone services, internet access, TV and radio stations, movie studios and music companies, had dropped from over fifty companies to six in 2004 ( This is due largely to the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which eased ownership regulations that had been in place since 1934. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations make it extremely difficult for smaller, independent stations to get on air, creating media programming that is dictated by those with the most money and power. Although corporations argue that restrictions on media ownership hurt the free market and infringe on their rights to do business, the facts actually show that media consolidation is harming our democracy through the guise of deregulation, damaging quality media content through lack of diversity, undermines localism, our rights to a free press, and weakens journalism; therefore the only solution is to implement stricter regulations on media ownership, thus returning public airwaves to the citizens.

     One of the things that make a democracy free is a well-informed public. Citizens need access to information about all sides of an issue or all the facts about candidates in an election. Since the media broadcasts on publicly owned airwaves free of charge, it is their responsibility to provide citizens with this information and serve the public interest. The facts show that this has not been the case with either entertainment based programming or with journalism. The public interest has not been served by media consolidation. The only thing being served by the deregulation of media is the profit margins of these corporations. This means we have lost a valuable asset in our democracy. Supporters of deregulation often state that it is an essential part of private enterprise, as well as a constitutionally guaranteed liberty (McChesney 7). Many corporations argue that they are entitled to the same constitutional freedoms as an individual, completely free from government interference or regulation.

     On the surface, deregulation of media sounds like a great idea. According to McChesney, the term “deregulation” implies the people will have less rules and therefore more freedom (“Welcome to Havana” 23). Actually, it is pointed out in the film Orwell Rolls in His Grave, that deregulation is a misleading, if not Orwellian use of language. Americans like having less rules and “deregulation” of media sounds on the surface like it will create more diversity and less government interference in the media. McChesney stated that radio broadcasting is a classic example of the deregulation put into practice by the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“Welcome to Havana” 23). Deregulation had been occurring slowly for two decades prior to 1996, with the FCC gradually lifting local market ownership restrictions for radio stations (Sterling 1382). According to Sterling, in 1992, the FCC lifted the long time restriction that prevented a company from owning more than one station on AM and FM frequencies in the same local area (1382). In the transcript to Rich Media, Poor Democracy, McChesney pointed out that in terms of media ownership; deregulation did not eliminate the rules but simply put new rules in place that favored large corporations at the cost of sacrificing public interest (8).

     When President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 into law that

February, the biggest impact was on the radio industry. Sterling pointed out that the law immediately dropped the limit on the number of radio stations that could be owned nationwide, doubled the amount of stations that could be owned in a single local market and eliminated competitive applications at license renewal time (1383).  According to the documentary Rich Media, Poor Democracy, before 1996, companies were only permitted to own 28-40 stations nationally and no more than four in a local market. That cap was eliminated in 1996, allowing unlimited ownership nationally and eight in a single market (“Rich Media, Poor Democracy” 7).       

      "There's a handful of giants now that own most of the radio stations in this country. As a result, what's happened is that radio has gone from being our most democratic medium, our most decentralized, our most creative medium, to being our most regimented, standardized, least interesting medium in the country-hyper-commercialized," (McChesney 8)

     Many policy makers hailed the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, stating that it would create positive effects in the industry, including eliminating outdated rules, new innovation and technology. They also argued that a more competitive market would be a result of deregulation, benefitting the public with greater diversity (Heins and Cooper 2). The reality is much different because another effect of the law, according to Sterling, was that it allowed owners to operate multiple stations with the same personnel, programming and management, creating, in essence, an automated local radio station, which required a very minimal staff (1383). Heins and Cooper pointed out that this has had the effect of stripping many local communities of a vital civic resource (2). In fact, Heins and Cooper concluded that media consolidation undermines diversity and localism, as well as reducing local content (3).

     By creating automated stations, a program produced in Chicago can be heard in dozens of cities nationwide and by inserting pre-recorded station call letters, make it sound local. This is a problem for anyone who enjoys the sense of local connection that one gets from hearing a local DJ whenever they turn on the radio. According to a recent article in Spin magazine, Clear Channel, which owns over 1,200 radio stations worldwide (, laid off nearly two hundred local DJ's across the country, allowing the stations to cut costs and broadcast the same programming in multiple markets ( Cumulus Media followed suit, firing at least 27 people from two Los Angeles radio stations that it had recently acquired. Among those who became jobless was Jim Ladd, from Classic Rock, KLOS, who was known as the last commercial Free-form DJ in the country as well as the man that inspired the Tom Petty song, "The Last DJ" (Hogan). This clearly shows that corporate media owners are more interested in profit than promoting a sense of localism and connection to the community.

     "We're not in the business of providing news and information. We're not in the business of providing well-researched music. We're simply in the business of selling our customers' products," said Lowry Mays, former CEO of Clear Channel Communications (“Freepress” 2). "Radio has been destroyed. A medium which is arguably the least expensive and most accessible of our major media, that is ideally suited to localism, has been converted into a Wal-Mart like profit machine for a handful of massive chains," Robert McChesney (“Welcome to Havana” 23).

     The airwaves used by all media companies are actually owned by the American public. By law, media companies are required to serve the public interest in exchange for being allowed to use the airwaves free of charge (“Freepress” 10). In a study of radio format diversity, Polinsky noted that the FCC gages public interest in the variety of radio formats in a given market (122). Ownership concentration, it is argued, will achieve this by eliminating the same formats in a market because since owners of multiple stations want to gain larger audiences with different formats instead of competing with their own stations by broadcasting the same format (Polinsky 141). Another study by Todd Wirth concluded, "The Telecommunications Act of 1996 should be viewed as legislation that negatively impacted the radio listener” (44). Radio listeners prefer having several stations to choose from, including those with similar formats and prefer a depth of programming instead of endlessly changing formats (45). Again, we see that corporate consolidation of media is actually hurting our media instead of serving the public.

     A logical assumption would be that public opinion and pressure would keep media consolidation in check and create more diversity and depth in programming. According to McChesney, this has not been the case and that the media system has been designed to maximize profit for these huge companies (“Welcome to Havana” 21). Another problem is that public policy is being influenced by a powerful media lobby, The National Association of Broadcasters, and since these broadcasters control the media, little or no coverage is given to these changes in media rules that affect the public (“Orwell”). Also, the media lobby controls which politicians get air time as well as donating huge sums of money to both political parties, giving these companies an extraordinary amount of influence in shaping public media policy (“Creating Independent News Media” 23). According to McChesney, it would not be profitable for media companies to report on or encourage public debate on media ownership rules (“Welcome to Havana” 22).

     The problem goes far beyond radio. Media companies own multiple divisions of media, TV stations, magazines, newspapers and music companies, many of which are in the same local market, all of which are geared to maximize profits (Rich Media, Poor Democracy” 5). These companies freely employ strategies such as cross promotion to promote its other media products. Another strategy is cross-production, where a company can turn a successful movie into a TV show, a cable series, a book, a soundtrack and get all of the profits from those ventures (“Rich Media, Poor Democracy” 5). Again, the argument could be made that these companies are simply practicing free enterprise. While this is, of course, true, what is really happening with all of the cross-promotion, cross production and product placement is that what is presented to the public as “news” is simply just an elaborate commercial. Most corporate produced news either gives news coverage to its own subsidiaries or are extended Public Relations campaigns intended to maintain the status quo and gloss over corporate misconduct. This has the effect of most news simply ignoring truly important social or global issues. McChesney noted that many have identified media democracy and citizen control of the media as a major political issue of this century (“Creating Independent News Media” 23).

     Media companies have damaged journalism by making their news divisions be as profitable as their music and movie divisions (“Rich Media, Poor Democracy” 10). The result is that controversial issues are ignored to keep advertisers happy, large segments of the population are marginalized or misrepresented, local political affairs are ignored and focus has shifted from hard news to "infotainment" (“Freepress” 4). Stories are focused on celebrity gossip, and titillating, sensational stories are given the most attention (Rich Media, Poor Democracy” 12). This has made American journalism much weaker. While there have been charges of a liberal bias in the media, what corporate media news has actually become is centrist, pro-war, pro-establishment and pro-big business (13). Hard hitting journalism, which used to ask the tough questions, has practically become a thing of the past in our country. We used to have journalists who would expose government or corporate mischief and bring it light for the public. Now, we have journalists who are mainly interested in bringing us the newest interview with Kim Kardashian or report on the latest fashions of the Royal Family.

          In conclusion, media conglomeration is a serious threat to a healthy democracy. The fact that 90% of all media in the United States is controlled by less than a dozen companies means that these companies control the information received by most Americans. This allows these companies to shape the realities and perceptions of the American public, which threatens the free exchange of information needed for a well-informed public. The ultimate solution to this would be the complete repeal of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and put stricter controls on media, as well as ease rules which make it more difficult for independent, non-commercial outlets to get on air. This would help return the public airwaves to the citizens. While that is the best goal, in the meantime, individuals can seek out and support the few local, independent stations that are left and help keep them on air.


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Grammy nominations

The Grammy nominations for Best World Music Album are in. They are:

                                   AfroCubism: AfroCubism [World Circuit/Nonesuch]

Femi Kuti: Africa For Africa [Knitting Factory Records]

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Songs From A Zulu Farm [Razor & Tie]

Tinariwen: Tassili [Anti Records]

If you have a vote on which one should win, please leave a comment. In my opinion, Tassili by Tinariwen should be the hands down winner this year.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Some background info on one of this weeks artists

"Victor Ndlazilwana began his career singing with the male quartette, the Woody Woodpeckers, in 1951. In 1959 he played the role of "The Journalist" in the hit show King Kong and continued with the cast when the show was taken to London in 1961. The Woody Woodpeckers performed at the classic 1962 Castle Jazz Jazz Festival at Moroka-Jabavu stadium. At that point the group included Ndazilwana, Bennet Majango, Johnny Tsagane and Boy Ngwenya. In 1970, Ndlazilwana formed the group the Jazz Ministers and recorded a number of albums including Nomvula's Jazz Dance which can be viewed here at Electric Jive. His album Zandile recorded in 1975 included Ngwenya from the Woody Woodpeckers and can be viewed at flatinternational. After Ndlazilwana's death in 1978 trumpeter, Johnny Mekoa, assumed leadership of the Ministers. Mekoa would later perform the title track Zandile as a tribute to Ndlazilwana with the Jazzanians, the first nationally recognised group to emerge from the University of Natal's seminal jazz courses."-Electric Jive

You can find more info here:

Here are some of the artists I'll be playing this week on Global Grooves

This week on Global Grooves, Saturday 11am MST, or on 89.9 FM locally, I'll be playing music from Ethiopia, South Africa, Cote d'Ivore, Portugal, Germany, Cambodia and much more. Will be posting videos and more info on the artists later this week.

A taste of whats on Saturdays edition of Global Grooves

Mulatu Astatqe video:

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Part 1 of this weeks show...

Here is a link to download the first part of this weeks show:

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Todays playlist hot off the press!

Global Grooves (Music) with DJ Brian 12/10/2011 11:00AM to 02:00PM
11:00AM Tinariwen “Imidiwan Win Sahara” from Tassili (2011) on Anti (US) — This weeks Global Hit of the Week
11:05AM Bombino “Iyat Idounia Ayasahen (Another Life)” from Agadez (2011) on Cumbancha — Tuareg music from Niger, released earlier this year
11:15AM Tinariwen “Tenhert” from Imidiwan : Companions (2009) on Outside Music — Tuaregs from Mali, featuring the Ichumar music of the Tuaregs the first part of the show this week
11:20AM Group Inerane “Tenere Etran” from Guitars from Agadez on Sublime Frequencies — Electric guitars from Niger
11:24AM Tartit “Ansari” from Abacabok (CD, Album, World, 2006) on Crammed Disc — Malian Tuareg band
11:29AM Terakaft “Legh Assistane Dagh Aïtma” from Akh Issudar (2008) on IRL on exclusive license from Tapsit — This band includes two of the original guitarists from Tinariwen, from Mali
11:33AM Tamikrest “Dihad Tedoun Itran ” from Toumastin (2011) on Glitterhouse Records
11:40AM Tinariwen “Oualahila Ar Tesninam” from Amassakoul (CD, Album, World, 2003) on IRL — Final track of the Tuareg set from of course Tinariwen
11:46AM Amadou & Mariam “Welcome To Mali” from Welcome to Mali (CD, Album, Private, 1996) on Celluloid — This weeks country of the week-Mali
11:49AM Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder “Gomni” from Talking Timbuktu (CD, Album, World, 1994) on World Circuit — Malian guitar great teaming with American guitar great, Ry Cooder
11:57AM Tom Diakite “Fala” from Fala (2008) on Iroko Sound
12:02PM Oumou Sangare “DJorolen (Remix)” from Oumou (CD, Album, Private, 2003) on Corason — The Songbird of Wassoulou
12:06PM Rokia Traoré “Sabali” from Mouneïssa (1997) on Indigo
12:12PM Ramatou Diakite “Gembi” from Putumayo Presents: Mali on Putumayo (USA)
12:17PM Salif Keita “La Difference” from La différence (MP3, Album, Private, 2009) on Classics Jazz France — The Mansa of Mali
12:21PM Ali Farka Toure “Savane” from Savane (MP3, Album, Private, 2006) on World Circuit — Malian guitar legend
12:31PM Zani Diabate “Deninye” from Kaboko Zani (2006) on Kanaga System Krush
12:36PM Djelimadi Sissoko “Sory Kadia” from Sabougnouna on unknown — Obscure band from 1970's Mali
12:40PM Yoro Diallo “Tognomagni” from Tjekrobani Vol. 2 on unknown
12:45PM Ama Maiga “Lannaya-Tilebana” from UNE Fleche Malienne on unknown
12:50PM Abdoulaye Diabate “Fantanya” from Djiriyo (1995) on Sterns
12:55PM Habib Koité & Bamada “Batoumambe” from Baro (CD, Album, World, 2001) on Contre-Jour
12:59PM Toumani Diabaté “Ismael Drame” from The Mandé Variations (CD, Album, World, 2008) on Nonesuch — Kora master from Mali
01:05PM Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate “Mamadon Boutique” from In The Heart Of The Moon (CD, Album, World, 2005) on World Circuit — Two Malian greats teaming up
01:10PM Afrocubism “Mali Cuba” from Afrocubism (CD, Album, World, 2010) on World Circuit — Fusion of African sounds and Cuban music, featuring Kora player Toumani Diabate
01:16PM Mamadou Diabate “Segou Blues” from HERITAGE (2006) on World Village
01:20PM Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba “Bumbugu Blues” from I Speak Fula (CD, Album, World, 2009) on outhere records
01:26PM Vieux Farka Toure “FaFa” from Fondo (CD, Album, World, 2009) on Six Degrees — The son of Ali Farka Toure
01:31PM Habib Koité & Bamada “Wassiye (Live)” from Fôly! Live Around the WOrld (CD, Album, World, 2003) on Contre-Jour
01:35PM Amadou & Mariam “Les Temps Ont Changé” from The Best of Amadou & Mariam : Je pense à toi (CD, Album, World, 2005) on Universal Music
01:40PM Boubacar Traore “Kar Kar Madison” from Maciré (Kar Kar) (CD, Album, World, 1999) on Indigo
01:47PM Issa Bagayogo “Koroto” from Tassoumakan (CD, Album, World, 2004) on Six Degrees Travel Series
01:54PM Daby Toure “IRIS” from Diam (2004) on Virgin UK

Another video that goes with this weeks theme

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Video by Amadou & Mariam with Manu Chao

Some album covers from this weeks show!

Global Grooves

This weeks edition of Global Grooves starts in about 45 minutes on KRBX 89.9 FM and worldwide at Todays country of the week is Mali. You'll hear Amadou & Mariam, Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Tinariwen and much much more.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A hint about the theme of this weeks show....

Well, this is an obvious hint but you'll be hearing lots of music from one particular country. Almost the whole show.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Awesome video by Tinariwen

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This is also some the kind of music I will be playing on Saturday on Global Grooves. Instead of a country of the week, it will be a people. Will be playing music of the Tuareg people.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Part of an essay I wrote on the Tuareg people and the band Tinariwen

While in exile, Ichumar was the only music the Tuareg had and it became hugely popular (Rasmussen, 2006). The original themes of the music were of cultural unity and armed resistance to oppression, which resonated with all Tuareg people (Rasmussen, 2006). Rasmussen (2006) also pointed out that cultural memories of ancient warriors and folklore were invoked in the lyrics of Ichumar songs. Today, the music has evolved with the times and expresses similar themes with more of a focus of uniting their people. In fact, a subculture has formed among the Tuareg youth who emulate the musicians, even though they were too young to have lived through the violence of the uprisings (Rasmussen, 2006). These younger Tuaregs start their own bands which have the same themes, including the same imagery and use of Tuareg folklore. This is causing many younger Tuaregs to take a renewed interest in their language and culture.

     According to Rasmussen (2006), “The ichumar genre endures in the modern guitar performances, and that it still represents a single voice of identity, one in which all youths recognize themselves, whether they were involved militarily or not” (p. 638). 
According to Rasmussen (2008) the band Tinariwen chose their name and use extensive essuf imagery in their music due to the personal tragedy experienced by founding member Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who as a child witnessed his family murdered by Malian troops and was an active fighter in the rebellion. Alhabib has stated that whenever he composes his songs he enters the essuf, which he calls the illness of the heart and soul (Rasmussen, 2008). This is why Tinariwen and other Tuareg bands such as Tartit, Tamakrest and Bomino are often referred to “Tuareg Blues”.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Yesterday show playlist

Global Grooves (Music) with DJ Brian 12/03/2011 11:00AM to 02:00PM
11:00AM Oliver Mtukudzi “Ndima Ndapedza” from Tuku Music (CD, Album, World, 1998) on Sheer Sound — Tuku music from Zimbabwe
11:08AM Solomon Manori “Torikit Agenge” from Chepkunyuk on unknown — Unheard Africa
11:12AM Prince Khonjo 99 with Midzi Heritage Sound “Kijicho” from Binadamu Hatosheki on unknown — Recorded on the coast of Kenya
11:20AM Ithran “Ossana Diziran” from Ithran on unknown
11:29AM Natacha Atlas “Mistaneek” from Gedida (1999) on Mantra — Egyptian grooves
11:34AM Hossam Ramzy “Rumbapa” from Flamenco Arabe (2007) on Difference
11:39AM Rhany “Chan-Chan” from Alamtini (2008) on Ascot
11:43AM Radio Tarifa “Nu Alrest” from Rumba Argelina (1993) on Nonesuch
11:50AM Radio Tarifa “Rumba Argelina” from Rumba Argelina (1993) on Nonesuch
11:56AM Oskorri “Begira Lagun” from Oskorri (2006) on Elkar — Basque tunes
12:00PM Manu Chao “Denia” from La Radiolina (CD, Album, World, 2007) on Nacional Records
12:05PM Manu Chao “Tristeza Maleza (Live)” from Baionarena (Live) (2009) on Nacional Records
12:09PM Oskorri “Itsasoa” from Oskorri (2006) on Elkar
12:14PM Gipsy Kings “Salsa del Noche” from Gipsy Kings (1988) on Elektra (USA)
12:17PM Ana Firmino “Chico Malandro” from Cape Verde on Putumayo (USA)
12:22PM Pape Fall “African Salsa” from Congo to Cuba on Putumayo (USA)
12:26PM Afro-Cuban All Stars “Mongo Santamaria” from World Circuit presents... (CD, Comp, World, 2007) on World Circuit
12:32PM Chico Alvarez “Val' Carretero” from Afro-Latino party (CD, Comp, World, 2005) on Putumayo (USA)
12:38PM Mama Sissoko “Safiatou” from Congo to Cuba on Putumayo (USA)
12:44PM Ska Cubano “Yiri Yiri Bon (Dancehall Mix)” from Ska Cubano (2004) on Casino Sounds
12:49PM Sherele “Polka Dot Blues” from Jazz Around the World on Putumayo (USA)
12:53PM Mousta Largo “Anna Maria” from Salsa Around the World on Putumayo (USA)
12:57PM Katia B “Viajei” from Brazilian cafe (CD, Comp, World, 2010) on Putumayo (USA)
01:03PM Bebel Gilberto “August Day Song (King Britt Remix)” from Tanto Tempo Remixes (CD, Comp, World, 2001) on Ziriguiboom
01:08PM Barrio Jazz Gang “Linda Cancao” from Electro Lounge Journey, Vol. 1 (2009) on Funky juice rec.
01:12PM Belladonna “Ebatule” from Sister Bossa, Vol.4 (2003) on IRMA Records
01:20PM Forro In the Dark “Lilou” from Light a Candle (CD, Album, World, 2009) on Shock Records
01:25PM Seu Jorge “Rock N' Roll Suicide” from The Life Aquatic Exclusive Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge (2005) on Hollywood (Europe)
01:28PM Os Mutantes “Cantor De Mambo” from Everything is Possible! The Best of Os Mutantes (World, 1999) on Luaka Pop (US)
01:33PM Os Mutantes “A Minha Menina” from Everything is Possible! The Best of Os Mutantes (World, 1999) on Luaka Pop (US)
01:38PM Gecko Turner “45,000$ (Guapa Pasea)” from Guapapasea! (2003) on Lovemonk
01:43PM ChocQuibTown “Somos Pacifico” from Oro (2010) on Nacional Records
01:49PM Gotan Project & Calexico “Amor Porteno” from Lunatico (2006) on Universal Music Division Barclay
01:55PM MC Yogi “Rock On Hanuman (feat. Krishna Das)” from Elephant Power (CD, Album, World, 2008) on White Swan Records