The Palms of Fire drum circle of the Unitarian Universalist church here in Athens drum for us as well as share knowledge about the West African songs they play!
Kwaito music is the sounds of change and progress in South Africa. It is an electronic music genre that came about in the 1990s, originating in Johannesburg, in the black township Soweto. It has become immensely popular in South Africa and is still very popular. It came about the same time that Nelson Mandela came to the presidency in South Africa, and coincides with the end of Apartheid. These musicians now had a newfound freedom to express themselves and the result was kwaito. One of the first Kwaito singles, and the first track of the show this evening is “Kaffir” by Arthur Mafokate illustrated the freedom of expression resulting from political liberation in South Africa. Listen and enjoy Miliki Soundsystem on WUOG, 90.5 fm Athens, GA.
ALL Vinyl set on Miliki Soundsystem. Pop music from all over Africa. Included in the playlist are countries and years the record came out! WOW!
Artist - Song - Album - Record label - country (year)
African Connection - Tiembelema (Long Version) - Tiembelema 12 - Celluloid Records – (1984)
Konono No 1 – Masikulu – Congotronics - Crammed Discs - DRC (2005)
Dissidenten - El Mounadi = The Desert Life – Sahara Elektrik - Shanachie - Germany/Egypt (1985)
Ray Lema - Pongi - Nangadeef - Mango - DRC (1989)
Nyboma - Kabanga - Double Double - Rounder - DRC (1990)
Fela Kuti - Confusion - Confusion – Nigeria (1975)
Oben Ngonbeni & the Kurhula Sisters - Ulotilavela Mitwa (You Asked for Trouble) - My Wife Bought A Taxi - Shanachie - South Africa (1987)
Kalambya Sisters - Mbie Nuke - Katelina 12″ single - Zensor - Kenya (1983)
The Bhundu Boys - Bye Bye Stembi - Pamberi! - Mango - Zimbabwe (1989)
Missa Luba - Namuvera Jesu - 10 Kenyan Folk Melodies - Philips - Kenya (1990)
African Disco explosion dance party!
the timeless sounds of disco, but in Africa!
Artist – Song – Album – (label) -(year/ location of band)
Letta Mbulu Kilimanjaro Kilimanjaro 7″ Munjale 1981 South African
Sonny Okosuns No More Wars The Gospel Of Ozziddi EMI (Nigeria) 1981 Nigeria
Okyerema Asante Sabi Drum Message 1993 Ghana
Geraldo Pino African Hustle Lagos Disco Inferno Academy LPs Sierra Leone
Let Me Love You Bunny Mack Let Me Love You Rokel Records 1981 Sierra Leone
Guynamukat Looking After Number 1 (The Revenge of Mark Eyo Re-edit) AFRO DISCO BOOGIE EDITS – VOLUME ONE Guynamukat
Esbee Family Gin and Lime Peace Of Mind Taretone 1982 Nigeria
Yo YO Dance Kabbala
Ipa Boogie get the music now West African Disco Funk
Bunny Mack Law Keeper s/t
This weeks show focuses on Funk styles from Africa. Most of the stuff comes from the 70s via a few amazing African compilations, but there are a couple current acts like South African BLK JKS and London based Yaaba Funk.
artist – song – album – label
Dick Khoza African Jive (Moto) Chapita Matsuli
The Mahotella Queens Wozani Mahipi Next Stop Soweto Vol. 2 Strut
The Sookie All Stars Rhythm on Rhythm Club Africa Vol. 1 Strut
Mobassa Kenia Club Africa Vol. 1 Strut
BLK JKS Zol! Zol! Secretly Canadian
Yaaba Funk Gye me na mendwan
J. K. Mayengani and the Shingwedzi Sisters khubani Next Stop Soweto Vol. 2 Strut
Down Tones Back Home Soul Next Stop Soweto Vol. 2 Strut
Electric 6 Can You Feel It Next Stop Soweto Vol. 2 Strut
The Heroes Funky Message Next Stop Soweto Vol. 2 Strut
Nigerian Independence Day from British rule is on October 1st! Nigerian will be 50 years old!
This weeks special featured Nigerian Dr. Akinloye Ojo , professor of African Studies here at UGA.
Dr. Ojo speaks about past independence days, Nigerian unity, and what the future holds for Nigeria. He also spins some of his favorite Nigerian tunes.
Dr. Ojo is a master storyteller, so make sure you listen to his story about the Pig and the Tortoise near the end of the show!
King Sunny Ade Happy Birthday (Nigerian) Africa
Fela Kuti Viva Nigeria The ‘69 Los Angeles Sessions
I.K. Dairo I Remember My Darling I Remember My Darling
Tope Alabi Baba Iwo Lakepe Mori Iyanu
Tope Alabi Mimo l’Oluwa Angeli Mi
Asa Eye Adaba s/t
Fela Kuti Chop n Quench Nigeria 70
Musically speaking, Mozambique is probably best known internationally for the unique timbila xylophone music of the Chopi people. But ask residents of Maptuo or Pemba or any of the nation’s other big towns what kind of music they prefer to dance to, and the answer will often be marrabenta.
Marrabenta is the rough and tumble urban dance sound that originated in the country’s capitol, Maputo (then called Lourenço Marques) in the 1950s. It was a fast-paced, guitar-driven sound – often played on homemade guitars that were played so hard that the fishing-line strings snapped (”arrabentar” is Portuguese for “to break,” and this is where the music got its name). Marrabenta incorporated a local folk rhythm called the “Majika” into its mix, as well as sea-born foreign sounds like calypso and Angolan pop that were often heard in the port of Maputo.
Like Angolan pop music, marrabenta also played a role in the struggle for independence from Portuguese rule, as well as the ensuing civil war afterwards. Early on, marrabenta groups drew the ire of the colonial authorities simply by singing in African languages, instead of the state-approved tongue of Portuguese. Though the civil war that began in 1975 lasted almost three decades, and eventually wiped out the local music industry, its early years also coincided with some of the finest marrabenta yet recorded. Mozambique’s most popular band, Orchestra Marrabenta Star de Mocambique, continued to record and broadcast from the state-controlled radio station in Maputo, even as South-African sponsored RENAMO fighters terrorized huge swaths of the country.
With the end of the civil war in 1994, Mozambique slowly began to rebuild its civil infrastructure, and by the end of that decade, the irrepressible sound of marrabenta had returned. First came the Mabulu project, which paired young singers and rappers with veteran artists such as singer Lisboa Matavel, which was soon followed by a re-emergence of former stars, including Mingas and Wazimbo, both former singers with Orchestra Marrabenta Star. More recently, veteran band Ghorwane – whose founder was murdered during the civil war – also re-emerged on the national stage. While Orchestra Marrabenta Star has also reformed and is performing under a new name, ensuring that the durable marrabenta sound – once the music of struggle and civil war – will become the soundtrack to Mozambique’s quiet reconstruction.
artist – song – album – year
Alberto Mwamosi & Gabriel Maopana Bila - Watasala Warila Nanzifile (You Will Be Left Crying When I Die) - Forgotten Guitars from Mozambique 1955 ‘56 ‘57
Americo Kossa & Aurelio Jefe - Hakunene (Truly) - Forgotten Guitars from Mozambique 1955 ‘56 ‘57
Feliciano “Pachu” Gomes - Wukati Lakukawa Hinenge (You Have Kicked the Family With Your Foot) - Forgotten Guitars from Mozambique 1955 ‘56 ‘57
Wazimbo – Sobremesa - Wazimbo - 2001
Ghorwane - U Yo Mussiya Kwini (Pedro Langa) - Kudumba - 1997
Sam Mangwana - Vamos Para O Campo - Canta Mocambique - 1983
Orchestra Marrabenta Star De Mocambique - Matilde - Rough Guide to Marrabenta Mozambique
Fanny Pfumo Trio - Nwana - Marrabenta Classicos A Moda da Casa
Hossi Baza - Uta Sala Na Mamani - Marrabenta Classicos A Moda da Casa
Gabriel Chauke - Wene Wanga - Marrabenta Classicos A Moda da Casa
Dilon Djindji - Maria Teresa - Dilon - 2002
Mabulu - Mahanhela - Karimbo - 2005
Jive music is popular music from South Africa originating in the 1950s. Jive is/was an immensely popular dance music, closely related to mbaqanga, with an insistent pulse and regular embellishments on guitar and bass. Within South Africa, the music carries mixed meanings. Under Apartheid, the Government worked to segregate blacks into tribal groups, as if decades of urbanization and shared culture had not occurred; separate, state-controlled radio stations, for instance, broadcast in Zulu, Xhosa and Sotho. Explicitly and implicitly, performers are steered away from political songs. It’s citified rural music. Call-and-response vocals mix traditional melodies with the imperatives of pop catchiness; tinny electric guitars, and sometimes fiddles or accordions or pennywhistles, recall the the sound of African instruments above saxophones, keyboards, electric bass and American trap drums. While the bands vamp, the vocal melodies expand and contract; familiar as the music sounds to rock-trained ears, singing along isn’t easy.
artist – song – album – year
Paul Simon/Hugh Masekela/Ladysmith Black Mambazo Township Jive Graceland 1987 live in Zimbabwe
Lulu Masilela Ziphikile Greatest Accodian Jive Hits Vol. 3 1972
Spokes Mashiyane Banana Ba Rustenburg- rare 78… 1940s
Dolly Rathebe with The African Inkspots Unomeva 1954
Elite Swingsters Thulandiville 1960
Mabel Mafuya & The Green Lanterns Nomathemba 1956
Miriam Makeba Dubula Africa Novus Series 1970
Dorothy Masuka Ghana 1960s
Big Voice Jack Baile Batho Classic South Afican Jive 1967
Marula Boom Stars Wathela, Wayeka 1964
Mavis Maseko Ngonile Mama 1978
Hugh Masekela Johannesburg Hi-Lite Jive Hugh Masekela & The Union of South Africa 1971
Sipho Mabuse Jive Soweto s/t 1984
Soul Brothers Akabongi Jive Explosion 1994
Music from the great country of Benin in West Africa.
artist – song – album – label – (year)
Pedro Gnonnas y sus Panchos – Synthese – El Cochechivo – (1980)
Gangbe Brass Band - Eme Dja - Togbe – Contre Jour France records (2004)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Adin Gbanzon - Zero+Zero = Zero – (Star Musique)
Nel Oliver – Funny Love – (1980 slow jam yalll)
Zeynab - Inan Ran
Lionel Loueke - Ami O - Mwaliko – (2010)
Angelique Kidjo – Move On Up - Oyo – (2010)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou – Malin Kpon O - Echos Hynotiques - Analog Africa - (2009)
Don Metok - Gnonnou
Picoby Band d’Abomey - Mi Ma Kpe Dji - African Scream Contest Analog Africa – (2008)
Week 3 of school, and I’m still playing Nigerian music from my trip this summer!
We get into some Juju, Sakara, Waka, Highlife and lots of other goodies on CD garnered by weeks of grueling travel in the Nigerian savannah.
artist – song – album
Sir Shina Peters track 4 … Splendour
Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey Enia Nwoju Evergreen Songs 15
King Sunny Ade Ko le Ye Won Morning Joy
I.K. Dairo I Remember My Darling I Remember My Darling
Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe & the People Star in London Onwu Dinjo Festac Explosion
Oliver de Coque and his Expo 76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa Nwanne Di Na Mba Classic Hits
Yinka Ayefele & His Merry Makers Band E Yahweh Fulfilment
Babtunde Olatunji Odun de! Drums of Passion
I.K. Dairo Taxi Driver Gba Emi Taxi Driver
Seun Kuti & his Egypt 80 Fire Dance Many Things