January 2018 Global Beat Archives

Wake up Minneapolis – the moon is setting in the west and the sun is cracking across from the east…

Today's segment features a pre-recorded interview with Fode Bangoura, a djembe drum master living in Minnesota now, originally from Guinea, West Africa.  I speak with Fode about his upcoming concert at The Cedar on Friday,  Jan. 19.  The performance will feature original choreography from his brother, with a local dance ensemble they have helped create together.  The interview comes up in the second half hour of the program – and includes samples from his recent release.  African music is featured throughout the entire first hour.  

Opening today's program with music out of the Charleston, S.C. area by a fresh group with the name of 'Ranky Tanky'.  Then I feature a variety of songs from Buffy Ste.-Marie and Harry Manx, before returning to Fode' Bangoura who was featured on last week's program before his appearance with dancers at The Cedar.  Staying on in Africa you can hear a couple takes from Zimbabwean giant, Oliver Mtukudzi.  A couple big name Afro-beat stars out of Nigeria are featured before an extended tribute set to the recently departed South African jazz giant, Hugh Masekela !

Opening with Michael Franti & Spearhead's track Hey World (Don't Give UP)! Buffy Sainte-Marie reminding us to guard the Keeper of The Fire. The SuperBlue Eclipsed full moon just set so I played the track "SuperMoon" from Zap Mama out of Belgium. And on it goes… to the sertao of Brasil… percussion, dance and muitos ritmos !  As the first hour moves along I shift into Spanish and a little French before closing with comments on the State of the Union – with Hugh Masekela reminding us – you don't get something for nothing.