Stormtroopin’ Gangsta!!

This program includes “boleros” & “danzones”, the penultimate segment in memory of Chavela Vargas and children’s songs by the legendary Mexican composer Francisco Gabilondo Soler (Cri-Cri). The literature segment presents the second and last part of “El payador perseguido”.

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On today’s show: 2 hours of contemporary and classic African rhythms including a new track from Senegalese kora master Diabel Cissokho, a remix of South African electro star BBC plus Kenyan/Minnesotan hip hop artist Fanaka stops by the studio and does some live freestyling in English and Swahili.

8/23 in a nutshell…

This week, we were inspired by Diana Nyad’s fourth (!) jellyfish-plagued Cuba-to-Florida swim attempt to once again bust out Neil “Ska”-daka’s contribution to the ‘Z’-horror movie “Sting of Death” (one of two, actually)… Diana, major props for trying, you savvy traveler you. Next time, a head-to-toe scuba outfit, perhaps? Just don’t let all those jellyfish do you… From the sea to the air, we had “Lonely Robin” by Lascelles Perkins. On dry land, it’s Mango Jones tooling down “Coffee Street”, and six feet under, you won’t find Prince Buster (“Hard Man fe Dead”). Not yet. From the “Ooh” to the “Voov”, Sherwood’s Planet embarked on an hour-long Japanese kick to make up for having missed the annual Como Park festivities of 8/19, aurally ogling sonic gems by Yasutaka Nakata (think Capsule and Perfume), Shiina Ringo, Yukimi Nagano (think Little Dragon), The Peanuts, YMCK and more. Cozy and the Cap’n continued the theme in hour 3 with the first of 2 J-Ska 4@4s, but then jumped over to the UK for Judge Dread’s Phoenix City GotchaSKAvered selection. ‘J’ met ‘UK’ as Kagoshima’s ARTS (“Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska”) covered The Beatles, and there was time remaining after The End to slip in a little bit of our very own Frogs’ UFO Crash. Anybody back-engineer that damn thing yet? NASA could really use one…