Fatoumata Diawara is a Malian singer born in the Ivory Coast, now living in Paris, who upon Oumou Sangare’s recommendation was signed to World Circuit Records. Her debut album will be released in the fall but World Circuit has just issued an EP and we started off today’s African Rhythms with the lead track Kanou. With stops all around the continent and beyond, the show wrapped up with a preview of next week’s Black Uhuru show at the Cedar.
Orchestre Poly Rhytmo of Benin were responsible for some of the most electrifying sounds coming out of West Africa in the 1970s. The band has re-convened and recorded an excellent new album for Strut Records from which we heard a cut on this week’s edition of African Rhythms, alongside new music from Simphiwe Dana from South Africa and Asa from Nigeria.
There’s been a surge of powerful music from the sub-Sahara in the last few years and one of the finer pracitioners is the Malian group Terakaft. We heard a cut from their new CD Aratan N Azawad on today’s African Rhythms, along with new music from Karl Hector the Malcouns, a track from the forthcoming K. Frimpong his Cubano Fiestas vinyl reissue and much more.
New music (including an Ethio-jazz style cut from São Paolo’s Da Cruz) and plenty of old favorites from Ghana, Senegal, Mali, the Congo, Uganda, South Africa and points beyond on today’s summer-scorched mix.