earbender featured playlist #2: WRIR, Richmond World Music

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Thanks to Bill Lupoletti at WRIR, Richmond for sending his list which includes the station’s most played world music, but also label profiles and recommended picks.

I’m more than happy to spread their work and opinions here.  As the promo below shows, WRIR is a very diverse station and the world music is just a fraction of what they do.  At the end of the list is a link for the podcast of the program, so please tune in to WRIR, Richmond!

 YouTube Station Promo

WRIR World Music Top Ten (what we would have reported to CMJ)
1  Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Vodoun Effect – Analog Africa
2  Juana Molina – Un Dia – Domino
3  A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire – NEET
4  Bio Ritmo – Bionico – Locutor
5  Rainbow Arabia – The Basta – Tiny Man/Manimal Vinyl
6  Dub Gabriel – Anarchy & Alchemy – Destroy All Concepts
7  Calexico – Carried To Dust – Quarterstick
8  El Guincho – Alegranza! – XL
9  Vishal-Shekhar – Dostana – Sony BMG
10  Vishal-Shekhar – De Taali – T-Series

New & Recommended At WRIR
Fula Flute – Mansa America – Completelly Nuts
Neo-traditional Mande music of West Africa played on flutes, balafon and kora, with outstanding singing by Abdoulaye Diabate.  RIYL Super Rail Band, Francis Bebey.
Kal – Radio Romanista – Asphalt Tango
“Rock ‘n’ Roma” from this gypsy band from Serbia: aggressive music laced with electronica, hip hop and punk influences.  RIYL Gogol Bordello, Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra.
Price Of Silence, The – (various artists) – Nacional
An all-star cast (Aterciopelados, Emmanuel Jal, Rachid Taha, Hugh Masakela, Yerba Buena, Chiwoniso, Natalie Merchant, more) make a song and video to benefit Amnesty International.  A great song for a great cause.
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz – Francophonic – Stern’s
The definitive compilation of the definitive Congolese (maybe even the definitive African) musician, covering 1953-1980.  RIYL any African or Cuban popular music at all.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Vodoun Effect – Analog Africa
Long-lost 45s from one of the great bands of West Africa’s “golden age” of the 1970’s.  RIYL Bembeya Jazz, Super Rail Band, Orchestra Baobab.
Akwaaba Wo Africa – (various artists) – Akwaaba
A sampler of West African stars whose music has never been issued in the US or Europe, from a new label specializing in that category.  RIYL afropop of all kinds.
Belo – Reference – Belo
Polished, jazzy Haitian pop with reggae and Brazilian touches.  RIYL Gilberto Gil, the Meters circa Yellow Moon.
Senor Coconut & His Orchestra – Around The World – Nacional
Latin-lounge covers of Prince, the Eurythmics, Daft Punk and others; serious and satirical at the same time.  RIYL Esquivel, WRIR’s Can’t Stop The Music and the Lotus Land Show.
Gangbe Brass Band – Assiko – Contre-Jour
A smoking brass-and-drums band from Benin, influenced by both New Orleans and West Africa.  RIYL Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Fela Kuti.
Terakaft – Akh Issudar – World Village
The best desert blues album of 2008, by a band led by two occasional members of Mali’s Tinariwen.  RIYL Tinariwen, Howlin’ Wolf.
Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall – Nonesuch
First-time release on CD of the concert made famous in Wim Wenders’ movie; all the great stars, all the great songs.  RIYL Ry Cooder, Celia Cruz.
Molina, Juana – Un Dia – Domino
Another strong album of hypnotic, looping folktronica from this Argentinean singer-songwriter-guitarist.  RIYL Enya, Camille, Portishead.

WRIR World Music Rotation
Aterciopelados – Rio – Nacional
Balake, Amadou – Senor Eclectico – Oriki Music
Belo – Reference – Belo
Benaissa – Voodoo/Coconut Water – Silver Kamel
Bio Ritmo – Bionico – Locutor
Blk Jks – Mystery – Secretly Canadian
Bobo, Eric – Meeting Of The Minds – Nacional
Bronx River Parkway – San Sebastian 152 – Truth & Soul
Buena Vista Social Club – At Carnegie Hall – Nonesuch
Calexico – Carried To Dust – Quarterstick
Chiwoniso – Rebel Woman – Cumbancha
Cissoko, Ablaye & Volker Goetze – Sira – ObliqSound
Deme, Victor – Victor Deme – Chapa Blues
DJ Akbar Sami – Jalwa Returns – Times Music
Downs, Lila – Shake Away – Manhattan
Dubmatix – Renegade Rocker – 7 Arts
Dub Gabriel – Anarchy & Alchemy – Destroy All Concepts
Eccodek – Shivaboom – White Swan
El Guincho – Alegranza! – XL
Fiddler, Amp – Inspiration Information – Strut
Franco & Le TPOK Jazz – Francophonic – Stern’s
Franti, Michael & Spearhead – All Rebel Rockers – Anti
Gangbe Brass Band – Assiko – Contre-Jour
Giraldo, Monica – Todo Da Vueltas – Codiscos
Gupta, Sachin – Dil Kabbadi – Sony BMG
Juaneco Y Su Combo – Masters Of Chicha 1 – Barbes
Khanwalkar, Sneha – Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! – UTV
Kora Jazz Trio – Part III – Celluloid
Kuti, Femi – Day By Day – Downtown
Le Poete Lutumba Simaro – Salle D’Attente – Production Gabin Tembo
Local, Marcio – Three Inches Of Music – Luaka Bop
Mabiala, Serge – Affection – Mobola Senzedi
Malheiros, Sabrina – New Morning – Far Out
McPullish – Back To Mount Zion Riddim – Charlie’s Records
Molina, Juana – Un Dia – Domino
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Vodoun Effect – Analog Africa
Perfect – Born Dead With Life – Irievibrations
Psarantonis & The Ensemble Xylouris – Mountain Rebels – Network
Pupy Y Los Que Son Son – Tranquilo Que Yo Controlo – Egrem
Rahman, A.R. – Ghajini – T-Series
Rahman, A.R. – Slumdog Millionaire – NEET
Rail Band – Belle Epoque Volume 2: Mansa – Stern’s
Rainbow Arabia – The Basta – Tiny Man/Manimal Vinyl
Ry-Co Jazz – Bon Voyage!! 1963-1977 – RetroAfric
Sanjeev-Darshan – Kaashh … Mere Hote! – Eros Music
Senor Coconut & His Orchestra – Around The World – Nacional
Solomon, Abiyou – In Search Of My Roots – AIT
Terakaft – Akh Issudar – World Village
Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation – ESL
Titina Al Capone – Affaire De Suivre – Sound Africa
various artists – Akwaaba Wo Africa – Akwaaba
various artists – Calypsoul 70 – Strut
various artists – The Price Of Silence – Nacional
Vishal-Shekhar – De Taali – T-Series
Vishal-Shekhar – Dostana – Sony BMG
Wallace, Wayne Latin Jazz Quintet – Infinity – Patois
Yanez, Gonzalo – Gonzalo Yanez – Nacional
Zuco 103 – After The Carnaval – Six Degrees

Global A Go-Go Tracklist, January 2
(A special program focusing on African reissues by four labels: Analog Africa, Oriki Music, Ethiopiques/Buda Musique and Soundway; part 2 with more labels next week)
Oliver Lake (USA) – Separation – Matador Of 1st & 1st – Passin’ Thru
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (UK) – Global A Go-Go – Global A Go-Go – Hellcat

Analog Africa (Samy Ben Redjep, proprietor):

The Green Arrows (Zimbabwe) – Bambo Makwatila – 4-Track Recording Session
Hallelujah Chicken Run Band (Zimbabwe) – Mwana Wamai Dada Naye – Take One
Les Volcans De La Capital (Benin) – Oya Ka Jojo – African Scream Contest
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou (Benin) – Mi Ni Non Kpo – The Vodoun Effect

Oriki Music (Greg Villanova):
Moussa Doumbia (Mali) – Black & White – Keleya
Amadou Balake (Burkina Faso) – Wayisjelequeyele – Senor Eclectico Oriki Music
Orchestra Baobab (Senegal) – Kelen Ati Leen – A Night At Club Baobab
Djelimady Tounkara & Super Rail Band International (Mali) – Nama (excerpt) – Allo Bamako

Ethiopiques on Buda Musique (Francis Falceto):
Muluqen Mellesse & The Equators Band (Ethiopia) – Ete Endenesh Gedawo (How Are You, My Killer?) – Ethiopiques 1: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music
Tlahoun Gessesse & The Police Orchestra (Ethiopia) – Yewnet Messosso Metch Yeneqaneqal (The Pillar Of Truth Is Unshakable) – Ethiopiques 3: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music
Mulatu Astatqe (Ethiopia) – Yekermo Sew (A Wise Man) – Ethiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale
Mahmoud Ahmed & The Ibex Band (Ethiopia) – Ere Mela Mela (I’m Looking For A Solution) – Ethiopiques 7: Ere Mela Mela
Alemayehu Eshete (Ethiopia) – Betchayen Tegodahu (Alone And Unhappy) – Ethiopiques 8: Swinging Addis

Soundway (Miles Cleret):
Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band (Ghana) – Bukom Mashie – Ghana Soundz
Dr. Victor Olaiya’s International All Stars (Nigeria) – Omelebele – Afro Baby
Sir Victor Uwaifo (Nigeria) – Kirikisi – Guitar-Boy Superstar
The Saraha All Stars (Nigeria) – Take Your Soul – Nigeria Disco Funk Special

Show description:  http://wrir.org/x/modules/news/article.php?storyid=8688
Podcast:  http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/30969

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