WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-07-26 (“Africa Hot”)

“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes). (Sorry, the jumbo list of my past playlists from WNUR is no longer available.)

This week’s show is “Africa Hot,” inspired by last week’s steamy climes. It features the kind of African music designed for people who are trying to have a good time but also trying to stay cool. Of course that music evolved as part of the grand back-and-forth of cultures carried on the currents of the Atlantic Ocean, so we also play some calypso and other stuff from the Caribbean. Certainly stuff you’ve heard on Conference of the Birds before, but this week we’re all in on it.

Alas, the archiver went south again this week, in yet a new way. Only the first 45 minutes were recorded before the network got clogged up, or something. As in past weeks, I sequenced together the missing music.  In exchange for my inter-song chatter, which is missing from that section, you get the entirety of the 18-minute Dr. Sir Warrior track, instead of the excerpt I aired. The “synthesized” show begins after the introduction to “Calypso Blues.”

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (141MB, 2 hrs 34 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Broadway Dance Band: “Hunua” – Telephone Lobi: More Giants of Danceband Highlife (Original Music)
Oppong: “Anadwo Bea” – I’ve Found My Love: 1960s Guitar Band Highlife (Original Music)
Charles Iwegbue & his Archibogs: “Okibo” – Azagas and Archibogs: The Sixties Sound of Lagos Highlife (Original Music)
E.T. Mensah: “Tea Samba” – All For You (RetroAfric)
Spike Anyankor’s Rhythm Aces: “Fabra Mento Bi” – Telephone Lobi: More Giants of Danceband Highlife (Original Music)
Robert Mavounsy Quartet: “Henri Te Vlé Mayé” – Tumbélé: Biguine, Afro and Latin Sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-1974 (Soundway Records)
Orchestre Baobab: “Werente Serigne” – Pirate’s Choice (Nonesuch)
Atomic Jazz Band: “Mpenzi Ya Kijinga” – Zanzibara 3: Ujamaa — The 1960s Sound Of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
Isaya Mwinamo: “Kipchoge Keino Amefaulu” – Before Benga, Vol. 2: The Nairobi Sound (Original Music)
Calypso Mama: “Gin and Coconut Water” – Calypso Mama With The Lad Richards Orchestra (Goombay Life)
E.T. Mensah: “Inflation Calypso” – All For You (RetroAfric)
Ebenezer Calender & his Maringar Band: “Lillie Pepper en Lillie Salt” – African Elegant: Sierra Leone’s Kru/Krio Calypso Connection (Original Music)
Codallo’s Top Hatters: “Tropical Heat Paseo” – The Golden Age of Calypso (Buda Musique)
Mona Baptiste: “Calypso Blues” – London Is The Place For Me Vol 2 – Calypso & Kwela, Highlife & Jazz From Young Black London (Honest Jon’s)
The Don Isaac Ezekiel Combination: “Amalinja” – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway Records)
Western Jazz Band: “Lipa Kodi Ya Nyumba” – African Serenades Vol 21 (Matsuli Music)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Omanga” – The Voice of Lightness (Stern’s)
The Harlem Band of Kinshasa: “.009 Ivie” – African Music Treasures blog (Voice of America)
Popular Cooper & his All Beats Band: “Arraino” – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway Records)
Dr. Sir Warrior: “Na Kwa Echeki” – Heavy on the Highlife: Nigeria’s Dr. Sir Warrior & the Oriental Brothers International (Original Music)
Mighty Sparrow: “Teresa” – Calypso Awakening: From The Emory Cook Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Franco et l’OK Jazz: “Liwa Ya Wech” – Merveilles Du Passé: 1961-1962 (African/Sonodisc)
Akompi’s Guitar Band: “Onyame Na Oye” – I’ve Found My Love: 1960s Guitar Band Highlife (Original Music)
Celestine Ukwu: “Igede” – Kings Of Highlife – The Vibrant Music From West Africa (Wrasse)
Professional Uhuru: “Betu Me Ho Awow” – Tempos/Ramblers/Uhuru: Giants of Dance Band Highlife (Original Music)
Stan Plange & the Uhuru Dance Band: “Grazing in the Grass” – Highlife Time – Nigerian & Ghanaian Sound (Vampi Soul)
Ramblers Dance Band: “Mpaebo Na Ehia” – Telephone Lobi: More Giants of Danceband Highlife (Original Music)
Morogoro Jazz Band: “Utaniangamiza” – Zanzibara 3: Ujamaa — The 1960s Sound Of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
The Barbecues: “Aaya Lolo” – Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds, Ghanaian Blues 1968 – 1981 (Soundway Records)
Opotopo (easy Kabaka Brown): “Etuk Owo” – Highlife Time – Nigerian & Ghanaian Sound (Vampi Soul)
Etoile de Dakar: “Thiely” – The Music in my Head (Stern’s)
Thomas Mapfumo: “Nzawananai” – Sparkling Guitar Songs (African Serenades, v. 5) (Matsuli Music)
Godwin Ezike & the Ambassadors: “Torri Wowo” – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway Records)
Orchestre Polyrythmo de Cotonou: “Mi Ve Wa Se” – Echos Hypnotiques: From the Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979 (Analog Africa)
Oumou Sangare: “Sounsoumba” – Seya (Nonesuch)
Nashil Pichen & Peter Tsotsi: “Jane Umrongo” – Before Benga, Vol. 2: The Nairobi Sound (Original Music)