WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-04-17 (Afro-funk, etc)

“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).

On Saturday I finally got around to watching “Take Me Away Fast”, a documentary about DJ Frank “Voodoo Funk” Gossner. The doc follows Frank around West Africa as he hunts for afrofunk gems. It’s great fun for anyone who empathizes with the compulsive quest for perfect sounds, and it got me in the mood to spend this week’s entire show in roughly that vein. It drifts into a few other areas of afropop, but it’s chock full of funk. If you need more of this, you can find several hour-long mixes for downloading from Frank’s blog.



download program (138MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Francis Kingsley & Emitais: “Assalam Aleikoum Africa” – Assalam Aleikoum Africa (Antilles)
George Danquah: “Just a Moment” – The Danque!!! (Afrodisiac)
Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats: “Power to the People” – Heavy Heavy Heavy (Retroafric)
Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga: “Ahmed Sabit” – Virunga Volcano (Virunga)
Dar Es Salaam Jazz Band: “Mpenzi Usemayo” – Zanzibara 3 • Ujamaa: The 60’s Sound of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
Gnonnas Pedro: “Adigbedoto” – African Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa (Honest Jon’s)
Gnonnas Pedro et ses Dadjes: “Dadje Von o Von Non” – Legends of Benin (Analog Africa)
Orchestra Lissanga: “Okuzua” – Afro-Rock, Vol. 1 (Strut)
Alèmayèhu Eshèté & Hirut Bèqèlè: “Tèmèlès” – Éthiopiques 3: Golden Years of Modern Ethiopian Music (1969-1975) (Buda Musique)
Tlahoun Gèssèssè: “Tchuhetén Betsèmu” – Éthiopiques 17 (Buda Musique)
African Brothers Band: “Ngyegye No So” – Afro-Beat Airways – West African Shock Waves: Ghana & Togo 1972-1979 (Analog Africa)
El Rego et ses Commandos: “E Nan Mian Nuku” – Legends of Benin (Analog Africa)
Mono Mono: “Ema Kowe Iasa Ile Wa” – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway)
Pivi et les Balladins: “Samba” – Discothèque 72 – Guinée (Frochot)
Oriental Brothers International: “Onye Ikekwere Mekeya (Do Better If You Can)” – Do Better If You Can (Original Music)
Gabby Omollo & Omondi Jassor: “Kimbele Mbele” – Lunch Time (Music Copyright Society of Kenya)
Orchestra Baobab: “Coumba” – Pirates Choice (Nonesuch)
Boubacar Traore: “Mali Twist” – The Rough Guide to the Music of Mali and Guinea (Rough Guide)
Professional Beach Melodians “Uhuru No. 2″: “Shake It” – Money No Be Sand (Original Music)
Tete Mbambisa: “Unity” – Tete’s Big Sound (Roots)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Savon Omo” – The Voice of Lightness: The Voice of Lightness: Congo Classics 1961-1977 (Sterns)
Atomic Jazz Band: “Asili Ya Mahaba” – Zanzibara 3 • Ujamaa: The 60’s Sound of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
Alèmayèhu Eshèté & Shebelle’s Band: “Tashamanaletch” – Ethiopian Groove: The Golden Seventies (Blue Silver)
Mulatu Astatke: “Kasalefkut hulu” – Éthiopiques 4: Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974 (Buda Musique)
Bezunesh Bekele: “Wode Metahubet Meder” – The Best of the 60’s: A Special Selection from Ethiosound (Ethiosound)
Docteur Nico & L’Orchestre African Fiesta: “Sookie” – Docteur Nico & L’Orchestre African Fiesta (Sonafric)
Orchestre Elegance Jazz: “Ngalula Marthe” – African 90588 7” (African)
Jupiter Bokonji & Okwess International: “Yaka” – Man Don’t Cry (Belle Kinoise)