WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-01-15

“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). 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).

This week’s show starts off with a healthy chunk of West African Highlife music. Also, a belated tribute to the late Marva Whitney. Some more soul and gospel and a few odds-n-ends in there too. Theme or not, there’s a lot of good music so…



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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Royal Brothers: “Ohia Woa Enwu” – I’ve Found My Love: 1960’s Guitar Band Highlife of Ghana (Original Music)
Prince Kayosun Dosumu and his Dandies: “Eso Pele” – Azagas & Archibogs: The Sixties Sound of Lagos Highlife (Original Music)
Professional Uhuru: “Betu Me Ho Awow” – Giants of Ghanaian Danceband Highlife (1950s-1970s) (Original Music)
Ramblers Dance Band: “Agbo Ayee” – Telephone Lobi: More Giants of Danceband Highlife (Original Music)
Rex Lawson & his Rivers Men: “Peri Special Mbanga” – Highlife Time (Vampisoul)
The Harlem Band of Kinshasa: “Chiwawa (Pachanga)” – African Music Treasures blog (Voice of America)
Pio Leyva: “Buen Tumbao (guaguanco)” – ¡El Mambo Me Priva! Cuban Gold 3 – the 60s (Qbadisc)
Marva Whitney: “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To)” – James Brown’s Original Funky Divas (Polydor)
Marva Whitney: “What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You?” – James Brown’s Original Funky Divas (Polydor)
Ella Fitzgerald: “Ol’ Man Mose” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Hip-O Select)
Sonny Rollins: “Alfie’s Theme” – Alfie (Original Music from the Score) (Impulse)
Amos Milburn: “Whiz-A-Shoo-Pepi-Dada” – R&B Hipshakers Vol 2 Scratch That Itch (Vampisoul)
The Wardell Quezergue Band: “Robert & WQ’s Train” – Wardell Quezergue: Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies)
Los Zafiros: “Un Nombre de Mujer” – Bossa Cubana (World Circuit)
The Creeps: “Down at the Nightclub” – Fathers and Sons of Garage Punk, vol. 5: Garage Rock 1979-1999 (unclear)
Bobby Rush: “Niki Hoeky” – 7″ – Jewel 840 (Jewel)
Sanae Petchaboon: “Pen Jung Dai” – The Sound Of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam In Thailand 1964-1975 (Soundway)
Ondatrópica: “Cumbia Espacial” – Ondatrópica (Soundway)
Treme Brass Band: “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” – Kickin’ Some Brass (Shanachie)
Flying Clouds of Augusta, GA: “Don’t Let the Devil Ride” – The Pitch/Gusman Records Story (Fat Possum)
Elder Charles Beck: “Didn’t It Rain?” – Elder Charles Beck (1946-56) (Document)
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir: “Ever Since” – Like a Ship (Without a Sail) (Light in the Attic)
The Paragons: “When the Lights are Low” – On the Beach with the Paragons (Treasure Isle)
Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna: “Violeta y Frida” – Diablo Rojo Diablo Verde (V&S World)
Captain Yaba: “Yaba Funk (Pre Mix)” – Yaba Funk Roots (Retroafric)
The Clash: “The Magnificent Seven” – The Story of the Clash, Vol. 1 (Epic)
Andrew Hill: “Cascade” – Passing Ships (Blue Note)
The Vandermark Five: “East Broadway Rundown” – Six for Rollins (Free Jazz Classics, Vol. 3) (Atavistic)
Radio I-Ching: “Last Kind Words” – Last Kind Words (Resonant Music)
The Clarinet Trio: “Catwalk Munzstrasse” – 4 (Leo)
Actis Dato Quartet: “Fela” – Sin Fronteras (Leo)
William Parker Quartet: “Hawaii” – Sound Unity (AUM Fidelity)

One thought on “WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-01-15

  1. I’m working on a senior thesis that analyses Ghanian Highlife and remnants of American jazz in Ghana. Our resident musicologist here at Northwestern suggested that I get in touch with you because of some of the material that you’ve got here. Would you be able to point me in the direction of some of these recordings or send me individual mp3s? I’d really appreciate it as my thesis is due in about three weeks and some of these tracks would be a big help.

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