WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-12-10

“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).

This week we belatedly pay respects to Tabu Ley Rochereau, who passed on 30 November, as well as playing a number of songs in honor of Nelson Mandela, who passed since last week’s show.

Besides the tributes, there are a bunch of songs about rubber, especially rubber bands, as well as an unusually high volume of country music—a consequence of a visit to a friend who knows that music a lot better than I do.



download program (142MB, 2 hrs 35 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Johnny Dyani: “Open Ballad to Mandela” – Grandmother’s Teaching (Disques Jam)
The Abyssinians: “Mandela” – 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
Abdullah Ibrahim: “Mandela” – The Very Best Of Abdullah Ibrahim (Music Club)
South African refugees in Tanganyika: “Tshotsholoza Mandela (Go Underground Mandela)” – This Land is Mine: South African Freedom Songs (Smithsonian Folkways)
Special AKA: “Nelson Mandela” – The 2 Tone Collection: a Checkered Past (Chrysalis)
Kalle and Rochereau with Orchestra Africa Jazz: “Afrika Mokili Mobimbi” – Africa Dances (Original Music)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Karibou Ya Bintou” – The Voice Of Lightness (Stern’s Music)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Aon Aon” – The Voice Of Lightness (Stern’s Music)
Amagugu: “Intsholontsholo” – Ubhek’uZulu (Skyline Jazz)
Lou Rawls: “Bring It On Home to Me” – The Fame Studios Story 1961-73 Home of the Muscle Shoals Sound (Ace)
The Meters: “Stretch Your Rubber Band” – Funkify Your Life (the Meters Anthology) (Rhino)
Eddie Bo: “Eddie’s Rubber Band” – The Hook and Sling (Funky Delicacies)
The Spinners: “The Rubberband Man” – Happiness Is Being With the Spinners (Atlantic)
The Trammps: “Rubberband” – Windy City Soul (Cosm Roks)
The Chips: “Rubber Biscuit” – 45-803 (7″) (Josie)
Peerless Four: “Trouble in My Way” – Southern Journey, Vol 8: Velvet Voices (Rounder)
Betty Wright: “Let Me Be Your Lovemaker” – The Very Best of Betty Wright (Rhino)
Mask Man and the Agents : “One Eye Open” – One Eye Open ()
Wanda Jackson: “Cool Love” – Rockin with Wanda (Capitol)
Josephine Sunday: “You Won’t Even Know Her Name” – Girls Go Zonk (RPM)
Loretta Lynn: “The Pill” – Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection (MCA Nashville)
Linda Ronstadt: “We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (and a lot Less Rock & Roll)” – Hand Sown…Home Grown (Capitol)
Rev. Anderson Johnson: “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again” – Never a Pal Like Mother (Dust to Digital)
Lonnie McIntorsh: “Sleep On Mother, Sleep On” – Never a Pal Like Mother (Dust to Digital)
Mississippi Sheikhs: “Things About Comin’ My Way” – Honey Babe Let the Deal Go Down (Legacy)
Porter Wagoner: “Lonelyville” – Out of the Silence Came a Song: The Somber Sound of Porter Wagoner (Sony)
The Louvin Brothers: “Stuck Up Blues” – When I Stop Dreaming: The Best of the Louvin Brothers (Razor & Tie)
Waylon Jennings: “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” – The Taker/Tulsa (RCA)
The Everly Brothers: “When Will I Be Loved” – The Complete Cadence Recordings 1957-1960 (Fontana)
Leyla McCalla: “Manman Mwen” – Vari-colored Songs (Kickstarter)
Charlie Parr: “Jesus on the Mainline” – Meeting Charlie Parr (Chaperone)
The Eagles Lupopo: “Common Man?” – Nyama kilo moja / Common Man 7″ (EMI)
Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon: “Mama Don’t Allow It” – Never a Pal Like Mother (Dust to Digital)
Louis Armstrong with the Polynesians: “On a Coconut Island” – Satchmo: Ambassador of Jazz (Verve)
Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble: “Ah, Mandela” – After the Dawn Has Risen (Open Minds)
Roy Campbell: “Malcolm, Martin & Mandela” – Ethnic Stew And Brew (Delmark)
Julius Hemphill: “OK Rubberband” – Blue Boyé (Screwgun)