Global A Go-Go presents:

We’re taking a deep dive into the Igbo highlife sound of eastern Nigeria on this week’s program. The whole first hour will be devoted to this marvelous, mellifluous genre that combines the modern highlife music popular across Anglophone West Africa with Igbo traditional rhythms, also factoring in the influential guitar stylings from bordering Cameroon’s makossa and the not-too-far-away Congo’s soukous and successors.

Like the Zimbabwean sungura I played last week, Igbo highlife found a bit of a first-world audience during the 1980s world music boom. Our ears have long since turned to newer novelties, but the category never went out of style at home. Now guitarist Oliver Nayoka is reminding northern listeners of what they’ve forgotten with two fabulous new albums. I’ll play a track from each plus some classics from the 70s and 80s, including Africa’s favorite song as chosen in 2004 by BBC’s Network Africa listeners.

Also this week (Sunday February 20, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): songs Charlie Gillett taught me, some new roots reggae, and what the Super Bowl hip hop halftime show needed was some cumbia.

Oh, and here’s a great read about one of Igbo highlife’s superstars, the man behind the aforementioned “Africa’s favorite song”:

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    Time: February 20 - 9:00:00 am
  • Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Oliver Lake, “Separation”

    from Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Passin Thru - 1996


  • Time: February 20 - 9:01:00 am
  • Global a Go-Go

    Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros, “Global a Go-Go”

    from Global a Go-Go

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2001

    England UK

  • Time: February 20 - 9:05:00 am
  • Highlife Time, Vol. 2

    Dr Sir Warrior & The Oriental Brothers International, “Ilhe Chinyenre”

    from Highlife Time, Vol. 2

    Vampisoul - 1973


  • Time: February 20 - 9:09:00 am
  • Rough Guide to Highlife (2nd Edition)

    Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, “Osondi Owendi”

    from Rough Guide to Highlife (2nd Edition)

    World Music - 2012

    Nigeria, 1984

  • Time: February 20 - 9:24:00 am
  • Club Series Chapter One

    Oliver Nayoka, “Prince Ndubueze Special”

    from Club Series Chapter One

    Palenque Records - 2022


  • Time: February 20 - 9:43:00 am
  • Aja Wele Wele

    Oliver Nayoka, “Njiri Mara Mu Bu Egwu”

    from Aja Wele Wele

    Palenque Records y Odogwu Entertainment - 2021


  • Time: February 20 - 9:50:00 am
  • Sweet Mother

    Prince Nico Mbarga & Rocafil Jazz, “Sweet Mother”

    from Sweet Mother

    Rogers All Stars - 1976


  • Time: February 20 - 10:04:00 am
  • Sinikan

    Sekouba Bambino, “It's A Man's Man's Man's World”

    from Sinikan

    Syllart Records - 2002

    Guinee Conakry

  • Time: February 20 - 10:09:39 am
  • The Hour of Two Lights

    Terry Hall & Mushtaq, “The Hour of Two Lights”

    from The Hour of Two Lights

    Honest Jon's Records - 2010

    England UK, 2003

  • Time: February 20 - 10:14:00 am
  • Midnight Marauders

    Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie, “Midnight Marauders”

    from Midnight Marauders

    The Drop - 2009

    New Zealand, 2002

  • Time: February 20 - 10:25:00 am
  • Racines

    Tiken Jah Fakoly, “Is It Because I'm Black? (feat Ken Boothe)”

    from Racines

    Universal Music Division Barclay - 2015

    Cote D'Ivoire-Jamaica

  • Time: February 20 - 10:29:36 am
  • Tenament Yard - Single

    Duane Stephenson & Friendly Fire Band, “Tenament Yard”

    from Tenament Yard - Single

    Friendly Fire Music - 2022

    England UK-Jamaica

  • Time: February 20 - 10:34:34 am
  • Jah in My Corner (feat. Kabaka Pyramid) - Single

    Black-Am-I, “Jah in My Corner (feat. Kabaka Pyramid)”

    from Jah in My Corner (feat. Kabaka Pyramid) - Single

    Ghetto Youths International - 2022


  • Time: February 20 - 10:37:00 am
  • Jah Jah Bless Joshua - Single

    Johnny Clarke, “Jah Jah Bless Joshua”

    from Jah Jah Bless Joshua - Single

    Alexander Music Group - 2014

    Jamaica, 1974

  • Time: February 20 - 10:45:00 am
  • Hip Hop En Cumbia

    Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Míticos Del Ritmo, “Nuthin' But A "G" Thing (Dre En Cumbia)”

    from Hip Hop En Cumbia

    Tru Thoughts - 2011

    England UK-Colombia

  • Time: February 20 - 10:48:14 am
  • Sam Redmore, “Get Ur Freak On (Sam Redmore remix)”

    from Bootleg Remixes

    unreleased - 2022

    England UK

  • Time: February 20 - 10:51:39 am
  • Gypsyphonic Disko, “Solar Phonic”

    from Nola-Phonic Volume 1

    self-released - 2010


  • Time: February 20 - 10:55:54 am
  • Jurabas Tú - Single

    Los Auténticos Decadentes, “Jurabas Tú (feat Los Palmeras)”

    from Jurabas Tú - Single

    Pop Art - 2022


  • Time: February 20 - 10:59:11 am
  • Radio Cumbia

    Radio Cumbia, “El Pipiloco”

    from Radio Cumbia

    Polen Records - 2010


    Global A Go-Go    February 20th, 2022

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