Global A Go-Go presents:

There’s a lot of competition for this title, but I think Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band is my favorite African ensemble right now. They’re based in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and as bandleader Mamadou (Baba Commandant) Sanou says, “we have chosen to make Afrobeat groove in our Mandingo tongue.”

Baba plays donso ngoni, the hunter’s harp, an instrument that until recently was only used for ceremonial music. In combining traditional music and instruments with the modern, they’re in alignment with the Authenticité movement of post-colonial Africa. But they sound like 2022, not 1972: always aggressive, sometimes dissonant, they’re like West African post-rock.

This week (Sunday September 18, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the wrir.org archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site) you’ll hear a track from Baba Commandant’s brand new album Sonbonbela alongside a new reissue from one of the bands that inspire them, The Super Djata Band. Also this week: Bomba Estéreo meets Manu Chao, outstanding new Afropop from DC’s Dogo Du Togo, a deep dive into South African township music, mbalax thunder and Middle Eastern Afrofunk.

Podcast: radio4all.net/program/113511
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Playlist:

    Time: September 18 - 9:00:00 am
  • Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Oliver Lake, “Separation”

    from Matador Of 1st & 1st

    Passin Thru - 1996

    USA

  • Time: September 18 - 9:01:00 am
  • Global a Go-Go

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

    from Global a Go-Go

    BMG Rights Management (US) LLC - 2001

    England UK

  • Time: September 18 - 9:06:00 am
  • Próxima Estación: Esperanza

    Manu Chao, “La Primavera”

    from Próxima Estación: Esperanza

    Radio Bemba - 2013

    France-Spain, 2000

  • Time: September 18 - 9:08:00 am
  • Próxima Estación: Esperanza

    Manu Chao, “Me Gustas Tú”

    from Próxima Estación: Esperanza

    Radio Bemba - 2013

    France-Spain, 2000

  • Time: September 18 - 9:11:55 am
  • Bomba Estéreo & Manu Chao, “Me Duele”

    from Me Duele - Single

    Elegancia Tropical - 2022

    Colombia-France-Spain

  • Time: September 18 - 9:15:04 am
  • Elegancia Tropical

    Bomba Estéreo, “Sintiendo”

    from Elegancia Tropical

    Soundway Records Ltd - 2012

    Colombia

  • Time: September 18 - 9:21:57 am
  • Fenfo - Something To Say

    Fatoumata Diawara, “Nterini”

    from Fenfo - Something To Say

    Wagram Music / 3ème Bureau - 2018

    Cote D'Ivoire-Mali-France

  • Time: September 18 - 9:25:26 am
  • Né So

    Rokia Traoré, “Kènia”

    from Né So

    Nonesuch - 2016

    Mali

  • Time: September 18 - 9:30:26 am
  • Dogo Du Togo, “Zonva”

    from Dogo Du Togo

    Dogo Du Togo - 2022

    Togo-USA

  • Time: September 18 - 9:34:36 am
  • Fulu

    Bil Aka Kora, “Fulu”

    from Fulu

    Shamar Empire SARL - 2019

    Burkina Faso

  • Time: September 18 - 9:43:22 am
  • Lorraine Klaasen & Mongezi Ntaka, “Sekusile (Kikirikiki)”

    from Ukubonga (Gratitude)

    Justin Time - 2022

    South Africa-Canada-USA

  • Time: September 18 - 9:47:01 am
  • Afro Jazz Series: Music & Rhythm of Africa (Remastered)

    Dark City Sisters, “Ngiboniseleni”

    from Afro Jazz Series: Music & Rhythm of Africa (Remastered)

    Harrison James Music - 2010

    South Africa, 1959

  • Time: September 18 - 9:49:43 am
  • The World Of Miriam Makeba

    Miriam Makeba, “Into Yam”

    from The World Of Miriam Makeba

    Legacy Recordings - 1963

    South Africa

  • Time: September 18 - 9:52:24 am
  • From Marabi to Disco

    The Mahotella Queens, “Mama Thula”

    from From Marabi to Disco

    Gallo Record Company - 1994

    South Africa, 1968

  • Time: September 18 - 9:54:38 am
  • Izintombi Zesimanjemanje, “Awufuni Ukulandela Na?”

    from Next Stop. . . Soweto: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga

    Strut - 2010

    South Africa, 1974

  • Time: September 18 - 9:57:03 am
  • The Movers - Vol. 1 - 1970 - 1976 (Analog Africa No.35)

    The Movers, “Phukeng Special”

    from The Movers - Vol. 1 - 1970 - 1976 (Analog Africa No.35)

    Analog Africa - 2022

    South Africa, 1970s

  • Time: September 18 - 10:06:03 am
  • Authentique 80

    Super Djata Band, “Farima”

    from Authentique 80

    Numero Group - 2022

    Mali, 1980

  • Time: September 18 - 10:16:20 am
  • Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band, “Serejugu”

    from Sonbonbela

    Sublime Frequencies - 2022

    Burkina Faso

  • Time: September 18 - 10:26:03 am
  • Once Upon a Time in Senegal: The Birth of Mbalax (1979-1981), Vol. 1

    Étoile de Dakar, “Thiely (feat. Youssou N'Dour)”

    from Once Upon a Time in Senegal: The Birth of Mbalax (1979-1981), Vol. 1

    Syllart Records - 2010

    Senegal, 1979

  • Time: September 18 - 10:30:57 am
  • Direct From Dakar

    Omar Pene & Super Diamono, “Mouride”

    from Direct From Dakar

    Real World - 2022

    Senegal, 1995

  • Time: September 18 - 10:36:38 am
  • Etoile 2000, “Boubou N'Gary”

    from Dakar Sound Volume 1

    Dakar Sound - 1993

    Senegal, 1981

  • Time: September 18 - 10:48:54 am
  • Shotnez, “Contagious”

    from Contagious - Single

    Batov - 2022

    Israel

  • Time: September 18 - 10:53:05 am
  • Warriors

    Zion80, “Wandering Stone”

    from Warriors

    Chant Records - 2018

    USA

  • Time: September 18 - 10:57:28 am
  • Kings

    The Apples, “Kings”

    from Kings

    Freestyle Records - 2010

    Israel

    Global A Go-Go    September 18th, 2022

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