Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

Joyeux anniversaire à Papy Tex Matolu !

WELCOME!

I have a few requests in the mix today.

Enjoy the music!

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    July 3rd, 2022

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The Motherland Influence presents:

Welcome!

African, Latin & Caribbean music.

Let’s start with a classic from Guinea’s Sombory de Fria!

Do you love the music of Arsenio Rodriguez? Me too. We’ll have a track from him as well as salsa from Venezuela and a couple of rare songs from cassettes to celebrate Madagascar’s Independence Day.

Listen for another rarity: the late Congolese guitarist Nene Tshakou recorded with Nigerian artists in 1986.

 

    The Motherland Influence    June 26th, 2022

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

   Shiko Mawatu                                                                                               Lubangi Muniania

WELCOME!

Today we have a special edition of Ambiance Congo. Today we honor Shiko Mawatu, a great musician and composer whose long and prolific career has been much respected and appreciated by his peers. He has played guitar, sang, composed and arranged music with many of his great contemporaries from Docteur Nico to Pepe Kalle, from Tshala Muana to Madilu System. Before a stroke some 12 or so years ago, he embarked upon a solo career and recorded his wonderful album, KIMBANDA NZILA, which was released in 2007 and nominated in 2008 for the NAACP Image Award. His song MANU was in 2012 awarded the Grand Prize in the World Music category in the John Lennon Song Writing Contest.
Shiko Mawatu has dedicated his formidable talents to music that preserves and advances the rumba odemba of Franco, Rochereau and Nico.

We are joined here this day, via recorded interview, by Shiko Mawatu’s producer and friend, Mr. Lubangi Muniania.

Lubangi Muniania is an African Art Historian, specializing in the visual and performing arts of Africa. He has contributed to the award-winning documentary The Rumba Kings. He has worked as a Director of Education at the Museum for African Art in New York, African Art Education consultant for the Art Institute of Chicago, Saint Louis Museum of Arts, other museums, festivals, and cultural centers. Mr. Muniania has written articles for newspapers, essays for museum publications and universities. He is currently the president of Tabilulu Productions.

Lubangi will contribute history and insight that we could otherwise only get from Shiko himself.

He has been working with Shiko to produce a new album which is expected in the not-too-distant future.

Thank you, Shiko Mawatu, for creating the amazing music that I have enjoyed for about 40 years and still listen to often today. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I’ve reached for and played again a record that still stands today due to your contributions. You have greatly enriched my life with your talents.

Thank you, Lubangi Muniania for agreeing to speak with us today and for supporting Shiko’s efforts to carry on in his efforts to keep great musical traditions fresh and alive.

 

You are invited to add your comments, greetings and well wishes for Shiko in the comments section here.

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    June 19th, 2022

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The Motherland Influence presents:

African, Latin & Caribbean music.

Mali, Brazil, Angola, Haiti, USA, Ghana, Nigeria…More.

New music from Afrodelic, Oriental Brothers International Band and others.

    The Motherland Influence    June 12th, 2022

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

Some music you will hear today!

WELCOME!

Play it loud! Dance around! Enjoy the music!

Tabu Ley, Papa Wemba, Manda Chante, Wenge Musica BCBG and more….

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    June 5th, 2022

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The Motherland Influence presents:

African, Latin & Caribbean music.

Cuba, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Congo, Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, Angola and more….

    The Motherland Influence    May 29th, 2022

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

WELCOME!

Congolese music, this time from the late 80s to 2020.

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    May 22nd, 2022

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The Motherland Influence presents:

African, Latin & Caribbean music.

Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gabon, Guinee-Bissau, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Cabo Verde, Brazil….more

    The Motherland Influence    May 15th, 2022

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Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music presents:

WELCOME!

A variety of songs from the 50s to recent years.

    Ambiance Congo / The Other Black Music    May 8th, 2022

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The Motherland Influence presents:

Rudy Gomis live in Central Park

African, Latin & Caribbean music.

Start with my favorite song with the late Rudy Gomis and Orchestra Baobab.

We’ll also have little set of music from Venezuela and Panama and MORE with some Nigerian highlife and east African classics.

A big THANK YOU! to all new and continuing donors.

You love WRIR and we love you!

    The Motherland Influence    May 1st, 2022

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