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Episode 30: Will the Drum Circle be Unbroken?

12:00pm, 1-19-2020
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Today we are back to Africa… the theme will be folk music from Africa. The folk music from Africa I most commonly play is the ancient songs of the Niger River valley area, including Mali. Here folk music has survived in the modern era on the strength of the griot tradition, in which music is passed down through generations of musician families. In other parts of Africa, however, folk music traditions have often struggled to survive the past half century of social and cultural change. Folk music is often pushed aside in favor of more modern and foreign-influenced sounds. Today we are going to hear some African folk sounds from all around the continent: Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Angola… folk music as well from the continental powerhouses Nigeria and The Congo… even unusual destinations such as Gabon and South Africa on the show today. We move toward more popular African music at the end of the show.

  • 12:02pm Kokoba by Trio Papa Kouyate on Musique Sans Paroles (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:04pm Manwana Kufiki Munda by Ilunga Patrice & Misomba Victor on The Music of Africa Series 7 (Kaleidophone)
  • 12:07pm Me Yene Ya Wa by Medjo Me Nsom Jacob on Fleurs Musicales du Cameroun (Afrovision)
  • 12:10pm Man Munsu Kel by Groupe Folklorique on single (Fiesta)
  • 12:13pm I Am Suffering by Agongo on This is Kologo Power (Sahel Sounds)
  • 12:17pm Iba Awon Agba by Haruna Ishola & His Group on Nigeria Freedom Sounds (Soul Jazz Records)
  • 12:21pm Masanga by Jean Bosco Mwenda on The Music of Africa Series 6 (Kaleidophone)
  • 12:23pm Ntce Ngani by Pierre Akendengue on single (Saravah)
  • 12:26pm Tebo by Adou Elenga on Anthologie Zairoise Vol. 1 (private press)
  • 12:29pm Minkui Mi Niem by Oncle Jacob Medjo Me Nsom on Chante Ses Nouvelles Chansons Et Ses Grands Succes (Award International Records )
  • 12:33pm Omo Oloja by Dele Ojo & His Star Brothers Band on Africa Dances (Authentic)
  • 12:36pm Gakou by Amedee Pierre on single (Philips)
  • 12:40pm Douga by Quintette Guineenne on Musique Sans Paroles (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:42pm Anamon Nsia by Royal Brothers on Akom Ko (Decca)
  • 12:45pm Langwea Mba by Francis Bebey on Super Bebey (Ozileka Records)
  • 12:49pm Ata Ndele by Adou Elenga on Anthologie Zairoise Vol. 1 (private press)
  • 12:53pm Trigo Limpo by Musangola on Folclore de Angola (Roda)
  • 12:57pm Madalena by Zeca Moreno on Folclore Angolano Vol 2 (N'Gola)
  • 1:01pm Jungle Warrior by Matata on Matata (President Records)
  • 1:03pm Cely by Etoile de Dakar on Xalis (private press)
  • 1:08pm African Community by Francis Bebey on Lagos Festival (Disques Francis Bebey)
  • 1:11pm Sanza Tristesse by Francis Bebey on Super Bebey (Ozileka Records)
  • 1:16pm Pachanga Maria by Os Bongos on Rebita-75 (Rebita)
  • 1:20pm Malombo Blues by Malombo on Pele Pele (Atlantic)
  • 1:22pm Mamshanyana by Batsumi on Batsumi (Matsuli Music)
  • 1:26pm Mutoto Wandu by Bethy Finant on single (Akue)
  • 1:29pm Limbisa Nga by Abumba Masikini on Zaire 74 (Chisa)
  • 1:33pm Tuikale by Abeti on Zaire 74 (Chisa)
  • 1:37pm Kokoriko by Bunzu Soundz on Bunzu Soundz (Makossa)
  • 1:41pm Makola Special by Bunzu Soundz on Bunzu Soundz (Makossa)
  • 1:43pm Bakoko by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 1:48pm Onye Kata-Obia by General Franco Lee Ezute And His Harmony International Band on Ndokwa No. 1 High Life King (Bongo Joe)
  • 1:56pm Dissan Na M'Bera by Super Mama Djombo on Golden Afrique Vol. 1 (Network)
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