The birthdays of three African greats inspire today’s theme: July 18: South African icon Nelson Mandela; July 20: Nigerian Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen; July 23: Ethiopian/Rasta leader Haile Selassie. Music from all three nations on this week’s episode. Plus an interview with Zimbabwean band Mokoomba about their new CD and their upcoming shows in Seattle and Tacoma (at Zimfest).
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Mulatu Astatke “I Faram Gami I Faram” from Mulatu Steps Ahead
Suthukazi Arosi “Isidudla” from uBuntu
Somi “Lady Revisited (feat. Angelique Kidjo)” from The Lagos Music Salon
Mokoomba “Masangango” from Rising Tide
Interview with Abundance Mutori, bass player for Mokoomba
Mokoomba “Njoka” from Rising Tide
Fanaye Tesfaye “Tchewata” from The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia
Pyjama Party Band “Fukuzela” from The Sound of Motella (Town & Country)
Set break — KAOS Community Billboard
Tony Allen “No Discrimination” from Afro Disco Beat
Madame Afrique “Idaba” from She’s Hot!
Ethioda “Musicawi Silt” from Ethiopian Jazz Groove
Femi Kuti “Do Your Best” from Fight to Win
GiGi “Gud Fella” from Gigi
MALAIKA “Melodi” from Malaika
Noura Mint Seymali “El Madi” from Tzenni
MC Yogi “Ganesh Is Fresh (feat. Jai Uttal)” from Elephant Power
Set break — World Music Concert Calendar
Kavita Shah “Rag Desh: Teentaal Gat” from Visions
Kavita Shah “Rag Desh: Meltdown” from Visions
Chłopcy Kontra Basia “Hej Zagraj Muzyczko (Hey! Let the Music Play!)” from Oj Tak!
Aallotar “Syamestani Rakastan” from In Transit
Publish the Quest “Never Again (feat. Edith Weutonga)” from A Thousand Kinds of Gold