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Saturday, February 9, 2008
Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble Live + Chinese New Year
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Akoya is a smoking hot 14-piece Afrobeat-style band fronted by former Fela collaborator Kaleta, accompanied by an international cast.
Their new CD, P.D.P. (President Dey Pass) (Afrobomb) will have its coming out party at SOBs, 204 Varick St NYC on Thursday February 28. That gig will include guest appearances by Cedric Brooks from the Skatalites, plus members of Antibalas and the Budos Band.
Akoya is also playing Southpaw in Park Slope on Friday March 14.
On today's show (starting about 1 hour 20 minutes into the archive) Akoya performs two very long songs live, plus we hear a track from the new cd and in between, a bit of interview / chit-chat with members of the band.
Also: The first 45 minutes of the show features music from - or of - China in honor of the lunar new year.
Special thanks: Chris Stubbs, our illustrious engineer, plus assistants Juan Aboites and Jake Aron.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
I Want Your Love
/ Various Artists: Shanghai Lounge Divas, Vol. 2
CD is remixes and original versions; this is the original. It's also on "The Hole" film soundtrack. You can download this track and others from "The Hole" via a WFMU blog page: http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2006/05/chinese_rocks_p.html
/ Ballads for Migrant Workers
/ Guangdong Provincial Record Co. Ltd
Thanks - Gideon D'Arcangelo. Hear his public radio piece about Chinese migrant worker music, and other stories he's produced: http://www.listeningin.org/2007/12/05/studio-360-20071116-migrant-workers-love-song/
Olaf, Olaf Kjyra Di e Dau
/ Live in China
Norwegian / Chinese collaboration. This was recorded 4 June 2005 in Guiyang , and came about from a project instigated by the Norwegian Concert Institute. In the winter of 2003-2004 they sent Norwegian folk singer Unni Løvlid on a tour to the Guizhou Province in China where she worked with the Dong people. Four of the musicians she met there visited Norway in exchange, and in 2005 Unni returned to Ghuizhou to play a series of concerts, which led to the recording of this album. (Comments from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/mixingit/pip/dggv7/.)
Sat. 2/9/08 6:10pm
please play more traditional chinese new year songs!
Sat. 2/9/08 6:56pm
well, I did enjoy that lot, but I'm not ? this week!
Sat. 2/9/08 6:57pm
Sorry I didn't have any more new year's music, ?, but hope you liked what I did play. Anyway, moving on now, Akoya live coming up in a few...
Sat. 2/9/08 11:09pm
Gong Hay Fat Choy? Anyhow, TSP is a rockin' show...nothing else like it out there. Keep up the good work, Rob!
Sun. 2/10/08 3:07am
heard some of the Akoya set earlier (radio on but not at home) -- FINE STUFF!
and YES that Toumani Diabate piece IS beautiful! thanks!
p. s. -- HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!