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Saturday, July 19, 2008 Options
Andrea Kalima Zawose + Okello Kelo Sam + Robert Ajwang'

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Okello Kelo Sam + Robert Ajwang' playing the adungu (L); Andrea Kalima Zawose playing the zeze (R).
Photos courtesy of the artists.

A rare visit by three East African traditional artists: Okello Kelo Sam is an actor (he had a part in The Last King of Scotland), playwright and creative director of Uganda's internationally-known Ndere Troupe. Robert Ajwang is a musician, dancer, and choreographer from northern Tanzania. Andrea Kalima Zawose is an adopted member of the legendary Zawose musical family of inland Tanzania; his mentor was the late great Hukwe Zawose. All three are here to participate in East Africa Speaks, a series of free theatrical performances and events at CUNY's Martin E Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Avenue July 21-22. They join us at the top of the show to demonstrate traditional instruments rarely heard around here, play three songs in the studio, and talk about the music and their work.

The instruments: For this session, Okello Kelo Sam plays the adungu, a nine-string arched (bow) harp of the Alur people of Northwestern Uganda. Andrea Kalima Zawose plays the zeze, a traditional bowed fiddle of the Gogo people of inland Tanzania. And Robert Ajwang' plays an instrument with a long tradition in East Africa, the acoustic guitar.

CUNY performance info:

Special thanks to Brooklyn's 651 Arts, co-producers of the CUNY events.


Okello Kelo Sam is also director of the Hope North Uganda project.
Northern Uganda has been in a state of war for over 20 years. Tens of thousands of
children have been abducted to serve as child soldiers there. Hope North’s 40-acre
residential campus is a place for such children to find refuge; a place for education,
recreation and vocational training. Learn more, get in touch, make a donation at


This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Hukwe Zawose: Sizitizo La Amani Duniani Options / Chibite / Real World

Ndere Troupe: Wonda Wonda Options / Songs and Dances from the Land of Ngaali / Pan

Andrea Kalima Zawose + Okello Kelo Sam + Robert Ajwang':
Live in the studio (3 songs)

Hukwe Zawose: Ibarikwe... Options / Chibite / Real World

Ndere Troupe: Kalahudiya Options / Songs and Dances from the Land of Ngaali / Pan
Performer: Herbert Bagesigaki

Kasai Allstars: Beyond the 7th Moon Options / In the 7th moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic / Crammed Discs / *

Aphrodesia: Virgin of the Sun God Options / Lagos by Bus / Cyberset

Kakande: Kakande Options / Dununya / Jumbie Records / *

Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra: Ya Fama Options / Boulevard de l'Independance / World Circuit

Amadou & Mariam: Nangaraba Options / Tje Ni Mousso / Circular Moves

Oliver Mtukudzi: Handikendenge Options / Nzara / Kudzanayi

Oliver de Coque: All Fingers Are Not Equal Options / I Salute Africa / Olumo
Full band credit: Oliver de Coque & his Expo '76 Ogene Sound Super of Africa (1979 release). Learn more here:

Victor Uwaifo: Igboroho Options / Guitar Boy Superstar / Soundway / *
New anthology

Tidawt: Ariyalan Options / Various Artists: Festival in the Desert / World Village

Master Musicians of Jajouka: War Song / Standing + One Half Options / Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka / Point Music

Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto: Zoila Options / Acoplado

Nation Beat: Sobe A Poeira Options / Legends of the Preacher / Modiba / *

Mucca Pazza: Borino Oro Options / Plays Well Together / Leather Bus / *

Boban Markovic: Erol's Tune Options / The Promise / Piranha

Dusminguet: Nass la Garriga Options / Postrof / Virgin

Listener comments!

  Sat. 7/19/08 7:10pm Scott:

Awesome sounds. I could listen to this all night.
  Sat. 7/19/08 7:13pm Your DJ:

The late great Hukwe Zawose's take on Tanzanian traditional music is mind-blowing - one of my early inspirations to explore African and world musics. It was a thrill to have a member of his extended musical family, Andrea Kalima Zawose in the studio!
  Sat. 7/19/08 7:25pm Scott:

I don't know if you're doing requests, but I would love to hear some Toumani Diabate. He made a big impression when he played on the Jools Holland show over here in England.
  Sat. 7/19/08 7:29pm Rob:

Scott, sure, I'd be happy to play something by Toumani Diabate. - Rob
  Sat. 7/19/08 7:53pm Scott:

That worked for me, thanks!
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:33pm Anulka:

This music is incredible! I don't want the show to end.
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:34pm Your DJ:

Aw gee, thanks Anulka!
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:35pm julie:

I saw Mucca Pazza at McCarren Park last summer. Their website says they have a new record. Do you have it? Is it any good?
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:37pm gumby:

1st time listener. Wonderful sounds to hear in my screen porch on a humid night. Thanks I'll be back.
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:39pm Your DJ:

To be honest, listener Julie, I haven't listened through yet to the Mucca Pazza. But let's listen to something together, shall we?
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:42pm julie:

  Sat. 7/19/08 8:45pm Scott:

Oh man! The horns in this Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto track....
For some reason I'm desperate to hear some Kocani Orkestar now.
  Sat. 7/19/08 8:46pm Scott:

sorry, i meant to say Mucca Pazza
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