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Saturday, November 7, 2009 Options
Yale Evelev - Luaka Bop Turns 21

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Luaka Bop - the visionary record label that introduced many of us to Brazilian Tropicalia, alt.latin music, South Indian soundtrack music, Okinawan roots rock and lots more - is often thought of as David Byrne's label. But an even more powerful force behind the operation is Byrne's partner Yale Evelev.

Yale has dedicated his life to exploring music off-the-beaten path and bringing it to larger audiences. Prior to joining Luaka he spent several years with the avant-garde-y New Music Distribution Service - a great friend to adventurous college freeform DJs of the 1980. He also ran his own adventurous label, Icon, and produced the New Music America festival's memorable New York manifestation in 1989.

Luaka has finally reached drinking age and where better to celebrate than in swinging Jersey City? Yale comes by to play and talk about some favorite releases from years gone by, and new things as well.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Moussa Doumbia: Keleya Options / Various Artists: 21st Century 21st Year / Luaka Bop

Jorge Ben: Ponta de Lanca Africana Options / Various Artists: Beleza Tropical / Luaka Bop

Tom Ze: Curiosidade Options / Fabrication Defect / Luaka Bop

Tom Ze: Curiosidade Options / Postmodern Platos / Luaka Bop
John McEntire Remix

Bloque: La Pluma Options / Bloque / Luaka Bop

Irakere: Bacalao Con Pan Options / Various Artists: Cuba Classics 3 / Luaka Bop

Os Mutantes: Ando Meio Desligado Options / Everything is Possible / Luaka Bop

Kassin + 2: Ya Ya Ya Options / Futurismo / Luaka Bop

Susana Baca: Resbalosas Options / Seis Poemas / Luaka Bop

Marcio Local: Soul Do Samba Options / Adventures in Samba Soul / Luaka Bop

Vijaya Anand: Dancing Is Beautiful Options / Dance Raja Dance / Luaka Bop

Yonlu: The Boy and the Tiger Options / A Society In Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre / Luaka Bop

William Onyeabor: Love is Blind Options / Forthcoming

Kings Go Forth: One Day Options / Forthcoming

Javelin: Mossy Woodland Options / Forthcoming

Shuggie Otis: Aht Uh Mi Hed Options / Various Artists: 21st Century 21st Year / Luaka Bop

Cornershop: Brimful of Asha Options / When I Was Born for the 7th Time / Luaka Bop

Father Goose: Sly Mongoose Options / It's A Bam Bam Diddly / Festival Five

Peter Tosh: Mark of the Beast Options / The Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience / Shanachie
Originally issued only on 45 in 1973 while Tosh was still with the Wailers, this song was banned at the time of release by Jamaican radio due to its critical tone.

Kaleta and Zozo Afrobeat: Dancing Limbs Options / Country of Guns / Kaletamusic / *
Also comes as a free bonus disc with the recently released Rough Guide Afrobeat Revolution cd (World Music Network)

Keletigui et ses Tambourinis: Donsoke Options / The Syliphone Years / Sterns / *

Christine Vaindirlis: Down By the River Options / Dance Mama / *

Ferro Gaita: Agu Ta Disprinda Options / Rei Du Funana / Lusafrica

Bonga: Ngana Ngonga Options / 74 / Tinder

Le Ry-co Jazz: Dima Bolane Options / Various Artists: Tumbele / Soundway / *
From Martinique via Congo - song originally written by Manu Dibango for Grand Kalle

Jerry Gonzalez: Al Abordaje Options / Jerry Gonzalez Y Los Piratas Del Flamenco / Sunny Side
Music bed for concert info

Sara Tavares: Keda Options / Xinti / Four Quarters / *

Warsaw Village Band: Is Anybody in There Options / Infinity / Barbes / *

Besim Muriqi: Kange Majekrahi Options / Various Artists: Global Beat of the Boroughs / Smithsonian Folkways

Eyal Maoz's Edom: Rocks Options / Hope and Destruction / Tzadik / *

Listener comments!

  Sat. 11/7/09 6:26pm Snortley:

I remember NMDS! Didn't Carla Bley live in the back? That was back in the days when it took a little shoe leather to get recordings!
  Sat. 11/7/09 6:46pm slugluv1313:

i remember NMDS too! never got to visit them but ordered a buncha records from them (INCLUDING Carla Bley!)
  Sat. 11/7/09 6:59pm Andy In Berlin:

I used to listen to Yale's show on WBAI and I actually went to France in 1981 to buy a record that he played (not quite as simple as that, but...). Empire Central Africa on Ocora. So great.
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