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Options January 1, 2010: Afrobeat for the New Year
On Wednesday, we saw "Fela” on Broadway. A classy tribute to the great Nigerian afrobeat master and political activist. Antibalas did the music and it was hot; Batia (my 13 year old daughter) was embarrassed when I whooped during a killer sax solo. As well-known as Fela is, Mulatu Astatke is not. According to liner notes on Ethiopiques #24, his tracks "foreshadow his 1966 New York recordings...decidedly Latin and hardly a monument to Abyssian groove-- although a few tracks do sound vaguely Ethiopian and the group was named the Ethiopian Quartet. They none the less constitute the very first pages in the annals of afrobeat-- a full six years befroe the Cameroonian Manu Dibango's 'Soul Makossa' and long still before the flamboyant entrance of the Nigerian Fela Anikulapo Kuti."

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Artist Track Comments
Big Guitars from Texas  Ride fo the Ruthless   Options Theme for a HNY 
Pax Nicholas & the Nettey Family  You   Options Daptone just released this 4-song CD from one of Fela's bandmembers, Nicholas Addo-Nettey: "Na Teef Know De Road of Teef" and it's the perfect start for the show! 
Antibalas  N.E.S.T.A.   Options Carrying on the Afrobeat sound, a bunch of these players do the Broadway Fela show-- and they make it swing. 
Antibalas  Che Che Cole   Options A makossa from "Government Magic" on Afrosound, best bought on their website 
King Chango  African Fever   Options Before Antibalas, a bunch of those guys were in this band. Hello Fernando. 
King Chango  Revolution/Cumbia Reggae   Options These last two from a self-titled CD on Luaka Bop from 1996 
Mulatu Astatke  Yekermo Sew   Options Wonderful new release of old music: "New York--Addis--London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (Strut, 2009) 
Mulatu Astatke  Yegelle Tezeta   Options More of the old stuff before we get to the new; hope you don't mind. 
Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics  Cha Cha   Options Also on Strut, this one was recorded 30 or more years later. 
Menelik Wesnatchew  Tchereqa   Options First heard of Mulatu from the incredible "Ethiopiques" series on Buda Musique. This is from Volume 24! 
Silk Road Ensemble  Letter to Pythagoras   Options Heading east, these folks (without Yo Yo Ma) have another CD: "Off the Map" (World Village, 2009). If we keep going, we get to China some day. 
Vijay Iyer Trio  Mystic Brew   Options I've been hearing a lot about this guy; finally get to check him out. "Trixation Version" is from "Historicity" (The Act Company, 2009) 
King Chango  African Fever   Options I like this short number a lot; good way to wrap up the set. 
Vijay Iyer Trio  Historicity   Options First as bed music, now let's listen to it straight 
Angelique Kidjo  Tumba   Options Her 2002 CD, with Bill Lasswell helping with the mix, is smooth and classy but this is the best song. Brazil, with help from C. Brown-- Is that Carllinhos Brown? 
Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens  Yebo! (Mbaqanga Mix)   Options They took this tune and messed around; nice. From "Paris-Soweto" (Polydor, 1989) 
Roy Ayers  Coffey is The Color   Options Movie music from "Can You Dig It? The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968-75" (Soul Jazz, 2009). Some of the best music of the time, with tunes by Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, JB, Grant Green-- and, of course, Curits Mayfield and Isaac Hayes 
Nat Dove and the Devils  Zombie March   Options More movie music. Dig it. Was there really a movie about bluesman Petey Wheatstraw? 
Solomon Burke and Gene Page  The Bus   Options Movie was "Cool Breeze" (1972) but I guess I missed it. 
Jesse Stone  Crawfish   Options I was on the air last week-- xmas day-- and played a bunch of this CD ("Roll Your Moneymaker")on black rock & roll from the 50s. But I had to add this one today. 
Bettye LaVette  Loves Made a Fool of Me   Options Recorded 1969-70 and recently reissued on Sundazed, thanks to the resurgence of Bettye LaVette, who keeps on belting out those hot R&B numbers 
Duke Robillaird  Use What You Got   Options Duke & band playing the Loew's theater-- an amazing place-- along with John Hammond on January 15 
John Hammond  Down in the Bottom   Options Check out this band, from his "So Many Roads" album: Charlie Musselwhite, Robbie Robertson, Leven Helm, Mike Bloomfield, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Lewis, on Vangaurd from 1965 
The Kropotkins  If I Had My Way   Options New CD is "Paradise Square" on Mulatta (2009) 
Tele Ranch  Naima   Options Cool guitar cover of Coltrane classic. There are now 3 Teleranch albums; check 'em out at teleranch.com 
Taj Mahal  Country Blues #1   Options Let's hear some guitars 
Sylvester Weaver  Bottleneck Blues   Options He died in 1960 but left us some good music. 
Go to Blazes  Why I Drink   Options Hope your head can handle this! From the first "Rig Rock Juke Box" collection on Diesel Only. 
Courtney & Western  Hands Off   Options Another drinking song from the Rig Rock. 
David Rawlings  Sweet Tooth   Options Dave fronts the band this time, with Gillian Welch helping out on vocals 
Hoyt Axton  Thunder 'n Lightnin'   Options I found a "Best of Hoyt Axton" at the WFMU Record Fair a while back; finally get to play it. 
Greg Brown  Dream On   Options Obviously live, from 1982. Issued on Red House in 1999 as "One Night". This guy is one of the best songwriters around. 
Henson Cargill  Running from the Rain   Options Yes, the Skip A Rope guy. The CD is called "On the Road: The Mega Years Plus" and covers his work in the late 60s, early 70s. 
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson  Rattlin' Bones   Options Title cut to new CD on Sugar Hill 
Fairport Convention  Percy's Song   Options Dylan cover, sad tale, from "Creative Outlaws: UK Underground 1965-71" on Trikont 
Mose Allison  If You LIve   Options Old Mose from Mississippi, from a scratchy piece of vinyl from 1963 on Prestige; I'm sure it's easy to find on the many Mose Allison CDs out there 
Cyril Pahinui  Hula Blues   Options A modern slack key guitar version of 1919 Hawaiian jazz classic; from "He'eia" on Dancing Cat (2007) 
Reverend Billy H. Grady  Holy Rock   Options FMU's gospel guru Kevin Nutt is listed as an advisor on this 3-CD box: "Fire in My Bones: Raw Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel (1944-200&)" on Tompkins Square (2009) 
Tadd Dameron  Jahbero   Options Outro music from a nice collection called "Roots of Afro-Cuban Jazz" on Blue Note (2001) 
James Moody  Cu-Ba   Options Talkover for ID, then take us out! Seeya next time. 

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Listener comments!

  9:06am Daniel:

You're right, perfect start to the new year. Happy 2010, Steve!
  9:18am annie:

morning steve!! HNY!!
  9:37am steve krinsky:

Mornin' all: Coffee & a roll & all this great music for the new year. Waddya think?
  10:14am indrek:

frickin dope music that Mahlathini.
  10:22am gumby:

Going to see Fela tomorrow. But today my big head is diggin' the afrocenticity of this show!!! THANKS!!!!!!
  10:42am zxc:

SK + Big guitars and the entire show is/are great start to the new year!!
  10:52am GUMBY:

absolutely gorgeous version of Naima
Thanks again!!!
  10:55am Stuart Troutman:

Thanks, I hadn't hear that great Taj Mahal track in many years. Very familiar tune (as somene who learned how to play slide guitar from things like that).
  10:59am stuart:

Hey, I just read the passage in the new Basement Tapes book where John Hammond mentions that '65 album, where Bloomfield refused to play guitar, 'cause Robertson was so hot.
  11:00am PMD:

Hi Steve! Listening in.. love to hear you. Will check FB page. play good music so my bf will like WFMU. No pressure though.
  11:07am annie:

pmd, did you lose a day somewhere? ;)
  11:08am pmd:

Annie, you're the one who said Trouble was on!
  11:09am i did not.... when???:

  11:10am didn't mean to:

mislead you.
  11:17am Chris:

Listening while catching up on work in subzero MN. Love the selections. Thanks for the nice vibes from NY! Happy New Year
  11:19am PMD:

Just looked. Oh, missed the tense of the verb... :-)
  11:31am gumby:

I get the feelin' "Greg Brown"was evadin' some taxes.
  11:34am annie:

now this is floor-scrubbing music!!! i'll be over there ----->
  11:36am stuart:

Henson Cargill?? Wow. Remember "Skip a Rope"?
  11:36am annie:

steve, out of curiosity is your daughter's name pronounced bah-tee-ya or bay-sha? great name!!
  11:44am Jimm:

anyone else on three hours sleep?
  11:45am steve krinsky:

  11:45am annie:

  11:48am stuart:

thanks for the Trikont tip, Steve, just hit their www site, looks great.
  11:50am gumby:

Great show Steve Thanks!!!!
  11:52am PMD:

Um, 12 hours sleep
  11:55am stuart:

so passionate that he didn't bother to get that string in tune!
  12:06pm steve krinsky:

Hey, nice of you to stop by; let's do this again sometime. Email me at stevek@wfmu.org with comments, ideas, jokes-- or if you want to know about future fillins.
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