Episode 25

Episode 25 was originally posted November 26, 2018.



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01) “No Somos Malos” by Los Dug Dug’s.

From the 1972 album Smog.

Durango, Mexico.

The Wikipedias tell us:

“Los Dug Dug's are a rock group from Durango, Mexico, best known for their work in the 60s and early 70s. They were one of the first Mexican bands to adapt The Beatles' influence and are noted as one of the first Mexican bands to write their own songs, as well as cover songs by British and American acts in English, thus breaking what had up to then been an unwritten rule in Mexican rock.”

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02) “Night Fog” by mabanua.

From the 2018 album Blurred.

Tokyo, Japan.

From the artist’s website:

“mabanua is a Japanese drummer, producer, and singer who has definitely made his mark in the Japanese music scene in the past 10 years. A multi-instrumentalist who has collaborated with some of the biggest starts in the J-pop music scene, to some of the dopest rappers in the underground scene.”

  • Visit mabanua’s official website.

  • Follow mabanua on Facebook.

  • Follow mabanua on Twitter.

  • Purchase mabanua’s music at Amazon.

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03) “Malamente” by Rosalía.

From the 2018 album El Mal Querer.

Barcelona, Spain.

The Guardian says: “The Catalan singer’s potent, smart second album is more complex than any Latin pop currently in the charts: she’s a gamechanger.Pitchfork says: “The second album from the Spanish singer is a remarkable feat, seamlessly linking flamenco’s characteristic melodrama to the heart-wrenching storytelling of modern, woman-flexing R&B.” We say yes.

  • Visit Rosalía’s official website.

  • Follow Rosalía on Facebook.

  • Follow Rosalía on Twitter.

  • Read The Guardian’s review.

  • Read Pitchfork’s review of the album.

  • Purchase Rosalía’s music at Amazon.

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04) “Femme” by Manou Gallo.

From the 2018 album Afro Groove Queen.

Divo, Ivory Coast.

Her Facebook page (through Google Translate) tells us: “Singer, bassist and percussionist. The scene is like her second home. There is an irresistible power and energy in her live performance. An African woman playing bass as a percussion instrument.” Wikipedia tells us: “Brought up by her grandmother, Gallo first performed at the age of 12 and went on to become a success, touring in various African countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo and Benin as well as recording four albums.”

  • Visit Manou Gallo’s official website.

  • Visit Manou Gallo’s Facebook page.

  • Follow Manou Gallo on Twitter.

  • Purchase Manou Gallo’s music on Amazaon.

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05) “Born Under Punches” by Angelique Kidjo.

From the 2018 album Remain In Light.

Cotonou, Benin.

Kidjo’s Facebook pages tells us: “Three-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with thirteen albums to her name.” Pitchfork says: “Inspired by its Afrobeat underpinnings, the Beninese singer tackles an album-length cover of the Talking Heads’ 1980 landmark, in the process unearthing hidden rhythmic and emotional nuances.”

  • Visit Angélique Kidjo’s official website.

  • Follow Angélique Kidjo on Facebook.

  • Follow Angélique Kidjo on Twitter.

  • Purchase Kidjo’s music in Amazon.

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06) “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango.

From the 1972 album Soul Makossa.

Douala, Cameroun.

Manu Dibango is a Cameroonian musician and songwriter and saxophonosit and vibraphonist. His music fuses jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, and his mother was a Duala. He is best known for his 1972 single "Soul Makossa,” which we gladly feature here for you.

  • Visit Manu Dibango’s official website.

  • Follow Manu Dibango on Facebook.

  • Purchase Manu Dibango’s music on Amazon.

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07) “Caravan” by Shoji Yokouchi Quintet.

From the 1967 album Afro Bossa.

Dalian, China.

Shoji Yokouchi (横内章次トリオ) is a Japanese jazz guitarist and composer specializing in the electric guitar, folk guitar, or gut guitar. Over the course of many albums as a bandleaser, Yokouchi led many different groups, this one being a Quintet.

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08) “Gaston” by Δάκης (Dakis).

From the 1975 album 100%.

Alexandria, Egypt.

Δάκης (Dakis, real name Vrasidas Charalambides) is a Greek

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09) “Take Your Time” by Dan Satch & the Professional Atomic 8 Band.

From the 1960 album Ikoro's 70 Special.


In an article called “Dan Satch & The Professional Atomic 8 Band and The Inspiration of Fela Kuti,” site Passion of the Weiss references Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Band, as “a little known highlife outfit out of Eastern Nigeria, whose glory days occurred from 1969 – 1971.” Little else seems to be available about the outfit.

  • Purchase Dan Satch & the Professional Atomic 8 Band’s music at Amazon.

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