Episode 20 appeared on October 22, 2018.
01) “Pemoengkah” by Thomas Bartlett & Nico Muhly.
From the 2018 album Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music.
NY, NY, U.S.A.
This collaboration between American contemporary classical composer and arranger Nico Muhly (Manhattan, in New York City), and Thomas Bartlett (a.ka. Doveman), an American singer, pianist and producer who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, Glen Hansard, The National, Sam Amidon, Rhye, St. Vincent, Nico Muhly, The Gloaming, Martha Wainwright and many more celebrates the Asian music explorations of ethnomusicologist Colin McPhee.
02) “Beka” by Assagai.
From the 1971 album Assagai.
Assagai was a group of South African and Nigerian exiles living in Britain. The only African group signed to the Vertigo label, the group traffics in very good "Afro-Rock,” mixing elements of jazz, funk, rock and African rhythms.
Purchase Assagai’s music at Amazon.
03) “Payaso” by Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra.
From the 2018 album Laugh To Keep From Crying.
Phoenix, AZ U.S.A.
The band’s website says: “Beginning with a strict repertoire comprised of classic Afrobeat music, PAO has now penned an abundance of original material that melds the eclectic heritage of the ensemble with that classic Afrobeat style.”
05) “Maok Pi Naok” by Sinn Sisamouth + Ros Sereysothea + Pan Ron + Dara Jamchan, composer Voy Ho.
From the 1996 compilation Cambodian Rocks.
Sinn Sisamouth was a highly influential and prolific Cambodian singer-songwriter from the 1950s to the 1970s. Cambodian Rocks is a compilation of 22 uncredited, untitled Cambodian psychedelic and garage rock songs from the late 1960s and early 1970s. According to Wikipedia: “The compilation was assembled from cassette tapes purchased by an American tourist in 1994 and released on the Parallel World label in 1996.”
Download the compilation from WFMU.
06) “Dye Dye” by Segun Bucknor.
From the 2002 compilation Poor Man No Get Brother: Assembly & Revolution 1969-1975.
Segun Bucknor was a Nigerian musician and journalist active during the 1960s and 1970s. He was a pianist and guitarist specializing in genres ranging from soul music to pop music and to funk.
Purchase Segun Bucknor’s music at Amazon.
07) “La Muñeca” by Rubén Blades.
Panama City, Panama.
Rubén Blades is a Panamanian singer, songwriter, actor, musician, activist, and politician, specializing in Afro-Cuban, salsa, and Latin jazz music.
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