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2008 - week 4, from 26 Jan, African Cup of Nations

PostPosted: Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:28 pm
by Charlie
Seq - Artist - Song Title - Album - Country - Label - Cat no

1 - Gangbé Brass Band - Aou Whan - Togbé - Benin - Contre Jour - CJ 009

2 - JJC & 419 Squad feat T.I.D - Demu Gani - Lagos Stori Plenty - Nigeria / Tanzania - Out Here - OH 005

3 - Tiken Jah Fikoly - Ma Côte D'Ivoire [feat Beta Simon] - L'Africain - Côte D'Ivoire - Wrasse - WRASS 204

4 - Bonga - Mona Ki Ngi Xica - O'Melhor de Bonga - Angola - Lusafrica - 74321 893 842

5 - Alif - Thiou - Dakamerap - Senegal - Out Here - OH 001

6 - Jimmy B - Make Em Bounce - Kwaito - South African Hip Hop - South Africa/ Sierra Leone - Earthworks - STEW42CD


Once again, a sporting event provides a hook to hang a programme on. This month and next, 16 African national football teams will be whittled down to four, then two and finally a winner, in the African Cup of Nations. The selection of countries represented here is not meant to imply any judgment on which teams are most likely to survive to the later rounds, but I did veer away from more traditional sounding musicians, favouring contemporary commercial artists who might be enjoyed by their country’s football supporters.

The Gangbé Brass Band of Benin

Of all the many Afro-Beat bands which have kept the flame of Fela Kuti’s pioneering music alight, The Gangbé Brass Band of Benin has one of the most convincing and infectious approaches. As their name suggests, the horn section dominates.

JJC & the 419 Squad

It’s been a while since I played anything by JJC & the 419 Squad, the British-based group of Nigerians whose album Atide was a favourite for more than a year after its release back in 2003. Checking the website’s database, I’m shocked to discover that I haven’t played anything by them since February 2004. Time to make amends, with this catchy song featuring Tanzanian rapper T.I.D as a guest.

Tiken Jah Fakoly [photo courtesy]

On 3rd January, listener Sopiato sent an email from Nairobi: “Back in November, you played an Ivorian song 'Ma Cote D'Ivoire' by Tiken Jah Fakoly: La politique a gate mon paye. Please could you play it again for us Kenyans?â€


PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:42 pm
by Charlie
emails from:

1. Rosemary Rayner

Dear Charlie
your last programme was great!!. I had loved the Cote D'Ivoire one last time you played it but moved to tears when you played it in dedication to Kenya ( I lived there as a teenager), I was also affected deeply by Bonga's track and the story behind it. At the moment your programme is responsible for my cd collection growing at an astronomical rate - and my bank balancing decreasing as dramatically. It's great when friends want to know what to get me as a present - I hand them a marked play list!

I have just (today) received Smokey Rolls down thunder canyon (Devendra Banhart) - what a delight. It's wonderful, funny, zany with echoes of Zeplin, Brian Ferry, Pink Floyd and hints of Presley - I'm blown away by it. Currently the CD I can't live without!

thanks and thanks again



2. JumpinJackFlash

I love it this show is a great playing of this music, it is reminiscent of afro pop show.

Please play more of this african music, thanks