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The New Case of the African Mellow Madness

12:00pm, 1-20-2019
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Wintertime is good time for mellow madness. As I write this, the Sunday forecast is calling for cold, cold rain. Today I present some African music as cozy as a pile of blankets. Warm yourself by this fire.

We start the set today with some folky highlife music from Nigeria. It's easy listening, if you like, but never dull; follow the interaction between rhythm section and guitar. We recline in the middle of the first hour with some folk forms before we slide all the way back into some unexpected art-folk... then back to the surface with one more splash of highlife.

The second hour today starts again in Nigeria, this time with some psychedelic popular music of the 70s. We move things closer to the dancefloor as we go through the second hour, winding up with some modern Fela Kuti tribute material.

Music today for moderate intra-hibernation pulse raising therapy.


  • 12:03pm Isuola Me/Ebiri Ye by Peacock International on Smash Hits (EMI)
  • 12:06pm Umu Ibe by Peacock International on Smash Hits (EMI)
  • 12:10pm Onye Kata-Obia by General Franco Lee Ezute And His Harmony International Band on Ndokwa No. 1 High Life King (Bongo Joe)
  • 12:19pm Kyrie Paien by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 12:21pm Mukomande by Prosper Nkouri on Lagos Festival (Disques Francis Bebey)
  • 12:25pm Sambiro by Peacock International on Smash Hits (EMI)
  • 12:28pm Ikoko Ti Yio Jata (On Perserverance) by Eppi Fanio on The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria Vol. 1 (Soundway)
  • 12:32pm Bekapamaky by Damily on Valimbilo (Bongo Joe)
  • 12:40pm Messe Noire by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 12:43pm African Community by Francis Bebey on Lagos Festival (Disques Francis Bebey)
  • 12:47pm Wayo Manman! by Alain Peters on Rest'la Moya (Bongo Joe)
  • 12:51pm Chadian by Francis Bebey on Lagos Festival (Disques Francis Bebey)
  • 12:54pm Azuka-Ego by General Franco Lee Ezute And His Harmony International Band on Ndokwa No. 1 High Life King (Bongo Joe)
  • 1:02pm Active Action by Action 13 on The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria Vol. 2 (Soundway)
  • 1:06pm Mr. Bull Dog (45 version) by The Mebusas on The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria Vol. 1 (Soundway)
  • 1:10pm Ohomi by Sonny Okosuns & Paperback Ltd. on The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria Vol. 2 (Soundway)
  • 1:14pm Deiyo Deiyo (Akpuwunlobi) by The Hykkers on The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria Vol. 1 (Soundway)
  • 1:18pm Teya Teya by Miriam Makeba on single (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 1:22pm Heelo by Dur-Dur of Somalia on Dur-Dur Band Vol. 1 & 2 (Analog Africa)
  • 1:26pm Benguela by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 1:30pm Keene Gardaran by Dur-Dur of Somalia on Dur-Dur Band Vol. 1 & 2 (Analog Africa)
  • 1:36pm Wendo by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 1:40pm Watchiwara by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 1:43pm Comencemos by Phirpo y sus Caribes on Black Man's Cry (Now Again)
  • 1:46pm Upside Down by Daktaris on Black Man's Cry (Now Again)
  • 1:49pm Lullaby for Lagos by Whitefield Brothers on Black Man's Cry (Now Again)
  • 1:52pm Bakoko by M'Bamina on African Roll (Barclay)
  • 1:56pm Toure Samar by Karl Hector & The Malcouns on Black Man's Cry (Now Again)
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