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Episode 25: Holiday Desert

12:00pm, 12-15-2019
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Today’s episode of Tropicology is yet another treat for the holiday season. The theme today is psychedelic Africa, but not the Hendrix guitar and James Brown screaming variety. Today we will hear music from the strip of communities living along the Niger river on the southern edge of the Sahara. There is an ancient shared musical culture in this territory, passed from one generation to the next by the class of griot musicians in these communities. The musical culture extends westward from Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali to the eastern edges of neighboring Senegal and Guinea. These countries were sufficiently remote to miss out on the first wave of African popular music production. It was the late 1960s before music commercialization reached this region. At this time, music from Europe and America was being heard more frequently in these remote communities, and the sounds of late 60s music were starting to influence local musicians. By the 1970s there was a large group of professional musicians who were eager to play modern commercial music with psychedelic influence, but also with strong connections to the rich local traditions of griot music. 

For me, the results of this particular musical scene are among the most sublime in the history of recorded music. It's another holiday gift from Tropicology.

  • 12:02pm Tribute to Boumana Tereta by Samba Toure on Wande (Glitterbeat Records)
  • 12:04pm Cuatro Proverbios by Aziza Brahim on Sahari (Glitterbeat)
  • 12:07pm Mariama by Baaba Maal on Baayo (Mango)
  • 12:11pm Beto by Ali Farka Toure on Savane (World Circuit Records)
  • 12:16pm Miri by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba on Miri (Out Here Records)
  • 12:19pm Nana by Sambory Jazz on Special Xeme Festival National (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:26pm Massane Cisse by Quintette Guineenne on Musique Sans Paroles (Syliphone Conakry)
  • 12:31pm Tond Yabramba by Sandwidi Pierre et l'Orchestre Harmonie Voltaique on Bambara Mystic Soul - The Raw Sound Of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 (Analog Africa)
  • 12:37pm Siraba Kele by Baba Commandante & the Mandingo Band on Sira Ba Kele (Sublime Frequencies)
  • 12:39pm Duga by Rail Band on Rail Band du Buffet de la Gare de Bamako (Rail Culture Authentique)
  • 12:46pm Taasi Doni by Le Super Biton de Segou on Le Super Biton de Segou (Kindred Spirits)
  • 12:54pm Kulukutu by L'Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti on L'Orchestre Kanaga de Mopti (Mali Kunkan)
  • 1:02pm Hawah by Samba Toure on Wande (Glitterbeat Records)
  • 1:04pm Tarekh by Le Mystere Jazz de Tombouctou on Le Mystere Jazz de Tombouctou (Kindred Spirits)
  • 1:13pm Sinsemba by Super Rail Band on Orchestre Du Buffet Hôtel De La Gare De Bamako (Rail Culture Authentique)
  • 1:21pm Tarhanine Tegia by Afous D'Afous on Tenere (Sahel Sounds)
  • 1:23pm Affair Social by l'Orchestre Super Rail Band Internaitonal on Affair Social (Sacodis)
  • 1:30pm Bayadjourou by Sory Bamba on Sory Bamba du Mali (Sonafrique)
  • 1:36pm Mali Denou by Les Ambassadeurs on Rebirth (World Village)
  • 1:41pm Nama by Djelimady Tounkara & Le Rail Band du Mali on Allo Bamako (Oriki Music)
  • 1:42pm Nak Amahah by Afous D'Afous on Tenere (Sahel Sounds)
  • 1:48pm Djiguiya by Djelimady Tounkara & Le Rail Band du Mali on Allo Bamako (Oriki Music)
  • 1:57pm Samba by Moussa Doumbia on Keleya (Oriki Music)
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