Splinters & Candy 07/21/14 WVKR

La Reina del Oriente

La Reina del Oriente

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Today’s episode explores a variety of music from Colombia, Brazil, France, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Puerto Rico, Mali and Guinea. Check out an hour of global musical diversity guaranteed to surprise you. Thanks for listening.

PLAYLIST

Meridian Brothers – “Guaracha U.F.O. (No Estamos Solos…)”
Curumin – “Solidão Gasolina”
Hugo – “La Collection”
Kasai Allstars – “Thus Spoke the Ancestors”
Metá Metá – “São Paulo No Shaking”
Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang – “Rotin”
Ray Barretto – “Con el Cimarron”
Benyoro – “Ségou Breakdown”
Sekou Bembeya Diabaté – “Mbanifeiyó”

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Splinters & Candy 07/14/14 WVKR

Soccer Kids

Soccer Kids

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

This edition features music from Brazil, the Netherlands, Argentina and Germany as we celebrate the final weekend of World Cup action. Then we travel to the USA, Thailand, Angola, India, England, Afghanistan and Australia. An exciting hour of world music awaits.

PLAYLIST

Caetano Veloso – “Funk Melodicó”
Doe Maar – “Pa”
Juana Molina – “Río Seco”
Die Well-Buam – “Auftanz”
Veveritse Brass Band – “Mouser”
Angkanang Kunchai – “Teoy Salap Pamaa”
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca – “Rumba SoYo”
Kishore Kumar – “Roop Tera Mastana”
She’Koyokh – “Selanik Türküsü”
Leticia Rodriguez Garza – “Sagüita al Bate”
Quraishi – “Nagaar”
The Bombay Royale – “Khubsoorat Bewafa”

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Boris Kovač & La Campanella – Eastern Moon Rising

Boris Kovač & La Campanella - Eastern Moon Rising

My recent review of Boris Kovač & La Campanella’s Eastern Moon Rising for RootsWorld Magazine:

http://www.rootsworld.com/0603123/reviews/kovac-14.shtml

“Hints of European folk music and Balkan beats meet tango and the beguine on a mostly instrumental record shrouded in mystery.”

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Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars – Libation

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Libation

Originally published in RootsWorld Magazine:

http://www.rootsworld.com/0603123/reviews/libation-14.shtml

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars released their debut record Living Like a Refugee eight years ago. After playing music together in refugee camps while they were in exile, the group has grown into one of West Africa’s more recognizable international touring acts. Following their dub-infused 2012 release Radio Salone, the band reunited with their first producer Chris Velan to record their latest effort in Vermont. The result is a laid-back, mostly acoustic album that celebrates the band’s tenth anniversary. With it’s low-key approach Libation harks back to the days of playing scavenged instruments around the campfire.

Libation predominantly features elements of highlife, maringa and palm wine mixed with baskeda and gumbe – relatives of reggae and soukous. The band tackles issues of love, relationships, religion, poverty and social inequality throughout the record. Their positivity shines through every song they write and their dedication to lifting people up through their music is unwavering.

Unfortunately the mellow vibe causes Libation to suffer from a lack of hard-hitting tracks. The drop in energy is significant given the trend of their last two albums. There is nothing like Rise & Shine’s “Tamagbondorsu (The Rich Mock the Poor)” or Radio Salone’s “Mother in Law” on this record. While the group chose to go in a different direction this time around, the absence of these memorable, driving songs is noticeable.

While the acoustic tracks are well-constructed and the reggae songs are infectious, they have a similar sound and feel a bit soft at times, although there are a few exceptions. “Chaimra” opens the record with bright horns, electric guitar and a repeated chorus that addresses the constant gossiping surrounding the group. “Min Do Sin Tay” channels the familiar danceable Afropop blend the band is known for with a positive message of equality and African unity while “Manjalagi” is a terrific Afro-Latin groove which calls for government and public support of the poverty stricken. The most topical song is “Rich But Poor,” where bandleader Reuben Koroma sings about the irony of Sierra Leone’s financial struggles given their wealth of natural resources.

After a decade together, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars refuse to settle for the same old thing. The shift of tone on this album may please some listeners, but fans of the band’s riveting live repertoire will be disappointed. Libation honors the group’s survival through times of hardship and pays homage to the members they lost along the way. Ultimately it serves as a tribute to Mama Salone, the country which continues to inspire and motivate the band despite her hardships.

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Splinters & Candy 07/07/14 WVKR

The soccer team

The soccer team

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Splinters & Candy airs every Monday from 4-5PM ET on independent radio 91.3FM WVKR Poughkeepsie. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the world.

Today we feature several tracks from the World Cup semifinalists: Brazil, Germany, Argentina and the Netherlands. Along the way we also travel to Mauritania, Hungary, Bulgaria, USA, Colombia, Israel and Senegal. Thanks for listening.

PLAYLIST

Noura Mint Seymali – “El Barm”
Söndörgő – “Hulusi”
Bulgarian Radio and Television Folk Ensemble – “Lele Jane belo Jane”
La Santa Cecilia – “Ven a Mis Brazos”
Son Palenque – “Dame un Trago”
Arakatube & Ballistic Brothers – “Pele”
Ringsgwandl – “Heavy Metal Landler”
Chango Spasiuk – “Governor Virasoro”
Samba Salad – “Bigi Kaiman”
Zvuloon Dub System – “Ney Denun Tieshe”
Dexter Johnson & Le Super Star de Dakar – “Soy Hijo Del Siboney”

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Splinters & Candy airs Mondays from 4-5PM ET on 91.3FM WVKR. Live streaming at wvkr.org. Each week Alex Brown presents an eclectic collection of music from around the globe.