Greetings and what a week it has been for Afropop Worldwideas we continue to grow and bring you more of what you want: African and African-inspired music globally mixed with award-winning journalism.
Up next, this week's show is from Madagascar. Salegy may be the most popular dance music of Madagascar. It’s a churning, harmonious groove with spine-stiffening vocal harmonies that emerged from towns and cities of northern Madagascar in the mid-20th century. On a trip to Diego Suarez, we learn that salegy’s older origins are both fascinating and mysterious. We meet young salegy stars Ali Mourad and Jacs, and speak with the genre’s reigning legend, Jaojoby, on the roof of his nightclub in Antananarivo. Along the way we visit a music school in Diego and hear blazing guitar riffs and get a finger-picking tour of the entire island with guitar maestro Hajazz. Working ourselves backwards, the week ended with a bang and a first for African contemporary music. Check the show out here
Afropop Worldwide recognized Earth Day, and Mukwae reviewed Bomba Estéreo’s new single, “Tierra” off the album Deja (Sony, 2021). The album is a spiritual quest of an electronic Colombian fusion band to save the planet one song at a time. Exploring ritual and the elements of the earth: Agua (Water), Aire (Air), Tierra (Earth), and Fuego (Fire), Bomba Estéreo shares a potpourri of alternative rap, reggae, reggaetón and other African-inspired genres, culminating in a song deftly mixed by Damian Taylor.
Mista Savona on Havana Meets Kingston, Part 2. Jake Savona is the producer behind Havana Meets Kingston. After the project’s debut album release in 2017, a version of the band—combining musicians from these two musical powerhouses in the Caribbean islands—toured twice. Then came the pandemic. By then, Savona was well into creating a follow-up album—Havana Meets Kingston, Part 2. But after a pause the work continued, and now the follow-up album is here. It’s an ingenious, varied and rollicking set of tunes featuring some extraordinary artists, including the legendary Jamaican rhythm section of Sly and Robbie, and Cuban-funk rising star Cimafunk. Afropop’s Banning Eyre reached Savona—who goes by Mista Savona—at his home in Australia to discuss the project. Here’s their conversationwith Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre.
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