Elephamily in Serengeti
I went to Tanzania; for real~! After a whirlwind trip of music and discovery in Africa, Wandering Rhythms is back making waves of radio:
The second hour of this week’s show is a musical safari through Tanzania, showcasing some of the musicians I encountered on my trip. One of the clear highlights was the Sauti za Busara Music Festival in Zanzibar City, bringing bands from across Africa together for one of the most exciting annual gatherings on the continent.
Msafiri Zawose and band – Sauti za Busara Festival 2018
I had the honour of speaking with one of Tanzania’s finest musicians, Msafiri Zawose, whose brilliant new album Uhamiaji bridges Wagogo traditions with electro futurism!
It’s just a replica (a fool’s golden stool)
Home to thunderous drumming traditions and highlife stars, the Ashanti Region of Ghana was home to one of the most prosperous kingdoms of West Africa. They still keep the mythical golden stool hidden, and no mere mortal is permitted to sit on it. The last time someone tried? The Ashanti declared war on the British.
Please enjoy the music. Just keep your butt off the stool.
At last it has come full sphere – after more than 6 years of traveling around the planet we have now explored the music from every nation on Earth (if you want proof, click the Past Episodes tab and scroll waaaay down). It has been an amazing feast for the ears, every week bringing new surprises, and I must say that I’m a bit sad that there are no more nations to discover on this here planet (maybe hiding somewhere in a cave where the google doesn’t see?).
But as each nation is a world in itself, there is still so much to learn. Heck, a lot of new music can happen to a country in 6 years! So get ready for round 2, the sophomore journey around the world. It may end up being a bit different this time, but no less magical I reckon.
The Matemai Mbira Group have the biggest darn mbiras in Harare
First! Our maiden voyage to Zimbabwe, uncovering mbiras of many shapes and flavours, zimdancehall, new wave, reggae, hip hop, classic zimrock, and punk…
Come and hang out on islands of shifting majesty. Comorian musicians blend Arabic, African, French and global genres with a multiplicity of languages. Can you say pev̄o?!
In particular, Afro-Sufi musician Nawal is a groove-inflected force for peace:
It takes the Aldabra Tortoise 3 hours to yawn
To the land of ancient tortoises and giant nuts! Seychelles also has some pretty groovy sega music, and mouggae, and waltzes… all sung in the wonderful Seychellois kreol. Check it silvouple:
Oh and about those nuts – they really are the heaviest in the world, and in the old days when they would travel across the ocean and land on far away shores, people just didn’t know what the heck to think.
The Coco de Mer: a big nut that looks like a butt
This week’s global bangers & mash contains many more sonic surprises: