Avant-Garde Africa

Pioneering Gambian musician, Bai Janha

Gambian pioneer of electric wizardry, Bai Janha

In celebration of Black History Month, we feature an hour of experimental music from Africa and the African diaspora.  Yes, African musical traditions run incredibly deep, but there is also a pressing need to acknowledge the amazing contributions that Africans have made to modern music around the world.  Blues, jazz, samba, cumbia, rock, funk, reggae, hip hop.. all globally dominant styles that originated in the struggle for freedom that Africans have faced since being forced from their ancestral homeland.  As we all try to make sense of the modern age of mixing, the African quest for cultural and creative freedom has indeed made the universe a much richer place.

Hear samba-funk, mystic chants, saharan-disco, bizarro-rap, interstellar jazz, and much more on…

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Also on the program, a late-night interview with the wonderful UK-based singer/accordionist Anja McClosky, who discusses her victorious first tour through snowy BC and Alberta with guitarist Dan Whitehouse in support of their sublime new Still EP.  Hear the interview with Anja {{HERE}}

African America

As a tribute to Black History Month, we bring you a sampling of sounds from the unique and vibrant Caribbean nation of Haiti.  The first independent black republic, Haiti is an incredible site of cultural mixing alongside deep respect for traditions.  Music holds the roots in place even while deforestation erodes mountainsides.  Kompa, mini-djaz, vodoun drumming, mizik rasin, french folk, and the sweet melodies of musical liberation…