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.
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:
Yes, Stingray City is a real place off the coast of Grand Cayman Island. Settled by stingrays from Jamaica and Cuba in the 17th century, it became a bustling stingray metropolis that attracted young intellectual rays from around the world. Stingray society went through a true ray-naissance. But then human tourists started to arrive, and they had very little interest in stingray culture and high art. They mostly wanted to touch the rays and make them pose for underwater selfies. Many stingrays fled, hoping to rebuild their culture far away from the groping hands of humans. The ones that stayed became masseuses and masseurs of the humans.
You’ll love the sensational stinging back massage!
But on the other hand, the Cayman Islands music scene has never been hotter!
Nauru: Independent since 1968. In need of tree planters since 1978.
You can circle the island of Nauru in about 30 leisurely minutes by car. Yet the world’s smallest independent republic faces some big world problems. The slow-motion threat of rising sea levels, rampant obesity, poverty, a controversial refugee detainment centre… A far cry from the roaring 70s, when vast phosphate deposits (a.k.a. bird poop) made Nauruans some of the wealthiest islanders in the world.
But humans tend to bounce back, and here we cheer for Nauru! Discover some far-out sounds that span both the ups and downs :
If all the kids are like this little unnamed artist, we can only assume that there’s a bright future ahead for Nauru. Environmentalism, killer hooks, and amazing special effects all rolled into one… also no doubt the lyrics are uplifting and amazing:
Tanny and the Boys String Band rock the old time vibes
We trip this week to the quirky Caribbean island of Saint Martin, shared between the French and the Dutch for nearly 400 years (a wacky legend helps explain how they decided on a border).
Both sides of the island share a common Afro-Caribbean musical history – a love for soca, carnival and string bands. Saint Martians unite under the groove!
The first hour of the show features Afro-funk futurism, Indian jazz, Korean tribal primitivism, Latin psych, Czech ethno-core and more: