We’ll dive into yet another new release from Angelique Kidjo. After just doing an amazing cover of the entire Talking Heads “Remain in Light,” Kidjo just came out with a full album of covers of Celia Cruz covers. On “Celia,” we’ll tackle the first two tracks that highlight the Queen of Salsa and a Cuban legend. Paired with her will be two songs from “Rei Momo,” David Byrne’s Latin dance CD. On one song, we’ll hear him with Celia Cruz doing “Loco de Amor,” which was in the film “Something Wild.”
When the American singer “with the French” name was looking to put together her first album, she gathered some really talented musicians. Claude Fontaine used musicians who played with Miles Davis, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley and Astrud Gilberto, just to name a few. On her self-titled CD, she weaves in Samba with Reggae to make some really great songs.
Now, I’m not sure what to call a reissue of “Bang Bang” by the Eljuri. It’s a cover, but it’s her own song, so I’m thinking it’s a re-imagining. Either way, she works with legendary producers Sly & Robbie to rethink some of earlier work to put out an album of resistance songs, called “Resiste.”
In conjunction with Eljuri, I’ll play another song by a powerful female musician. Puerto Rican/New Yorker Taina Asili has a new CD called “Resiliencia” and it’s all about the people of Puerto Rico who are still resilient after Hurricane Maria. We’ll hear her track called “Plant the Seed,” which goes nicely with a new song from guitar masters Rodrigo y Gabriela’s track “Witness Tree.”
Also in the Latin and guitar mode will be a new song from the legend that is Carlos Santana. His new CD called “Mona Lisa” is really amazing.
Also in the still new category, we’ll hear another song, called “The Wall,” from the new album by Grupo Fantasma, another great song from the latest release by Ibibio Sound Machine and a still fresh cover by Gaby Moreno and Van Dyke Parks called “The Immigrants,” which also goes with Moira Smiley’s song “Refugee” as well as with a song by Piers Faccini called “Bring the Down the Wall.” Yes, there’s a small theme here.
Not so New:
We’ll hear some great 80s and 90s world beats by some New Wave/Alternative bands, such as XTC, the Police and Joe Strummer. They’ll more great songs mixed in too, but it’s getting late.
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