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Review: BCUC - "Our Truth"

BCUC (Banda Continua Uhuru Consciosness) are a seven-piece band from Soweto, South Africa. I reviewed their new album, Our Truth, for Afropop Worldwide:

"The clarity of BCUC’s mission is of a rare quality. Our Truth is an album by a band that has had the patience to develop its voice and is now poised to reach a global audience."

Read the full article here.

Stream the album below or buy it direct from Nyami Nyami Records:

November 7 - Final Show on RFB

The last Minutes of Funk on Radio Free Brooklyn.



Afropop Exclusive Mix: Eko fo' Show

Our first mix as Eko fo' Show premiered on Afropop Worldwide. Check out the full post here, and follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest. We'll be at the incomparable Starvue in Bushwick, Brooklyn on October 28 with special guest DJ Mickey Perez. 

The Eko fo’ Show Afropop Exclusive mix is a seamless journey through some classic music from ’60s and ’70s West Africa, leaning heavily on Afro-funk from Ghana and Nigeria. From heavy cuts by internationally established artists including King Sunny Ade and Orlando Julius, Ghanaian innovators Ebo Taylor, and Oscar Sulley and the Uhuru Dance Band, to deeper cuts from Nigerian artists Mixed Grill, Tony Grey and Dele Abiodun, this mix jumps with hot percussion, twisty synths and comfortable, loose horn sections.
— Afropop Worldwide

Listen Back: September 19

Live on a rainy Monday evening in Brooklyn, starting off with a few deep and groovy spiritual jazz cuts to set the tone before moving onto some funky Turkish psych-rock (Barış Manço) and a fantastic Jamaican version of Rapper's Delight (Prince Blackman). A handful of old or refreshed Brazilian and Colombian musical explorations and some brilliant new releases from Senegal (Baaba Maal), Rajasthan (Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express) and Brooklyn/Guinee (Super Yamba Band ft. Ismael Kouyate). Rounding off the show with some UK dancefloor flavor from John Arnold, with Detroit legend Amp Fiddler, and Dego with the 2000Black Family. Tracklisting below. Enjoy.


John Arnold Featuring Amp Fiddler ‎– Get Yourself Together  (Joshua's main mix) [No video]

Listen Back: August 15

Back from travels to escape the New York City humidity but the heat keeps on coming. Worldwide sounds, from afro-funk to G-funk, through the spiritual jazz sounds of Doug Carn and Sarathy Korwar and the Touareg blues of Nigerien guitar hero Bombino and Algerian newcomers Imarhan. Tune in and enjoy.







Benin and Beyond w/ Morgan Greenstreet

Benin and beyond on Radio Free Brooklyn with special guest Morgan Greenstreet in conversation. Morgan plays drums for Karikatura, percussion in Zongo Junction, and writes and produces radio shows for Afropop Worldwide. He came through with records that he picked up during a recent trip to Benin, dropping jams from the 70s and 80s as well as some of the newer sounds that can be heard of the streets of Cotonou today. Plus, hear stories from Morgan's travels throughout Western Africa and tracks from his own NYC-based music groups. Tracklist below.. 

1. Joe Mensah - Efua (Friday Girl)

2. Tohon Stanislas - Kadiogo

3. Alokpon - Avalokpa Te We Kpo




7. Tohon Stan - Sanko San

8. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou - Djo Mi Do

9. Sagbohan Danialou - Legba D'Agboji

10. Rico's Campos - Me Bada










Up and Under (80s Mix)

I recorded a cheeky 80s mix, showcasing high-energy tracks from the decade while keeping it diverse and worldwide, from South Africa to Berlin, from Brazil to NewYork. Feature the dubbed-out version of Madonna's early banger "Everybody", to Marcos Valle's ode to beachside workouts, "Estrelar", Denroy Morgan's instant Jamaican classic "I'll Do Anything For You", and many more. 

  1. Marcos Valle - Estrelar
  2. Fatback Band - Girls on My Mind
  3. Chuck Brown - We Need Some Money
  4. Grace Jones - Pull Up To The Bumper
  5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood - Rage Hard (12'' Mix)
  6. Imagination - Changes (Night Dubbing Version)
  7. The Quick - Zulu (Instrumental Version)
  8. Denroy Morgan - I'll Do Anything For You
  9. Chaka Khan - Every Woman (Remix)
  10. Gino Soccio - I Wanna Take You There (Now)
  11. Madonna - Everybody (Dub)
  12. Phyllis Nelson - I Like You
  13. Nina Hagen & Adamski - Get Your Body (DA Mix)
  14. Hugh Masekela - Don't Go Lose It Baby

Postmistress General in Session

Postmistress General in session on Minutes of Funk. As a saxophonist, composer, and selector, Postmistress G brought her vast musical knowledge rooted in cutting edge jazz to co-host a show full of eclectic tracks. From Roscoe Mitchell's solo improvisations to Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's modular synthesizer and saxophone compositions, through Dego and Kaidi's broken beat resurgence to the sinister dub versions of Grace Jones' latest album.


 Kambo Super Sound - "1537 Dub"

Lonnie Holley - Planet Earth and Otherwheres

Melt yourself down - bharat mata

cactus karma - tight belt

Arab Vinyl Special

An all North-African and Middle Eastern vinyl selection, cohosted by Saralaoui (www.saralaoui.com), and primarily drawing upon 45s that we came across at the "Comptoir Marocain de Distribution de Disques" in Casablanca, Morocco. Records from Mauritania to Lebanon, showcasing a diversity of sounds from the region, from the 60s to today: Egyptian jazz, desert blues, Algerian Rai, Jewish-Moroccan pop, and beyond. 

See below for full tracklist with links to stream individual songs (when available). 


Younes Migri - N'cha Alla Maikoun Bass

Raiss Mohgamed Demciri - Aciade


Omar Souleyman - Bahdeni Nami

Cheb Mami - Lella Rani Ensaaf El Mektoub

Mohamed Ali - Al Mkhantar

Botbol - Frak Ghazli

Salam Djillali - Nabghik Nabghik


Firqat Belayek Ennissawiya - Zahwiya

Chartwell Dutiro Interview and Live Session

Extensive interview with Zimbabwean musician and scholar Chartwell Dutiro, joined by his student and Afropop affiliate Rose Prtizker for a live mbira duo performance. Deep conversation about Chartwell's early life, his eight year tenure in Thomas Mapfumo's band, and his current work as a performer and educator. The show also features recordings of mbira music from Chiwoniso (Zimbabwe), Francis Bebey (Cameroon), and Mkwaju Ensemble (Japan). 

Find Chartwell online at www.chartwellusa.wordpress.com and at www.twitter.com/cdutiro, and Rose at www.roseslens.com.


 Chipindura Mbira Trio "Chipembere"
 Thomas Mapfumo "Zimbabwe Mozambique"
 Francis Bebey "Binta madiallo"
 Mkwaju Ensemble "Lemore"
 Cartwell Dutiro & Rose Pritzker "Bukatiende (Live)"
 Chartwell Dutiro & Rose Pritzker ""Nande" (Live)"
 Chipindua Mbira Trio "Mahororo"
 Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited "Serevende"
 Francis Bebey "Bissau"
 Chartwell Dutiro & Rose Pritzker "Nemam Sasa (Live)"
 Chiwoniso "Zvichapera"

Listen Back: May 3 Hot Tracks

Hot tracks throughout this week's Minutes of Funk show, featuring a ton of new releases and re-issues to keep the energy flowing throughout. Lots of afro heat including heavy Nigerian disco boogie from Tony Grey, a contemporary sub-bass heater by Ibibio Sound Machine, and Hugh Masekela's classic "Don't Go Lose It Baby" from 1984. New cumbia from Paito ("Mejor Que Me Mate Dios"), new desert blues from Imarhan ("Tahabort"), and new steel pan sounds from Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band (covering Cat Stevens' "Was Dog a Donought). Also featuring the brand new single from Books on XVI Records (both A and B sides!) and a new edit by The Reflex of Haitian artist Henri-Pierre Noel's "Funky Spider Dance". Enjoy.

Sarathy Korwar “Indefinite Leave to Remain” 

Ibibio Sound Machine “Voice of the Bird” 

Books “Things We Do” 

Joe Mensah “Africa Is Home (Natural Self Re-Edit)” 

Tony Grey “Time Factor” 

Hugh Masekela “Don't Go Lose It Baby” 

Ibibio Sound Machine “Let's Dance” 

The Last Poets “It's a Trip” 

Paito “Mejor Que Me Mate Dios” 

Ondatropica “3 Reyes de la Terapia” 

Meridian Brothers “El Faraón Miente” 

Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band “Egypt Strut” 

Fadoul “Maktoub Lah” 

Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band “Was Dog a Donought” 

Getatchew Mekurya & The Ex “Musicawi silt” 

Imarhan “Tahabort” 

Tinariwen “Tenere Taqhim Tossam (Four Tet Remix)” 

The Green Door All-Stars “Come With Me” 

John Bender “Victims of a Victimless Crime” 

Various Artists & Dara Chom Chan “Give Me One Kiss” 

M. Ashraf & Noor Jehan “Disco Dildaar Mera” 

Kiland et L'Orchestre Mabatalaï “Pour chercher le magot” 

Henri-Pierre Noel “Funky Spider Dance” 

Mbongwana Star “1 Million c'est quoi?” 

Floating Points “Nespole”

April 19: Afro Roots w/ N3NIM

Last week Nenim and I went back to back for an afro roots mix session, playing music from the African continent, focusing on analog sounds from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. From the horns and guitars of Ebo Taylor (Ghana) and the deep afro-jazz of Solomon Ilori (Nigeria), to a percussive workout from Jean-Marie Bolangassa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the heavy guitar-driven afro-rock of Tal National (Niger). Plenty of dancefloor heat. 

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King Sunny Ade and His African Beats “Ase” 

Kpanlogo Party with Oboade “Music of Ghana” 

Tal National “Zoy Zoy” 

Blitz the Ambassador “Make You No Forget ft. Seun Kuti” 

Ebo Taylor “Victory (Instrumental)” 

K. Frimpong and his Cubano Fiestas “Kyenken Bi Adi M'awu” 

The Mebusas “Son of Mr Bull Dog” 

Segun Bucknor “Dye Dye” 

Christy Azuma & Uppers International “Naam” 

Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band “Olufeme” 

The Uhuru Dance Band “Agbadza” 

Manu Dibango “Ah Freak Sans Fric” 

Segun Bucknor “Who Say I Tire” 

Derness Rzafimalialiatratra “Fagnina” 

Georges Jean Louis “Afro mauricien” 

Les Amazones du Guinee “Samba” 

Mixed Grill “A Brand New Wayo” 

Osibisa “happy children (n3nim edit)” 

Femi Kuti “Truth Don Die'” 

Fela Aniulapo Kuti & Afrika 70 “Shuffering & Shmiling” 

Fred Fisher “Asa-Sa” 

Solomon Ilori “Igbesi Aiye (Song of Praise to God)” 

Ray Lema “Kutakana” 

Jean-Marie Bolangassa “La Vie” 

Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang “Top Sul Ba” 

Fela Kuti “Johnny Just Dey Drop [nenim edit]” 

The Hykkers “Deiyo Deiyo (Akpuwunlobi)” 

The Hygrades “In the Jungle (Instrumental)”

Listen Back: April 12

Two hours of new, old, and rediscovered music from Minutes of Funk. African grooves from Orlando Julius, Lindigo, Seun Kuti, and more. Disco heat including the recently reissued Universal Togetherness Band, Rita Lee's Brazilian banger "Chega Mais", and the frantic "Back Door Getting Down" from Mystic Pleasure. New releases from previous guests Haarschnitt ("Bright Spell", XVI Records) and Leila Adu ("Nothing's Going Wrong", Belts and Whistles), and a few North African 45s picked up on a recent trip to Morocco.

Orlando Julius “In the Middle” 

Ahmed Fakroun “Soleil Soleil” 

Verckys et L'Orchestre Vévé “Bassala Hot” 

Kiland et L'Orchestre Mabatalaï “Pour Chercher Le Magot” 

Raul de Souza “Jump Street” 

Universal Togetherness Band “Try Try Try” 

Rita Lee “Chega Mais” 

Cerrone “Give Me Love” 

Mystic Pleasure “Back Door (Gettin Down)” 

Jeanie Tracy “Hot (For Your Love)” 

Lindigo “San Plato” 

Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80 “IMF ft M1” 

Ondatropica “Mambo Loco Especial” 

A/T/O/S “What I Need” 

Leila Adu “Nothing's Going Wrong” 

Willie Thrasher “We Got to Take You Higher” 

Nadine Shah “Fast Food” 

Younes Megri “N'cha Allah Maikoun Bass” 

Kahmal Ahmed & Nahid Aktar “Aesh Kiye Jaa Subh-O-Shaam” 

Dinosaur L “#5 (Go Bang!)” 

Max Graeff & Glenn Astro “Where the fuck are my hard boiled eggs” 

Haarschnitt “Bright Spell” 

Fat Freddy's Drop “Razor” 

Si Daty Et Mounina “Ghaylane” 

Nass El Ghiwan “Lahmani”

March 29: Leila Adu

Fresh from the release of her new EP, “Scary Love Monster”, Leila Adu joined me on the show. A New Zealand composer of Ghanaian descent, she erodes distinctions between genre, displaying her versatility with projects as diverse as compositions for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and So Percussion, an avant-garde pop studio album produced by Steve Albini, free improvisation recordings with her electro-kraut digital hardcore supergroup, The Miz'ries, and teaching workshops at the infamous Sing Sing Correctional Facility as a faculty member of Musicambia.  "Leila Adu travels the spaceways of music without limits." 

Tune in to hear her in conversation about her new release, her wide-ranging musical projects, and how she connects her creative practice to her commitment to environmental and social justice.  

Nadine Shah - “Runaway” 

Sade - “Hold On To Your Love” 

Fat Freddy's Drop - “No Fish In the Sea” 

Jojo Abot - “Le Le Le” 

Emanative - “Unity” 

Ballistic Brothers - “Blacker” 

Fleetwood Mac - “Brown Eyes (2015 Remastered)” 

Voilaaa - “Jungle Fire” 

Lord Echo - “Molten Lava ft. Leila Adu” 

DJ Day - “Land of a Thousand Chances (feat. Lord Echo) (Lord Echo's Disco-Mix)” 

Leila Adu - “Scary Love Monster” 

Massive Attack - “Be Thankful for What You've Got” 

Roots Manuva - “Dub Styles (Micachu's M.A.T.H.E.S Remix)” 

A Tribe Called Quest - “Buggin Out”

A Tribe Called Quest - “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo"

Frankie Knight - “Rip It Up (Orange Juice Rework)” 

Leila Adu - “Oriental Finger Trap” 

Leila Adu - “Ode to the Unknown Factory Worker”

Leila Adu - “Nothing’s Going Wrong”

Bajka - “Just The Truth”

Jojo Abott - “To Li”

Beenie Man - “Black Board"

March 22: Gordon Grdina

On this Tuesday's show, my guest will be guitarist and oud player Gordon Grdina from Vancouver. A student of Gary Peacock, his sound combines mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation, and Arabic and Persian classical music, which he notably explores with his ten-piece powerhouse, Haram. He's in Brooklyn this week with shows at Barbes Agency (Thursday for the 2nd Oud Summit) and ShapeShifter Lab (Friday) and he'll be joining me on Radio Free Brooklyn this Tuesday 6-8PM EST, streaming at www.rfb.nyc.

3-8-2016 w/ DJ Cecil B (Starvue)

Blessed to have DJ CecilB in the studio last week, in conversation to tell us about her lifelong involvement with dance music in the midwest and NYC and to reveal the story behind Starvue, the quality dance club which she owns and operates in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Hear her funky and soulful set 6:30-7:30. In the first and last half-hours, special international women's day selections: Betty Davis, Lillian Allen, Amazones du Guinée, Erykah Badu, and more.

Starvue info: https://www.facebook.com/Starvue-5195...

Next week, Vancouver oud player and jazz guitarist Gordon Grdina joins us for conversation and music.

Lillian Allen “Rub A Dub Style Inna Regent Park” 

Lesette Wilson “Caveman Boogie” 

Gloria Gaynor “Goin Out of My Head” 

Terry Garthwaite “What More” 

Lette Mbula “Pula Yetla” 

Grace jones “My Jamaican Guy” 

-- CecilB --

Trus'me “Working Nights” 

SQ1Q “Love Sensation” 

Andre Cromwell “That Ain't Right” 

Yambee “A requiem for Gil” 

Head Nodding Society “Nudge Up” 

Gene Hunt “Fun Times” 

Joey Negro “Do What You Feel (JN Revival Mix)” 

DJ Stief “New Prayer” 

Sun Kids “Rescue Me” 

Dj HMC “Starr Trax” 

Larse “The More I Want” 

Randy Crawford “Give Me the Night”

-- Minutes of Funk --

Amina Claudine Myers "Have Mercy Upon Us"

Grace Jones "Sunset Dub"

Sonia Santos "Poema Ritmico Do Malandro"

Amazones du Guinee "Samba"

Betty Davis "Anti-Love Song"

Erykah Badu "Woo"

Amalia "Bonafide"