Diaspora Sounds | Sound Travels Sept. 22, 2019

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The Sound Travels Radio selections this weekend were from many places, but all of them with an African connection. Even when the material was vintage, it nevertheless sprung from re-print only re-issued recently as well as new compilations of sounds not in wide circulation. Excellent new Afrobeat from Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, Jidenna takes I-85 all the way to Africa and Brazilian legend Elza Soares scores on a new Afrobeat gem. Plus, Malagasy music from Madagascar, Ethio jazz, Afro-Cuban electro and much more…

“My Thing”
El-Jay Burner


“Mr. Diva”
Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

“Mam Yinne Wa”
Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy

Alemayehu Eshete

“Andosy Mora”
Jean Kely et Basth

“Izahay Mpamita”

Fernando Falcao

Elza Soares & BaianaSystem

“Oggun Onile”
Afrosideral & Kumar Sublevao

Ley Line

“Yeanoh (Cervo Edit)”
Kondi Band

“Yamina Sisi Mansour (Moving Still Edit)”
Cheba Yamina
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Recapping the best of the 2019 Los Dells festival

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Los Dells. Perhaps the biggest Latinx music festival in the US-of-A may have wrapped up a couple of weeks ago but thankfully, 88Nine had some boots on the ground to gather evidence of its greatness. Unfortunately, I missed it; I was on a different mission, gathering new sounds from the Iberian peninsula for a future Sound Travels episode. Fortunately, Kenny Perez, Jordan Lee and our in-house photographers Gabriella Cisneros and Amelinda Burich were on hand to document, interview and see the spectacle — and they left me some good stuff to share.

In this episode of Sound Travels Radio, Kenny and I talk about Los Dells and share some snippets from artists we got to know a little better. Artists like El Fantasma, Kat Dahlia, Y La Bamba, Ambar Lucid and Salt Cathedral were kind enough to share and I’m’a pass it along…

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Pump yourself up for Los Dells 2019 with this Sound Travels playlist

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Don’t look now, but Wisconsin is staking its own claim on the Latin music scene as Los Dells returns to the Wisconsin Dells for another two-day power play in support of the claim that it’s one of the best Latin music festivals in the nation. Though it may not have the same profile as Coachella, it does boast a very expansive and diverse lineup of Latin music in its many forms. For lovers of global sounds and Latin music, the long Labor Day weekend is a perfect time to make a late summer getaway to Wisconsin’s lake country.

Los Dells Festival: Music + Art + Food + Camping

When: Aug. 31-Sept. 1

Where: Wisconsin Dells

This year’s headliners are reggaeton superstar Ozuna and rap star Logic. Ozuna writes hits (43 in the last year alone!) and is YouTube’s most-watched artist globally. Logic, a name you probably already know, has had a number one album for three years running. The undercard is as deep as it is interesting with vallenato and cumbia-pop musician Carlos Vives as well as must-see Mexican rockers Café Tacvba and rising Puerto Rican reggaeton-trap artist Farruko.

Los Dells Festival has such an eclectic roster of artists that reflect Latin culture; from trap to rap and regional Mexican (El Fantasma), from rock and Latin alternative (Café Tacvba, Los Walters, Natalia Lafourcade, Quitapenas) to vallenato, reggaeton (Ozuna, Farruko) and merengue (Elvis Crespo), and from pop music (Sebastian Yatra, Jessie Reyez, Jesse & Joy, Salt Cathedral) to R&B and soul to reggae (Gondwana). There really is something for everybody.

Situated on 1,500 acres in Mauston, Wis., Los Dells picked a pretty spot to post its tents and is a close shot to all the other family-friendly fun the Wisconsin Dells has to offer. For my money however, I wouldn’t skip Los Dells which boasts some of Latin music’s biggest names in urban, regional Mexican and alternative sounds. The three-stage festival takes place in the middle of the forest and is the only Latin festival in North America that offers full camping capacity (showers, restrooms, convenience store, security).

Pump yourself up for this year’s festival with this playlist of featured performers.

2019 Lineup:



Carlos Vives

El Fantasma

Café Tacvba


Sebastian Yatra

Natalia Lafourcade

Banda Los Sebastianes

Kiana Ledé


Jesse & Joy

T3R Elemento

Adriel Favela

Ximena Sariñana


Kat Dahlia

Inner Wave


Ambar Lucid

Y La Bamba


Los Walters


PJ Sin Suela


Inner Wave

Salt Cathedral

Coast City

Domino Saints

Comisario Pantera

Katsu Oso

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Sound Travels Radio #467 | June 23, 2019

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Checking out the new global sound this week with Major Lazer and Anitta, Buju Banton, La Yegros and Femina to name just a few…


VAR “Jah Love”

Buju Banton “Country For Sale”

King Kong “Pree The Money”

Jr. Trinity Brammer “Cool Out Son”

The Movement “Diamond”

Marlon Asher “Healing”

La Yegros “Linda la Cumbia”

Zicario 3D “Puchakay”

Nacion Ekeko “Lago Hermoso”

Mestre Anderson Miguel “No Hoje e na Hora”

Femina “Arriba”

Fillipi & Rodrigo “Minas”

Major Lazer “Make it Hot w/ Anitta”

PEDRO “Rapazes

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Sound Travels Radio #466 | June 16, 2019

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The week that was featured a bevy of new releases from global artists all over the world. Starting with some classic reggae, we explored new releases from Khruangbin and Claude Fontaine. A badass tune from iLe (Residente of Calle 13’s little sister), plus other indie Latino gems from Mateo Kingman and Chancha Via Circuito. Cool South African neo-soul from Seba Kaapstad and more typical house vibes from DJ Maphorisaand Kabza de Small. Merengue gets a crucial reboot from Vicente Garcia and brand new stuff from afro-beats star Burna Boy.

Check it out below.

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Sound Travels #465 | May 12, 2019

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Balearic beats and vintage reggae, here’s today’s Sound Travels mix

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Musical artist Claude Fontaine, an “American girl with a French name,” as heard on Sound Travels Radio.

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Introducing the folkloric EDM of the rising eléctrica selvática genre

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I certainly dig the new eléctrica selvática sounds. Nicola Cruz and Matanza are two who do it a high degree of dopeness.

We also played Mayra Andrade, whois taking Cesaria Evora’s Cape Verdean morna into the future (and it’s bright).

I can’t wait till Mdou Moctar brings his Saharan rock to The Cooperage this April, and I have been a supporter since his earliest endeavors and his show here last year was dope, so I’m hype.

We also played Kel Assouf, another outfit from the same sands as Moctar. And the new album from Ammar 808 ingenue Sofyann Ben Youssef’s rootsy side is some next level desert rock.

Then we move on to Inland Empire outfit Yanga and DJ Subversivo‘s remix swung the vibe Afro-Colombian on a pair of songs that I think are bullerengue and the close out was Angolan. We got in some Pat Kalla, then Bras Firmino closes with an upbeat song that I’ve loved for years. Enjoy…

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The unforgettable funk of ’70s and ’80s Japanese City Pop

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As a child of the ’80s, this sound is right up my alley and aligns well with the ’80s R&B, yacht rock and disco that I grew up with. My selections for this show range from some interesting points of that era in Japan, to standout cuts from some of the sound’s pioneers.

Tatsuro Yamashita Best Pack

Tatsuro Yamashita on the album art for his album, “Best Pack”

Tatsuro Yamashita and Haruomi Hosono are like the godfathers of City Pop and they both get spins here. Others, like singers Ruhriko Ogami and Miharu Koshi, fit well in the mix with their sun-drenched disco soul. Take a listen and discover a world not many remember…


1. “Hotel Malabar Ground Floor…Triangle Circuit On The Sea-Forest” – Haruomi Hosono

2. “Shinzo No Tobira” – Mariah

3.”Looking For You” – Ryo Kawasaki

4. “Long Time Before You Were Born” – Ryo Kawasaki

5. “Uragiri” – Mari Natsuki

6. “Barato Yajuu” – Haruomi Hosono

7. “Keep On Dancin'” – Miharu Koshi

8. “Fuwari Fuwa Fuwa” – Ruhriko Ogami

9. “Plastic Love” – Mariya Takeuchi

10. “Yellow Cab” – Tatsuro Yamashita

11. “Night Together” – Yuji Toriyama & Ken Morimura

12. “Love Talkin'” – Tatsuro Yamashita

13. “Tuxedo Connection” – Hitomi Tohyama

14. “Fatback Ohno” – Shunzo Ohno

15. “Shiny Lady” – Hiroshi Sato

16. “Colored Music” – Colored Music

17. “Love Shower” – Minako Yoshida

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The kings of Nigerian jùjú music

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Jùjú music, which emerged as far back as the 1920s, was essentially an intersection between Yoruba drumming and the socially oriented, string-based palm-wine style, which developed in the drinking houses at the time and influenced highlife music as well. Although the early recordings are sonically a little too old to seem like anything other that ethnomusicology, I got the whole thing started with arguably the genre’s two biggest stars: Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey and King Sunny Ade.

“Sewele” by Sir Shina Peters & His International Stars

From there, we touched on a few others like Tunji Oyelana, Bob Uhiri, I.K. Dairo and Fatai Rolling Dollar. Sir Shina Peters was in the mix and in some ways the inspiration for the mix as his classic album “Sewele has just been re-issued by the ever-awesome Strut Records.

Take a listen to the whole mix:

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