WHEN WE RECEIVE CDS AT WVKR, THE WORLD MUSIC DIRECTOR DECIDES WHICH ONES SHOULD BE ADDED TO THE HIGH ROTATION PLAYLIST BASED ON COMPATIBILITY WITH THE FORMATS OF THE WORLD MUSIC SHOWS. THESE CDS ARE GIVEN PRIORITY BY DEEJAYS AS THE STATION HAS A REQUIREMENT THAT EACH DEEJAY SHOULD PLAY AS LEAST TWO CDS PER HOUR FROM THIS LIST DURING THEIR SHOWS. AFTER 4 MONTHS, CDS ARE GENERALLY NO LONGER CONSIDERED TO BE NEW AND ARE THEN FILED IN THE WVKR LIBRARY. THE CDS LISTED BELOW ARE CURRENTLY ON THE HIGH ROTATION PLAYLIST.
|1] DOMO EMIGRANTES~KOLYMBETRA. ADDED IN DECEMBER
Music from south Italy.
|2] GIULIANO GABRIELE~MADRE. ADDED IN JANUARY.
Exciting & innovative, new music from south & central Italia based on tarantella & other local traditions. http://tinyurl.com/htgn3ys
|3] MBARAKA MWINSHEHE~ZANZIBARA 9. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
Rumba influenced music from Zanzibar 1972 to 1974. http://tinyurl.com/zsplcfu
|4] SAINKHO NAMTCHYLUK~LIKE A BIRD OR SPIRIT, NOT A FACE. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
She is from Tuva, a region in Russia with ethnic ties to Mongolia. Throat singing in 8 octaves backed by the guitars of Mali’s Tinariwen. Interesting soundscapes. http://tinyurl.com/jqeuoco
|5] DANIELA MERCURY~VIRTUAL VINYL. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
Samba, pagode & other Brasilian styles not anchored in the previous century but at least not desperate enough to be fused with rap r something. http://tinyurl.com/z98h2kb
|6] MAX-HOBA~TRAVELING MAN. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
The info on the PR papers sent along with this CD proclaims that the artist is an afro-soul artist. Sic! I chose 3 of the better “African” sounding tracks. http://tinyurl.com/hjh8rfe
|7] WESLI~AYITI ETOILE NOUVELLE. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
Contemporary rara & mizik racines from Haiti from this young Haitian-Canadian. http://tinyurl.com/guysurh
|8] SOLAS~ALL THESE YEARS. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
American group keeping alive the Irish roots music tradition for more than 20 years. Authentic. http://tinyurl.com/jktfk77
|9] EVA SALINA~LEMA LEMA. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
Instantaneously appealing songs from the old Yugoslavia. All tracks good. http://tinyurl.com/h9evd4t
|10] ROKIA TRAORÉ~NÉ SO. ADDED IN FEBRUARY
The latest opus by this Malian singer who stands at the vanguard of contemporary, modern Malian music not based on the dièli tradition. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018H6MEGQ?keywords=ne%20so&qid=1456792877&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
|11] BEAUTIFUL NUBIA~TAABAKU. ADDED IN FEBRUARY.
Latest CD by this prolific Nigerian outfit. Their lyrics are steeped in Yoruba lore, mores & culture. It’s contemporary music based in Yoruba tradition. https://www.amazon.com/T%C3%A1ab%C3%A1k%C3%BA-Beautiful-Nubia-Roots-Renaissance/dp/B01BDVJX3Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1455290646&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=taabaku+beautiful+nubia
|12] TAJ WEEKES~LOVE HERB & REGGAE. ADDED IN FEBRUARY.
Reggae, particularly from the place of reggae’s birth, has been notorious for its murderous anti-gay lyrics. In 2007, gays fought back & surprised the attackers who thought they were an easy, defenseless target who had no allies. The boycott they started affected not just $$$ of the murder artists, but more broadly, Caribbean tourism. Even other Caribbean states such as Barbados, banned murder reggae “artists” from touring saying that the “artists” caused their youth to be aggressive. And now, we have a reggae singer brave enough to compose & record a song AGAINST homophobia & killing. A small evolutionary step towards civilisation & a higher humanity. He deserves plays. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01APVWGXW?ie=UTF8&keywords=taj%20weekes%20love%20herb%20and%20reggae&qid=1455592904&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
|13] PATRICK LANDEZA~NAHE’OLU. ADDED IN FEBRUARY.
Direct from Hawai’i, with slack-key guitar, ukelele & everything. Beautiful. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/patricklandeza6
| 14] SIDESTEPPER~SUPERNATURAL LOVE. ADDED IN FEBRUARY.
Colombian outfit led by an Englishman expat bringing London drum & bass grooves to Afro-Colombian roots music. https://www.amazon.com/Supernatural-Love-Sidestepper/dp/B01AHMLV8K/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1456237263&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=sidestepper
|15] FRED LOCKS meets DAVID O~TIME TO SHINE. ADDED IN FEBRUARY.|
| 16] LOS HACHEROS~BAMBULAYE. ADDED IN MARCH.
Traditional salsa but with original lyrics which address contemporary themes, such as police brutality. This one is really good. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BOBLT30?ie=UTF8&keywords=los%20hacheros&qid=1456792977&ref_=sr_1_2&sr=8-2