The Navigator – Waiheke Radio – Sunday August 22, 2010 – 6 – 9 pm – Playlist

Written by on August 22, 2010

Gózalo! (Bugalú Tropical Vol 1)



After a very long time researching the archives of the most important record labels of Peru, we present volume one of Gozalo! (“enjoy it!”) a collection of this country´s best artists during the 60s and 70s. Peru, sure not a heavyweight champion of well known music, at least in Europe or Northamerica (like Brasil or Cuba), but with so many exciting bands and artists you would hardly believe! Names like Charlie Palomares, Mario Allison, Lucho Macedo, Al Valdez, Ñico Estrada, Los Hiton’s and many more, who were experimenting with “foreign” sounds and rhythms such as jazz, pop, boogaloo and soul, and giving them their very own and unique peruvian flavour.


Hedzoleh Soundz



Hedzoleh Soundz were one of the first and most original ‘Afro’ bands from 1970s Ghana playing an unusual mix of traditional music from across the country tinged with western rock. They were residents at the notorious Napoleon nightclub where they met South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela in late 1973. The music for the ‘Hedzoleh’ album would later be used by Masekela as the backbone to his afo-jazz classic, “Masekela – Introducing Hedzoleh Soundz”.

Masekela met Hedzoleh Soundz through an introduction from Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti. In the early 70s, he had been thinking of recording with West African musicians as he was tiring of the American jazz scene and Hedzoleh fitted the bill perfectly. All but two of the compositions on Masekela’s album were written by Hedzoleh so it could be argued that Masekela’s classic was in fact Hedzoleh’s album with Masekela acting as the guest!

Fedayi Pacha


Fedayi Pacha is a musician of Armenian origins who has been working on the Saint-Etienne dub scene for a while. He is known for his work on such compilations as compilations "I dub you" and "Combat dub".

This new record features more than 15 guests, including Alexander Hacke, founding member of the German band Einstürzende Neubauten, Philippe "Garbancito" Teboul from Mano Negra Radio Bemba, Raf, the bass player of Brain Damage, Kobé, from Babylon Fighters, …

Tommy T


Tommy T (whose real name is Thomas T Gobena) is a musician who was born and raised in Addis Ababa. Until now, he was mostly famous for being the bass player for New York gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello.

Tommy’s first solo effort, "The Prester John Sessions", is an aural travelogue that wanders freely through the music and culture of Ethiopia. Prester John was a legendary Ethiopian king who got the attention of European Kings. Tommy T uses this character to symbolize his will to bring Ethiopian culture to the rest of the world.

Tsara Madagasikara by Samy Izy


Madagascan music legend Andriamalalaharijaona Samoela (a.k.a. Sammy) formed Tarika Sammy (Sammy s Band) band in the early 80s, and over the next twenty years the group became one of the island s most successful musical exports. Enticed back in to the studio by the German label Network, Sammy founded a new band for these recordings – Samy Izy – to pay homage to Madagascar s roots music. Sammy also invited top-ranking guests artists including flautist Rageroge, the Tana Gospel Choir and, reviving an almost forgotten tradition, the nine-piece wind orchestra Ambodirana Centre. Tsara Madagasikara is another major contribution to the music of Madagascar.

AFRO WHAT!?  Mdungu


Mdungu is a formation of nine international musicians based in The Netherlands. Their style is unique. Intense, raw and highly danceable. A fat horn section, a thriving rhythm section, lyrical guitars and a pinch of vocals are the cornerstones of the Mdungu sound. Mdungu is a match of African and Western music. Mixed with funk, rock, jazz and samba, played with heart and soul: African music the Mdungu way.

Mdungu was founded in 2003 by alto saxophonist Thijs van Milligen. From the start Mdungu is a most welcome guest on (inter)national stages and festivals.

AFRO WHAT!? is Mdungu’s debut album.
The recordings are mixed by producer/guitarist Justin Adams, who is well known from his award winning work with Tinariwen, his own group Soul Science and Robert Plants Strange Sensation. The album is released by Zimbraz, a division of
Music & Words.



Wai – Ora


Wai - Ora

When the debut album, 100%, by Maaka McGregor and Mina Ripa (aka Wai) was released in 2000 it was hailed as a ground-breaking event for its deft blend of te reo (Maori language) and electronica.

Yet in many ways the musical landscape had been laid by the likes of Dalvanius with Patea Maori, and then Moana who had also sung in te reo and used the sound of amplified poi (and, in Moana’s case, traditional instruments).

Wai’s 100% was widely acclaimed on the international stage — where McGregor and Ripia subsequently spent much of their time — and its subtle beats and sense of exoticism made them darlings in the global village.

But 100% wasn’t entirely convincing to these ears, it seemed more limited in its emotional range than some of its champions were prepared to admit and, although highly likeable, you sensed there was much more and better to come from this duo who had considerable credibility for their previous work in bands like Aotearoa, Moana and the Moa Hunters and others.

Well, it has taken a long time to come, but now — a decade later — is the follow-up to 100% and it is a much more confident, musically expansive and emotionally interesting album.

It still starts off from the same premise — te reo, songs based on the waiata/chant style, rhythm-driven electronica — but now some of the material stretches into impressive new areas: He Tapu Koe/You Are Sacred featuring Warren Maxwell, formerly of Trinity Roots, is a hypnotically ambient piece for example; and Faifai Malie right at the end brings together musical ideas from Samoan slap dancing with the sound of the Maori poi once it gets going.

Etoile de Dakar: Once upon a time in Senegal: The birth of Mbalax 1979-1981,


The pummelling rhythms and fervent singing give this music a sense of spontaneity and collective inspiration. 

Years before he became Africa’s biggest star, Youssou N’Dour appeared as a raw-voiced youth among other powerful singers on these seminal recordings from the band that put Senegal on the map. The pummelling rhythms, fervent singing and delirious, blaring horns give this music a sense of spontaneity and collective inspiration that goes beyond anything N’Dour has produced in recent years.


Navigator – Waiheke Radio, Sunday August 22, 2010 – 6 – 9 pm Playlist


1 Charlie Palomares y su Yuboney – Vives boogaloo – "¡Gózalo! Vol 1" 2010 2:42
2 Ñico Estrada y su Sonora – Juan José – "¡Gózalo! Vol 1" 2010 3:19
3 Alfredo Linares y su Sonora – El pito – "¡Gózalo! Vol 1" 2010 3:38
4 Corey Harris – Station Blues – "Mississippi To Mali" 2003 3:29
5 Fedayi Pacha – Caucasian blues – "From the Oriental School of Dub" 2009 3:19
6 Coco Lagos y sus Orates – Mamblues – "¡Gózalo! Vol 1" 2010 2:21
7 Hedzoleh Soundz – Mee Bee (When) – "Hedzoleh" 1973 3:35
8 Hedzoleh Soundz – Omusu Da Fe MMusu – "Hedzoleh" 1973 4:58
9 Hedzoleh Soundz – Yei Baa Gbe Wo – "Hedzoleh" 1973 5:08
10 Melcochita y Karamanduka – Booga Jazz – "¡Gózalo! Vol 1" 2010 2:54
11 Hound Dog Taylor – Buster’s Boogie – "Natural Boogie" 1973 3:22
12 Hound Dog Taylor – Take Five – "Natural Boogie" 1973 2:44
13 Corey Harris – Tamalah – "Mississippi To Mali" 2003 6:40
14 Samy Izy – Igny Ihany – "Tsara Madagasikara" 2010 4:36
15 Tommy T – Beyond Fasiladas – "The Prester John Sessions" 2009 3:16
16 Mdungu – Afro what!¿ – "Afro What!?" 2009 4:55
17 Mdungu – Boolow Gambia – "Afro What!?" 2009 5:35
18 Mdungu – Pick up – "Afro What!?" 2009 4:24
1 Tommy T – Tribute To A King – "The Prester John Sessions" 2009 4:11
2 Tommy T – Lifers (Michael G Easy Star Remix) – "The Prester John Sessions" 2009 4:34
3 Tommy T – Oromo Dub (Cushitic Dub) – "The Prester John Sessions" 2009 4:34
4 Fedayi Pacha – 9 in 1 mantra box – "From the Oriental School of Dub" 2009 4:26
5 Fedayi Pacha – Pyramids-The Moon – "From the Oriental School of Dub" 2009 4:14
6 Fedayi Pacha – Stand on Zanzibar – "From the Oriental School of Dub" 2009 5:48
7 Samy Izy – Tomany NY Tany – "Tsara Madagasikara" 2010 3:50
8 Samy Izy – Omaly – "Tsara Madagasikara" 2010 4:14
9 Samy Izy – Bozy – "Tsara Madagasikara" 2010 4:08
10 Wai – Fai Fai Malie – "Ora" 2010 4:09
11 Wai – Maranga Ake Ai – "Ora" 2010 3:13
12 Wai – Tirama – "Ora" 2010 3:26
13 Etoile De Dakar – Diandioli (ft. Youssou N’Dour) – "Once Upon a Time in Senegal – The Birth of Mbalax 1979 – 81" 2010 5:48
14 Etoile De Dakar – Dounya (ft. Youssou N’Dour) – "Once Upon a Time in Senegal – The Birth of Mbalax 1979 – 81" 2010 6:46
15 Etoile De Dakar – M’Baye Gueye (ft. Youssou N’Dour) – "Once Upon a Time in Senegal – The Birth of Mbalax 1979 – 81" 2010 7:33
16 Tommy T – The Response (featuring Gigi) – "The Prester John Sessions" 2009 4:43


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