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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Elikeh + New Releases / Mixed Bag
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This week's show kicks off with a rocking set from Washington DC based Elikeh. Led by Togolese emigre Massama Dogo, Elikeh serves up buoyant blends of Afrobeat and rock mixed with traditional Togolese polyrhythms.
The Elikeh sound is a refreshing mixture, a broader musical palette than most contemporary Afrobeat bands - harkening back to classic Afro-rock bands like Osibisa (the 70s UK-based Ghanaian / Caribbean band cited by Dogo as a primary influence). The band has pan-African flavor too, with musicians from Togo, Benin, Cameroon and Nigeria (Nigerian rhythm guitarist Frank Martins played with the legendary Orlando Julius) - as well as the U.S.A.
Elikeh's excellent debut cd Adje Adje was released last year. Check out http://www.elikeh.com to learn more, and for info on upcoming gigs and to get in touch.
Big thanks: Our illustrious engineer Mark Koch and assistant Josh J.
This Week's Playlist:(* = new)
Sat. 4/16/11 6:57pm
Nice groove tonight, Rob.
Sat. 4/16/11 7:09pm
Great show! Might be worth noting, I tried looking this song up, and I found it as "Ocucha Pelo" rather than "Acochapelo"
Sat. 4/16/11 7:12pm
Thanks Mitten John and [S}, and [S}, noted, I'll look into that...
Sat. 4/16/11 7:36pm
Sat. 4/16/11 7:37pm
Richard from Venezuela:
Just Checking in. Greetings Rob and all the listeners.
Sat. 4/16/11 7:47pm
Hi Rob! Hi all listeners! This is where it's at!! :)
Sat. 4/16/11 7:52pm
glad you're still surviving. reminder: the cakeshop is named for a jowe head/swell maps song - cakeshop girl. that's what makes it so swell he's playing there.