Shortwave playlist part 3

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
This shortwave playlist instalment is a little bit different. Some of the tracks are not the ones that I heard on the radio but are those I later found (and liked) after looking up the artist.

1. Simba Wanyika - Baba Asiya
Zanzibar Broadcasting Company, September 2015 — original song heard: Shilingi

Simba Wanyika was a Kenyan based band created in 1971 by Tanzanian brothers Wilson Kinyonga and George Kinyonga, and disbanded in 1994. Simba Wanyika and its two offshoots, Les Wanyika and Super Wanyika Stars, became some of the most popular bands in Kenya. Their guitar-driven sound, inspired by the Soukous guitarist Dr. Nico, combined highly melodic rumba with lyrics sung in Swahili. Simba wa nyika means "Lions of the Savannah" in Swahili.

[Rumba, also known as Soukous] is a popular genre of dance music that originated in the Congo basin during the 1940s, strongly influenced by Cuban son. The style gained popularity throughout Africa during the 1960s and '70s. (Wikipedia)

2. Alick Macheso - Tafadzwa
Radio Dialogue, May 2014

Macheso was born in 1968 in Shamva, 90 kilometres to the north of Harare, to parents of Malawian origin - a fact that was to inspire him to be able to speak and sing in five languages - Shona, Chichewa, Sena, Venda and Lingala.

He is well known throughout Sourthern Africa as one of the most successful singers and ranked among the best bass guitarist on the continent. He is Zimbabwe's best-ever selling artiste with his album Simbaradzo being the highest ever sold album in Zimbabwe, a record which is yet to be broken by any artiste in Zimbabwe to date. In recent years Macheso has risen to become an advertising face for many corporations with his recent achievement being an an ambassador for the Red Cross. (Wikipedia)

3. Cheb Khaled - La Camel
Medi 1, June 2014 — original song heard: Yamina

Khaled Hadj Ibrahim (Arabic: خالد حاج إبراهيم‎, born 29 February 1960), better known as Khaled, is an Algerian raï singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist born in Sidi El Houari in Oran Province of Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled (الشاب خالد, Arabic for "Young Man" Khaled, as opposed to the traditionalist Sheikh elders) and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï". (Wikipedia)

4. Rivany - Telaga Dewa
Voice of Indonesia, October 2015

Kroncong (pronounced "kronchong") is the name of a ukulele-like instrument and an Indonesian musical style that typically makes use of the kroncong, the band or combo or ensemble (called a keronchong orchestra) consists of a flute, a violin, a melody guitar, a cello in pizzicato style, string bass in pizzicato style, and a female or male singer. (Wikipedia)

5. Te Vaka - Samulai
Radio New Zealand International, December 2013

Te Vaka is an Oceanic music group that performs original contemporary Pacific music or "South Pacific Fusion". The group was founded in 1995 by singer and songwriter Opetaia Foa'i in New Zealand. They have toured the world constantly since 1997 and have won a number of awards including "Best Pacific Music Album" award for their albums Tutuki (2004) and Olatia (2007) from the New Zealand Music Awards and "Best Pacific Group" in the 2008 Pacific Music Awards They have also been acclaimed by the BBC as "the world's most successful band playing original contemporary Pacific music." (Wikipedia)

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