Transpacific Sound Paradise host Rob Weisberg has been pretty busy lately, and will be bringing some more live sounds from NYC to the WFMU air/netwaves this Friday, July 10th as he does a special fill-in show from 7-11PM from Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing Series! First we'll hear from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, a Chicago-based collaboration between American jazz players and two former members of the highly regarded Ghanaian highlife band Western Diamonds.The Occidentals, who just released their first CD, are building a following playing shimmering old-school West African and Congolese electric dance music. Then at 9 pm, we'll be treated to a performance by one of the all-time great singers of Congolese style electric dance music, Samba Mapangala with Orchestra Virunga. While based in Kenya in the early 80s, Samba and Virunga recorded one of the all time African classics, Malako. And Samba's still going strong today: his 2008 election song "Obama Ubarikiwe (Obama Be Blessed)" was a YouTube sensation.
Last summer WFMU first found itself outdoors working with the fine folks at Lincoln Center when we held one of our 50th Anniversary free NYC concerts with the Ex, Getatchew Mekuria, Mahmoud Ahmed, Alemayehu Eshete, Either/Orchestra and Extra Golden under a beautiful sky in Damrosch Park with 10,000 enthusiastic attendees and a night of music we won't soon forget. While we won't be co-producing these shows this time around, we're kindly being allowed to broadcast some more of LC's great outdoor upcoming events, including two nights of Ponderosa Stomp to be aired on Dave the Spazz's show (July 16th airing live and July 17th airing later on Dave's July 30th show). It's an amazing place to see music in the city if you've never been, but if you can't make it out, be sure to catch these special broadcasts.