Recorded live at Lincoln Center, Gnawa Diffusion are true rebel rockers who deftly slide from traditional Gnawa sounds to reggae, rock, dancehall and and million other styles. The group’s leader and visionary is Amazigh Kateb who hails from Algeria. I was lucky to hang with Amazigh a few days later in Brooklyn, (along with Alexandre Tannous) and record our discussion.
After a smoking live set last night from Foday Musa Suso, the great guitarist Raja Kassis came into WKCR with his smokin’ new album Human Being. Raja is known for his work with Blitz the Ambassador, Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Seun Kuti, Antibalas and many others.
We conclude the broadcast with a track from Edwin Quirk’s new Fractal Caravan album.
With super-ambitious arrangements and grooves from all corners of the globe, Numasbala brings a joyous, fun, freedom-loving spirit to the dancefloor. Fabio Montenegro – Bass / Voice (Colombia), Felipe Piedrahita – Guitar / voice (Colombia) and Javier Samayoa – Hammond B3 / Keys / voice (Guatemala) joined me at WKCR.