Vintage Afro Beats in the House! (plus world charts)

Usually, the station’s newly added albums are fresh off the block, offering new sounds from debuting artists or evolving ones. Makes sense, right? But this week, we received a special treat: Vintage hits from Fela Kuti’s golden era. And sure enough, they’ve rocketed to the top.

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the guy, Fela was a Nigerian bandleader and a–rather, THE–pioneer of Afro-Beat music. It’s rhythmic, it’s funky, it’s politically charged. It’s the crux of a ginormous culture throughout Nigeria and beyond. And we’re STOKED to see its revival, in all of its grungy, unmastered glory.

The release is a collection of previously unreleased songs (live AND studio-recorded to boot) with his group at the time, Koola Lobitos. Here’s a good example of what’s offered:

And now, the list you’ve all been waiting for:

Fela Ransome Kuti and his Koola Lobitos ~ Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969)

Andrea Beaton ~ Little Black Book

Bombino ~ Azel

Eva Salina ~ Lema Lema

Idan Raichel ~ At The Edge Of The Beginning

Julia Vorontsova ~ Over

Noctambule ~ The Waking

Rokia Traore ~ Ne So

Zmei3 ~ Rough Romanian Soul

Baaba Maal ~ The Traveler



New World Charts!!!!

Spring is here, summer is slowly (but surely) coming, and KZSC is airing exciting new tunes for YOU to get back into the school groove. Here are the top ten tracks currently in World at KZSC.

1 Sainkho Namtchylak-Like A Bird Or Spirit, Not A Face
2 Bombino-Azel
3 Rokia Traore-Ne So
4 Alredo Rodriguez-Tocororo
5 Choroloco-Choroloco
6 Cristian Perez-Anima Mundi
7 Songs of Blind Willie Johnson: God Don’t Ever Change
8 Fahir Atakoglu-Live At Umbria Jazz
9 Atlas Maior-Keyif
10 Eva Salina-Lema Lema

Bombino, climbing up the charts to #2, just released an incredible new album called “Azel” on April 1st. The lead singer, Omara Bombino Moctar, sings with passion about love in one of my favorite tracks, titled “Inar”, which means something along the lines of “If you know my love for you”. His guitar melodies are hypnotic, while the back-up percussions and synthesized beats add upbeat rhythms to the poetic track, and gives a more positive spin on the somewhat melancholy song about “a stolen heart and a painful love”.

To add the excitement, Bombino will be playing at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center on April 24th. Check out his track here, “Inar”.

Jazz & Blues Charts

After a hiatus, Jazz & Blues blogs are back. Here are the top 10 spins from the past week:

  1. TIFFANY AUSTIN – Nothing But Soul
  2. DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER – Dee Dee’s Feathers
  3. KENNY COX – Detroit Jazz City
  4. SARAH QUINTANA – Miss River
  5. KIM NALLEY – She Put A Spell On Me
  6. SISTA MONICA PARKER – Love, Soul & Spirit Vol 1
  7. TANIA MARIA –  Olha Quem Chega
  8. AHMAD JAMAL – Genetic Walk
  9. ANNETTE PEACOCK – I’m The One
  10. BETTY CARTER – The Audience With Betty Carter

A recommended artist to check out is Ibrahim Maalouf and his newest release Kalthoum. You can check out some of the tracks off the album below.


New World Charts!

As we are approaching Week 9 in the quarter, we could all use some new, upbeat, and expressive music to get us through our studies. Boogarins, a psychadellic rock band that formed in Brazil, just released their new album “Manual ou Guia Livre de Dissolução dos Sonhos”, but I call it “Manual” for short.

Their track “6000 Dias” features Dinho Almeida as lead singer, and Benke Ferraz as the solo guitarist. Ferraz’s outstanding guitar instrumentation, along with Almeida’s tranquil vocals, creates an upbeat but soothing new sound.

Check it out!

And……New World Charts!

  1. Ibrahim Maalouf-Kalthoum
  2. Elsa Y Elmar-Rey
  3. Eva Salina-Lema Lema
  4. Trombone Shorty-Backatown
  5. Patrick Landeza-Nahe’olu
  6. Los Crema Paraiso-De Pelicula
  7. Galactic-Into The Deep
  8. Grupo Fantasma-Problemas
  9. Mariachi Flor De Toloache-Mariachi Flor De Toloache
  10. Debashish Bhattacharya-Beyond the Ragasphere




World Charts and Preview of Wouter Kellerman

In Wouter Kellerman’s album Love Language, he focuses on classical flute styles intertwined with Roots music. Kellerman’s mixture of contemporary music, and traditional musical styles from South Africa, brings a refreshing new spin on classical flute instrumentation. He’s worked with many types of styles and has been influenced most by regions such as Senegal, Spain, Cuba, India, and Greece.

Listen to the song “Zinizi” off of Wouter Kellerman’s album, Love Language. The upbeat percussion, flute melodies, and mystical vocal harmonies allow for a beautiful new album.


  1. Johnny Greenwood/Shye Ben Tzur/Rajasthan Express-Junun
  2. Wouter Kellerman-Love Language
  3. Sanjay Chitale and Sandeep Chowta-American Pilgrimage
  4. Karavan Sarai Project-Woven Landscapes
  5. Sean Robbins-Olanui
  6. Gyasi Ross-Isskootsik
  7. Grupo Fantasma-Problemas
  8. Carla Morrison-Amor Supremo
  9. Debashish Bhattacharya-Beyond The Ragasphere
  10. Global Guitar Greats-Common Ground (EP)


  1. Baaba Maal-The Traveler
  2. Various Artists-Putamayo Presents:Vintage Latino
  3. Jose Negroni-Negroni Piano +9
  4. Michael Franti and Spearhead-Once A Day Rise Up
  5. Protoje-Ancient Future

New World Charts!

“Junun” is still our number one for the top ten new world tracks. Even so, stay tuned for new artists climbing up the ranks. Such as Carla Morrison, Grupo Fantasma, and Wouter Kellerman. Stay Worldly Slugs.

Top Ten:

  1. Jonny Greenwood/Shye Ben Tzur/Rajastahan Express-Junun
  2. Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet-Intercambio
  3. Karavan Sarai Project-Woven Landscapes
  4. Wouter Kellerman-Love Language
  5. Gayasi Ross-Isskootsik (Before Here Was Here)
  6. Sean Robbins-Olanui
  7. Stick Figure-Set in Stone
  8. Grupo Fantasma-Problemas
  9. Carla Morrison-Amor Supremo
  10. Michael Franti and Spearhead-Once A Day Rise Up (EP)

New World Adds:

  1. Baaba Maal-Fulani Rock
  2. Various Artists- Putumayo Presents: Vintage Latino
  3. Jose Negroni-Negroni Piano + 9
  4. Kishi Bash-String Quartet Live!
  5. Mishka-Roots Fidelity

Check out this new track by Carla Morrison called “Un Beso” from her new album Amor Supremo. This track features Morrison’s rich and passionate voice, along with a soothing guitar instrumentation, and pop influenced rhythms that leaves us feeling dreamy and looking for love.