Tune in for great music from Rapasa Nyatrapasa with Jojo Kuo, Joseph "Fan Fan" Louis and Nathan Okite, plus Daniel Dzidzonu visiting from Togo with members of his band, and then some Haiti-meets-Brazil with an acoustic set by Fan Fan & Friends featuring samba queen Zezeh Brazil in full carnival regalia. DC African music at it's finest. Enjoy!
Togolese trumpeter, songwriter and bandleader Daniel Dzidzonu passed through the studio for a little chit-chat and jam with members of his Belgium-based band.
Jolly Papa presents legendary Cameroonian singer-songwriter Henri Dikongue filmed live on our radio show (Weds. 1-3pm ET/takomaradio.org), and at rehearsal in Takoma Park. Rehearsal footage by Jay Danner-McDonald.
Negest Hawaz is an Ethiopian actress and singer based in the DC area. She performs three songs with Ras Band at Takoma Park City TV, and discusses her life and work in music and theater. You can listen to our radio interview with Negest @ https://jollypapa.com/negest-hawaz/
DC-based Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate performing 4 songs with members of his Griot Street band.
Kenyan composer, musician and singer Rapasa Nyatrapasa performing four songs for Jolly Papa TV with a very special group of backing musicians: Jojo Kuo (drums) Joseph Frantz Louis (bass) Nathan Okite (guitar). Filmed at Takoma Park City TV.
These videos are from a party we threw in honor of Georges Collinet and his decades-long career bridging cultures and musical styles through radio as host of Voice of America's "Bonjour l'Afrique" and Afropop Worldwide. DC-based musicians Cheick Hamala Diabate (Mali) and Armand Ntep (Cameroon) are old friends of Georges and brought their world-class stylings to the event performing with DC Highlife Stars. It was a lovely evening, and there will be more like it coming soon. Stay tuned....
DC-based Brazilian singer-songwriter Cissa Paz performs 4 songs on guitar and vocal with Rafael Ponde accompanying.
Jolly Papa TV presents Joseph "Fan Fan" Frantz Louis performing three songs with friends Philip and Oz on percussion, and samba queen Zezeh Brazil dancing. Filmed by Takoma Park City TV for Jolly Papa TV: Episode 4.
Jolly Papa presents Ras Band performing their original "Instrumental" track. Filmed at Takoma Park City TV for Jolly Papa TV: Episode 3.
DC-based citizen of the world Sitali Siyolwe sits for an interview and video premiere with Jolly Papa TV, and plays an impromptu jam with Cheick Hamala Diabate.
DC's own Swamp Guinea talks about his new project Crank LuKongo, and performs a couple of songs with Dave Blackwwell from Charles Road.
DC-based multi-instrumentalist Uasuf Gueye performing and talking live on the radio about his life's journey in music (w/ Robert Coleman on guitar).
Kenyan master of the nyatiti, Rapasa Nyatrapasa recorded live on Takoma Radio, and then jamming with Cheick Hamala Diabate in the studio later that evening.