Welcome to Gobe Radio #15. Guest curated by Gobe’s design and graphics brains trust, Lora Ward.
Without a doubt, one of my favourite editions of Gobe Radio to bless the collective eardrums of our office is this carefully concocted collection of cool as can possibly be musical goodness programmed by Lora. Really truly; Any list that contains Sade and Saâda Bonaire undoubtedly also contains a recipe for a damn good boogie.
I hope you’re familiar with Sade already, and if not, please, improve your life immediately You might not be so familiar with Saâda Bonaire though, who also made their debut (and only) album in 1984. Unlike Sade, who went on to conquer and melt everything she sang to or looked at, Saâda Bonaire on the other hand, officially released only one track at the time, “You Could Be More As You Are” before immediately disappearing from most people minds. Unless you were a Balearic obsessed DJ from Greece you probably missed it. Thankfully the album has been re-issued since in all it’s strange cross-cultural 80’s glory unearthing tracks including “More Women”. Continue to improve your life with a five-minute dance break to this gentle belter.
ESG, Patti Smith and The Slits drive the next chapter with soft power, dropping you off at Alice Coltrane’s place for a cup of tea and lesson in uplifting transcendental jazz. Clothilde brings you back to earth, France specifically, and loosens you up for “The Funnel of Love” from the great Wanda Jackson.
Aretha Franklin and Elia y Elizabeth round off the end of this dance, leaving it to Madeleine Chartrand to blow your psychedelic top with “Ani-Kuni”.
Still here? Good. Mkwaju Ensemble and Nahawa Doumbia are waiting to wrap you up in minimal jazz dreams and send you on your way. Midori Takada changes my mind about jazz music every I hear her percussion creations, her work with Mkwaju is no exception.
Nahawa Doumbia was born near the Ivory Coast in Africa and her mother passed away shortly after giving birth. Before she passed her mother said Nahawa was going to be a musician and singer, she was right, Nahawa is a powerful voice among many powerful Wassoulou voices from Africa. It’s a fitting send off to a playlist of strong women, from a strong woman, raised in a country with influences on all music as we know it. We all came from a woman and we should all listen to “More Women”.