In 1987, Congolese music legend Franco and his band T.P. OK Jazz recorded a 16 minute-plus opus on AIDS, calling on society to take measures to protect themselves against a deadly disease that had been rapidly spreading around the globe, especially the African continent. Tonight’s Jazz Safari features Franco’s ‘musical sermon’ to commemorate World AIDS Day earlier this week
To commemorate World AIDS Day on December 1st, 2014, Jazz Safari features Congolese legend Luambo Makiadi, aka Franco, and his call to arms called “Attention Na SIDA” (Beware Of AIDS) he recorded in 1984. Thirty years on, the song is still the most powerful musical statement on HIV/AIDS that I’ve ever heard.
I was still in bed early Thursday morning, 17 April, when I received a text that Cheo Feliciano, one of the greatest soneros in the history of Afro-Latin music had just succumbed a few hours earlier to a car accident in Puerto Rico.
Here’s my interview with Ken Braun, who produced and compiled a 2-volume CD retrospective on the Congolese music legend Tabu Ley Rochereau called “The Voice of Lightness” (Sterns). Tabu Ley died November 30th in a Brussels hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for a stroke he suffered in 2008.
BREAKING NEWS: Word came today (Saturday 11/30/13) of the death of Congolese music great Tabu Ley Rochereau in a Belgium hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for a stroke he suffered in 2008.
On this Saturday’s (12/01) edition of Jazz Safari, I’m re-posting a feature I first blogged about a year ago on Congo’s legendary guitarist, singer and bandleader Franco and his song “Attention Na SIDA” (Beware of AIDS) to commemorate World AIDS Day.