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.