Archive of recently broadcast shows

Episode 31: More Rare Vinyl - Tanzanian Bands

by Doug Paterson

In a follow-up to our Rare Vinyl from Kenya show, we present the More Rare Vinyl from Tanzanian Bands episode.  (Most of it manufactured in Kenya, nevertheless.)  Some of this music IS available online but often its quality has been severely degraded.  We’re going to show off the brilliance of this music from Les Wanyika, Mbaraka Mwinshehe, Atomic Jazz, NUTA Jazz, and Simba Wanyika as well a feature a new vinyl restoration from Domino Sound’s “Ngoma Tanzania” compilation.  ( 

Plus, one of Mose se Sengo (Fan Fan)’s early Orchestre Somo Somo releases from 1975 in remembrance of his passing on May 3, 2019.

Episode 30: Rare Vinyl from Kenya

by Doug Paterson

Rare vinyl from Kenya is the theme of the show. There is plenty of music from East Africa online and from international CD releases. Yet, there is so much more that has no international presence and, in fact, is even missing today in the countries in which it was produced. This week, we listen to Tanzanian, Kenyan, and Congolese rumba released from Nairobi; music that today is rare and, without some kind of systematic archiving, possibly endangered.

Episode 29: DP’s Duplicates!

by Hans Kelstrup

Doug Paterson, co-host of African Airwaves, has been reorganizing his personal collection of CDs, and found about 40 duplicates, which he passed to me! I listened to them all, and chose my favorites. As you would expect from Doug, lots of music from Tanzania and Kenya, including projects he had a big hand in (licensing, liner notes, Swahili lyrics translation, etc.), working with a number of labels (e.g., Soundway, Sterns Music and Africassette). Also, music from Zimbabwe, Mozambique Island and Rwanda

Episode 28: Algeria (mid-80s to mid-00s)

by Doug Paterson

Twenty years of rai music from the mid 80s to the mid 2000s with some of the icons of the time:  Khaled, Rashid Taha, Faudel, Cheb Mami, and more. .  

Episode 20: Music of Somalia

by Hans Kelstrup

The wonderful and varied music from the horn of Africa, Somalia, one of the most unique and beautiful sounds on the continent.

Episode 27: In memory of Simaro Lutumba

by Doug Paterson

The show is a tribute to Congolese composer, band director, and rhythm guitarist Simaro Lutumba who passed away on March 30, 2019. He died at age 81 with 63 years in music (and one year retired). We sample some of his music from the 1970s and 80s.