Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Ambiance Congo: Interview with members of l' Orchestre Afrisa International

L'Orchestre Afrisa International and manager David Gaar were kind to visit with me at the studios of WRIR the day following their multiple performances in Richmond at the end of October, 2016.

We enjoyed a lunch together (thanks to my beautiful wife, Julie, for her help with that!) and a few of us sat around the table in WRIR's talk show production studio and talked about Afrisa, their music and Congolese music in general. Joining me in the discussion were Modero Mekanisi (at left), Wawali Bonane, Huit Kilos Nkesa, and (not shown here) Dodo Munoko and Ngouma Lokito. The gentleman with the shades at right in this picture is drummer Parigo Asuka.
Many thanks to Patricia "Sunny Gardener" Stansbury for her help with the recording. The studio used to record the interview was created and is maintained by donations from listeners like you!

The interview aired as part of an Ambiance Congo radio program presented during WRIR's Fall Fund Drive and may be found, along with a track list of music played, here:
http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/88837
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