June 29: African Floor-Fillers, Part 1

Episode 15 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will feature Congolese and other African songs that are staples at African parties, making dancers rush the floor.

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube!

Later,

Kimi K.

May 25: Congo Combo

Episode 14 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will feature Congolese songs that have flirted with other music genres such as funk, salsa, and kompa, which inspired this episode’s title.

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Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube!

Later,

Kimi K.

April 27: Something About Mady

Episode 13 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will feature songs devoted to a gal named Mady. There happen to be many in my collection, including one released in this decade (!!), which has sparked the latest Congolese dance craze.

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube!

Later,

Kimi K.

March 30: Smooth Congolese Grooves

Episode 12 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will feature some of the most heartfelt crooning in kimi’s collection of Congolese music. Get ready to fall in love to the voices of Madilu System (pictured), Pamelo Mounk’a, and more!

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Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube!

Later,

Kimi K.

Going Way, Way Back to the 50s on February 24

show flyerEpisode 11 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will feature some catchy Congolese rumba from the 1950s. Get ready for a joyride even further back in time!

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube!

Later,

Kimi K.

Save the Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Episode 10 is coming!

Happy New Year, friends!

The wait is almost over. Episode 10 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will be broadcast LIVE on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EST, New York City time zone). This episode will feature Congolese songs from the ’60s and ’70s that use the infectious cavacha rhythm (despite the show’s title, I realized I haven’t played much cavacha so far!!).

To listen to the live show, you must create a FREE account here. If you miss it, the show will be available soon after on my YouTube channel, along with other past episodes.

Later,

Kimi K.

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Wednesday, May 27: Episode 9: Yo, Leki!

Episode 9 of CAVACHA EXPRESS! will feature Congolese music’s petits frères (little brothers)…literally and figuratively. After a face-off between brothers Bavon Marie Marie and Franco of OK Jazz, we’ll listen to the next generation of singers like Awilo Longomba, who paid respect to their “big brothers.”

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST (New York City time zone).

After this episode, CAVACHA EXPRESS! will take a break for the summer and will be back around August. In the meantime, you can listen to past episodes on YouTube.

Later,

Kimi K.

Cavacha + Clave = Clavacha! Wednesday, May 13

This Wednesday, CAVACHA EXPRESS! will take a trip to pay homage to the clave, that 5-beat rhythm that has given music of Africa and the Americas an infectious flavor. Our destinations will include the Congo, Cuba, Ghana, Belize, and more!  ALL  ABOARD??

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube.

Later,

Kimi K.

Battle of the Century: Les Mangelepa vs. Super Mazembe, April 29

Super Mazembe vs. Les Mangelepa...who will be the victor??

Super Mazembe vs. Les Mangelepa…who will be the victor??

Are you ready for a showdown?

Episode 7 of Cavacha Express! looks at two bands influenced by East African beats: Les Mangelepa and Super Mazembe. And I’m taking them to battle.

And YOU will judge who should be the last band standing.

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube.

Later,

Kimi K.

Congolese Divas LIVE this Wednesday, April 8

I have very few songs by women in my Congolese collection, but Episode 6 will feature some of my favorites, including the Congo’s superstar diva, M’Bilia Bel!

M'Bilia Bel, Congolese music diva!

M’Bilia Bel, Congolese music diva!

Create a FREE account here to listen LIVE on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST (New York City time zone).

Missed a previous episode? Listen HERE on YouTube.

Later,

Kimi K.