WPKN Archives: Radio Base Camp Goes to Africa....

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Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo

Original Aired:
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
7:02AM to 9:00AM

1 hour, 58 minutes

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 7:01AM



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Episode: Radio Base Camp Goes to Africa....

 Host:  Steve di Costanzo

Today- my focus of RADIO BASE CAMP is on African music– from the early 1960's to 2000 or so. I'll touch on many countries but will aim mostly on Ethiopia, Angola, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Morocco. I've got some interesting music picked out– by bands such as Down Tones, Les Ambassadeurs, Koola Lobitos, Fela Kuti, Lourdes van Dunen, Alpha Blondy, The Soul Prophets, Francis Bebey, Orlando Julius, Mahotella Queens, Ebo Taylor Jr., Grasshoppers, Gigi, Franco, Rochereau, Saida Karoli, Stella Rambisai Chiweshe, King Sunny Ade, Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo, Slim Ali with the Yahoos Band, Melotone Sisters with Amaqola Band, Tinariwen, Milimani Park Orchestra, Mbilia Bel, and others.

Tune in from 7am to 9am and enjoy High Life, Soukous, Jit, Jive, Benga, AfroBeat, Gnawa, Juju and many other African sounds and styles.


Radio Base Camp Theme

Viva Nigeria Fela Ransome Kuti & Nigeria '70  The '69 L.A. Sessions (1969 Nigeria)

Next Stop Soweto Abdullah Ibrahim African Horns (1988-South Africa)

Ololufe Mi   Koola Lobitos (Fela Kuti)  Koola Lobitos   (1964-Nigeria)

Neema Mlimani Park Orchestra Zanzibara 7 Sikinde vs Ndekule (1985-Tanzania)

Ngongo Ya Biluka Lourdes Van-Dunem  Angola 70's (Vol. 1: 1972-1973) (1973-Angola)

Banana Alpha Blondy  The Best Of Alpha Blondy (1996-Ivory Coast)

break:  Back Home Soul Down Tones (1971-South Africa)


The Coffee Cola Song Francis Bebey African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (1979-Cameroon)

James Brown Ride On Orlando Julius Super Afro Soul  (1970-Nigeria)

Wozani Mahipi  Mahotella Queens  Next Stop... Soweto Vol 2. Soultown. R&B, Funk & Psyc Sounds From The Townships 1969-1976 (1974-South Africa)

You Monopolise Me  The Ogyatanaa Show Band Ghana Special - Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-81   (1972-Ghana)

break:  Rihlat Essayf Groupe Sidi Mimoun Band (Moroccan)


Omukaile Kilinjwi  Saida Karo  l(Tanzania)

Sidiki Les Ambassadeurs (Zaire-Congo)

Bale Washintu 5:37 Gigi  (Ethiopia)


Sunny Ti De King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)

It's a Vanity Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo African Scream Contest (Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo 70s)

Sina Raha Hafusa Abasi with Slim Ali With The Yahoos Band  Kenya Special (Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s) (1978-Kenya)

I Sivenoe    Melotone Sisters With Amaqola Band (South Africa-1975)

Ndinderere Stella Rambisai Chiweshe  (Zimbabwe)

Eswi Yo Wapi Mbilia Bel  (Zaire-Congo)

Ngungi Franco And Tabu Ley Rochereau (Zaire-Congo)


Show: Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo

  • Radio Base Camp hosted by Steve di Costanzo is NOW heard every Tuesday morning from 7am to 9am

 My friend Howard Thompson is doing his show 'pure' on 1st & 3rd  Fridays as I've shifted during the day to being the GM of WPKN. . Just bear in mind that the last Friday of the month is reserved for Chris Frantz and his show- "Chris Frantz the Talking Head"


  • I have given up my late night show Radio Base Camp-Late Night on the 2nd & 4th Monday nights from 11:00pm to 2:00am. Because of my new weekly morning music show.  See seperate related episodes


  • RADIO BASE CAMP focuses on the newest indie rock, 60s beat-punk,psych, garage-fuzz, surf, 70s punk, 60s greasy soul & r'n'b shakers, 50s R&R, exotica, afrobeat, jamaican ska/rocksteady and beyond We play deep tracks and unpolished gems, songs you may remember and ones you might not have heard, along with demos, rarities, alternative takes and all kinds of great music that doesn't get played that often.  We also feature new music by current bands, many of whom are influenced by the 60's (and beyond). We do live and telephone interviews with musicians, producers, and chroniclers of an era spanning from the 1950's to present day. We aim to highlight and focus on music with great song writing, sounds and production, having a lot of fun in the process...


  • a little history....RADIO BASE CAMP is a radio show that I started in 2007 on live365.com internet radio.  It became a weekly WPKN  "overnight" in early 2008  from Sunday into Monday for two years before moving to Friday afternoons  in September 2009 with my part-time co-host, Eric Cocks.  In early 2010,  I decided to focus on my own programming and me and Eric reconfigured our weekly radio show into two seperate and distinct shows: Radio Base Camp with hosted Steve di Costanzo and Connections ...With Eric Cocks.  Starting July 1, 2012 I became the paid GM of WPKN and phased out my "working hours" show.  I now can be heard every Tuesday morning from 7am to 9am.

 Radio Base Camp is hosted by Steve di Costanzo 

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Interviews/Special Shows on RADIO BASE CAMP available on archives:

  • Bill Lincoln from U.S. duo EUPHORIA whose sole album has been called "one of the most important ever"
  • Charlie Karp- DJ for The Day- Radio Base Camp Late Night
  • Barry Tashian from The Remains with Fred Cantor producer of "America's Lost Band"
  • MELANIE the noted singer-songwriter  (Steve di Costanzo)
  • Andy Bracken from Fruits de Mer Records in London & Virginia  (Steve)
  • Ron Sanchez from Donovan's Brain, Career Records and KGLT in Bozeman, NT   (Steve)
  • Felix Cavaliere from The Rascals (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Tommy James from Tommy James and the Shondells
  • Carol Kaye (noted session player)   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Singer and songwriter Sam Phillips  (interviewd by Eric Cocks)
  • Andrew Sandoval from Rhino Records  (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Merrell Fankhauser from HMS Bounty and Farkopady   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Singer-Songwriter Don Cooper  (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Sky Saxon from The Seeds   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Peppy Castro from The Blues Magoos   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Johnny Echols from Love   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Richie Unterberger (noted Rock author and reviewer)   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)
  • Tom Moon (1,000 Recordings...) (Steve di Costanzo
  • Mark Naftalin (Butterfield Blues Band-special DJ Show)
  • Rusty Ford (Lothar and the Hand People)  (Steve)
  • Hilton Valentine from The Animals  (special program with Germaine)
  • James Lowe and Mark Tulin from The Electric Prunes   (Steve di Costanzo & Eric Cocks)

and many more....

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