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Falling Uphill is a podcast about ordinary people in unthinkable situations, flying blind and hoping for the best.

Falling Uphill: a podcast Matt Elzweig

    • Personal Journals

Falling Uphill is a podcast about ordinary people in unthinkable situations, flying blind and hoping for the best.

    Forbidden Land

    Forbidden Land

    To mainstream elements in the neighboring countries of Nigeria and Benin, the Kalakuta Republic, musician Fela Kuti's commune, was off-limits and the subject of rumors and innuendo.
    Raised in the Celestial Church of Christ, but inspired by the sounds of high life, juju, funk, and rhythm and blues - and Afrobeat - the genre that Fela Kuti revolutionized, Leon Ligan-Majek taught himself the guitar and crossed the border into Nigeria from Benin as a teenager. He took shelter in the only place he knew that offered the musical opportunities he was seeking, not to mentione room and board, the Lagos branch of Celestial. But eventually he would decide to enter Kalakuta. 
    Produced by Matt Elzweig
    Story Told by Leon Ligan-Majek:
    Leon Ligan-Majek, or Kaleta as he’s known to his fans, got his start as a guitarist for King Sunny Ade and Fela Kuti in Nigeria. Originally from Benin, he’s been living in New York for decades and tours the country with several bands including Zozo Afrobeat, which he leads, as well as Akoya, and Super Yamba Band. He his own label, Afrobeatology, as well, and has played, toured and recorded with Lauryn Hill.
     MUSIC
    "Maccary Bay" Kevin MacLeod
    "Authority Stealing" Fela Kuti
    "Etienne Cakpo teaches drumming rhythms of Benin"

    "Egbe Mi O (Carry Me)" Fela Kuti
    "Eglise Protestante Methodiste du Benin: Chorale Cité De Grâce de Porto-Novo"
    "Ja Funmi - Live 1983" - King Sunny Ade
    "Oro Mi Ti Dayo" - Ebenezer Obey
    "Palm Wine Guitar Music (Awieye)" - Sammy Odoh
    "Makojo" - Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe 
    "King Sunny Ade Live 1-2" - King Sunny Ade
    "Ball of Confusion" - The Temptations
    "AFRICA 70 - Let's Start" - Fela Kuti, Africa 70 & Ginger Baker
    "Je'nwi Teni (Don't Gag Me)" - Fela Kuti
    "The Illusion" - Ikebe Shakedown
    "Gentleman" - Fela Kuti
    "Open and Close (1981)" - Fela Kuti & Africa 70
    "Shakara" - Fela Kuti
    "V.I.P" - Fela Kuti
    "Opposite People" - Fela Kuti 
    "Midja" (unreleased) - Zozo Afrobeat
    SOUND
    "Fela Under Siege"
    "Fela Anikulapo Kuti Live At The Shrine 1987; introducing the show and yabbis"
    Freesound.org: alexbird, LittleRobotSoundFactory, NoiseCollector, signtoast

    • 29 min
    Leaked!

    Leaked!

    Just in time for Election Day, Falling Uphill has received the infamous pee tape! No, not that pee tape. This one was recorded in London, not Moscow, and starts a punk rocker* not a useful idiot.

    *When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.

    Story told by Ed Zed, former lead singer of The Inconsolables, currently one half of The Casual Sexists.

    Produced by Matt Elzweig

    • 11 min
    Falling Uphill My Secret Identity

    Falling Uphill My Secret Identity

    One day, a stranger approached Cici McNair on a busy street in Midtown Manhattan. It was precisely the type of encounter that as a private detective, Cici McNair used assumed names and personas to avoid.

     

    • 17 min
    Punks at the Prom

    Punks at the Prom

    In the early 90s, a group of teachers and administrators at a school in London invited a teenage punk band to play their prom. What were they thinking? 

    • 17 min
    Earl's House

    Earl's House

    The race to build a house before winter arrives in Northern New Mexico sets in is upended by murder.

    Sound

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    blukotek

    Story told by Emily Ray Reese -- Instagram: @emilyrayreese

    Produced by Matt Elzweig

    Music

    “Maccary Bay” by Kevin MacLeod

    "Valantis Vespers," "Slow Dial,""The One Shot" by Blue Dot Sessions

    Sound

    freesound:

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    • 14 min
    Spies Like Us

    Spies Like Us

    When you're in a park, in a country your parents told you was 'off-limits' after 9/11, and there's a man following you who you think may think you're a foreign spy, there's only one thing to do--become one. 

    Story told by Adam Valen Levinson

    Produced by Matt Elzweig

    • 14 min

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