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Almost the same title as last year, but new year. You know the drill-

this is the thread for polyrhythmic, funky, bluesy, new + reissued music from lots of different places that may include Mauritania, Ghana, Congo, Kenya, Niger, Mali, South Africa, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and other places that make cool music that doesn't always get enough press in the west. This music may be less "clubby" than on other threads, but its ok to lean in that direction too.

Plus I like to hear about live music.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Leaning towards seeing Ethiopian pianist Girma Beyene (again) tonight with the DC based Feedel Band at Bossa in DC.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:24 (three months ago) Permalink

My wife and I did go. Feedel did most of the first set themselves, except for one song with an un-named female singer (who wasn't bad). Feedel, per an interview I did with them (plus based on my hearing of them), are trying to modernize Ethio-jazz, but it ends up sounding like generic American jazz. The problem is not that they are doing more current modern jazz, its that they are not adding anything unique to it. When Girma came out they switched into backing him on his catalogue of old-school Ethio-jazz that was more rhythmically interesting than the jazz that Feedel was doing without him. Plus Girma sang on some tunes and his old-fashioned jazzy and r'n'b and Ethio melodies helped keep things lively.

We also talked to him again. A sweet, humble interesting guy. He will have an album out backed by a French band later this month.

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 January 2017 20:44 (three months ago) Permalink

Kofi Agawu, PhD, Professor of Music, Princeton University
Professor Agawu will speak about his new book, The African Imagination in Music, with a special focus on chapter 4, “The Rhyhmic Imagination in African Music.”

On Thursday night January 26th this guy will be speaking for free at the Library of Congress. Has anyone heard of him or his new book? I haven't

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Lots of folks are in NYC now for a music conference and showcase for concert presenters. Been seeing some nice video clips on Facebook. There 's a multi-act bill at SOBs tonight

http://sobs.com/2016/9036/mondo-music-presents-world-music-fire

Guadeloupe dancehall singer Admiral T plus Cuban dance band SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO and Christiane Obydol (zouk musician) and Garifuna Band and more

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:49 (three months ago) Permalink

This took place already--

http://globalfest.org/gf_artists

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 21:09 (three months ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/05/508028704/playlist-top-global-songs-of-2016-mix-traditional-styles-with-pop

a list of hits by region and country, pulled from music streaming app Spotify's most popular domestic songs of 2016 and culture blogs like OkayAfrica, BollywoodLife and EgyptianStreets.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 21:30 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/arts/music/globalfest-review.html?_r=0

Pareles of the Times liked Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo from Venezuela plus many more

Ssing Ssing, from Korea, drew its songs and vocal style from Korean folk tradition, but transmogrified them by way of glam-rock, disco and psychedelia: an irreverent but intriguing hybrid

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I missed Ghana's Jojo Abot for free at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage last night

http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/index/M7048

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 15:50 (three months ago) Permalink

video of her gig is there and on Youtube

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:08 (three months ago) Permalink

I need to check out the Batida gig from there .

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

http://www.asia.si.edu/events/performances.asp?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121613644%26key%3Df4af751cad6dce02d62e5a712c6e818d

Longtime Afghan singer Ustad Farida Mahwash, the first female singer there to get the title "Ustad", has been living in California since the 90s after getting asylum after she was threatened with assassination. She is going to be in DC Friday through Sunday doing a bunch of free duet gigs with Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 20:59 (three months ago) Permalink

She was impressive live.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:33 (three months ago) Permalink

I watched some of the above referenced appearance by NY based Ghanaian's Jojo Abot. Eh, she 's ok. Kinda wants to be Erykah Badu

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Batida is always great, Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo were one of globalfest's high points.
And so were Ssing Ssing! Fierce!

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Just watched some video of afro-Venezuelan singing and percussion ensemble Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Good stuff

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 January 2017 17:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Nguyên Lê & Ngô Hồng Quang - Về Đồi Non

this device is capable of killing you without warning (Sanpaku), Saturday, 21 January 2017 18:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Orchestra Baobab are back. 3 gigs in the UK from the end of this month through February and then an album in March

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2017 16:15 (three months ago) Permalink

cool! let me know if you see them doing an nyc play?

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:52 (three months ago) Permalink

First single from the new Orchestra Baobab album

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:58 (three months ago) Permalink

4 folks voted for Noura Mint Seymali's album Arbina in the Voice critics poll

1 vote for this Brazilian effort:

Cesar Lacerda & Romulo Froes, O Meu Nome E Qualquer Um
(ybmusic)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:10 (three months ago) Permalink

How many of them from this thread :p

Mordy, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:19 (three months ago) Permalink

At least 2, don't know 2

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:29 (three months ago) Permalink

Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni, Les Filles de Illighadad
Sahel Sounds

This North African effort got 5 album votes-- 1 person who used to be here a bit, and don't know about the other 4

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:11 (three months ago) Permalink

Gqom Oh! the Sound of Durban got a vote from Whiney. It's a bit more clubby than most stuff on this thread

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:33 (three months ago) Permalink

the ghali/akrouni just missed my top 10 but i voted for it in the ilx poll

Mordy, Thursday, 26 January 2017 02:04 (three months ago) Permalink

i forgot to vote in the ilx poll

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:54 (three months ago) Permalink

I like the Seymali album more than the Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni, one. More energetic

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 06:21 (three months ago) Permalink

Artsy avante samba singer Elza Soares got 8 votes in the Voice critics poll.

Balafon player Aly Keita whom I had not heard of, got a vote for his collaboration with jazz musicians and others

https://intaktrec.bandcamp.com/album/kalo-yele

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:36 (three months ago) Permalink

A-WA got 3 votes including a chuck eddy vote

Mordy, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:58 (three months ago) Permalink

That Elza Soares album is great. There's decades of non-artsy samba material by her to check up on, too.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 3 February 2017 11:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Will check out her older stuff. Thanks.

It looks like nobody voted for any Brazilian albums in the ILX album poll. I was gonna submit my Voice poll albums and add more, but, doh, I forgot the deadline and did not vote at all.

Noura Mint Seymali got 1 album voter, it appears. Most of the album votes were for Yanks and Brits.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Nigerian afropopper Kiss Daniel of "Mama" fame got one album vote. I like that album too. It has some musical aspects that fans of more trad Nigerian sounds should like

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

The attention Noura Mint Seymali has been getting here inspired me to dust off this well-produced 2000 CD (Praise Songs) by Ooleya Mint Amartichitt:

https://open.spotify.com/album/0p6ydNWSuiwIMvE90mw8to

It's more strictly traditional though. (At least I think. Not as if I kow the history of Mauritanian music.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:59 (two months ago) Permalink

x-post-- It looks like Brazilian Elza Soares got at least one album vote in ilx poll, but not enough to place in top 77 albums

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Noura Mint Seymali got 1 album voter, it appears. Most of the album votes were for Yanks and Brits.

??

Mordy, Friday, 3 February 2017 20:02 (two months ago) Permalink

I read the ILX poll-related comments on what countries the top 77 artists are from. Noura is the only artist from Mauritania, and one of the few from the whole African continent to place in the top 77.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 21:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I finally saw Brooklyn-based Alsarah and the Nubatones. She's from Sudan. Mostly good Sudanese Nubian dance-pop, although some songs could use stronger melodies and have more interesting rhythmic and harmonic touches. The openers Huda and Kamyar kinda stole the show. They are a DC-based duo with Palestinian electric oud player & singer Huda on vocals and Iranian Kamyar on daf (a large trashcan lid size but bigger percussion instrument). I think they have some music on soundcloud

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 February 2017 14:53 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/02/06/513255643/even-with-travel-ban-blocked-artists-are-still-left-hanging?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=anastasiatsioulcas

Omar Souleyman US tour may not happen

Now that the order is in limbo, Tosti is not sure what to do. Neither is immigration lawyer Matthew Covey, who heads a U.S. nonprofit called Tamizdat that advocates for foreign artists and helps facilitate their visa applications.

"For the arts, it's really not a resolution at all," Covey asserts. "Because at least for performing arts programmers, the temporary restraining order is just that. We don't know when or if it will disappear, and we'll go back to the ban. So if you're running a performing arts organization here in the U.S., and you're trying to figure out who to book for June, July, even for March — there are very few presenters who are going to risk contracting with an artist from one of the seven countries now for any point in the foreseeable future."

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 13:37 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.thestranger.com/events/24814447/cancelled-oliver-mtukudzi-anzanga-marimba-ensemble-naomi-wachira

[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Oliver and his band weren't allowed into Seattle; the band's working visas were denied by new embassy staff. Apparently, the embassy is not honoring applications accepted under the previous presidential administration. Columbia City Theater will soon be announcing further explanations and issuing refunds.]

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 16:03 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/trumps-travel-ban-causing-chaos-for-international-musicians-w465236

During the first chaotic weekend after Trump's decree, the wildly popular Iranian singing star Googoosh was among those afraid she wouldn't be allowed back into the U.S. – where she has lived for more than a decade – from London, where she'd been recording. "She was distraught and distressed," says her lawyer Sourash Shahram. "She felt history was repeating itself, almost like a déjà vu." In 1980, while en route to Tehran from London, Googoosh got a phone call telling her not to go back to Iran, where the Ayatollah Khomeini had banned all non-religious women from singing.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 16:07 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah, i know a number of bookers that are furious

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:08 (two months ago) Permalink

New Yasmine Hamdan! Album 'Al Jamilat; out March 17th. <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 February 2017 11:29 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 February 2017 17:15 (two months ago) Permalink

Vusi Mahlasela is playing World Cafe Live here soon - have any of you seen him live? Should I try to go?

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 19:21 (two months ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/glitterbeat/bargou-08-mamchout

It’s the forgotten place. Lying between the mountains of northwest Tunisia and the Algerian border, the Bargou valley and the village named after it lie isolated, away from the world. It’s poor, barren country, but standing apart, Bargou has developed its own culture that had never been documented until Nidhal Yahyaoui began the task. Born in the valley, he grew up hearing his parents and family sing the songs that belong to the region, and he was determined that the music and traditions shouldn’t slip away into obscurity. With Targ, the album he’s made with his band Bargou 08, Yahyaoui has perfectly fused the past and the present to place Bargou on the map.

“Nidhal began collecting songs from all over the valley more than ten years ago,” explains producer and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef, who’s known Yahyaoui since they were both ten years old. “No one had ever done that before. He listened to the women, to the village elders, and he learned all the variations on the songs. This is his passion, and he asked me to join him.”

this is awesome btw

Mordy, Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:54 (two months ago) Permalink

wow ... yeah it is. thx for posting, Mordy.

alpine static, Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:49 (two months ago) Permalink

It is, Targ is definitely one of my favorites this year so far. Glitterbeat on a roll again.

maarten, Sunday, 12 February 2017 12:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Awesome Zimbabwe band Mokoomba have a new album out and are coming back to North America this summer.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 March 2017 20:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Got to look for that Mokoomba album. Great live band (charismatic, strong singing and dancing) and pretty strong in the studio too

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 March 2017 13:54 (one month ago) Permalink

New Vieux Farka Toure album and North American tour happening in April

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 March 2017 17:14 (one month ago) Permalink

Never heard of this guy, who is, in addition to the below, an NYU professor. Looked up his name because I saw he is going to be speaking at the Library of Congress on May 4th

Martin Scherzinger, composer

Martin Scherzinger is a South African-born composer and media theorist, who works on and engages with the music of Africa. African Math is a recording of piano trio music that "africanizes" these western instruments (flipping the typical appropriation of indigenous instruments on its head). Piano, violin, and cello are used as conduits for material originally intended for mbira, or kalahari, or Ugandan xylophone.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 March 2017 13:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Martin Scherzinger explores some elements of African dance music through the lens of Zimbabwean matepe and mbira music, bringing cultural and mathematical insights to bear in an engagement with this vital music.

Speaking of Zimbabwe, listened to some Mokoomba and they are great.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:30 (four weeks ago) Permalink

You folks who like 70s reissues should check out Mokoomba. They're not retro but their live band feel is analogous to the great stuff from those times

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 March 2017 14:37 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Their first release had more energy. The latest one has more acoustic but still rockin instrumentation and some old-school South African like harmonies.

curmudgeon, Friday, 31 March 2017 00:55 (four weeks ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/2017/03/23/521001534/first-listen-orchestra-baobab-tribute-to-ndiouga-dieng

Almost a decade after the group's last album and nearly 50 years since its founding, Senegal's Orchestra Baobab is swaggering back onto international dance floors with its silk, sultry songs, layering Afro-Cuban sounds with local traditions and pop styles from across Senegal and elsewhere in West Africa.

curmudgeon, Friday, 31 March 2017 14:17 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I think Nguea La Route is from Cameroon. This is a wacky video. She's doing some US shows

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 April 2017 00:13 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Not seeing a lot about her online

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 April 2017 15:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

new albums I haven't heard yet:

Les Amazones d'Afrique is a contemporary world music supergroup formed in Mali in 2015 featuring Kandia Kouyaté, Angélique Kidjo, Mamani Keita, Rokia Koné, Mariam Doumbia (of Amadou & Mariam), Nneka, Mariam Koné, Massan Coulibaly, Madina N'Diaye, Madiaré Dramé, Mouneissa Tandina and Pamela Badjogo.

Mamadou Kelly

Tamakrest

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 16:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Listened to new Tinariwen one this morning. At least one cut has a guest singing in English

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 April 2017 16:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

new tamikrest is really good

Mordy, Thursday, 6 April 2017 16:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It is nice. With less members in the group than Tinariwen, and a bit of a different vocal style, it has a slightly different feel than the latter. Been listening to both. Was also reading Tinariwen's translated into English lyrics on their label's website. They have both poetic and straightforward lyrics about the sad condition of Northern Mali, as well as a few love songs.

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 April 2017 14:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Saw Mali's Salif Keita and band tonight. A good show. Although he did occasionally coast and let his strong-voiced female backing singers take the leads, most of the time he showed why he is called the "The Golden voice of Africa." Slight resemblance in technique and note-hitting to Senegal's Youssou N'dour. Band had a keyboardist whose job was to also play the bass parts; the group also had a great percussionist; guitarist; & trap drummer

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 April 2017 03:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/the-western-sahara-isnt-big-enough-expert-witness-with-robert-christgau

The Dean gives an A- to Mariem Hassan: La Voz Indómita (Nubenegra) and the new Orchestra Baobab, a B+ to another Hassan, and honorable mentions to Tamikrest and Tinariwen

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 April 2017 14:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I need to listen to the new Janka Nabay album more. I liked the synthesized bubu dance rhythms on it, on first listen.

Have not dug into those Hassan efforts mentioned above. The Baobab is good

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 April 2017 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Liking Janka's album...His squeaky folky melodies over modern beats

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

This is from last year but I don't see any mention of it on ILM, and it's not something I noticed last year. Sounds promising so far:

http://www.popmatters.com/post/zmei3-rough-romanian-soul-album-stream-premiere/

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 03:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pretty impressive. Near zero critical attention. The title probably didn't help. Shades of Putumayo CD covers.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 03:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Wow , that review is pretty enthusiastic about the singer.

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 04:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Haha, yeah. A little over the top. I naturally found it while googling "Umm Kulthum" news from the last year, largely out of boredom while at work.

This is something you might like from last year. Worth hearing anyway. Has only been mentioned in connection with the remix by ILM cult figure DJ Q, Swindle Ft. Ricardo China - Connecta:


DJ Q Remix

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 04:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not convinced the singer from Zmei3 is as great as billed in that review (!), but the music is still good for what is, from what I've heard so far.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 04:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I like the vibraphones and electric guitar on this album, in particular. The instrumentation is not consistent from track to track though.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 05:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anyway, it's a quote from the producer that makes the more extreme claims.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 05:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Incidentally, and yes going off topic a little, I think I first heard that DJ Q remix as part of this Q set (to hear how it would be put into context):

https://soundcloud.com/rinsefm/djq210117

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 05:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(Secretly trying to get curmudgeon into DJ Q.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 14 April 2017 05:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It might work....

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 14:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Discovered late last night that Rhizome DC, a small co-op type place that usually just has experimental music (and doesn't have a budget to publicize their calendar that is at least now on a website) is having Ian Nagoski talk tonight about Arabic, Armenian, Turk, and Kurd records released in the US from 1893 to 1950, as a benefit for the International Rescue Committee. Alas, already have other plans

http://www.rhizomedc.org/new-events/

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 14:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://thequietus.com/articles/22217-new-amadou-mariam

First new music in years (is on the link). Tour dates for UK, Europe and US

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 17:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://thequietus.com/articles/22127-king-ayisoba-1000-can-die-album-review

From Ghana

most significant European patron – Arnold de Boer, who you may know under his musical title Zea or as latterday frontman of The Ex. De Boer has released two previous King Ayisoba albums, Modern Ghanaians and Wicked Leaders, on his Makkum imprint, as well as a multi-artist compilation, 2016’s outstanding This Is Kologo Power!.

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 17:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

So guitarist Bruce Langhorne who recently died is well-known for playing with Bob Dylan, but I see he also played on Hugh Masekela albums like "The Promise of a Future," and "Reconstruction," and on Olatunjii albums

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 April 2017 18:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Lots of stuff to listen to and to catch up on (for me)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 04:57 (one week ago) Permalink

More on ZMEI3, from their website:

When the world-leading vibe player Gary Burton came to Germany to give a workshop, he asked Oli (Bott): “Tell me, do you want to be a postman?” “No. I want to be a musician.” “OK, then you come with me now to the US.” Gary Burton gave Oli a scholarship at Berklee, and his trust was soon rewarded: Oli finished in just two years, summa cum laude.

http://www.zmeitrei.com/artists.html

This is definitely one of my favorite albums of last year and I still haven't listened to it that much. I would say it gets maybe too rough for me toward the end. But overall, it's fantastic.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 18 April 2017 05:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Tonight I am seeing Tinariwen and Dengue Fever. It's a little outside of my comfort zone as some of you might surmise. However I saw Tinariwen on the Colbert Report a few years back and one of my best friends played me Dengue Fever when I last saw her and I am looking forward to seeing them live!

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh, and I already picked up Elwan earlier this year. It's quite good.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 19:51 (one week ago) Permalink

great double feature there; you should have a wonderful time.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes that should be great. Seeing just Tinariwen Wednesday night with no opener at a sold out gig near Washington D.C.

Listened to a bit of that ZMEI3 group that Rudiph mentioned above. Eh, some of the vocals are too dramatic feeling for me. Plus I am not that crazy about East European music. Sorry.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Actually did like a few songs on it.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I have to admit the vocals are a little too dramatic for me at times (then again, I like Oum Kalthoum, so maybe it's about the particular variety of drama). I'm not big on East European music either, generally speaking.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:06 (one week ago) Permalink

At least you tried. "All that we ask is that you try," as my dickheaded high school gym teacher used to say.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:16 (one week ago) Permalink

I still think it's very good, but I need to listen to more. There is maybe a quarter of it that I'm not so fond of. I think I am just bored right now and need something to be enthusiastic about, so I'm having trouble letting it come into focus and arriving at a real opinion. I like the vibraphonist best, to be honest.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Enjoyed Tinariwen live last night. Have seen 'em a number of times now. Despite the similarity of the arrangements of some of their songs, there were enough subtle differences (plus different lead vocalists on different cuts) to keep it interesting.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:39 (one week ago) Permalink

Jonathan Bogart has been writing for Medium and elsewhere a bit about Angolan pop. Here's his latest talk at the Pop Conference

https://medium.com/@jonathanbogart/look-at-the-boy-doll-look-at-the-girl-doll-the-radical-wit-transgressive-populism-of-dce66fb6461d

I think I posted his Pop Angola 2016 last year

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 April 2017 17:22 (five days ago) Permalink

My review of the Tinariwen and Dengue Fever show in Philly last week.

http://agitreader.com/wp2/tinariwen-and-dengue-feverunion-transfer-philadelphia-april-18

This kind of music is outside of what I usually listen to so I hope I did the band's justice.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 24 April 2017 22:57 (five days ago) Permalink

really enjoying this today
https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/gulu-city-anthems

"Nyege Nyege Tapes proudly announces the first international release of electro acholi pioneer Otim Alpha's incredible body of work recorded over a period of 11 years. Otim Alpha together with his early producer Leo Palayeng began in 2001 taking traditional Acholi 'Larakaraka' wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers. The results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic music ready for dance floor madness."

nxd, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:11 (three days ago) Permalink

A bunch of things on bandcamp I need to catch up with, including that

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:26 (two days ago) Permalink

http://www.afropop.org/34186/fresh-cuts-vol-three/

a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists and everything in between. Today we’ve got, among other things, rhymes and beats from London, Ghana, Dominican Republic and Cameroon, some entrancing electrified Ugandan folk music and slick electro-pop from Namibia

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:13 (two days ago) Permalink


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