Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2017 Thread Once Known as World Music

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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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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 (two 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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

This took place already--

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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

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

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

video of her gig is there and on Youtube

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

I need to check out the Batida gig from there .

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

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 (two months ago) Permalink

She was impressive live.

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

First single from the new Orchestra Baobab album

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:58 (two 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

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

How many of them from this thread :p

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

At least 2, don't know 2

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

i forgot to vote in the ilx poll

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:54 (two 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 (one month 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

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:36 (one month ago) Permalink

A-WA got 3 votes including a chuck eddy vote

Mordy, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:58 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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:

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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

[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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 February 2017 11:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 February 2017 17:15 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:49 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

I'd love to see Seymali. Wonder if she'll swing by Philly.

Mordy, Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Johnny Brenda's

Friday, February 5, 2016
8:00pm 10:00pm


Mordy, Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:55 (one month ago) Permalink

this says she'll be in Philly Feb. 26:

alpine static, Friday, 17 February 2017 08:12 (one month ago) Permalink

She and her band are great live. I think she's in NYC on the 24th, Virginia near DC for free on the 25th, and the 26th in Philly

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 12:04 (one month ago) Permalink

the folks are visiting Nigeria

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 13:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Traditional Hausa music is not heard much in Kano and is reportedly in decline throughout the region as few kids are opting to pick up the torch. We drove out of town to the village of Jogana, passing herds of longhorn cattle and floppy-eared sheep to arrive at the compound of Nasiru Garba Super, master of the one-stringed kokuma fiddle (very similar to the njarka played by Ali Farka Toure and others). Nasiru, his two elderly drummers, and a backup singer delivered a rousing set of songs, several composed by his late, revered father. Soon 50 people from the neighborhood appeared to watch the show and dance in the dusty street.

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 13:52 (one month ago) Permalink

xxp omg idk what I saw last night but that's awesome news!!!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 14:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I need to check this stuff out--

the most exciting aspect of the trip has been delving into the fuji scene, fantastically vibrant and fully of larger-than-life characters. We’ve sat and interviewed Salawa Abeni (The Queen of Fuji), Saheed Osupa (The King of Fuji—crowned by Barrister himself), K1 da Ultimate (The “Undisputed” King of Fuji—widely agreed upon), and Obesere (The Paramount King of Music, and champion of the clever, humorous form of “lewd songs” known as asakasa), all in their homes. These are not artists who typically make themselves available to journalists. It took a very well-connected fixer to arrange these interviews, and they did not disappoint.

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 16:03 (one month ago) Permalink

ALRIGHT I got my SEYMALI tickets!!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:30 (one month ago) Permalink

if i could "like" this ^ i would

she has one show scheduled on the west coast which seems weird. hoping for more announcements 3/10 is not that far out. they'd have been announced by now, i think.

alpine static, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Damn, doesn't look like she's coming anywhere near me.:( I did get to see Bombino last summer, which was fantastic.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 17 February 2017 18:45 (one month ago) Permalink

the entire bargou 08 album is out today!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:29 (one month ago) Permalink

I still need to listen to that. Plus check out the new Tinariwen video (and album if its available)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:38 (one month ago) Permalink

Some of that Bargou 8 album is a bit one-dimensional, but exciting in a kind of hardcore punk way...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 02:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Just got an email that the suburban Washington DC Noura Mint Seymali gig on Saturday February 25 has been postponed until Tuesday March 7th. No explanation was provided.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:05 (one month ago) Permalink

huh - i haven't gotten any message about the sunday show being postponed

Mordy, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:15 (one month ago) Permalink

So far, just that one gig it seems.


The Voice of America's Music Time in Africa program has a Facebook page with some video posts worth checking out.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Just saw on Instagram that "due to travel " issues the Ny Seymali gig is delayed till March 2

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 February 2017 13:52 (one month ago) Permalink

The energetic great Congolese band Mbongwana Star are coming to the US in March-- dates in NY, Cambridge, Chicago and Minneapolis but alas, I don't see any in Washington DC or Philly listed online

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:24 (one month ago) Permalink

they are fucking killer live btw

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Friday, 24 February 2017 20:25 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah i'd love to see them. maybe they'll add dates.

Mordy, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:41 (one month ago) Permalink

So looks like Noura Mint Seymali tour now starts tonight in Philly

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 February 2017 18:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Tiny church venue almost no one here. Everyone I was supposed to bring flaked on me so I'm solo tnite

Mordy, Monday, 27 February 2017 00:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Did you enjoy the show?

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

oh yes! i meant to update the thread but got busy with work today. first of all - noura and mr. mint seymali are the heart of the band and just fantastic. his guitar playing is funky, playful, they have amazing chemistry on stage, and her voice is just a total force of nature. the audience was about 50-60 ppl but she performed as if to an audience of 500 or an audience (which is really what they deserve). the venue was a church (one of those super lefty churches that has a kol tzedak group meeting in the basement) and it was a good place for them despite limiting (and a limited) audience. they did a bunch of songs from the new album as well as some other stuff - even tho i agree w/ ppl who say that the new album has really developed the sound maybe bc they've gone back and reworked some of the older stuff it all works together. the audience was good - responsive, despite not being an obviously enthusiastic group. noura kept calling for ppl to stand up and by the end of the set ppl were dancing. lots of older ppl at the show. her english is super limited but she's v effusive thanking the crowd (the drummer is from philadelphia and he did most of the crowd work). after the show i bumped into mr and mrs mint seymali downstairs and they are incredibly warm ppl i thanked them for the show and they thanked me and idk i just felt v moved by how genuine they are. a really tremendous show and i highly recommend ppl try to catch them if they're able.

Mordy, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

of 500 or 1000*

Mordy, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Great. I have enjoyed all their appearances near me, and I agree with your take on them.

So a booking agent told me that no one in the Washington DC area would pay Mbongwana Star what their manager wants for this tour, so no gig here. They had played Washington DC last summer, and we get lots of traveling African acts most of the time(plus some of those acts record NPR Tiny Desk shows here and appear on Voice of America's Music Time in Africa program that is also based in DC) . So it looks like they are just coming over for a week and doing 4 gigs-- NY, Cambridge, Chicago and Minneapolis

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Its a tough time now to tour in US too. Getting visas approved, promoters and halls with money issues, trying to get media attention...

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

That looks like a nice gig.

So I saw Ballake Sissoko, Malian kora player, with Vincent Segal, French cello player, last night. They've been doing duet shows on and off for years and have 2 albums together. Mostly pretty, beautiful sounds led by the harp-like kora. Sometimes Segal used his fingers instead of the bow on the cello and it got noisier or jazzier. Pleasant and contemplative for the most part.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 March 2017 16:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Saw Cote D'Ivoire's Dobet Gnahore and band Saturday night. Fun if uneven gig and not as good as a gig of hers I saw a few years back. She sounded best when stretching out her vocals powerfully over West African grooves (& sometimes adding percussion herself), and on some ballads; but occasionally her band instead played clunky pop-rock instrumentation with arena-like formulaic drum set action and generic guitar solos (from her husband a France born guitarist who has studied West African guitar methods in Africa).

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

She is a great dancer though, and is charismatic and did her best to communicate with the crowd in between songs in English, French and more. For an encore, a number of women joined her onstage to dance, soon followed by a mix of women and men.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink


Mordy, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Israeli metal!

So I saw Noura Mint Seymali and band tonight for free near DC. 4th time I think I have seen them. I can see how her voice is an acquired taste for some (despite its range and power) but am not sure how anyone can resist her husband/guitarist cool sounds from his specially tuned axe. What a great band.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 04:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

one thing i wondered is the kind of stress that her singing puts on her voice. she was coughing throughout the show (away from the mic during non-vocal parts - like it didn't interrupt her singing) and i was wondering if she had a cold (which would've made her vocal performance all the more impressive tbh) or whether that kind of singing takes a toll on your chords.

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 04:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not much coughing last night. Her voice sounded rough on the first song, she drank some water and then no problems the rest of the night. But yes she really works that voice.

A nice size crowd last night but still plenty of empty seats. After years of seeing African shows in the DC area, I know that promoters should contact local D.C. based African embassies and do street team drop-offs of flyers at international markets, in addition to trying to get crossover online coverage etc, but alas, they don't always do all of that or have the time, money and people. Although there are less folks from Mauritania here then from other locales...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 19:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I just listened to last year's album by the Sahra Halgan Trio. I really like it: a take on desert guitar blues by a group from Somaliland. Pleasant voice, memorable hooks, nice guitar licks.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 10 March 2017 16:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I still need to check that out plus this one :

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Sahra Halgan Trio is currently the only artist from Somaliland in the field of world music

The only one! Oy veh. To everyone else there, world music is Drake or Ed Sheeran I think

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:51 (one week ago) Permalink

Locked up and later deported because they said they were going to do gigs just as promo and not get paid, but venues had a ticket price. Oh no.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Awa Poulo mentioned upthread did not wow me. I liked some of the female vocals, but this traditional sounding outfit's rhythms did not always work for me.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 March 2017 13:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Congo's Bolia BM Matunda on first US tour. He's kinda more afropop club music for the other thread, but he has some old-school Congolese flavoring. A colleague previewed his US/DC debut that is on Saturday (likely starting way past midnight no matter what link says)

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 March 2017 15:24 (one week ago) Permalink

Hamid El Kasri and band (a maalem, a master musician in the gnawa Afro-Islamic spiritual tradition from Morocco) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on Saturday in W. DC (and streamed live from the K. Ctr website and on FB, plus video archived.

Kasri and company were in NY Thursday/last night and are at the New School there tonight Friday, and in Brooklyn on Sunday.

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 March 2017 20:54 (one week ago) Permalink

That link is about a Moroccan group that was denied entry to the US.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 March 2017 19:54 (one week ago) Permalink

Hamid El Kasri and band (a maalem, a master musician in the gnawa Afro-Islamic spiritual tradition from Morocco) for free from 6 to 7 at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on Saturday in W. DC (and streamed live from the K. Ctr website and on FB, plus video archived.

sounding great right now

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 March 2017 22:29 (one week ago) Permalink

They brought out some other musicians near the end to join them...good stuff

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 March 2017 23:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Saw the 2016 Lutz Gregor directed movie "Mali Blues" at the DC African Film Festival. It is now showing at various North American movie fests over the next few months (and I do not believe is streaming online anywhere yet). The movie ambitiously tries to cover 4 different Malian musicians, plus addressing the political climate there with the dangers in the north when extremists banned music, as well as serving a visual travelogue of the various economic conditions in different parts of the country. The main focus is on charismatic singer/guitarist Fatoumata Diawara who has just moved back to Mali. We see her collaborate with Tuareg band leader Ahmed Ag Kaedi, and we also see him perform solo and express his desire to move back north from Bamako even though he was threatened by extremists who destroyed whatever equipment of his that he had not hidden well enough. The movie also shows wonderful Ngoni player and traditional Griot Bassekou Kouyaté, and street rapper Master Soumy. After the fact I read a review suggesting that the movie in trying to do it all, did not do anything very well. I think that's a little too harsh, and while the film did leave out some issues that should have been fleshed out, I enjoyed its attempt to do so much.

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 March 2017 15:42 (six days 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 (yesterday) Permalink

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