We already have an African music thread, but I want this one to concentrate on the various dance styles that have been emerging more recently. I don't know a great deal about it beyond things like DJ Mujava's Kwaito stuff and the Shangaan Electro compilation, but I'd def like to know more. What do you know?
― Evil Eau (dog latin), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 08:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
I know that I will watch this thread with great interest! You've heard the Ayobaness! comp, right? And I recently mentioned the Township Funk comp on the African thread. it hasn't arrived yet, but I will report back. This video is pretty amazing (maybe more so than the actual song?):
― rob, Tuesday, 10 May 2011 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink
Rolling African Music 2011 Thread
There was some discussion here(and on the prior years Rolling African and "World" music threads)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 May 2011 16:53 (2 years ago) Permalink
I've just got hold of Ayobaness! It's excellent all the way through. Also just received the Club Secousse comp which I haven't dipped into yet.
Anyone know much about how these styles get formed? I'm kind of fascinated how similar Shangaan dancing is to footwork - and as they're both very fast and frenetic styles of music (160-180bpm) it's almost as one were watching the other, but somehow I doubt it. I think there's something more at work here, but what?
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
that video is... wow!
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Saturday, 14 May 2011 16:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
No idea if there's a genuine connection between footwork and Shangaan stuff (it seems close to impossible that the Shangaan dancers would know about footwork but I'm not sure about the other direction...?), but this is a pretty good article on the origins of Shangaan "electro."
I haven't even heard the whole thing yet, but the Township Funk comp is pretty great so far. I really love this one:
― rob, Saturday, 14 May 2011 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
Is Township Funk out yet, or did you get pre-release?
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Sunday, 15 May 2011 02:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
I think it came out last fall but doesn't seem to have been distributed outside the UK and I couldn't find any reviews of it anywhere. I ordered it through a British seller on Amazon. On thing that wasn't entirely clear is that the CD is a mix, so if you want each discrete track at full length you might just want to get it in mp3 form (in fact, at least on Amazon, if you buy the mp3 album you get each track plus the 70 min. mix). I listened to the whole thing last night and if you like Ayobaness, I think you'll be into it--fewer of the songs are as conspicuously South African-sounding as on Ayobaness (and there are a couple of overlaps), but it worked as a great house mix with some really outstanding songs.
― rob, Sunday, 15 May 2011 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
Hey I checked out Spoek Mathambo's album, on the back of that Control cover, and from what I've heard so far it's bloody excellent!
Because I like mixing and compiling things myself, I'm not so keen on DJ mixed tracks, but I'll look out for the Township comp.
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:39 (2 years ago) Permalink
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Tuesday, 17 May 2011 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
oh man, I have to upgrade my recommendation for that Township Funk comp after getting to listen to it closely (completely understand about the mix thing--I was a little irritated though it is competently mixed), there are some amazing songs on it:
Been meaning to check out more Mathambo, ty for the link.
― rob, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
The Township Funk comp is rocking my world right now.
― The Reverend, Saturday, 21 May 2011 05:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
Will buy it today if I see it in london
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Saturday, 21 May 2011 12:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
The Spoek Mathambo record is really great, one of my overall favorites from last year.
― Doctor Madame Frances Experimento LLC (SNM), Sunday, 22 May 2011 01:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
Didn't find it. Got hessle audio comp instead :-/
― broodje kroket (dog latin), Sunday, 22 May 2011 08:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
Ok, and now I listened to the Ayobaness comp and that's even better.
― The Reverend, Sunday, 22 May 2011 10:01 (2 years ago) Permalink
Got the Township Funk because of this thread. So far, it's phenomenal!
― Doctor Madame Frances Experimento LLC (SNM), Sunday, 22 May 2011 18:47 (2 years ago) Permalink
Tim F mentioned this Ame collaboration on another thread. Thought it might interest anyone following this thread:
Version 2 might actually be the better one.
― rob, Monday, 6 June 2011 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anybody keeping up on dance music from anywhere in Africa?
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 November 2011 06:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
haven't been keeping up with kuduro as much as i used to, but this site used to be one of my main sources :
^^ it's not updated since october, but if you find anything by os lambas it's worth downloading.
recently i've been digging this :
― rusty_allen, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:38 (1 year ago) Permalink
^^ and here you can listen to the mixtape from dj's di ghetto (a collective of lisbon producers including dj marfox, dj nervoso, etc.)
― rusty_allen, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
Dj Tsoro is doing some mad decent deep house at the moment but I cAn't find a link.
― I want your nose, your shoes and your unicycle (dog latin), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
ha, love that "I don't know" chorus, ra (presuming I'm not mishearing that). will definitely check out that mixtape too.
DL, is this who you're talking about:
― rob, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
― the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
the track they mentioned that's on the Fader is really nice: http://www.thefader.com/2012/01/23/chief-boima-f-sorie-kondi-without-money-no-family-mp3/
― rob, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 18:36 (1 year ago) Permalink
just reposting Fader links on this thread I guess, but this Kenyan hip-hop song is great: http://soundcloud.com/fadermedia/wazushi-and-yome-via
― rob, Thursday, 23 February 2012 02:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
just got hold of the Shangaan Shake compilation, but I left my headphones at home ARRGH!
― Alexandre Dumbass (dog latin), Thursday, 1 March 2012 10:35 (1 year ago) Permalink
it is kinda dud that everyone on shangaan shake did the same few tracks ... mostly as far as i can tell the first two from shangaan electro?
tbf the original comp does have a "riddim album" type of vibe to it but it seems like they could have dug a little deeper? or maybe they only licensed a couple of the tracks for remixes? then why not put those tracks together on the same singles?
― the late great, Saturday, 31 March 2012 18:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
also why didn't they credit the sources the way you traditionally would on a remix?
― the late great, Saturday, 31 March 2012 18:42 (1 year ago) Permalink
my copy credits them as "(remixer) meets (artist)" for some tracks and "(remixer) meets Shangaan Electro" for others. idk, but I guessed the latter tracks sampled/used more than one track off the original comp?
― rob, Saturday, 31 March 2012 21:15 (1 year ago) Permalink
ritchaz y keky (formerly ritchaz e keké) are a lisbon based funana/kizomba/zouk duo - with origins in cape verde. they've been silent for some time, but they have recently uploaded some new tracks on soundloud - 'n'kre toca dento bo' is amazing. really looking fwd for their in lisbon gig tomorrow.
― rusty_allen, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:25 (1 year ago) Permalink
also, dj marfox has made a stunning mix for portuguese fact magazine - mostly of his own tunes. it's no longer availabe on their website, but you can still hear it here : http://www.mixcloud.com/FACTpt/fact-pt-mix-051-dj-marfox/
― rusty_allen, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:28 (1 year ago) Permalink
xp : *for their gig in lisbon tomorrow
― rusty_allen, Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:29 (1 year ago) Permalink
My interview with Spoek Mathambo: http://thequietus.com/articles/08689-spoek-mathambo-interview-father-creeper
― Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Thursday, 3 May 2012 08:55 (1 year ago) Permalink
He's coming to Washington DC and I suspect elsewhere in North America this summer
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 13:17 (1 year ago) Permalink
Afrobeats mix in the UK by DJ Abrantees
"See I like Beyoncé, but she dey with Jigga / I like Nicki, her yansh is bigger..." // D'BANJ - OLIVER TWIST // afrobeats in the charts
Maybe I need to start looking at Dissensus again-- discussed there and here
suppose i was referring to a few people on the dissensus afrobeats thread, which quite depressingly turned into a moanfest about lumping together Naija, Hiplife, Boomba, kuduro etc, thereby misrepresenting these distinct musical styles/traditions etc...i suppose they have a point but slagging Abrantee seemed a bit cynical to me, he's doing a lot to promote this music.
― Benny B, Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 PM (1 hour ago
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Return of the World Music Thread: 2012
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 13:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
striking SA rap:
― rob, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
Anyone heard of this guy?
Saturday 7/21: Lost Society w/ DJ Cortega ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My good friend DJ Cortega, who throughs the Electrafrique party in Nairobi, Kenya, will be joining me this week for my Saturday residency at Lost Society. Cortega has made quite a name for himself in his city and is sure to bring his signature style of blending classic US house with the contemporary sounds that have given dance music its own voice in the African continent.
Lost Society2001 14th St NW WDC 2000910PM /// 21+ /// No Cover
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 July 2012 18:40 (11 months ago) Permalink
haven't heard of him. still need to check out lost society, maybe.
trailer for a film coming out "the african cypher"
― fauxmarc, Thursday, 19 July 2012 19:11 (11 months ago) Permalink
x-post -- found his website --
Hailing from Switzerland, Cortega has built a solid DJ reputation on the Afrobeat and House scenes in Washington, DC and New York since 2005.
Cortega now tours globally with his ELECTRAFRIQUE party, which blends new African electro such as Coupé Décalé, Mzansi house, Kwaito and Kuduro, with deep and soulful House from all over, infused with African rhythms. The latest Nairobi editions have seen him partner with local Electrique DJ duo (B-DJ and Somi) and some of Kenya’s hottest live musicians such as Eddie Grey (guitar), Wendy Kimani (vocals) and Chalo Tee (drums).
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 July 2012 19:21 (11 months ago) Permalink
these are 2 best mixes i've heard this year :
^^ from akwaaba. some late night moods straight from luanda.
^^ unstoppable rhythm frenzy from lisbon's finest kuduro producer.
― rusty_allen, Friday, 20 July 2012 00:13 (11 months ago) Permalink
ooh, this Luanda mix is nice. rusty you might like this SA mixtape: http://www.okayafrica.com/2012/07/18/jumping-back-slash-the-uhambo-mixtape/
― rob, Friday, 20 July 2012 03:32 (11 months ago) Permalink
^^ thx alot rob, that looks promising. will check soon.
that luanda mix is making my life atm. i've always been keeping an eye on dance music from angola, but everything seemed to veer either to the rhythmic onlsaught of kuduro or to the mellower side of kizomba and tarrachinha. this is the first time i came across an unbeatable mix focusing on a deeper / late night mood kind of vibe.
― rusty_allen, Friday, 20 July 2012 16:09 (11 months ago) Permalink
also, speaking of marfox, sherburne wrote a piece about the mix i linked above for spin : http://www.spin.com/#blogs/dj-marfoxs-hypnotic-hard-assed-dance-mix
on a personal note, i'm going to write a piece for a portuguese website about some of the freshest producers from the suburbs - the ghetto so to speak, mostly from an area/hood called quinta do mocho - of lisbon. household names like dj marfox and dj nervoso, but also the "new generation" of kids like dj firmeza, dj maboku and dj liofox...
― rusty_allen, Friday, 20 July 2012 16:15 (11 months ago) Permalink
yeah, been meaning to listen to that Marfox mix since seeing the Spin post. if you feel like translating that piece into English, i would love to read it. I think living in a not particularly urban part of the US has hampered my getting into kuduro, so would love to get some context.
― rob, Friday, 20 July 2012 16:30 (11 months ago) Permalink
^^ that piece is being written quite slowly. next week i'll make a visit to one those "ghettos" to interview some of those kids - looking fwd to that. i'll probably only finish it sometime around september - if i have the time, i'll definitely translate it ;)
― rusty_allen, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:26 (10 months ago) Permalink
Fader blog post on RubyGold, who sings the first track on that great Luanda mix: http://www.thefader.com/2012/08/08/lungu-lungu-ruby-gold-brings-substance/
this has really become one of my favorite songs this summer:
― rob, Friday, 10 August 2012 21:10 (10 months ago) Permalink
a friend of mine was just over in ghana, he's putting up lots of dope videos and worked on this song:
― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 10 August 2012 21:16 (10 months ago) Permalink
xp: that monotone track is great. also loving the 'teka munike' track with revolution.
― rusty_allen, Monday, 20 August 2012 17:20 (10 months ago) Permalink
this isn't exactly new but i've been digging the eerie production on this one :
^^ dude was part of dj's di ghetto - the same crew of marfox and nervoso among others. looks like he's been producing for d. pinkstar atm.
― rusty_allen, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 02:21 (9 months ago) Permalink
oh, I like that a whole hell of a lot, more please!
― rob, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 03:24 (9 months ago) Permalink
yeah i like that
― "Batshit crazy," the foam clog tycoon said. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 22 August 2012 03:49 (9 months ago) Permalink
on a not exactly related note, dj znobia - which can be seen as the main influence to all of those rising producers from portugal and angola - is now giving loads of his tracks on soundcloud : http://soundcloud.com/dj-znobia
^^ most of them are early to mid noughties tunes that were virtually impossible to find nowadays. 'dança da mãe' is an absolute classic and i'd recommend the 'set de kuduro 2003' to get a glimpse of kuduro - instrumental wise - in its formative years, right after the end of the civil war.
― rusty_allen, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 04:13 (9 months ago) Permalink
― This Is... The Police (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 September 2012 01:18 (8 months ago) Permalink
opened up for janka nabay last night, his band is pretty killing. definitely worth catching.
― have a sandwich or ice cream sandwich (Jordan), Wednesday, 26 September 2012 16:05 (8 months ago) Permalink
still need to check these afropopworldwide podcasts out-
HIP DEEP ANGOLA PART TWO is up, with the unwieldy title of 21st CENTURY URBAN ANGOLA: KIZOMBA, KUDURO, AFRO-HOUSE, AND BEYOND.
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― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:44 (7 months ago) Permalink
African dance music of yore, so much fun:
― scintilla (seandalai), Thursday, 2 May 2013 00:34 (1 month ago) Permalink
He is always digging up great stuff
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 May 2013 15:37 (1 month ago) Permalink