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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-malibre82r0go-20120328,0,662166.story

Malian junta says they will allow elections

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Evan Hill, an Al Jazeera English online producer, offered some direction for balanced coverage. "For news from #Mali follow @presidencemali and @martinvogl," he tweeted. Martin Vogl, a Bamako-based freelance journalist, was reporting for the BBC and other news outlets and became an authoritative source for international media.

http://cpj.org/blog/2012/03/with-mali-coup-quiet-corner-of-africa-generates-no.php

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Reuters) - Jets carrying West African presidents for a meeting with Mali's new military leaders were forced to turn back mid-flight on Thursday after hundreds of supporters of last week's coup invaded Bamako's main runway.

An official from regional bloc ECOWAS said the meeting, aimed at pressuring coup leaders to swiftly restore constitutional rule after they ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure, could be rescheduled for Friday if security allowed.

"It was called off after the junta allowed demonstrators onto the tarmac," the official said, asking not to be named. "Understandably this created a security scare forcing the heads of state to suspend their arrival."

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 March 2012 18:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Upcoming Washington DC gigs I can see (and some day I will finally check out various locally based African djs and locally based Nigerian guitarist Jacob Nguni and his band):

Tues. 4-10-Bombino at DC 9- Tuareg guitarist and band return to DC

Wed. 4-11-Cheikh Lo- sometimes subdued but always interesting Senegalese guitarist at Lisner

Thurs. 4-12- Idan Raichel with Vieux Farka Toure at the Hamilton

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 March 2012 18:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

african music has become my favorite kind lately, though i'm not sure exactly how this happened

― Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, March 20, 2012 4:

I've been meaning to post in this thread for a while cuz I'm looking for expert advice and pointers. Help me out, y'all! I love a lot of African music, but am terribly ignorant about it, by and large. I think some of the first contemporary African music I heard and loved (after comps like Indestructible Beat of Soweto in the 80s) were the Ali Farka Toure albums Rhe River and The Source, back in the early 90s. I didn't, however, like the Ry Cooder-produced follow, up, Talking Timbuktu, so I kind of lost the thread at that point.

In 2001 I was blown away by Konono No. 1's Congotronics LP. Loved the thick, raw, distorted sound of it, both propulsive and hypnotic. That got me looking for similar stuff, and though I haven't found a ton of it, I have in recent years liked Moa Anbessa, Getachew Mekuria's collaborative album with Dutch postpunk group The Ex (honestly one of my favorite albums of the last decade), albums by Group Doueh and others on Sublime Frequencies, and some of the contemporary African music that labels like Sahel and Mississippi Records have been releasing recently: for instance Music from Saharan Cell Phones and Agali Ag Amoumime's Takamba. Ideally stuff that's a bit rough around the edges, not too heavily gentrified. In defense of that cell phone comp:

http://soundcloud.com/sofa-records-shop/kaba-blon-moriba-yassa

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Saturday, 31 March 2012 18:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Contenderizer -

If you liked Konono No. 1, dig up a copy of the Maleem Mahmoud Ghania album Trance of Seven Colors, with Pharoah Sanders, from 1994. Out of print, but totally worth a download. Buzzing, bass-heavy roars and clatter from the Gnawa musicians, with Sanders absolutely ripping his horn apart over the top of it all.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 1 April 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

wow, thanks 誤訳侮辱, that sounds amazing. <3 pharoah sanders, so...

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Sunday, 1 April 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish Sublime Frequencies acts would come to the Washington DC area. This, I think they are Turkish band is not:

http://www.sublimefrequencies.com/tour/HavAle.html

Hayvanlar Alemi
European tour

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

Another Sublime Frequencies act on Saturday April 7:

Aquarius Records & Sublime Frequencies are pleased to present legendary Turkish musician
ERKIN KORAY in person at AQ records, SF.

In his first and only promotional event within America to date, Mr Koray will be visiting Aquarius HQ to meet fans, and sign copies of his recent Sublime Frequencies release Meçhul – Singles & Rarities.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

contenderizer, you might like this record that a friend of mine put together with a variety of musicians in Ghana: http://bawkuwestcollective.bandcamp.com/

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Contenderizer -

If you liked Konono No. 1, dig up a copy of the Maleem Mahmoud Ghania album Trance of Seven Colors, with Pharoah Sanders, from 1994. Out of print, but totally worth a download. Buzzing, bass-heavy roars and clatter from the Gnawa musicians, with Sanders absolutely ripping his horn apart over the top of it all.

― 誤訳侮辱, Sunday, April 1, 2012 12:52 PM (3 days ago) Bookmark

agreeee this album is SO GOOD
also, OOH, erkin koray irl!! wow.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 05:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

I once emailed Sublime frequencies folks about getting their acts to come through my neck of the woods, and they emailed back that they were trying, or something like that--but none of 'em ever do. Wah wah wah. :(

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 April 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is as good a thread as any to rep for the new release by my favorite "psychedelic Macedonian" band, The Reptile Palace Orchestra. (They're from Madison, Wisconsin, hence the pun in the title Songs and Dances of Madisonia. Fans of, say, Natacha Atlas, may enjoy this.

http://soundcloud.com/beeftone/reptile-palace-orchestra/

On the sidelines in a trash can grumping (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mali remains a mess:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/west-african-generals-meet-to-hash-out-military-plan-for-intervening-after-mali-coup/2012/04/05/gIQATE6BxS_story_1.html

The imposition of Sharia has worried analysts and country watchers. Besides Timbuktu, the Ansar Dine faction is accused of destroying bars in Gao and Kidal, and of forcing shopkeepers there to take down pictures of unveiled women.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 April 2012 19:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Malian Khaira Arby is scheduled to be touring North America in May

Plus she just released a new song:

By chance, Khaira Arby was at work in a Bamako recording studio when the news broke that a coup was in progress, in the streets right outside the door. No stranger to socio-political issues, Khaira Arby was eager to work on a new song to talk about what was going on. Together with two other internationally recognized Malian music stars, Vieux Farka Toure and Bassekou Kouyate ( as well as the studio team, the Mali Allstars, put together by producer Joe Conte), this new plea for peace was born.

that's from rock, paper, scissors publicists

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 April 2012 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

Actually her tour starts in April

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 April 2012 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

So I went to an event last night at the Bati Restaurant & Lounge honoring Ethiopian singer Bezawork Asfaw. Had never heard of her before, but am now eager to learn more. Plus I discovered that Ethiopian great Mahmoud Ahmed lives near me, and that Bati apparently has a great band on Friday and Saturday nights, often with a woman singer.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 14:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

fuck, Mali is a bit of a mess now, huh?

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's so sad. I have never been there, but I met some Malians when the country was showcased at the Smithsonian Folklife festival in Washington some years back, and I have seen and heard so much great music from there. Between the militant Tuaregs back from Libya in the North to the military coup in the South, it just seems like well-armed troublemakers are brutally running the place now.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 14:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

god, those are the worst
brutal regimes can all go eat a huge cannonball.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

Contenderizer -

If you liked Konono No. 1, dig up a copy of the Maleem Mahmoud Ghania album Trance of Seven Colors, with Pharoah Sanders, from 1994. Out of print, but totally worth a download. Buzzing, bass-heavy roars and clatter from the Gnawa musicians, with Sanders absolutely ripping his horn apart over the top of it all.

― 誤訳侮辱, Sunday, April 1, 2012 10:52 AM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

contenderizer, you might like this record that a friend of mine put together with a variety of musicians in Ghana: http://bawkuwestcollective.bandcamp.com/

― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:30 AM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thanks so much, folks! LOVE trance of seven colors and am just now checking out bawku west collective - nice!

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

anybody heard this Janka Nabay album? http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16472-an-letah/.
about to check out his previous EP on spotify

rob, Friday, 6 April 2012 16:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

No but his Sierra Leone music looks worth checking out.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://blog.afropop.org/2012/04/tinariwen-mali-and-failure-of-western.html

Not crazy about this piece. The writers don't offer enough specifics. But some of it is true

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

not sure I really understood the point of that piece? tonally, they sound really pissed, but the point seems to be "music journalists should talk about Tinariwen's political context better." that's fine, but i agree that they should call out examples if they want to make their point clear.

the Nabay EP on spotify is pretty good. sort of a melange of a super laid back Fela vocals (political talk with trademark female singer backing chorus), slower Shangaan music, and then the last track is like an updated Juju-style King Sunny Ade.

rob, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

bc when the entire western media + world is ignoring your humanitarian crisis, def take shots at the one tiny niche group of westerners paying attention

Mordy, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Awwww, I was gonna go to this:
Unfortunately, due to unavoidable challenges, we have had to cancel the Wednesday, April 11 Cheikh Lo concert. We remain hopeful that we will be able to bring Mr. Lo and his band back to the area in the near future.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

the rest of the tour is still on I think. He was just booked into too big a hall in DC I think

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 April 2012 23:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

this Bola album that Awesome Tapes from Africa put out is really great: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/bola-volume-7. It's on spotify.

rob, Monday, 9 April 2012 02:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

Need to check that out. I see Spin and others like it

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

CBS tv 60 Minutes story on Kinshasa orchestra

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504803_162-57410244-10391709/producer-finds-musical-sweet-spot-in-the-congo/

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 15:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

A feature on Sahrawi music.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Friday, 13 April 2012 12:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Liking this Karantamba album a whole lot:
http://open.spotify.com/album/4kAlAPW9owLaq2SwOPWhI2

This is really great! Feel I'm going to play it a lot this summer...

You always tell me: "Perhacs Perhacs Perhacs" (seandalai), Friday, 13 April 2012 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

This album is not available in the United States :(

Mordy, Friday, 13 April 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

Nice interview piece in the NY Times with Amadou & Mariam. Cynical me assumed that the American indie-rockers on the album were chosen only for marketing purposes. In fact, while they did consciously decide to include American musicians to raise their profile here, they picked musicians they had been on bills with and who mostly had some familiarity and interest in playing with them. The album was originally supposed to be a double cd, with one disc with the Americans, and one all-African one, but the decision was ultimately made to combine them. I still need to listen to the album some more. Just listened to it once.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/arts/music/amadou-mariam-aim-to-expand-audience-with-folila.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 April 2012 14:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

NY Times on Mali:

Despite promises of a return to democracy, soldiers seized a former prime minister, a former finance minister and at least three others, opposition figures said.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

^thanks for posting that. Nice to see them acknowledge the problems with the first post and to clarify what exactly they thought was lacking

rob, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the response seemed far better thought out than the original post.

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 01:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wow, a Sublime Frequencies artist is actually coming to Washington DC. Syrian Omar Souleyman is going to be at the 930 Club with Dengue Fever Wednesday June 6. Maybe's he's coming your way too.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

he's a good show; I'd like to see him in a smaller venue sometime.

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

He's playing Webster Hall in NYC on Monday June 4 and he's in Vancouver at the end of May.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

He's on a bill with Dengue Fever for the NYC show too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

i much prefer DF to omar, do they have a new album?

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't know.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Going to New Orleans for 1st weekend of Jazzfest. Cheikh Lo and Seun Kuti are on the bill.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink


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