Return of the World Music Thread: 2012

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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.

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

Mali remains a mess:

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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

Actually her tour starts in April

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

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

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:47 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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:

― 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 (five years ago) Permalink

anybody heard this Janka Nabay album?
about to check out his previous EP on spotify

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

No but his Sierra Leone music looks worth checking out.

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

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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

this Bola album that Awesome Tapes from Africa put out is really great: It's on spotify.

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

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

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

CBS tv 60 Minutes story on Kinshasa orchestra

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

A feature on Sahrawi music.

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

Liking this Karantamba album a whole lot:

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 (five years ago) Permalink

This album is not available in the United States :(

Mordy, Friday, 13 April 2012 18:39 (five 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.

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

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

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

Don't know.

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

new Khaira Arby ep coming out, and she is touring the US now through May

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Just had the displeasure of reviewing a Songlines Music Awards compilation CD. For a 'world music' release it sure has got a lot of Americans/Western Europeans on it. Does the best the world have to offer in 'world' music really, genuinely include the Kronos Quartet, TV On The Radio, Ry Cooder and Abigail Washburn?

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 21:16 (five years ago) Permalink

"World" music made the transition to encompass roots, bluegrass, global classical and multiculti rock a long time ago; broader net to trawl with.
it's always been a bullshit distinction tbqh

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Caught some of Seun Kuti (and his great band and butt-shaking dancers); Cheikh Lo; and more at Jazzfest in New Orleans. Great stuff. Lo has a more relaxed approached, but I like his laidback Afro-Cuban influenced percussion work on some cuts.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:41 (four years ago) Permalink

When I was at Global Rhythm my argument was always, "America's part of the world, too."

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

is kinda seems sometimes like half of the musicians making world music* are either a Kuti or a Toure

*that gets attention in the United States

Mordy, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Nah, there's only like three Kutis; there are about 4500 Diabates.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:51 (four years ago) Permalink

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 1 May 2012 15:34 (four years ago) Permalink

a quick email interview with Mali's Khaira Arby

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 17:05 (four years ago) Permalink

9: Clair de Lune - Claude Debussy
10: Lady In Red - Kurt Darren

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:21 (four years ago) Permalink

When I was at Global Rhythm my argument was always, "America's part of the world, too."

I'm not that uptight that I would have mentioned it if it was only one or two Western or partially Westernised acts but it's a sizeable proportion.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Friday, 4 May 2012 05:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I got some Haitian voodoo and rara discs from a friend who just came back from there. He met a rara band on the street entirely made up of women-- apparently a rarer thing-- called Rara Fanm.

poxen, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Nice. Non-rara, old-school Haitian funky konpa band Tabou Combo is doing some gigs in NYC and DC this month, as are Skah Shah and another group whose name I forget.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:42 (four years ago) Permalink

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