Return of the World Music Thread: 2012

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After a year's absence, the world music thread returns in time for the end of the world. Or not.

I don't want to problematize "world music" (but the rest of you are welcome to do so), I just want a place to talk about some Uzbek music I actually like, or to discover some African house that I unexpectedly enjoy.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 03:03 (five years ago) Permalink

What Uzbek music are you listening to? I was posting some Shashmaqam + ritual Uzbek tracks to Outloud the other day...

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I was just using that as an example (I think the fact that it was hypothetical got lost in my editing), but there was something on an EOY list that I wanted to check out further (I forget the name, but I will probably get back to it at some point). This was traditional, but the vocal style wasn't as severe as most/all classically oriented Uzbek music I've heard. There's a real severe, restricted sounding classical vocal style I've never been able to enjoy. It's certainly virtuosic, but offputting.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:08 (five years ago) Permalink

So should this be the thread for African guitar music and reissues also, or should I start a separate one?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:09 (five years ago) Permalink

You can include that here, but if you want to start another separate African music thread, that's fine with me too. I realize last year I advised against a world music thread and now this year I'm starting one, but I realized that I should probably try to pay at least some attention to generic "world music." I'm sure I'm missing things by not doing so, even if the things I would like are few and far between.

And that Uzbek album was: Sevara Nazarkhan - Tortadur

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I really wanted to like Uzbek music at one point, because I was very enthusiastic about their textiles. I still have a nice, if rustic, suzani on my wall.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 04:15 (five years ago) Permalink

That Nazarkhan album (two apparently from last year) is really nice

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 05:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Also I vote for African stuff in here

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 05:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Okayafrica’s Top 11 Music Videos of 2011

Art Melody “L’ébène Est Dans Le Noir”

Nneka “My Home”

Just A Band “Kichwateli”

Tinariwen & TV On The Radio “Tenere Taqqim Tossam”

Spoek Mathambo “Control”

Blitz The Ambassador “Native Sun”

Lexxus Legal ft. Leslyman “Fauchés”

Buraka Som Sistema “Hangover (BaBaBa)”

Mo Kolours “Biddies”

Die Antwoord “Fok Julle Naaiers”

Ruffest “Siyabenzela”

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 05:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone see Ethiopian singer Aster Aweke on her current US tour? It was a home with family night for me, so I missed her W. DC gig. I like her newest song posted on her Facebook page

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 16:31 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16387629

BBC News Africa
2 January 2012 Last updated at 19:15 ET
Youssou N'Dour announces Senegal presidential bid

Musician Youssou N'Dour has announced he is running in February's presidential elections in Senegal.

"I have listened... and I am responding favourably," Mr N'Dour said on his own TV network, referring to requests that he put himself forward, AFP reports.

Mr N'Dour will run against incumbent Abdoulaye Wade, who is seeking a controversial third term.

Mr Wade's bid and changes he proposed to the constitution have prompted widespread unrest in recent months.

Senegal is seen as one of the most democratic and stable countries in West Africa - it is the only country in the region never to have experienced a military coup.

However, tension is rising ahead of the election and one prominent politician has been charged with murder.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 20:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I spent a week in Uzbekistan maybe a dozen years ago or so. I can say for certain the worst Uzbek music I heard was when I got stuck auditing some Russian pre-school pageant that involved listening to the Chicken Dance (or Russian/Uzbek equivalent) blasting at top volume for 30 minutes in an echoey gym.

What do people think of Blitz the Ambassador? Or Aurelio? Seen them on at least a couple of year-ends.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I like a song or 2 of Blitz that I have listened to. I was doing a bunch of quick listening to stuff on lists, so I think Blitz is a native tongues style African retro-rapper but I should check youtube again.

I saw Seun Kuti on several lists and listened and thought it was decent enough afrobeat but not top 10 material.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 21:56 (five years ago) Permalink

it's very much like his father's material i thought. to its detriment

Mordy, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 22:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Yep

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 January 2012 22:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Aster Aweke fans on her Facebook site naturally raved about the DC gig. She's in Las Vegas on the 4th and LA on the 7th.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 05:40 (five years ago) Permalink

No Washington Post review of Aster (no mention of her period).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 05:41 (five years ago) Permalink

My Global list:

Lucas Santtana - Sem Nostalgia (Mais Um Discos) - Brazil
Tinariwen - Tassili (Anti-) - Mali
Tamikrest - Toumastin (Glitterhouse) - Mali
Omar Souleyman - Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts (Sublime Frequencies) - Syria
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 - From Africa With Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory) - Nigeria
São Paulo Underground - Tres Cabeças Loucuras (Cuneiform) - U.S./Brazil
Kassin - Sonhando Devagar (Coqueiro Verde) - Brazil
Domenico - Cine Prive (Coqueiro Verde) - Brazil
Marcelo Camelo - Toque Dela (Universal Brazil) - Brazil
Femi Kuti - Africa For Africa (Knitting Factory) - Nigeria
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Cotonou Club (Strut) - Benin
Rômulo Fróes - Um Labirinto em Cada Pé (Livraria Cultura) - Brazil
Cornershop - Cornershop & Double ‘O’ Groove Of (w/ Bubbley Kaur) (Ample Play) - UK/India
Hayvanlar Alemi - Guarana Superpower (Sublime Frequencies) - Turkey
Maria Rita - Elo (Warner Music Latina) - Brazil
Cut Hands - Afro Noise 1 (Susan Lawly/Very Friendly)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Songs From a Zulu Farm (Razor & Tie) - South Africa

A guy at the Reader wrote about the Santtana album in 2009, but it simply was not available anywhere. I wonder if he had just gotten ahold of a pre-release? I didn't get issued on Mais Um Discos 'til this year, but sadly was ignored.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 06:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Nice list. I like that Romulo Froes Brazilian one alot -art-rock samba w/ a hint of Caetano Veloso plus the Afro-funky Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou is great and a bunch of others there as well(Cornershop,Tamikrest)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

So in 2012, what magazines/blogs/etc are giving coverage to new music that are worth reading?

Mordy, Monday, 9 January 2012 00:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Caribbean stuff: http://largeup.okayplayer.com/
Africa: http://www.thefader.com/category/columns/lungu-lungu/
^^wish that had its own RSS
Africa: http://africasacountry.com/category/media/music/

rob, Monday, 9 January 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2012/01/globalfest_webster_hall_january_8_review.php

Did any of you New Yorkers go to this?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 01:06 (five years ago) Permalink

So I was finally listening more to the fall 2011 album Common Ground from Canada-based (although she might be living in NYC now) Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia who is joined on a few cuts by Saharan desert groups Tinariwen and Terakaft. They offer understated but impressive instrumentation.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

http://carmencham.com/

African music(mainly Gambian, Senegalese, and Congolese) blog with youtubes, I just stumbled across--in English, French or German depending on the particular post

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 02:22 (five years ago) Permalink

moroccan rapper locked up

http://allafrica.com/stories/201201101350.html

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 03:00 (five years ago) Permalink

the buraka show was NUTS. how do we make that happen again like tomorrow

― fauxmarc, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 05:01 (9 h

Was home with family and missed this DC gig last night.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Not what I mean by world music, but Tokyo Jihen will disband in the near future.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Here they were (actually this particular Phase I line-up is long gone) being Japanese:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzMuCp8Ku_I

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked what I heard from Tokyo Jihen (whom I heard about from your/Rudiph's postings)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:00 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm also still listening to:

So I was finally listening more to the fall 2011 album Common Ground from Canada-based (although she might be living in NYC now) Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia who is joined on a few cuts by Saharan desert groups Tinariwen and Terakaft. They offer understated but impressive instrumentation.

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:32 PM (

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:02 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4VqYHXwX5Y

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:03 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm listening to old Grupo Niche songs and enjoying it more than most things I've listened to lately, despite having heard some of them hundreds of times.

John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Classic salsa. Joe Arroyo died so young.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I still need to catch up on the latest on some of those blogs listed above.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2012 20:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Tinariwen and Bambino appear to be the African artists who got the most votes in the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critics poll.

My ballot included Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (reunited Benin afro-funk) , Amina Alaoui (Moroccan melancholy crooner), and Romulo Froes (Brazilian art-rock-samba)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I had Tamikrest and Pitom (Tzadik) on my ballot. My only ~world music albums.

Mordy, Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

I almost put Tamikrest on mine. Eliminated them at the last minute.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2012 04:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Some good stuff from Ghana in this Fader column:

http://youtu.be/SR5ItzlDhJc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTJ3bwDIyWc

rob, Friday, 20 January 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

probably old news to people on this thread, but i am currently being blown away by Mulatu Astatke's Mulatu Steps Ahead from a couple years ago. What a great record!

tylerw, Friday, 20 January 2012 23:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Has anyone heard this new bbc comp?
World Routes: On the Road

Looks interesting.

sam500, Saturday, 21 January 2012 18:15 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post -- Mulatu Astatke is great, isn't he...

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2012 17:23 (five years ago) Permalink

is there any way to listen to that thing on my iphone? i've been trying to locate a podcast for it for like half an hour now...

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 05:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Is the podcast link on the bottom of the npr music homepage working?

I need to listen to that mix

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:08 (five years ago) Permalink

the little bit i heard this morning on my laptop before leaving for work was amazing. unfortunately i can't find a way to put it on my iphone and until i can do that, i can only listen in tiny chunks

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

kudos to this guy for amassing such an amazing collection -- and for really having a great sense of what is fantastic about it while curating

Mordy, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

I think an article about him (Ian Nagoski of True Vine Records in Baltimore) made the Da Capo best music crit writing collection

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/13/AR2010081305087.html

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 17:20 (five years ago) Permalink

oh my gosh this 1978 highlife record is just gorgeous:

Augustine Enebeli Olisa (with the Black Arrows)
http://freedomblues.blogspot.com/2012/01/augustine-enebeli-olisa-no-body-knows.html

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Is this the right place to ask about (not necessarily 2012) African dance music? I'd love if someone could school me on hyperactive Ivorian coupé décalé like DJ Arafat:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zFfTuen7EQ

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:40 (five years ago) Permalink

That Berlin-based sometime ilxor could probably school you and me on coupe decale.

Looking at the EMP Pop Conference thread, I noticed several items that should be of interest to folks on this thread, and I realized that I should try to find time to see if I would like Korean K-pop (which is the subject of several folks there).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

K-pop currently being celebrated on the EOY countdown btw.

Angrrau Birds (seandalai), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks.

And others are celebrating an Ethiopian born, Finnish raised singer/songwriter with a ghostly Mazzy Star feel (according to Ned R.)

Mirel Wagner

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2012 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

I keep getting emails about kizomba dance classes and a monthly kizomba dance night. All I know about this genre/dance is that I think it is an Angolan genre with its roots in French Caribbean zouk.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2012 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

There was a thread about it lately:

What kind of music is this?

John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 27 January 2012 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Cool. Thanks, I missed that. Will check it out this weekend.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

So is the title of this year's thread scaring people away from it?

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2012 17:48 (five years ago) Permalink

You know, sometimes I wonder about you.

John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 27 January 2012 17:51 (five years ago) Permalink

How about we lock this one and you start a new one with world written as "whirled" and the magic buzz-word "sublime" in the title. That'll fool 'em.

John Gaw Meme (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 27 January 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I just haven't heard anything in 2012 that I'd consider world music yet! I'm sure I will. Just nothing has shown up on my radar yet.

Mordy, Friday, 27 January 2012 18:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I was referring to a comment by Rob in that kizomba thread about who reads international club dance threads versus ones like this. Nothing worked to enhance contributions so that's why I cut back to the also broad "African " thing last year... Whatever, this is fine Rudiph.

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I posted this in the k-pop thread but no takers -- I'm dying to talk about Crying Nut with anybody....

They're a Korean punk band. Here are a few of the songs I like...

http://open.spotify.com/track/0QJdScYJuZDw0SgICqJpqO
http://open.spotify.com/track/4og6Qix8vofFvC8UdZobEb

http://www.youtube.com/v/NgkSTFbWGPg&fs=1&hl=en

rayuela, Friday, 27 January 2012 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Really not sure where to post this (Summer Jams??? African Dance???) but this is my favourite song today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuHMBze2B84

Wikipedia sez:

Logobi also written in French as Logobie is an urban musical genre accompanied with certain dance moves. It first appeared in Côte d'Ivoire in 1986 and became popularized initially in university campuses in Abidjan. It became an international dance trend that moved to other African countries and eventually continental Europe. The dance is based on Côte d'Ivoire's traditional Zouglou dance with new elements added and sometimes Zouglou and 'logobi are used interchangeably, although zouglou is more ancient whereas logobi is a more modern development.

CJ Fam Club (seandalai), Friday, 27 January 2012 23:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I was referring to a comment by Rob in that kizomba thread

eh, don't listen to me, rusty allen never posted any kuduro to that African dance thread anyway. but I feel you: the dancehall thread has been pretty quiet--maybe it's too cold for tropical sounds.

otoh: nice track, seandalai

rob, Friday, 27 January 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Where did RTC go, who used to post on the dancehall thread?

I missed this last night (yes it was posted in all caps):

CATCH ME TONIGHT FRIDAY 27TH| INTERNATIONAL NIGHT|
AT NECTAR LOUNGE 7926 GEORGIA AVENUE.. RIGHT ON THE DC LINE, ACROSS FROM MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, AND NEXT TO THE 7 ELEVEN GAS STATION. LOT'S OF FREE PARKING AT THE BACK OR ON EASTERN AVENUE.
FREE FOR ALL B4 11PM...
WE PLAY EVERYTHING ZOUK- COUPE DECALE-NDOMBOLO-MAKOSSA-NAIJA-KUDURU-AZONTO-REGGAE DANCEHALL-HIP HOP-HOUSE-TOP 40 AND MORE|LATE MENU| DRINK SPECIALS ALL NIGHT LONG...COME THRU.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I had to look up:

Naija which is Nigerian

Azonto is Ghanaian

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2012 16:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Crying Nut - The beginning of that video on youtube is a bit like that scene from Dovzchenko's Earth and the rest of it has that restless energy on those Goran Bregovic soundtracks, maybe?

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 28 January 2012 17:51 (five years ago) Permalink

curmudgeon, that Sarkodie video i posted upthread is Azonto if you're curious.

rob, Saturday, 28 January 2012 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I am. Thanks. Grrr, meant to catch up on lots of this stuff over the weekend but life got in the way. I did see DC based band Elikeh, whose singer/guitarist/founder is from Togo. He's also fond of Afrobeat.

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 January 2012 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/30/opinion/the-mixtape-of-the-revolution.html

African and Arab rap

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 January 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Cool article -- wish it linked to more than just 3 youtube videos tho...

Mordy, Monday, 30 January 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

afropop.org folks went to Egypt and I think you can find more stuff there.

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 January 2012 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Dovzchenko's Earth
Goran Bregovic soundtracks

i don't know either of these things, but i'll check them out

rayuela, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

just posting this here to remind myself to read them later; two takes on Congolese artist Baloji: http://thequietus.com/articles/07845-baloji-interview-konono-no-1 and http://wayneandwax.com/?p=6175
have to keep an eye on that Afrosonic column on the Quietus; Perry seems to have very specific tastes but that might even be an advantage in some ways

rob, Monday, 30 January 2012 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

baloji is doope btw

Wie wol ich bin der vogel has noch den erfret mich das (forksclovetofu), Monday, 30 January 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post
Cryin Nut remind me a bit of Stiff Little Fingers

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 January 2012 04:25 (five years ago) Permalink

woah, the Baloji w/ Konono is pretty fierce:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUVxhvjc5O0

I was less into the soukous track (at both links), though both videos were pretty great.

rob, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 02:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux has a new album out

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 06:49 (five years ago) Permalink

she is fucking good as well and a pip live.

Wie wol ich bin der vogel has noch den erfret mich das (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:11 (five years ago) Permalink

eh, don't listen to me, rusty allen never posted any kuduro to that African dance thread anyway

^^ been kinda busy. i'll try to post some today.

rusty_allen, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 13:23 (five years ago) Permalink

lol, thanks man, sorry to passive-aggressively force you into doing that

rob, Wednesday, 1 February 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Instead of checking out various stuff on Fader or elsewhere last night, I streamed Brooklyn folkie indie-rock Sharon Van Etten on NPR. Eh, what was I thinking. Saw Red Baraat live recently. Fun horns and percussion combo.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Interesting Wayne and Wax post on Congolese rapper Baloji upthread

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.montrealmirror.com/wp/2012/02/02/cover-melody-mediator/

Ethiopian-American singer Meklit Hadero is gonna be in DC Wednesday. This is an interesting Montreal newspaper piece on her and her various musical directions:

The three of us made a hip hop space opera where we use metaphors of galaxy distances and space travel to talk about diaspora and cultural connection. It’s a really exciting project. We got star sounds from NASA to use in our beats and I’m also playing an electro mix of star sounds on the guitar in live shows.

The next album after that will be a duo collaboration between myself and Quinn DeVeaux. Quinn is a soul singer based in Oakland and we’re doing covers of indie rock and art rock songs, but also some originals. But we are looking at the soul roots of indie rock and art rock. And I’m also working on new songs for my next solo record, which will be more like 2013.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Rolling African Dance / Urban Music Thread

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2012 20:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Got an email regarding kizombo dance lessons, but the time won't work for my schedule (and I am still learning what the Angolan style kizombo is!).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 14:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Pete Margasak list of his 2011 international fave:

http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/01/27/my-last-year-end-music-list-from-2011-i-promise

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

afropop.org has another Egyptian podcast.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 February 2012 14:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Are you New Yorkers going to Rebel NYC

Hot African Music by Hottest African DJs: Pinguiss, Azonto, Ndombolo, Coupe Decale, Nigerian, Zouk, Reggae, Mbalax, Ethiopian, Rumba, Makossa, and more..
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From 11pm to 4am
251 West 30th St, btn 7th and 8th Ave, Manhattan, NY 10001

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http://www.neptix.com/events/3524/

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 February 2012 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink

That's on Fridays.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 February 2012 16:17 (five years ago) Permalink

So both Margasak in the Reader and ILX's fastnbulbous like Brazilian singer/guitarist Marcelo Carmelo.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 February 2012 17:02 (five years ago) Permalink

So much music, so little time to listen these days.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 February 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Hey world music folks, my wife loves this sound way records comp 2cd ghana special, ghanian ” high life”, I'm sure you're familiar..want to get her more in that vein, recommendations?

dave coolier (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 11 February 2012 17:03 (five years ago) Permalink

these are also on soundway so you might already know them: Ghana Soundz 1 and 2 are a little more afrobeat inclined that Ghana Special; Nigeria Special might be my favorite release on soundway. Lagos All Routes and Lagos Chop Up on Honest Jon's are nice and have more highlife type stuff than some other west african 70s comps which tend to go for funk or psych rock stuff.

I don't think it would be too much of a stretch to think she might like the Francophonic and Tabu Ley Rochereau (The Voice of Lightness) comps on Stern's. They're Congolese but I feel like the mood is similar and they're just beautiful.

rob, Saturday, 11 February 2012 17:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks I have nigeria special, did not know they had more ghana ones, will also check out the other suggestions, cheers :)

dave coolier (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:36 (five years ago) Permalink

tabu ley seconded. it's not entirely analogue and sorta remedial matt, but have you done the ethiopiques thing?

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

No I don't know what that is, series or something?

dave coolier (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 12 February 2012 15:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes, Ethiopian music from the 60s and 70s. Some might be more of an acquired taste though (in my opinion)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 February 2012 19:06 (five years ago) Permalink

imo, Ethiopiques #4 is the easiest one to get into first

rob, Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:05 (five years ago) Permalink

oh shit matt, if you haven't done Ethiopiques you've got some joy in store.
4 is mulatu astatke, right? yeah that's a great inroads.
Sadly not on spotify but you can buy or pirate online easily.

little clouds of citrus spritz as i peel (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:45 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah 4 is astatke and is sublime. I'm not sure what's on it, but iirc there's a best-of set too.

rob, Monday, 13 February 2012 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I am still behind on listening to various items highlighted in this thread. I have been listening to Persian singer Homayoun Shajarian (plus rock stuff--Cloud Nothings and old albums from the Jam). Shajarian starts his 6 city US tour in NYC at Town Hall Friday

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 February 2012 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.arabist.net/blog/2011/6/22/sarah-carr-on-amr-haha.html

http://www.egyptindependent.com/node/507531

I am just catching up on DJ HaHa from Egypt who mixes chaabi, hiphop and other electro genres

the 3rd hour podcast from the afropop.org folks on Cairo covers him as well

His name is based on the breathing/words one has to say when the Egyptian police decide to ask you if you have been drinking

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:49 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post

If I wasn't gonna be out of town I would go see Shajarian Sunday the 19th in W. DC; he is also doing shows in NYC, Chicago, LA, Berkeley and Houston

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 February 2012 19:07 (five years ago) Permalink

guitarist Bombino is touring the US again in April. I liked him live on his last US tour

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:21 (five years ago) Permalink

DJ Boima's interesting piece on his stay in Liberia

http://www.theclustermag.com/blog/2012/01/2370/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

digging the Nneka album - Soul is Heavy - now on spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/2y8fPjPCWanp8VbAIycIaT

Mordy, Thursday, 1 March 2012 02:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Questlove is tweeting about her and the pr push is on (plus she's on a North American tour this month)

In honor of her release, Nneka will be performing on BET's 106 & Park this Tuesday, March 6th, performing the track “God Knows Why” with Black Thought and J.Period.

The album is an effortlessly balanced combination of hip-hop beats, reggae grooves, brass riffs and African-pop

I need to check it out

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 March 2012 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Tinariwen are coming back to tour this continent also

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 March 2012 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Nneka's got a little Erykah Badu influence going.

Now I really like the kinda retro Afrop-pop album Zemelewa from Ivorian-American group Zieti. A singer and guitarist from the Ivory Coast teamed up with a guitarist from DC afrobeat band Chopteeth and a drummer plus others. The two Ivory Coast members can't get visas to come to the US (yet?), so the others are gonna be playing at little DC club Bossa on Thursday

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 17:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Still liking the Zieti project--nice mix of retro and current afro-pop. Was exhausted and missed the gig last night with the DC members.

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2012/03/08/how-zieti-got-the-band-back-together/

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 March 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.essakanefilm.com/

movie doc coming soon about the Festival in the Desert

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 March 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Has anybody else heard the new Rodrigo y Gabriela album, on which they're backed by a 13-piece Cuban band? It's pretty hot. There are also some other guests, like Anoushka Shankar and Trio Joubran, but most of it is guitars + horns & percussion. No new pieces, all re-workings of tracks from the last two studio albums, but well worth a listen if you're already a fan.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 11 March 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Not so turned on by Zieti, as much as I like the idea of it.

sean gramophone, Sunday, 11 March 2012 22:01 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post--Not a fan of Rodrigo y Gabriela, but was intrigued when I read that they recorded this in Cuba with Cuban musicians.

Re Zieti, I was hesitant at first, as I'm not a big Chopteeth fan and I am not crazy about the idea that the Chopteeth guitarist stripped out the modern tech sounds created by the Ivory Coast members, but they approved the changes and I like the combination of retro afropop instrumentation and modern Ivorian vocal melodies.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 March 2012 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

rod y gab is worth a listen but it's disappointing to me in that it seems more like a grab at a tour or a nice idea executed rather than a new album

God: Huummm (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 11 March 2012 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Ok, not completely crazy about the flute on that one Zieti song "To Zion," but the singing and the percussion make up for that.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 March 2012 13:54 (five years ago) Permalink

love the Zieti album! it's so highlife'y! my fave world album of the year so far. so breezy sounding + sophisticated.

Mordy, Tuesday, 13 March 2012 03:07 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder why Sean G (upthread) does not like Zieti?

other items of interest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauti_Sol

I wonder if this Kenyan band that's at SxSW is doing other North American shows? Will research more later

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 March 2012 16:25 (five years ago) Permalink

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

Think it's a reissue of an 80s recording. Very hypnotic and slightly murky feeling, but with guitar and horns really shining in places.

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 10:33 (five years ago) Permalink

not available in the states, sadface.

Wesley Crusher: Teenage F#ck Machine (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, that sucks! This is what it sounds like...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQmT89440D8

Feebs K-Tel (NickB), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:11 (five years ago) Permalink

It's good.

Wesley Crusher: Teenage F#ck Machine (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Looks good.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I not wowed though on my first 2 listens by the just released in the US (but out elsewhere for awhile) Karindula Sessions cd on Crammed Discs of Congolese banjo-like Karindula playing and percussion and such. Here's an older review

http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/6538

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:16 (five years ago) Permalink

More stuff worth listening to, I think. Actually listened to a bit of Saharan cell phones one awhile ago

Ali Ag Amoumine - Takamba

― Moka, Sunday, February 12, 2012 12:18 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

hell yeah, this is fantastic. especially like the last track on the LP ("mali") and the sweet, acoustic A side of the single ("amidinine")

― Fozzy Osbourne (contenderizer), Tuesday, March 20, 2012 4:23 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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

music from saharan cell phones - various artists

also on sahel sounds, also from late 2011, technically

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

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:38 (five years ago) Permalink

the context behind the saharan cell phones thing is cooler than the tracks (which are great, but not as great as the story). also, i'm kinda burnt out on tinariwen atm tbh

Mordy, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't like every single track on Saharan Cellphones but I thought the range of styles was really interesting. yeah, some desert blues rock like Tinariwen stuff but also weirder plastic-y electronic tracks too.

rob, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder how the desert bands will be affected by the renewed turmoil through parts of Mali, and certain Tuareg groups fighting to establish their own homeland. There was just an in incident today in Mali's capital of Bamako

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFBRE82K17120120321

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Heavy gunfire has been heard in Bamako and armoured vehicles sealed off the presidential palace.

It follows growing discontent among government troops as the Malian army struggles to contain advancing Tuareg rebels in the north of the country.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17462111

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Earlier this month:

Two members of North African band Tinariwen have cancelled their trip to Wellington due to an escalation in violence in northern Mali where they live.

Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, and vocalist and guitarist Elaga Al Hamid have been unable to make it out of the troubled region as conflict between the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad and the Malian Government worsened in recent days.

The insurgency by MLNA rebels had seen many Malians die in a series of attacks since January, with around 130,000 refugees displaced in the conflict.

Ag Alhabib was now sheltering in a refugee camp near the Algerian border, and unable to get out due to crossfire between the MLNA rebels and the Malian Army, the band's management said.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/culture/arts-festival-2012/6506687/Mali-unrest-prevents-musicians-from-Festival

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Some interesting whirled music presentations and panels at the EMP thing in NYC Thursday night through Sunday. Wish I could have made it up there.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Khaira Arby, Malian diva and her latest US tour:

Concert Schedule:

Thu 4/26 DALLAS, TX Kessler Theater
FRI 4/27 LAFAYETTE, LA Festival Int'l de Louisiane
Sat 4/28 LAFAYETTE, LA Festival Int'l de Louisiane
Mon 4/30 ATLANTA, GA The Earl
Tue 5/1 DURHAM, NC Local 506
Wed 5/2 WASHINGTON, DC DC9
Thu 5/3 NEW YORK, NY LPR
Fri 5/4 BOSTON, MA Johnny D's
Sat 5/5 ROCHESTER, NY Abilene Bar & Grill
Mon 5/7 MONTREAL, QC La Sala Rosa
Wed 5/9 GRAND RAPIDS, MI Pyramid Scheme
Thu 5/10 CHICAGO, IL Old Town (small room)
Fri 5/11 IOWA CITY, IA Englert Theatre
Sat 5/12 LINCOLN, NE Bourbon Theater
Mon 5/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT Urban Lounge
Sat 5/19 JOSHUA TREE, CA Joshua Tree Music Fe

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

North American tour

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

i think arby was on Sway Machinery's last album - House of Friendly Ghosts - and was excellent

Mordy, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Yep she was. I liked her on her first tour where she brought a bigger band than she did on her last tour, but her voice is still great no matter how many musicians and singers she has with her

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Taureg-Rebels-Vow-Push-in-Mali-After-Coup-143967086.html

Not sure what all this means. There's no specific Mali or West Africa thread on ILE yet by the way

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 March 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Well-armed Tuareg separatists started attacking army bases in Mali's desert in January, after many Tuareg fighters returned from Libya, where they had assisted in the ousting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The United Nations refugee agency says the conflict has uprooted 130,000 people in and around Mali. Many soldiers have died in the conflict.

Tuareg nomads have launched periodic uprisings for greater autonomy in Mali and Niger.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 March 2012 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink

You would think there would be more of a concerted, international effort to help the refugees but it’s hard to find it. Will report next week on that.

Afropop worldwide folks re Mali

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 March 2012 20:41 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VxEb3TX7DE&feature=related

syzygy, Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I missed his recent W. DC appearance.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 24 March 2012 19:46 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/25/149363687/senegal-president-concedes-defeat-after-12-year-rule?ft=1&f=1001&sc=tw&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Mali may be a mess but it looks like Senegal will have a peaceful transition (although Youssou NnDour was not allowed to run)

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 03:11 (five years ago) Permalink

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – Demonstrators in Mali's capital are demanding a return to constitutional order days after mutinous soldiers claimed power in a coup.

About a thousand people, including members of youth movements and political parties, gathered Monday in central Bamako.

Some of the youth groups threatened to march on state TV and radio headquarters, which are under the junta's control.

Junta spokesman Lt. Amadou Konare on Sunday warned demonstrators to "exercise prudence" on Monday, which marks the 21-year anniversary of the last coup.

Soldiers surrounded the presidential palace on Wednesday and took power overnight.

The ouster of President Amadou Toumani Toure just two months before he was to step down after elections threatens the cause of democracy.

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 13:47 (five years ago) Permalink

My friend the producer Howard Bilerman went to Mali a few weeks ago, to record a band (not sure who) - he's now trapped there!

sean gramophone, Monday, 26 March 2012 15:38 (five years ago) Permalink

That's scary.

In other news: Angelique Kidjo is touring the US and I had gotten bored with her a bit since she began trying to make her albums more r'n'b. I have not heard her most recent one however. Saturday she was in DC and while I was not able to make it, I read a rave review of the gig in the W. Post with a couple enthusiastic comments. The reviewer can often be tough, so it was interesting how much he enjoyed the show. I recall liking her when I saw her years ago so maybe I should not be surprised.

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.negrophonic.com/2012/emp-2012-music-and-the-urban-jungle/

Sufi plugins project????

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post---I have reading lots of negative stuff online about Tuaregs in Mali, Niger and elsewhere. It's hard to know what is true--there were Tuaregs in DC at the Smithsonian Folklife fest years back as part of the Malian portion and I learned some stuff about them then. Plus the various bands that are touring and their stories. This does not match up with the blog stuff I have been reading about slaveholding Tuaregs, Quadaffi-supported militant Tuaregs, etc. It's so complicated. The refugees from the area do not seem like militants! And that's just Northern Mali. Farther south, there's the military coup, a month before the scheduled election. Poor Mali. And none of this gets much attention here on ilx or in the mainstream media. Just another screwed-up part of the world I guess.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I pay attention to stuff like that! Can't say I talk about it much on ILX, but I read and talk about it with my coworkers, who are from all over the world. I would actually like to read more about other parts of the world -- I can keep up with Latin America and that's about it.

Paul Smon (La Lechera), Tuesday, 27 March 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

I should probably just create a West African thread or something on ILE, but since I must admit that interest in Mali was originally based upon hearing its music, I might post here for a bit (or maybe not).

BAMAKO, Mali — The heads of state of the countries neighboring Mali said Tuesday they want to send a “strong signal” to the mutinous soldiers who seized power last week, overturning over 20 years of democracy in this African nation.

Already, the United States, the European Union and France have cut off aid. Additional sanctions from the region would be a further blow to the junta. The regional Economic Community for West African states controls the common currency shared by nations in the region, and could cut off the supply of cash. Also if nearby Ivory Coast shut its border, Mali would quickly run out of gasoline.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/west-african-leaders-say-they-will-send-strong-signal-to-mali-coup-group/2012/03/27/gIQAaN1EeS_story.html

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:09 (five years ago) Permalink

my interest

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:09 (five years ago) Permalink

i feel like an asshole talking about world music now that this has kinda become mali civil unrest watch but --

i haven't heard it yet but this looks cool:
http://smyjewishlearning.atypica.com/elcms/jewniverse/hear-raichel.shtml#

It's Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Toure - both artists I dig. Album is also available on Spotify.

Mordy, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Given the unrest in their homeland, Malian musicians may do more collaborations like this and more international touring

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:27 (five years ago) Permalink

From a Pitchfork thread:

is it just me or is it a a bit weird that pfork runs a long review of the new amadou & mariam album (one that longs for more sounds of their homeland) without the slightest mention of the military coup currently taking place in mali?

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16435-folila/

― A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, March 27, 2012 4:55 PM (2 hours ago

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

The Touré-Raichel Collective – The Tel Aviv Session – US/Canada Tour Dates:
Thu/Apr-12 - Washington, DC - Hamilton
Fri/Apr-13 – New York, NY – City Winery
Sat/Apr-14 – New York, NY – City Winery
Sun/Apr-15 – Somerville (Boston), MA – Somerville Theatre
Mon/Apr-16 – Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
Tue/Apr-17 – Platteville, WI – Platteville Center for the Arts
Thu/Apr-19 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
Sat/Apr-21 – Atlanta, GA – Rialto Center For The Arts
Sun/Apr-22 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
Mon/Apr-23 – Santa Cruz, CA – Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Thu/Apr-26 – San Francisco, CA – Herbst Theatre
Sat/Apr-28 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
Sun/Apr-29 – Vancouver, BC – Norman Rothstein Theatre

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:29 (five years ago) Permalink

no philly stop :(

bummer. (tho raichel played here for purim.)

Mordy, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:33 (five years ago) Permalink

a&m will be playing NYC this summer

Lil T the Bowed Jet (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 28 March 2012 01:25 (five years ago) Permalink

I wish Pitchfork would give Joe Tangari, who wrote that A & M review, a column of his own since he is the only guy writing about African music there

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:14 (five years ago) Permalink

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 (five years ago) Permalink

http://audioboo.fm/boos/726175-singer-rokia-traore-in-bamako

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:24 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (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, 1 April 2012 17:52 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (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 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (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: 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 (five 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 (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

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 (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: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/bola-volume-7. 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

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

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:
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 (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.

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

a quick email interview with Mali's Khaira Arby

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2012/05/02/khaira-arby-on-mali-and-its-music/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 17:05 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AVnaChQisk

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

Unchhh I was supposed to see them in MTL but they cancelled. Jealous

poxen, Saturday, 5 May 2012 16:02 (five years ago) Permalink

This AMAZING record called Zao Ak Djakata. Can't find much online but there's a link here http://haitiforever.com/winterludes/rz-zao.shtml SO GOOD.

poxen, Saturday, 5 May 2012 16:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Will have to check that out. Luv me some Haitian musik, although some current modern Haitian stuff uses syrupy synth sounds that do not wow me. Every genre seems to have to have its brand of polished slow dance sounds.

Was thinking about media attention for Haitian muzik (there's a big Haitian presence in NYC and Miami and DC too):
New Yorker writer S F-Jones once was involved in a panel on Haitian soundz, but alas he never seems to write about them. Christgau and some NY Times writers I think have written about Tabou Combo. Nabisco at New York Mag and others do not seem interested. Jordan Levin at the Miami Herald recently wrote about Tabou and I think he has highlighted other international stuff as well

http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/04/20/2759008/tabou-combo-the-rolling-stones.html

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:19 (five years ago) Permalink

05/07: Montreal, QC
05/09: Grand Rapids, MI
05/10: Chicago, IL
05/11: Iowa City, IA
05/12; Lincoln, NE
05/14: Salt Lake City, UT
08/01: New York, NY

Khaira Arby's still touring North America. Her sound seems a bit westernized with some of the guitar sounds these days. I can't figure out whether this is what they are into, and/or when she plays weddings and other functions back home it sounds this way. Her first North American tour did not sound like her more recent ones.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone see her?

What's everyone listening to? I went out and heard (and danced a bit to) dancehall and soca at a Caribbean club Friday night. Was also listening to a couple cds in the car whose names I have forgotten right now-- a hybrid West African one with an Anglo; and an Iranian vocalist. I liked the latter one more. Will update with the names later.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

WORLD MUSIC EUROPEAN AIRPLAY 20
March’s most played world music albums, compiled from returns from radio DJs all over Europe World Music Charts Europe

BONGA Hora Kota (Lusafrica)
VÄRTTINÄ Utu (Westpark)
VARIOUS ARTISTS World Routes On The Road (Nascente)
ILGI Tur Saulite Perties Gaja (Upe)
PETRAKIS, LOPEZ, CHEMIRANI Mavra Froudia (Musiepoca)
CEU Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees)
LEPISTÖ & LEHTI Radio Moskova (Aito)
VARIOUS ARTISTS The New Brazilian Music 4 (BME)
MELINGO Corazon Y Hueso (World Village)
LOGA RAMIN TORKIAN Mehraab (Six Degrees)
MARIA KALANIEMI, TIMO ALAKOTILA Akerö (Akerö)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2 (World Circuit)
FATOUMATA DIAWARA Fatou (World Circuit)
AMSTERDAM KLEZMER BAND Mokum (Essay)
BALKAN BEAT BOX Give (Crammed)
ZITA SWOON GROUP Wait For Me (Crammed)
EDA ZARI Toka Incognita (Intuition)
SAMBASUNDA QUINTET Java (Riverboat)
BALOJI Kinshasa Succursale (Crammed)
EMEL MATHLOUTHI Kelmti Horra (World Village)
© giftmusic 2012

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

fRoots forum

http://www.froots.net/phpBB2/

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:09 (five years ago) Permalink

of those i've heard the world routes album, the amsterdam klezmer band, balkan beat box and eda zari. none of my favorite world albums of the year charting unfortunately :(

Mordy, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:13 (five years ago) Permalink

That list may reflect a certain bias as it is of just the European djs who the Folk Roots(fRoots) magazine/website surveys.

a hybrid West African one with an Anglo = this is the ZITA SWOON GROUP with additional Burkina Faso musicians cd Wait For Me (Crammed) that I should more accurately have described as a Belgian music collective led by Stef Kamil Carlens working with 2 Burkina Faso musicians Awa Démé and Mamadou Diabaté Kibié --

Wait For Me is the meeting of Stef Kamil Carlens and his Belgian collectif Zita Swoon Group with the Burkinabe Awa Démé and Mamadou Diabaté Kibié. The sound is a mixture of raw acoustic blues and folk and the traditional ‘mandigue’ music from West-Africa. Awa Démé sings in Bambara, Stef Kamil Carlens in English and French. The songs deal with the moral and the problems of modern African society.

Just ok on first listen.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:10 (five years ago) Permalink

good khaira arby show in montreal - love the band's zeal, khaira's energy. but not quite at the level of when i last saw her, about 18 months ago. someone slipped the awesome guitarist kid some terrible records, and i can't handle it when he hits a pedal and goes in on these awful metal hard-rock guitar solos.

curious for the new record

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Zita Swoon are still around, huh? Might check out the album for old time's sake.

NSFW Australia (seandalai), Monday, 14 May 2012 18:19 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post-
I am worried about the new (some of it recorded in Brooklyn) upcoming K. Arby record and the possibility of those guitar solos. I wonder if plays those solos back home where her group still does weddings and other local events?

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:23 (five years ago) Permalink

maybe. but in montreal at least he was all hipster-ified in skinny jeans and an almost-keffiyeh. feel like it's some brushes with Brooklyn that turned him on to this stuff, rather than the back-home style. maybe i'm projecting.

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

btw my friend Howard Bilerman (mtl indie rock producer - but in a good way, punkrock sounding, live off the floor, etc.) just came back from recording an album with Bassekou Kouyate in Mali. (w Khaira Arby as guest)

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:57 (five years ago) Permalink

bassekou is a badass

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 May 2012 19:14 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post-- re Arby I agree. I (and maybe I am projecting as well) think Arby's band is, in current gigs in North America trying to play what they think North Americans will like (from Brooklyn hipsters to whomever), while back in Mali at weddings omitting those North American style licks.

But of course Arby suggested the above theory was not true when I asked her via email the following in an interview:

WCP: On your first U.S. tour you had additional women singers and musicians, compared to your smaller group on later U.S. tours. Is the size of your group a matter of money or an artistic choice? How does it change your group's sound?

KA: Both. There is certainly a big expense to tour. It is something that is very hard to do. Also, I perform with all different sizes of groups. The sound changes all the time even at home. If I am performing on a large festival stage at home, I can bring a larger group. But when we are at a smaller event like a wedding, I bring the smaller core group. The sound doesn't change very much because these are my core musicians.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 19:18 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post-found that "new Brazilian 4 music" comp from that Euro radio dj list, on soundcloud. Was impressed on first listen

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:55 (five years ago) Permalink

My son's baseball playoff game was postponed till tonight, so that means no Tabou Combo gig at the Smithsonian for me. They were fun when I saw them years back. Guitar-playing seems Congolese-like.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Been jumping back in forth in the car between an Iranian cd and my commercial Latin radio station playing lots of bachata and some reggaeton. However, reading emails about Haitian stuff and looking at Facebook posts about Haitian stuff has me wanting to find the time to dig in to some Haitian music. That Rara Fanm video upthread is awesome. Most Haitian pop doesn't sound like that though. It can be good but in a different way.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Awesome Tapes from Africa guy lists a few of his fave sites:

http://thewire.co.uk/articles/9060/

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Nabay has taken bubu before the all-important hipster demographic in Brooklyn, where they too have crowned him king."

From a press release email I got re a new Nabay song

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

terrible press release, but Nabay is awesome + certainly deserves lots of love from hipsters and non-hipsters alike

Mordy, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Awesome Tapes from Africa dj was in Europe with his tapes and now he's moving around the USA (often with bands)

23.05 Boston MA / Spectacle w/ Debo Band
25.05 Seattle, WA / CAIRO
26.05 Portland OR / Holocene w/ Sahel Sounds
28.05 George, WA / Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Need to check out this later: Afrobeats mix in the UK by DJ Abrantees

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jan/19/the-rise-of-afrobeats

"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

http://africasacountry.com/2012/01/27/the-whole-afrobeats-thing/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 13:12 (five years ago) Permalink

um, i don't know if this would interest anyone here but
http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/155829/monday-music-the-face-of-ladino-dream-pop/

Mordy, Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Nice. I only know Ladino-rock band Deleon, and traditional Ladino singer Flory Jagoda.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:11 (five years ago) Permalink

PR folks are pushing another Ladino effort: Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble's new album, East and West

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm covering them in early June

Mordy, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

They want me to cover them but I'm more interested in:

from the Ethiopiques thread:

Just talked last night to Selam Seyoum Woldemariam, founder and member of the Ibex and Roha Band and guitarist with Mahmoud Ahmed since 1974. They're on Ethiopiques #7

He lives near me in the Washington DC area

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

it's a little coughcoughmediocre even for a ladino album :/

Mordy, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:16 (five years ago) Permalink

But I was unable to make any of the events, sadly (out of town for most of 'em)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Interesting Baloji(Belgium-based Congolese rapper) interview from a few weeks back

http://www.afropop.org/multi/interview/ID/233

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 16:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, only knew Bebey for his guitar-based work.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Strange, wonderful, unexpected stuff; I kept drawing parallels between Bebey and Shuggie Otis.

mike t-diva, Friday, 1 June 2012 08:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Hey New Yorkers, look what's happening tonight:

Saturday June 2, at PS 145, W 105th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus.
Doors at 4pm. Music all day--great locally based West AFrican musicians.
The Sway Machinery hits at about 8pm. Khaira closes out the show at about 9:30pm.
$20 tickets--all proceeds go to medical relief for isolated and desperate north Mali communities.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 June 2012 14:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile back in Northern Mali, things are not so good:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/03/world/africa/in-timbuktu-mali-rebels-and-islamists-impose-harsh-rule.html?_r=1&hp

The situation is said to be especially troubling for women in Timbuktu. “Women are living in terrible fear,” said Baba Aicha Kalil, a well-known civic activist who is still living in the town, which once had a population of more than 50,000 but has experienced a significant exodus since the rebels moved in.

“They want to put a veil on everything,” Mrs. Kalil said, reached over a crackly telephone line from Timbuktu, which is about 440 miles northeast of Bamako, at the edge of the Sahara. “They are everywhere, everywhere with their guns.”

All of northern Mali, an area the size of France, has been in the hands of a loose coalition of Islamists and nomadic Tuareg rebels since late March, when resistance by the Malian Army collapsed after a coup d’état by junior military officers in the capital.

Since the takeover, however, the Islamists of Ansar Dine, supported by Al Qaeda, have gained the upper hand over the Tuaregs, and they are aggressively promoting their brand of Islamic law, or Shariah.

Black billboards with Koranic inscriptions have replaced advertisements, residents said. Leading figures in the regional Qaeda affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, have also been spotted there.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

If Khaira Arby decides to move to Brooklyn, I hope she finds a band other than the Sway Machinery (and if her current Malian guitarist stays with her, that he stop doing his current axe moves)

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2012 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Dengue Fever with Omar Souleyman is a bill that makes little sense except in "world music" terms. I am going to see them tomorrow night in Washington DC

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Discussion of the ethics and quality of the latest Mississippi Records box set re-release(various John Storm Roberts compiled efforts and other stuff...But no liner notes or credits given)

The thread for discussing the amazing Life Is A Problem comp on MISSISSIPPI records

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:21 (five years ago) Permalink

A Bola remix collection is out on the Awesome tapes from Africa label now, and I forgot to check out the original release that Rob praised upthread back in April. Will check 'em both out this weekend, I promise. Seeing Omar Souleyman tonight, and the Clean tomorrow night.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

So behind in my cd, spotify and online listening. Azonto, old and very old F. Bebey, tracking down Storm Roberts comps, soca hits...

Enjoyed Dengue Fever last night (friend who had seen 'em before though was disapointed--said they were missing a multi-instrumentalist member guy and had less energy, plus crowd was smaller) and Omar Souleyman and his talented keyboardist

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 June 2012 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink

baseball game, art exhibit, party, bike riding were all fun, but I still haven't caught up on some listening I want to do.

Tinariwen are touring North America now btw.

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 June 2012 13:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Liked that Bolo video for a song from his album on Awesome tapes that Robe mentioned upthread. A bit more folkloric than I expected (he's strumming some kind of stringed instrument) but the album and the remixes are less so. He's from Ghana.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:43 (five years ago) Permalink

The 3 song Khaira Arby effort ain't bad--but I still liked her better when she had backing vocalists to engage in call and response with. Guitarist tries to show off some but he's not that annoying (and sometimes sounds good)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 June 2012 21:17 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/128191
Os Mutantes, MAKU Sound System, DOM, Citay
$25 - The Well in Brooklyn NY at July 28, 2012
Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

^only US Os Mutantes show this summer; please note I am doing PR for this so FLACK FLACK FLACK indeed but $25 for Os Mutantes in NYC strikes me as a helluva value

Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 15 June 2012 06:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I have missed their DC shows in the past for some reason or another. How many original members do they have, I wonder?

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink

How many original members do they have, I wonder?

One - Sergio Dias. I interviewed him in 2009 when their last album came out.

誤訳侮辱, Friday, 15 June 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I've enjoyed some old-school soul acts with only one original member, so I will give these folks the benefit of the doubt

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 June 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQSM1qwNI3U

I'm not sure I like this whole thing, but some of the vocals are pretty interesting, and she sounds like some kind of genius. (I throw that word around a lot, but it's fun to throw it around.) From Wikipedia:

Born to a family of wage-earning class in Inner Mongolia, China [2] inheriting Han Chinese ancestry from her father and Mongolian ancestry from her mother, Sa Dingding was influenced by the music of the ethnic minorities while living with her grandmother in Inner Mongolia until age 6.[2] She also became interested in Buddhism and taught herself Tibetan and Sanskrit. Later on, she moved to Beijing to study music at the PLA Academy of Arts.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 24 June 2012 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder if Bjork has heard her

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

xposting The two times I've seen Os Mutantes in recent years. they were highly enjoyable.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I heard an earlier album by Sa Dingding that I liked at the time but haven't returned to since.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

So does anyone have any thought on Gepe, an Andean Chilean indie-folk-rocker?

And speaking of Chile, i need to listen to all of Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux's new album.

Both are coming to W. DC in July and maybe to your hood also.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Tijoux is dope.

Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 28 June 2012 18:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Ooh I love Ana Tijoux!

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Montreal dj Poirier & Montreal rapper Boogat in W. DC tonight. Boogat's rapping in Spanish rather than French these days, over Poirier's electro-dancehall-soca-uk whatever hybrid beats

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post--

I like Chilean Gepe when he's very pop and when he does ballads, but some of his indie-pop(either with strummed guitars or laptop beats) is kinda generic (although the Spanish lyrics are a bit different)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Poirier and Boogat like Schlachthofbronx from Munich mixes.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, a group born during the West African advent of funk and soul in the 1960s and 70s.

Looking forward to seeing these old-timers

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink

yah me too

Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink

3 original members have passed away but that still leaves some original guys plus new folks.

I am also excited by Janka Nabay (Bubu dance music from Sierra Leone)
who will be with his Bubu Gang at tiny Comet Ping Pong in W. DC. Friday July 6

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

love that nabay album - was playing it today in the car. great for the heat.

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

An Letah

Mordy, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Been listening to Nabay and Orchestre Poly-Rythmo this morning. Wow to both.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 July 2012 17:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Love how Poly-Rythmo meld Congolese rumba, James Brown, Benin percussion and more into a danceable combination.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 July 2012 14:15 (five years ago) Permalink

So Janka Nabay is just gonna play solo in W. DC at Comet tonight over pre-recorded tracks.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 July 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I wanted to see the Bubu Gang with him.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 July 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Covering some of the same ground as other folks pieces on Janka, but not bad for an email interview

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2012/07/06/janka-nabay-talks-bubu-music-bamboo-instruments-and-john-f-kennedy/

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 July 2012 17:33 (five years ago) Permalink

He was fun although it was a tad repetitious (and old-school me would rather have heard him with a band than recorded tracks)

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 July 2012 19:18 (five years ago) Permalink

The Very Best's MTMTMK (out next Tues on Moshi Moshi/Cooperative Music) is currently premiering over at NPR's First Listen;

I like this Malawian/European hybrid group but haven't heard the new one yet

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 July 2012 19:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Very Best's debut was one of our fave albums and we still play it in the car all the time. really excited for the follow-up, cause the mixtapes (mother, or something?) were not so fab.

Mordy, Monday, 9 July 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I liked the first mixtape

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

pagodge, forro, ache, batucada

forro, tango and Chilean rap coming to the W. DC area. Varied South American sounds

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Tango reference is to a movie doc on Argentinian woman singer La Gata (who was recently living in Miami). She and the movie will be at Artisphere Saturday July 14. Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux has a new cd out and is touring the US. Quarteto Olinda, a brazilian forro group that uses a fiddle rather than an accordion is in the US too

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Was underwhelmed by the new Ana Tijoux album. Too many just ok duets and too smooth and polished (and not in an endearing way). I liked her first one.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 July 2012 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.kleptones.com/blog/2012/06/28/hectic-city-15-paths-to-graceland/

In case you missed this elsewhere, here's the soundcloud stream of the South African songs that inspired Paul Simon's Graceland

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 July 2012 05:12 (five years ago) Permalink

This whole Sa Dingding album is pretty good. I'm still ambivalent. I'm not into some of the production choices. Definitely not into some of the for me verboten big bombastic synth string moments, but there's a lot of other stuff happening that I do like.

And Bjork just has her own individual way of singing, but it's not clear to me she has much technical control. Sa Dinging obviously does. But Bjork comparisons pretty much always annoy me, because I don't like her very much.

curmudgeon, have you checked out Canadian (with South African roots) Zaki Ibrahim who Tim F has been pushing? I think you might like her. I'm still sorting through her album, but overall I like it. (See her thread here for links.)

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay, here, I'll make it easy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtZd2uimcuI

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Incidentally I decided to just pretend that my earlier-in-the-thread thread title meltdown never took place. I never saw how anyone responded. I think I was in a much weirder mental place during the first few months of this year than I realized. Like kind of overreacting to things and looking for conflict without realizing how stressed out I must have been. I'm not entirely sure.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Also that Zaki Ibrahim video is great.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Zaki Abraham was on my list to check out, but have not done so yet.

Looking forward to veteran Benin afro-funk band Orchestre Poly-Rythmo in DC Tuesday night (more Northeast USA gigs this week are happening also I think)

Love how Poly-Rythmo meld Congolese rumba, James Brown, Benin percussion and more into a danceable combination.

― curmudgeon, Thursday, July 5, 2012 2:15 PM

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Speaking of comparisons, some of her vocals here remind me of Ofra Haza:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSmZER_VyZA

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

I really love the trippy part of that first Sa Dingding video where she is waving her hands in front of her face. I'm a sucker for that sort of thing. It could even tempt me to become "spiritual."

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink

I have a hunch there is something sociopolitically important about a major Chinese pop star paying tribute to Tibetans and Chinese ethnic minorities. This has to be coming from somewhere.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:56 (five years ago) Permalink

This has to be coming from somewhere.

Pretty safe to say about anything except maybe in the stranger realms of quantum physics, which is where waving your hands in front of your face comes back in.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 16 July 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes!

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 July 2012 20:03 (five years ago) Permalink

has anyone mentioned the malawi mouse boys album, He is #1? i thought i got it from this thread but i don't see a mention. it's great tho + def worth checking out. beautiful singing.

Mordy, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't know that. Thanks. I'm exciting about seeing Orchestre Poly-Rythmo tonight

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo were wonderful live last night--they have such a range--an Afro-Cuban type number, songs with lots of Congolese soukous/rumba guitar, Southern African vocal melodies and harmonies; French influences; Fela-esque and native Benin polyrythmic percussion. But they do it so well it does not sound like oh, a Africa's greatest hits from everywhere cover band(not sure if those exist but ya know what I mean). For those of you who only care about their old material, they did some of it. Yes, only 4 of the 10 members onstage were originals from 1969 or whenever, but hey, that sounded good (3 original members have passed away).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Jihadists' Fierce Justice Drives Thousands to Flee Mali
By ADAM NOSSITER
Refugees described witnessing repeated whippings, beatings and other punishments in the streets, ostensibly for having violated strict Islamic law.

From the NY Times

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I still need to check out Mordy's suggestion

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/20/malawi-mouse-boys-he-1-review

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

So again, because it's this weekend:

FREE SHOW
Saturday, July 21 at 3:00pm in Central Park, Manhattan
Bebel Gilberto
Criolo
Flávio Renegado
DJ Béco Dranoff
Presented in Association with Brasil Summerfest
File Under: Brazil, Rock, Hip Hop, Electronic, Global
Join SummerStage as we celebrate the newest generation of musicians making a mark on the Brazilian music scene with up and coming Brazilian hip-hop artists Criolo and Flávio Renegado making their New York City premiere.
Artist Website: http://www.bebelgilberto.com
Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto is the daughter of Joao Gilberto, the iconic voice of bossa nova. Gilberto’s famed father would always color her musical path, and with the addition of elements of electronic music, she took the legacy of bossa nova from Bahia to the dance floor, earning worldwide success. With the release of Tanto Tempo in 2000, Gilberto formulated her trademark electronic bossa nova, which took over clubs around the world and positioned Bebel as one of the top-selling Brazilian artists in the U.S. Her subsequent albums, which garnered several GRAMMY® nominations, including Bebel Gilberto, Momento and All in One refined her sound to also include an acoustic lounge style that showcased her strengths as a composer.
Artist Website: http://www.criolo.net
Criolo, Brazil's newest star creates rhymes like an industrial machine. At the same time, he can also sing beautifully and blend Brazilian rhythms including samba, soul, Afro-funk and rock riffs and assemble it with hip-hop beats and flow to create some of the most exciting new music to come out of Brazil in recent times. Recently chosen by MTV Brazil as “Best New Artist” in 2011, Criolo’s newest album, Nó Na Orelha explores his full range of musical adventurousness and is lyrically, a dense and far-reaching work.
Artist Website: http://minhatribo.flaviorenegado.com.br
Rising Brazilian hip-hop artist, Flávio Renegado has been making moves in the Brazilian music scene since 2008 with the release of his debut, Do Oiapoque a Nova York. Renegado’s sound is at once identifiably hip-hop based but incorporates other musical influences such as reggae, maracatu, Cuban music, African rhythms, samba and other sounds typical of Brazilian culture. These global inspirations are exemplified in his newest release, Minha Tribo é o Mundo meaning, “My Tribe is the World.”
Artist Website: http://becodranoff.com
Béco Dranoff has been involved in the Brazilian music industry for over 20 years. Béco's multi-faceted career and international expertise positions him as a unique bridge for cultural projects between Brazil and the world. As a Music Selector, Béco has worked in prestigious venues such as Cielo, MoMA's Sculpture Garden, Le Poisson Rouge and Nublu. His musical style can be defined as Global-Neo-Brazilian, featuring new hybrid sounds from Brazil’s top DJ’s and producers mixed in a with a good dose of classic beats such as Samba, Forró, Bahian grooves and everything else in between. Béco hosts SONORIDADE, a monthly online Brazilian radio show.

FREE SHOW
Sunday, July 22 at 3:00pm in Central Park, Manhattan
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
SMOD
Bibi Tanga and The Selenites
DJ Chief Boima
Presented in Association with The Museum for African Art
File Under: Africa, Rock, Hip Hop, Global
Artist Website: http://www.polyrythmo.com
The eternal youth of the legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo from Benin, Africa has stunned deejays and African music aficionados with their pure African funky sound for over forty years. Their voice, brass section, guitar and percussion weaves together to create an irresistible Afro-funk sound deeply anchored in voodoo music, beat out by an immense vertical drum. By inter-mixing these vibrant traditional rhythms with psychedelic guitar riffs, unreal organ harmonies and funk and soul elements, the band has gone on to perform throughout Africa and internationally alongside other famous African musicians such as such as Seun Kuti and Amadou and Mariam. The band has juste released a new album, Cotonou Club featuring musicians from Scottish band, Franz Ferdinand, Angelique Kidjo and Fatoumata Diawara.
Artist Website: http://www.smod.fr
The Malian group SMOD is a group of four young MCs, hailing from Bamako, the capital of Mali in West Africa. In 2002, they edited their first album, Dunia Kuntala. The album and the group’s intersection of folk meets rap with a distinctly African vibe launched them to fame in their homeland. Two years later, they released the follow up, Ta I Tola in collaboration with numerous famed world artists including Amadou & Mariam and Manu Chao. With a new album being released in 2013 and a world tour lined up, SMOD is taking their special brand of African hip-hop to audiences around the world.
Artist Website: http://www.myspace.com/bibitanga
The future of funk is being written right now by a pair of Parisian groove theorists named Bibi Tanga and Professeur Inlassable. Singer, bassist and bandleader Bibi Tanga bridges the divide between Paris’ arty South Bank of the Seine and the gritty suburbs, where he grew up as an immigrant from the Central African Republic. Tanga’s music is marked by slinky, sinuous bass lines and a wicked falsetto that conjures up the spirit of Prince and Curtis Mayfield. With his band, the Selenites, they forge a stunningly original new sound, and create a space where Afro-futurism meets steampunk and Fela Kuti jams with Sidney Bechet.
Artist Website: http://chiefboima.com
Chief Boima is a Sierra Leonean-American electronic musician/DJ, cultural activist, and writer currently based in New York. He is a member of the Brooklyn based music, art and culture collective, Dutty Artz. His DJ style was inspired by the parties he knew growing up in a close knit African immigrant community in Wisconsin. As a touring club DJ, he has become a respected figure in the promotion of various musical styles from around the globe such as Coupe Decale, Cumbia, Kuduro, and Champeta.

This clam, stranded on someone’s floor, is trying to dig itself (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 21:04 (five years ago) Permalink

really looking forward to the sunday show

This clam, stranded on someone’s floor, is trying to dig itself (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 18 July 2012 21:04 (five years ago) Permalink

oh hey i'm going to that!

Mordy, Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Free! Curious New Yorkers should definately check these out. In DC folks had to spend $22 to $38 to see Poly Rythmo

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 July 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Another Saturday July 21 option

The Wake Up Madagascar tour featuring Jaojoby, Razia Said, Saramba and Charles Kely hits the Big Apple. And we are proud to annouce that we will be LIVE STREAMING the show via Afropop.org. Show starts at 6:30pm on this Saturday.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I am not completely wowed by Batida, the Angolan/Portuguese outfit that mixes old-school Angolan sounds with current programmed beats. This has made several top 10 lists here on ilx, but I find the programmed beats less than impressive

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 July 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink

i am also not a huge fan of that either really, but i have been enjoying Ondatrópica and feel like it's going to take someone telling me to shut up to get me to shut up about it

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Monday, 23 July 2012 22:31 (five years ago) Permalink

I am trying to catch up this week on stuff I have missed. I need to listen to Ondatropica still.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Cool, its on Spotify.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm liking this year's Amadou & Mariam. Not sure I will be able to see them again next week in W. DC. They were good live the last time they were in my hood.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:19 (five years ago) Permalink

ondatropica sounds real fun! i should go friday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVbGBBAiW8M

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

you seriously really totally should!

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Tuesday, 24 July 2012 16:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Is that right that their US tour is just Friday in NYC at Lincoln Center and Sunday in Los Angeles?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 July 2012 23:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Okay I know I need to listen to some of this Ondatropica, but here's another song from the Sa Dingding album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT3vuHE9NmU

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Could it be because I have been seeing rainbows in front of the Sandias on a regular basis this monsoon season?

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I think there is or will be a film about her travel experiences which inspired this album. So some of these videos might serve as advertisement for that, I'm not entirely sure since I only have fragments of information.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:05 (five years ago) Permalink

I hate to say it, but some of that Ondatropica sounds too novelty/ gimmicky-- Latin version of Black Sabbath; 2-tone ska, etc.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Some of it, but not enough to ruin the album for me. I dunno, I guess the cheese is there if you want to hear it.

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 July 2012 21:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Not really feeling what I've heard of Ondatropica so far. I don't think I like the comparison which I think is going too much for a "real" natural hard wood floor just the musicians in the studio sound (kind of like an Latin alternative cumbia version of Spanish Harlem Orchestra?). I don't know, you (La Lechera) tend to have more of a real feel for real roots cumbia. Like, I prefer 70s Colombian cumbia to most of the stuff on that historic cumbia compilation that came out on Soundways (I think that was Soundways too?).

Reminds me a bit of Grupo Fantasma who I was talking up a few years back, but who haven't worn well for me.

Okay, now I'm finding the album is on Spotify. I like "Punkero Sonidero" a bit more than "I Ron Man" or "Tiene Sabor, Tiene Sazon." I don't think I'm in the mood for this tonight but I'll try to give it some kind of chance at a later point.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Back to the sometimes saccharine, sometimes bombastic in an 80s synth way, new age world Chinese pop that I can't get enough of at the moment.

=Sa Dingding

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:32 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm going to have to start trying to post what I like about her album, rather than these preemptive descriptions of what there is to not like about it.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 28 July 2012 04:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Things to like: those vocal slides she does from time to time, for one.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 28 July 2012 05:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Some helpful background here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/3556865/Why-Sa-Dingding-has-China-in-her-hand.html

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 28 July 2012 05:26 (five years ago) Permalink

More curmudgeonly comments from me:

Listened to that raved about 2012 Congos collaboration with Sun Araw and M.
Geddes Gengras, and I really don't like the Gengras noise input(I love the Congos). This is popping up on various best of 2012 so far lists, but not on mine.

curmudgeon, Monday, 30 July 2012 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Planning on seeing Amadou & Mariam tonight. They were enjoyable live the last time I saw 'em a few years back.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:07 (five years ago) Permalink

seeing them saturday. i like them better in a place with a roof but what can you do

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 14:00 (five years ago) Permalink

The W. DC Amadou & Mariam gig at the 930 Club was a lot of fun.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 14:27 (five years ago) Permalink

YAM Magazine, worth a look: http://www.yam-mag.com/

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

forks did you see ondatropica?

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

unfortunately no. I got hit with a bad migraine and spent the night in my house holding my head.

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:24 (five years ago) Permalink

:( i saw pics but i bet it was a great show, even if you find their recording borderline cheesy.
off topic, i used to get really bad migraines and then they slowly disappeared. it's one of the several wonders of my world.

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink

mine are totally stress related; i've had a host of similar issues. I'm doing like six jobs right now and it's messing with me head. Getting the work done at least.

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

take care of yourself!

nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:40 (five years ago) Permalink

gracias
should be okay by september, just one more month of this to go

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Am curious about the new Very Best(UK beat-making duo with Malawi singer) but haven't heard it yet. Has anyone here heard it?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 19:39 (five years ago) Permalink

yes! i love it. very catchy.

Mordy, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Listened to some of the new The Very Best album on Spotify last night. I liked some of it (typical for me, I like the Malawian singer's vocals the most. As opposed to the Euro beatmaker).

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 August 2012 14:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Amadou and Mariam try to put the hardship of being sampled by Maroon 5 behind them at the 9:30 Club in Washington.

Did not know they were sampled. That Some Dude has all the info.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 August 2012 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Has anybody heard Nigerian Wizkid? He's gonna be in W. DC soon.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 August 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Wizkid is great. I can't remember if anything by him has been posted in the "Oliver Twist"/azonto thread but he's on a few of the mixes mentioned in there. No idea what he'd be like live, but he's one of my favorite of the little bit of Naija stuff I've checked out.

rob, Saturday, 4 August 2012 04:39 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPtzXHh1Tz0&feature=related

rob, Saturday, 4 August 2012 04:48 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks

curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 August 2012 14:00 (five years ago) Permalink

this was amazing and everyone should go see it:
http://www.lcoutofdoors.org/shows/view/205475?show_date=2012-08-03%2020:30:00

I dont even know that I think this sucks per se (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 4 August 2012 15:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Reviving the dormant Finnish tradition of accordion-accompanied wrestling matches

Eh, I kinda like old-school Finnish accordion-accompanied wrestling better. Actually I have never heard of this. Lots of interesting stuff in that summertime Lincoln Center Out of Doors program.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 4 August 2012 16:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought someone would add some funny accordion jokes. Oh well.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 August 2012 15:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Janka Nabay has a new Olympics song/video out---honoring one of his country's 2 participants.

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/general/2012/08/06/janka-nabays-olympic-anthem/

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 August 2012 15:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Janka's at Kennedy Center for free for an hour at 6 tonight and later is this:

United Sounds of Africa with Tuface, M.I, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz, J Martins, Timi Dakolo, Iyanya, and Brymo at the Howard (r'n'b from Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa) at Howard Theatre

I think it is r'n'b but have not yet really investigated. It's not free

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 August 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

very best album sounds amazing on high volume while driving around

Mordy, Monday, 6 August 2012 18:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to research how the group has changed since the earlier releases. One of the beatmakers left. I wonder how that has affected their sound? Also, I see it got a mixed review in the NY Times. I like most of it.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 August 2012 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

i think it's more poppy this time around

Mordy, Monday, 6 August 2012 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

It has that song with Bruno Mars on it, and another one with mainstream club beats-- a bit less afropop, a bit more club-pop

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 12:31 (five years ago) Permalink

But there are still some nice afropop ones

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 12:32 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post re United Sounds of Africa (I do not recall if folks are discussing these African r'n'b & hiphop artists on other threads). This tour was in W. DC last night(started in Houston and Atlanta) and is at Irving Plaza in NYC tonight Tuesday

http://unitedsoundsofafrica.com/news.html

Featuring the top names in the contemporary African urban and hip-hop scene, the United Sounds of Africa (USA) will kick off their first ever North American tour in August, 2012 with shows in select markets. The tour, orchestrated by Interglobe Entertainment Group (IEG) and Live Nation, will introduce music fans on this side of the Atlantic to current African artists including headliner 2face Idibia, recently profiled on CNN as one of "Africa's 10 Biggest Stars" and winner of the BET Network's 2011 "Best African Artist" award.
...

the tour will also feature Nigerian artists M.I. and Brymo, all signed to Nigerian record label Chocolate City. Other artists include Timi Dakolo, first-ever winner of Africa's version of American Idol, J Martins, who's popular in Africa's francophone countries, and Iyanya, the first winner of MTN's West African "Project Fame" reality TV show.

Headliner 2face Idibia, the new heir to Nigerian's legendary music scene, combines reggae and hip-hop

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 12:39 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/review-united-sounds-of-africa-concert-at-howard-theatre-had-a-distinct-la-sound/2012/08/07/6cc504fc-e059-11e1-8d48-2b1243f34c85_story.html

Washington Post review of the United Sounds show. So Brymo, Jesse Jagz and Ice Prince are rap, J Martins is highlife, and 2face Idibia is neo-soul, and they're all from Nigeria.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 14:29 (five years ago) Permalink

The Pomp & Clout Mix Series is premiering a new mixtape by The Very Best, Anzanga: http://bit.ly/TgITpn. Volume 22 of the ongoing series (which also features mixes by Diplo, Nadastrom and others),

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Busy guys

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 19:14 (five years ago) Permalink

i was not so into their last mixtape but i'll still def check this one out. new album just gets better every day. perfect summer album.

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 22:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry to live up to my name, but I find the new album less interesting with every listen. I understand not wanting to duplicate Warm Heart, but the new one only utilizes what I like best in their sound, Esau's vocals on several cuts. The song using Amadou & Mariam and Baaba Maal just kinda meanders, and I don't find the autotuned vocals or distorted synth sounds and club beats that memorable.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 August 2012 13:54 (five years ago) Permalink

that's fair. it's not as consistent as warm heart and probably not as good - but the songs i like i really like ("kondaine" is great for instance) and i'm sure this will be a contentious comparison but it sounds to me like a cross between MGMT's Oracular Spectacular + Warm Heart - esp when the distorted sounds have that bubbly swimming pool tone. nb i might only feel this way bc the album title MTMTMK kinda phonetically reminds me of MGMT.

Mordy, Thursday, 9 August 2012 14:20 (five years ago) Permalink

i liked the first 3 minutes of the new mixtape, btw, but it quickly made my head start to hurt about 4 minutes in. i gave it a chance, but why listen to a mixtape when i haven't fully exhausted listening to the album yet

Mordy, Thursday, 9 August 2012 14:21 (five years ago) Permalink

I listened to a bunch of it. Not bad. Gonna see the Very Best tonight.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 August 2012 19:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe I should put this on ILE but since I post about Malian music here and things keep getting worse in North Mali:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/10/world/africa/islamists-in-northern-mali-amputate-mans-hand.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120810

Just 11 days ago, in the desert town of Aguelhok, Islamist allies of Mujao publicly stoned to death a young couple accused of having children outside wedlock. The stoning and now the amputation appear to signal an acceleration of the Islamists’ determination to apply Shariah law to the territory they conquered from the Malian government in March and April. Already, the Islamists have driven nearly 400,000 people to flee northern Mali and have spurred calls for a regional intervention force.

“The extremists who are occupying northern Mali have cut off the hand of an inhabitant of Ansongo, adding a new ignoble act to the long list of atrocities they have inflicted on the people,” the Malian government said in a statement from Bamako. “The actions of the terrorists and drug traffickers, cloaked in a false veil of religion, reinforce the inevitability of military action.”

In recent days, young people in Gao have resisted the harsh punishments, blocking Mujao’s plan to amputate a robbery suspect publicly in the town by descending into the streets to protest.

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 August 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Saw a W. Post editorial calling for that group of African nations to go into north Mali.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 August 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

http://sahelsounds.com/

Looks like some good stuff I need to catch up on at this blog

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:30 (five years ago) Permalink

So at my local Vietnamese shopping center I noticed a huge poster for a Vietnamese show at the Harrah's in Philadelphia. I didn't write down the names. Sorry

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 18:58 (five years ago) Permalink

Mmmm. Banh mi. I actually have a great selection of Vietnamese restaurants in my neighborhood (because I live in the so-called "War Zone," officially known as the International District).

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Does anyone who regularly posts on this thread currently live in Philly?

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

yay, my club just booked Omar Souleyman with DJ Hutz and Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang. $15 on September 7 in Brooklyn if anyone's around. Curious to see Nabay after the buzz now.

"Batshit crazy," the foam clog tycoon said. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:12 (five years ago) Permalink

So at my local Vietnamese shopping center I noticed a huge poster for a Vietnamese show at the Harrah's in Philadelphia. I didn't write down the names. Sorry
I see these all the time! I work like 1 block from Vietnamese food/store central.

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyway if someone desperately needs me to mail them kafir lime leaves, just tell me. I don't think they would go bad if I send them 1st class (overseas prob not, though, sorry)

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

omg sorry
i thought this was the cooking thread!
such an idiot

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I live in Philly!

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

The Vietnamese show posters at Eden Center in suburban Virginia (near W. DC) always look like they are for schmaltzy middle of the road pop/cabaret/disco singers, with Vietnamese and English phrasing on them. I have no idea what these performers actually sound like.

There's a big Vietnamese population in the DC area so I was surprised that folks would have to go up to Philly for a show. Maybe because it's at a casino

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Curious to see Nabay after the buzz now

I need to check out the Luaka Bop label album and watch the archived gig with the band on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage site

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink

X-post -- I guess Souleyman is back in the US. With the situation in Syria he may as well tour. Speaking of touring because of life during wartime, I see that Tinariwen are coming back for more North American shows.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Mordy, I did not know you were in Philadelphia. Hey you should go look at my Company of Thieves thread. You could sort of consider Genevieve Schatz (lead vocalist) a singer-songwriter, though it's not clear how much of the music she really composes. Lyrics are mostly or all hers. I think she has some musical input without necessarily having the music theory skills.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

La Lechera, don't worry it totally fits.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm kind of scared to sample Vietnamese pop music, honestly. I've never heard any I've liked.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

i'll go check it out. i'm always looking for good local music to check out.

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh it's not local. Just something I think you might like. Might hate as well, I'm not really sure of your taste but you seem interested in female vocalists.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm ex-Philadelphian.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

(First video happens to be from the TLA though.)

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:30 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm listening to an album on spotify right now - it sounds like my kind of thing. are you a fan of alice bag btw? had that kind of "spazz" thing i think you see in her. i heard a great presentation about her at IASPM that discussed her as mediating performing bodies w/ audience/receptive bodies and then went into crazy lacan territory. def more poppy than a lot of more out-there vocalists (like that tzadik + post-meredith monk style stuff that i really love)

Mordy, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

The albums are good. The second one I think is better realized than the first. The vocals on the first are more subdued, the second are a lot tougher and rockier. But the live recordings are where it's at for the most part. I think her vocals live show a lot more range (not octave range but range in feeling and style).

I don't know Alice Bag. (At work now so I can't check anything out.)

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

(Also the spazz thing is more about her performance. It's changing somewhat anyway. She's taking dance lessons.)

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Also, the first album is 2007, and they've toured a ton since then so their sound has changed a lot.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Let's see. Justification for posting this on this thread. . . I saw an interview in which the keyboardist mentioned being influenced by klezmer music (not particularly evident!).

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm still liking the first Staff Benda Bilili album (Congolese band led by 4 street musicians who had polio as kids) and need to hear the latest. They're coming to my hood soon.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 August 2012 14:24 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.afropop.org/wp/4562/spirit-of-angola-granular/

1st of some upcoming Ned Sublette posts from his recent trip to Angola

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

nice

"Batshit crazy," the foam clog tycoon said. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:38 (five years ago) Permalink

he mentions Mona Star, Angolan kuduro artist

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:50 (five years ago) Permalink

I also want to check this out:

Alma is the new recording collaboration between six-time GRAMMY-nominated Cuban composer and pianist, Omar Sosa, and celebrated Italian trumpet and flugelhorn player, Paolo Fresu. The CD features guest cello contributions on four tracks by the masterful Brazilian conductor, arranger, producer, and cellist, Jaques Morelenbaum.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Ned did not mention that one. No Angolan aspects to it that I know if

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 August 2012 20:35 (five years ago) Permalink

DC based afropop band with horns Elikeh, led by a singer from Togo, have a new album out that's not bad.

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 August 2012 13:57 (five years ago) Permalink

The vocals at the beginning of the first track on Sa Dingding's The Coming Ones (which corresponds with the first Sa Dingding video I posted in this thread) sounds a lot of a milder timbre version of typical Mauritanian singing. I am pretty curious about where it's coming from. I spent a little time hunting down Mongolian music on youtube, but didn't hear anything close. I wonder if the sound is emerging from any particular ethnic tradition included within China, or if Sa Dingding is going outside that tradition and simply borrowing ideas from elsewhere. Half tempted to start a thread about the album but I've had trouble finding much to say about it.

The Hmong choir with ridiculously heavy electronic beat version of Ode to Joy on the second track is probably the most grating thing on the album.

an infusion of catharsis (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 24 August 2012 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

You probably saw this broad statement on the internets that may not help much re that track:

Sa Dingding's latest album, The Coming Ones, is inspired by her trip to Sichuan
and Yunnan provinces

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 August 2012 16:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes. I guess I could look for music from Sichuan and Yunnan but I suspect the sound I'm trying to identify the source for is coming via the Islamic world one way or another, so Mongolian traditions seem more likely.

an infusion of catharsis (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 24 August 2012 16:30 (five years ago) Permalink

It doesn't sound particularly Buddhist, that's for sure. It could be a "mountain" sort of sound though. It sounds like the sort of vocal style that might have developed to take advantage of big mountain acoustics. I do think there is something to the notion that different geographies tend to produce different sounds.

an infusion of catharsis (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 24 August 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

have any of you guys heard [about] this? http://www.terprecords.nl/as21.html

Mordy, Friday, 24 August 2012 23:58 (five years ago) Permalink

i only listened to the sample briefly but the little i heard sounded pretty groovy

Mordy, Friday, 24 August 2012 23:58 (five years ago) Permalink

i gotta listen more but i really liked what i heard (i bought the album) and i think it's def worth checking out. fwiw here's a blurb from the link if you don't feel like clickingthru

Quite unexpectedly, last year, while here in Europe for several summer festivals, Getatchew Mekuria at the age of 76, expressed an urge to make one more recording. With The Ex. Probably the last one in his life. A great responsibility!
We recorded in December, in Wormerveer and Addis Abeba. The result is stunning. Deep, old, classic melodies. Very different from the last one. Instrumental, more sensitive and fragile, deeper. Amazing horn riffs and solos, but also danceable, with up-tempo war-chants. Many things. He called it “Y'Anbessa Tezeta” (In Memory Of The Lion). Memories of 65 years of playing music! But also always new and forward.

Mordy, Saturday, 25 August 2012 04:30 (five years ago) Permalink

yes! i am too tired to write more about it right now, but it is great!

these albatrosses have no fear of man (La Lechera), Saturday, 25 August 2012 05:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I saw Getatchew with the Ex live a few years ago and they were a lot of fun together. It worked much better than I expected.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 25 August 2012 18:00 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm pretty sure this isn't "world" music, but since rudipherous is one of the few ppl on ilx i can think of that might have heard it -- do u know anything about this album and if it is worth picking up?

http://www.museumfire.com/azadi.htm

Mordy, Monday, 27 August 2012 21:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't know about it, can't help you with that.

neti pop (_Rudipherous_), Monday, 27 August 2012 23:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Those are mostly noisy and avante and artsy American indie bands participating

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 14:22 (five years ago) Permalink

The new Staff Benda Bilili album doesn't break any new ground, and some might find it too samey, but I love their Congolese rumba guitars and call & response vocals and harmonies

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

I want to see the movie about them. I missed it at a local film fest. Wonder if its on netflix?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Tuesday September 4th --Omara "Bombino" Moctar (Tuareg guitarist from Niger) –for free from 6 to 7 (and streamed online) at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Not my fave, but worth seeing again for free I think.

curmudgeon, Friday, 31 August 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Curious to see Nabay after the buzz now

i'm opening for him in a few weeks, really looking forward to it

40oz of tears (Jordan), Friday, 31 August 2012 18:13 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to watch that video of Janka and his band at the Kennedy Center. When I saw him live, he was just using tracks. I also need to hear his Luaka Bop label album.

curmudgeon, Friday, 31 August 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Also want to hear the new Lionel Loueke, jazz guitarist from Benin. Robert Glasper produced most of the new one “Heritage” that is supposed to meld afrobeat and funk and more

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 September 2012 15:59 (five years ago) Permalink

love loueke

This cad needs a cordial introduction to Eugene of Oxbow. (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 2 September 2012 16:41 (five years ago) Permalink

spotify has something called Virgin Forest by him from this year

Mordy, Sunday, 2 September 2012 23:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Virgin Forest is actually a few years old, but it's been reissued & expanded. It's OK - very Putumayo/hip clothing boutique for my taste.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 2 September 2012 23:38 (five years ago) Permalink

A NY Times reviewer suggested Loueke's new Heritage one is a bit different from his prior offerings

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 September 2012 14:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Finally checked out Gangnam Style!

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 14:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I was hoping for more. It's kinda fun but neither the dancing nor the music wow me in more than a that's a clever novelty way. I am a curmudgeon I guess.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 5 September 2012 19:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Enjoying the latest cd from Elikeh, a DC afropop/afrobeat band led by a singer/guitarist from Togo

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 September 2012 14:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Janka Nabay and The Bubu Gang, Omar Souleyman and DJ Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello
$15 tonight at 6pm at The Well in Bushwick - http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/157753
i will be there and will shake your hand and get you a drink if you call me out as forks
/shill

This cad needs a cordial introduction to Eugene of Oxbow. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 7 September 2012 15:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Bushwick Bill's brother, Forks

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 September 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink

i'm taller.

This cad needs a cordial introduction to Eugene of Oxbow. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 7 September 2012 17:34 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/sep/09/africa-express-finale-concert-london?intcmp=ILCMUSTXT9389

Wish this came to the US

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 September 2012 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Finally watched some of Janka and the Bubu Gang videostream at the Kennedy Center webpage. Good but different of course from when I saw him solo with tracks.

I see some folks are discovering him now on the ilx favorite albums of 2012 thread.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

this is worth checking out: http://zion80.com/uncategorized/zion80-cyro-baptista-yemen-blues/

it's jon madof's new thing. he says: "I was getting ready to take my kids to shul one Shabbat last year, and I started singing a Carlebach tune to myself with an Afrobeat rhythm (probably because I had been listening to Fela a lot the day before). I thought about other familiar Carlebach tunes, and they all seemed to work. As soon as I figured out that nobody had done a similar project already, I went for it!"

Mordy, Friday, 14 September 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Jewish Brazilian Yemeni Afrobeat mashup!

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 September 2012 18:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Cyro Baptista and Yemen Blues eh? Sounds fun

This cad needs a cordial introduction to Eugene of Oxbow. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 14 September 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

Missed Ti-Coca and his band Wanga-Nègès (Haiti) for free at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage last night. Will try to check out the video sometime

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Globalquerque here on Friday, but I have too much stuff to do--not that I've ever gone in the past. I'm not that excited about the lineup but I wouldn't mind seeing Ozomatli, and Plena Libre would be a good bonus.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I like Plena Libre. Do you anything about festival participant Ali Akbar Moradi Ensemble (Kurdistan, Iran) ? I do not

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I've heard a fair amount of his music. I love the tanbur playing but I find the vocals offputting. It's possible that seeing him live would change my mind about that, however.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I have probably sufficiently talked this up elsewhere, but what the hell:

http://music.cbc.ca/#/play/CBC-Music/playlist/Yamantaka-Sonic-Titan-YTST

I think this stuff is incredible. Might be too prog/avant for your tastes, curmudgeon, but I don't know. There are definitely solid hooks throughout.

Good writeup here:

http://www.nowtoronto.com/music/story.cfm?content=188613

“People are part of a global community, and it’s become harder to have an identity politic discussion without bringing in globalization and understanding what that and hybridity actually mean,” Alaska B explains.

“A lot of identity politic is based on identifying your community and isolating yourself, but there’s a whole generation who can’t put themselves into a community any more – or that community never really existed and was just imagined. If you want to approach these issues of talking about where you belong, but you can’t find any place where you belong, it kind of makes the entire politic bunk.”

The band is playing with assumptions and perceptions of their Asian-ness in a way that would be satiric were there not also a healthy dose of reverence mixed in with the irreverence. For Attwood, the difficult subject of appropriation was part of how she constructed her own identity, and is intrinsically linked to what Yamantaka//Sonic Titan are doing.

“Cultural appropriation was just a way for me to understand what my cultural background actually was. I grew up on a farm in Ontario, and it was all white people and natives around me. As an Asian-looking person, which is how I identified for a long time, it was very difficult to be identified as different but to not really have any contact with Japanese culture.

“It became this process of taking these images and ideas and involving them or ingesting them into my own identity. As an adult, I look back on that as extremely formative in terms of my relationship with aesthetics, because I simultaneously feel entitled to pick and choose cultural representations and modes of communication that I need but also very, very hesitant to step on other people’s toes.”

She describes a global community, in which people are surrounded by incredibly rich material for which we have no context. At the same time, many have direct personal relationships with immigrant families, and so we’re forced to be a little more respectful than we’d be in a monoculture environment.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 September 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Will check it out when I can, but yep prog and avante sounds are not usually my thing.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:56 (five years ago) Permalink

I want to check out the new Angolan episodes of the Afropop worldwide program

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 September 2012 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

still do, but have been listening to other stuff(Latin; Bobby Blue Bland; Replacements)

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 September 2012 14:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I am behind on this other thread too (the African electronic dance music one):

Rolling African Dance / Urban Music Thread

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Lots of international choices for W. DC area residents Friday night Sept. 28 if they want to go out:

Red Baraat (Asian Indian funk) at Hamilton

Vicente Fernandez at the Patriot Center

SWENKA dj night with resident DJ Mothershiester and resident DJ Brian Senyo with guest DJ, DJ Stylus, playing kuduro, afro-house, tropical-electro, bashment, azonto, reggae, and more African riddims + beats from the past and present at the 930 Club Back Bar

Asia party at the Sackler Museum from 7 to 11 with DJ Spooky and instrumentalists Danielle Cho and Jennifer Kim, set against 1940s black and white films featuring Asian American pioneer actress Anna May Wong

Los Rakas(Oakland rap en Espanol) at Love

Palenke Soul Tribe (Colombia) at National Geographic (plus food trucks)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Red Baraat are from NYC as you know. They were fun live when I last saw 'em

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't think I found and posted this track from Sa Dingding's album before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZGGtKVuMvw

Mostly very quiet, but it ends with some pretty fierce vocals.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Full disclosure: i'm doing PR for this show tomorrow but I'm also really excited about it

http://www.pace.edu/schimmel/fatoumata-diawara
Friday, September 28
Pace Presents: FATOUMATA DIAWARA (from Mali)
Part of Pace Presents’ World Music Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts: http://goo.gl/maps/w37R
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: $35
File Under: Global, Africa, Singer/Songwriter, Francophone
The extraordinary story of Fatoumata Diawara’s meteoric rise as one of the music world’s most exciting artists begins with her joining a theatre company, performing the classical Greek role of Antigone, starring in a string of successful films, running away from her home in Mali to France and finally finding her calling as a musician. The woman Pitchfork calls “beguiling” has worked with some of Africa’s most successful artists, including Oumou Sangaré, Cheikh Lô, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herbie Hancock, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen, Flea and Bobby Womack. Diawara was raised on West African Wassoulou music; a style performed mostly by and about women and thought to be an ancestor of American Blues; she uses this style as the base for her own songs. At the center of her music is a warm, affecting voice; spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously melodic songs incorporating elements of funk, soul and jazz. Her September 28th Pace Presents show features a full band, marks Diawara’s NY debut as a soloist and will highlight music from her latest CD on the World Circuit label.
Artist Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fatoumata-Diawara/151710422621

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E82BifytoYY

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:24 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man, this is gorgeous. thx for the heads up forks.

Mordy, Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Just realized FATOUMATA DIAWARA is going to be in Washington DC October 5th. Alas, the Burundi drummers are also in the area that night. Grrrr

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

It's the "all in the fall syndrome" on the US East coast when it seems tons of acts tour here as the weather is better than in the winter and less people are on vacation than in the summer and spring. Plus it may be easier to get college kids to go at this time

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Eastern European Chart Music

I have never been interested in much coming from Eastern Europe.

curmudgeon, Friday, 28 September 2012 16:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Al Sarah and the Nubatones // Arooj Aftab // DJ Ushka
A night of ultimate contemporary world and roots fusion sounds!
It is an absoulte pleasure to introduce you to the music of Al Sarah, if you dont know it already. Alsarah is a Sudanese born singer, songwriter and ethnomusicologist, Residing in Brooklyn, NY, she performs music from different parts of the Middle East, and East Africa. Most recently, she has been working with The Sounds of Taraab performing classical Taraab music from Zanzibar and Kenya ranging from the 1940s-today.
Also backing us up is the super sassy DJ Ushhhhka!!! DJ Ushka is heavily influenced by music from the global south - mixing genres from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, South Asia and diasporas in the West - with hip hop, electro, and U.S bass genres to create a booty bass storm. She is a resident DJ at the brooklyn global bass party called iBomba and is a recent member of tropical bass/culture collective, Dutty Artz.
Arooj Aftab will perform a duo set of acoustic, pre-partition, sufi inspired south asian semi classical music with Guitarist and Co-Composer Bhrigu Sahni.
The show is at a secret location on Saturday Sept 29th in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. You must RSVP, attendance is by invitation only. Send a message to alsarah5✧✧✧@gm✧✧✧.c✧✧ and you will recieve a confirmation email with time and exact location.
Not a good look to miss this, so see you there!!

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Friday, 28 September 2012 18:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Sierra Leone-born blind thumb piano musician/singer, Sorie Kondi is on a 5 city US tour that brings him to DC Thursday at 9 for free at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St NW (below Subway sandwiches). I checked his out his Youtubes including one where a local tv reporter interviews him outside the door of the shanty-town shack he lives in. He takes a 12 inch by 6 inch piece of wood, adds metal piano tongs/keys, and electrifies it and plays it and sings over top. Nice rhythms. Sometimes he has women vocalists join him for a more pop feel. There are also remixes out.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 14:11 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post--Fatoumata Diawara's voice sure is pretty on that video upthread

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 18:01 (five years ago) Permalink

fatoumata did a lot of dancing at that show; she's hot as hell

Saw Fendika tonight with Melaku Belay and Zinash Tsegaye dancing; holy shit what a good show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLCabn41EEw

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:14 (five years ago) Permalink

i know the video doesn't quite reflect it but good lord, so much contemporary badassery and swag style in what dude does

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 05:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, Fendika is coming my way too. I missed NY based Ghanaian rapper Blitz the Ambassador last night, and might miss Sierra Leonian thumb pianist Sorie Kondie tonight but I wanna go. There are visiting African acts in the DC area for 5 days in a row. Wooh.

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/music/2012/10/03/ghanaian-hip-hop-royal-drummers-your-week-in-african-music/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 October 2012 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Blitz is always good.
Fendika is spectacular though; you really shouldn't miss them if you get a chance.
This is the next show I'm working at Pace in NYC:

http://www.pace.edu/schimmel/zakir-hussain-and-rakesh-chaurasia
Saturday, October 13
Pace Presents: ZAKIR HUSSAIN and RAKESH CHAURASIA (from India)
Part of Pace Presents’ World Music Series at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
Doors / Lobby Bar at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm
Tickets: Gold Circle Center Orchestra: $55 / Orchestra: $40 / Balcony Center: $40 / Balcony: $30
File Under: Global, India, Jazz
Tabla superstar Zakir Hussain, India’s most celebrated living artist and an extraordinary percussionist of international renown will be joined for this evening of Indian classical music by bansuri flute prodigy Rakesh Chaurasia, a nephew of maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. The New York Times calls Hussain “(a) fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor, so devoted to exuberant play that he rarely seems overbearing, even when the blur of his fingers rivals the beat of a hummingbird’s wings”. Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest percussionists, Zakir is known equally for his mastery of the classical Hindustani repertoire of ragas and his historic collaborations with Shakti (with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar), Planet Drum (with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart) and performances with George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Pharoah Sanders, Tabla Beat Science, Mark Morris and many others.
Artist Website: http://www.zakirhussain.com/

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 October 2012 22:36 (five years ago) Permalink

and Kondi and Diawara in DC sound awesome

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 4 October 2012 22:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Flipped a coin and gonna do Burundi Drummers and Dancers tonight. Hopefully Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara will be back. Why did both gigs have to be on the same night!

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 October 2012 14:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Dow posted this likely mediocre thang over on the AfroLatino thread. Hopefully it will at least raise some money for good causes:

Coldplay, Beyoncé, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford & Sons, Plan B, Bruno Mars, REM, Fleet Foxes And More Collaborate With African Musicians For Charity Album Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa

To Be Released November 20th on The End Records

'Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa' Tracklisting

01. Viva La Vida (Africa Mix) [feat. Coldplay]
02. I Miss You (Africa Mix) [feat. Beyonce]
03. She Said (Africa Mix) [feat. Plan B.]
04. I Need a Dollar (Africa Mix) [feat. Aloe Blacc]
05. Not Afraid (Africa Mix) [feat. Eminem ft TS1]
06. Timshel (Africa Mix) [feat. Mumford & Sons]
07. Is This Love? (Africa Mix) [feat. Rokia Traore]
08. Under the Bridge (Africa Mix) [feat. Red Hot Chili Peppers]
09. Mykonos (Africa Mix) [feat. Fleet Foxes]
10. Losing My Religion (Africa Mix) [feat. R.E.M. ft Ali Farka Toure Band]
11. I Am Because (Africa Mix) [feat. Shanade]
12. Grenade (Africa Mix) [feat. Bruno Mars]
13. John and Yoko (Africa Mix) [feat. Rokia Traore]

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 October 2012 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

The 18 member Burundi Drummers and Dancers were cool for awhile live before their pounding percussion and trad but vibrant dance moves got predictable. I liked when when two of 'em both whacked on a single drum; and also when they balanced the drums on their heads and banged away

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 October 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Just dawned on me that I saw Fendika (Ethiopian women singer/dancers) with Boston's Debo Band last year.

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 October 2012 17:23 (five years ago) Permalink

yep, they do tour with them

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Monday, 8 October 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

So are they based in Ethiopia or here?

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 17:12 (five years ago) Permalink

i believe they're out of addis

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 9 October 2012 18:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Fendika are appearing for free in W. DC at the Kennedy Ctr Mill. Stage from 6 to 7 US eastern time tonight. I'm gonna be writing and will miss 'em this time. However, Millennium stage shows are video-streamed and archived on the Kennedy center website so if anyone wants to check out these Ethiopian women singers and dancers live online they can.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:00 (five years ago) Permalink

got a link? I'd like to share this with some people.

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:11 (five years ago) Permalink

They will post the specific streaming and archive link beginning at 6 pm US eastern time here:

http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

cool thanx

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 11 October 2012 20:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Now I gotta watch the archived video sometime

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 October 2012 19:18 (five years ago) Permalink

don't miss the wang li show on there either!! that guy is a boss.

EVERYONE COOKING SCMABLED EGGS,CHEESE WITH TOASTER!! (forksclovetofu), Friday, 12 October 2012 22:07 (five years ago) Permalink

The new Staff Benda Bilili album doesn't break any new ground, and some might find it too samey, but I love their Congolese rumba guitars and call & response vocals and harmonies

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, August 28, 2012 11:28 AM (1 month ago) Bookmark

this is pretty great! i must've missed it when you first mentioned but lots of fun

Mordy, Sunday, 14 October 2012 01:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes, I love it.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 October 2012 15:05 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/13/arts/music/algerian-chaabi-musicians-reunite-in-the-band-el-gusto.html?src=recg

I read about these Jewish and Muslim chaabi musicians from Algeria reuniting for a show in France a long while ago somewhere, but now I see they're doing it again, and its in the NY Times. Interesting

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 October 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

That Acoustic Africa tour is coming. I like vocalist Dobet Gnahore

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 October 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.sharebeirut.net/en/program/zeid-and-maryam

Appearing at a Beirut conference as is DJ Rupture and others

Godfather of Lebanese underground music Zeid Hamdan, founder of the iconic band Soap Kills teams up with young Egyptian singer Maryam Saleh, known for her covers of Sheikh Imam, the famous satirical singer of 70’s Egypt.

Zeid came to Alexandria in 2010 and met Maryam. They quickly recorded together a few tracks in a room of Cairo. Then, they released the demo “Watan el Ak” (Nation of Chaos) in 2011, that epicts the current state of affairs in post-Mubarak Egypt.

This is a new Arabic electro-pop sound: Maryam’s powerful singing in Egyptian dialect merging with Zeid’s funny electro-pop loops. Songs burst with energy, making you both dance and think. You’re warned, Sheikh Imam goes electro.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 October 2012 18:54 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.theworld.org/2012/10/rita-persian-music/

Israeli singer born in Iran now singing Persian tunes

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 October 2012 21:46 (five years ago) Permalink

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/music/blogs/live-music-blogpost.aspx?post=c71527ae-401e-46f2-aa85-6ca0db31fb06#scpshrtu

Christgau liked Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili live as much as I did. Just saw their DC gig earlier tonight. Poor promotion meant that there were only 75 people there, but the band's sound and presentation was great. Guitars, home-made instruments, nice percussion, harmonies-- a fantastic hour and a half show.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 October 2012 04:02 (five years ago) Permalink

are they doing an NYC play soon do you know?

let's have sex and then throw pottery (forksclovetofu), Monday, 22 October 2012 04:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry, it looks like you missed their NYC show-- Thursday October 18th they were at Symphony Space in NYC, google is telling me. They are hitting the west coast next and then doing Europe. I still need to see that documentary about them. It's probably on netflix or something. Some cynics might say that like Congolese soukous and rumba from prior decades, their sound can get a tad repititious, but this is designed for dancing plus the harmonies and melodies do vary somewhat. Here's the rest of their North American tour:

23/10/2012US San Diego Universtity of California

24/10/2012US Los Angeles El Rey Theatre

25/10/2012US San FranciscoSlims

27/10/2012US SeattleTown Hall

28/10/2012CA Vancouver560 Club

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 October 2012 14:16 (five years ago) Permalink

They have not yet gotten the indie press acclaim that Amadou & Mariam got; so not too many 20-something indie fans were willing to pay the bucks in W. DC; and they're not "urban" enough in their musical sound to reach 20-something immigrants who like African danceclub music and rap. Although they have a young guy in the group.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:01 (five years ago) Permalink

i will scope

let's have sex and then throw pottery (forksclovetofu), Monday, 22 October 2012 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Wasn't Thomas Mapfumo just in NYC too?

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 October 2012 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I 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.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 October 2012 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Was listening to Dobet Gnahore, sweet-voiced Coite de Ivoire resident and acoustic guitar strummer who is coming to North America as part of the Acoustic Africa tour with a bass player also from the Ivory Coast and another performer from Cameroon. A bit mellow, but when I saw Gnahore years ago she got more powerful vocally at times, and funky musically.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, I think it was six years ago that I first heard Dobet Gnahore live, where she showed that she is much more than a stereotypical Putumayo artist making soothing, watered-down polite Afro-French folk.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 October 2012 13:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Just got a copy of a new Analog Africa compilation, Diablos del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985. Looks pretty great.

誤訳侮辱, Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:25 (five years ago) Permalink

They do nice work. I have liked previous Afro-Colombian music I have heard and bet this one is great too

After five years, in which seven expeditions were made to Barranquilla, Analog Africa is honoured to present "Diablos del Ritmo," an anthology of - and tribute to - the immense sound of 1970s Colombia. Thousands of records were collected, boiling down to a colourfully diverse selection of tracks. Volume Two features an array of danceable tropical rhythms of Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapalé, Chandéon

I don't know these terms used for the tropical rhythms on the album: Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapalé, Chandéon, but I bet they sound funky

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 October 2012 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Persian live music week coming to DC:

Mon. Nov. 12th

Mighty Sam McLain (soul) with Mahsa Vahdat (Iranian/Persian) doing unique, powerful duets melding the two genres at the Atlas Theatre 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002,
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Tues. Nov. 13

Rita (Israeli singer born in Iran who sings pop-traditional Persian songs in Farsi on her latest album) at Strathmore

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Thurs. Nov. 15

Mitra Sumatra (pre-revolutionary Iranian pop and funk) for free from 6 to 7 (and webcast) at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and free at 10 at Tropicalia nightclub

I like the videos I've seen of McLain & Vahdat; and Rita's latest album

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 October 2012 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink

The McLain and Vahdat duets work better than one would think

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 03:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Y'all should check 'em out on Youtube.

Acoustic Africa tomorrow night in W. DC with Dobet Gnahore and others.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 October 2012 14:31 (five years ago) Permalink

The Acoustic Africa gig was great last night except for guest guitarist Leni Stern--overbearing with her West African meets Weather Report jazzy riffs; and wannabe Joni Mitchell vocals. The show dragged when she was onstage. She did not have the skills of awesome and largely unknown Cameroonian singer/guitarist/dancer Kareyce Fotso. Dobet Gnahore does not play guitar as I once thought, she's just a great singer/percussionist dancer. More flashy than Fotso. The bass player was from Zap Mama. Skilled as well. Small crowd cuz the artists are mostly unknown but still fun.

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 November 2012 12:57 (five years ago) Permalink

This is probably old news to most of you, but I just stumbled on this site covering African music (and more):

http://www.thisisafrica.me/

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 3 November 2012 16:42 (five years ago) Permalink

More of the Sa Dingding album turning up on youtube, though I suspect if the tracks I've posted already, all of which have more of an edge to them than this one, haven't already made you interested, this one definitely won't. Still, it's evidence of the variety on the album, I think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXsSox5WAvY

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 4 November 2012 05:09 (five years ago) Permalink

x-post-

Africa for a new generation

it's new to me

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 November 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Speaking of African music coverage, my morning paper that used to regularly feature reviews of African artists appearing in town, has not covered Acoustic Africa; Staff Benda Bilili; or Orquesta Poly-Rhythmo. They feature a lot less live reviews, period, it seems. State of journalism 2012.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 November 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to find the time to listen to those afropop worldwide podcasts

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 November 2012 15:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Gonna go see Brazilian Gilberto Gil Saturday night. Been watching on youtube his 2010 forro tour stuff(with accordion player and fiddler) as he is bringing that tour to the US the for the first time.

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 November 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

And I'm listening to Persian stuff too: Rita and Mita Sumara and more. Need to also listen to Sa Dingding and stuff on that afrobeats thread

"See I like Beyoncé, but she dey with Jigga / I like Nicki, her yansh is bigger..." // D'BANJ - OLIVER TWIST // afrobeats in the charts

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 November 2012 15:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Also, I think you'd like the Zaki Ibrahim album (certainly more than the Sa Dingding album), and it's on Spotify.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 9 November 2012 18:31 (five years ago) Permalink

malawi mouse boys album is worth a spin. also on spotify

We do live in a fallen, depraved world destined for the fire. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 9 November 2012 18:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Awesome, not sure it's strictly world music since I just stumbled on it, but it sure is international:

http://istanbulmusic.blogspot.com/2010/04/best-musicians-from-japan.html

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Monday, 12 November 2012 16:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Iranian singer Mahsat Vahdat, who as a female can't sing in public in Iran, was incredible last night dueting with soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain before a small crowd in DC. They made Farsi and English alternating verses work well together. She talked about being taught about in the "great Satan" and spoke about people locked up back in Iran (a country that is still her home). Both the music and the between-song conversation was fascinating

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 13:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Poor Mahsa Vahdat, on an obscure Norwegian label, singing in an obscure to Americans style, and on her short little US tour ignored by NPR, NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post and others. But she did get some attention in the media in India for a gig she did there. Now she's on her way back to Tehran.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:03 (five years ago) Permalink

I definately liked Mahsa Vahadat the best of the three vocalists singing in Farsi last week in D.C. The Mitra Sumara Kennedy Center free gig is available via video online at the K. Ctr. Millennium Stage website. Her voice is a little too rough for me (for this style).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Vahdat

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 13:47 (five years ago) Permalink

malawi mouse boys album is worth a spin. also on spotify

― We do live in a fallen, depraved world destined for the fire. (forksclovetofu), Friday, November 9, 2

They've got that Southern African gospelly feel. Nice, but it didn't blow me away on first listen.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 04:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Zaki Ibrahim is more than the neo-soul singer I thought she was.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 04:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Happy Thanksgiving, Rolling World Music Thread!

I made two Spotify playlists I thought might interest ppl here. The first is as many of the Songlines 50 essential African albums I could find on Spotify (with replacement albums for artists that Spotify didn't have the right album for): http://open.spotify.com/user/mordys/playlist/6sbOSvT7cRHiVKiMhmvQL3

The second is all the tracks I could find from an incomplete discography from Rumba on the River: A History of the Popular Music of Two Congos (which I was looking at bc of the current situation in Goma): http://open.spotify.com/user/mordys/playlist/5aSRWjfIu0dsgx4r0jHz1c

Mordy, Thursday, 22 November 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Thank you

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 November 2012 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Goma situation a mess (as is the Northern Mali situation).

Been going through some of the top Afropop albums. I really like the Staff Benda Bilili, still deciding re Amadou & Mariam and many others

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 November 2012 15:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Fri. 11/30 10p: Join us for a festive Afropop Worldwide ritual, as Georges Collinet sits down with Banning Eyre to mull over the best new releases of 2012.

We'll hear from K'Naan, Staff Benda Bilili, Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars, Mokoomba, Ondatropica, Alex Cuba, The Very Best, Janka Nabay.... As usual, Georges and Banning will run out of time long before they run out of tunes

Not that I always agree with them, just putting this out there

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2012 14:42 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.afropop.org/wp/6228/stocking-stuffers-2012/

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2012 15:52 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/news/in-news/neba-solo-carries-forth-musical-traditions-mali

http://www.theworld.org/2012/11/neba-solo-malis-balafon-master/

Harvard prof got Mali's Neba Solo to visit there and perform. PRI's The World says the conditions in northern Mali are still a mess. Apparently the French and the African Union are talking about a military effort to drive the radical fundamentalists out of the north, but it hasn't happened yet.

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Meanwhile in the Congo, I see there's this ILE thread:

Congo crisis

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 November 2012 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

萨顶顶's The Coming Ones is now available on Grooveshark:

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/The+Coming+Ones/8064053

For all 0.0 of you who are interested.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 December 2012 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Hoping it makes it to Spotify by the time ILM EOY poll nominations begin.

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 December 2012 20:20 (five years ago) Permalink

This makes me sad and mad:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-northern-mali-music-silenced-as-islamists-drive-out-artists/2012/11/30/110ea016-300c-11e2-af17-67abba0676e2_story.html

One day, they broke into Arby’s house and destroyed her instruments. Her voice was a threat to Islam, they said, even though one of her most popular songs praised Allah.

“They told my neighbors that if they ever caught me, they would cut my tongue out,” said Arby, sadness etched on her broad face.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 December 2012 05:00 (five years ago) Permalink

immensely fucked up

(alternatively, “Respec’”) (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 2 December 2012 21:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Another story on Mali in the Washington Post today. The African Union wants to invade and toss the fundamentalists out of northern Mali, but they are going to wait uintil the South calms down(Generals just forced the Prez out; or he left on his own maybe) and the UN agrees to the approach. So maybe in 8 months if ever.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 17:49 (five years ago) Permalink

In another war-torn country,Congo, is Staff Benda Bilili whose album should be appearing on more lists than it is.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 December 2012 17:50 (five years ago) Permalink

sad

THE NATIONS YOUTH DANCED TO THE MACARANA (innocent) (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 12 December 2012 21:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Former US ambassador to Mali urges patience in a letter to the editor in the Washington Post. He wants a stable Malian government that can send Malian troops with the African Union to defeat the fundamentalists (who I think he says are largely Algerian; and that Algeria does not want them back of course). Don't have a link handy, saw this in newsprint.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Catching up with Raquel Rivera's current life:

http://www.futuromediagroup.org/lusa/2012/10/05/planet-new-mexico/

redress control number (_Rudipherous_), Thursday, 13 December 2012 16:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Will have to listen to that later. Always liked her writing but had lost track of her

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:39 (five years ago) Permalink

I need to start googling for some interesting 2012 eoy lists with African and tropical music and elsewhere

curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:04 (four years ago) Permalink

I've had this bookmarked since Benny posted it: "See I like Beyoncé, but she dey with Jigga / I like Nicki, her yansh is bigger..." // D'BANJ - OLIVER TWIST // afrobeats in the charts

rob, Saturday, 15 December 2012 18:53 (four years ago) Permalink

for more traditional sounds there's this list (I haven't listened to any of 'em I don't think. Some are from various African countries)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec/13/best-world-folk-music-albums-2012

curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:04 (four years ago) Permalink

That's a short list and most of its folky. I wonder if Mokoomba from Zimbabwe are any good though.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 December 2012 19:52 (four years ago) Permalink

That Guardian writer has penned some interesting pieces over the past year about Afropop, but that list does not completely reflect that.

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 15:17 (four years ago) Permalink

He put Staff Benda Bilili in his singles list I see

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 17:07 (four years ago) Permalink

The afropop.org folks like Mokoomba too

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 17:11 (four years ago) Permalink

Not listened to much current world music this year, but I was blown away by the janka nabay & the bubu gang album which someone recommended on another thread.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Monday, 17 December 2012 17:48 (four years ago) Permalink

That's a good one, and we talked about it on this thread also. Chris Richards of the Washington Post put it in his top 10, and perhaps some others have as well.

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 December 2012 18:04 (four years ago) Permalink

rhapsody world music list

30) Chicha Libre, Canibalismo
29) Antibalas, Antibalas
28) Bonde do Role, Tropicalbacanal
27) Curumin, Arrocha
26) Sinkane, Mars
25) Sistema Bomb, Electro-Jarocho
24) Kayhan Kalhor, I Will Not Stand Alone
23) Ondatropica, Ondatropica
22) Staff Benda Bilili, Bouger Le Monde!
21) Rodrigo y Gabriela, Area 52
20) Bomba Estéreo, Elegancia Tropical
19) Spoek Mathambo, Father Creeper
18) Various Artists, Music of Central Asia Vol. 10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route
17) Krar Collective, Ethiopia Super Krar
16) Debo Band, Debo Band
15) CéU, Caravana Sereia Bloom
14) Chimurenga Renaissance, Pungwe
13) Mati Zundel, Amazonico Gravitante
12) Batida, Batida
11) Amadou & Mariam, Folila
10) Anoushka Shankar, Traveller
9) Novalima, Karimba
8) Nneka, Soul Is Heavy
7) Niyaz, Sumud
6) Egyptian Project, Ya Amar
5) Tim Maia, World Psychedelic Classics 4
4) The Very Best, MTMTMK
3) Fatoumata Diawara, Fatou
2) Samuel Yirga, Guzo
1) Maga Bo, Quilombo do Futuro

Mordy, Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:04 (four years ago) Permalink

Have not listened to their number 1 and 2. I like Diawara's voice and songs although she's a bit too folky at times. The Very best--yes. The Maia is a reissue or hard to find stuff or something from that late Brazilian singer, right? I think I have a cd copy of Egyptian Project but haven't listened to it yet.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:24 (four years ago) Permalink

I think Debo Band, made up of Ethiopians and others living in Boston, makes these lists and gets more attention than Ethiopian artists living in Ethiopia, because Debo tour gigs and cds are marketed to English language pop and more critics in the US. I have seem 'em and they're good, but not better (or worse) than most Ethiopian artists who are just marketed to Ethiopians.

Reminds me, Aster Aweke is doing her seemingly annual DC holiday appearance on Christmas Day night this year. At techno club Echostage. Wonder if she put something out this year?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:32 (four years ago) Permalink

Streaming the Egyptian Project on Spotify right now (had not heard of this album before). It's pretty solid, but I'm not sure how it will hold up to repeat listens. The vocals are a little more street/roots Egyptian than I tend to prefer.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 December 2012 15:36 (four years ago) Permalink

Was reading about Egyptian Project at lunch:

http://news.allaboutjazz.com/news.php?id=100480
from a six degrees press release it appears:

French producer Jérôme Ettinger devoted himself to exploring, preserving and spreading the sound of the North African country he fell in love with. Assembling world-class musicians and layering in tasteful electronic rhythms beneath virtuosic playing...

As his passion for Egyptian culture and music grew, Ettinger assembled a team of renowned artists for a touring band: percussionist Ragab Sadek, rababa player/violinist Salama Metwally, oud player Ihad Radwan and singer Sayed Eman, whose epic vocals decorate many of this album’s ten songs. With all musicians between the ages of 50 and 60, Ettinger has played an important role in introducing these incredible artists to the world beyond the Nile.

Using Ableton Live during live shows — they’ve played many times in France and Egypt in the three years since the band’s founding —

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:30 (four years ago) Permalink

The Maia is a reissue or hard to find stuff or something from that late Brazilian singer, right?

Yeah it's a retrospective comp. I think everything by Tim Maia counts as "hard to find" these days? Anyway it is great.

a Christmas .gif for you from (seandalai), Wednesday, 19 December 2012 18:34 (four years ago) Permalink

this album is pretty good - brazilian guys playing afrobeat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOtU3NZgFns&feature=share

Michael B Higgins (Michael B), Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:44 (four years ago) Permalink

maga bo is great btw.
fatou's on my top ten album list for sure. it opens up with relistens.

THE NATIONS YOUTH DANCED TO THE MACARANA (innocent) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 December 2012 07:13 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, Maga Ba is Brazilian favela music.

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 December 2012 04:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Bo. That Bixiga 70 Brazilian afrobeat is nice

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 December 2012 04:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Listening to Samuel Yirga now. He's an Ethiopian who plays jazz piano with an Ethiopian feel. Not that far out. Its pleasant.

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 December 2012 05:10 (four years ago) Permalink

The old stuff on this thread is good:

What African rock record should I listen to next?

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 December 2012 05:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Was trying via google quickly to find music year-end lists from African-based writers in English (or translatable). Sadly, I haven't been successful so far. Maybe I am just out of touch or not doing the right search; or folks are just indicating their favorites in a different manner tech-wise

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 December 2012 18:03 (four years ago) Permalink

http://africasacountry.com/2012/12/26/the-top-10-african-music-videos-of-2012/

New-school dance and rap stuff mostly. I haven't watched 'em all yet

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 15:41 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/critics-best-top-music-2012/Content?oid=8243121

Peter Margasak's top 5 international:

Fatoumata Diawara, Fatou (World Circuit/Nonesuch) Mali

Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts, Urstan (Drag City) Gaelic folk

Antonio Zambujo, Quinto (World Village) Portuguese Fado singer

Sidi Touré, Koïma (Thrill Jockey) Mali

Huong Thanh, L'arbre aux Reves (Buda) Vietnamese

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 21:06 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.newworldbuzz.com/2012.html

1
Amadou & Mariam | Folila | Nonesuch
2
Rodrigo Y Gabriela & C.U.B.A. | Area 52 | ATO-Red
3
Novalima | Karimba | ELS Music
4
Tinariwen | Tassili | Anti-
5
Marisa Monte | O Que Você Quer Saber De Verdade | Blue Note
6
Antibalas | Antibalas | Daptone
7
Jimmy Cliff | Rebirth | Trojan
8
Bonga | Hora Kota | Lusafrica
9
Afrolicious | A Dub For Mali | ESL
10
VA | Samaya: A Benefit Album For Cheb i Sabbah | Six Degrees
11
Te Vaka | Havili | Warm Earth
12
Staff Benda Bilili | Bouger Le Monde | Crammed Discs
13
Chicha Libre | Canibalismo | Barbes
14
Nation Beat | Growing Stone | Barbes
15
Midnite | Kings Bell | I Grade
16
Fatoumata Diawara | Fatou | Nonesuch
17
Lila Downs | Pecados Y Milagros | Sony
18
Bibi Tanga & The Selenites | 40º of Sunshine | Nat Geo
19
Céu | Caravana Sereia Bloom | Six Degrees
20
DRC Music | Kinshasa One Two | Warp
21
Sola Rosa | Get It Together | Melting Pot
22
10 Ft. Ganja Plant | Shake Up The Place | ROIR
23
Jose Conde | Jose Conde | Pipiki
24
Vlada Tomova | Balkan Tales | Kuker Music
25
Kiran Ahluwalia | Aam Zameen: Common Ground | Avokado Artists
26
Ana Tijoux | La Bala | Nacional
27
Debo Band | Debo Band | Sub Pop-Next Ambiance
28
Abdoulaye Traoré & Mohamed Diaby | Debademba | Chapa Blues
29
The Spy From Cairo | Arabadub | Wonderwheel
30
Delhi 2 Dublin | Delhi 2 Dubland EP | Self-Released

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 21:14 (four years ago) Permalink

Interesting post:

Are the artists involved with the Os Kuduristas project the most relevant or representative in Angola? Probably not. What’s more, the campaign doesn’t reveal any of the intricacies of urban life in Angola, or really document any of the politics that are lurking just underneath the surface. It’s an advertisement for a country, promoted as a brand, with a campaign built by a significant budget, and run by a private U.S.-based company. But, perhaps that’s what it takes in this day and age to be seen as an equal contributor to our contemporary global cultural conversation. If Os Kuduristas is problematic, there’s no one to blame for its existence but perhaps us, the international community and the media.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 23:41 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/22/167750238/top-10-world-music-albums-of-2012

Janka, Staff Benda Bilili, and more

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:14 (four years ago) Permalink

The NPR list is done by Banning Eyre from afropop worldwide

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:15 (four years ago) Permalink

i know for a fact boima is dead on with that point.

ILX is not a non-profit — we are just not profitable (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:26 (four years ago) Permalink

batida only mentioned parenthetically in that post but worth checking out -- soundways put out his latest album and it's great

Mordy, Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:43 (four years ago) Permalink

lol i just noticed above curmudgeon that you listened to it earlier this year and weren't impressed

Mordy, Thursday, 27 December 2012 00:45 (four years ago) Permalink

i wonder why was soundway so universally snubbed? they release a lot of interesting stuff imo.

passion it person (La Lechera), Thursday, 27 December 2012 01:37 (four years ago) Permalink

The reissues are not snubbed, just not included in polls of new albums. They seem to receive a lot of praise. I have seen a few critics poll votes for Batida and Ondatropica. I find something too gimmicky about them, so I do not personally like them, but some clearly do. They are not marketed to a Latino radio audience (or at least a USA one I would guess) and I do not think the label can afford to push promo cds or downloads to lots of critics.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 December 2012 18:48 (four years ago) Permalink

They are not marketed to a Latino radio audience (or at least a USA one I would guess)
true, and i think this is part of the problem

passion it person (La Lechera), Thursday, 27 December 2012 18:58 (four years ago) Permalink

I was looking for some Indian and Asian music and the one thing I saw to check out is Kiran Ahluwalia - Common Ground from last year. Anything else? I like how Tinariwen and other Malian bands have been touching on some psychedelic rock, and I imagined that would be a cool fusion in the context for Indian artists, but have not heard of anything.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 28 December 2012 23:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Have you listened to any of that Sa Dingding I've linked to (in this thread, and on her own thread, and on the ILM EOY campaigning thread, and probably a couple other places)? Asian-Canadian Yamantaka//Sonic Titan? Not very Asian here, but it seems up your alley if you haven't heard it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhxrH1pWRVw

(Better is their full ablum from last year.)

I find the Shiina Ringo/Tokyo Jihen board Electric Mole a good lead for Asian music, but that may be because I already share an enthusiasm for SR/TJ. The lists here are a mix of the usual suspects plus for Asiancentric choices, plus more idiosyncratic ones: http://forums.electricmole.net/showthread.php?t=2019

(I remember that you liked Adult to some extent.)

Or are you mostly looking for Indian and Pakistani music (and the like)? I can't say I've heard anything much from this year.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 29 December 2012 00:39 (four years ago) Permalink

This rolling listening thread has turned up some good things for me, too. Lots of Asian music posted to it (not what we'd normally think of as world music, and again not really Indian/Pakistani): http://forums.electricmole.net/showthread.php?t=8

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 29 December 2012 00:47 (four years ago) Permalink

There was also this which I think might have had more people posting to it, and more Asian material, unless I'm mis-remembering (also possible):

http://forums.electricmole.net/showthread.php?t=1966

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 29 December 2012 00:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, maybe you'd like Zazen Boys' albums, Stories. I knew I was forgetting something Asian from my own list.

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 29 December 2012 01:00 (four years ago) Permalink

I liked Mordy's whirled list

curmudgeon, Monday, 31 December 2012 17:29 (four years ago) Permalink

Curmudgeon, you might as well start 2013's thread. (I do think it makes sense to keep it even as we all moan about the "world music" label.)

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 1 January 2013 15:20 (four years ago) Permalink

Here it is:

Rolling World Music Thread 2013

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 January 2013 17:38 (four years ago) Permalink


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