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

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Almost the same title as last year, but new year. You know the drill-

this is the thread for polyrhythmic, funky, bluesy, new + reissued music from lots of different places that may include Mauritania, Ghana, Congo, Kenya, Niger, Mali, South Africa, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and other places that make cool music that doesn't always get enough press in the west. This music may be less "clubby" than on other threads, but its ok to lean in that direction too.

Plus I like to hear about live music.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

Leaning towards seeing Ethiopian pianist Girma Beyene (again) tonight with the DC based Feedel Band at Bossa in DC.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

My wife and I did go. Feedel did most of the first set themselves, except for one song with an un-named female singer (who wasn't bad). Feedel, per an interview I did with them (plus based on my hearing of them), are trying to modernize Ethio-jazz, but it ends up sounding like generic American jazz. The problem is not that they are doing more current modern jazz, its that they are not adding anything unique to it. When Girma came out they switched into backing him on his catalogue of old-school Ethio-jazz that was more rhythmically interesting than the jazz that Feedel was doing without him. Plus Girma sang on some tunes and his old-fashioned jazzy and r'n'b and Ethio melodies helped keep things lively.

We also talked to him again. A sweet, humble interesting guy. He will have an album out backed by a French band later this month.

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 January 2017 20:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

Kofi Agawu, PhD, Professor of Music, Princeton University
Professor Agawu will speak about his new book, The African Imagination in Music, with a special focus on chapter 4, “The Rhyhmic Imagination in African Music.”

On Thursday night January 26th this guy will be speaking for free at the Library of Congress. Has anyone heard of him or his new book? I haven't

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:34 (seven months ago) Permalink

Lots of folks are in NYC now for a music conference and showcase for concert presenters. Been seeing some nice video clips on Facebook. There 's a multi-act bill at SOBs tonight

http://sobs.com/2016/9036/mondo-music-presents-world-music-fire

Guadeloupe dancehall singer Admiral T plus Cuban dance band SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO and Christiane Obydol (zouk musician) and Garifuna Band and more

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

This took place already--

http://globalfest.org/gf_artists

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

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2017/01/05/508028704/playlist-top-global-songs-of-2016-mix-traditional-styles-with-pop

a list of hits by region and country, pulled from music streaming app Spotify's most popular domestic songs of 2016 and culture blogs like OkayAfrica, BollywoodLife and EgyptianStreets.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 21:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/arts/music/globalfest-review.html?_r=0

Pareles of the Times liked Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo from Venezuela plus many more

Ssing Ssing, from Korea, drew its songs and vocal style from Korean folk tradition, but transmogrified them by way of glam-rock, disco and psychedelia: an irreverent but intriguing hybrid

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

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

http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/index/M7048

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

video of her gig is there and on Youtube

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

I need to check out the Batida gig from there .

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

http://www.asia.si.edu/events/performances.asp?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D121613644%26key%3Df4af751cad6dce02d62e5a712c6e818d

Longtime Afghan singer Ustad Farida Mahwash, the first female singer there to get the title "Ustad", has been living in California since the 90s after getting asylum after she was threatened with assassination. She is going to be in DC Friday through Sunday doing a bunch of free duet gigs with Khalil Ragheb on vocals and harmonium.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 20:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

She was impressive live.

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

I watched some of the above referenced appearance by NY based Ghanaian's Jojo Abot. Eh, she 's ok. Kinda wants to be Erykah Badu

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:00 (seven months ago) Permalink

Batida is always great, Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo were one of globalfest's high points.
And so were Ssing Ssing! Fierce!

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Thursday, 19 January 2017 18:42 (seven months ago) Permalink

Just watched some video of afro-Venezuelan singing and percussion ensemble Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Good stuff

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 January 2017 17:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Nguyên Lê & Ngô Hồng Quang - Về Đồi Non
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mrcrVTMbMs

this device is capable of killing you without warning (Sanpaku), Saturday, 21 January 2017 18:51 (seven months ago) Permalink

Orchestra Baobab are back. 3 gigs in the UK from the end of this month through February and then an album in March

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2017 16:15 (seven months ago) Permalink

cool! let me know if you see them doing an nyc play?

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 25 January 2017 00:52 (six months ago) Permalink

First single from the new Orchestra Baobab album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgAZv4KTF_s

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:58 (six months ago) Permalink

4 folks voted for Noura Mint Seymali's album Arbina in the Voice critics poll

1 vote for this Brazilian effort:

Cesar Lacerda & Romulo Froes, O Meu Nome E Qualquer Um
(ybmusic)

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

How many of them from this thread :p

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

At least 2, don't know 2

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

Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni, Les Filles de Illighadad
Sahel Sounds

This North African effort got 5 album votes-- 1 person who used to be here a bit, and don't know about the other 4

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:11 (six months ago) Permalink

Gqom Oh! the Sound of Durban got a vote from Whiney. It's a bit more clubby than most stuff on this thread

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 01:33 (six months ago) Permalink

the ghali/akrouni just missed my top 10 but i voted for it in the ilx poll

Mordy, Thursday, 26 January 2017 02:04 (six months ago) Permalink

i forgot to vote in the ilx poll

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:54 (six months ago) Permalink

I like the Seymali album more than the Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni, one. More energetic

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 06:21 (six months ago) Permalink

Artsy avante samba singer Elza Soares got 8 votes in the Voice critics poll.

Balafon player Aly Keita whom I had not heard of, got a vote for his collaboration with jazz musicians and others

https://intaktrec.bandcamp.com/album/kalo-yele

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:36 (six months ago) Permalink

A-WA got 3 votes including a chuck eddy vote

Mordy, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:58 (six months ago) Permalink

That Elza Soares album is great. There's decades of non-artsy samba material by her to check up on, too.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 3 February 2017 11:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Will check out her older stuff. Thanks.

It looks like nobody voted for any Brazilian albums in the ILX album poll. I was gonna submit my Voice poll albums and add more, but, doh, I forgot the deadline and did not vote at all.

Noura Mint Seymali got 1 album voter, it appears. Most of the album votes were for Yanks and Brits.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Nigerian afropopper Kiss Daniel of "Mama" fame got one album vote. I like that album too. It has some musical aspects that fans of more trad Nigerian sounds should like

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:52 (six months ago) Permalink

The attention Noura Mint Seymali has been getting here inspired me to dust off this well-produced 2000 CD (Praise Songs) by Ooleya Mint Amartichitt:

https://open.spotify.com/album/0p6ydNWSuiwIMvE90mw8to

It's more strictly traditional though. (At least I think. Not as if I kow the history of Mauritanian music.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:59 (six months ago) Permalink

x-post-- It looks like Brazilian Elza Soares got at least one album vote in ilx poll, but not enough to place in top 77 albums

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:08 (six months ago) Permalink

Noura Mint Seymali got 1 album voter, it appears. Most of the album votes were for Yanks and Brits.

??

Mordy, Friday, 3 February 2017 20:02 (six months ago) Permalink

I read the ILX poll-related comments on what countries the top 77 artists are from. Noura is the only artist from Mauritania, and one of the few from the whole African continent to place in the top 77.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 21:49 (six months ago) Permalink

I finally saw Brooklyn-based Alsarah and the Nubatones. She's from Sudan. Mostly good Sudanese Nubian dance-pop, although some songs could use stronger melodies and have more interesting rhythmic and harmonic touches. The openers Huda and Kamyar kinda stole the show. They are a DC-based duo with Palestinian electric oud player & singer Huda on vocals and Iranian Kamyar on daf (a large trashcan lid size but bigger percussion instrument). I think they have some music on soundcloud

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 February 2017 14:53 (six months ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/02/06/513255643/even-with-travel-ban-blocked-artists-are-still-left-hanging?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=anastasiatsioulcas

Omar Souleyman US tour may not happen

Now that the order is in limbo, Tosti is not sure what to do. Neither is immigration lawyer Matthew Covey, who heads a U.S. nonprofit called Tamizdat that advocates for foreign artists and helps facilitate their visa applications.

"For the arts, it's really not a resolution at all," Covey asserts. "Because at least for performing arts programmers, the temporary restraining order is just that. We don't know when or if it will disappear, and we'll go back to the ban. So if you're running a performing arts organization here in the U.S., and you're trying to figure out who to book for June, July, even for March — there are very few presenters who are going to risk contracting with an artist from one of the seven countries now for any point in the foreseeable future."

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 13:37 (six months ago) Permalink

http://www.thestranger.com/events/24814447/cancelled-oliver-mtukudzi-anzanga-marimba-ensemble-naomi-wachira

[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Oliver and his band weren't allowed into Seattle; the band's working visas were denied by new embassy staff. Apparently, the embassy is not honoring applications accepted under the previous presidential administration. Columbia City Theater will soon be announcing further explanations and issuing refunds.]

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 16:03 (six months ago) Permalink

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/trumps-travel-ban-causing-chaos-for-international-musicians-w465236

During the first chaotic weekend after Trump's decree, the wildly popular Iranian singing star Googoosh was among those afraid she wouldn't be allowed back into the U.S. – where she has lived for more than a decade – from London, where she'd been recording. "She was distraught and distressed," says her lawyer Sourash Shahram. "She felt history was repeating itself, almost like a déjà vu." In 1980, while en route to Tehran from London, Googoosh got a phone call telling her not to go back to Iran, where the Ayatollah Khomeini had banned all non-religious women from singing.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 16:07 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah, i know a number of bookers that are furious

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:08 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUC5cVyQUH8

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 February 2017 11:29 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 February 2017 17:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Vusi Mahlasela is playing World Cafe Live here soon - have any of you seen him live? Should I try to go?

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 19:21 (six months ago) Permalink

https://soundcloud.com/glitterbeat/bargou-08-mamchout

It’s the forgotten place. Lying between the mountains of northwest Tunisia and the Algerian border, the Bargou valley and the village named after it lie isolated, away from the world. It’s poor, barren country, but standing apart, Bargou has developed its own culture that had never been documented until Nidhal Yahyaoui began the task. Born in the valley, he grew up hearing his parents and family sing the songs that belong to the region, and he was determined that the music and traditions shouldn’t slip away into obscurity. With Targ, the album he’s made with his band Bargou 08, Yahyaoui has perfectly fused the past and the present to place Bargou on the map.

“Nidhal began collecting songs from all over the valley more than ten years ago,” explains producer and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef, who’s known Yahyaoui since they were both ten years old. “No one had ever done that before. He listened to the women, to the village elders, and he learned all the variations on the songs. This is his passion, and he asked me to join him.”

this is awesome btw

Mordy, Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:54 (six months ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:49 (six months ago) Permalink

It is, Targ is definitely one of my favorites this year so far. Glitterbeat on a roll again.

maarten, Sunday, 12 February 2017 12:37 (six months ago) Permalink

NPR ATC had an interview with Hugh Masekela and the other guy who he worked with on putting together the Zaire 74 album. Kinda interesting. All of the African stars from that show are now deceased-- Tabu ley; Franco; Makeba etc.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:48 (two months ago) Permalink

The documentary about that concert, <i>Soul Power</i>, has some short excerpts of African artists performing, plus James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, etc. Also features a truly detestable British a&r man.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 15 June 2017 09:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Has anyone seen Les Filles de Illighadad in concert? They're visiting Montreal next week, exciting.

sean gramophone, Thursday, 15 June 2017 13:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Nope, but would like to.

x-post-- in addition to that Soul Power doc about the Zaire 74 concert, there is now a movie doc about the Latino acts-- “Fania All-Stars: Live in Africa"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:04 (two months ago) Permalink

new songhoy blues album out today

Mordy, Friday, 16 June 2017 20:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Friend just linked me to this. Beautiful Electro Pop:

https://open.spotify.com/album/0RWibDzGRDMx7PhC8koIHh?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open&play=true

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 19 June 2017 10:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Dizzy Mandjeku & Odemba OK All Stars

Was reading about this former guitarist for Franco and other Congolese rumba and soukous artists, who is based in Belgium now and just appeared over the weekend at a festival in Liverpool, England

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 June 2017 16:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Mdou Moctar, the guitarist from that Malian Prple Rain movie is doing some US tour dates, and the booker (whom I know) says he needs more Midwest dates between festivals

None of the dates booked so far are listed here, but I think the contact info is

http://multifloraproductions.com/booking/mdou-moctar-north-america-2017/#.WUvXD9IUmpo

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

any chance he's coming to philly? if not he should book world cafe live or crossroads (http://www.crossroadsconcerts.org) both of which have smaller venues and host a bunch of international acts.

Mordy, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I will check

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Crossroads can't do it he says (brief text without explanation -- maybe the only date that will work is booked). No response back from the booking agent in the text re World Café Live. He is still hoping to do a Philly show he says.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:02 (two months ago) Permalink

this is another possibility and a really nice venue:
http://www.ardmoremusic.com

Mordy, Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:34 (two months ago) Permalink

I let him know.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 June 2017 13:18 (two months ago) Permalink

Was just reading about a Moroccan men's choir that could not get their visas approved to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:00 (one month ago) Permalink

I dunno I love this Awa Poulo album, the crazy flute is what makes it for me

sleeve, Sunday, 2 July 2017 01:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Trying to remember what about that Malian Awa Poulo instrumentation I wasn't crazy about back in March. I forgot, which means maybe I should give it another listen.

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 July 2017 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Been listening to Colombia's Tribu Baharu, whose champeta sound draws heavily from Congolese soukous and rumba high-pitched guitar.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 July 2017 14:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Also been listening to old-school Cameroon singer Coco Argentee, who is going to be at Lee's Lounge in MD outside Washington DC late Friday night (early Saturday morning). I'd like to see her, but think it's gonna be a 1 am or so starting time and I'm not sure if she'll have a band or be singing over tracks.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 July 2017 17:40 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't go. She's still on her US tour. Did see a DC-based Palestinian oud player/singer last night who is very good.

Need to catch up on Afropop Worldwide podcasts plus various albums....

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 July 2017 20:02 (one month ago) Permalink

The flute, ngoni & calabash gourd don't always seem together on Awa Poulo's track "Djulau," but when they do it works nice with her voice.

That Ifriqiyya Electrique mentioned above is pretty wild--North African rock, postpunk industrial

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 July 2017 03:35 (one month ago) Permalink

So many afropop worldwide podcasts I need to hear

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

otm

Mordy, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 19:44 (one month ago) Permalink

Bakwamagazine.com has a history of Nigerian juju music piece I need to read.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 July 2017 04:06 (one month ago) Permalink

New Amadou & Mariam full album won't be out till September, but they're touring North America now

some of their upcoming dates

July 20—Washington, DC—9:30 Club

July 21— Brooklyn, NY— Celebrate Brooklyn
July 22—Philadelphia, PA—World Café Live
July 24—Chicago, IL—Millennium Park
July 27—Minneapolis, MN—Cedar Cultural Center

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:54 (one month ago) Permalink

bah sat night show not gonna happen too bad :(

Mordy, Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:58 (one month ago) Permalink

(i mean not gonna happen for me - i'm sure it'll go on as planned)

Mordy, Thursday, 20 July 2017 15:58 (one month ago) Permalink

speaking of afropop worldwide new ep looks super promising:

Proving the Bubu Myth: Janka Nabay, War, and Witchcraft in Sierra Leone

Mordy, Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Amadou & Mariam in DC last night. The arena rock flashes from the keyboardist & Trap drummer annoyed me at times. I'm not a purist but the hybrid has to work in a satisfying way. Plus Amadou 's guitar was sometimes too low in the mix. Some songs worked great though. The backup singer/dancer from Mali was impressive & Mariam's voice also.

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 July 2017 16:30 (one month ago) Permalink

Still haven't caught up on those podcasts.

I have been listening to Yemi Alade who is touring the US in a week or so. She's afropop/afrobeats and has probably been mentioned on that other thread. I like the songs "Koffi Anan" (it's a dance one can do) and "Johnny," a lot. Not a great voice but good enough (with clever enunciation) over those catchy, programmed Nigerian rhythms

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:28 (four weeks ago) Permalink

On a few songs on her Mama Africa album, Yemi Alade goes beyond the afrobeats rhythm template a bit.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Her "Johnny" video has been viewed 72 million times. Alade is a superstar in Africa. She has recorded songs in French and Swahili to reach out to audiences too.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 July 2017 12:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

sorry to sort of hijack, but what's the best place to write about "world music" these days? print would be cool, but web only is fine, too.

Songlines? Are there better options than that?

alpine static, Thursday, 27 July 2017 17:47 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Not much out there....Bandcamp; Pitchfork seems to have dropped coverage of this stuff;Folk Roots aka FRoots; the Afropop Worldwide website ; if its got programmed beats - Fader;

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

ouch

alpine static, Friday, 28 July 2017 20:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

otoh i find music listening much more pleasant when i'm not expected to write about it

Mordy, Friday, 28 July 2017 20:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think that bland site Paste sometime has African music coverage

curmudgeon, Saturday, 29 July 2017 01:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

http://kronosquartet.org/news/article/out-this-fall-collaborative-album-with-malian-super-group-trio-da-kali

Back in 2014 I think, I saw Malian group Trio Da Kali do a live collaboration gig with the Kronos Quartet. An album is now due in September, and the link has an advance stream of one song

curmudgeon, Monday, 31 July 2017 18:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Great Zimbabwe band Mokoomba who were in the UK recently, are now touring the US again. Their one hour free gig on Tuesday August 1st from 6 to 7pm at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC will be videostreamed on the Millennium Stage website and on Facebook. It will also be video-archived.

curmudgeon, Monday, 31 July 2017 20:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Mokoomba did a few too many instrumental solos at that gig, but it was still enjoyable.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 22:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

http://sahelsounds.com/2017/08/mdou-moctar-usa-tour-2017/

Includes NY, DC, and Philly shows plus more (no Ohio tho )

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:22 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Latin Arabia! Check out excerpt and or full article below

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/music/from-south-america-to-a-dance-floor-near-you-looking-at-the-rise-of-reggaeton-1.614324

Marshall says all this points to the fact that popular music is drawing more of its inspiration from Africa and across the Caribbean.

“It’s that same Afro-Caribbean rhythm that underpins reggaeton,” he says, mentioning the recent success of Drizzy and RiRi.

“The rise of these Afro-Diasporic polyrhythms over the last 10 to 15 years across the global pop and dance landscape is the bigger story here. Reggaeton is playing the role of one crucial vector for that spread.”

Also paying close attention to the trend is Taymoor Marmarchi. As head of one of the Arab world’s most powerful music labels, Dubai-based Platinum Records, Marmarchi has this week launched a sub-branch of the label, called Latin Arabia.

With the aim of fusing Latin sounds with Arabic pop, the initiative was launched with a pair of tracks featuring Arab stars who have collaborated with one of the world’s leading reggaeton acts, Cuban duo Gente De Zona.

While young Moroccan stars Grini and Jamila’s La Gozadera is an Arabic remix of last year’s hit by De Zona, it is the original composed collaboration featuring Palestinian star Mohammed Assaf that hints at Latin Arabia’s promise.

Released last week as part of Assaf’s second album Ma Wahashnak, Baddek Enayah is a monster hit in the making with its seamless blend of Arabic folk and reggaeton beat with bright splashes of horns and flamenco guitars.

An accompanying music video featuring both artists is in the works, and Assaf says he is particularly proud of the song because it proves that Arab artists can keep up with the latest trends and can release work relevant to their fan base at any particular time.

“I think it has that nice modern touch that my Arabic fans want now from their music,” he told The National in an exclusive interview last week.

“They hear these western styles every day – I mean, just look at how big Despacito is around the world, I want to tap into that and prove that I, as an Arab artist, can do that, too.”

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 August 2017 15:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

On a Diplo thread and elsewhere his interest in Afrobeats/afropop is discussed re a recent GQ story on him. Jordan linked to another story there, that works for this thread too

http://africasacountry.com/2017/07/sunday-read-cultural-appropriation-revisited/

As I write this, I’m sitting in a bit of limbo in London in one of my music partner’s dad’s flat (nice digs, but not a fancy Ace Hotel corner room by any means). I’m here because I’m on a promotional tour for the Kondi Band. Our label is based in London, and I know that Europe is a better place for us to tour this kind of music. They have tons of festivals, often funded by their national governments, that allow up and coming, experimental, underground, classic and lesser known acts to get their foot in the door or sustain a career. There’s one big problem: Sorie Kondi is not here since his travel has been put in limbo by the UK’s immigration agency. We have had several shows cancelled, even though we’ve offered an alternative set up that resembles more of a Jamaican Soundsystem-style show. So, we are losing money, and I’m stuck here waiting for my scheduled flight home (we don’t have enough money to change the flight.) I don’t know the future of the project because Sorie’s passport is also in limbo somewhere called Sheffield, and we don’t know if future tours will be put in jeopardy because of this situation. Add this to the fact that we are currently on a race against time to get enough attention to be able to justify the financing of the recording of a second album to our label and distributor. An international project like this needs infrastructure and capital to survive. The project as a whole is currently in several thousands of Euros debt, and after five years of hard work, it is in danger of falling apart.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's Bomia Tucker writing

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

god dammit khun narin cancelled pdx tonight due to flight difficulties. :( honestly though i'm surprised anybody from outside america can get here. or that anybody from outside america would _want_ to get here.

mdou moctar supposed to be here next month. we'll see. we'll see.

The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Friday, 11 August 2017 01:35 (one week ago) Permalink

they cancelled at Pickathon, too. but the bar gig was supposed to still happen, as of yesterday. bummer.

alpine static, Friday, 11 August 2017 07:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Youssou N'Dour's short US tour in August included a free show the other night in Chicago and an upcoming free one Saturday/tomorrow night in Brooklyn. He's in DC tonight and Columbus, Oh Sunday and then done. He did a few west coast dates to start. I'm just now catching up to his 2 most recent albums. I'm a big fan of his live gigs over the years (that are all mostly Senegalese mbalax with little of his cross attempts from decades ago, not that those are that terrible). The albums are solid enough (in my quick listens so far).

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 August 2017 23:20 (one week ago) Permalink

I like the 2017 N'Dour album Seeni Valeurs that I think was self-released better than the 2016 one Africa Rekk, that was on a major label (but I missed it till now). The 2016 one does have him dueting I think with someone else doing an autotuned vocal on one song (I think it's someone else and not his vocals dubbed in to duet with himself).

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 August 2017 04:19 (one week ago) Permalink

afropop worldwide is knockout ep after knockout ep right now. the malawi ep that just came out, and the bayaka pygmies ep they just reposted are both brilliant. the janka nabay ep was great. and now i see they just put out a new ep about afro-dominicana and "afro-syncretic religious parties."

Mordy, Monday, 14 August 2017 22:12 (one week ago) Permalink

I have donated $ to them in the past and should do so again

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:37 (one week ago) Permalink

heads up that the playlist is up to date these days

ILM's Rolling Global Thread 2017 Spotify Playlist

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:36 (one week ago) Permalink


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