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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five months ago) Permalink

This took place already--

http://globalfest.org/gf_artists

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

video of her gig is there and on Youtube

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

I need to check out the Batida gig from there .

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

She was impressive live.

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

How many of them from this thread :p

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

At least 2, don't know 2

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

i forgot to vote in the ilx poll

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

A-WA got 3 votes including a chuck eddy vote

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

Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

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

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

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

great double feature there; you should have a wonderful time.

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Tuesday, 18 April 2017 20:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes that should be great. Seeing just Tinariwen Wednesday night with no opener at a sold out gig near Washington D.C.

Listened to a bit of that ZMEI3 group that Rudiph mentioned above. Eh, some of the vocals are too dramatic feeling for me. Plus I am not that crazy about East European music. Sorry.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Actually did like a few songs on it.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 03:18 (two months ago) Permalink

I have to admit the vocals are a little too dramatic for me at times (then again, I like Oum Kalthoum, so maybe it's about the particular variety of drama). I'm not big on East European music either, generally speaking.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:06 (two months ago) Permalink

At least you tried. "All that we ask is that you try," as my dickheaded high school gym teacher used to say.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:16 (two months ago) Permalink

I still think it's very good, but I need to listen to more. There is maybe a quarter of it that I'm not so fond of. I think I am just bored right now and need something to be enthusiastic about, so I'm having trouble letting it come into focus and arriving at a real opinion. I like the vibraphonist best, to be honest.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 19 April 2017 04:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Enjoyed Tinariwen live last night. Have seen 'em a number of times now. Despite the similarity of the arrangements of some of their songs, there were enough subtle differences (plus different lead vocalists on different cuts) to keep it interesting.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 April 2017 17:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Jonathan Bogart has been writing for Medium and elsewhere a bit about Angolan pop. Here's his latest talk at the Pop Conference

https://medium.com/@jonathanbogart/look-at-the-boy-doll-look-at-the-girl-doll-the-radical-wit-transgressive-populism-of-dce66fb6461d

I think I posted his Pop Angola 2016 last year

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 April 2017 17:22 (two months ago) Permalink

My review of the Tinariwen and Dengue Fever show in Philly last week.

http://agitreader.com/wp2/tinariwen-and-dengue-feverunion-transfer-philadelphia-april-18

This kind of music is outside of what I usually listen to so I hope I did the band's justice.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Monday, 24 April 2017 22:57 (two months ago) Permalink

really enjoying this today
https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/gulu-city-anthems

"Nyege Nyege Tapes proudly announces the first international release of electro acholi pioneer Otim Alpha's incredible body of work recorded over a period of 11 years. Otim Alpha together with his early producer Leo Palayeng began in 2001 taking traditional Acholi 'Larakaraka' wedding songs and reinterpreting them with music software on computers. The results are a fast paced poly-rhythmic music ready for dance floor madness."

nxd, Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:11 (two months ago) Permalink

A bunch of things on bandcamp I need to catch up with, including that

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:26 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.afropop.org/34186/fresh-cuts-vol-three/

a selection of newly released tracks and videos from across Africa and the diaspora, featuring established and up-and-coming artists and everything in between. Today we’ve got, among other things, rhymes and beats from London, Ghana, Dominican Republic and Cameroon, some entrancing electrified Ugandan folk music and slick electro-pop from Namibia

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:13 (two months ago) Permalink

I missed the live airing of Kidjo doing Talking Heads Remain in Light. Still want to hear it.

Been listening to Cameroonian Petit Pays, who sounds a bit a old-school Congolese rumba/soukous. Also checking out some Sam Fan Thomas top tracks. Still need to get to that stuff highlighted on bandcamp above.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 12:55 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/arts/music/new-orleans-jazz-heritage-festival-best-performances.html?_r=0

Jon Pareles faves at the first weekend of Jazzfest in New Orleans include group I like a lot, Makoomba from Zimbabwe--

MOKOOMBA This band from Zimbabwe sings in the language its members grew up with, Tonga. But its guitar grooves are a Pan-African blend, drawing on the thumb-pianolike guitar picking of older Zimbabwean pop, on the lilting rumba of Congolese soukous and on hints of rock. It was topped with the chameleonic vocals of Mathias Muzaza, who moved from a smooth croon to rasping, riveting incantations.

He also liked, among others --TELMARY Y HABANA SANA The Cuban poet, rapper and songwriter Telmary Diaz didn’t rely on her words alone to get across her socially conscious messages. She had a full Latin band, playing the sinuous rhythms of son and speedy, percussive rumba, surrounding her with melodic refrains.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 May 2017 15:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Mokoomba on their first tour and am looking forward to seeing them again this weekend. The new album is a little less potent then they are live, but still worth checking out (streaming, download , however)

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 May 2017 14:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Mokoomba were so good live last night. Choreographed dancing, singer with wide vocal range, harmonies from the band, tight rhythm section, great guitar...

curmudgeon, Sunday, 7 May 2017 17:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Mokoomba singer was sweating heavily under the lights and working hard. Not sure if the ballad he sang about his deceased parents, accompanied by just the keyboard player is on either of their albums.

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 May 2017 13:54 (one month ago) Permalink

All Mokoomba, all of the time--

They just added more summer North America dates. Philly folks, the closest gigs to you will be in NYC and an Erie PA festival. Also a free show at the Kennedy Center in DC that will also be live-streamed August 1 (just a special hour only gig)

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 May 2017 12:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Finally listened to Otim Alpha from Uganda's Gulu City Anthems on Nyege Nyege Tapes via Bandcamp. I like some of it, but I think I like Janka Nabay's brand of afro-folk vocals over Afro-electro beats better.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 03:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I want to hear the new Vieux Farka Toure. Plus Angelique Kidjo's live take on Talking Heads Remain in Light. Need to get those. I'd like to see great Cameroonian vocalist Petit Pays Friday night near Washington DC, in Maryland, but I'm heading out of town for a family thing.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened to some of the new Vieux Farka Toure album "Samba" yesterday. Good if you like him, and I do. Solid aggressive Malian electric guitar lead and rhythm with a small band

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Cameroon's Petit Pays brings his makossa sound to Maryland on the 19th and Massachusetts on the 20th. Old-schooler Sam Fan Thomas is coming in June. On the 10th in Maryland, other dates tba.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2017 18:13 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.frootsmag.com/content/issue/charts/

Transglobal Top 15 April 2017 chart

1.ORCHESTRA BAOBAB Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
2.BARGOU 08 Targ (Glitterbeat)
3.OMAR SOSA & SECKOU KEITA Transparent Water (Otá)
4.MOKOOMBA Luyando (OutHere)
5.TAMIKREST Kidal (Glitterbeat)
6.DAYMÉ AROCENA Cubafonía (Brownswood Recordings)
7.MARA ARANDA Sefarad En El Corazón De Marruecos (Mara Aranda)
8.AMINE & HAMZA Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
9.LES AMAZONES D’AFRIQUE République Amazone (Real World)
10.YASMINE HAMDAN Al Jamilat (Crammed)
11.DANYÈL WARO Monmon (Cobalt/Buda)
12.TINARIWEN Elwan (Wedge)
13.DHAFER YOUSSEF Diwan Of Beauty And Odd (Okeh)
14.ELIDA ALMEIDA Djunta Kudjer (Lusafrica)
15.SERENDOU Zinder (Hirustica)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:46 (one month ago) Permalink

love this elida almeida album. she was featured on the most recent afropop worldwide ep "THE ATLANTIC SOUND OF CAPE VERDE"

Mordy, Friday, 19 May 2017 13:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Still need to check that Almeida album out. I've been listening to the raw, chanted vocals and funky, galloping rhythms of Ghana's Ayisoba

http://thequietus.com/articles/22127-king-ayisoba-1000-can-die-album-review

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:02 (one month ago) Permalink

King Ayisoba that is

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 14:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Malian Oumou Sangare's first album in awhile sounded good on first listen. The backing to her fine singing is a mix of French producers using tech and some traditional Malian instrument players

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 May 2017 13:43 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.resident-music.com/image/cache/data/proper/ifr-500x500.jpg

This new Ifriqiyya Electrique blows shit up. Ritualistic post-punk Tunisian trance music?

del esdichado (NickB), Friday, 26 May 2017 21:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Still listening to new Oumou Sangare & have to get to other non-Malian ones

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 May 2017 15:49 (four weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2017/05/23/at-long-last-the-african-music-from-ali-and-foremans-rumble-in-the-jungle-sees-release

The performances were filmed and recorded on a state-of-the-art mobile studio, but most of the tapes sat in storage for decades thanks to a dispute with the fight's notorious promoter, Don King. Now, the organizers of the music festival—South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and producer Stewart Levine—have finally gained control of the music, and on Friday a stunning new double CD called Zaire 74: the African Performers (Wrasse) will at long last let us hear it all. The set features beautifully recorded, highly charged, and sublimely elegant performances by Franco & O.K. Jazz, Orchestre Stukas, Abeti Masikini, and Tabu Ley Rochereau & Afrisa, as well as a set from South African great Miriam Makeba. It's mind-boggling that this material has been buried all these years. The discs are packaged in a lovely hardbound book with liner-note essays by Masekela, Levine, and British music journalist Robin Denselow. I wish there were more still images from the film footage—Makeba is the only artist

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:27 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Chicago Reader's Margasak also likes this East African comp of 70s to 80s music (he likes it more than Christgau does, as explained)

https://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2017/05/02/urgent-jumping-collects-east-african-dance-classics-including-the-frantic-benga-of-the-golden-kings-band

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Zaire 74 is a bit uneven but has some great Tabu ley cuts and Franco ones

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 00:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I need to listen to the Makeba cuts again on that long Zaire 74 cd. The Abeti Masikini tracks didn't wow me-- her voice is too ragged, folkloric at times.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 June 2017 14:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Still need to check out Mordy fave Elida Almeida. My Zimbabwe fave Mokoomba are gonna be in London Sunday (for anyone over there)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 June 2017 14:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

fwiw i've kinda cooled on that album. mostly listening to the zaire 74 atm.

Mordy, Thursday, 8 June 2017 16:32 (two weeks 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week ago) Permalink

new songhoy blues album out today

Mordy, Friday, 16 June 2017 20:46 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (six days 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 (six days ago) Permalink

I will check

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:57 (six days 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 (six days ago) Permalink

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

Mordy, Thursday, 22 June 2017 20:34 (six days ago) Permalink

I let him know.

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 June 2017 13:18 (five days 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 (yesterday) Permalink


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