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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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months ago) Permalink

This took place already--

http://globalfest.org/gf_artists

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

video of her gig is there and on Youtube

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

I need to check out the Batida gig from there .

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

She was impressive live.

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

How many of them from this thread :p

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

At least 2, don't know 2

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

i forgot to vote in the ilx poll

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

A-WA got 3 votes including a chuck eddy vote

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

Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

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

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

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

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

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:37 (two months 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 (two months ago) Permalink

This is exquisite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxDsn-8eymk

Full-length version (Spotify) stretches it out a bit more

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

heads up for 2018 for NYC folks, Brooklyn Bowl is doing an April Festival of Mali:

April 13 – Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1527525-toumani-diabate-sidiki-brooklyn/

April 14 – Sidi Touré
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1528493-sidi-toure-brooklyn/

April 15 – Trio da Kali and Derek Gripper
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1528524-trio-da-kali-derek-gripper-brooklyn/

April 16 – Fatoumata Diawara
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1528532-fatoumata-diawara-brooklyn/

April 28 – Ibibio Sound Machine
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1528534-ibibio-sound-machine-brooklyn/

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 3 September 2017 19:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Trio da Kali & Kronos were awesome playing together live several years ago, and I liked the advance I heard of their album

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 04:53 (one month ago) Permalink

Mdou Moctar US tour underway. Los Angeles folks, free show Thursday September 7th at 6 pm at Amoeba in Hollywood.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 16:13 (one month ago) Permalink

is Moctar actually *in* the U.S.? is this confirmed?

he had to cancel UK/EU which made me nervous

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:00 (one month ago) Permalink

he's got a few ny dates so there's some trust he's on the way

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 17:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Do you think NY dates indicate more trust that he's on the way than Oakland or Cedar Rapids or Louisville?

I know how tours work ... he also just canceled a bunch of announced dates in Europe because of visa issues.

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:02 (one month ago) Permalink

not trying to be coy or naive here, but i think multiple NY dates (as opposed to Louisville) means that more than one east coast promoter are working to make sure he gets into the country which a) helps his case with the visa office and b)suggests that people with money think he can jump through the necessary hoops else they wouldn't be actively promoting

that said i did not know he just canceled EU dates... I will reach out to a venue friend and ask

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:09 (one month ago) Permalink

in portland he's playing at the same venue which booked khun narin. frankly i'm amazed that anybody can get in the country these days, things being how they are.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:14 (one month ago) Permalink

sorry, i didn't mean to be snarky w/ my last post. came out wrong.

i guess i just don't have the view that multiple east coast promoters who've booked shows w/ him have that much more pull w/ the visa office than dozens across the country. i know east coasters think east coast shows are a big deal (no shots, just saying) but i can't imagine the visa office cares more about a promoter in NYC than Louisville or L.A. but maybe i'm wrong.

he had EU dates announced for 8/19-9/2 but they announced cancellations on 8/31 ... not sure if the shows before that were canceled or not?

and this is why - as is the case with a lot of overseas acts these days - i will feel better when i see Moctar on U.S. soil.

he is supposed to play L.A. tomorrow night:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DG0NSzIV0AAqcy-.jpg

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Eruv Sukkot in philly sadly or I'd go

Mordy, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:22 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm certainly no expert but having spoken with a lawyer who specializes in artist visa issues more or less exclusively, i think having the backing of folks with money, power and specific dates/programs to bring you into the country (and maybe moreso in a venue immediately adjacent to the airport where an artist touches down) makes for a stronger case. it's less about NYC I'M WALKIN' OVAH HEAH culture politics and more about being in a port city with heavy trade in artist transportation and people in power on the side of the angels (like lincoln center as a for instance) who have systems in place to better help mitigate than, say, Macon GA. that said, with the current administration in power, who knows anything about anything? i hope he don't run into any bullshit as i'd like to see him play.

let me know if that LA show does/doesn't come off please?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:42 (one month ago) Permalink

ooh, ok, that all makes me feel better. thanks for the insight. that's what i get for worrying out loud about something i don't know much about. :)

will do, re: LA

alpine static, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:46 (one month ago) Permalink

just called the hollywood amoeba (yay living in the future), they said it's a go

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 18:47 (one month ago) Permalink

My source says he's due to arrive in US today and do the Amoeba gig tomorrow. So hopefully things run smoothly today!

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 September 2017 19:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Successful Moctar entry into US, first gig tonight at Amoeba in Los Angeles area

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:42 (one month ago) Permalink

woohoo!

alpine static, Thursday, 7 September 2017 17:23 (one month ago) Permalink

as long as we're in Moctar mode, he's playing live (and Sahel Sounds dude is DJing) from Noon to 2 Pacific today here: http://dublab.com/events/27840/live-broadcast-slayron-analogue-players-club/

alpine static, Friday, 8 September 2017 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.musicinafrica.net/directory/yehunie-belay

Had never heard of this guy, but he's doing an Ethiopian New Year's gig near me this weekend. I like his voice on the first few cuts I have heard.

Ethiopian New Year is on the 11th this year.

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 September 2017 18:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Just got back from a screening of Akounak... followed by a Moctar concert and can confirm that he's in the states, has a warm smile and absolutely slays live.

Fetchboy, Sunday, 10 September 2017 07:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Yes! Have seen some clips on Instagram of Moctar and band out west.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, saw Senegalese group Bideew Bou Bess for free at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage last night. 3 vocalists, including one who played some guitar, plus 2 more folks- a drummer and a percussionist. A but uneven but impressive at times. They sing N'Dour style mbalax but also rap and add some r'n'b bits. Rapping was impressive in an oldschool golden era meets backpacker way-- verbose and polished inflection-wise(I don't speak Wolof) . They were in NYC the night before. Not sure where they play next.

The gig should be available soon on the K. Ctr M. Stage site's video archive.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 September 2017 13:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Returned to K. Center last night and saw Cambodian Space Project do their psych/garage rock/Khmer pop thing. I liked it. They're doing a free NYC gig Friday night at the Cutting Room

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:26 (one month ago) Permalink

https://daily.bandcamp.com/2017/09/20/africa-seven-feature/

Sonodisc African reissues

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 17:44 (one month ago) Permalink

2nd Songhoy Blues album is a tad uneven but not bad

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 September 2017 23:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Songhoy Blues are touring the US right now. IN DC Thursday the 28th

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

TRANSGLOBAL WORLD MUSIC CHART TOP 15
August’s favourite albums compiled from a worldwide panel of broadcasters and writers.

1.TRIO DA KALI & KRONOS QUARTET Ladilikan (World Circuit)
2.TOKO TELO Toy Raha Toy (Anio)
3.BOKANTÉ Strange Circles (Groundup)
4.OUMOU SANGARE Mogoya (No Format!)
5.MAGÍN DIAZ El Orisha De La Rosa (Noname)
6.SABÎL Zabad (Harmonia Mundi)
7.TRIO TEKKE & DAVE DE ROSE Zivo (Trio Tekke)
8.RAHIM ALHAJ Letters From Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways)
9.FRIGG Frost On Fiddles (Frigg)
10.DIMITRIS MYSTAKIDIS Amerika (Fishbowl)
11.LILA DOWNS Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Sony)
12.MEÏKHÂNEH La Silenceuse (Buda)
13.SONGHOY BLUES Résistance (Transgressive)
14.DANYÈL WARO Monmon (Cobalt/Buda)
15.RANK LONDON Glass House Orchestra (Piranha)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 15:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The Oumou Sangare record is nice. What a great voice. Wish she would tour the US. Last time I think she came to my neck of the woods was at the Smithsonian Folklife Fest in like 2004 or 2005 (and I missed the show as I was busy coaching my son's baseball team or something...).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Songhoy Blues did a a 1 1/2 hour set in DC last night. Fun and lively, though their songwriting is a bit uneven and sometimes the guitarist goes from that cool North African sound to less interesting to me blues-rock power chords.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 September 2017 15:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Also saw more Mdou Moctar footage on Youtube of him live on this US tour. Looking forward to seeing him for free Sunday night at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. That 6 to 7 pm est gig will be streamed live on FB & at the K Ctr M. St. website too I think.

Then seeing Sun Ra Arkestra open for Solange there (paid ticket) at 8 that night in another Kennedy Center theatre.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 September 2017 15:05 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Moctar was great last night; they had a lot of technical issues though. Line to the free show around the block!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 29 September 2017 15:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Moctar's show in DC was fairly mellow for the first 40 minutes, then the tempo picked up and he got flashier on guitar and the last 20 minutes were great. First 40 weren't bad, just not as dazzling. Maybe because of the way the free show was marketed, or because of the movie Moctar was in, but I saw folks there who I don't often see at North African music gigs-- rockers Ian S (of Makeup & Chain & the Gang), all of Priests, drummer and bass player from Fugazi (now in Messthetics together, they'll be doing a gig opening for Moctar in DC on the 12th)

Kennedy Center video of that show-- http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/index/M64066

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 October 2017 16:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Alas I missed the late-night Nigerian Independence celebration gig in DC Sunday night with 4 afrobeats/afropop acts. There were also dj events for Nigeria independence day on Friday and Saturday

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 October 2017 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I interviewed Mdou Moctar when he was in Brussels a few weeks ago, and was able to aired it last Friday: https://www.mixcloud.com/Sterrenplaten/sterrenplaten-29-september-2017-mdou-moctar-the-dwarfs-of-east-agouza/

On how Christopher from Sahel Sounds traced him, on the bond with his parents and his religion, on nature and the desert. In French though.

The show also contains a sprawling improv set excerpt (15 min) by The Dwarfs Of East Agouza and a short talk with Maurice Louca, Sam Shalabi and Alan Bishop on a Brussels' rooftop.

maarten, Monday, 2 October 2017 17:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Merci.

Group Doueh (Western Sahara band) coming next to DC on the 6th

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 October 2017 12:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Missed Group Doueh last night but saw an impressive video clip with Doueh playing guitar behind his head. Wfmu is I think associated with their gig with 75 Dollar Bill tonight

curmudgeon, Saturday, 7 October 2017 21:22 (one week ago) Permalink

bit of a long shot but does anyone have any recommended reading or anything on the history of the guitar in west africa or africa more generally? particularly interested in anything pre-C20th

ogmor, Sunday, 8 October 2017 15:11 (one week ago) Permalink

issue of The World of Music from 1994 on the topic looks interesting:
https://www.jstor.org/stable/i40141633

some talk about the slide guitar + west africa here:
http://www.afropop.org/8638/africa-and-the-blues-an-interview-with-gerhard-kubik/

Mordy, Sunday, 8 October 2017 15:37 (one week ago) Permalink

I keep falling in love w/ these field recordings on Afropop Worldwide for artists that I cannot otherwise find any recordings of online. First it was Timmy Wonder and the Creative Crew on the Fuji-Juju episode and now it's Ambassador Joker on the new Fela Kuti ep.

Mordy, Monday, 16 October 2017 15:08 (four days ago) Permalink

Still behind on catching up on Afropop episodes. Speaking of Fela, watched a bit of Anthony Bourdain's show on CNN --the episode with him in Lagos. He goes to the Shrine, and talks with Seun, Femi and Yeni Kuti.

http://www.foodandwine.com/news/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-lagos-preview

Wife and I drove down to the Richmond, VA Folk Fest on Saturday(its a Friday through Sunday event). Saw soul and blues acts; black frat and sorority step dancers; plus Peru's Los Wemblers (chicha/psych cumbia ) and Betsayda Machado Y La Parranda El Clavo (The Voice of Venezuela and her afro-percussive band). Good stuff.

Also saw Mdou Moctar again in DC. A more rocking set than the one I saw earlier at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 October 2017 16:52 (four days ago) Permalink

x-post to bit of a long shot but does anyone have any recommended reading or anything on the history of the guitar in west africa or africa more generally? particularly interested in anything pre-C20th

― ogmor, Sunday, October 8, 2017

I vaguely recall that Ned Sublette's book "Cuba and its Music" traces that island's music back to its roots including Africa.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 October 2017 16:56 (four days ago) Permalink

not much on guitar but lots on pre-20th century african music
https://www.amazon.com/Music-Africa-J-Kwabeha-Nketia/dp/0393092496

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Monday, 16 October 2017 17:07 (four days ago) Permalink

this boxset also relevant:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-African-Guitar-Box/release/3716875

Mordy, Monday, 16 October 2017 17:14 (four days ago) Permalink

thanks for all these recommendations, I'll start to dip in. you sometimes hear that a certain bit of early modern guitar music or flamenco or w/e is african, or based on an african tune, or a rhythm or whatever, and that sort of thing is v curious to me

ogmor, Monday, 16 October 2017 22:14 (four days ago) Permalink

http://www.forcedexposure.com/Artists/BLO.html

Just learning about 70s psych rock band from Nigeria Blo who later apparently got more danceable as Disco arrived

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:15 (two days ago) Permalink

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/konono-no-1-bandleader-augustin-mawangu-mingiedi-dead-at-56-w509710

Oh no. Saw this on ILE obit thread

The band will continue with a 3rd generation

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 October 2017 18:58 (yesterday) Permalink


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