Separate threads for releases from each and every country won't get many posts, hence this thread. Almost the same title as last year, but new year. You know the drill-
this is the thread for polyrhythmic, funky, bluesy,groove-filled 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.I tend to lean towards countries from below the equator.
Plus I like to hear about live music.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 January 2018 19:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink
Still digging through picks on the Afropop Stocking stuffers 2017 list; and also looking to see what's on Said the Gramophone and other lists that I might have missed.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 January 2018 19:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink
Also listened a bit to slightly syrupy and operatic but still powerful veteran Iranian balladeer Ebi who is going to be appearing at the 4000 seat DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC on January 27th. Don't know about other gigs
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 January 2018 19:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink
3MA....I need to give this trio another listen. Supergroup with members from Mali, Morocco & Madagascar
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 January 2018 04:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink
As so many rock ’n’ roll stories do, the CBC Band’s began with the purchase of a guitar behind the back of a disapproving father.
When he was a young child in Vietnam, Tung Linh wanted a guitar, so his mother bought one for him. His father, Phan Van Pho, was a cook for French officials in Hanoi, and he wanted his children to become doctors or engineers, not musicians. When he found the guitar, he smashed it.
But his wife, Hoang Thi Nga, nurtured Tung Linh’s interest in American music, which he shared with two of his seven siblings: Bich Loan, a singer, and Tung Van on drums. When their father died in the late 1950s, Ms. Hoang went to work as a custodian on a Republic of Vietnam naval base. The family was poor, and those years were hard, but she wanted her children to be happy, so she nurtured their desire to perform American music.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 05:04 (two weeks ago) Permalink
Jupiter & Okwess band from the Congo for free 6 to 7 pm est Fri. the 12th at Kennedy Center in W. DC. Video streaming live (k. Ctr website & Facebook live). Video archived too.
Also, heard an advance of new Tal National. First 3 cuts are raucous African funky rocky fun
― curmudgeon, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:40 (one week ago) Permalink
i really love tal national. i can't wait to hear the new one.
― Mordy, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:51 (one week ago) Permalink
goin' to globalfest on sunday
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:00 (one week ago) Permalink
Jupiter & Okwess rocking those rumba meets psychedelic rock grooves right now
― curmudgeon, Friday, 12 January 2018 23:48 (one week ago) Permalink
I forget to read this thread but have we talked about 'Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn Of Africa'? Because it's god damn incredible
― FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 10:25 (one week ago) Permalink
Yes, talked about last year
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:38 (one week ago) Permalink
also just discovered that and it is amazing!
I'm was thinking about starting a thread for the more recent wave of african reissues after listening to strut's fantastic Oté Maloya comp from last year. I kind of checked out of following the reissue market after picking up my nth afro-funk comp, but now that they've started to move into the 80s I think there's likely a bunch of good stuff I've missed (it's sad the reggae reissue market basically died before they got out of the 70s).
― rob, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 18:10 (one week ago) Permalink
Jon Pareles in his NY Times review of GlobalFest 2018 like Congo's Jupiter & Okwess live as much I did:
But the night’s fiercest, most diverse grooves belonged to Jupiter & Okwess: the singer, songwriter and bandleader Jupiter Bokondji and his band, from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with songs that joyfully carried conscientious messages like “Protect women.” The briskly upbeat rhythm of Congolese soukous, well known worldwide, was only part of the set. Mr. Bokondji traveled extensively in Congo and learned many local, lesser-known styles that infuse his songs, giving them variety and bite. He’s also clearly fond of what a wah-wah pedal can do.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 05:02 (one week ago) Permalink
He reviewed many of the 12 groups including Paris-based Guadeloupean trio Delgres, Cuban artist La Dame Blanche, Brazilian post-tropicalia singer Ava Rocha and more
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 05:07 (one week ago) Permalink
hello international music friends -- if you have a little extra time/goodwill, please bookmark my thread:
help me with my class?
you wouldn't have to do anything more than contribute a small portion of your existing knowledge :)
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:38 (one week ago) Permalink
jupiter and okwess were fine; i loved iberi, jarlath henderson and miramar
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:42 (one week ago) Permalink
Will give them a listen. Actually I have seen and heard Miramar and like their quiet boleros and ballads. Watched Brazilian singer Ava Rocha and band from their Kennedy Center gig tonight ( via video stream). She’s theatrical and kinda Bjork like at times and the band adds postpunk guitar to the Tropicalia base.
A local promoter near me who was up there visiting, loved the Guadeloupe group with guitar and tuba. The video clip he shared though had a fairly conventional blues-rock sound.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 January 2018 03:18 (six days ago) Permalink
miramar was okay on tape but daaaaaang they were great in person Rocha didn't do much for me live or on tape, but it's very much a matter of taste with her i gather.
― Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 18 January 2018 04:03 (six days ago) Permalink
Still catching up on 2017 releases- listened for 2nd time to the trio 3MA featuring Mali’s Ballaké Sissoko on kora, Moroccan oud virtuoso Driss El Maloumi, and Madagascar’s valiha player Rajery.
Mellow and pleasant with Sissoko's wonderful harp-like kora work often taking the lead.
Oh, listened to one track from Irish folkie Jarlath Henderson whom Ulysses liked at Globalfest 2018. Not a big fan of the genre, so would have to listen more to make up my mind. But I'm probably not the person to ask re his style.
Haven't listened yet to his other fave Georgian folk Group Iberi Choir.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2018 19:05 (two days ago) Permalink
Listening to Blay Ambolley from Ghana's 2017 album Ketan. He's a highlife/hiplife bandleader/musician. Nice old-school sound.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley was rather unknown outside of West Africa until Soundway Records included his seminal Simigwa-Do, which Ambolley released in 1973, on their first anthology, Ghana Soundz.
That's from Wiki.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:07 (two days ago) Permalink
The album has a kinda Fela feel to it
― curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:28 (two days ago) Permalink