Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2018 Thread Once Known as World Music

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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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/04/opinion/beatles-of-vietnam.html?_r=0

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 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

i really love tal national. i can't wait to hear the new one.

Mordy, Friday, 12 January 2018 15:51 (ten months ago) Permalink

goin' to globalfest on sunday

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 20:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

Jupiter & Okwess rocking those rumba meets psychedelic rock grooves right now

curmudgeon, Friday, 12 January 2018 23:48 (ten months 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 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yes, talked about last year

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 17:38 (ten months 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 (ten months 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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/15/arts/music/globalfest-review.html?_r=0

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 05:02 (ten months ago) Permalink

liked.

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

The album has a kinda Fela feel to it

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 January 2018 21:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Been reading about the upcoming debut album by this Malian veteran percussionist but I haven't heard it yet--

Hama Sankaré --Ballébé - Calling All Africans

Alpha Ousmane "Hama" Sankaré (aka Pedro) is a legend. He has anchored the bands of many great artists of Mali: Ali Farka Toure, Afel Bocoum, le Troupe Regionale de Niafunké, l'Orchestre de Gao, Songhoy Allstars, and Mamadou Kelly's BanKaiNa, and he can be heard on many of the seminal recordings of Mali's music. He is the master of contemporary calabash percussion and defined it's the playing style. He has toured the world. Hama's influence is unchallenged as composer, arranger, and instrumentalist. Unbelievably, Ballébé - Calling All Africans is the first album in his own name

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 January 2018 19:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

Looks like the Africa Express project is recording again.

It's Day 4 for @africaexpress recording in Joburg....@gruffingtonpost @THEREALGHETTS @Damonalbarn @BombayBicycle @nonkulululu @MahotellaQueens @muziou #pote #otim the productivity is incredible. pic.twitter.com/I86lbFIvEC

— Africa Express (@africaexpress) January 31, 2018

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

Wow, Mahotella Queens still at it

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 15:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

kind of amazing, right? I grew up listening to them!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

They formed in 1964 I see on Wiki. In spite of the deaths of Mahlathini, Marks Mankwane and West Nkosi during the late 1990s, the Mahotella Queens continue to perform and record in the 21st century. In 2013, long-serving member Mildred Mangxola retired from the group. She was replaced by a new recruit, Amanda Nkosi.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

Not sure where to put this, but I'm currently obsessed by this site where you can see what's the most streamed track on youtube in cities around the world, and listen to said tracks on the site

https://pudding.cool/2018/01/music-map/

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 17:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

#1 Song in Your City - Interactive, updated map for discovery
i will be curious to see if they update with January; that would make it a regular visit

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

The mighty Mahotella Queens rehearsing with their new band of @gruffingtonpost @nickzinner @Damonalbarn @Georgiadrumming for tonight’s show #africaexpress pic.twitter.com/fPrWsqLjEa

— Africa Express (@africaexpress) February 2, 2018

They're playing a show tonight.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

#legends

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 2 February 2018 16:14 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/on-hearing-my-fathers-legacy-in-vampire-weekend/

Fanta Sylla, daughter of legendary late producer Ibrahima Sylla , on her initial enjoyment of Vampire Weekend ‘s 1st album and then goes from there to discuss Congolese music and colonialism and more.

She also links to another interesting piece https://www.cairn.info/revue-politique-africaine-2005-4-page-69.html

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 February 2018 16:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

that Sylla piece is excellent, thanks for posting that. It should probably go on that recent tuneyards thread, but maybe that thing is best forgotten

rob, Friday, 2 February 2018 18:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ha. I need to listen to that Congolese/Canadian guy Pierre Kwenders you mentioned on another thread

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 February 2018 15:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

x-post I wonder if any members of the Makgona Tsohle Band who used to back the Mahotella Queens are still alive and able to perform?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Fanta Sylla in Pitchfork Pitch piece linked above:

Growing up, I was ambivalent about what I perceived to be a general indifference towards African music. There was a rich history, a diversity of styles, and countless brilliant artists people didn’t seem to want to explore. It felt like people could only handle African music if it was mixed or filtered with something they recognized. But rather than calling out white artists who appropriate African music, I’ve always been more concerned that the African genres and artists that inspired them were given proper credit and financial support. I’m interested in the inclusion of African music in non-African publications, and in a passionate critical approach by African writers on the sounds that color their lives (look to Cameroonian writer Achille Mbembe’s beautiful piece on Congolese music for a great example).

It's nice that Pitchfork Pitch posted this, but alas I didn't see a single artist based on the African continent in the Pitchfork best of tracks or albums list for 2017. Periodically over the years they've posted stuff by Deej and others, but nothing consistently.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

ANEWAL is the new trio of Alhousseini Anivolla, lead guitarist and singer of internationally renowned desert blues band Etran Finatawa. Formed in 2012

Listened to their 2017 album. They have that sound down.

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/petite-noir-accuses-damon-albarn-project-africa-express-of-musician-exploitation/

Seems Africa Express isn't being too well received by some of the involved musicians.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ouch. Terrible contract. No comments yet from Albarn or Zimmer or others associated with Africa Express

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 22:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Zinner I mean

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 February 2018 22:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

"As we pay all the travel, accommodation and other costs for Western artists joining us on trips, we ask them to volunteer their time."

So Mr. Blur & Gorillaz's @africaexpress costs get paid for, but he can't afford to pay Africans for anything, or even promise them a specific percentage of any possible profits. Hmm.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 03:46 (nine months ago) Permalink

Seeing complicating and contradictory comments about this Africa Express thing on Facebook . Some insisting this just relates to standard rules when recording a charity benefit album as they were apparently doing in South Africa in addition to the gigs. But the language in the contract seems problematic

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 15:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

well when africa express rolled thru addis 6 or so years ago, the ethiop musicians here were not happy with the way they were treated, felt disrespected in their own clubs by ppl like flea and others general dissatisfaction has been the sense i've gotten over the years, was surprised still going on

H in Addis, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

Oh. That's not good. I had seen various references to gig appearances in the UK and Africa, but until now did not know of any recordings as they just did in South Africa. Seems like Albarn and Africa Express brought a number of fellow (white) musicians like like Blue May, and Mr. Jukes in addition to YYY's Zinner to South Africa to work with young South African gqom dance folks as well as Mahotella Queens. Blue May's defense of the project on FB makes a few good points and provides a bit more info but overall it isn't that understanding or impressive.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 19:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

just bought the Jupiter & Okwess album. nearly put off by the sticker on the front that mentions Damon Albarn.

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 9 February 2018 09:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ignore that sticker.

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Maybe not for this thread but I just read the below articles and haven't listened to these acts yet

http://www.okayafrica.com/congolese-music-artists-new-killing-it/

I don't know any of these Congolese rappers and r'n'b acts-- Maître Gims and others

http://www.okayafrica.com/black-panther-album-south-african-artists/

Sjava and 3 others.

I don't know these folks either

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

I did watch the video of Ethiopian Jewish musician living in Israel Gili Yalo. Nice blend of funk, pop and Ethiopian grooves

http://www.clashmusic.com/news/premiere-gili-yalo-selam

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 06:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

loving the heck out of that yalo ethiojazz

Mordy, Sunday, 11 February 2018 17:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/culture/.premium-how-racism-changed-ethiopian-israeli-singer-1.5423209

Interesting interview with Yalo from 2016

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

yeah, it's about western perceptions of African music and "world music" as a category, it's got nothing to do with trying to describe any actual music

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:35 (two months ago) Permalink

'My coinage is so utterly exemplary that it turns any and all proximate terms into subcategories of it'.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:38 (two months ago) Permalink

prescriptivism is the correct term imo
it is what i was going to post before i decided i didn't want to get into the discussion that far (and then changed my mind)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

there is nothing wrong with exploring and appreciating the roots of popular music if it is informative; if it is prescriptive ("this is the greatest music right here") then obviously that is not in the correct spirit of music appreciation

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

I kind of want to thank this thread for validating every misgiving and suspicion I ever had about the concept of "rockism".

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

(the term itself, obv, not the nebulous thing it supposedly refers to)

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:07 (two months ago) Permalink

Moving on slightly from the authenticity discussion-

So I saw Malian band BKO Quintet last night in a small DC club. I liked the way the musician on the electrified ngoni uh rocked. Not flashy, but quick fingers that created rhythm and noisey notes. The drummer, percussionist, & kora player added funkiness. But I guess they’re considered roots/ traditional since they don’t rap, or use autotune, or programmed beats.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I am guessing that in Mali BKO’s audience is different a bit from Malian rappers, but I don’t know; and don’t know how folks of different ages and classes there view traditionalism and pop and authenticity.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:31 (two months ago) Permalink

BKO Quintet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZNm3dZbGI4

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 September 2018 06:03 (one month ago) Permalink

this looks cool haven't heard it yet

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a2440170954_16.jpg

Mordy, Friday, 21 September 2018 17:42 (one month ago) Permalink

That does look intriguing. Currently listening though to a more serious Arab world effort-- DC based Palestinian singer/oud player Huda Asfour whom I have touted here before. She's on Spotify and her latest album Kouni is very good.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 September 2018 04:07 (one month ago) Permalink

La Lechera, how was the Chicago fest? Did you see Jupiter & Okwess? Did your students go to any of the events?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:49 (one month ago) Permalink

It was amazing, as usual! In fact, before I tell you any more I learned that the webcasts have been archived and you should be able to view them from the facebook page -- this should work? https://www.facebook.com/pg/WorldMusicFestivalChicago/videos/?ref=page_internal

I caught Juana Molina (awesome, inventive, super fun), Rio Mira & Orquesta Akokan (their only US appearance?! wut? two students came to this and both enjoyed it a lot, insanely packed venue), and Jupiter & Okwess (no students showed but the performance was great and I enjoyed Quantic's DJ set a LOT) I didn't get to all the events I wanted to see, but it was satisfying.

By the time last Saturday rolled around I was completely exhausted but that is what I want from WMF -- it helps a person save up good memories to last through the winter

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 03:56 (one month ago) Permalink

i like this - it's on spotify:

https://thevinylfactory.com/news/african-acid-is-the-future-launches-new-label-ambiance-vinyl/

Mordy, Wednesday, 26 September 2018 14:32 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh will have to check that out, as it includes “the queen of mbira” Stella Chiweshe from Zimbabwe. I didn't recognize the Kenyan names on it.

Rio Mira, the Ecuador/Peru marimba music act, that was one of the groups La Lechera saw at the Chicago Fest, are gonna be in the month long October DC Global Music fest. The DC Fest has a mix of paid ticket and free shows, plus they're showing movies also like Zerzura: A Saharan Acid Western (made by Sahel Sounds )

curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 September 2018 14:55 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh, thanks for the Facebook video links for the Chicago fest performances. Just checked out a bit of Rio Mira and the retro-mambo Cuban and more group Orquesta Akokan

curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:02 (one month ago) Permalink

I need to find time to check out more of those Chicago Fest videos

curmudgeon, Monday, 1 October 2018 16:48 (one month ago) Permalink

The DC Flash of the Spirit month-long global music fest is going on. A mix of ticketed and free gigs. Gonna probably see Ethiopia's Fendika tonight (who play music and dance) with the Brooklyn-based Anbessa Orchestra (made up mostly of some Israelis into Ethiopian music who moved to US) . Fendika played in NYC the other night with my Ethiopiques DC based fave guitarist Selam Selamino Woldermariam

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 3 October 2018 13:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Fendika were afro-folkloric and rhythmic with some good dancers; Anbessa have the old-school Ethiopiques sound down tight.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I love Fendika! <3 Melaku <3

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 October 2018 15:26 (one month ago) Permalink

just listening to Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke's The Journey album rn, like it!

calzino, Monday, 8 October 2018 08:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Been loving the Kamal Keila reissue on Habibi Funk - amazing that they managed to get such sound quality out of tapes of radio sessions that, as per the liner notes, got wet and damaged in the meantime. It's "Sudanese Jazz", which feels to me more like Funk crossed with local influences. Very much worth hearing.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 8 October 2018 10:36 (one month ago) Permalink

x-post--just listening to Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke's The Journey album rn, like it!

― calzino, Monday, October 8, 2018

In the past Loueke's playing has always been more jazz than Benin-sounding, which is ok but didn't dazzle me. Fans of his insist even his jazz is unique because of what he brings to it, but perhaps I haven't listened close enough to hear it.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:40 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw at Richmond, VA Folk festival yesterday a Baltimore-based Caribbean carnival troupe, Tribu Baharu (Afro-Colombian champeta band), and Orchesta El Macabeo (Puerto Rican punks gone salsa) plus Mavis Staples, Sherman Holmes Project, and more

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:49 (one month ago) Permalink

not gone back to that Loueke album much since tbh, it seems to go a bit off the boil after the first few tracks.

calzino, Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh well, re Loueke.

Unrelated:

I still have so many Afropop.org episodes to catch up with.

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 October 2018 13:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I see that someone else likes the Louke album on the jazz thread. Still too many other things I want to listen to before that (as I like stuff on this thread more than instrumental jazz).

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 October 2018 17:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I didn't see Rio Mira and their call & response vocals over marimba at either the DC festival or the chicago one, but am liking the video of one of their Chicago gigs better than i expected I would. more rhythmic and uptempo than I thought it would be.

https://www.facebook.com/WorldMusicFestivalChicago/videos/266948357485706/

curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 October 2018 20:07 (four weeks ago) Permalink

When I saw South African guitarist/singer Vusi Mahlasela a long time ago he seemed a little too folky for me. It might have been a solo gig. My wife had never seen him and she wanted to go see him this past weekend and we did. I liked him better. Joined by a band, and talking a lot between songs about his new upcoming live album recorded where he grew up, and about politics and hate (this was a Saturday night gig in a DC synagogue hours after the Pittsburgh synagogue killing), his voice seemed more powerful over the township jive throwback rhythms from his band. He noted he had been struggling with his health but was now doing better. His inspirational performance reminded me a bit of seeing longtime American civil rights activists now; people who have endured so much and are still enduring and are still pushing forward for justice.

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 October 2018 15:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Glanced at Pitchfork Best albums page link and I see a couple of folk and country releases and some metal among the rap, rock,experimental, and electro, but I don't see anyone from any genre from the continent of Africa, plus no Caribbean acts and no Central or South American. Hven't looked closely for Asian or other parts of the world. Some so-called niche genres just don't count I guess. I haven't looked at the Pitchfork best tracks list to see if things look better there-- maybe a reggaeton or Afrobeats track... Hopefully.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 November 2018 18:42 (one week ago) Permalink

Pitchfork tracks list has a jazz track, folk/ country ones, electronic and experimental but none that are afropop, afrobeats, reggaeton, dancehall, or soca

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 November 2018 14:21 (one week ago) Permalink

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ObS-u4XXYb0

I saw footage circulating of new Minnesota congressperson Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American celebrating with family to this great Somali dance song

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 November 2018 03:32 (one week ago) Permalink

I was about to witness a three day ceremony with five gong players, each man holding one gong, drunk on new rice alcohol fermented for three weeks. All I knew when I left Banlung (a Khmer town) was wanting to check Kavet territory and luckily winter is the time of celebration when people of the villages congregate. Some have not seen each other for months or weeks and reunite on the territory of the village after rice harvest has been finished.

Excerpt from article about Laurent Jeanneau, aka Kink Gong, who traveled around Southeast Asia between 1996 and 2014 recording traditional musicians

https://www.popmatters.com/sounds-of-zomia-kink-gong-2608153653.html

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 November 2018 00:53 (one week ago) Permalink

thanks for posting -- saving for later
five gong players!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 9 November 2018 14:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Angelique Kidjo sounded powerful and emotional in singing in front of world’s politicians in Paris at Armistice Day WWI event

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 November 2018 20:30 (five days ago) Permalink

Here's the video of Kidjo. She celebrated peace and sung tribute to fallen World War One African soldiers with a moving rendition of a song popularized by a Togo singer, Bella Bellow.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpABEO2Embs

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 November 2018 01:33 (four days ago) Permalink

Seeing Tal National & Fatoumata Diawara on best of lists, whom else do you like (yea I know it’s only November)!

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 November 2018 13:57 (two days ago) Permalink

Imarhan, Hailu Mergia, Ebo Taylor, Bombino

Mordy, Friday, 16 November 2018 15:18 (two days ago) Permalink

I generated this at work at Spotify using listening data from the first day of streaming in the 13 Middle-East/North-African countries we launched in this week:

https://open.spotify.com/user/glennpmcdonald/playlist/43PAWHK47Nl6B9BW59EDxI?si=-Sywg3ZeRPqKDCpuOtlbgg

Also, if you don't already know about these, a few other ways to see what people around the world are programming or playing on Spotify:

http://everynoise.com/worldbrowser.cgi (Spotify editorial playlists)
http://everynoise.com/countrysounds.html (countries)
http://everynoise.com/everyplace.cgi (cities)
http://everynoise.com/hyperspace_house_concerts.cgi (cities, part 2)

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 16 November 2018 20:36 (two days ago) Permalink

How are the editorial playlists generated?

Mordy, Friday, 16 November 2018 20:42 (two days ago) Permalink

Oh, sorry, the editorial playlists are made by humans, that's what "editorial" means in this context.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 16 November 2018 21:00 (two days ago) Permalink

you hire ppl in all these different countries to make these playlists? how often do they update them?

Mordy, Friday, 16 November 2018 21:04 (two days ago) Permalink

Yes, although sometimes a small team handles multiple countries. Update frequencies vary, but most of the Featured ones get new stuff daily or weekly.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 16 November 2018 21:16 (two days ago) Permalink

and who are the ppl who make them? music journalists in those places, radio ppl, fans?

Mordy, Friday, 16 November 2018 21:23 (two days ago) Permalink

They're Spotify employees, and come from various backgrounds. You can see openings on our Jobs site, including two of these positions right now (one for Classical, one for Indonesia):

https://www.spotifyjobs.com/search-jobs/#search=senior+editor&category=shows-editorial

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 16 November 2018 21:49 (two days ago) Permalink

New Music Friday Maghreb is largely US rap and indie. Uh, thanks Spotify editorial

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:19 (yesterday) Permalink

Welcome to Mena is more interesting

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 01:38 (yesterday) Permalink

Well, my rogue efforts at globalist data-liberation notwithstanding, NMF Maghreb exists for the local audience, not for musical tourism. In North Africa by default you see that instead of the other versions, not in addition, so of course it has a lot of global artists...

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 17 November 2018 02:38 (yesterday) Permalink

Spotify Colonialism Maghreb

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 04:34 (yesterday) Permalink

But I like many of the other ones

curmudgeon, Saturday, 17 November 2018 04:45 (yesterday) Permalink


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