This thread is mainly for polyrhythmic, international sounds that aren't big enough to get threads of their own. I lean toward south of the equator sounds here that are sometimes less club-oriented than artists highlighted on Afrobeats, dancehall, soca threads.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:48 (six months ago) link
Mdou Moctar is touring the US now again.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:49 (six months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:58 (six months ago) link
2018 releases I still need to hear: Tallawit Timbouctou, Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds) and Onkonkolo, Cantos (big crown)
Both on a Vinyl District website best of list
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 18:19 (six months ago) link
Modern Brazil - s/d
Posted some things about Brazilian music on the Modern Brazil thread. Too many Brazilian musicians are under the radar in the English language world-- like Tim Bernardes and Romulo Froes.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 January 2019 23:48 (six months ago) link
Just saw an awesome video clip on Facebook of BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness), a rap vocals with drummers combo from Soweto, South Africa at Collider 4 in Northampton, MA on their debut US appearance. They're onstage Saturday at a multi-act Secret Planet showcase at Drom, in NYC with Mdou Moctar and band from Niger. On Sunday, BCUC are at GlobalFEST in NYC and next Tuesday Jan 8 at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 January 2019 06:22 (six months ago) link
Yeah, i'm at globalFest tonight. particularly excited about 47soul doing their US debut, the Magos Herrera/BK Rider collabo, Dakhabrakha offshoot Dakh Daughters, my second show with Orquesta Akokan, blues rocker Amythyst Kiah, and, yes, BCUC.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 January 2019 17:33 (six months ago) link
47 Soul were just down here in DC on either 4th or 5th I think, and they’re coming back next weekend. 1st show sold out quick. Haven’t decided whether to go to 2nd one. I missed the first. Haven’t listened to them online even yet. I saw Orquesta Akokan do a free set of retro Cuban mambo here at Kennedy Center. Singer was in both timba bands and Buena Vista type projects in past. Pretty good if not spectacular dance band
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 January 2019 20:13 (six months ago) link
they were outta this world when i saw them this fallbest big band i've seen in many years, maybe ever? the venue was paaaaacked and i probably said all of this on the 2018 thread but it was just that enjoyable. they put on a monster show!!
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 7 January 2019 20:15 (six months ago) link
I don't know if it's been brought up here (probably?), but I was just in Tanzania, and before I left I looked up the music scene and learned about singeli, this crazy 300 bpm music that's like an East African Atari Teenage Riot or something:
I saw the clip in this article: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/dec/17/this-cuts-across-society-how-singeli-music-went-from-tanzania-to-the-world
― Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:24 (six months ago) link
We discussed it (a bit) on last year’s Afropop thread, in the light of this Nyege Nyege Tapes release: https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-of-sisso
― breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:46 (six months ago) link
From here on down, in fact: rolling afropop / afrobeats 2018
― breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:52 (six months ago) link
Okay, that didn’t come out the way I wanted to. Discussion on the thread is from Feb 6 through til Feb 12.
― breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:55 (six months ago) link
Banning Eyre was impressed by Mali’s Harouna Samake at the Womex Festival
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:25 (six months ago) link
I was wowed by South African group BCUC at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage yesterday. Energy, chops ( bass, conga, 2 marching band type drums, 3 vocalists including a female one with range), socio-political lyrics, dance moves.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:29 (six months ago) link
yeah, BCUC were the big surprise at globalfest for me; the EP is okay but they're absolutely dynamite live
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 January 2019 16:51 (six months ago) link
this is exciting!
just found some more mamman sani tapes from the late 80s/early 90s so that's coming— sahel sounds (@sahelsounds) January 9, 2019
― Mordy, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 22:11 (six months ago) link
[ducks head] I should have bought other Sahel Sounds vinyl at the Mdou Moctar show tonight with Horse Lords opening but I didn’t. At a previous time I saw he and his band I bought a t-shirt.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:25 (six months ago) link
Oh, it was a good show.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:26 (six months ago) link
Looks like Alfred S was the only vote in the Uproxx poll of 200 critics for Tal National. I should have voted and made it 2
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:33 (six months ago) link
Saw a track vote on Uproxx for Jupiter and Okwess
― curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:20 (six months ago) link
Listening to 2018 album by Malian kamala ngoni ( calabash bottom with vertical pole with strings making harp like sounds) musician Harouna Samake and band. Album is Kamale Blues. Strong male and female vocals and uptempo rhythms from band led by Samake. Upthread I noted that Banning Eyre touted Samake’s Womex fest gig
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 January 2019 20:07 (six months ago) link
Sahel Sounds definitely worth following on twitter. Both links and random statements all worth checking out.
Mdou pitched a remake of Thriller in Agadez!
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 13 January 2019 20:15 (six months ago) link
Tallawit Timbouctou, Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds)
great buzzsaw guitar sound on this
― curmudgeon, Monday, 14 January 2019 05:37 (six months ago) link
Listening to ILX Listen: 2019
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:12 (six months ago) link
Liking this Pat Kalla & Super Mojo album Jongler from 2018. A couple of folks are calling it French-African disco as Kalla now lives in Lyon, France. I hear Cameroon, Angola, and Ghana
― curmudgeon, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:04 (six months ago) link
During his 1955 overland adventure to India, Bhattacharya crossed through Italy, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. (He and Glennie were joined by a third explorer, who dropped out of the trip partway through.)
Geeta D article
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:53 (five months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:54 (five months ago) link
NY Times article on Nigerian rock
While the crowds at Nigerian rock shows are mostly female, few women have become community leaders. The alternative singer Bianca Adanna Okorocha, 29, who performs as Clay, is one exception. She considers her perseverance an achievement.
“I’m still here when most of the people I got into the scene with have fallen away to assimilate into ‘real life,’” she said.But more notable is her ability to fuse rock music with Afropop, the predominant contemporary sound in Lagos, and the success she has had in doing so
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:06 (five months ago) link
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:08 (five months ago) link
Fascinating! Where can I hear some of it? Esp Clay
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:08 (five months ago) link
Audio Inferno, linked in the article, has a lot of videos, album reviews, and news stories about African bands.
This video - "Mama" by Dark Suburb featuring Wiyaala (who has stuff out on her own) is pretty good in an Evanescence-y kind of way:
― grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:48 (five months ago) link
Clay seems to be only on YouTube, not on Spotify or Bandcamp
― curmudgeon, Monday, 21 January 2019 00:01 (five months ago) link
clay's 'the one' reminds me of jewel!
― Mordy, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:21 (five months ago) link
France-based Congolese singer Dadju is on a 3 city US tour- Dallas on 24th, DC on 26th, NY on the 30 th
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:43 (five months ago) link
He’s French of Congolese origin, actually. He’s the younger brother of rapper Maître Gims.
― breastcrawl, Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:32 (five months ago) link
That’s how I should have phrased it, thanks. Saw a video clip of his DC show singing nicely over tracks .
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 27 January 2019 18:14 (five months ago) link
new bassekou kouyate out this week. also new a-wa track ("mudbira") which is fantastic, and sofia rei just made the first album for the new masada cycle "beriah" and it's pretty cool as well
― Mordy, Friday, 1 February 2019 22:47 (five months ago) link
75-year-old, Ustad Saami risks his life daily in Pakistan to keep alive his microtonal, pre-Islamic, multilingual (Farsi, Sanskrit, Hindi, the ancient and dead language of Vedic, gibberish, Arabic, and Urdu) music. Handed down by his ancestors for over a thousand years, he is the only practitioner of Surti left in the world and when he passes, this music will die with him as well. Extremists resent his work as they do anything else pre-dating Muhammad.
This is some beautiful and hypnotic work.
― tangenttangent, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:16 (five months ago) link
i had heard about the new album but i was too busy meditating over the meaning (and my opinion of) the title that i hadn't gotten around to listen to it until your recommendation - which i'm so glad you made, really cool stuff! hypnotic is right.
― Mordy, Saturday, 9 February 2019 15:14 (five months ago) link
hoo boy the write-up on that is terrible (e.g., "In the land where Osama Bin last hid, Master Ustad Naseeruddin Saami has spent his entire life mastering the nuances of every given note."). But the music is immense (and totally new to me), thanks for posting that
― rob, Saturday, 9 February 2019 15:23 (five months ago) link
love this track: https://dexterstory.bandcamp.com/track/shuruba-song-feat-hamelmal-abateand this one: https://open.spotify.com/track/1VCBrYw70cUQRrvd7ybgP4?si=esGXOvbRR0WE_1bOA5Ud8Q (kel assouf - tamatant)also this album https://nicolacruz.bandcamp.com/album/siku
― Mordy, Sunday, 10 February 2019 03:48 (five months ago) link
Egyptian experimental bandleader/composer/musician Maurice Louca's new album with 12-piece ensemble is quite lovely. posted this elsewhere but realised this is probably the right place to park this one.
― calzino, Monday, 11 February 2019 10:07 (five months ago) link
new mdou moctor single
― Mordy, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:59 (five months ago) link
Mdou is still busy touring too—US and Europe
I was just in Mexico and didn’t hear anyone playing his music there. But I did hear folkloric Mexican sounds, banda, duranguese, pop, 50s style rock but in Spanish. Also live we saw Puerto Rican salsa romantica singer Victor Manuelle do a late night show in Mexico City. There were some impressive dancing couples in the crowd
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:39 (five months ago) link
I'm not as wowed by Hama's laptop fruityloops programming takes on Niger / Tuareg traditional music as some folks like Wayne Marshall are. But I've only heard 2 cuts
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 February 2019 05:23 (five months ago) link
i really liked his 2015 album Torodi so i'll be checking this new one out w/ anticipation
― Mordy, Thursday, 14 February 2019 14:28 (five months ago) link
X-post- The one Louca composition I heard sounded kinda jazzy. He addressed his relationship to jazz and other genres here I see: http://downbeat.com/news/detail/maurice-louca-elephantine-northern-spy
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 18:12 (five months ago) link
i didn't love the new hama :/
― Mordy, Friday, 15 February 2019 18:20 (five months ago) link
X-post- Mokoomba at lunchtime for free, and then wife and I splurged at night for Caetano Veloso with his 3 sons doing lilting, pretty Brazilian melodies
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:10 (three months ago) link
Really enjoying the comeback album by África Negra, a band that revolutionized S.Tomé music by integrating electric guitars into their sound. Take a listen:
― Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:21 (three months ago) link
Love the song on that Africa Negra video—Afro-Portuguese soukous from an island off the Central African Coast.
I am guessing there are a fair amount of African musicians who were in their prime in 1970s through 90s who are probably working dayjobs and not reunited, so good for these folks being able to do so
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:33 (three months ago) link
Yeah, the label they're recording for - Mar & Sol - has a fair bit of hipster cachet in Portugal, very happy to see digger culture get behind something like this - alleviates the culture vulture guilt a bit.
My mum was friends with a guy from Angola, played a lot in our area doing mostly covers of current hits and showbiz tunes. He moved back a while ago and last we heard he was complaining that all people listened to there now was Kizomba.
― Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:53 (three months ago) link
On their website, Ifriqiyya Electrique introduce their new album with an Adorno quote, in German. I'm pumped.
― pomenitul, Thursday, 18 April 2019 10:35 (three months ago) link
First impression: it's on par with their debut but the closer, 'Mabbrooka', sounds like they relistened to 'Inertia Creeps' and found it… wanting. Incredible.
― pomenitul, Thursday, 18 April 2019 12:44 (three months ago) link
I like their semi-traditional chanting more than their industrial electro rhythms, but that’s just me.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 April 2019 04:43 (two months ago) link
Saw 88-year old Omara Portuando from Cuba last night. She sounded strong on some ballads, but wasn't onstage for very long. Her band led by pianist Roberto Fonseco played Latin jazz fusiony tracks while she was resting. It's billed as her farewell tour.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:05 (two months ago) link
Had read hype for Ethiopian singer Chelina, but her reggae didn't wow me on first listen. Still artists on Mordy's March 31 post I need to listen to (or listen to again)
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 April 2019 13:06 (two months ago) link
Pakistani singer Ustaad Sami , on Mordy’s list, is impressive. I need to listen more. His record company bio says he’s the last practitioner of his very old school rooted sound
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 April 2019 13:41 (two months ago) link
yeah I really liked that one back when tangenttangent posted it
― rob, Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:47 (two months ago) link
Yes, back in February! You are right.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:51 (two months ago) link
Ustaad Sami album is so good!
― calzino, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:55 (two months ago) link
Sourakata Koite is a skilled, Paris living Senegalese kora player who recorded an album back in 1984, & thanks to awesome tapes from Africa you can hear him in multiple formats
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 23:44 (two months ago) link
Youssou Ndour’s voice sounds great on new album History, but I am not crazy about the loungey jazz fusiony backing on some cuts
― curmudgeon, Friday, 3 May 2019 03:17 (two months ago) link
haven't given a listening update lately but i wanted to share about this Altin Gün - Gece album which is turkish psych w/ female vox that i'm digging (Apr 26 release)
― Mordy, Sunday, 5 May 2019 15:24 (two months ago) link
I am listening to Ethiopian singer Jacky Gosee now. Album is called Balambaras. Listening now to a ballad called “Hiyaw” with bluesy soul guitar licks and Gosee’s vocals here which are auto tuned on this cut but remind me slightly of Van Morrison if he was younger and lived in Addis. The other cuts I have heard so far are more standard 2019 Ethiopia-pop but slightly less syrupy than some. Less schmaltz is good in my book. A DC Ethiopian Promoter was asserting on FB that Gosee is the man these days for Ethiopians.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 5 May 2019 20:47 (two months ago) link
don't know where to put this, since i can't find a Middle Eastern electronic thread....feel free to point me to a more appropriate thread
but this is a really lovely track from one of my favorite records of 2019 thus far:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1ajEvZdUWM
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 6 May 2019 01:14 (two months ago) link
I wonder if Saudi act Msylma who did the above song live in Saudi Arabia or abroad?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 10 May 2019 13:46 (two months ago) link
Intriguing; brings to mind Björk/Arca – I'll have to check out the rest.
― pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 13:52 (two months ago) link
That Nigeria 70: No Wahala comp mentioned above awhile back is wonderful classic afropop
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 May 2019 03:30 (two months ago) link
xpost to Curmudgeon, apparently Msylma is based in Mecca. ZULI, his producer (who also has a record out, from last year), is from Cairo.
The remainder of the record is just as interesting as that track, i think.
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:59 (two months ago) link
I like this video for Iranian fiddler and electro musician Saba Alizadeh
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:14 (one month ago) link
love that, thanks curmudgeon!
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 24 May 2019 22:07 (one month ago) link
Hadn't considered the possibility of melding ambient with traditional Persian music before hearing Saba Alizadeh's album. As a side note, his father is the incredible shurangiz player Hossein Alizadeh.
The Msylma LP is sounding incredible so far. I mentioned Björk and Arca upthread but this holds my attention with more flair than anything the former two have released in years.
― pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 May 2019 19:51 (one month ago) link
Saw Youssou NDour again . Great live. For one of the encores he said the song had a current Senegalese rhythm that he noted is being heard everywhere there. Alas, I didn’t catch the name. Doh.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 June 2019 23:37 (one month ago) link
Liking some of Cochemea album Mordy listed back on March 31, but other times the sax player gets too fusion jazz/ Kenny G for me
Listening now to Houssam Gania folkloric Mid East Northern Africa instrumentation with Call & response chanted vocals. It’s good , doesn’t completely wow me but yeah still good
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:35 (one month ago) link
Kings Aibologa from Mordy’s list is classic old-School afrobeat
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 June 2019 01:37 (one month ago) link
I keep coming back to Mdou Moctar's latest album
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:53 (one month ago) link
On the Ethiopiques thread I wrote about the very good Hailu Mergia gig I saw last night in DC
― curmudgeon, Monday, 10 June 2019 12:40 (one month ago) link
Yeah great show
― Heez, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:35 (one month ago) link
I saw him earlier this year, thought it was a jam for sure.
― Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:13 (one month ago) link
I like Hailu better with his DC Ethiopian rhythm section from the Feedel Band, than with the jazz guys
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:26 (one month ago) link
Went to a local Afghan restaurant near me last night and I discovered the large main room was closed to the public for a graduation party. They sat in a side room where we could still hear the loud upbeat Afghan traditional with a modern twist music from. Good stuff. Occasionally we’d see little Afghan kids come out of the hall, and dance in the restaurant’s foyer, or play games on phones & tablets.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 17 June 2019 15:00 (one month ago) link
The restaurant sat us in a side room I mean
― curmudgeon, Monday, 17 June 2019 15:01 (one month ago) link
World music chart of what’s being heard in Europe
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:34 (one month ago) link
Am revisiting latest Ifriqiyya Electrique album that is a bandcamp 2019 fave . This (mostly I think) Tunisian band is too industrial at times for me.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 June 2019 19:58 (two weeks ago) link
I find this oddly grating, but maybe it's because I've been in a cloud of ambient music due to the poll....
― blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Sunday, 30 June 2019 23:12 (two weeks ago) link
Saw Helado Negro the other night. Interesting alt Latin bolero meets alt Brazilian bossa meets wispy Pitchfork indie set ( new album plus older cuts). He’s backed by a woman who plays sax, violin, and keyboards plus a man who plays sax and keyboards while he plays electric guitar or doesn’t use an instrument. They also had pre-programmed sounds up there. He was friendly and talkative between songs. Some of crowd got too chatty at times. I read a Latinx grad student on twitter complaining that Anglos were talking loud during songs in Spanish.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:08 (two weeks ago) link
His newest is one of my fave albums of the year - so chill
― Mordy, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:12 (two weeks ago) link
Chill but more than that I say defensively ( or at least more than my interpretation of “chill” in 2019). Live the saxes brought a jazzy feel at times ( not a smooth jazz one), the violin was kinda avante-chamber music, and his vocal melodies were tuneful and more than background soothing.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 July 2019 20:30 (two weeks ago) link
I wrote about Ifriqiyya Electrique back in May; I like them a lot. Maleem Mahmoud Ghania meets Treponem Pal. I bet they're a blast live.
― shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 1 July 2019 20:32 (two weeks ago) link
His reminiscing about his 2014 DC gig that was promoted by a female alt-Latino collective also was friendly and down to earth.
Yes, I like the new album too. My ILM search alas does not turn up too much for him. Oh well.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 July 2019 20:35 (two weeks ago) link
Oops. I am referring to Helado.
Unperson , yeah I can see you liking Ifriqiyya Electrique more than me. More your style
― curmudgeon, Monday, 1 July 2019 20:38 (two weeks ago) link
you're right that it's not just chill moods but those are the ones that open up all the other stuff (about longing + belonging + wistfulness) it's just an extremely pleasant listening experience that reveals itself upon repeated listens but without being too demanding is all i really mean by chill. my fave track is "pais nublado" which is bilingual.
― Mordy, Monday, 1 July 2019 21:10 (two weeks ago) link
RIP Folk Roots magazine/website aka fRoots that covered international music
― curmudgeon, Friday, 5 July 2019 18:00 (two weeks ago) link
The great Fally Ipupa and band from the Congo will be in DC @ the Howard Theatre Friday the 12th (alas I will be at the beach)
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:50 (one week ago) link
Saw some video clips on Instagram of Ipupa and band and dancers at their Friday gig @ the Howard, and Saturday at the Apollo in NYC. Looked and sounded great. Congolese afropop
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:24 (five days ago) link
They're gonna be in Raleigh next
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:25 (five days ago) link
I used to go on an Afropop music forum chatboard dominated by Congolese ex-pats. I wonder what they’re saying now that Nigerian afrobeats ( & similar sounds from other locales) controls the interests of most; and their poor country still struggles with post-genocide issues, Ebola and more. It’s all very sad. Fally Ipupa is trying to bridge the old Congolese era with the newer sounds.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:18 (yesterday) link