Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2019 Thread Once Known as World Music

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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 (four months ago) Permalink

Mdou Moctar is touring the US now again.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:49 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pqvY9Oh0tQ

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:58 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

they were outta this world when i saw them this fall
best 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH0Xfmotbfg

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

From here on down, in fact:
rolling afropop / afrobeats 2018

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:52 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=683339663

Banning Eyre was impressed by Mali’s Harouna Samake at the Womex Festival

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:25 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

[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 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh, it was a good show.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:26 (four months ago) Permalink

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

https://uproxx.com/selection/tantabara/

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:33 (four months ago) Permalink

Saw a track vote on Uproxx for Jupiter and Okwess

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:20 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

Tallawit Timbouctou, Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds)

great buzzsaw guitar sound on this

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 January 2019 05:37 (four months ago) Permalink

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:12 (four months ago) Permalink

Thanks.

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

https://www.passionweiss.com/2018/12/11/the-consummate-juggler-pat-kalla-and-le-super-mojos-jongler/

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 January 2019 02:04 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

http://4columns.org/dayal-geeta/deben-bhattacharya

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:54 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (four months ago) Permalink

Fascinating! Where can I hear some of it? Esp Clay

Mordy, Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:08 (four months ago) Permalink

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58mDulytA0M

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Clay seems to be only on YouTube, not on Spotify or Bandcamp

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 January 2019 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

clay's 'the one' reminds me of jewel!

Mordy, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:21 (four months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

He’s French of Congolese origin, actually. He’s the younger brother of rapper Maître Gims.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 24 January 2019 18:32 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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.

http://glitterbeat.com/artists/ustad-saami/

This is some beautiful and hypnotic work.

tangenttangent, Saturday, 9 February 2019 13:16 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

https://mauricelouca.bandcamp.com/album/elephantine

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 (three months ago) Permalink

new mdou moctor single

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA2zshM6A8g

Mordy, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:59 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

https://sahelsounds.com/2019/01/hama-houmeissa/

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

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 (three months ago) Permalink

i didn't love the new hama :/

Mordy, Friday, 15 February 2019 18:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Mokoomba from Zimbabwe are a great live band and are coming back to the US in April. Mdou Moctor and band are doing gigs out in the western us now I think. Worth seeing too

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh, saw Habib Koite, Malian singer/guitarist with percussionist Mama Kone do a mostly relaxed gig with pleasant but rhythmic open-tuned guitar playing. A few songs were more upbeat. Some nice stories in between re the tour-- being in more snow than they had ever seen in St. Paul, a barbecue for them in a San Francisco park (with great tasting meat although Habib's doctor tells him to eat less of that). Masterful ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and others were suposed to be playing with them plus 2 others, but they couldn't get their visas approved.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 March 2019 12:53 (two months ago) Permalink

New Africa Express EP is out now: https://open.spotify.com/album/6IAEqJEVmwBN7m6OkQQaEr?si=s9D9eQi_RraMtmp52QobcQ

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 22 March 2019 17:47 (two months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/19/obituaries/jh-kwabena-nketia-dead.html?fbclid=IwAR2Yd1IT6I-WFidBpyxJAvNqkAlQPnw9E1seAj0YXnUT41g4fMm1VzZtMYg

RIP 97-years old Ghanaian scholar and author re African music J.H. Kwabenia Nketia

His 1974 book, “The Music of Africa,” is widely considered a definitive historical study, and “Ethnomusicology and African Music,” a collection of his writings published in 2005, is used in classrooms throughout Africa and across the world

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 March 2019 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Mdou Moctar’s new album with his band is an NPR First Listen. Sounds good

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:37 (one month ago) Permalink

i'll check it out but he never sounds as like idk experimental or futuristic or whatever as sahel sounds suggests

Mordy, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 13:49 (one month ago) Permalink

True, but I think he's one of the best rockin traditionalists. I've seen him and his band a number of times and enjoyed them as much as Tinariwen. There's a hyperbolic Bob Boilen quote on the npr link-- "Mdou Moctar has made the most insane psychedelic guitar album of the 21st century."

https://www.npr.org/2019/03/21/704818917/first-listen-mdou-moctar-ilana-the-creator

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:40 (one month ago) Permalink

ha yeah that's what i'm talking about. "insane psychedelic guitar album" is what i want and then "rockin traditionalist" is what i get it's fine there's room for both but when there's some great stuff happening that is the former it's weird when it gets applied to the latter

Mordy, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:44 (one month ago) Permalink

He is a left-handed guitarist and listens to American music as well, and there was that Prince inspired movie he was in, but yeah he's not quite as out there as the hype. But he's far from staid and retro and folky-traditionalist.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Meanwhile over in Mali, sad news--

The slaughter on Saturday of more than 130 Fulani herdsmen in central Mali, allegedly by members of the Dogon ethnic group, is the latest and most deadly incident in an increasingly violent conflict.

In 2018, 202 civilians were killed in communal violence in 42 incidents in Mali's Mopti region, according to New York-based group Human Rights Watch.

While there have been conflicts between the more settled Dogon people and the Fulani herders in central Mali for a long time, they have become increasingly violent since a militant Islamist uprising in the north of the country in 2012.

The government appeared to blame the Dogon self-defence group, Dan Na Ambassagou, for Saturday's attack and has outlawed it, even though the group has denied any involvement.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47694445

CNN-

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that groups affiliated with al Qaeda and ISIS have moved deeper into central Mali, exploiting existing ethnic divisions and sowing chaos....Corinne Dufka, HRW's West Africa Associate Director, told CNN that the violence in Mali was underscored by "ongoing tension over land and water between herders and cultivators but also by the growing presence of armed Islamist groups who ... have committed very serious atrocities and targeted members of the Dogon group."
Dufka said that Dan Na Ambassagou "has been attacked by armed Islamists and then they engage in lethal reprisals, including the one that occurred yesterday."
Saturday's attack is the latest escalation of a cycle of violence that has spiraled out of control.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/25/africa/mali-attack-analysis-intl/index.html

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:49 (one month ago) Permalink

terrible. i don't know when the last time they held the festival in the desert. for years i dreamt of going and now it looks like i'll never get the chance :/

Mordy, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 14:54 (one month ago) Permalink

that Boilen quote re: Moctar caught my eye, too. i mean, the album is one of my favorites of the new year so far, but maybe pump the brakes just a tad, Bob.

alpine static, Tuesday, 26 March 2019 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Not sure where to post this-- liking new Helado Negro album This Is How You Smile. He's a Brooklyn based, Spanish & English singing electro-folkie w/ a touch of bossa . He grew up in South Florida and his parents are from Ecuador. Been seeing his name since 2014 but never really investigated

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/18/helado-negros-new-songs-bask-in-a-sense-of-discovery

curmudgeon, Sunday, 31 March 2019 18:27 (one month ago) Permalink

i'm really into the helado album i was just telling someone yesterday that the more i hear it the more i like it. here's a list of first quarter stuff i like that is relevant to this thread:

Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile
Saba Alizadeh - Scattered Memories
The Comet is Coming - Truth in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
KOKOKO! - Liboso
Bassekou Kouyate - Miri
Nicola Cruz - Siku
Ustad Saami - God is Not a Terrorist
Kel Assouf - Black Tenere
Cochemea - All My Relations
Kings Aigbologa Bucknor & His Afrodisk Beat Organization - Katakata (reissue)
John Blek - Thistle & Thorn
Theon Cross -Fyah
Tanya Tagaq - Toothsayer

and then here are some more that i like but need to spend more time with:

Houssam Gania - Mosawi Swiri
Neshama Carlebach - Believe (Shlomo's daughter)
Ahmed Mukhtar - Visions of Iraq
Nigeria 70: No Wahala: Highlife, Afro-Funk & Juju 1973-1987
Mdou Moctar - Ilana
Africa Express - Molo
Dexter Story - Bahir
Anoushka Shankar - Reflections
Ahmed Ag Kaedy - Akaline Kidal
VA - This is Frafra Power
Constantinople, Ablyae Cissoko - Traversees
Nubiyan Twist - Jungle Run
Khidja, Balabas - Khidja Si Balabas
Franklin Kiermyer - Solomon's Daughter

Mordy, Sunday, 31 March 2019 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

Nice list. Dexter Story combines Ethiopian and other Horn of Africa sounds on his album. It was ok on first listen

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 13:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I guess Japanese band Perfume probably fit better on a J-pop thread, but i was just checking them out. Saw a bunch of mentions online of their NYC appearance. I sensed that was a first time US gig. Some folks traveled from all over to attend.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 20:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Not their first US gig; I saw them at the same venue in 2014 and wrote about it for Stereogum. (I met them!)

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 20:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh. Nice.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 23:16 (one month ago) Permalink

Just watched Gato Preto live via the video stream from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage In DC. African club dance music with programmed beats plus a djembe percussionist. They combined Mozambique, Ghana, and Senagalese elements. The vocalist was pretty energetic. The Kennedy Center archives the videos for viewing later as well on the Millennium Stage website

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 23:22 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened to Haitian band Vayb. They have those syrupy feeling keyboards of current Haitian acts, plus some bachata like romantic melodrama as well as some current r’n’b and Latin pop elements. Old guy me prefers the old school more polyrhythmic funky sound of Tabou Combo.

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 April 2019 13:10 (one month ago) Permalink

The Vayb song “kite’m Vayb” is funkier than most of their catalogue.

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 April 2019 13:40 (one month ago) Permalink

I need to listen to the Bassekou Kouyate new one

curmudgeon, Monday, 8 April 2019 03:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Listened to Bassekou Kouyate once while busy in the kitchen...Some good tracks, others just ok, but he's quite an ngoni player

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 April 2019 03:57 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm thoroughly enjoying that Mdou Moctar album today.

calzino, Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Sounds good. In a different vein, I just saw Zimbabwe ‘s Mokoomba again live. A free lunchtime gig at the Library of Congress. They have great group choreography and mix it up musically— some songs with rocking afropop guitar and bass, a capella Southern Africa style on another. Plus great calabash and congas percussion.

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 April 2019 17:17 (one month ago) Permalink

that sounds great! i'd love to catch a lunchtime afropop show :D

Mordy, Monday, 15 April 2019 17:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Mdou Moctar last night and he was fantastic, just a totally joyous show.

JoeStork, Monday, 15 April 2019 17:53 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhNcYUHem-0

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 12:21 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (one month ago) Permalink

I like their semi-traditional chanting more than their industrial electro rhythms, but that’s just me.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 20 April 2019 04:43 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah I really liked that one back when tangenttangent posted it

rob, Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yes, back in February! You are right.

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:51 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ustaad Sami album is so good!

calzino, Friday, 26 April 2019 20:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks ago) Permalink

I wonder if Saudi act Msylma who did the above song live in Saudi Arabia or abroad?

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 May 2019 13:46 (one week ago) Permalink

Intriguing; brings to mind Björk/Arca – I'll have to check out the rest.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 13:52 (one week ago) Permalink

That Nigeria 70: No Wahala comp mentioned above awhile back is wonderful classic afropop

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 May 2019 03:30 (six days ago) Permalink

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 (six days ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxdf8TBSkdU

I like this video for Iranian fiddler and electro musician Saba Alizadeh

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 May 2019 04:14 (nineteen hours ago) Permalink


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