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

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

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 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 (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:

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:

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

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

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:

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:

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

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.