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 (eight months ago) link

Mdou Moctar is touring the US now again.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:49 (eight months ago) link

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 January 2019 16:58 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

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

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 12:52 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 January 2019 15:25 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

Oh, it was a good show.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:26 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

Saw a track vote on Uproxx for Jupiter and Okwess

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:20 (eight 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 (eight 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 (eight months ago) link

Tallawit Timbouctou, Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds)

great buzzsaw guitar sound on this

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 January 2019 05:37 (eight months ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:12 (eight 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 05:54 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

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

Mordy, Sunday, 20 January 2019 22:08 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 January 2019 00:01 (seven months ago) link

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

Mordy, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:21 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

new mdou moctor single

Mordy, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:59 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

i didn't love the new hama :/

Mordy, Friday, 15 February 2019 18:20 (seven months ago) link

I keep coming back to Mdou Moctar's latest album

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 15:53 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

Yeah great show

Heez, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 13:35 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months ago) link

The restaurant sat us in a side room I mean

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 June 2019 15:01 (three months ago) link

World music chart of what’s being heard in Europe

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 15:34 (two months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) link

His newest is one of my fave albums of the year - so chill

Mordy, Monday, 1 July 2019 19:12 (two months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) link

RIP Folk Roots magazine/website aka fRoots that covered international music

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 July 2019 18:00 (two months 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 (two months 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 (two months ago) link

They're gonna be in Raleigh next

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 July 2019 15:25 (two months 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 (one month ago) link

No other Fally Ipupa fans on this thread I guess. Maybe I should try the afropop/afrobeats one.

Listened to Youssou Ndour’s latest again. Uneven but his voice is still gorgeous

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 16:21 (one month ago) link

BKO Quintet from Mali are gonna be back in North America. In DC August 1 at Millennium Stage. Their electrified-ngoni player makes them rock and groove in a more than traditional way

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 July 2019 18:26 (one month ago) link

Great old-school meets new school Congo band Jupiter & Okwess are @ Newport Folk Fest today Saturday, and in Brooklyn early next week then head out west. Not seeeing any DC gigs on this tour, but if there's one near you, see them. They were just in Europe & UK I think and will be returning there also

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 July 2019 13:10 (one month ago) link

ooh i saw them last year (i think?) and they were great
almost world music fest time in chicago!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 27 July 2019 14:27 (one month ago) link

Speaking of J&O, next weekend's Pickathon fest near Portland includes these in its lineup:

Mdou Moctar
Ibibio Sound Machine
Lido Pimienta
Altin Gün
Jupiter & Okwess

I know they livestream some sets ... I will try to remember to post a link here.

alpine static, Saturday, 27 July 2019 16:50 (one month ago) link

Not clear what J & Okwess are doing this Sunday through Tuesday, but they’re in Brooklyn Wednesday then fly west, and then fly back for a Chicago Millennium Park gig, and a Massachusetts gig. Weird scheduling but I guess that was only way it could work

curmudgeon, Saturday, 27 July 2019 20:18 (one month ago) link

this track showed up in my new releases playlist this week: Tinariwen - Zawal ft Warren ellis, Noura Mint Seymali + Jeiche Ould Chighaly

Mordy, Monday, 29 July 2019 01:41 (one month ago) link

Ooh that looks good

curmudgeon, Monday, 29 July 2019 16:23 (one month ago) link

Mali's BKO Quintet hour long gig at Kennedy Center started traditional but halfway through the set their electrified small stringed ngoni player offers sounds that should please fans of punk and Hendrix, while the kora/ngoni , the djembe & the drumset add funky polyrhythms

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 August 2019 02:20 (one month ago) link

Samba Mapangala & Orchestre Virunga will be at the Folklife Fest in Salisbury, Md Sept 7 & 8th.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 August 2019 03:48 (one month ago) link

Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou Leila barred from doing a concert in Lebanon. Had previously played there, but are banned in Egypt and Jordan ( singer is gay)

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 August 2019 15:03 (one month ago) link

A posthumous Rachid Taha album due out shortly

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 August 2019 15:27 (one month ago) link

Posted on Modern Brazil thread that I kinda like Labaq, Sao Paulo Brazil indie electro pop singer/guitarist. She’s penned and sings some nice melodies

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:08 (one month ago) link

Saw Lila Downs with a big band the other night. Not bad. Missed Labaq though. Can't see em all

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 August 2019 04:36 (one month ago) link

That northern Brazil music album Jambu is getting attention due to an enthusiastic review by P. Sherburne for Pitchfork. It didn’t wow me on first listen, but will give it another shot

curmudgeon, Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:09 (one month ago) link

^I'm really into this! It sounds like Cuban tunes (a la Arsenio Rodriguez or something) with samba rhythms.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 19 August 2019 15:18 (four weeks ago) link

Growing on me. First song reminded me of Peruvian chicha music, but yes I hear some Cuban too

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 03:00 (four weeks ago) link

And I am hearing old-school Jamaican ska on cuts 18 and 19, although the Pitchfork article says it was all recorded in the 70s and 80s

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 03:36 (four weeks ago) link

Contractor employee was blasting Guatemalan folk music while working on my home. It was ok.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 August 2019 04:36 (three weeks ago) link

It took awhile but Tuareg band Les Filles de Illighadad got US visas so various dates coming in September around the country

Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou Leila coming too

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 August 2019 15:48 (three weeks ago) link

Listened to 2018 Boukman Eksperyans album. Haitian band that combines poly- rhythmic carnival sounds with reggae and rock. Some good call and response vocals. They’re doing a free show in NY tonight and coming to DC September 6. Don’t know about other gigs. They’ve been together as a band since 91 or so.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:32 (two weeks ago) link

Actually Boukman have been together since the late 70s I think

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 August 2019 02:51 (two weeks ago) link

The most interesting effort on this to me is the one led by Congolese guitarist Dizzy Mandjeku--

Uniting Colombian and Congolese musicians, De Palenque à Matongé, de project of Dizzy Mandjeku and Alé Kumá, revives and re-interprets the historical connection between two musical traditions that have travelled back and forth between the New World and the African Motherland.

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 August 2019 03:24 (two weeks ago) link

Just saw a recent video clip of Mdou Moctar live at a club in NYC, on Instagram. He and his band are touring all the time it seems. He's gonna be back in DC shortly

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 September 2019 19:32 (two weeks ago) link

Tuareg band Les Filles de Illighadad play minimalist folk music but with buzzing guitars and ululating or rough-edged vocals. They have 2 female guitarists (still an unusual thing in their part of the world. The leader's dad said she should be working with grazing cows not learning to play guitar (when he discovered she had been taking her brother's guitar and teaching herself to play it

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 September 2019 04:27 (one week ago) link

Saw Les Filles live Saturday at a free Celebrate Africa fest. They were good not great but that may be because I like more rocking Tuareg stuff and they’re more folky with slower tempos but still with cool buzzing guitars and nice percussion. The night before I saw a great Boukman E show that had a carnival like spirit; and then a block away I caught end of Mdou Moctar set with his wonderful guitar shredding.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:57 (one week ago) link

Saw Angelique Kidjo for free tonight at the Kennedy Center. First some duets with classical/opera singer Rene Fleming including "Summertime," and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," then a short set by herself with a DC band where she did Bob Marley's Redemption Song, Miriam Makeba's Pata Pata, and a few others. None of her Talking Heads or Celia Cruz covers, but her voice and her dancing always make her worth seeing .

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 September 2019 04:14 (four days ago) link

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