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 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 (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: 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 (eight 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 (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
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 January 2019 20:08 (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
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 (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: http://downbeat.com/news/detail/maurice-louca-elephantine-northern-spy
― 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 greatalmost 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:
Khruangbin Mdou MoctarIbibio Sound MachineLido PimientaAltin GünJupiter & 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
Les Filles de Illighadad
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 August 2019 12:27 (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