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 (ten months ago) link

Mdou Moctar is touring the US now again.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oh, it was a good show.

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

Saw a track vote on Uproxx for Jupiter and Okwess

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

Tallawit Timbouctou, Hali Diallo (Sahel Sounds)

great buzzsaw guitar sound on this

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

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

new mdou moctor single

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

i didn't love the new hama :/

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

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

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

On Facebook seeing this Saturday pricey event getting attention-- *Sami Dan and Nhatty Man w/ the Ras Band @ Karma (Ethiopian)

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 September 2019 12:15 (one month ago) link

Wed. September 25
Toko Telo is a Madagascar supergroup w/ D’Gary, national diva Monika Njava; and Joël Rabesolo, Malagasy guitarist for free from 6 to 7 pm @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Will be video streaming on Kennedy Center Facebook and YouTube pages and archived

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:19 (one month ago) link

Congolese band with one French band member on tour. I haven’t listened yet or seen the videos. Press release says they’re a more electronic version of Konono No. 1

DC & Ny and more gigs next week

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 September 2019 17:21 (one month ago) link

Kokoko use homemade instruments as well as electronic ones apparently

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 September 2019 17:23 (one month ago) link

i like the kokoko album

Mordy, Thursday, 26 September 2019 17:42 (one month ago) link

omfg i saw kokoko! over the weekend and strongly recommend catching them if they are in your town. what a fun show. the homemade instruments were MWAH and they were full of energy and personality and had the crowd in their hand. excellent live band!!!!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:27 (one month ago) link

they were amazing. i loved every member of that band, even the belgian electronics guy in the pink hat.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:27 (one month ago) link

oh i guess he's french? idk. he's white.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:28 (one month ago) link

Yes, listening to Kokoko’s often uptempo , percussion-filled songs now

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 September 2019 11:20 (one month ago) link

Now listening to Afro-folk of the Good Ones from Rwanda. And here’s video of Madagascar supergroup

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 September 2019 12:25 (one month ago) link

Toko Telo is the Madagascar supergroup

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 September 2019 12:26 (one month ago) link

They're kind of afro-folk too. I like the singer's voice

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 September 2019 05:21 (one month ago) link

i like the kokoko album

― Mordy, Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:42 PM (five days ago)

pomenitul, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 19:20 (one month ago) link

Less enthused about French synth player in Kokoko than I am about rest of the band

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:30 (one month ago) link

eh, he was ok -- in the live setup he kept the whole thing moving along, wore a pink hat in case anyone was confused about him being white
what's your beef w him?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 2 October 2019 20:44 (one month ago) link

His synth is too techno/edm while the homemade instruments are funky

curmudgeon, Friday, 4 October 2019 03:15 (one month ago) link

That’s what I like about them! The collision of the two things. One of my students went to see them too and he went because he likes EDM and walked away w respect for their homemade instruments.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 4 October 2019 15:43 (one month ago) link

LL otm

pomenitul, Friday, 4 October 2019 15:46 (one month ago) link

Musicians leading Haitian protests

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:25 (one month ago) link

Rapper Izolan, who led the movement under the theme "Lage Pye Ou" (step on it) with the hashtag Rebat Kat La (reshuffle the deck of cards), was joined by fellow musicians, posting plans on social media and asking participants to wear white shirts, a sign of peace.

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 October 2019 04:03 (four weeks ago) link

lineup for next year's globalfest announced and includes vocal choir San Salvador from France who sound pretty great on first spin

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 21 October 2019 13:57 (four weeks ago) link

The rai group looks interesting ( although I haven’t listened to them yet)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:14 (three weeks ago) link

Saw and enjoyed Zambia Afro-psychedelic band Witch . Only surviving original member from their early 70s prime is singer Jagari Chanda.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 20:16 (three weeks ago) link

Might make more sense to talk about Witch on a garage rock or psychedelic thread. But they do have some Zambia trad influences. I haven’t seen the movie doc about them. I don’t think they ever found live film footage of the band from the 70s. Just photos. Doc I think follows around Jagari Chanda in recent years and interviews people about the past and present

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 October 2019 16:53 (three weeks ago) link

What is everyone listening to these days?

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 November 2019 23:36 (two weeks ago) link

the new blick bassy a bunch

Mordy, Saturday, 2 November 2019 01:36 (two weeks ago) link

Listening to Blick Bassy now. Nice Sunday morning music so far (relaxing but not easy listening)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 November 2019 15:57 (two weeks ago) link

the album is about Ruben Um Nyobé, an anti-colonialist Cameroonian leader who was killed in 1958 and basically any discussion of him and his movement was repressed brutally by the government for the next few decades. it's a politically significant act that blick bassy made this album as well as being quite beautiful imo. the afropop worldwide sorta "primer" episode on it is worth listening to as a compendium for the context i liked the album the first few times i heard it but after listening to the ep i kept going back to it.

Mordy, Sunday, 3 November 2019 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

blick is good times

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 3 November 2019 20:41 (two weeks ago) link

i mean, obviously that topic isn't so much but as a performer and artist, blick is a badass

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 3 November 2019 20:42 (two weeks ago) link

The new album by Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi has some deep, almost Aphex-y vibes.

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 15:46 (one week ago) link

saw pejman hadadi on drums live recently and his hands were unmappably fast and the beats painfully intricate, didn't really seem possible.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 18:41 (one week ago) link

Just saw the Manginyar Seduction in DC. 36 Northern India musicians and vocalists set up in a Hollywood Squares like set w/ 9 across and 4 rows high.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 22:06 (one week ago) link

xp - wow, that guy's got major dancing hands! thanks for posting

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:38 (one week ago) link

Heh, curmudgeon, we are the same person: seeing manganiyar thursday.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 14:44 (one week ago) link

Manganiyar were great. I think you will definitely enjoy

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 17:16 (one week ago) link

i have been making the "Hollywood Squares" comparison when discussing them too; also "advent calendar"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 17:46 (one week ago) link

Am liking that Nigerian afrobeats/ afropop Lady Donli album that’s been mentioned on that other thread.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 13 November 2019 23:22 (five days ago) link

It has now been mentioned on three threads no less, it’s that good. It has a retro vibe, but still sounds real fresh and punchy.

Let me post that Fader feature again:

the guy from That Other Thread (breastcrawl), Thursday, 14 November 2019 06:41 (four days ago) link

Mauritania singer Noura Mint Seymali and her band have been to the US a bunch of times, but this time her husband guitarist Jeich Ould Chighaly and the bassist were denied entry. At Kennedy Center Seymali and her drummer were joined by her US-based brother and another guy. Not as much Afro-psych guitar but the keyboardist adds good sounds and Seymali’s vocal range still sounds impressive

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 21:12 (two days ago) link

Chighaly is a great guitarist who also gave some lessons to The 75 Dollar Bill guitarist. So lame that he got barred this time

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:32 (yesterday) link

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