Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2020 Thread (Often African bands)

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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 those of artists highlighted on Afrobeats, dancehall, soca threads. Sometimes, but not always, the artists are older than those on those other threads. More old-school bands too.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:14 (six months ago) link

Here's last year's thread:

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:16 (six months ago) link

https://moroccantapes.com/about

Looks interesting. Listed by genre I think

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 January 2020 18:34 (six months ago) link

Not a fan of Egyptian rocker Ramy Essam who is touring US. Too bombastic arena style for me. I have read that he’s a left leaning activist but the music is not my thing.

Algerian Sofiane Saide and His Mazalda Cosmic rai Band are coming to the US too. I haven’t heard them yet

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 14:35 (six months ago) link

That should say Saidi. He and his rai band are in DC Friday and Monday, and in NY Saturday & Sunday. Sunday at Globalfest

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 19:26 (six months ago) link

Then back to France and North Africa

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 19:27 (six months ago) link

Saw a bit of a YouTube video of Sofiane Saidi. Sounded good and looked lively

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 January 2020 15:28 (six months ago) link

Saidi album is good but not great

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 January 2020 16:52 (six months ago) link

Gonna splurge and see Mahmoud Ahmed, legendary Ethiopian singer Saturday night at the Ethiopian Embassy backed by a band led by the guitarist of the Roha band (Ethiopiques) Selamino

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 January 2020 16:56 (six months ago) link

ilmer crut turned me onto this guy from Morocco - kinda synth/psychedelic I really dig it:
https://abdouelomari.bandcamp.com/album/nuits-d-t-avec-abdou-el-omari -- I also love the description: "Abdou El Omari, the bachelor hairdresser, composer and organ player from Morocco..." bachelor hairdresser!

also I posted this yesterday to Hey Jews but i think ppl itt would be interested in it too:
https://daily.bandcamp.com/lists/the-hidden-world-of-psychedelic-jewish-folk

Mordy, Friday, 10 January 2020 17:01 (six months ago) link

Oh no, it's the late Abdou El Omari

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:09 (five months ago) link

died in 2010 at the age of 66,

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:10 (five months ago) link

System K, a movie doc about Kinshasa, Congo street performers is at the Film Forum in NY till the 14th. Hopefully it will soon be available elsewhere

curmudgeon, Sunday, 12 January 2020 01:44 (five months ago) link

i'd love to see that

Mordy, Sunday, 12 January 2020 02:34 (five months ago) link

Mahmoud Ahmed did 2 great hour or so sets Saturday night at the Ethiopian Embassy in DC. At 78 his voice still is mesmerizing.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 January 2020 04:11 (five months ago) link

Opening act singer Abeba Desalegn was good too.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 January 2020 15:11 (five months ago) link

Fado singer Lina Rodrigues and producer Raül Refree (who's worked with Rosalía and Lee Ranaldo, among others) have collaborated on an album that takes traditional fado songs and brings them into an almost Portishead-ish zone. I interviewed them both for Bandcamp.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:20 (five months ago) link

Songlines 12 five-star African albums from last year:
https://www.songlines.co.uk/explore/guides-and-lists/the-12-five-star-african-albums-of-2019

Dawda Jobarteh - I Met Her By the River
Vaudou Game - Otodi
Ali Hassan Kuban - From Nubia to Cairo
Blick Bassy - 1958
Baba Commandant and the Mandigo Band - Siri Ba Kele
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator
Benin International Musical - BIM#1
Africa Express - Egoli
VA - Mlouk: Gnawa and World Music Festival
KOKOKO! - Fongola
Tinariwen - Amadjar
VA - Early Congo Music 1946-1962

cool list!

Mordy, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:04 (five months ago) link

Good stuff, Phil – the music and interview both. Thanks for the heads up.

xp

pomenitul, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 19:25 (five months ago) link

Xp— that Songlines list is good, I agree

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:17 (five months ago) link

Loving this!!! If you have been fortunate enough to see either Fendika or PNL’s Large Unit, you know that them together??! Perfection imo.

https://paalnilssen-love.bandcamp.com/album/ethiobraz

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 17 January 2020 18:32 (five months ago) link

Yeah, I'm including that ^^^ in my upcoming Stereogum column. It rips.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 17 January 2020 18:41 (five months ago) link

I interviewed Korean artist Eunhye Jeong, who combines traditional pansori music with free jazz, for Bandcamp. The album is wild.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 17 January 2020 22:16 (five months ago) link

Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela recorded an album together before the latter died; it's coming out in March. This is the first track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMOJg16oHdI

Also note that this is the first release on the relaunched World Circuit label.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 13:12 (five months ago) link

Saw Tony Allen with a band live once and he was great. Hopefully that recording with Masekela will be great.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2020 04:03 (five months ago) link

finally got a hold of that early congo music comp from that songlines list and if congolese rumba in yr jam (it's v much mine) it's really a fantastic document and i don't know a lot of these artists!

also enjoyed this MOGADISCO: Dancing Mogadishu (Somalia 1972-1991) comp - not sure we've mentioned it in any of these threads

Mordy, Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:34 (five months ago) link

That early Congo music release is from a Japanese label. Is any US distributor handling it?

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 January 2020 04:51 (five months ago) link

Listened to the reissue of an Issam Hajali album today - Lebanese Acid Folk from the 70's with touches of orchestral pop, prog, bossa nova. Killer album, Habibi Funk is such a great label.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 24 January 2020 13:11 (five months ago) link

ooo good stuff thx for the tip

Mordy, Friday, 24 January 2020 13:51 (five months ago) link

The major keepers from globalFest imo were:

San Salvador: South France polyphony with drums... fucking volcanic live - https://soundcloud.com/lostintraditions/sets/san-salvador-live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt1Ok0Kvcsg

La Chica: Venezuelan French woman doing dope electro-pop - https://remezcla.com/features/music/la-chica-profile/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00Q0YmCRa1Y

Ak Dan Gwang Chil: sprawling South Korean band with three lead female singers and killer style - http://sori.nyc/adgc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krIHTd-7PGY

And, of course, Cheikh Lo was lovely as always

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 January 2020 15:28 (five months ago) link

Heard good things about Ak Dan Gwang Chil. They were in DC at Kennedy Center too, but just billed as a folkloric trad group and I missed them. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage 1 hour gigs are videotaped and archived -- will check that out as well.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:43 (five months ago) link

Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre from South Africa did an intense performance last night @ Kennedy Center entitled “Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero.” Set in a graveyard , the singers/dancers combined mournful South African Isicathamiya a capella singing w/ beatbox rap & hiphop dance (both modern and popping and locking). A touch of Malathini in vocals via use of froggy voice megaphone, also traditional tongue clicking at one point. No video allowed last night. Too bad as the video trailers on Youtube are much more tame than what I saw. The NY Times profiled Maqoma and gave a fave review to their performance last weekend in NYC. South African composer Nhlanhla Mahlangu cleverly transposed Ravel's Bolero to a marching snare drum beat and via other ways as well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGcOE7LamP0

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:53 (five months ago) link

i'm enjoying this this morning (on spotify) - sorta Anglo-Scots/Indian folk fusion:
https://www.dominomusic.com/releases/yorkston-thorne-khan/navarasa-nine-emotions/cd

Mordy, Sunday, 26 January 2020 16:00 (five months ago) link

x-post

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/14/arts/dance/gregory-maqoma.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/19/arts/music/prototype-festival-opera.html

Maqoma's South African dance and song gets love from NY Times

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 January 2020 16:05 (five months ago) link

Looks like Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre from South Africa have only 1 more US appearance - February 1 at Mass Moca

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 January 2020 16:38 (five months ago) link

Shows in New York:

Sat., Feb 1:
3MA, comprising Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko, Moroccan oud expert Driss El Maloumi, and Malagasy valiha extraordinaire Rajery plays a FREE show at Public Records. Don't forget to RSVP!

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 February 2020 00:10 (five months ago) link

Ulysses and Unperson should go to that.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 February 2020 20:29 (five months ago) link

Unfortunately, I'm gonna be at the Jazz Gallery tonight.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 1 February 2020 22:04 (five months ago) link

i've had the flu for about a week - mildly unpleasant. more unpleasant has been taking care of 3 sick kids who also are sick and being mostly cooped inside. today i was feeling better but w/ some cabin fever so i took reggie for a long walk outside. it had rained in the morning and was still cold and the air was sharp but there were lots of birds and small mammals about. i listened to the new afropop worldwide episode about the field recordings of High Tracey who did a lot of fieldwork in traditional communities in Africa in the 1950s particularly in Malawi. i had not heard these before but many are extraordinary + strange lots of inventive vocal and instrumental sounds, some things that reminded me of reading feld's sound and sentiment, really some wonderful things to listen to and especially on a chilly, somewhat wet walk after spending all week ill and indoors.

Mordy, Sunday, 2 February 2020 20:16 (five months ago) link

Hugh* Tracey but i guess that's a little easter egg there

Mordy, Sunday, 2 February 2020 20:20 (five months ago) link

Mordy, did you study ethnomusicology? Not doing so has always been a minor regret of mine. I did take an intro anthropology course and the prof would start each class by playing music and asking us to guess where it was from

rob, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:50 (five months ago) link

Sorta - I did a Performance Studies grad degree but worked with ethnomusicologists and on topics that had a lot of crossover so I ended up studying + reading a lot of ethnomusicology and took a few classes in the discipline. I was mostly interested in religious + liturgical music and wrote about Jewish music primarily but I also wrote about other things. I also did a course in Sound Studies that was very interesting.

Mordy, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:08 (five months ago) link

Ah that's interesting. A good friend of mine is doing a PhD in performance studies at CUNY right now and all his classes sound great--he's a playwright & director but is also taking a lot of music-related courses. When I worked in academic publishing I promoted ethnomusicology books but never had time to do much more than skim them (I wish I'd kept copies of them all now!). Sound studies is closer to my own academic field (media/comms) but I haven't had a chance to get seriously into yet.

rob, Monday, 3 February 2020 15:26 (five months ago) link

Shakira At Super Bowl halftime used the the Congo instrumental song Icha by Syran Mbenza. The guitar solo is by Lokassa Ya Mbongo I am reading on twitter. Colombian champeta is drawn from Congolese rumba in part.

She also drew a bit from her Lebanese heritage. Zaghrouta is the tongue thing she did.

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 February 2020 16:16 (five months ago) link

Maybe some university classes are discussing that today!

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 February 2020 16:18 (five months ago) link

Plus the myriad other elements and the guests Bad Bunny & J Balvin

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 February 2020 16:19 (five months ago) link

I didn't see it, but that does sound like a rich text!

rob, Monday, 3 February 2020 16:24 (five months ago) link

can't wait to talk about this w my students!
they love bad bunny

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 3 February 2020 16:40 (five months ago) link

x-post--- Kurdish singer Aynur’s new album Hedûr.

Aynur's opening track on this is beautiful-- Her slightly rough vocals over tinkling piano keys and strings

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 04:19 (two months ago) link

Wasn't as impressed by Masekela/ Tony Allen album as I hoped I would be

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 April 2020 04:20 (two months ago) link

Really liking the whole recent album from Kurdish singer Aynur. Melancholy and mixes piano with traditional strings under her modern yet traditional vocals

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 April 2020 19:53 (two months ago) link

The Hailu Mergia album is great— looks back and forward

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 April 2020 05:22 (two months ago) link

The Hailu Mergia album is great— looks back and forward

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 April 2020 05:22 (two months ago) link

cosign

corrs unplugged, Friday, 17 April 2020 12:16 (two months ago) link

yeah, i dug into it properly and it's wonderful.
also just watched this and would recommend it for a spin if you can find it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_A7wsQAAN8

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 18 April 2020 20:46 (two months ago) link

I paid to rent Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul on Vimeo . Was worth it. There's a bit of a discussion on the Ethiopiques thread

curmudgeon, Sunday, 19 April 2020 22:42 (two months ago) link

glad you like it! It's a bit neatly wrapped but i felt like i learned a lot!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 17:52 (two months ago) link

I also saw a pianist Girma Beyene doc that hasn’t been officially released yet. He wrote some great songs. After his wife died ( whom he had written many songs about) he gave up music for awhile and just worked at a Washington DC gas station. He finally felt comfortable with returning to music a few years ago. I saw him play here in DC once. He has now moved back to Ethiopia and his latest tour got cancelled by Covid-19

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 22:34 (two months ago) link

Behind on listening to Sahel Sounds What's app stuff.

Been catching up on the late Bohannon, whose 1974 Soul Train appearance doing "South African Man" sounds like Fela meets disco , and anticipates Talking Heads circa 1980 funky period

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2020 06:04 (two months ago) link

1. Tamikrest · Tamotaït · Glitterbeat

Haven't heard this latest Tamikrest album either

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 04:52 (two months ago) link

The Alkibar Jr ep for April 2020 from the Music from Saharan Whatsapp series is pretty good. More than just formula desert sounds. I think it’s only available on Bandcamp through Thursday on the Sahel Sounds page . It’s real cheap $

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 16:00 (two months ago) link

Actually they posted it in mid-April do it’s available until May 15.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 17:32 (two months ago) link

Sahel Sounds says: "We wanted to give you all a heads up that all album downloads at our Bandcamp page will be "Pay What You Want" tomorrow, Friday, May 1st, from midnight to midnight PST. Thank you for your continued support! "

Mordy, Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:39 (two months ago) link

that's good. Not so good is the death of drummer Tony Allen

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 April 2020 23:57 (two months ago) link

Oh no

dip to dup (rob), Friday, 1 May 2020 00:19 (two months ago) link

Sad news rip I thought the latest album with Hugh masekela sounded great

Mordy, Friday, 1 May 2020 00:22 (two months ago) link

Would have almost gone to see him if not for Covid :(

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 1 May 2020 09:18 (two months ago) link

i met him a couple years ago and it was awesome
feel unusually sad about his passing :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 1 May 2020 13:18 (two months ago) link

Yes. So Bandcamp is going to do specials every first Friday for a bit to help musicians

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 12:55 (two months ago) link

I guess that new Oumou Sangare (live I think) album is not available yet. Listened to old stuff from her tonight-- what a voice...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:27 (two months ago) link

Tidiane Thiam- Siftorde is nice acoustic guitarist album Northern Senegal . Pleasant instrumentals that might appeal to those into fingerpicked American strumming .

On Sahel Sounds

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 May 2020 04:35 (one month ago) link

https://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/2020/05/21/Google-celebrates-Zimbabwes-national-instrument-the-mbira-with-Doodle/5301590056841/

Unnamed Zimbabwe mbira player on today’s Google Doodle

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 May 2020 15:43 (one month ago) link

This looks great: this Monday, the 2020 edition of the Africadelic Festival will be livestreamed through the Instagram page of the Paradiso venue in Amsterdam from 12pm-12am CEST (www.instagram.com/paradisoadam).

There’s a whole slew of artists set to perform, including at least several that should appeal to followers of this thread: Blick Bassy, Femi Kuti, Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band – possibly more, because to be honest there’s many names there that I don’t recognize.

There are also talks and interviews, and a film programme (with free viewing on 24, 25 and 26 May).

Check this Facebook link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/248730829661281/
Or here (but not everything here is in English): https://www.paradiso.nl/en/program/africadelic-2020-online-edition/77120/

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 22 May 2020 19:50 (one month ago) link

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52774331

RIP Mory Kante at 70 from Guinea who did the great upbeat Afropop dance tune “Yeke Yeke” and was also in the Super Rail Band with musicians from Mali

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 May 2020 19:59 (one month ago) link

Youssou N'Dour had nice words for Mory Kante calling him "a baobab of African culture"

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:18 (one month ago) link

RIP Kante, that shit still rocks

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 25 May 2020 22:05 (one month ago) link

unusually concise, otm band bio/non-frothing press release:
Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative force that embraces international voices; sweet, strong harmonies that summon the rights of women and girls; and a meltdown of heritage and new gen talent. They were formed in Bamako, Mali, in 2014 by three renowned Malian music stars and social change activists, Mamani Keïta, Oumou Sangaré and Mariam Doumbia. Since then, collective has expanded to involve many female artists from across Africa and the diaspora.

While their cause — campaigning for gender equality and eradicating ancestral violence — is worthy enough in itself, their musical creative expression is equally powerful. Richly melodic and far-ranging, it blends pan-African styles and collaborative harmonies with gritty, contemporary pop, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell).

Their debut album République Amazone featured guest contributions from the likes of Angélique Kidjo and Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka, and caught the attention of President Obama, who included one of the songs in his 20 favourite tracks of 2017. In 2020, they release their follow-up album Amazones Power, on which familiar voices like Mamani Keïta and Rokia Koné appear alongside a younger generation of singers who represent the exciting new sound of modern Africa.
Yeah, it's intergenerational, among other dynamics, and though the translated lyrics aren't necessary---the sound immediately and developmentally rules, as on the debut, which I didn't have translations for---they do provide more light, sometimes at startling angles.

dow, Monday, 25 May 2020 22:42 (one month ago) link

Hope this is the right thread (police don't talk about me when I'm gone).

dow, Monday, 25 May 2020 22:44 (one month ago) link

Thanks again, press sheet:

Real World Records RW228
Released: 24 January 2020
CD / 2LP / Digital

01. Heavy (feat. Niariu, Boy Fall & Jon Grace)
02. Love (feat. Mamani Keïta)
03. Smile (feat. Niariu & Ami Yerewolo)
04. Queens (feat. Rokia Koné)
05. Smooth (feat. Mamani Keïta)
06. Dreams (feat. Rokia Koné)
07. Timbuktu (feat. Mamani Keïta)
08. Red (feat. Rokia Koné)
09. Rebels (feat. Nacera Ouali Mesbah)
10. Dogon (feat. Mamani Keïta)
11. Fights (feat. Fafa Ruffino)
12. Sisters# (feat. Kandy Guira)
13. Power

dow, Monday, 25 May 2020 22:47 (one month ago) link

I heard the earlier one, but not this 2020 one.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 May 2020 03:25 (one month ago) link

Trans global June 2020 chart

1. Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn · Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn · Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (6)

2. Džambo Aguševi Orchestra · Brasses for the Masses · Asphalt Tango (1)
3. Damir Imamović · Singer of Tales · Wrasse (5)
4. Tamikrest · Tamotaït · Glitterbeat (2)
5. Santrofi · Alewa · Outhere (17)
6. Trio Tekke · Strovilos · Riverboat / World Music Network (-)
7. Moonlight Benjamin · Simido · Ma Case (9)
8. Matthieu Saglio · El Camino de los Vientos · ACT Music (24)
9. Transglobal Underground · Walls Have Ears · Mule Satellite (-)
10. Frigg · FriXX · Frigg (16)

11. Sam Lee · Old Wow · Cooking Vinyl (4)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 June 2020 01:55 (four weeks ago) link

wow that Wu Fei & Abigail Washburn is interesting!

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 11 June 2020 07:24 (four weeks ago) link

Matthieu Saglio sounds beautiful

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 11 June 2020 07:54 (four weeks ago) link

i love abby washburn and she's most interesting to me when she's doing chinese inspired stuff so yeah, i love that album.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 12 June 2020 17:31 (four weeks ago) link

I have been seeing references to her for awhile but have not listened. Will give that one a shot.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 June 2020 01:31 (three weeks ago) link

Hailu Mergia is selling car air fresheners that come with a digital download: https://hailumergia.bandcamp.com/album/yene-mircha
"Pine-scented air freshener, feel as fresh as Hailu while you cruise in your car or hang in your house. Comes with free download of the new album Yene Mircha!"
(Surely this is a reference to his job as a taxi driver? https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/mar/01/hailu-mergia-the-ethiopian-jazz-legend-who-jams-in-his-taxi)

ernestp, Saturday, 13 June 2020 01:51 (three weeks ago) link

lol, yeah it absolutely is!

curmudgeon, I've been following washburn's work for like 15 years now back when she was in Uncle Earl. She's got a kid with Bela Fleck.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 13 June 2020 02:29 (three weeks ago) link

I bought some really good South African jazz records this week:

Marcus Wyatt and the ZAR Jazz Orchestra - Into Dust/Waltz For Jozi and One Night In The Sun (big band jazz with vocals in English and, I think, Xhosa)
Thandi Ntuli, Live At Jazzwerkstaat (piano, guitar, bass, drums, four horns, and a string quartet)
Benjamin Jephta, Homecoming and The Evolution Of An Undefined (Jephta is a bassist; the first album is acoustic post-bop, the second adds elements of electronic music and funk)
Keenan Ahrends - Narrative (mostly guitar-bass-drums, but a saxophonist appears on three tracks and a pianist on a couple of others)

They're all on Bandcamp.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 13 June 2020 02:41 (three weeks ago) link

x-post to Ulysses- Doh, just remembered my wife is a bit of a Washburn fan and she remembers seeing her at one tent at a festival while I was seeing another act at a different tent.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:06 (three weeks ago) link

Congolese band Les Bantous De La Capitale’s (The Bantus of The Capital) founding member Nganda Edo dies aged 87 in Congo Brazzaville. He was the only surviving founding member of the band.

The musician, born Edouard Nganga, is described as the dean of Congolese music. Nganga lend a hand to popular bands such as Ok Jazz with Franco Luambo Makiadi and Vicky Longomba, he replaced Philippe Lando Rossignol who had quit, He also performed alongside Négro Jazz which was his first outfit and the Bantus of the capital.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:44 (three weeks ago) link

i ordered a Hailu air freshener!

alpine static, Saturday, 13 June 2020 06:50 (three weeks ago) link

i should do that too

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 June 2020 13:49 (three weeks ago) link

Watched a crazy, disturbing doc about young and middle aged Kenyans blaming their problems on elderly Kenyans and calling them witches and in some situations killing them. The doc briefly showed a cool Kenyan brass band but I didn’t get the name, alas. The movie doc is called The Letter

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 June 2020 13:45 (two weeks ago) link

I like the advance of this Awesome Tapes reissue coming in August. The Afrobeats/ Afro thread folks will like this too

Penny Penny—the South African singer who made it from janitor squatting in the studio to pan-African superstar in the space of a couple years back in the mid-90s—released his second album in 1996 amidst stadium tours and nonstop promo in the aftermath of his breakthrough debut "Shaka Bundu.” After our reissue of "Shaka Bundu” in 2013 gained notice from outlets including Fresh Air and Rolling Stone, Penny Penny played the Sydney Opera House for the first time and built a larger following overseas (he was meant to play Dekmantel this summer). Now, his curiously hard-to-find follow-up that leans on message-laden songs with his familiar banging sound—an amalgam of House and Shangaan music production behind anthemic vocals—comes out 14 August on Awesome Tapes From Africa LP/CD/Tape/Digital.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 28 June 2020 22:44 (one week ago) link

Cool! See also our wonderfulOld School Afropop thread, where he was recently highlighted.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 29 June 2020 09:59 (one week ago) link

Hachalu Hundessa, a prominent Ethiopian singer, songwriter and activist, has been shot dead in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in a killing that risked heightening tensions in a nation taking stuttering steps toward establishing a multiparty democracy.

Mr. Hundessa, 34, was shot late on Monday night in the Gelan Condominiums area of Addis Ababa, the city’s police commissioner, Geta Argaw, told the state-affiliated broadcaster Fana on Tuesday. The singer was taken to a hospital after the attack, but died later of his wounds. It was not immediately known who was responsible for the shooting. from NY times obit

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:14 (one week ago) link

the buscabulla album (Regresa) gives me some v chill helado negro vibes and then i discover they've worked together <3

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 14:13 (two days ago) link


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