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 (three weeks 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 (three weeks ago) link

Looks interesting. Listed by genre I think

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 January 2020 18:34 (three weeks 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 (three weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

Then back to France and North Africa

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 19:27 (two weeks ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 January 2020 15:28 (two weeks ago) link

Saidi album is good but not great

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 January 2020 16:52 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

ilmer crut turned me onto this guy from Morocco - kinda synth/psychedelic I really dig it: -- 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:

Mordy, Friday, 10 January 2020 17:01 (two weeks ago) link

Oh no, it's the late Abdou El Omari

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:09 (two weeks ago) link

died in 2010 at the age of 66,

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:10 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

i'd love to see that

Mordy, Sunday, 12 January 2020 02:34 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

Opening act singer Abeba Desalegn was good too.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 January 2020 15:11 (two weeks 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 (one week ago) link

Songlines 12 five-star African albums from last year:

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 (one week ago) link

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


pomenitul, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 19:25 (one week ago) link

Xp— that Songlines list is good, I agree

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:17 (one week 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.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 17 January 2020 18:32 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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:

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 (six days 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 days 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 days 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 (four days 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 (four days ago) link

ooo good stuff thx for the tip

Mordy, Friday, 24 January 2020 13:51 (four days ago) link

The major keepers from globalFest imo were:

San Salvador: South France polyphony with drums... fucking volcanic live -

La Chica: Venezuelan French woman doing dope electro-pop -

Ak Dan Gwang Chil: sprawling South Korean band with three lead female singers and killer style -

And, of course, Cheikh Lo was lovely as always

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 24 January 2020 15:28 (four days 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 (two days 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.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 January 2020 15:53 (two days ago) link

i'm enjoying this this morning (on spotify) - sorta Anglo-Scots/Indian folk fusion:

Mordy, Sunday, 26 January 2020 16:00 (two days ago) link


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

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 January 2020 16:05 (two days 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 (yesterday) link

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