Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2021 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, etc. threads. Sometimes, but not always, the artists are older than those on those other threads. More old-school bands too. Often less digital programming but if it includes such playing/programming it is usually less popular

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 January 2021 02:01 (six months ago) link

Here's last year's thread- 2020

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

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 January 2021 02:03 (six months ago) link

Still catching up on 2020 music slowly ( other things keeping me from listening)

Saw an Awesome Tapes from Africa email about a Mail release that looked promising; once I find time

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 January 2021 18:46 (six months ago) link

Jonathan Bogart in part re his top songs of 2020 : I dare say that just about anyone could find something to love in there, even if they don’t speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swahili, or Zulu (the most common non-English languages throughout the playlist).

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 02:48 (six months ago) link

Bogart ranked 50 songs and did a Spotify list plus a 626 song YouTube playlist. A lot of it is more Afro thread material but since he has Caribbean and Brazilian and more , I posted it here

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 05:34 (six months ago) link

Breastcrawl may even know already about many of the above artists.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 15:21 (six months ago) link

cool, I only just saw this. reservations about JB aside, I’m looking forward to do some digging in. (rest assured, if last year’s list is anything to go by there will be lots I don’t know)

partyin' maskless with Rudy G. and Vanilla Ice, it's a gas gas gas (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:15 (six months ago) link

Chouk Bwa & The Ångstromers
Vodou Alé
Haitian Drumming and Singing with Touches of Electronica and Dancehall Music

Just finally listened to this 2020 effort. Not bad but doesn’t consistently wow me. Critic Ted Gioia had it in his long year end list

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 January 2021 02:15 (six months ago) link

album titles in the link

Rocky Dawuni
Songhoy Blues
Elida Almeida
Aricia Mess from Putumayo presents Brazil-Samba, Bossa, and Beyond
Hailu Mergia
Groupe RTD
Gordon Konang
Linos Wengara Magaya & Zimbaremabwe Mbira Vibes
Modeste Hugues & Kilema
Artists for Peace & Justice- Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1
Ali Bilali Soudan
Herb Alpert
Andal Sukabe from Music from Saharan WhatsApp 7 Sahel Sounds
Penny Penny
Nahawa Doumbia
Ballake Sissoko
Oumou Sangare - Acoustic
Monty Alexander

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 January 2021 16:46 (six months ago) link

This rips (Ugandan drum group on Nyege Nyege):

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 18 January 2021 20:57 (six months ago) link

Still catching up on 2020-- the Al Bilali Soudan (not Ali as I mistakenly typed earlier) album has great North African desert guitar work. Maybe not anything new at this point, but done really well.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 17:03 (six months ago) link

Actually that's ngoni on that and maybe not guitar

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 17:09 (six months ago) link

Malian singer Nahawa Doumbia also on above list has a powerful, passionate voice . She's from southern Mali. in the Wassoulou region. This area is well known for generating some of the best female singers in Mali, including Oumou Sangaré.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 17:25 (six months ago) link

Modeste Hugues & Kilema is pleasant afro-folk from Madagascar .

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 19:54 (six months ago) link

Still more there to go through.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 January 2021 17:34 (six months ago) link

The Oumou Sangare acoustic album from last year is nice. She's still got a great voice. One of those many fantastic southern Mali vocalists

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 January 2021 06:30 (six months ago) link

I don't think the kora album by Ballake Sissoko that listed is available yet. He is a good player. Saw him duet with French musician Vincent Segal live, and they also were together on Tiny Desk

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 00:20 (six months ago) link

New digital only collection with e-book of global 78s put together by Excavated Shellac and Dust to Digital

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 16:33 (six months ago) link

thanks for posting that tiny desk concert! I watched it last night. I know their albums together already, but it was a real treat to be able to see them playing with each other. This is basically what I imagine heaven would sound like.

I skipped a kora concert summer '19. I don't even remember who was playing, but I've regretted it ever since, particularly in the past year.

That shellac collection sounds amazing, I kind of want to convene a group project to listen to the whole thing.

rob, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 16:50 (six months ago) link

Good description.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 02:00 (six months ago) link

Good description.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 02:00 (six months ago) link

that excavated shellac thing looks amazing - used to follow the blog - but come on, 100+ tracks? no one has the time.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 11:30 (six months ago) link

ordered the shellac collection! downloading the large pdf is taken some time let alone the music :D

nxd, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 11:51 (six months ago) link

oh wait that was the music

anyway listening now

nxd, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 12:43 (six months ago) link

the detail in the document is amazing btw, full page of history for each track and lyrics and translations

nxd, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 18:38 (six months ago) link

got it off bandcamp earlier and talked a friend into listening to a few songs each week and chatting about it, pretty excited!

rob, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 18:39 (six months ago) link

Christgau just posted his fave albums for 2020 list and it includes this North African one below from 2017

3. Group Doueh & Cheveu: Dakhla Sahara Session (Born Bad ‘17)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 19:18 (six months ago) link

Nahawa Doumbia , Mali singer with her band in Stockholm last year. She has a new album that was available in Mali in November 2020, & Awesome Tapes from Africa is releasing elsewhere now

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 January 2021 04:00 (six months ago) link

Nice I'll have to check that out. I got pretty into La Grande Cantatrice Malienne Vol 3 last summer

rob, Thursday, 28 January 2021 15:15 (six months ago) link

RIP Sibongile Khumalo, South African Zulu jazz & choral singer

curmudgeon, Saturday, 6 February 2021 05:43 (five months ago) link

I forget the name of the rap not in English thread, so Inwill post this here instead. I see in The NY Times actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas saying that she listens to Hindi rap like Raftaar and Divine when she works out.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 7 February 2021 19:53 (five months ago) link

that's this thread, curmudge: Rolling worldwide rap thread 2021

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 7 February 2021 20:12 (five months ago) link

Reading in NY Times about Barbara Dane , 93 years old musician and Paredon label owner

Musician Barbara Dane’s Life of Defiance and Song - plus Her label released music produced by liberation movements in Vietnam, Palestine, Angola, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Greece, Uruguay, Mexico, the United States and beyond.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:01 (five months ago) link

Folkways controls the label now

curmudgeon, Thursday, 11 February 2021 18:02 (five months ago) link

nice to see that paddy bush's old documentary on the malagasy musician rakotozafy has made it back to youtube again:

would a nit be nice? (NickB), Friday, 12 February 2021 22:48 (five months ago) link

Kôrôlén is a very special collaboration between two titans in music: Toumani Diabaté, the Grammy-winning Malian kora virtuoso, and the London Symphony Orchestra, renowned worldwide for their performances of orchestral music on record, film and stage. Diabaté, a griot whose musical lineage stretches back generations, is well known as one of the most creative musicians on the African continent, and is almost single-handedly responsible for bringing the iconic sound of the kora to worldwide audiences. No stranger to a genre-defying collaboration, he has recorded two Grammy-winning albums alongside desert blues pioneer Ali Farka Touré, as well as projects with Taj Mahal, Björk, Béla Fleck, Damon Albarn and Afrocubism.

Commissioned as a special project by the Barbican Centre in London and produced by World Circuit, these recordings feature Diabaté and his group of eminent Malian musicians (including Kasse Mady Diabaté and Lassana Diabaté), accompanied by the soaring presence of the LSO, in dedicated arrangements by Nico Muhly and Ian Gardiner and conducted by Clark Rundell. The title bestowed by Diabaté on this unique and groundbreaking release, 'Kôrôlén', translates from the Mandinka language as 'ancestral' - a fitting theme for an album that brings together ancient griot melodies and Western orchestral arrangements, resulting in an achingly beautiful and fresh neo-classical sound that will appeal to admirers of African, traditional and new classical, and ambient music.

That's not really my scene (I'm 41) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:27 (five months ago) link

arghhhh with someone like toumani would go LOWER-fi not higher fi
orchestra collabs are such a snooze

sean gramophone, Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:45 (five months ago) link


curmudgeon, Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:46 (five months ago) link

yeah I'm listening to "Haïnamady Town" off this right now and Diabaté is excellent of course, but the LSO bits are pretty sacharine

rob, Friday, 19 February 2021 13:57 (five months ago) link

Here's one that rightfully should go on yesterday's '70s boogie thread 'cept it's not from the '70s and isn't about boogying per se; is from the Songhoy Blues LP that Steve was disappointed by last year. Similar to fellow Malian Ali Farka Toure, Songhoy Blues are fans of John Lee Hooker; unlike Ali Farka Touré their Hooker-derived blues boogie sometimes sounds like Brownsville Station.

Frank Kogan, Sunday, 21 February 2021 22:36 (five months ago) link

Sorry not much of Brownsville fan, although I am curious about how Songhoy Blues sound changed into this more boogie rock one

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 February 2021 04:06 (five months ago) link

Paul Bowles, author & musician, went to Morocco in 1959 and recorded music there. It was released as a 1972 lp, and now his tapes are on YouTube

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 February 2021 04:08 (five months ago) link

Oduor Nyagweno, solo nyatiti & vocals, worth reading the backstory here:

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 21:35 (five months ago) link

At 14 years of age he had a dream about the nyatiti and when he awoke the following day, he was magically able to play it, or so the legend goes. Nyagweno started entering nyatiti competitions and quickly moved up the ranks to become one of the best nyatiti players in the area

Here’s part of backstory but there’s more.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 22:02 (five months ago) link

Longtime Armenian singer/ instrumentalist and occasional Hollywood bit actor Guy Chookoorian has died. Lots of Armenians who fled their homes after Turkish genocide end up in Southern California

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 February 2021 14:00 (five months ago) link

Punjabi / India singer Sardool Sikander dead at 60 from Covid

curmudgeon, Thursday, 25 February 2021 15:29 (five months ago) link

Not 100 percent sure this is the right thread for this, but Buscabulla was discussed on last year's thread. This is a lovely, languorous dream-pop cover. I wasn't familiar with the original, but I gather it's a Puerto Rican karaoke staple. I've gone back and listened to earlier recordings (Lissette Alvarez, Umberto Tozzi) and they're good but I like the chill vibe of this one.

Anybody see "The Mali Cuba Connection"

In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali are sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they develop a revolutionary new sound and become the iconic ensemble ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000. Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 05:17 (three months ago) link

or Zanka Contact ? Am curious about both of these movies

Re Zanka --

"A car crash throws together a has-been rocker who has just returned to Casablanca and a streetwise con-artist, who get lulled into the shenanigans of the city’s music underworld."‘For three days after the Bataclan, I thought I was dead,” says Ismaël el Iraki, whose debut feature, Zanka Contact, is a Wild at Heart-type love story starring Ahmed Hammoud & Moroccan music star Khansa Batma w/ debts to Quentin Tarantino and Sergio Leone.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 05:20 (three months ago) link

Leaning towards seeing both of those movies

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 13 April 2021 22:24 (three months ago) link

The Zanka Contact reviews on letterboxd are pretty withering but I am curious.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 09:14 (three months ago) link

I read reviews elsewhere and the best I saw was “a mess but a fun one”.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 April 2021 18:13 (three months ago) link

Jambinai is cool!

corrs unplugged, Monday, 19 April 2021 15:28 (three months ago) link

[googles Jambinai]

Korean avant-rock. Does sound cool. Adds it to list to listen to later

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 April 2021 18:39 (three months ago) link

hehe, a video was posted upthread, sounds like a studio take but looks live

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 20 April 2021 13:47 (three months ago) link

many xps but sissoko's new album "Djourou" is pretty great

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 15:31 (three months ago) link

Yep Ballake Sissoko’s kora playing is heavenly. I really like the cuts with vocals on them best , I must admit though

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 April 2021 14:10 (three months ago) link

mainly been listening to the stunning new Arooj Afab album Vulture Prince today

calzino, Saturday, 24 April 2021 13:11 (three months ago) link

^the two tracks that are up on Bandcamp are gorgeous

An old friend used to recite the Rumi poem she sings on "Last Night" a lot; he was also the reason I got super into reggae, so the lightly skanking rhythm on that is perfect to me

rob, Sunday, 25 April 2021 20:50 (three months ago) link

listening to this now, spellbinding

the mai tai quinn (voodoo chili), Monday, 26 April 2021 20:35 (three months ago) link

it's really wonderful, big thanks to calzino

she is instantly super high up on my list of concerts I would like to see

rob, Monday, 26 April 2021 21:40 (three months ago) link

yes that's spectacular, thanks for the tip

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:11 (three months ago) link

I like Aftab’s vocals plus the strings and arrangements. Pitchfork has given it a good review and it’s a best of album there ( singer lives in Brooklyn too!)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 April 2021 16:38 (three months ago) link

happy to be introduced to Arooj Aftab, I love this album. that Pitchfork review is very detailed and knowledgeable. this quote may be obvious, but I think it's worth highlighting:

Educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Aftab has as much of a claim to the Western traditions of jazz and experimental electronica as to the folk and classical music of her native homeland. She mixes and matches these traditions not with the awkward, respectful hesitancy of an outsider, but with the casual intimacy of an initiate.

"Saans Lo", one of the highlights for me, brought to mind Nina Simone's version of "Who Knows Where The Time Goes".

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 28 April 2021 21:25 (three months ago) link

rob made a thread:

Arooj Aftab

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 29 April 2021 21:14 (three months ago) link

I posted in the Ethiopiques thread about the death of pioneering Ethiopian record producer and label owner Amha Eshete. After he later fled Ethiopia he came to Washington DC and started the Blue Nile and Ibex clubs and continued to work with Ethiopian musicians

curmudgeon, Sunday, 2 May 2021 16:48 (two months ago) link

DC based Ethiopian singer/ guitarist Kumera Zekarias discovered Colombian music in DC and heard some similarities to Ethiopian music. He eventually went to Colombia and recorded with some Afro-Colombian musicians. He has now released a 4 song ep Biyya Chonta on Spotify and Bandcamp.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:19 (two months ago) link

I like the Kumera Zekarias ep and video, and interviewed him about the project

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 May 2021 14:21 (two months ago) link

Zekarias’s buzzing guitar work stands out as well. He says that a friend has jokingly told him that he “can’t speak Amharic that well, but your guitar does.”

Zekarias speaks some Amharic, Oromo, Spanish, & English. That’s from my latest article -

He organically blends that guitar sound well with Afro-Colombian tinted vocals support and the marimba & hand hit drum percussion

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 May 2021 11:42 (two months ago) link

Banning Eyre of Afropop.Org is starting his own label Lion Songs Records and the first release on the label, Boubabcar "Badian" Diabaté's Mande Guitar (African Guitar Series Vol I, drops June 4).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 12 May 2021 00:56 (two months ago) link

Anyone has checked out Duda Beat - Te amo lá fora ? It's an exceedingly pleasant and smooth glossy mix of pop, r&b, Brazilian genres, and more. It has a certain vintage quality. Kali Uchis and Javiera Mena are my closest reference since I'm not so familiar with the scene in Brazil. Anyway, let's start with the closer.
Duda Beat - Tocar Você
Duda Beat - Meu Pisêro
Duda Beat - 50 Meninas

Since I'm at it, I also quite liked Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés - Clamor which is also pop but more rooted in classically trained folklore. The electronic touches are well blended and the album is consistent.

Nabozo, Saturday, 15 May 2021 16:30 (two months ago) link

Nice. May want to xpost to Modern Brazil - s/d

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 12:31 (two months ago) link

Nice vocals

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 14:08 (two months ago) link

I need to check out Khaira Arby New York live 2010

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 14:10 (two months ago) link

Arby was a powerful voiced Malian singer who died young at 58 in 2018. Now this live recording has come out

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 16:08 (two months ago) link

Angélique Kidjo has a new album coming out next month; Burna Boy is on one track. She dedicated her 2020 Grammy win to him.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 18 May 2021 16:53 (two months ago) link

Also seeing reviews of new Mdou Moctar album

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 May 2021 04:20 (two months ago) link

The Moctar w/ his touring band album "Afrique Victime" is his first on Matador

curmudgeon, Saturday, 22 May 2021 02:37 (two months ago) link

it's a really good album this, some absolutely sick guitar playing and the songs are growing on me.

calzino, Saturday, 22 May 2021 17:06 (two months ago) link

Listening for first time this morning. Sounds good. The one white guy in the group Mikey Coltun is from DC. Coltun’s dad is a guitarist who runs an international music club/ restaurant in DC. Dad has played with a DC based Malian musician for some time

curmudgeon, Sunday, 23 May 2021 15:45 (two months ago) link

A fantastic South African record — Philip Tabane's The Indigenous Afro-Jazz Sounds Of..., from 1969 — is being reissued on LP only (boo, hiss) next month. Bandcamp link

It's a duo disc, just guitar and percussion for most of it, but Tabane occasionally plays flute and the percussionist, Gabriel "Sonnyboy" Thobejane, plays thumb piano. Tabane's guitar style is somewhere between Grant Green and John Lee Hooker, really raw-sounding but technically quite skilled. If you can find a digital version, or own a turntable, snap this one up.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 23 May 2021 15:51 (two months ago) link

That'll be this?
sounds good indeed

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 15:47 (two months ago) link

India Covid relief benefit stream

Live Performances By:
Terry Riley
Kala Ramnath & Abhijit Banerjee
George Brooks & Utsav Lal
Chuck Johnson
Saturday, June 5
4pm PST / 7pm EST

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 21:20 (one month ago) link

This is fantastic Afro/Cuban/Funk/Jazz based out of Cologne

Mutio Kaballa Power Ensemble - Mamari

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Friday, 11 June 2021 09:50 (one month ago) link

More on Excavated Shellac collection

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 June 2021 04:06 (one month ago) link

x-post- Mutio Kaballa Power Ensemble have a little afrobeat as well as the jazz

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 June 2021 04:07 (one month ago) link

Finally saw a bit of Innov Gnawa last night. Good stuff, love that sintir.

Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 20 June 2021 12:23 (one month ago) link

Yes. Saw them once and agree.

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 June 2021 15:45 (one month ago) link

New Angelique Kidjo album . She wrote 11 of 13 songs. Guests include Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi

Pitchfork review is favorable although grade of 7.6 won’t make it a “best album “

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 June 2021 15:48 (one month ago) link

Haven’t listened to the Kidjo album yet

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 19:57 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Was listening to Witch Camp— percussion and chants and harmonies from Ghanaian women in a camp who have been wrongfully condemned as witches

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:31 (one week ago) link

Sample tracks from this are good:

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:08 (one week ago) link

Pop Makossa was amazing so I'm looking forward to hearing that

rob, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:27 (one week ago) link

Sounds funky and liners say most songs were recorded in a church with just one mic

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:57 (one week ago) link

This is pretty sweet:

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 01:13 (five days ago) link

Bandcamp daily had a story about this Moroccan banjo player, really nice:

rob, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:44 (five days ago) link

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