Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2022 Thread (Often African bands)

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Another year. This thread is mainly for polyrhythmic, international sounds that aren't big enough to get threads of their own (and often include use of old-school non-programmed instrumentation). 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, 2 January 2022 19:32 (ten months ago) link

I am still in 2021 mode -- listening to Ballake Sissoko; plus need to hear Susana Baca's album from last year too

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 05:47 (ten months ago) link

i thought it was really good! took a bit to get into but there's not a weak song on there.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 15:51 (ten months ago) link

I don't think this list of 2021 international and jazz and more selected by contributors to the Attic mag has been discussed

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 18:31 (ten months ago) link

I'm also still catching up with 2021. I think I first saw this on the Afropop 360 list:

Songs from Grande Comore island (Indian Ocean, between Madagascar and Tanzania), some of which are quietly beautiful folk songs while a couple have unexpectedly unhinged vocals—the first track is exceptionally wild—definitely worth checking out; it's from the same producer/label who recorded Ustad Saami

rob, Thursday, 13 January 2022 15:23 (ten months ago) link

Jan. 18-20 each night at 8:00 p.m. EST:

Tiny Desk and global fest combined virtual events

curmudgeon, Saturday, 15 January 2022 18:20 (ten months ago) link

“If you leave me,” blasts the singer, Hassan Shakosh, “I’ll be lost and gone, drinking alcohol and smoking hash.”

The song, “The Neighbors’ Daughter,” has become a giant hit, garnering more than a half- billion views of its video on YouTube alone and catapulting Mr. Shakosh to stardom. But the explicit reference to drugs and booze, culturally prohibited substances in Egypt, has made the song, released in 2019, a lightning rod in a culture war over what is an acceptable face and subject matter for popular music and who gets to decide.

The battle, which pits Egypt’s cultural establishment against a renegade musical genre embraced by millions of young Egyptians, has heated up recently after the organization that licenses musicians barred at least 19 young artists from singing and performing in Egypt.

The organization, the Egyptian Musicians’ Syndicate, accused Mr. Shakosh and other singers of the genre, known as mahraganat, of normalizing, and thus encouraging, decadent behavior, of misrepresenting Egypt and of spoiling public taste.

The barred singers have been iced out of clubs, concerts and weddings. Some have continued to perform abroad or at private parties, but they have had to say no to advertising deals and other income opportunities.

The syndicate’s stance has also cast a pall over Egypt’s cultural scene, ...

curmudgeon, Sunday, 16 January 2022 22:54 (ten months ago) link

I think this is that Egyptian song

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 16:07 (ten months ago) link

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 16:08 (ten months ago) link

A few years ago a viral video of a Gabonese harp-player named Papé Nziengui was going around the web. He is seen performing during what appears to be a ceremony, in black and white, just totally astounding and like nothing I’d ever heard. Many music people know the video and will be pleased to know Awesome Tapes From Africa will re-release his most popular album Kadi Yombo on April 8 (LP/CD/Tape/Digital).

I searched around for more music by Papé Nziengui, who I learned is an icon of Tsogho initiation music and the modernized version thereof, having performed worldwide the last thirty years. There isn’t much trace of his music or story online but I tracked him down in Libreville and managed to eventually source audio of his groundbreaking early foray into a new kind of music. With a virtuosic group at his side that marries distorted guitar shredding and drum machines with lysergic mouth bow and Nziengui’s own ngombi harp. Half the songs are acoustic , half electric, all captivating. We asked a Gabonese scholar to compose liner notes in French and English to provide context.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 January 2022 04:52 (ten months ago) link

Below are visible and archived on Youtube. I like Kombilesa Mí from Colombia who mix traditional funky Palenque rhythms with rapped vocals . I haven't seen anything else yet. I did see Kiran Ahluwalia live once and she's not bad.

This year, globalFEST will be presenting three nights of music through Tiny Desk Meets globalFEST. Last year, gF was able to expand the reach of artists through this growing partnership with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and we are thrilled to continue it again.

Tune in January 18 - 20, 2022 at 8pm EST on NPR Music's YouTube Channel.

Tuesday, Jan 18 – 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Suistamon Sähkö
Bedouin Burger
Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7)

Wednesday, Jan 19 – 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Kombilesa Mí
Northern Cree
Son Rompe Pera

Thursday, Jan 20 – 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Al Bilali Soudan
Kiran Ahluwalia
Tufan Derince Group

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:03 (ten months ago) link

Globalfest has been good! Son Rompe Pera and Ak Dan Gwang Chil in particular were awesome.

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 20 January 2022 18:06 (ten months ago) link

Had heard good things about Son Rompe Pera. Need to watch and hear them

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 January 2022 05:06 (ten months ago) link

Awesome cassette tape covers from Egypt

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 January 2022 05:57 (ten months ago) link

X-post up

Son Rompe Pera with that punk rock energy on a marimba I think

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 January 2022 18:26 (ten months ago) link

New Imarhan album Aboogi

Algerian rockin desert music

curmudgeon, Monday, 31 January 2022 13:21 (nine months ago) link

Imarhan album is laidback desert music with a couple different vocalists . I like it. Pretty sure I heard an earlier release from them .

curmudgeon, Thursday, 3 February 2022 02:41 (nine months ago) link

Fatoumata Diawara, who is very charismatic live, is touring the USA now and in March

curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 February 2022 16:37 (nine months ago) link

Malian singer Oumou Sangare is releasing a new album in April. This new song/ video is out now though

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:47 (nine months ago) link

Great news! I listened to her Acoustic set the other day for the first time, really great stuff.

rob, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 16:58 (nine months ago) link

love her!!

sean gramophone, Tuesday, 8 February 2022 17:02 (nine months ago) link

I think around 2004 Mali was a country taking part in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC. They had musicians performing every day and special shows at night. Alas, I was busy at home parenting the night Oumou Sangare performed (but I did make it the night ALi Farka Toure played). Not sure if she has ever come back my way. I did sometimes take my kid to the fest, but didn't that night.

But yeah she's great.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 15:40 (nine months ago) link

France is weighing a total military withdrawal from Mali, blaming soured relations with the West African nation’s military rulers and the arrival of Russian mercenaries, according to the European power’s top diplomat and two Western officials with knowledge of the plan.

“If the conditions are no longer in place so that we can act in Mali — which is clearly the case — then we will continue to fight terrorism next door,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told France 5 late Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron plans to announce the departure from Mali this week during a European Union-African Union summit in Brussels, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly....

Mali’s biggest defense ally — has about 4,000 troops in West Africa, which is grappling with the world’s fastest-growing Islamist insurgencies. That number is set to shrink to 2,500 this year, and the remaining troops are expected to be redeployed elsewhere in the region, the officials said, including Niger and Ivory Coast....France sent troops to Mali in 2013 to stop al-Qaeda-linked militants from storming the capital, Bamako, after the fighters had seized cities in the north, including storied Timbuktu. After that successful mission, French flags were draped over balconies as people cheered on the foreign soldiers.

But since then, the extremists have regrouped and drilled farther into Mali’s countryside while spilling into neighboring countries. Malians wondered why the French forces in West Africa — which stood at 5,100 last year — could not stop the menace. Some accused the former colonial power of making it worse.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 05:24 (nine months ago) link

Playing for over 25 years, Etran de L’Aïr has emerged as stars of the local wedding circuit. Beloved for their dynamic repertoire of hypnotic solos and sun schlazed melodies, Etran de L’Aïr’s sound invokes the desert metropolis of ‘Agadez’. The group’s new album is streaming three days ahead of its official February 18th release date care of The Wire.

Stream Etran de L’Aïr’s ‘Agadez’ care of The Wire at

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 15:20 (nine months ago) link

Kora player Sona Joparteh sounds good on that harp like instrument. She’s of Gambian & UK decent and is one of the few professional woman kora players from a family with griots in it .

She hasn’t put out an album of her own since 2011 but has guested on records by others . Is putting a new one out soon. Is touring the US in March

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 February 2022 21:05 (nine months ago) link

Rokia Kone, Malian singer who is part of Les Amazones d’Afrique has a new album out produced by pop producer Jacknife Lee, and she’s gotten nice reviews in Bandcamp and from Jon Pareles in NY Times. I haven’t heard it yet

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 February 2022 22:50 (nine months ago) link

I don't know Jacknife Lee at all, but the embedded track in that review is fantastic

rob, Friday, 18 February 2022 15:23 (nine months ago) link

for my nyc peoples, last call to buy tix for ata kak

i cannot help if you made yourself not funny (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 19 February 2022 01:13 (nine months ago) link

Ghanaian Ata Kak doing NYC and Philly gigs but not DC :(

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:08 (nine months ago) link

Malian singer Rokia Kone, x-post , sounds good.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 February 2022 19:10 (nine months ago) link

Fatoumata Diawara on NPR Tiny Desk with lyrics translated into English in subtitles

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 03:40 (nine months ago) link

Fatoumata Diawara on NPR Tiny Desk with lyrics translated into English in subtitles

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 February 2022 03:49 (nine months ago) link

I'm only on the second track, but this gwoka comp is sounding great; accompanied here by a write-up from Andy Beta:

rob, Thursday, 24 February 2022 20:23 (nine months ago) link

actually that article discusses a few albums & comps, lots to check out there

rob, Thursday, 24 February 2022 20:29 (nine months ago) link

So gwoka is a pre-zouk genre from Guadeloupe? Just glanced at article. Maybe need to really did in and listen later.

It’s almost Carnival time , folks.

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:41 (nine months ago) link

yes from what I gathered, zouk is something of an offshoot of gwoka, though it also seemed like calling gwoka a genre isn't exactly right?

The roots of Gwoka date back to the 1600’s, born from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. “Inherited by the African ancestors brought through via the slave trade, gwoka is found in beguine, zouk, jazz, urban music, etc.,” writes Guadeloupean artist Maria-Line Dahomay. “More than music, this genre has what we call a special ‘santiman’ which is a unique sign of true cultural identity.”

in a way it reminds me of "reggae" which covers a lot of ground too

anyway, this comp was superb:

rob, Friday, 25 February 2022 19:49 (nine months ago) link

absolutely love this

"FULU MIZIKI roughly translates as “music from the garbage”, which in a literal sense is an accurate description of the thrillingly chaotic eco-friendly Afro-Futurist collective. The instruments they design, build and play are masterclasses in upcycling.

From guembris built out of computer casing, to jerry-can drum-kits, keyboard inventions from wood, springs and aluminium pipes, and old flip-flops used as pads by plastic tube-wielding percussion players, the Democratic Republic of Congo-formed group’s ethos lies in the respect of nature, the celebration of its gifts and the importance of its preservation through environmentalism."

nxd, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 11:39 (eight months ago) link

I think Chxck eddy was touting Fulu Miziki on FB. I need to give them more than the 30 seconds listen I started to give them the other day, before i got interrupted

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 14:52 (eight months ago) link

same producer too, on the always fun nyege nyege tapes

nxd, Wednesday, 2 March 2022 14:57 (eight months ago) link

Burundian drumming is a global phenomenon, featured in blockbuster movies and best-selling albums. But at home, authorities have restricted it to official functions — and banned women from performing.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 March 2022 12:20 (eight months ago) link

Here’s the Burundi drumming article

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 March 2022 12:22 (eight months ago) link

X-post - I kinda like Fulu Miziki best when they’re not locked into a club friendly high bpm formula. So much of this is not for me

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 March 2022 12:39 (eight months ago) link

Malian singer/ guitarist Fatoumata Diawara who did a recent Tiny Desk that I posted up thread is in DC tonight with her band & me & the missus are going . First indoor gig in a bit for us

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 March 2022 13:47 (eight months ago) link

Not sure if this is the right thread (please refer me to any more appropriate ones!), but Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi released a new EP. It’s called Prisma and it’s at least as minimalist as the two Yek projects with Burnt Friedman that I know him from. I love it - I mean, just listen to this:
Mohammad Reza Mortazavi • Eleven

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 March 2022 19:25 (eight months ago) link

(I’m reminded somewhat of the Emeka Ogboh project from last year that placed in the EOY Albums)

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Monday, 7 March 2022 19:26 (eight months ago) link

I’s happily accept that ticket if I were you

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 24 August 2022 23:14 (three months ago) link


big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 24 August 2022 23:15 (three months ago) link

Yes see Mdou Moctar and his band.

Upthread I mentioned that Ethiopian band Qwanqwa are on a long US tour. When I listened to a few cuts online they were instrumental and a few had a violin sound added that didn't quite sound Ethiopian. Decent but didn't wow me. Turns out the violinist is from the US but has spent lots of time in Ethiopia I think. More importantly when I saw them live they used a singer on many cuts and wow is she powerful .Vocalist Selamnesh Zemene Taye was the highlight of the gig tonight, although the bass krar player and the one string masinko musician were also impressive.

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 September 2022 04:27 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Tinariwen, the Tuareg band from North Mali which has been to the US a number of times just had to cancel their North American tour because of US Immigration slowness on visa issues. Also Malawi duo Madalitso has had to cancel dates for same reasons

curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 September 2022 04:58 (two months ago) link

Maki KB on Nahom
New Ethiopian music

curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 September 2022 22:34 (two months ago) link

Maybe I will post that on the Ethiopiques thread

curmudgeon, Monday, 19 September 2022 15:37 (two months ago) link

❗It is very sad to hear the passing away of Madingo Afework.

Madingo, the Melvin Franklin of #Ethiopia singing many melodious songs with his deep voice had many popular ballads that made him star for decades.

Rest In Peace!

— Naty Yifru (@NatyYifru) September 27, 2022

RIP Ethiopian singer Madingo Afework

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:36 (one month ago) link

All of the Ethiopian folks I am friends with on FB are mourning Madingo Afework who died too young

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 September 2022 04:45 (one month ago) link

Recent ata kak interview that also includes comments from Brian of awesome tapes who found an ata kak tape and tracked him down. Article is in relation to ATA kak Boston gig on us tour

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 September 2022 16:57 (one month ago) link

thanks for this, enjoyed the read

nxd, Friday, 30 September 2022 19:05 (one month ago) link

Going on in Chicago now. Posting here to look at and see if it will give me us some ideas re who to listen to

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 October 2022 16:35 (one month ago) link

Movie docs in DC area

Oct. 9- "Omara" film doc at 2:45 @ AFI Silver (a one time showing of doc on Cuban singer Omara Portuondo, who came to fame for many via her role in the Buena Vista Social Club. Showing as part of AFI Latin American Film Festival. There will be a Q&A with filmmaker Hugo Perez)

Oct 30-Movie doc "Em and Trinh" North American premiere @ 1 pm @ Asian Art Freer Gallery about late Vietnamese singer-songwriter Trịnh Công Sơn (1939–2001) known to some as “Vietnam’s Bob Dylan”

curmudgeon, Thursday, 6 October 2022 13:15 (one month ago) link

Nobuntu female Zimbabwe a cappella quintet

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 October 2022 22:12 (one month ago) link

Isokratisses free on October 13 from 6 to 7 @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage ( vocal ensemble of eight women who carry the ancient tradition of polyphonic songs from Epirus—a region in northern Greece and southern Albania)

Their approach sounds cool to me in small doses, then I get bored. Their gig tonight can be seen on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage youtube page and maybe Facebook too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2022 13:54 (one month ago) link

Of some of the groups who were in Chicago at that fest there, I intend to check out Kaleta & Super Yamba Band , who have played in DC as well

La Dame Blanche (Cuba by way of France) pairs her fierce rhymes and dramatic flute with colossal beats from across the African diaspora; Paolo Angeli (Italy) turns his cleverly modified Sardinian guitar into a percussion engine; Gili Yalo (Ethiopia by way of Israel) honors the jazzy, funky grooves that his homeland made immortal in the 60s and 70s; and Kaleta & Super Yamba Band (Benin and Nigeria by way of New York City) fuse Afrobeat and juju for a driving, danceable sound that’s as cheerful as it is aggressive.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 13 October 2022 13:58 (one month ago) link

I wonder if there are any young Congolese musicians playing rumba/soukous ? Similarly are there young Senegalese mbalax musicians? And are veterans in these genres doing anything interesting still?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 October 2022 20:14 (one month ago) link

What genres did everyone start getting into this year? For me the big ones were pagode romântico (Brazil), campus folk (Taiwan), cumbia villera (Argentina), and I also had a blast finally listening through as much as I could from Lance Scott Walker's "Houston Rap Tapes" book.

— Joshua Minsoo Kim (@misterminsoo) October 25, 2022

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 25 October 2022 21:08 (one month ago) link

Looking fwd to this---so far, most of my favorite tracks are on their early albs:

Last month, Touareg collective Tinariwen announced the reissue of Kel Tinariwen, marking the project's first-ever official release since it appeared in 1992 locally in Mali on cassette, out November 4th via Wedge. Kel Tinariwen will see release alongside two additional Tinariwen reissues, Aman Iman: Water Is Life and Imidiwan: Companion, out for the first time on vinyl the same day via Craft Recordings. Today, the group is thrilled to share Kel Tinariwen’s opening track, “À L’Histoire,” following lead single “Arghane Manin.” There’s a waltzing, whimsical edge to “À L’Histoire,” as voices call back to each other over springy percussion and guitar.

Listen to “À L’Histoire” by Tinariwen
A revelatory discovery in the Tinariwen archives, Kel Tinariwen is an early cassette tape recorded in the early 90s that never received a wider release, and sheds new light on the band's already rich history. Not having yet developed the fuller band sound that they became internationally established with, Kel Tinariwen features their trademark hypnotic guitar lines and call-and-response vocals weaving in between raw drum machine rhythms and keyboard melodies that almost evoke an Arabic take on 80s synth-pop. Alongside this record, Tinariwen are also reissuing Aman Iman and Imidiwan: Companions - their third and fourth studio albums respectively. A blend of West African traditional music and electrified rock’n’roll – a sound that critics have called “desert blues”.

Aman Iman: Water Is Life was Tinariwen’s third studio album, originally released in 2007, and recorded in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Produced by Justin Adams (Robert Plant’s guitarist and producer of the Tinariwen’s debut album The Radio Tisdas Sessions), and recording engineer Ben Findlay. The whole Tinariwen story breathes through its twelve songs, beginning with the first Touareg rebellion of 1963, which lies at the root of so much pain and trauma in the Malian Touareg mindset and which is vividly recalled by Ibrahim in his brooding song ‘Soixante Trois’.

Imidiwan: Companions was the band's fourth album, and it possesses all the elements that have made them so alluring; raw simplicity, melodic beauty, songs ranging from the epic and universal to the intimate and personal. The 13-track album, produced by Jean-Paul Romann, was recorded in Tessalit, the Malian desert village home of band members Ibrahim Ag Alhabib & Hassan Ag Touhami.

Listen to “Arghane Manin” from Kel Tinariwen
Kel Tinariwen Tracklist:
1. À L'Histoire
2. Khedou Khedou
3. Adounia Tarha
4. Matadjem Yinmexan
5. Awa Idjan War Infa Iman
6. Sendad Eghlalan
7. Sendad Eghlalan
8. Arghane Manine

Aman Iman: Water Is Life Tracklist:
1. Cler Achel
2. Mano Dayak
3. Matadjem Yinmixan
4. Ahimana
5. Soixante Trois
6. Toumast
7. Imidiwan WinakaliN
8. Awa Didjen
9. Ikyadarh Dim
10. Tamatant Tilay
11. Assouf
12. Izarharh Tenere

Imidiwan: Companions Tracklist:
1. Imidiwan Afrik Tendam
2. Lulla
3. Tenhert
4. Enseqi Ehad Didagh
5. Tahult In
6. Tamodjerazt Assis
7. Intitlayaghen
8. Imazighen N Adagh
9. Tenalle Chegret
10. Kel Tamashek
11. Assuf Ag Assuf
12. Chabiba
13. Ere Tasfata Adounia
For more information, contact:
Sam McAllister | Pitch Perfect PR - sam at pitchperfectpr dot com

dow, Thursday, 27 October 2022 02:09 (one month ago) link

That old Tinariwen stuff does look like its worth checking out

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 October 2022 14:48 (one month ago) link

Rumba Kings doc on Congo music still at festivals worldwide

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 October 2022 14:53 (one month ago) link

Did any New Yorkers here catch any of these October 2022 events?

curmudgeon, Thursday, 27 October 2022 14:57 (one month ago) link

x-post- Some of the films about Congo musicians, art, etc on the Congo in Harlem link are streaming through October 31 . Rumba Kings, a Congolese rap one and more

curmudgeon, Friday, 28 October 2022 16:45 (four weeks ago) link

Speaking of Congo musicians

Lady Aicha & Pisko Crane’s Original Fulu Miziki of Kinshasa, “N’Djila Wa Mudujimu”
By James Gui · October 25, 2022 This is maybe overselling the lecture, and repeats the bit about the album being "made from trash," which I really can't tell---maybe my headphones are the wrong sort of trash?---although the first few tracks do sound a little dull on first listen, but may improve, via antipation, now that I know how grabby the later cuts can get---just jump right in, and read about it later:

dow, Friday, 28 October 2022 18:37 (four weeks ago) link

yes, it sounded very good on first encounter. Chris L mentioned it on the 2022 AOTY So Far thread and I forgot to otm them.

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 28 October 2022 19:20 (four weeks ago) link

(otm them for it being a vg album - way too early for me to make any aoty announcements)

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 28 October 2022 19:27 (four weeks ago) link

I liked it a lot; I was already in a mood to trust the label because they put out the Phelimuncasi album, which is definitely an AOTY candidate for me. I can definitely tell they're using home-built electronics, junk percussion, and even some power drills and stuff (like a West African Einstürzende Neubauten). This video really lets you see what they do:

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 28 October 2022 19:43 (four weeks ago) link

Nyege Nyege doesn’t put out bad stuff afaic— it’s all interesting if not really great. Their companion label, Hakuna Kulala, does more dance oriented stuff, and is also excellent

poppin' debussy (the table is the table), Saturday, 29 October 2022 01:21 (four weeks ago) link

do we not have a Nyege Nyege thread? I could've sworn dog latin started one

rob, Saturday, 29 October 2022 14:49 (four weeks ago) link

Maybe .

For those interested in the history of Congolese music (that laid the groundwork for the experimental methods of the musicians on Nyege Nyege), the documentary Rumba Kings that I mentioned above is definitely worth seeing. It's available just through Monday for free. It covers the roots of Congolese rumba and covers the period of 1940 through 1980, with a focus on musicians Grand Kalle, Dr Nico, and Franco with lots of old footage mixed in with newer interviews with musicians from the bands as well as African music historians. It also covers the ugly colonialist history , the segregation, and the exploitation. The doc shows shows how a small but star-filled Congolese Orchestra flew to Belgium in 1960 the night when Congolese and Belgians were negotiating independence there, and how the music helped the transition to independence. Someone in the film says about the Grand Kalle and African Jazz song "Independence Cha Cha " that it even made the colonizer dance.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 30 October 2022 01:52 (four weeks ago) link

that twitter thread on genres you got into this year had some interesting recommendations, was not familiar with freebeat / cruise but it's nice:

corrs unplugged, Monday, 31 October 2022 08:20 (three weeks ago) link

Yep, didn’t know that Nigerian one either

curmudgeon, Monday, 31 October 2022 15:23 (three weeks ago) link

I should pay a lot more attention to this thread.

Few things I've been enjoying:

I don't understand this but I love it. Dembow and Reggaeton tunes sped up and gabba'd-up

If you liked that Birdy Island by Howie Lee, check this out

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 31 October 2022 15:31 (three weeks ago) link


McQuaid points to the success of the track “Zazoo Zehh” by Portable—which features established singer/rapper Olamide, and which is now approaching 10 million streams—as a sign that vocalists are becoming more willing to jump on the uptempo beats, bringing the music further into Nigeria’s mainstream.

this song was the first post on rolling afropop this year! not that I claim to know much about the genre in general

rob, Monday, 31 October 2022 16:05 (three weeks ago) link


curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 15:45 (three weeks ago) link

David Byrne list of songs in Arabic, Farsi, & some African languages that he is listening to now. Says most are within last 10 years.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 15:47 (three weeks ago) link

if you’re going to include artists from places like Senegal, Iran, Pakistan and… the Netherlands (by way of Iran), why call your playlist From the Heart of Arabia for crying out loud? given his age and experience Byrne *really* should know better than that

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 16:10 (three weeks ago) link

The Heart of Arabia, sorry. but this kind of stuff just pisses me off

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 16:12 (three weeks ago) link

RIP Ali Birra, Ethiopian Oromo vocalist. Ethiopian twitter and Facebook and elsewhere is seriously mourning his passing

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 November 2022 13:29 (two weeks ago) link

Ali Birra was on an Ethiopiques comp and last year was on a duet song that got attention from younger Folks who listen to Ethiopian music

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 November 2022 20:14 (two weeks ago) link

On the heels of his already critically acclaimed (yes, already!) forthcoming retrospective, World Spirituality Classics 3: The Muslim Highlife of Alhaji Waziri Oshomah, Alhaji Waziri Oshomah — the Oyoyo King, the Godfather of Afemai Music, the Etsako Super Star, Mr. Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite — returns with his complete Volume Series, compiled for the first time in a 5 LP box set.

Waziri hails from a small part of Edo State in southern Nigeria called Afemailand, known for being a harmonious region where Muslims and Christians live — and dance — together. And there, as a devout Muslim and an exemplar of religious piety, Waziri fuses Etsako/Afemai folk styles with pan-Nigerian highlife and pop to create a sublime vehicle for his Islamic philosophy that gets everyone — Muslims, Christians, whoever — on the dancefloor.

This 5 LP set, Vol. 1-5 (1978-1984), focuses on Waziri’s illustrious mid-career output — the music he created during the years leading up to and after he performed his first hajj (you might recognize some of the hits from The Muslim Highlife) — and includes a copy of The Journey So Far, a limited-edition book written and designed by his children, to celebrate Waziri’s remarkable life and career.

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lots of streaming etc. options here:

dow, Monday, 7 November 2022 23:11 (two weeks ago) link

New Wau Wau Collectif:

Not quite as mesmerising as Yaral Sa Doom (so far anyway) but it's good!

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Sunday, 13 November 2022 23:33 (two weeks ago) link

ha I had the exact same reaction. It is very good though, just not quite as magical, possibly because now I know what to expect

rob, Monday, 14 November 2022 13:46 (one week ago) link

Another quality Natalia Lafourcade release (De todas las flores). It's not fully out of the demonstrative homage territory (which she was acing tbh), it's probably a little bit too impeccably in place, the backing band is definitely very comfortable behind a singer so in command, but she's so good at it. And it's closer to a songwriter album, with plenty of latin jazz arrangements and more thrown in.

Nabozo, Monday, 14 November 2022 16:20 (one week ago) link

I like Natalia Lafourcade a lot, but the presence of Marc Ribot on guitar is about the only thing keeping me awake. It's just so...gentle. It doesn't get revved up until about 3/4 of the way in.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 14 November 2022 16:22 (one week ago) link

Thanks for heads up on Lafourcade latest.

I am listening to the more pop 2022 effort by Jorge Drexler who with his band impressed me last Friday night in Washington DC. Uruguayan born, and living in Spain for over 2 decades, he has some lilting melodies that sound Brazilian, folky pop numbers with various Latin influences, and some polyrhythmic cuts with dashes of Brazil, Spain, rock en espanol from Mexico, & Talking Heads .

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 November 2022 17:48 (one week ago) link

only learning of Lafourcade today

world sure is full of music

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 15 November 2022 13:39 (one week ago) link

ty curmudgeon for alerting me to the new Jorge Drexler, very excited to check it out

TWELVE Michelob stars?!? (seandalai), Wednesday, 16 November 2022 05:03 (one week ago) link

Just read that Jorge Drexler was on a song with Gal Costa on her final album before she passed

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 November 2022 15:45 (one week ago) link

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