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 (two weeks 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (one week 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 (five days 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 (four days ago) link

I think this is that Egyptian song

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 16:07 (two days ago) link

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 18 January 2022 16:08 (two days 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 (seventeen hours 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 (seventeen hours 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 (four hours ago) link

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