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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five months ago) link

I think this is that Egyptian song

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

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

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

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

Awesome cassette tape covers from Egypt

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

New Imarhan album Aboogi

Algerian rockin desert music

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

love her!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

same producer too, on the always fun nyege nyege tapes

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

Here’s the Burundi drumming article

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

Movie doc Elder's Corner about Nigerian juju, highlife, and afrobeat is showing again in DC area on Sunday March 20 at the AFI Silver as part of an African Film Fest. Might be showing near you all too at some point. Worth seeing

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 20:09 (three months ago) link

Seeing a Bandcamp article--

Hamid Al Shaeri is recognized as a monumental figure in Al Jeel music. As both a solo star and writer/producer for many other Al Jeel artists throughout the late 1980s and ‘90s, he blessed Cairo with a homegrown alternative to foreign pop sounds. One cannot tell the story of the genre without invoking his name.

“It’s very much associated with Hamid,” says Cairo-based Egyptian music expert Malak Makar, speaking about Al Jeel. “He is the leader of that music.”

New compilation The SLAM! Years (1983 – 1988) is the origin story. Released as part of the always excellent Arabic music series Habibi Funk, it draws from El Shaeri’s first five solo albums, all released on the Cairo-based label SLAM!, the set captures his burgeoning interest in exuberant and glitzy pop music. There is an abundance of synths, glowing melodies, a generally upbeat atmosphere. Not as commercially successful as his later work, Makar considers this era as more of a precursor to El Shaeri’s influential Al Jeel style than representative of the genre. Nonetheless, it’s a crucial encapsulation of his early career...

curmudgeon, Saturday, 19 March 2022 15:49 (three months ago) link

loving this

nxd, Saturday, 19 March 2022 16:29 (three months ago) link

Have only listened to one song so far and I liked it. Fun Egyptian rhythmic pop

curmudgeon, Monday, 21 March 2022 15:22 (three months ago) link

I'm becoming obsessed with this new album of Verdean koladera by the Ano Nobo Quartet:

The Ano Nobo Quartet’s Koladera is a global story with Cabo Verde at its center, a creole melting pot in the middle of the Atlantic attracting the best from four continents: hypnotic, haunting Koladera guitars inflected with twangs of Salsa Cubano, Spanish Flamenco, Brazilian Samba Canção, Jamaican Reggae, Argentine Tango, Mozambican Marrabenta, and finished with a dash of Black American Blues. It’s all here. Pascoal even picked up a few notes from a group of Chinese guitarists—a traditional instrument in China resembles the cavaquinho—who arrived on a socialist cultural exchange in Cabo Verde. Absent percussion, the quartet’s sound still drips with rhythm.

rob, Wednesday, 23 March 2022 18:17 (three months ago) link

^this rules

v much enjoyed this

"Since the appearance of his cult breakthrough debut Tuli Banyo released on Hakuna Kulala in 2018, Ugandan conscious rapper and MC, Ecko Bazz has challenged perceptions of East Africa's burgeoning rap scene. His style is hard to categorize blending elements of grime, dancehall and US hip-hop and twisting politicized lyrics in Luganda that explore violence, religion, drug abuse or the poverty in the Ugandan slums. This personality anchors his debut album Mmaso, an explosive call to action that balances his manic presence with production from MC Yallah collaborator Debmaster, Kenyan club futurist Slikback, Berlin-based Japanese beatmaker DJ Die Soon and the inimitable DJ Scotch Rolex."

nxd, Friday, 25 March 2022 11:47 (three months ago) link

Yes! That Ecko Bazz record is awesome and distinctive.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 25 March 2022 12:16 (three months ago) link

2 songs on the link

Congotronics International is a supergroup featuring Konono Nº1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Skeletons’ Matt Mehlan, and they'll release their debut album, Where’s The One?, on April 29 via Crammed Discs. This is a project that's been brewing for 11 years, and features s 21 tracks, including live concert recordings and studio tracks produced in the years before, during, and after the 2011 "Congotronics vs. Rockers" tour that featured all of groups and artists mentioned above.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 03:07 (three months ago) link

I haven't seen anyone talk about Silvana Estrada's new album. It's a powerful, quiet, stripped down singer-songwriter "love aches" album with gorgeous, contrasted, nuanced songs.
Te guardo (Live on KEXP)
Ser de ti

Nabozo, Friday, 1 April 2022 13:45 (three months ago) link

I like her too (briefly mentioned her on the Rolling Afro-Latino thread )

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2022 15:27 (three months ago) link

Her melodies and the production help make it more than just singer/songwriter formula

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 April 2022 18:39 (three months ago) link

new Oumou Sangare song from upcoming album Timbuktu. She's got such a great voice

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 April 2022 02:43 (two months ago) link

Awesome Tapes From Africa just released Kadi Yombo by Papé Nziengui. Impressive percussion and call & response chants from Gabon

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 April 2022 11:29 (two months ago) link

loving this

nxd, Friday, 8 April 2022 13:42 (two months ago) link

I saw Ata Kak perform last night, it was a delight. Instant dance party, just a very wholesome experience all around.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 9 April 2022 18:08 (two months ago) link

ah man, saw him a few years back
so joyous

nxd, Saturday, 9 April 2022 18:16 (two months ago) link

Chontidelia for free from 6 to 7 @ Kennedy Center Millennium Stage Friday April 15 (Afro-Colombian band from eastern part of Colombia)

I think this east coast gig is being streamed live east coast time on the Kennedy Center youtube and Facebook page (and archived too). The band was just in NYC recently. Have heard good things about them. Plus heard them backing Kumera Zekarias on his his ep from last year

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2022 10:56 (two months ago) link

I recommend "Stories From Another Time 1982-1988" compilation of Angolan samba by Mário Rui Silva that came out last year. It's light, gentle, elegant grooves, often just guitars, vocals, percussion, occasional flute, with a nice dated fade. Super nice.

Nabozo, Friday, 15 April 2022 14:14 (two months ago) link

Also enjoyed Ata Kak live, I had trouble believing that he was in front of me in the flesh, and did not only exist in a corner of the museum of music nerdom

Nabozo, Friday, 15 April 2022 14:19 (two months ago) link

Seeing on Facebook and twitter that Nigerian hornman and bandleader Orlando Julius (OJ Ekemode) has died at 79. He and his band always put on a fun live show when I saw him circa 2015 to 2017.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 April 2022 15:12 (two months ago) link

Shame, discovered him with his last album with the Heliocentrics, already 8 years ago. I still have the groove of the opener Buje Buje in my head.
There are so many of these afro-funk / highlife legends that are overshadowed by you-anikulaknow-who. I was listening to Tunji Oleyana today (born 1939, who knows if still alive) and a little while ago to Babatunde Olatunji (died a long time ago), and it gives the same impression of infinity of riches as the more famous musical countries.

Nabozo, Friday, 15 April 2022 16:34 (two months ago) link

Ata Kak played a 5 minute walk from me and I'm very bummed I couldn't catch that show. One of my favorite albums of all time probably, and the show looked very fun in the IG stories that I saw.

billstevejim, Friday, 15 April 2022 20:19 (two months ago) link

I listened to Susuma by Jembaa Groove, a duo based in Berlin playing very consistent and warm afro-funk / highlife.
They sound like this

Nabozo, Monday, 18 April 2022 12:14 (two months ago) link

I recommend "Stories From Another Time 1982-1988" compilation of Angolan samba by Mário Rui Silva that came out last year.

Thanks, this is really great, though I don't know how much of it I would categorize as samba. Reminded me of this Fausto album:

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 25 April 2022 13:35 (two months ago) link

Angélique Kidjo stars in Yemandja, a new music theater work that is at once family drama and historical thriller, redolent of Greek tragedy and infused with themes of love, betrayal, honor, free will, and the horror and injustice of slavery. Named for a Yoruban deity, this MASS MoCA co-commission is a panoramic work of magical realism, a parable about gods and humans that illuminates through song what can happen when people are robbed of their culture.

This is coming to Kennedy Center in DC for 2 performances

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 16:54 (two months ago) link

Yemandja is featuring a cast of eight performers and four musicians

Conceived by Angélique Kidjo, Jean Hebrail, and
Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Book and Lyrics by Naïma Hebrail Kidjo
Music by Angélique Kidjo and Jean Hebrail

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 16:56 (two months ago) link

very old news of course, but:

just chanced upon Samba Touré’s Albala album, a 2013 Glitterbeat release. fantastic stuff, just beautiful.

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 20:54 (two months ago) link

also the 2015 follow-up, Gandadiko

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 22:36 (two months ago) link

Oh yeah, Toure with that Mali north African desert guitar sound and his warm vocals

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 14:31 (two months ago) link

Nice Haitian folky voice --Nathalie Joachim w/ Spektral Quartet

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 May 2022 19:26 (one month ago) link

I missed the Kidjo theatrical show in DC but someone who I know saw it and said it was as bad as this reviewer in San Francisco thought

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 May 2022 22:02 (one month ago) link

Christgau diary of 2010 visit to Dakar

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 May 2022 21:26 (one month ago) link

Awesome Tapes From Africa just released Kadi Yombo by Papé Nziengui. Impressive percussion and call & response chants from Gabon

― curmudgeon, Friday, April 8, 2022 7:29 AM (one month ago)

I'm finally getting to this: it's really good! manages to remind me of an impressive range of other acts (Sunny Ade, Thomas Mapfumo) while remaining unique

Visitors to this thread might like Haitian American Leyla McCalla's new album:

I've only listened to it once, but I thought it was excellent. Among other good things, she does a great cover of Veloso's "You Don't Know Me"

rob, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 13:41 (one month ago) link

This is a bewitching mixture of traditional music and experimental, sub-testing leftfield bass music from Kinshasa. Truly rad.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Friday, 13 May 2022 15:48 (one month ago) link

yes! posted before but maybe not on this thread, amazing album

nxd, Friday, 13 May 2022 17:50 (one month ago) link

silvana estrada album is incredibly beautiful, wow

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 19 May 2022 23:39 (one month ago) link

yes yes to Silvana Estrada

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 May 2022 11:21 (one month ago) link

Listening to Somi album now (seeing what I think. Some I like and some of her vocalizing is too afro-jazzy melodramatic and overwrought for me). Her Off-broadway production "Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba" is @ The NY Theatre Workshop through June 26. She's been researching Makeba. Seun Kuti has a co-writing credit on one song; Gregory Porter also; Angelique Kidjo & Ladysmith Black Mambazo too

Washington Post article on her (not sure if it's paywalled)

curmudgeon, Sunday, 22 May 2022 16:00 (one month ago) link

A journalist friend of mine who likes some of Kidjo's music said he saw her musical/show/play I referenced above a short while back and he thought it was not good and poorly written. He said the story lacked subtlety

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 May 2022 17:41 (one month ago) link

Some of these (out now or upcoming) releases look worth checking out

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 May 2022 21:03 (one month ago) link

I missed Reyna Tropical (afro-Mexican tropical pop) live in DC last night, but the little I have heard I have liked. In an IG story I saw, there was a bit of guitar playing that sounded like Congolese soukous/rumba

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 14:59 (one month ago) link

French website with some interesting articles

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 May 2022 17:01 (one month ago) link

Just heard a late night radio dj play this year-plus old song “Jerusalema” by Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikode and it still sounds great (as many ilxors have noted on various threads in recent years)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 June 2022 15:55 (three weeks ago) link

A soundtrack of Sudan's revolution and the first ever international release of the Beja sound, performed by Noori and his Dorpa Band, an unheard outfit from Port Sudan, a city on the Red Sea coast in eastern Sudan and the heart of Beja culture.

Electric soul, blues, jazz, rock, surf, even hints of country, speak fluently to styles and chords that could be Tuareg, Ethiopian, Peruvian or Thai—all grounded by hypnotic Sudanese grooves, Naji's impeccable, haunting tenor sax, and of course, Noori's tambo-guitar, a self-made unique hybrid of an electric guitar and an electric tambour, a four-string instrument found across East Africa.

A truly ancient community, Beja trace their ancestry back millennia. Some say they are among the living descendants of Ancient Egypt and the Kingdom of Kush. Beja melodies—nostalgic, hopeful and sweet, ambiguous and honest—are thousands of years old.

The Beja community has been on the forefront of political change in Sudan for decades because successive Sudanese governments have turned a blind eye to their calls for recognition and access to the gold wealth of their own soil. Noori believes an unleashing of Beja music would form the most potent act of resistance in their quest for equity and justice.

Read the full story and finer details:

album is here:

In a way, "Jabana" is my fave because in striking contrast to their usual, faster (though equally reflective) groove approach, and a helluva ballad anyway--but also "Al Amal" and "Wondeeb" and then "Daleb" kind of melds the slower and faster, without seeming nearly its official playing time, which is nearly twice the usual. Really the whole album, of course. (Will also have to check out that other Ostinato Records 2022 release, The Strings of Santo Domingos, and the earlier sets.

dow, Saturday, 11 June 2022 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

Haven't listened to "Jabana" yet, but groove songs sound good

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 June 2022 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

I recommend "Stories From Another Time 1982-1988" compilation of Angolan samba by Mário Rui Silva that came out last year.

Very much enjoying this, thanks for the recommendation. Quite an eclectic mix of stuff on there - semba, into clattery marimba stuff, into some random Roots horns, into almost sophistipop territory by the end.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Friday, 17 June 2022 20:31 (two weeks ago) link

Smithsonian Folklife Fest in DC will be live on National mall and on Youtube starting this week Wednesday June 22 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm with cellist Yo Yo Ma playing with a largely Afghan band . Details and Youtube link on the below

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 June 2022 23:57 (one week ago) link

Folklife fest evening concerts will be broadcast, not daytime events.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 04:46 (one week ago) link

I really need to give latest Vieux Farka Toure a listen. Lyrics about Mali's politicial situation and music that hearkens back a bit to his Dad , say the reviews

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 June 2022 12:45 (three days ago) link

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