Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2023 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 (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, Monday, 2 January 2023 16:43 (one month ago) link

Still trying to use this as a catch-all thread for music that is not quite popular programmed "afropop"

curmudgeon, Monday, 2 January 2023 16:47 (one month ago) link

thanks curmudgeon, going to make an effort to actually keep in touch with this thread this year!

guess i should've posted this in 2022, but i absolutely adored this tune from last year, from Ghananian Frafra singer Florence Adooni:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU9M4Rz55CM
Florence Adooni - Fo Yelle

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Monday, 2 January 2023 16:49 (one month ago) link

Now I have to learn more about fra fra gospel. Here's a short 2021 article about Florence Adooni

https://pan-african-music.com/en/florence-adooni-mam-peela-suure/

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 January 2023 18:25 (one month ago) link

i don't know much about frafra either i'm afraid, but I knew about Florence Adooni because i think she's one of the singers on this lovely tune (video gives a bit of context to the gospel nature of this music):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdIvasx8CrE
Alogte Oho & His Sounds Of Joy - Mam Yinne Wa

o shit the sheriff (NickB), Wednesday, 4 January 2023 20:06 (one month ago) link

Not sure if this thread is the right place and also not sure if it has been covered elsewhere, but this new site seems like a big deal:

https://syriancassettearchives.org

ArchCarrier, Saturday, 7 January 2023 18:07 (four weeks ago) link

That Syrian cassette site looks very cool.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 January 2023 01:46 (four weeks ago) link

https://nyadiff.org/

For those who can be in NYC January 13 to 16, the Brst of the African Diaspora Film Fest will include Twist in Bamako about a 1962 story, and doc Mali Cuba Connection. These had short runs in DC last August and I was unable to attend. Seen some favorable reviews

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2023 15:17 (four weeks ago) link

Interesting there's also a group called Fra Fra from Ghana, they came out with a really amazing record of Funeral Songs in 2020.

https://thequietus.com/articles/28205-fra-fra-funeral-songs-review

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Thursday, 12 January 2023 22:40 (three weeks ago) link

globalFEST was a great time! Major highlights were NY Arabic Orchestra (surprisingly deep and beautiful performance with some knockout vocalists), Maria Jose Llergo (I could see her being a beneficiary of Rosalia's popularization of pop flamenco and becoming a big star), Dengue Fever (they sound great as ever and the new material was great), Meridian Brothers (absolutely batshit set, amazing band to see on the stage where the NY Phil plays) and the marimba-focused punk cumbia combo Son Rompe Pera, who i solo moshed to and unreservedly love.

I loved Funeral Songs, will always remember it as a soundtrack of that time for me

here 1st (roxymuzak), Tuesday, 17 January 2023 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

I loved Funeral Songs, will always remember it as a soundtrack of that time for me


Same tbh!

Goose Bigelow, Fowl Gigolo (the table is the table), Tuesday, 17 January 2023 15:23 (two weeks ago) link

x-post to Forks-- I enjoyed Meridian Bros. DC gig, and saw punk cumbia band Son Rompe Pera awhile back and share your enthusiasm. Nice to hear Dengue has new material and I want to check out NY Arabic Orchestra.

Coming in April to DC and proabably NYC and elsewhere too --
April 7 _Basekou Kouyate at Kennedy Center Millenium Stage in DC (will also be video streamed online)

April 24 -Sona Jobarteh @ Howard Theatre in DC (Gambian kora player)
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Kokoko Saturday, April 22, 2023
Doors: 7 PM | Show: 8 PM
Public Records - 233 Butler St, Brooklyn
Tickets: $25 Advance | $30 Day of Show
Co-presented with Public Records

Following an electrifying performance at (le) poisson rouge during WMI's 2019/2020 season, the groundbreaking Congolese group KOKOKO! is back in NYC. Best known for creating a contemporary and unique style of music using instruments constructed by upcycling cans, engine parts, plastic containers, and other trash found on the streets of Kinshasa

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2023 20:43 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.nprpresents.org/tinydeskglobalfest2023?fbclid=IwAR3h96TiX2S4VCMNoL0vZMnNUJ2A_Rs0u3ddLvS8HYbX6-qjkcGqb9XAvTI&mibextid=Zxz2cZ

NPR Tiny Desk meets NY Global Fest starting tonight Tuesday US Eastern time. Bands and times on link

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 18:41 (one week ago) link

KHADIJA EL WARZAZIA’S BNAT EL HOUARIYAT
& ESRAA WARDA From Algeria is one of tonight’s online acts

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 January 2023 18:42 (one week ago) link

https://robertchristgau.substack.com/p/deans-list-2022

Christgau has some albums here that go with this thread

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2023 06:26 (one week ago) link

19 of the picks are pre - 2022 ones that got his attention for first time in 2022

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2023 16:37 (one week ago) link

Meridian Brothers were fucking great. NY Arabic Orchestra were shockingly good; utterly killer vocalists.

LPR on Bleecker Street in downtown NYC have some good global shows forthcoming:
2023-03-05 Os Mutantes - $40 - https://lpr.com/lpr_events/osmutantes23/
2023-03-25 Amadou and Mariam - $45 - https://lpr.com/lpr_events/amadoumariam/
2023-05-03 Ak Dan Gwang Chil - $35 - https://lpr.com/lpr_events/adg723/

POLIZISTEN VERSINKEN IM SCHLAMM (forksclovetofu), Friday, 27 January 2023 19:43 (one week ago) link

https://moussatchingou.bandcamp.com/album/tamiditine-ep

“Sahel Sounds proudly presents the debut EP by Nigerien guitarist Moussa Tchingou from Agadez. His sound varies from the classic Agadez guitar virtuoso twang to more heady, heavy fuzzy vibes and also highly melodic pieces that sound incredibly fresh, bringing hypnotic polyrhythms, cybernetic Autotune, and smashing drum programming.”

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 February 2023 16:36 (four days ago) link


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