african music: where do i go from here.

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okay, so i've already got plenty by the obvious answers (fela, king sunny ade, the "indestructible beat" comps.), whither next? looking for both afro-pop and more trad. musics.

jess, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

new answers, ahoy

jess, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

some of my favourites:

the "merveilles du passe" series from Sonodisc has some great 60s and 70s Zairean guitar pop. More modern stuff from Franco and from Diblo Dibala are worth looking for.....Franco put out 100s of LPs, so there's a lot of choice there.

the Earthworks series "Zimbabwe Frontline" is worth it, too. I just got their new one "Roots Rock Guitar Party".

Earthworks has a couple of good comps of Kenyan pop, too. "Benga Blast" was a good one, and even better is "Guitar Paradise of East Africa".

Definitely look for Prince Nico Mbarga's "Sweet Mother / Free Education in Nigeria" CD. I think it's the only thing he put out, but it's a blast. There was also a Zairean guitar player called Dr Nico, not to be confused with Prince Nico.

The Oriental Brothers International band is another good Nigerian group.

The "Ethiopiques" series of comps is good, too. Quite different from the others I've mentioned, which are mostly guitar-pop, African style, with Rumba influences. The Ethiopian stuff has more horns, semi-soul touches, etc. Interesting, though I don't find it as addictive as the other stuff.

I've tried listening to a few other kinds of African music, but it seems to be the Congo/Zaire-influenced stuff I keep coming back to. Infectious, dancable, great guitar, sweet singing.

pauls00, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

The Rough Guide to Franco and a similar comp on Manteca UK are both killer, and retail cheap--found the latter at Virgin for $12. Also, The Rough Guide to Kenya & Tanzania is a near-perfect album--the other African RGs are OK-to-very good, but the K&T is the best of the series.

Others: Dark City Sisters & Flying Jazz Queens
Streets of Dakar: Generation Boule Fale
Kwanzaa Music and Kwanzaa Party! for connecting the African with its pan-
Zaiko Langa Langa's Zaire-Ghana and Pamelo Mounk'a's Les Plus Grands Succes de are both amazing Afro-guitar records
Kwaito: South African Hip-Hop is more like hip-house, early '90s style--think Snap! and the like, only tougher and harder
more as I think of it....

M. Matos, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

dang, I forgot about Zaiko Langa-Langa! First African band I ever saw, about 12 years ago in Ottawa. Fine, fine band, great stage show. Zaiko Wa-Wa is one of my favourite tunes on that Zaire-Ghana record. There were LOTS of spinoffs from that band, and I don't really know which were good and which weren't. Buyer may have to beware, but then again, maybe not.

pauls00, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I wish I knew more 'bout my country's music. There are some oft- mentioned bands of ostensible quality, but I haven't really investigated, so I'd feel bad throwing names out there. For the most part, the kwaito I hear on the radio hasn't done much for me.

Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Monday, 17 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

ethiopiques! ethiopiques!!!! there were some comps called discotheque (74/75/76, i think) that i auditioned once that were pretty damn swell, too.

i hear etoile 2000 is pretty amazing, but i can't find their stuff anywhere.

as for traditional, check out some of the secret museum of mankind comps on yazoo - it's all old 78s transferred to digital, they frequently have quite a variety of music on them, most all of it excellent. also _drums of death_ on avant.

your null fame, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Discoteques 72 is top pick there.

M. Matos, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Kanda Bongo Man's LP Amour Fou is fantastic. This used to be my beat, Jess: I will delve and come up with a list.

mark s, Tuesday, 18 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

My Kanda Bongo Man pick is Soukous in Central Park--one of my top live albums by anybody.

M. Matos, Wednesday, 19 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Bhundu Boys - Shabini and Tsvimbodemoto. Skipping guitar figures and gossamer light dancing bass. Amazing to think they made front cover of the NME. Couldn't imagine that happening now.

Billy Dods, Wednesday, 19 September 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
i like Sudanese music: Abdel Gadir Salim's 'The Stars of Night' is excellent in particular.

michael, Tuesday, 20 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

vols 1,2, & 3 by Etoile de Dakar (youssou n'dour's 80's band) on the Sterns label.

bob snoom, Tuesday, 20 November 2001 01:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

this is really good. and so is that Rochereau that comp featured in the "better together" listing.

Granny Dainger, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 17:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Yah, the Tabu Ley reissue is dopeness.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

And, of course, Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango and Baaba Maal are all essential blocks and easy to come by.

forksclovetofu, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

Which Baaba Maal(s) do you recommended? I only have a live one and I'm not too keen on live albums from anyone, so I need to give him another go.

Granny Dainger, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

Thomas Mapufumo's Spirits to Bite Your Ears is another must have.

Granny Dainger, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 18:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

the recent Syliophone set of Balla et ses Balladins reiterates how crucial the entire Syliophone series from Stern's is.

beta blog, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 19:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

I didn't realize it, but that Authenticité - The Syliphone Years comp is on eMusic. It looks good. I likely would never have found the disc if it weren't mentioned upthread. So, thanks.

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 2 July 2008 19:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

emusic is really pretty good on african stuff. i recently got busi mhlongo's urbanzulu album off there, which i like. (contemporary s.african pop.)

tipsy mothra, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 19:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

"It looks good."

It's better than good. It's great!

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 2 July 2008 21:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

Okay, I'm sold!

Daniel, Esq., Wednesday, 2 July 2008 21:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

I've been intrigued by the 2 big bands from Bamako in the 70s. Les Ambassadeurs du Motel and Rail Band since seeing reviews of the recent Sterns compi by the former.
& see that there are 3 volumes by the latter.
So I've been wondering what I need.
Also has me wondering about 70s stuff by Orchestra Baobab which shares influences and was around at the same time.
Not sure what else compares.

Stevolende, Friday, 14 November 2014 20:30 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Ghanaian music!

I got this a few months ago:
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/618EJ1J8%2BbL.jpg

and have now played it to death. What next? Doesn't have to be Ghanaian, I'm just after afrobeaty stuff with a raw, rocky edge to it.

chap, Thursday, 9 November 2017 11:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Go for
Orchestre Polyrhythmo de Cotonou, Vis-à-vis
Ebo Taylor, Alhaji Frimpong, Gyedu-Blay Ambolley (Ghanaian)
the Rail Band, Ali Farka Touré, Djelimady Tounkara, Lobi Traoré, Sorry Bamba (Malian)
Super Étoile de Dakar, Tal National, Konono n°1, and it's not very rocky but do listen to Congolese music (the Rumba Rock compilation from African Pearls for example, and check the Senegalese one too)
my favorite related Soundway comp is Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6

or yeah, just listen to Afrobeat.

Nabozo, Thursday, 9 November 2017 12:53 (one week ago) Permalink

Thanks so much, that'll keep me going for a while.

chap, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I have been enjoying this quite a lot: https://www.mrbongo.com/products/the-original-sound-of-mali-vinyl-2-lp-cd-1

Tim, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:31 (one week ago) Permalink

The 2 volumes of kenya Special are both good as is the Daniel Misiani and shirati Jazz set Kings of History. I have family history from kenya so like looking at music from the area.
Would also recommend Ethiopiques though not sure exact volumes before 4,8,9
there's a companion series from Zanzibar that has some interesting volumes in too. is it 3 & 5?

also Ofege, Edzayawa, Blo!, Hedzoleh Sounds, Monomono, Ngozi Family, Amanaz, The Peace and Witch.

i wasn't as knocked out by the entries on that area of music in the last Vernon Joynson as I'd hoped. Didn't sound like he was very familliar with the actual black rock bands.

I'd also really recommend the early stuff by Osibisa, and Cymande who were both adding African influences into more Western ones.

Stevolende, Thursday, 9 November 2017 14:50 (one week ago) Permalink


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