please don't say Fela - I'm looking for stuff from the mid90's -present. I heard some Mozambican hip hop in a cab the other day and I need to hear more.
― fritz, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
>King Sunny Ade has some great afro pop stuff out...
>Faze Action are a Brit dance act that use a lot of Afro influences
on their records,but they're more of a disco-ey type of thing.
>There is a compilation on Palm Pictures called Phat Global #1 that
also has a whole slew of Afro/rai/zouk/electronica stuff on it.
― Dek1, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― fields of salmon, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Since typing the above, this thread has actually prompted some
feelings of guilt in me for not taking an interest in a vibrant
musical culture that's surrounding me- so now I'm downloading what I
think is the theme tune from a local youth drama series called "Yizo
Yizo", and it occurs to me: it sounds a little like microhouse.
Without the rapping (which is very different from US hiphop, I should
note, at least in terms of flow- even to the point where I don't
really think flow is an adequate description of what's being done
with the vocals) this sounds appealingly sparse enough in parts to
be, say, Dettinger. Shows how much I know.
― nathalie, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
― Martin Skidmore, Wednesday, 3 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
Less so but still right up yr alley is Africa Raps, new on
Trikont, a German label you may be familiar with: they've put out a
lot of really cool comps over the last few years. Again, think
early '90s, but also think American--the biggest difference a lot of
the time is that they're rapping in a different language. Not great,
but fascinating if you're interested in this sort of thing.
And Femi is very overrated IMHO.
― M Matos, Thursday, 4 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link
But I think Dick Dale had some Lebanese background, or at least borrowed some ideas from middle eastern music, so it's not such a leap.
(Martin Skidmore to ILM.)
― Rockist Scientist, Friday, 14 February 2003 01:52 (sixteen years ago) link
― jess (dubplatestyle), Friday, 14 February 2003 01:54 (sixteen years ago) link
not that hot on zouk at present - hear way too much here in clubs so burnt out and tend to ignore.
kwaito, check out Bongo Maffin - they are/were (mitch? help?) the leading pop kwaito group and a good starting point. as mentioned above kwaito is more hip-house. Maybe I can ask Mitch again if he knows about this hip-hop/high-life scene apparently existing in Jo'burg.
rai - i haven't heard anything new really exciting that is strictly rai. stuff like Rachid Taha's fusions of rock, dance, rai etc. is more interesting. there was an article in the Voice October or so called "All Chao's Children" which talks about the North African/Marseilles fusions going on which might provide some listening possibilities.
i live the Phat Global comp but it is more remix based and I'm not sure if that is what you're looking for (Phat Global Vol. 2 coming this year so I'm a happy puppy)
(btw Michelangelo, agree that Femi is not that interesting musically but he puts on an amazing live show)
(Fritz, check your e-mail, need your addy so I can send you that mix)
― H (Heruy), Friday, 14 February 2003 02:21 (sixteen years ago) link
― baboon2004 (baboon2004), Monday, 15 November 2004 17:25 (fourteen years ago) link
― Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 19:15 (fourteen years ago) link
― we know gay coop (roxymuzak), Sunday, 3 May 2009 21:11 (ten years ago) link
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 May 2009 21:31 (ten years ago) link
S/D African hip-hop
What are you looking for Roxy? If only someone in South Africa could start posting here again...
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 May 2009 21:35 (ten years ago) link
Or someone from Paris or North Africa...
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 May 2009 12:53 (ten years ago) link
Or anyone, really.
― we know gay coop (roxymuzak), Friday, 8 May 2009 20:15 (ten years ago) link
I luv me some ILX, but I wish threads that are not american indie-rock or punk would get some more posts. I guess we gotta find time to research this stuff ourselves and recruit folks to post here...
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 9 May 2009 15:51 (ten years ago) link
I don't know the difference between any of it (yet) but I've started to really become a fan of this radio show on 1Xtra by DJ Edu - Destination Africa but I don't really know where to go next.
― X-Ray Parlour (a hoy hoy), Saturday, 9 May 2009 16:30 (ten years ago) link
Depends I guess on what you're looking for --rap or club style or afropop with a band...
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 9 May 2009 21:50 (ten years ago) link
I want to know more about zouk and other French/non-Anglophone Caribbean music. Is Zouk still a thing? I remember hearing a lot while in France in the 90s, but someone was telling me it's still going strong.
― frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:22 (one week ago) link
Zouk is GREAT and yeah, still going strong here (mostly - but not only - in the antillais circles).I mentioned some of it in this thread : Aya Nakamura, Naza and the new french urban scene
And there's some great zouk in the French football team's 2018 playlist : https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7roe9RLmenXQTmQwHnAaUA
Fanny J is a personal favourite (mostly her 2006 incredible album)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjzze_QH8KA
― AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 11 July 2019 09:42 (one week ago) link
Thanks AIXTC, I'll check this
― frame casual (dog latin), Thursday, 11 July 2019 10:54 (one week ago) link
I posted two tracks from Martinique on the Rolling soca et cetera thread two months ago. Not exactly zouk, mind!
― breastcrawl, Thursday, 11 July 2019 11:32 (one week ago) link
― breastcrawl, Thursday, 11 July 2019 11:33 (one week ago) link
two, two, two...