Return of the World Music Thread: 2012

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fuck, Mali is a bit of a mess now, huh?

wrapped sausage stylus (forksclovetofu), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:47 (six years ago) Permalink

It's so sad. I have never been there, but I met some Malians when the country was showcased at the Smithsonian Folklife festival in Washington some years back, and I have seen and heard so much great music from there. Between the militant Tuaregs back from Libya in the North to the military coup in the South, it just seems like well-armed troublemakers are brutally running the place now.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 14:53 (six years ago) Permalink

god, those are the worst
brutal regimes can all go eat a huge cannonball.

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Friday, 6 April 2012 14:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Contenderizer -

If you liked Konono No. 1, dig up a copy of the Maleem Mahmoud Ghania album Trance of Seven Colors, with Pharoah Sanders, from 1994. Out of print, but totally worth a download. Buzzing, bass-heavy roars and clatter from the Gnawa musicians, with Sanders absolutely ripping his horn apart over the top of it all.

― 誤訳侮辱, Sunday, April 1, 2012 10:52 AM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

contenderizer, you might like this record that a friend of mine put together with a variety of musicians in Ghana:

― 40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, April 3, 2012 9:30 AM (3 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thanks so much, folks! LOVE trance of seven colors and am just now checking out bawku west collective - nice!

preternatural concepts concerning variances in sound and texture (contenderizer), Friday, 6 April 2012 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

anybody heard this Janka Nabay album?
about to check out his previous EP on spotify

rob, Friday, 6 April 2012 16:21 (six years ago) Permalink

No but his Sierra Leone music looks worth checking out.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Not crazy about this piece. The writers don't offer enough specifics. But some of it is true

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:25 (six years ago) Permalink

not sure I really understood the point of that piece? tonally, they sound really pissed, but the point seems to be "music journalists should talk about Tinariwen's political context better." that's fine, but i agree that they should call out examples if they want to make their point clear.

the Nabay EP on spotify is pretty good. sort of a melange of a super laid back Fela vocals (political talk with trademark female singer backing chorus), slower Shangaan music, and then the last track is like an updated Juju-style King Sunny Ade.

rob, Friday, 6 April 2012 17:43 (six years ago) Permalink

bc when the entire western media + world is ignoring your humanitarian crisis, def take shots at the one tiny niche group of westerners paying attention

Mordy, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Awwww, I was gonna go to this:
Unfortunately, due to unavoidable challenges, we have had to cancel the Wednesday, April 11 Cheikh Lo concert. We remain hopeful that we will be able to bring Mr. Lo and his band back to the area in the near future.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:35 (six years ago) Permalink

the rest of the tour is still on I think. He was just booked into too big a hall in DC I think

curmudgeon, Sunday, 8 April 2012 23:40 (six years ago) Permalink

this Bola album that Awesome Tapes from Africa put out is really great: It's on spotify.

rob, Monday, 9 April 2012 02:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Need to check that out. I see Spin and others like it

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 14:34 (six years ago) Permalink

CBS tv 60 Minutes story on Kinshasa orchestra

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 April 2012 15:24 (six years ago) Permalink

A feature on Sahrawi music.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Friday, 13 April 2012 12:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Liking this Karantamba album a whole lot:

This is really great! Feel I'm going to play it a lot this summer...

You always tell me: "Perhacs Perhacs Perhacs" (seandalai), Friday, 13 April 2012 16:57 (six years ago) Permalink

This album is not available in the United States :(

Mordy, Friday, 13 April 2012 18:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Nice interview piece in the NY Times with Amadou & Mariam. Cynical me assumed that the American indie-rockers on the album were chosen only for marketing purposes. In fact, while they did consciously decide to include American musicians to raise their profile here, they picked musicians they had been on bills with and who mostly had some familiarity and interest in playing with them. The album was originally supposed to be a double cd, with one disc with the Americans, and one all-African one, but the decision was ultimately made to combine them. I still need to listen to the album some more. Just listened to it once.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 April 2012 14:19 (six years ago) Permalink

NY Times on Mali:

Despite promises of a return to democracy, soldiers seized a former prime minister, a former finance minister and at least three others, opposition figures said.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 11:48 (six years ago) Permalink

^thanks for posting that. Nice to see them acknowledge the problems with the first post and to clarify what exactly they thought was lacking

rob, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 14:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the response seemed far better thought out than the original post.

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 01:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow, a Sublime Frequencies artist is actually coming to Washington DC. Syrian Omar Souleyman is going to be at the 930 Club with Dengue Fever Wednesday June 6. Maybe's he's coming your way too.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:11 (six years ago) Permalink

he's a good show; I'd like to see him in a smaller venue sometime.

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 15:27 (six years ago) Permalink

He's playing Webster Hall in NYC on Monday June 4 and he's in Vancouver at the end of May.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

He's on a bill with Dengue Fever for the NYC show too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

i much prefer DF to omar, do they have a new album?

boy, was that Dan Fielding hungry for some cake! (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 19 April 2012 19:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Don't know.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 April 2012 21:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Going to New Orleans for 1st weekend of Jazzfest. Cheikh Lo and Seun Kuti are on the bill.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

new Khaira Arby ep coming out, and she is touring the US now through May

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Just had the displeasure of reviewing a Songlines Music Awards compilation CD. For a 'world music' release it sure has got a lot of Americans/Western Europeans on it. Does the best the world have to offer in 'world' music really, genuinely include the Kronos Quartet, TV On The Radio, Ry Cooder and Abigail Washburn?

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Wednesday, 25 April 2012 21:16 (six years ago) Permalink

"World" music made the transition to encompass roots, bluegrass, global classical and multiculti rock a long time ago; broader net to trawl with.
it's always been a bullshit distinction tbqh

"in this super-sexy postracial age" (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Caught some of Seun Kuti (and his great band and butt-shaking dancers); Cheikh Lo; and more at Jazzfest in New Orleans. Great stuff. Lo has a more relaxed approached, but I like his laidback Afro-Cuban influenced percussion work on some cuts.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:41 (six years ago) Permalink

When I was at Global Rhythm my argument was always, "America's part of the world, too."

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:49 (six years ago) Permalink

is kinda seems sometimes like half of the musicians making world music* are either a Kuti or a Toure

*that gets attention in the United States

Mordy, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Nah, there's only like three Kutis; there are about 4500 Diabates.

誤訳侮辱, Tuesday, 1 May 2012 14:51 (six years ago) Permalink

a quick email interview with Mali's Khaira Arby

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

9: Clair de Lune - Claude Debussy
10: Lady In Red - Kurt Darren

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:21 (six years ago) Permalink

When I was at Global Rhythm my argument was always, "America's part of the world, too."

I'm not that uptight that I would have mentioned it if it was only one or two Western or partially Westernised acts but it's a sizeable proportion.

Conan The Asshander (Doran), Friday, 4 May 2012 05:33 (six years ago) Permalink

I got some Haitian voodoo and rara discs from a friend who just came back from there. He met a rara band on the street entirely made up of women-- apparently a rarer thing-- called Rara Fanm.

poxen, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Nice. Non-rara, old-school Haitian funky konpa band Tabou Combo is doing some gigs in NYC and DC this month, as are Skah Shah and another group whose name I forget.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Unchhh I was supposed to see them in MTL but they cancelled. Jealous

poxen, Saturday, 5 May 2012 16:02 (six years ago) Permalink

This AMAZING record called Zao Ak Djakata. Can't find much online but there's a link here SO GOOD.

poxen, Saturday, 5 May 2012 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Will have to check that out. Luv me some Haitian musik, although some current modern Haitian stuff uses syrupy synth sounds that do not wow me. Every genre seems to have to have its brand of polished slow dance sounds.

Was thinking about media attention for Haitian muzik (there's a big Haitian presence in NYC and Miami and DC too):
New Yorker writer S F-Jones once was involved in a panel on Haitian soundz, but alas he never seems to write about them. Christgau and some NY Times writers I think have written about Tabou Combo. Nabisco at New York Mag and others do not seem interested. Jordan Levin at the Miami Herald recently wrote about Tabou and I think he has highlighted other international stuff as well

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:19 (six years ago) Permalink

05/07: Montreal, QC
05/09: Grand Rapids, MI
05/10: Chicago, IL
05/11: Iowa City, IA
05/12; Lincoln, NE
05/14: Salt Lake City, UT
08/01: New York, NY

Khaira Arby's still touring North America. Her sound seems a bit westernized with some of the guitar sounds these days. I can't figure out whether this is what they are into, and/or when she plays weddings and other functions back home it sounds this way. Her first North American tour did not sound like her more recent ones.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 May 2012 14:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Anyone see her?

What's everyone listening to? I went out and heard (and danced a bit to) dancehall and soca at a Caribbean club Friday night. Was also listening to a couple cds in the car whose names I have forgotten right now-- a hybrid West African one with an Anglo; and an Iranian vocalist. I liked the latter one more. Will update with the names later.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 14:29 (six years ago) Permalink

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