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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

March’s most played world music albums, compiled from returns from radio DJs all over Europe World Music Charts Europe

BONGA Hora Kota (Lusafrica)
VÄRTTINÄ Utu (Westpark)
VARIOUS ARTISTS World Routes On The Road (Nascente)
ILGI Tur Saulite Perties Gaja (Upe)
PETRAKIS, LOPEZ, CHEMIRANI Mavra Froudia (Musiepoca)
CEU Caravana Sereia Bloom (Six Degrees)
LEPISTÖ & LEHTI Radio Moskova (Aito)
VARIOUS ARTISTS The New Brazilian Music 4 (BME)
MELINGO Corazon Y Hueso (World Village)
LOGA RAMIN TORKIAN Mehraab (Six Degrees)
VARIOUS ARTISTS Cumbia Cumbia 1 & 2 (World Circuit)
FATOUMATA DIAWARA Fatou (World Circuit)
BALKAN BEAT BOX Give (Crammed)
ZITA SWOON GROUP Wait For Me (Crammed)
EDA ZARI Toka Incognita (Intuition)
BALOJI Kinshasa Succursale (Crammed)
EMEL MATHLOUTHI Kelmti Horra (World Village)
© giftmusic 2012

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:05 (six years ago) Permalink

fRoots forum

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:09 (six years ago) Permalink

of those i've heard the world routes album, the amsterdam klezmer band, balkan beat box and eda zari. none of my favorite world albums of the year charting unfortunately :(

Mordy, Monday, 14 May 2012 17:13 (six years ago) Permalink

That list may reflect a certain bias as it is of just the European djs who the Folk Roots(fRoots) magazine/website surveys.

a hybrid West African one with an Anglo = this is the ZITA SWOON GROUP with additional Burkina Faso musicians cd Wait For Me (Crammed) that I should more accurately have described as a Belgian music collective led by Stef Kamil Carlens working with 2 Burkina Faso musicians Awa Démé and Mamadou Diabaté Kibié --

Wait For Me is the meeting of Stef Kamil Carlens and his Belgian collectif Zita Swoon Group with the Burkinabe Awa Démé and Mamadou Diabaté Kibié. The sound is a mixture of raw acoustic blues and folk and the traditional ‘mandigue’ music from West-Africa. Awa Démé sings in Bambara, Stef Kamil Carlens in English and French. The songs deal with the moral and the problems of modern African society.

Just ok on first listen.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:10 (six years ago) Permalink

good khaira arby show in montreal - love the band's zeal, khaira's energy. but not quite at the level of when i last saw her, about 18 months ago. someone slipped the awesome guitarist kid some terrible records, and i can't handle it when he hits a pedal and goes in on these awful metal hard-rock guitar solos.

curious for the new record

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Zita Swoon are still around, huh? Might check out the album for old time's sake.

NSFW Australia (seandalai), Monday, 14 May 2012 18:19 (six years ago) Permalink

I am worried about the new (some of it recorded in Brooklyn) upcoming K. Arby record and the possibility of those guitar solos. I wonder if plays those solos back home where her group still does weddings and other local events?

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:23 (six years ago) Permalink

maybe. but in montreal at least he was all hipster-ified in skinny jeans and an almost-keffiyeh. feel like it's some brushes with Brooklyn that turned him on to this stuff, rather than the back-home style. maybe i'm projecting.

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

btw my friend Howard Bilerman (mtl indie rock producer - but in a good way, punkrock sounding, live off the floor, etc.) just came back from recording an album with Bassekou Kouyate in Mali. (w Khaira Arby as guest)

sean gramophone, Monday, 14 May 2012 18:57 (six years ago) Permalink

bassekou is a badass

(Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 May 2012 19:14 (six years ago) Permalink

x-post-- re Arby I agree. I (and maybe I am projecting as well) think Arby's band is, in current gigs in North America trying to play what they think North Americans will like (from Brooklyn hipsters to whomever), while back in Mali at weddings omitting those North American style licks.

But of course Arby suggested the above theory was not true when I asked her via email the following in an interview:

WCP: On your first U.S. tour you had additional women singers and musicians, compared to your smaller group on later U.S. tours. Is the size of your group a matter of money or an artistic choice? How does it change your group's sound?

KA: Both. There is certainly a big expense to tour. It is something that is very hard to do. Also, I perform with all different sizes of groups. The sound changes all the time even at home. If I am performing on a large festival stage at home, I can bring a larger group. But when we are at a smaller event like a wedding, I bring the smaller core group. The sound doesn't change very much because these are my core musicians.

curmudgeon, Monday, 14 May 2012 19:18 (six years ago) Permalink

x-post-found that "new Brazilian 4 music" comp from that Euro radio dj list, on soundcloud. Was impressed on first listen

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:55 (six years ago) Permalink

My son's baseball playoff game was postponed till tonight, so that means no Tabou Combo gig at the Smithsonian for me. They were fun when I saw them years back. Guitar-playing seems Congolese-like.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 15:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Been jumping back in forth in the car between an Iranian cd and my commercial Latin radio station playing lots of bachata and some reggaeton. However, reading emails about Haitian stuff and looking at Facebook posts about Haitian stuff has me wanting to find the time to dig in to some Haitian music. That Rara Fanm video upthread is awesome. Most Haitian pop doesn't sound like that though. It can be good but in a different way.

curmudgeon, Friday, 18 May 2012 15:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Awesome Tapes from Africa guy lists a few of his fave sites:

curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Nabay has taken bubu before the all-important hipster demographic in Brooklyn, where they too have crowned him king."

From a press release email I got re a new Nabay song

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:56 (six years ago) Permalink

terrible press release, but Nabay is awesome + certainly deserves lots of love from hipsters and non-hipsters alike

Mordy, Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Awesome Tapes from Africa dj was in Europe with his tapes and now he's moving around the USA (often with bands)

23.05 Boston MA / Spectacle w/ Debo Band
25.05 Seattle, WA / CAIRO
26.05 Portland OR / Holocene w/ Sahel Sounds
28.05 George, WA / Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 23 May 2012 16:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Need to check out this later: Afrobeats mix in the UK by DJ Abrantees

"See I like Beyoncé, but she dey with Jigga / I like Nicki, her yansh is bigger..." // D'BANJ - OLIVER TWIST // afrobeats in the charts

Maybe I need to start looking at Dissensus again-- discussed there and here

suppose i was referring to a few people on the dissensus afrobeats thread, which quite depressingly turned into a moanfest about lumping together Naija, Hiplife, Boomba, kuduro etc, thereby misrepresenting these distinct musical styles/traditions etc...i suppose they have a point but slagging Abrantee seemed a bit cynical to me, he's doing a lot to promote this music.

― Benny B, Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00 PM (1 hour ago

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 13:12 (six years ago) Permalink

um, i don't know if this would interest anyone here but

Mordy, Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Nice. I only know Ladino-rock band Deleon, and traditional Ladino singer Flory Jagoda.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

PR folks are pushing another Ladino effort: Ljuba Davis Ladino Ensemble's new album, East and West

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:39 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm covering them in early June

Mordy, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:40 (six years ago) Permalink

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