african music: where do i go from here.

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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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (seventeen 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 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yah, the Tabu Ley reissue is dopeness.

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

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

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

"It looks good."

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

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

Okay, I'm sold!

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

two years pass...

Ghanaian music!

I got this a few months ago:

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 year 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 year ago) Permalink

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

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

I have been enjoying this quite a lot:

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

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