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 (five years ago) Permalink
bassekou is a badass
― (Name Withheld to Avoid Hassle) (forksclovetofu), Monday, 14 May 2012 19:14 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink
Awesome Tapes from Africa guy lists a few of his fave sites:
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:00 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 Band25.05 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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink
um, i don't know if this would interest anyone here buthttp://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/155829/monday-music-the-face-of-ladino-dream-pop/
― Mordy, Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink
Nice. I only know Ladino-rock band Deleon, and traditional Ladino singer Flory Jagoda.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:11 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink
I'm covering them in early June
― Mordy, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink
They want me to cover them but I'm more interested in:
from the Ethiopiques thread:
Just talked last night to Selam Seyoum Woldemariam, founder and member of the Ibex and Roha Band and guitarist with Mahmoud Ahmed since 1974. They're on Ethiopiques #7
He lives near me in the Washington DC area
― curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2012 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink
it's a little coughcoughmediocre even for a ladino album :/
― Mordy, Friday, 25 May 2012 16:16 (five years ago) Permalink
Busy weekend in the US Capitol
― curmudgeon, Friday, 25 May 2012 18:11 (five years ago) Permalink
But I was unable to make any of the events, sadly (out of town for most of 'em)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink
Interesting Baloji(Belgium-based Congolese rapper) interview from a few weeks back
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 16:25 (five years ago) Permalink
Loving this: http://boomkat.com/cds/519204-francis-bebey-african-electronic-music-1975-1982
And also this: http://radioletoubib.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/cafe-aman-istanbul-fasl-i-rembetiko.html
― mike t-diva, Thursday, 31 May 2012 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink
Wow, only knew Bebey for his guitar-based work.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 31 May 2012 16:25 (five years ago) Permalink
Strange, wonderful, unexpected stuff; I kept drawing parallels between Bebey and Shuggie Otis.
― mike t-diva, Friday, 1 June 2012 08:31 (five years ago) Permalink
Hey New Yorkers, look what's happening tonight:
Saturday June 2, at PS 145, W 105th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus.Doors at 4pm. Music all day--great locally based West AFrican musicians.The Sway Machinery hits at about 8pm. Khaira closes out the show at about 9:30pm.$20 tickets--all proceeds go to medical relief for isolated and desperate north Mali communities.
― curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 June 2012 14:32 (five years ago) Permalink
Meanwhile back in Northern Mali, things are not so good:
The situation is said to be especially troubling for women in Timbuktu. “Women are living in terrible fear,” said Baba Aicha Kalil, a well-known civic activist who is still living in the town, which once had a population of more than 50,000 but has experienced a significant exodus since the rebels moved in.
“They want to put a veil on everything,” Mrs. Kalil said, reached over a crackly telephone line from Timbuktu, which is about 440 miles northeast of Bamako, at the edge of the Sahara. “They are everywhere, everywhere with their guns.”
All of northern Mali, an area the size of France, has been in the hands of a loose coalition of Islamists and nomadic Tuareg rebels since late March, when resistance by the Malian Army collapsed after a coup d’état by junior military officers in the capital.
Since the takeover, however, the Islamists of Ansar Dine, supported by Al Qaeda, have gained the upper hand over the Tuaregs, and they are aggressively promoting their brand of Islamic law, or Shariah.
Black billboards with Koranic inscriptions have replaced advertisements, residents said. Leading figures in the regional Qaeda affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, have also been spotted there.
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 June 2012 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink
If Khaira Arby decides to move to Brooklyn, I hope she finds a band other than the Sway Machinery (and if her current Malian guitarist stays with her, that he stop doing his current axe moves)
― curmudgeon, Monday, 4 June 2012 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink
Dengue Fever with Omar Souleyman is a bill that makes little sense except in "world music" terms. I am going to see them tomorrow night in Washington DC
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 14:35 (five years ago) Permalink
Discussion of the ethics and quality of the latest Mississippi Records box set re-release(various John Storm Roberts compiled efforts and other stuff...But no liner notes or credits given)
The thread for discussing the amazing Life Is A Problem comp on MISSISSIPPI records
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 20:21 (five years ago) Permalink
A Bola remix collection is out on the Awesome tapes from Africa label now, and I forgot to check out the original release that Rob praised upthread back in April. Will check 'em both out this weekend, I promise. Seeing Omar Souleyman tonight, and the Clean tomorrow night.
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink
So behind in my cd, spotify and online listening. Azonto, old and very old F. Bebey, tracking down Storm Roberts comps, soca hits...
Enjoyed Dengue Fever last night (friend who had seen 'em before though was disapointed--said they were missing a multi-instrumentalist member guy and had less energy, plus crowd was smaller) and Omar Souleyman and his talented keyboardist
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 June 2012 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink
baseball game, art exhibit, party, bike riding were all fun, but I still haven't caught up on some listening I want to do.
Tinariwen are touring North America now btw.
― curmudgeon, Monday, 11 June 2012 13:33 (five years ago) Permalink
― curmudgeon, Monday, 11 June 2012 17:04 (five years ago) Permalink
Liked that Bolo video for a song from his album on Awesome tapes that Robe mentioned upthread. A bit more folkloric than I expected (he's strumming some kind of stringed instrument) but the album and the remixes are less so. He's from Ghana.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:43 (five years ago) Permalink
The 3 song Khaira Arby effort ain't bad--but I still liked her better when she had backing vocalists to engage in call and response with. Guitarist tries to show off some but he's not that annoying (and sometimes sounds good)
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 June 2012 21:17 (five years ago) Permalink
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/128191Os Mutantes, MAKU Sound System, DOM, Citay$25 - The Well in Brooklyn NY at July 28, 2012Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)
^only US Os Mutantes show this summer; please note I am doing PR for this so FLACK FLACK FLACK indeed but $25 for Os Mutantes in NYC strikes me as a helluva value
― Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 15 June 2012 06:38 (five years ago) Permalink
I have missed their DC shows in the past for some reason or another. How many original members do they have, I wonder?
― curmudgeon, Friday, 15 June 2012 20:14 (five years ago) Permalink
How many original members do they have, I wonder?
One - Sergio Dias. I interviewed him in 2009 when their last album came out.
― 誤訳侮辱, Friday, 15 June 2012 22:41 (five years ago) Permalink
I've enjoyed some old-school soul acts with only one original member, so I will give these folks the benefit of the doubt
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 June 2012 19:53 (five years ago) Permalink
I'm not sure I like this whole thing, but some of the vocals are pretty interesting, and she sounds like some kind of genius. (I throw that word around a lot, but it's fun to throw it around.) From Wikipedia:
Born to a family of wage-earning class in Inner Mongolia, China  inheriting Han Chinese ancestry from her father and Mongolian ancestry from her mother, Sa Dingding was influenced by the music of the ethnic minorities while living with her grandmother in Inner Mongolia until age 6. She also became interested in Buddhism and taught herself Tibetan and Sanskrit. Later on, she moved to Beijing to study music at the PLA Academy of Arts.
― _Rudipherous_, Sunday, 24 June 2012 14:46 (five years ago) Permalink
I wonder if Bjork has heard her
― curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 June 2012 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink
xposting The two times I've seen Os Mutantes in recent years. they were highly enjoyable.
― Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 24 June 2012 17:02 (five years ago) Permalink
I heard an earlier album by Sa Dingding that I liked at the time but haven't returned to since.
― 誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 24 June 2012 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink
So does anyone have any thought on Gepe, an Andean Chilean indie-folk-rocker?
And speaking of Chile, i need to listen to all of Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux's new album.
Both are coming to W. DC in July and maybe to your hood also.
― curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink
Tijoux is dope.
― Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 28 June 2012 18:01 (five years ago) Permalink
Ooh I love Ana Tijoux!
― nicest bitch of poster (La Lechera), Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:10 (five years ago) Permalink
Montreal dj Poirier & Montreal rapper Boogat in W. DC tonight. Boogat's rapping in Spanish rather than French these days, over Poirier's electro-dancehall-soca-uk whatever hybrid beats
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink
I like Chilean Gepe when he's very pop and when he does ballads, but some of his indie-pop(either with strummed guitars or laptop beats) is kinda generic (although the Spanish lyrics are a bit different)
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink
Poirier and Boogat like Schlachthofbronx from Munich mixes.
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink
Benin’s Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, a group born during the West African advent of funk and soul in the 1960s and 70s.
Looking forward to seeing these old-timers
― curmudgeon, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:52 (five years ago) Permalink
yah me too
― Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 17:26 (five years ago) Permalink
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