african music: where do i go from here.

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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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