Rolling Global Outernational Non-West Non-English (Some Exceptions) 2017 Thread Once Known as World Music

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i forgot to vote in the ilx poll

curmudgeon, Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:54 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the Seymali album more than the Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni, one. More energetic

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 06:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Artsy avante samba singer Elza Soares got 8 votes in the Voice critics poll.

Balafon player Aly Keita whom I had not heard of, got a vote for his collaboration with jazz musicians and others

curmudgeon, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:36 (one year ago) Permalink

A-WA got 3 votes including a chuck eddy vote

Mordy, Saturday, 28 January 2017 16:58 (one year ago) Permalink

That Elza Soares album is great. There's decades of non-artsy samba material by her to check up on, too.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 3 February 2017 11:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Will check out her older stuff. Thanks.

It looks like nobody voted for any Brazilian albums in the ILX album poll. I was gonna submit my Voice poll albums and add more, but, doh, I forgot the deadline and did not vote at all.

Noura Mint Seymali got 1 album voter, it appears. Most of the album votes were for Yanks and Brits.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Nigerian afropopper Kiss Daniel of "Mama" fame got one album vote. I like that album too. It has some musical aspects that fans of more trad Nigerian sounds should like

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

The attention Noura Mint Seymali has been getting here inspired me to dust off this well-produced 2000 CD (Praise Songs) by Ooleya Mint Amartichitt:

It's more strictly traditional though. (At least I think. Not as if I kow the history of Mauritanian music.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 3 February 2017 17:59 (one year ago) Permalink

x-post-- It looks like Brazilian Elza Soares got at least one album vote in ilx poll, but not enough to place in top 77 albums

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 19:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Noura Mint Seymali got 1 album voter, it appears. Most of the album votes were for Yanks and Brits.


Mordy, Friday, 3 February 2017 20:02 (one year ago) Permalink

I read the ILX poll-related comments on what countries the top 77 artists are from. Noura is the only artist from Mauritania, and one of the few from the whole African continent to place in the top 77.

curmudgeon, Friday, 3 February 2017 21:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I finally saw Brooklyn-based Alsarah and the Nubatones. She's from Sudan. Mostly good Sudanese Nubian dance-pop, although some songs could use stronger melodies and have more interesting rhythmic and harmonic touches. The openers Huda and Kamyar kinda stole the show. They are a DC-based duo with Palestinian electric oud player & singer Huda on vocals and Iranian Kamyar on daf (a large trashcan lid size but bigger percussion instrument). I think they have some music on soundcloud

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 February 2017 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Omar Souleyman US tour may not happen

Now that the order is in limbo, Tosti is not sure what to do. Neither is immigration lawyer Matthew Covey, who heads a U.S. nonprofit called Tamizdat that advocates for foreign artists and helps facilitate their visa applications.

"For the arts, it's really not a resolution at all," Covey asserts. "Because at least for performing arts programmers, the temporary restraining order is just that. We don't know when or if it will disappear, and we'll go back to the ban. So if you're running a performing arts organization here in the U.S., and you're trying to figure out who to book for June, July, even for March — there are very few presenters who are going to risk contracting with an artist from one of the seven countries now for any point in the foreseeable future."

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 February 2017 13:37 (one year ago) Permalink

[THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Oliver and his band weren't allowed into Seattle; the band's working visas were denied by new embassy staff. Apparently, the embassy is not honoring applications accepted under the previous presidential administration. Columbia City Theater will soon be announcing further explanations and issuing refunds.]

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

During the first chaotic weekend after Trump's decree, the wildly popular Iranian singing star Googoosh was among those afraid she wouldn't be allowed back into the U.S. – where she has lived for more than a decade – from London, where she'd been recording. "She was distraught and distressed," says her lawyer Sourash Shahram. "She felt history was repeating itself, almost like a déjà vu." In 1980, while en route to Tehran from London, Googoosh got a phone call telling her not to go back to Iran, where the Ayatollah Khomeini had banned all non-religious women from singing.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 February 2017 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, i know a number of bookers that are furious

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 8 February 2017 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

New Yasmine Hamdan! Album 'Al Jamilat; out March 17th. <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 February 2017 11:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 February 2017 17:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Vusi Mahlasela is playing World Cafe Live here soon - have any of you seen him live? Should I try to go?

Mordy, Friday, 10 February 2017 19:21 (one year ago) Permalink

It’s the forgotten place. Lying between the mountains of northwest Tunisia and the Algerian border, the Bargou valley and the village named after it lie isolated, away from the world. It’s poor, barren country, but standing apart, Bargou has developed its own culture that had never been documented until Nidhal Yahyaoui began the task. Born in the valley, he grew up hearing his parents and family sing the songs that belong to the region, and he was determined that the music and traditions shouldn’t slip away into obscurity. With Targ, the album he’s made with his band Bargou 08, Yahyaoui has perfectly fused the past and the present to place Bargou on the map.

“Nidhal began collecting songs from all over the valley more than ten years ago,” explains producer and keyboard player Sofyann Ben Youssef, who’s known Yahyaoui since they were both ten years old. “No one had ever done that before. He listened to the women, to the village elders, and he learned all the variations on the songs. This is his passion, and he asked me to join him.”

this is awesome btw

Mordy, Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:54 (one year ago) Permalink

wow ... yeah it is. thx for posting, Mordy.

alpine static, Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:49 (one year ago) Permalink

It is, Targ is definitely one of my favorites this year so far. Glitterbeat on a roll again.

maarten, Sunday, 12 February 2017 12:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Saved that one. Also found this video of the same piece. Is that a kind of ney?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 12 February 2017 13:59 (one year ago) Permalink

I think the singer is playing a gunbri?

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Sunday, 12 February 2017 14:12 (one year ago) Permalink

that track is fly as fuck

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Monday, 13 February 2017 18:58 (one year ago) Permalink

That Bargou 8 track is good.

Vusi Mahlasela is playing World Cafe Live here soon - have any of you seen him live? Should I try to go?

― Mordy, Friday, February 10, 2017 7:21

He's a little too folky for me, but he's got a powerful voice.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal are touring the US shortly; as is Ivory Coast singer Dobet Gnahore; Noura Mint Seymali; and afropop/afrobeats vocalist Tekno

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd love to see Seymali. Wonder if she'll swing by Philly.

Mordy, Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Johnny Brenda's

Friday, February 5, 2016
8:00pm 10:00pm


Mordy, Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:55 (one year ago) Permalink

this says she'll be in Philly Feb. 26:

alpine static, Friday, 17 February 2017 08:12 (one year ago) Permalink

She and her band are great live. I think she's in NYC on the 24th, Virginia near DC for free on the 25th, and the 26th in Philly

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 12:04 (one year ago) Permalink

the folks are visiting Nigeria

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 13:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Traditional Hausa music is not heard much in Kano and is reportedly in decline throughout the region as few kids are opting to pick up the torch. We drove out of town to the village of Jogana, passing herds of longhorn cattle and floppy-eared sheep to arrive at the compound of Nasiru Garba Super, master of the one-stringed kokuma fiddle (very similar to the njarka played by Ali Farka Toure and others). Nasiru, his two elderly drummers, and a backup singer delivered a rousing set of songs, several composed by his late, revered father. Soon 50 people from the neighborhood appeared to watch the show and dance in the dusty street.

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

xxp omg idk what I saw last night but that's awesome news!!!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 14:00 (one year ago) Permalink

I need to check this stuff out--

the most exciting aspect of the trip has been delving into the fuji scene, fantastically vibrant and fully of larger-than-life characters. We’ve sat and interviewed Salawa Abeni (The Queen of Fuji), Saheed Osupa (The King of Fuji—crowned by Barrister himself), K1 da Ultimate (The “Undisputed” King of Fuji—widely agreed upon), and Obesere (The Paramount King of Music, and champion of the clever, humorous form of “lewd songs” known as asakasa), all in their homes. These are not artists who typically make themselves available to journalists. It took a very well-connected fixer to arrange these interviews, and they did not disappoint.

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 16:03 (one year ago) Permalink

ALRIGHT I got my SEYMALI tickets!!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:30 (one year ago) Permalink

if i could "like" this ^ i would

she has one show scheduled on the west coast which seems weird. hoping for more announcements 3/10 is not that far out. they'd have been announced by now, i think.

alpine static, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Damn, doesn't look like she's coming anywhere near me.:( I did get to see Bombino last summer, which was fantastic.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 17 February 2017 18:45 (one year ago) Permalink

the entire bargou 08 album is out today!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I still need to listen to that. Plus check out the new Tinariwen video (and album if its available)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Some of that Bargou 8 album is a bit one-dimensional, but exciting in a kind of hardcore punk way...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 22 February 2017 02:29 (one year ago) Permalink

Just got an email that the suburban Washington DC Noura Mint Seymali gig on Saturday February 25 has been postponed until Tuesday March 7th. No explanation was provided.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:05 (one year ago) Permalink

huh - i haven't gotten any message about the sunday show being postponed

Mordy, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:15 (one year ago) Permalink

So far, just that one gig it seems.


The Voice of America's Music Time in Africa program has a Facebook page with some video posts worth checking out.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Just saw on Instagram that "due to travel " issues the Ny Seymali gig is delayed till March 2

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 February 2017 13:52 (one year ago) Permalink

The energetic great Congolese band Mbongwana Star are coming to the US in March-- dates in NY, Cambridge, Chicago and Minneapolis but alas, I don't see any in Washington DC or Philly listed online

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:24 (one year ago) Permalink

they are fucking killer live btw

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Friday, 24 February 2017 20:25 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah i'd love to see them. maybe they'll add dates.

Mordy, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:41 (one year ago) Permalink

So looks like Noura Mint Seymali tour now starts tonight in Philly

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 February 2017 18:08 (one year ago) Permalink

that would be South African Sun-El Musician and Samthing Soweto's "Akanamali"
I'm pushing it hard for year-end consideration

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:03 (one year ago) Permalink

wow that is really lovely

rob, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:40 (one year ago) Permalink

That is a nice track. I'd have to listen some more before knowing if it's a favorite or not.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't care for Rahim AlHaj's approach to fusing Arab and western classical music. I only listened to part of the new one, then bailed out.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 16:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I liked it on my 1 and a half listens (and I know little about Arab and western classical music)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:39 (one year ago) Permalink

NPR year-end list includes Rûwâhîne - by Ifriqiyya Electrique, mentioned above. I wasn't dazzled by the post-punk aspects. Maybe I will give it another shot

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Didn't listen to that last night, but did listen again to Ata Kak from Ghana on Awesome Tapes from Africa (although I think that re-release is from a prior year)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 December 2017 15:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Might nominate this as a track in our poll. It's mostly about the keyboard that kicks in at 1:48. Incidentally, these are Brazilian producers.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 December 2017 05:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Er, 1:04. I think it's later on the Spotify version. 1:00something. You will know what I mean when you hear it.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 December 2017 05:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Speaking of Brazilian producers, I was out of touch with Brazilian music this year. Anyone have any faves?

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:22 (one year ago) Permalink

Artsy-post Tropicalia pop type sounds I mean; or any other kinds...?

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Yes that keyboard livens that up

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Still going through this list. Madagascar’s Toko Telo are afropop-folky . They are doing some UK gigs

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:11 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah that was a great episode

heard another amazing afropop worldwide ep this week about the Biafra movement which i really knew nothing about

it's prob the best podcast going atm

Mordy, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I haven’t even checked out recent episodes (but I should). I just read the text listing their fave 2017 albums.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 22:42 (one year ago) Permalink

There's an exhibit in Paris running to February 25 of the recently(2016) deceased photographer Malik Sidibe's photos of 1960s and 1970s Bamako, Mali called "Mali Twist." Great photos. Sidibe was a music fan and took lots of photos of music fans there dressed up,going out and dancing.

Some 250 black-and-white photographs crowd every inch of wall. In one, a pair of teenage boys in wildly patterned bell bottoms pose moodily with a guitar.

I haven't seen the exhibit, but my wife splurged for the book for me for Chanukah (awww) and its impressive and fun.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Yes, posting about it on another thread, but a pick from lex's list might be of interest here:

Ariwo - Ariwo

Jazz, electronic, but some borrowing from the sort of music that normally appears on this thread too. Definitely a Latin feel to some of the jazz. Very difficult to describe. One of them new-fangled fusions. Caldera in particularly is pretty Latin jazzy, but still electronic.

While I'm on this, Auntie Flow was also on lex's list, and might appeal to Rolling Global Outernational listeners.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 16:29 (one year ago) Permalink

As I've mentioned on the generic Arabic music thread, there has been quite a bit of good underground/indie Arab music coming to my attention this year:

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 16:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Been catching up on lots of music the last 2 days. Just listened to the Afropop stocking stuffers podcast and now hearing some albums mentioned on it. Listening now to Soweto Soul, an album put together by Dutch producer/guitarist Joep Pelt who loves old-school South African Pennywhistle Jive, Hip-Hop, Mbaqanga and Kwaito. He got lots of old-school folks to participate. Alas, some of it sounds forced. He wants to make it modern. But some cuts work.

I havent listened to that Lex pick Ariwo yet, but I have heard some of the afropop/afrobeats he likes--Mr. Eazi and Serge Beynaud.

curmudgeon, Friday, 29 December 2017 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Today I will mostly be listening to the Nyege Nyege Tapes label from Uganda. Namely: Nihiloxica, The Sounds of Sisso compilation and the album by Riddlore

Badgers (dog latin), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 09:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Maybe not for this thread but I just saw the articles and haven't listened to these acts yet

I don't know any of these Congolese rappers and r'n'b acts-- Maître Gims and others

Sjava and 3 others.

I don't know these folks either

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Oops ..2017 thread

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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