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

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Oh yeah, I remember her.

Tinariwen's new album comes out tomorrow.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 February 2017 17:15 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:49 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Mordy, Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:54 (two years ago) Permalink

Johnny Brenda's

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


Mordy, Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:55 (two years ago) Permalink

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

alpine static, Friday, 17 February 2017 08:12 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

the folks are visiting Nigeria

curmudgeon, Friday, 17 February 2017 13:49 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 14:00 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

ALRIGHT I got my SEYMALI tickets!!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 17:30 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

the entire bargou 08 album is out today!

Mordy, Friday, 17 February 2017 20:29 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Mordy, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:15 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

Mordy, Friday, 24 February 2017 20:41 (two years ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Sunday, 26 February 2017 18:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Tiny church venue almost no one here. Everyone I was supposed to bring flaked on me so I'm solo tnite

Mordy, Monday, 27 February 2017 00:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Did you enjoy the show?

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:52 (two years ago) Permalink

oh yes! i meant to update the thread but got busy with work today. first of all - noura and mr. mint seymali are the heart of the band and just fantastic. his guitar playing is funky, playful, they have amazing chemistry on stage, and her voice is just a total force of nature. the audience was about 50-60 ppl but she performed as if to an audience of 500 or an audience (which is really what they deserve). the venue was a church (one of those super lefty churches that has a kol tzedak group meeting in the basement) and it was a good place for them despite limiting (and a limited) audience. they did a bunch of songs from the new album as well as some other stuff - even tho i agree w/ ppl who say that the new album has really developed the sound maybe bc they've gone back and reworked some of the older stuff it all works together. the audience was good - responsive, despite not being an obviously enthusiastic group. noura kept calling for ppl to stand up and by the end of the set ppl were dancing. lots of older ppl at the show. her english is super limited but she's v effusive thanking the crowd (the drummer is from philadelphia and he did most of the crowd work). after the show i bumped into mr and mrs mint seymali downstairs and they are incredibly warm ppl i thanked them for the show and they thanked me and idk i just felt v moved by how genuine they are. a really tremendous show and i highly recommend ppl try to catch them if they're able.

Mordy, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

of 500 or 1000*

Mordy, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:57 (two years ago) Permalink

Great. I have enjoyed all their appearances near me, and I agree with your take on them.

So a booking agent told me that no one in the Washington DC area would pay Mbongwana Star what their manager wants for this tour, so no gig here. They had played Washington DC last summer, and we get lots of traveling African acts most of the time(plus some of those acts record NPR Tiny Desk shows here and appear on Voice of America's Music Time in Africa program that is also based in DC) . So it looks like they are just coming over for a week and doing 4 gigs-- NY, Cambridge, Chicago and Minneapolis

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 February 2017 20:59 (two years ago) Permalink

Its a tough time now to tour in US too. Getting visas approved, promoters and halls with money issues, trying to get media attention...

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 February 2017 16:45 (two years ago) Permalink

That looks like a nice gig.

So I saw Ballake Sissoko, Malian kora player, with Vincent Segal, French cello player, last night. They've been doing duet shows on and off for years and have 2 albums together. Mostly pretty, beautiful sounds led by the harp-like kora. Sometimes Segal used his fingers instead of the bow on the cello and it got noisier or jazzier. Pleasant and contemplative for the most part.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 March 2017 16:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Saw Cote D'Ivoire's Dobet Gnahore and band Saturday night. Fun if uneven gig and not as good as a gig of hers I saw a few years back. She sounded best when stretching out her vocals powerfully over West African grooves (& sometimes adding percussion herself), and on some ballads; but occasionally her band instead played clunky pop-rock instrumentation with arena-like formulaic drum set action and generic guitar solos (from her husband a France born guitarist who has studied West African guitar methods in Africa).

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:33 (two years ago) Permalink

She is a great dancer though, and is charismatic and did her best to communicate with the crowd in between songs in English, French and more. For an encore, a number of women joined her onstage to dance, soon followed by a mix of women and men.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 March 2017 17:35 (two years ago) Permalink


Mordy, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 20:06 (two years ago) Permalink

Israeli metal!

So I saw Noura Mint Seymali and band tonight for free near DC. 4th time I think I have seen them. I can see how her voice is an acquired taste for some (despite its range and power) but am not sure how anyone can resist her husband/guitarist cool sounds from his specially tuned axe. What a great band.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 04:48 (two years ago) Permalink

one thing i wondered is the kind of stress that her singing puts on her voice. she was coughing throughout the show (away from the mic during non-vocal parts - like it didn't interrupt her singing) and i was wondering if she had a cold (which would've made her vocal performance all the more impressive tbh) or whether that kind of singing takes a toll on your chords.

Mordy, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 04:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Not much coughing last night. Her voice sounded rough on the first song, she drank some water and then no problems the rest of the night. But yes she really works that voice.

A nice size crowd last night but still plenty of empty seats. After years of seeing African shows in the DC area, I know that promoters should contact local D.C. based African embassies and do street team drop-offs of flyers at international markets, in addition to trying to get crossover online coverage etc, but alas, they don't always do all of that or have the time, money and people. Although there are less folks from Mauritania here then from other locales...

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 19:12 (two years ago) Permalink

I just listened to last year's album by the Sahra Halgan Trio. I really like it: a take on desert guitar blues by a group from Somaliland. Pleasant voice, memorable hooks, nice guitar licks.

My Body's Made of Crushed Little Evening Stars (Sund4r), Friday, 10 March 2017 16:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I still need to check that out plus this one :

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Sahra Halgan Trio is currently the only artist from Somaliland in the field of world music

The only one! Oy veh. To everyone else there, world music is Drake or Ed Sheeran I think

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Locked up and later deported because they said they were going to do gigs just as promo and not get paid, but venues had a ticket price. Oh no.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 March 2017 17:01 (two years 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Oops ..2017 thread

curmudgeon, Sunday, 11 February 2018 05:53 (one year ago) Permalink

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