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

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That Oumou Sangare album from earlier this year still sounds great.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PddVGz6oXNg
Ruba Shamshoum is a Dublin based Palestinian singer, her Shamat album is absolute top stuff.

calzino, Friday, 17 November 2017 11:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

Will check it out. I was up in a NYC over the weekend and a street vendor was blasting North African/Moroccan rai like music, but I foolishly didn't stop to ask him specifically what it was.

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 November 2017 05:36 (seven months ago) Permalink

Rahim Alhaj “Letters from Iraq” sounds good in a traditional oud way

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 November 2017 03:45 (six months ago) Permalink

The Alhaj album is pretty melancholy

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 November 2017 16:59 (six months ago) Permalink

31. Songhoy Blues - Résistance

Rolling Stone's #31 album of the year. I liked some of it, but the more I listened the more I found it uneven

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 November 2017 17:44 (six months ago) Permalink

That Ruba Shamshoum album has some French cabaret sounding aspects plus traces of current pop

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:26 (six months ago) Permalink

Bodega Pop has reactivated: http://bodegapop.blogspot.com

Elvis Telecom, Thursday, 30 November 2017 07:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Yes, that's good news. That blog finds cool cassettes in bodegas in Astoria, Queens and parts of Brooklyn, NY.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:44 (six months ago) Permalink

http://tedgioia.com/bestalbumsof2017.html

Was underwhelmed by Ifriqiyya Electrique album Ruwahine (Sufi music from Tunisia gone post-punk) on this jazz and more list, but am curious about the Teddy Afro album and others

curmudgeon, Friday, 1 December 2017 03:09 (six months ago) Permalink

The post-punk parts of Ifriqiyya are what disappoint me. Kind of rote.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 2 December 2017 17:34 (six months ago) Permalink

But Quietus loves it, and put it at 20 on their 2017 year in review list

20: Rûwâhîne - Ifriqiyya Electrique

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 16:23 (six months ago) Permalink

Wire magazine 2017 list:

Mahmoud Gania - Colours of the Night

Posthumous release from Moroccan sinter/lute player who has been on a Pharoah Sanders album and a James Holden one

https://thevinylfactory.com/news/maalem-mahmoud-gania-colours-of-the-night-vinyl-release/

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 21:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Saw a Davido song on the Fader top 100 song list.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 15:12 (six months ago) Permalink

http://www.songlines.co.uk/world-music-news/2017/11/songlines-best-albums-of-2017/

Includes Oumou Sangaré, Orchesta Baobab, & the Trio da Kali w/ Kronos Quartet album

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 17:20 (six months ago) Permalink

F Roots list-

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band- Big Machine
Rhiannon Giddens-Freedom Highway
Lisa Knapp-Til April Is Dead
Lankum-Between The Earth And Sky
Leveret-Inventions
Offa Rex-Queen of Hearts
Orchestra Baobab-Tribute To Ndiouga Dieng
Oumou Sangare-Mogoya
Saz’iso-At Least Wave Your Handkerchief At Me
Trio Da Kali & Kronos Quartet-Ladilikan

curmudgeon, Thursday, 7 December 2017 16:58 (six months ago) Permalink

http://afropop.org/articles/stocking-stuffers-2017-feature

Davido, Mokoomba, Trio Da Kali and more

curmudgeon, Friday, 8 December 2017 18:36 (six months ago) Permalink

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/various-artists-habibi-funk-an-eclectic-selection-of-music-from-the-arab-world/

Andy Beta for Pitchfork on A new compilation from Habibi Funk highlights the old and interweaving sounds of Algerian coladera, Lebanese AOR, Egyptian disco, Moroccan funk and more.

I haven't heard it yet

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 15:31 (six months ago) Permalink

Zimbabwe's Jah Prayzah

Everyone, from the elderly to kindergartners, can be heard in the streets singing songs from Kutonga Kwaro, the album Prayzah released Oct. 13 — almost exactly one month prior to Mugabe's ouster.

https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/12/08/569424251/perceived-as-prophetic-of-a-bloodless-coup-zimbabwean-artists-profile-rises

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 16:48 (six months ago) Permalink

Quirky rough-edged Brit folkie Richard Dawson seems more popular with critics in year-end polls than any other non-American genre representatives. Neither old-school or new-school African sounds or Latino ones or Caribbean ones, or even Afro-Brit grime ones have gotten anywhere near the support that Dawson has (which of course still pales in comparison to US based indie and rap)

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 19:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Dawson seems more popular than metal or jazz acts from anywhere too

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 19:58 (six months ago) Permalink

I am referring to the year end lists thread:

Richard Dawson is 1st on Quietus list, 2nd on Wire's and now another top ten position on Cracked's, damn, who would have thunk.

― damosuzuki, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 1:45 PM (six

curmudgeon, Monday, 11 December 2017 20:00 (six months ago) Permalink

For those compiling your year-end lists, this playlist includes all the available tracks on this thread, organized roughly chronologically in order of mention:

ILM's 2017 Rolling Global Sounds Thread Spotify Playlist

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 12 December 2017 01:54 (six months ago) Permalink

I tried some of that Dawson album and it was unlistenable. I think it might make me physically ill to listen to the whole thing. I don't know why. curmudgeon, speaking of American indie, you should try that Melkbelly album. Granted, I don't have enough of a grasp of your taste in rock to know what you will think.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:28 (six months ago) Permalink

I keep meaning to check it out. I will.

The Said The Gramaphone blog top 100 songs includes an Oumou Sangaré one, and a South African one that I have just forgotten. It’s a Ulysses fave he mentioned on the year-end list.

Both cuts I like better than Richard Dawson ‘s avant Brit Folk.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:54 (six months ago) Permalink

that would be South African Sun-El Musician and Samthing Soweto's "Akanamali"
I'm pushing it hard for year-end consideration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKxFS8L6AlQ
http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/?p=24322

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

wow that is really lovely

rob, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:40 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=risQFjhOVr8

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 15 December 2017 05:51 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:23 (six months ago) Permalink

Yes that keyboard livens that up

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:26 (six months ago) Permalink

http://afropop.org/articles/stocking-stuffers-2017-feature

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 (six months 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 (six months 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 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/10/arts/design/malick-sidibes-work-reveals-a-hidden-africa-it-loves-to-party.html?_r=0

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/16/arts/malick-sidibe-photographer-known-for-social-reportage-in-mali-dies-at-80.html

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 22:39 (six months ago) Permalink

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

Ariwo - Ariwo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWeIqmz6Xx0

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pMBYN7JF4E

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 16:29 (five months 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NxyE6yUElc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW5aM_LxnWg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-6SQjdgdg4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nwCbZfPxcY

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 26 December 2017 16:35 (five months 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 (five months 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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

http://www.okayafrica.com/congolese-music-artists-new-killing-it/

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

http://www.okayafrica.com/black-panther-album-south-african-artists/

Sjava and 3 others.

I don't know these folks either

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

Oops ..2017 thread

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


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