Tinariwen has firstly introduced us to Rai music of the Tuareg people. Our friend and Mentor AZ strikes again with this KCRW ‘Morning becomes eclectic‘ session of Bombino a day or two after their show at the Hollywood Bowl. Check out the first song on the show, watch it here and please Donate to this great Cali station here.
Archive for the ‘African’ Category
Sidi Touré made his first guitar as a child, constructing it from his wooden writing slate in the ancient town of Gao, Mali. In 1976, Touré became the youngest member of Gao’s regional orchestra, the Songhaï Stars, who played bi-annual festivals like the Bamako Biennale and toured both regionally and nationally. In 1984, he won the award for best singer for “Manou Tchirey,” a song of his own, written in the Songhaï language. As a young man, he would often be listening to J.J. Cale and Kenny Rogers. Sidi’s sound both captures and challenges his roots.. At its heart, ‘Sahel Folk’ is an album of friends reuniting around a glass of tea. It’s Sidi Touré’s second album, but the first time most of his collaborators have been documented. Chronicled in a live “field-recording” style at Sidi’s sister’s house, the simplicity of the takes highlight the beauty of the songs and the skill of the players. Each track on the album is a duet recording of Sidi and one friend, a product of a very specific two-day process. On the first day, the friends would meet, play, and choose a song over a glass of tea. On the second day they would record the song, allowing themselves just two takes to retain the spontaneity of the recording and reunion.
We have shot a 30 minutes film of the New Andalusian orchestra during sound check before a concert in one of the most important auditoriums in Israel. It is fascinating to see these great musicians, so different in mentality and approach to music and life. Most of the musicians play from sheet music on classical western instruments- Violin, Viola, Cello, Contrabass and Oboe. These are accompanied by a traditional ensemble of classic eastern instruments- Oud, Kamanja (knee violin), Kanoun, Ney, Darbuka and Tar all of whom play without sheet music, through the knowledge that has been passed on to them from hundreds of generations. TO watch all three parts.
This billboard I have photographed in Berlin has nothing to do with this compilation, its just that it made me think of this compilation I have bought on Emusic the other day: The indestructible beat of Soweto – a funky little instrumental, guitar and accordion, by Johnson Mkhalali. The guitar reminds me of those funk guitars of West African 70`s funk.
Tinariwen is one of my favorite bands, a mixture of Touareg poetry and song to the radical chaabi protest music of Moroccan groups like Nass El Ghiwane and Jil Jilala, and the Algerian pop rai to western rock and pop artists like Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Hendrix and Bob Marley. They sound to me like The talking heads Remain in light masterpiece album with desert Algerian rai. This is another Vincent Moon masterpiece that I have found on his site
Bela Fleck is America`s most famous Banjo player. He did what Ry Cooder did with the uncles from Cuba, but in Africa with his ‘Throw down your heart’ unique contemporary world music venture . This wonderful project is following the roots of the Banjo, all the way to the wild and fascinating land of Africa and to be more specific, Uganda, Tanzania, the Gambia and Mali. The views are wild and the music and collaboration is magical. As Bela tries to explain it, when you get to meet a new musician, discover a new instrument, and playing together is spontaneous, inspiring and exiting, it`s like being a kid in a toy store. Bela has received two Grammy awards for Best Contemporary World Music Album & Best Pop Instrumental Performance.The project is titled ‘Throw down your heart’ as you can visit the funky flash site and look at the photos, listen to sounds, and watch a trailer of the movie. For info about Part 2 that has just been released and his Amazing African musicians tour go to our news section. Listen to Afel_Bocoum
This is from Frank, The vinyl archeologist, the way he describes himself, with another Voodoo funk of the month, with a compilation of Ghana`s 70`s west African funk.
00:00 Gyedu-Blay Ambolley -this hustling world
04:10 Marijata -break through
09:10 George Danquah -just for a moment
12:48 Rob -more
18:00 The Apostles -black is beautiful
22:30 Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu -victory
26:40 K. Frimpong -kyenkyen bi adu m’awu
33:33 Ebo Taylor -peace on earth
41:10 Gyedu-Blay Ambolley -fa no dem ara
45:45 George Danquah -araba soso wo ndzema
49:58 Bunzu Soundz -zimabu
53:10 CK Mann -ahejde
Here’s another non-Afrobeat mix from Frank the vinyl archeologist of the Voodoo Funk wonderful site… this time it’s mostly Hi-Life, some Jazz, some Blues… it’s all pretty deep stuff. All records that were used came from Big Mama Unice’s Drinking Spot. Listen
00:00 Sahara All Stars Band Jos – ejim ogu n’ejim ofor (hi-life)
02:45 Vida Rose (Hi-Life Sister No.1) and the Cool Guys – manya mahu me dofo yi
06:00 the Sparrows – wofee woyaa he ni (bra-dipo beat ga)
09:00 St. Augustine & the Rovers Dance Band – (native blues)
15:30 Gerard et Cam – pemba veron 2 (cam)
20:20 All Brothers Band – aboa atea (kalakara)
23:25 E.K.’s No.1 Band – agoro beso a efiri anopa (codril akan)
26:40 African Bros. Int. Band – mensu (slow hi-life)
33:22 C.K. Mann – mebusuafo pe adze aye me (osode)
36:10 Kotoko Big Sound Band – obreguo (malinge in twi)
39:05 T.O. Jazz Band of Ghana – kyebi amaa pa
49:19 Cecilia Akombi’s Band – fikyiri bodewa (hi-life)
52:15 Sir Victor Uwaifo – do amen-do (akwete)
55:05 African Bros. Int. Band – nansooben (anakful beat)
Another mixtape from Ghana. It is another awesome compilation of 70`s afro funk by Frank the “Vinyl Archeologist”. This one is called “Root of Evil“.