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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 09:47 PM

Great music from countries we're supposed to despise and fear

"Adouma" by Angelique Kidjo from Benin:


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Reply Great music from countries we're supposed to despise and fear (Original post)
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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:01 PM

1. How about a little Mahmoud Ahmed?

"Lale Lale" live - pure joy from an Ethiopian master!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:10 PM

2. Mali has so much to offer, it's hard to choose...

but Tinariwen does a fine job of representing their home country. Here's "Lulla," from their 2009 album Imidiwan: Companions:

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:20 PM

3. Nigeria in the house!

Here's Fela Kuti with his monster band Africa 70, performing "Pansa Pansa":


and for good measure, let's hear some King Sunny Ade - "Gbeyo Gbeyo":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:23 PM

4. Congo

Franco

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Response to BluesRunTheGame (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:37 PM

6. Smokin' - thank you!

Love those hypnotic polyrhythms!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:34 PM

5. Let's hear from Algeria's own

Souad Massi, with the gorgeous "Bladi":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:41 PM

7. The Lion of Zimbabwe,

Thomas Mapfumo, with "Moyo Wangu":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:43 PM

8. France, Algeria and Cote d'Ivoire

(113 is a French hip hop group with African and Caribbean roots originating in North and West Africa and the island of Guadeloupe)

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Response to ornotna (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:50 PM

11. Killer!

Such great energy in this video, too -- thanks!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:46 PM

9. Another great one from Mali,

Oumou Sangare, with the hypnotic and funky "Kamelemba":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:49 PM

10. I'll see that and raise you one Youssou N'Dour

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Response to hatrack (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:53 PM

13. Oh man, so great!

Love this guy -- thank you for posting this. Dancing to this would be a great way to lose weight!

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Response to klook (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:54 PM

14. Especially at . . . oh, 150 bpm . . .

Habib Faye (bass and guitar) . . . oh, man.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:51 PM

12. Zamrock from Zambia

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Response to ornotna (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:57 PM

15. Lovely ballad - thanks

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:59 PM

16. K&R!!!!!!!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 10:59 PM

17. Oh, yeah, almost forgot Angelique!

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Response to hatrack (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:04 PM

19. She's a goddess and a force of nature

I got to see her live once -- absolutely fantastic.

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Response to klook (Reply #19)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:07 PM

20. You're killing me here!

My wife and I saw her on some PBS show years ago - "Sessions At West 52nd" or something like that. We both said "Damn! - I'd LOVE to see her!"

Then I opened the paper the next day and found out she'd been in town four days earlier.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #20)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:09 PM

22. Happens to me all the time...

I just saw that Mahmoud Ahmed was in my area a couple of years ago. Arggh! I did see him once, and it was amazing -- but I've gotta get out from under this rock more often.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:02 PM

18. The great South African jazz saxophonist Dudu Pukwana,

here in a lovely live setting with Pinise Saul on vocals and a sweet guitar intro by Lucky Ranku:



Gotta go to bed now, but I hope more will chime in -- looking forward to hearing more treasures tomorrow!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:07 PM

21. And from Somalia -- the great Maryam Mursal



OK, calling it a night -- thanks all!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 11:26 PM

23. Uganda

I was lucky enough to see Kinobe & Soul Beat Africa back in 2009. Great show, absolutely mesmerizing.

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Response to ornotna (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 11:33 AM

24. Beautiful setting for the kora

Moving lyrics and great photos give this a deep, compassionate feeling. Very nice.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:05 PM

25. Another one from Uganda - Geoffrey Oryema



I discovered this beautiful track thanks to the late, great Charlie Gillett.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:15 PM

26. Countries we're supposed to despise and fear?!

Only a madman would say such things. Great music throughout this entire thread! Thanks for exposure klook!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:24 PM

27. I did this on FB yesterday. Stunning music from those cultures.

Thank you.



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Response to nolabear (Reply #27)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:15 PM

29. More from Ethiopia -- Abyssinia Infinite!

Updated to note that this features the wonderful Gigi (Shibabaw) on lead vocals.

I love this track so much - "Aba Alem Lemenea":



Another gem from one of Charlie Gillett's compilations.

Edited to note that your selection comes from South Africa, not Ethiopia! I was lucky enough to see Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens live a few years back. They were wonderful - as exciting visually as they were musically.

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Response to klook (Reply #29)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:30 PM

32. This is an AWESOME playlist in the making!

Can fabulous Ethiopian recipes be far behind?

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Response to nolabear (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:30 PM

35. Let us hope!! (nt)

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 01:33 PM

28. I would like to raise you some Ladysmith Black Mamabazo (South Africa)

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Response to meow2u3 (Reply #28)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:19 PM

30. Hell yeah -- and how about some more a cappella greatness, from Congo/Belgium?

Zap Mama - "Brrrlak"

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Response to meow2u3 (Reply #28)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 02:23 PM

31. And another from South Africa --

Shangaan Choir, with "Welcome Song":



I first heard them on the CD compilation "The Secret Museum of Mankind."

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:01 PM

33. What a treat!

Thank you so much for this.

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Response to thucythucy (Reply #33)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:29 PM

34. You are so welcome!

And I thank the other posters who've turned me on to some great new music!

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:35 PM

36. It's not all happening on the mainland -- Rossy from Madagascar!

Paul Bert Rahasimanana, a.k.a. Rossy, gives us "Hamadika":



He's one of many great artists I discovered on the excellent compilation A World Out of Time, released in 1991 and curated by Henry Kaiser & David Lindley.

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Response to klook (Reply #36)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 03:46 PM

37. More from Madagascar - Tarika Sammy, with

"Bozy":



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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 04:23 PM

38. Nelson Mandela called him "Our Mozart."

Abdullah Ibrahim with his classic "Mannenberg":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 05:44 PM

39. Just try to sit still when you listen to Zimbabwe's Jonah Moyo and and Devara Ngwena

performing the infectious "Taxi Driver":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 05:53 PM

40. From Congo - Kanda Bongo Man with "My Love Elisabeth"

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:01 PM

41. Can't forget Haiti

and Boukman Eksperyans, here with "Ke'm Pa Sote":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:15 PM

42. Merging music from despised cultures of yesterday and today:

The Afro-Celt Sound System. Here they are with "Honey Bee":

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Response to klook (Reply #42)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:21 PM

44. And another smoking performance from this fantastic group,

"Cascade" --



They'll be playing live on the east coast of Australia on April 1st. I'm very tempted.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:17 PM

43. Thank you, what a wonderful idea. NT

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Response to enough (Reply #43)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:24 PM

45. Thanks, I'm having fun!

Listening well is the best revenge.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:31 PM

46. Beautiful tribute to the great Malian bluesman, Ali Farka Toure

from Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba -- "Lament for Ali Farka":



Ngoni Ba are featured on the Bela Fleck album Throw Down Your Heart. I got to see them live together - amazing.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:31 PM

47. Amadou and Mariam! (who will be at Bonnaroo this summer)

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Response to jpak (Reply #47)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 06:55 PM

48. Great - thank you!

Love the kids and the Africa Space Program set! Nice tip of the hat to Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as Dollar Brand):



I meant to post something by A&M earlier, but somehow didn't get around to it. So here you go: "Je pense à toi" -

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 07:01 PM

49. From Gambia,

the brilliant kora player and griot, Foday Musa Suso:



Probably best known to westerners for his collaborations with Philip Glass, Herbie Hancock, and others, Suso continues to make music in the tradition of his homeland.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 08:27 PM

50. Ayub Ogada, Kenya

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Response to enough (Reply #50)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 03:00 PM

52. Beautiful, healing tones and rhythms - thank you! (nt)

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Response to klook (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 08:31 PM

51. Some Akonting playing from the Gambia



Most musicologists regard the West African akonting as the ancestor of the American banjo.

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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #51)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 03:29 PM

53. Very cool

I love how you can hear blues elements in there, but then again it's really something different! Thanks for posting.

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Response to klook (Original post)

Mon Jan 15, 2018, 10:50 PM

54. Mali meets France: Mamani Keita & Marc Minelli

with the electrifying "Macary":

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Response to klook (Original post)

Mon Jan 15, 2018, 11:01 PM

55. More from Ethiopia: the fabulous Aster Aweke

Live TV performance of "Hagere":



... and the beautiful, haunting "Kabu," the song that introduced me to her when I heard it on the radio:

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Response to klook (Original post)

Mon Jan 15, 2018, 11:12 PM

56. Gigi from Ethiopia

Her full name is Gigi Shibabaw, but she performs sans surname. Treat yourself to the funky, driving "Gud Fella":



If I remember correctly, some of her recordings were arranged by the American jazz saxophonist Henry Threadgill -- this may be one of those records, I can't remember at the moment. Whatever the story behind it, this is one smoking track!

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