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Some phenomenal stuff.
Anyone know anything about African music?
will check out man, cheers
This is an excellent comp.
ill have a gander
Everyone should hear his symmetric orchestra album.
That's pretty good http://open.spotify.com/album/5YR63XAYsOYANM0PHFzrrM
Loadsa cracking compilations about ('twas more of a singles thing than an album thing), mostly seeming to cover the scenes in Nigeria, Benin & Ghana. Get hold of the double-disc "Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970's Funky Lagos", as conveniently reissued for cheap by Strut last year. Then just rummage through all the similar items on Amazon - there really are plenty to keep you going.
Fela Kuti was obviously Nigerian as well, which is where you really wanna start if you want to focus on an individual artist. Get Confusion/Gentleman to begin with.
Orchestra Baobab were doing their thang in Senegal, too...
I posted on the DiS in 2010 thread saying we should cover more global music scenes before I saw this.
Check out Soundway Record's 'Ghana Special' compilation. It's mindblowing.
one of the best guitarists evah.
orchestre poly-rhythmo did their first uk gig last year, despite being around since the 70's. they were good and are doing the 3-band african soul rebels tour soon if you want to see some of this stuff live.
this stuff really reminds me of the music from 70s Belize, collected on a great Numero Group compilation called 'Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up' which has a really informative sleeve booklet about the scene/acts featured which gives the music context.
As I say, not African, but sounds very similar to this stuff. And just simply a fucking mint record.
Listen to some clips here: http://numerogroup.com/catalog_detail.php?uid=00232%22
Beta Foly, which is seriously radical music. It's a meeting between the Lukas Ligeti and a number of West-African musicians in which they all shed their musical heritages in order to come together in a new sound. It took me a while to get used to all the different rhythms, but now I think it's one of the best albums ever made.
lots of rustic jazzy, funky nonsense from the 60's/ 70's.
on a more contemporary tip i adore the Tinariwen albums. lovely atmospheric blues with an islamic vocal edge.