Africa In the House

South African House Music is groovy like house music is meant to be, and, bonus, it’s African. This adds lots of spice and great singing to the mix. Hear for yourself.

Even more ingratiating and upbeat is this long medley of African gospel music videos. These strike me as wonderfully optimistic in the age of Trump, and a growing dark movement of ignorance in the USA.

Herbie Tsoaeli, In the Spirit of Johnny Dyani

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with Zim “Zimology” Ngqawana

There is a web site called Africanjazz. I had never visited it because I didn’t know it was ‘out there.’ But, as often happens when I am in my emusic account and dealing with the chaotic sprawl of its offerings looking to bring some new music into my world, I leaned into Google, and, discovered a page of brand new recommendations at AfricanJazz about jazz from South Africa.

There I discovered bassist Herbie Tsoaeli‘s new recording African Time Quartet in Concert (Live.) Went back to emusic and downloaded it. It is a strong statement of the people’s music, as Abdullah Ibrahim would call it.

iTunes link

I had seen Tsoaeli’s name on recordings by SA greats Zim Ngqawana and Winston Mankunku Ngozi, but I had not noted a year ago that his debut recording African Time had been named the South African Jazz Record of the Year for 2013.

https://soundcloud.com/city-press/herbie-tsoaeli-quartet

Herbie Tsoaeli Facebook

Nduduzo Makhathini‘s new, superb recording of solo piano is titled Mother Tongue.

South African Jazz on the web;
music.org.za
jazzE Magazine

Legendary bassist Johnny Dyani, who notably played with The Blue Notes and Abdullah Ibrahim, was, stature-wise, his continent’s Charles Mingus. This post remembers with fondness the flame of Dyani fervor that inflected my musical friends during the Vermont years. You know who you are.

Hoon’s Tune & Muso Faves of Faves – 2014

Over the past week I’ve unveiled some of the music that brought me satisfaction and, often, extraordinary moments of sonic alignment–which is how great music strikes me, and, has struck me for forty-five years.

Nowadays it is clear that musical culture in the USA revolves around everybody being their own mix master. Almost all the music mentioned in the previous week’s post can be sampled via Spotify or Pandora. It can be purchased at iTunes or Amazon or GooglePlay, yet the best place to purchase it, is at the artist’s web site–where such an opportunity exists.

The following is my ordering of my very favorite releases from last year. This evaluation isn’t intended to parse artistic merit. It just serves my desire to name Wussy the album of the year, and to put their superb Attica in the company of other peerless examples of vital musical artistry.

12 ESSENTIAL RECORDINGS – 2014
1. Wussy – Attica |buy direct| ***record of the year*** 
2. The Swans – To Be Kind |buy direct|
3. Sam Newsome – The Straight Horn of Africa A Path to Liberation (Art of the Soprano, V2) |buy Amazon|
4. Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) – Tzenni |buy direct|
5. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah |buy Amazon|
6. Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco) – Unity |buy Amazon|
7. Tisziji Munoz – Taking You Out There! Live |buy direct|
8. Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman (The Lost Cotillion Album)
|buy Lousiana Music Factory|
9. Aya Nishina – Flora [from 2013] |buy|
10.The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream |buy direct|
11.Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music |buy direct|
12.FKA Twigs – LP1 |buy Amazon|

Special Mention – Archival Discovery of the Year


John Coltrane – Offering – Live at Temple University |buy Resonance Records|

Hoon’s Tunes and Muso Favorites 2014 – Africa

NOURAMINTSEYMALI

AFRICA
Noura Mint Seymali – Tzenni

Produced and recorded across an appropriately dizzying array of locations and social contexts (New York City, Dakar, Nouakchott) the album Tzenni is a contemporary articulation of Moorish griot music from Mauritania—an artform that has been evolving and gaining momentum for centuries—as voiced by Noura Mint Seymali, an artist profoundly steeped in its history and rigorously devoted to its global resonance.

Noura Mint Seymali comes from a long line of visionary musicians. Seymali Ould Ahmed Vall, her father, was a scholar-artist instrumental in opening Mauritanian music to the world; devising the first system for Moorish melodic notation, adapting music for the national anthem, and composing works popularized by his wife (Noura’s step-mother), the great Dimi Mint Abba. From her precocious beginnings as a teenaged backing vocalist with Dimi Mint Abba, Noura Mint Seymali now drives the legacy forward, re-calibrating Moorish music for our contemporary moment. Her band’s arrangements, rigor, and experimental spirit may be understood as a continuation of the tradition of Seymali, Dimi, her grandmother Mounina, and countless others.

Together with her husband, heroic guitarist Jeiche Ould Chighaly, who brings the force of yet another powerful branch of Moorish musical lineage, the band on this recording was conceived as a distillation of essential elements, the “azawan” and the backbeat. The ardine & tidinit (or guitar) together are the “azawan,” the leading ensemble of Moorish traditional music, while bass & drums, played here by Ousmane Touré and Matthew Tinari, fortify it with genre transcendent funk and a basic pop urgency. Tzenni re-visits several classics of the Moorish repertoire, but does so within a novel formation, conversant in the pop idiom, and with Noura Mint Seymali’s personal history interwoven throughout. The practice of aligning music to a given socio-historical and personal moment is an essential charge of the iggawen, or griot, and, we believe, of artists everywhere.

As we seek to convey another turn in the Mauritanian musical dialectic, Tzenni is ultimately an album about shape shifting, faith, and stability found through instability. It’s about taking the positive with the negative in a world that can only ever keep turning at break neck speed. We invite you to spin with us, to dance with us, through the music on this rec

Noura Mint Seymali is one of Mauritania’s young celebrities, a griot from a celebrated musical family, who started out as a backing vocalist for her celebrated stepmother, Dimi Mint Abba, and has now developed an exuberant, full-tilt style of her own. She accompanies herself on the ardine, the nine-stringed harp traditionally played only by women, but the songs are dominated by the furious, stuttering electric guitar work of her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly, who is also an exponent of the traditional, guitar-like tidinet. This is an album of gutsy, declamatory playing and singing, from the slow and then exuberant traditional love song El Barm to the powerful, chanting Tikifite, a Dimi Mint Abba favourite. (The Guardian)

OTHER GEMS
Kasai Allstars – Beware the Fetish
Tinariwen – Emmaar
Aby Ngana Diop – Liital
Tony Allen – Film of Life
Zongo Junction – No Discount
Anansy Cisse – Mali Overdrive
Lala Njava – Malagasy Blues Song
Chiwoniso – Rebel Woman
Mammane Sanni Abdoulaye – Taaritt
Sinkane – Mean Love
Young Fathers – Dead
Seun Kuti + Egypt 80 – A Long Way to the Beginning

REISSUE
Verckys et l´Orchestre Ve?ve? – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969?-?1978

OTHER REISSUED GEMS
William Onyeabor – Boxset 1&2
Francis Bebey – Psychedelic Sanza 1982-1984
Kassa Tessema – Ethiopiques 29 Mastawesha
Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako – Les Ambassadeurs du Motel de Bamako

Hoon’s Tunes & Muso Faves: 2014 – World (Outside of Africa)

Welcome back.

(My convention over the years is to classify North African music in the world category.)
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WORLD
Hassan Hakmoun – Unity
Hassan Hakmoun surprised me, a long time enthusiast of his rolling Moroccan Gnawa music with this electrifying comeback recording. It’s his best record.Review

OTHER GEMS
Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch
Roberto Rodriguez – Aguares-The Book of Angels Volume 23
Tom Ze – Vira Lata na Via La?ctea
Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian (2013) – Lamentation of Swans; A Journey Towards Silence
David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove – Checkpoint
Boulpik – Konpa Lakay
Gilberto Gil – Gilbertos Samba
Ana Tijoux – Vengo
Anouar Brahem – Souvenance

ARCHIVAL DISCOVERY
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Uprising Live

Analog Africa is Essential

Verckys et l´Orchestre Vévé: Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969-1978
release date: December 2

Analog Africa puts out deluxe sets of curated African and other diasporatical music in old fashioned packages and as lossless downloads on Bandcamp.

Three and Out: Aktuala

http://youtu.be/k7N6nLJax20?list=RDk7N6nLJax20

Aktuala – syncretic acoustic world music ensemble from Italy, from the early seventies; . . .at times somewhat in the vein of Oregon, but much more trance focused

Wikipedia | Complete debut (youtube)

via Vers du Silence Blog (‘A’ list music exploratorium)

Tony Allen On the Road, Drumming

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new track

The future? Well, as long as I’m around I’m going to keep doing what I do. I’ll be playing music until my last breath.

http://youtu.be/3h50yScAoqk
full album; “field recordings”

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African rhythmic mastery evokes best world music recording of 2014.

*Red Bull Music Academy – Interview transcript – essential if you’re into the beat

Tony Allen on Twitter

The Yaybahar

I want one. I’d settle for spending sometime in the room it’s in.

via VIMEO: Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an hypnotic surround sound. What you hear in this performance is captured in realtime without any additional effects and with no post audio processing.

Credits
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Instrument: Yaybahar
Performence: Görkem Sen
Video: Levent Bozkurt
Video Editing: Olgu Demir
Sound Mix: Mert Aksuna
Place: Ali?ler Yurdu
2014

Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/gorkemsen

Youssoupha Sidibe

Some kora music for today. Youssoupha Sidibe’s youtube channel is chock full of his sweet sounding mastery.

His web site is deep too.

The music of Yous­soupha Sidibe is deeply infused with a long­ing for the full real­iza­tion of divine love in this world. Youssoupha’s musi­cal career began over twenty years ago in his home of Sene­gal, West Africa, where he was trained as a Kora player at the National Music Con­ser­va­tory of Sene­gal. His music fuses tra­di­tional West African sounds on the Kora, with the Sufi devo­tional chant­ing of the Sene­galese Baay Faal com­mu­nity. The angelic sounds of the Kora, an indige­nous harp, soul­fully carry Youssoupha’s devo­tional lyrics sung in Wolof, Ara­bic, French and Eng­lish.

La Chiva Gantiva

Pelao by La Chiva Gantiva
From the album “Pelao”
Crammed Discs

The dangerous adventures of an immigrant.
Directed by Nicolas Moins & Rafael Espinel.
Shot with a Sprintcam (an extreme slow motion camera, courtesy of I-Movix).

The band:

Felipe Deckers (guitar, tiple, tambor alegre), Natalie Gantiva (tambora, campana, guache, maracones, llamador, backing vocals), Rafael Espinel (lead vocals, maracones, tambor alegre, guitar, flautacanade millo), Florian Doucet (clarinet, backing vocals, bass), Martin Merau (drums, trumpe, tambola, llamador), Seppe Van Hulle (bass), Tuan HoDuc (alto, tenor and soprano saxophone, gaita)


A Columbian-Belgium band. World Funk for sure, politically committed. Be sure to visit their web site. Their latest record Vivo is excellent and it can be auditioned at Soundcloud

Taking Colombia’s rich musical history as its starting point, la Chiva Gantiva is a Molotov cocktail of rock, rap, soul and ferociously funky Latin rhythms. Formed in Brussels by expat Colombian musicians, La Chiva Gantiva’s truly explosive fusion of danceable, percussion-heavy sounds takes cumbia, funk and Afrobeat to giddy new heights. via Womad