Saturday, September 29, 2007
Souley Kanté—Bi Magni
Suw Teni Be
These are jams by which to live. Especially tracks 1, 4, and 5.
PS—While you're checking these songs out go ahead and buy yourself that Souley Kanté ringtone you've always wanted, now only 250 CFA francs. So what if these interpretations don't sound exactly like the original? You will surely receive due props from those in the know.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Look out for the new issue of Tokion Magazine
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Who is this? What's this record called?
Arabic-reading friends, can you help us identify this tape? Thanks again to Haab for these sick cassettes from Egypt. (see also: here and here)
Lovers of circus-y melodic maneuvers go directly to Track 6. My girlfriend asked if I was listening to Arabian Fiddler on the Roof. Sounds like fancy party music to me. The dueling male and female vocal choruses on Track 2 are worth checking out, as is the general virtuosity of the instrumental accompaniment throughout.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Been wanting to post this for ages. I love these often epic masterpieces of Mandinka electric funk. It reminds of Steve Coleman records from the eighties (in a good way). Although Manfila is slightly less well known than some of his peers (Mory Kante, Salif Keita, etc), a couple of these songs are surely classics to someone somewhere. Dude can fucking sing.
I feel like most late-night bus rides through the Malian bush (for me at least) have notably featured tapes like this blasting through the less-than-roadworthy vehicle's tinny speakers. When the bus breaks down for the third time in as many hours in the middle of nowhere, you may still get to enjoy the jams if the driver's mate has a ghettoblaster.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Alhassan Ibrahim (Zilindoo Lunsi-Naa)—Naa Mahama-Kpema
Zuu Mahamu Akonsi
This is praise music from Northern Ghana. Alhassan Ibrahim is apparently a hereditary master drummer-historian, something of a griot among the Dagomba. Each track is a song dedicated to various local bigwigs, many of whom are chiefs (as evidenced by the prefix naa in their names).
Be sure to check the second side. This is repetitive-sounding music but side b has some pretty riotous moments.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
An Ata Kak music video for freaks, by freaks
Clearly based on one of the most bizarre (and best) awesome tapes from africa, the now (in)famous Ata Kak cassette, this video is completely fucked. I never post youtube links, but this one is just too much for me.
Oh, and this too: