Sunday, November 18, 2007
Mariam Bagayogo—Vol. 2
Miniyan Ye Koloni Mme
Bara Et Golo
Um, yeah. This is scary. The other-worldly pentatonic balafon and its apocalyptic overtones repeat toward infinity, and I can't help but think of Reich's marimba ostinatos and Partch's microtones here. This is so good. And don't get me started on those vibrato-free vocals, hand claps and clickety-clacks, which make this echo-y doom-scape seem all too real.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Hallo Hallo (Radio Edit)
Nishike Pole Pole
Hallo Hallo (Latin Mix)
This cassette from Kenya has three mysterious BONUS tracks on side 2, and it's missing two of the Hallo Hallo mixes. If you buy it you can hear the non-bootleg version with all the correct songs. As for me, I'm completely ok with the bootlegger having included the brilliant Track 11.
Wakimbizi is a really big deal in Kenya: check out their bio (if you can read around their company's enormous logo, you'll see what I mean).
Saturday, November 03, 2007
A good friend let me borrow some tapes. This is my favorite of the bunch so far. From Mali. This is all very amateur-sounding in a way (rough guitar, rough production quality), but we love it all the same.
The song "Labankassi" appears on this Karamoko Keita tape as well, which will be posted in its entirety shortly. Not sure which version came first or if it's a traditional tune or what. If you know, feel free to clue us in.