Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tiken Jah Fakoly—Françafrique
Best African reggae right now. (RIP, Lucky Dube.)
Purchase this album for real. The CD has a slightly different tracklisting.
The New York Times recently reported the Mali-based, Ivory Coast-born musician-agitator was barred from entering Senegal after talking shit about its president. Nice.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Kumasi Bantama Christ Revival Singers—Wo Pe Nye Ho
Wo Pe Nye Ho
Meka Masem Akyere No
Su Gu Meso
Me Nyame Kae Me
Bisa Me Ho
Hye Den Na Mensuro
Wone Nyame Nam Mensuro
Na Aden Ni Komm Yi, San Behwe Wo Mma
Agya Bedi Manim
This one's for the holiday coming up. Xmas in Hawaii, by way of Kumasi, Ghana. Bantama is the neighborhood in Kumasi where I saw a street performer eat glass and make a newspaper filled with wine disappear. That was kind of spiritual. Hawaiian guitar here kills it. Womb-y bass and angelic chorus make for an all around soothing holiday gait. Just imagine that crackliness is coming from the fireplace not the old vinyl from which this tape was sourced.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Dr. Orlando Owoh & His Omimah Band
Ero Ki Yeye Mi
Omo Ni Ye
Mo Baju Wo Oju Orun/Irawo Mi Ko Ni Ku
Orlando Owoh is a pretty big deal. Nigerian highlife is a pretty big deal. This tape enjoys that floaty highlife levitation thing but stays grounded with its ill battery of talking drums, etc. Juju refugees gone wild. Wayward highlife guitar meanderings jut out in the mix. It's all good. Watch out for calculated drum breaks toward the end of "Omiye Lala" and "Iyawo Olele."
This music on this tape was originally released in 1975, according to the meticulous Toshiya Endo.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Amagnon Koumagnon—Musique Traditionnelle Du Benin
Aya Obakiwe Lodo
Sublime polyrhythms and snappy vernacular for the year's first snowy Sunday.