Sunday, November 16, 2008

 

Agbadza






Side 1

Side 2

This is a tape of agbadza music, which hs its roots in a historical war dance. It's still commonly performed along the coast of West Africa, around eastern Ghana and Togo and Benin.

The agbadza dance is pretty distinct. This Togolese hip-hop video shows people dancing agbadza (flapping arm movement), among other things...

 

Yoro Diallo dit Fernando Moutchatcha







Face A
Talassa
Dona
Manima
Soumba

Face B
Moutchatcha
Franyra
Horma
San Wo San


I recommend the song "San Wo San." Tangled guitars on repeat like that does it for me approx seven days a week. Anyone know anything about this guy Mutchatcha?

Saturday, November 01, 2008

 

Bamba J Fall—Gën Gui Dëk







Face A
Gën Gui Dëk
Djirim
Yabi Door
Free Naya

Face B
Caddu Baycat
Yaay
Ndiangane
Remembering

I thought this would be a straightforward Senegalese rap tape, but it moves constantly between hooky pop, dancehall and hip-hop. Rap-reggae-dancehall music in Senegal is so firmly entrenched at this point that perhaps it's all one in the same to the ears of the current generation of artists. OK, it can't be that simple....but there's something interesting to me about how flexible and genre-inclusive the current urban musics across Africa tend to be, from bongo flava to hiplife to kuduro. Diverse musical approaches, sources and influences intermingle, things are rarely as box-able as we think, etc, etc.

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