Sunday, May 27, 2018

ABU OBAIDA HASSAN - Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound Of Sudan (Ostinato Records)

ABU OBAIDA HASSAN  - Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour: The Shaigiya Sound Of Sudan (Ostinato Records) What was always certain is Abu Obaida Hassan’s mercurial talent. His command of a modified tambour, backed by a chorus and two drummers, unleashed swirling melodies alongside complex Nubian rhythms and hypnotic Sudanese call and response. His bands roster constantly changed, but he remained at the helm, playing for sold out shows in cities across the country and capturing the dancefloors and youth of 1970s and ‘80s Sudan.
This is a rich, raw example of the human experience with sound from northern Sudan, an ancient part of the world, and the birt
hplace of civilization. Music like this isn't mastered overnight. 
Abu Obaida comes from the Shaigiya people, whose culture is spread around the ancient city of Merowe, home of traditional Nubian culture, where pyramids older than those in Egypt still stand. They trace their entire lineage to one man, Shaig, who migrated from the Arabian peninsula in the 15th century. An endlessly rhythmic syncretism between Arab and Nubian styles, Abu Obaida’s Shaigiya music was an in demand party affair in an era when a vibrant nightlife and roving sound systems were staples of life in Sudan. 
It was music for a modern era, and Abu Obaida, at just 19, rebelliously abandoned traditional Shaigiya music traditions, pioneering a new sound by adding an extra string to his tambour and electrifying an instrument adored across East Africa. The result was complexity in simplicity and a hyper-talented artist who mirrors the story of Sudan’s highs and lows, from the leading tambour maestro of the hour to such obscurity on the fringes that he was believed dead. “They killed me!”, he likes to joke. 

The Jazz Workshop - Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu (Fortuna Records)

The Jazz Workshop - Mezare Israel Yekabtzenu (Fortuna Records) A cosmic, phased-out percussion adventure by Shimshon Miel, a lone-wolf hippie from Tel-Aviv who experimented with hallucinogenic psych-folk, and self-released his only album in 1977. Fortuna Records reissues two of the album's killer cuts for the very first time, alongside a late-night club edit by Kalbata. Expect extra trippy percussion soundscapes layered on top of a thumping bass guitar in wild 70's style stereo action. Kalbata's remix is a straight up voodoo ritual, adding much needed 808 subs to the jacked-up original. Recommended!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

ANTONIO SANCHEZ - Buli Povo (Analog Africa Germany)

ANTONIO SANCHEZ - Buli Povo (Analog Africa Germany) While Analog Africa always outdo themselves with their inconceivable form and approach to reissuing rare tropical music, this Record Store Day sees them providing us with some seriously special moves from the inimitable islands of Cape Verde. It was their Space Echo compilation, released a few years ago, that put the African archipelago back on the map, and we haven't stopped dancing since. Through a seductive blend of synths, drums, and unforgettable chanting, the style of Fukuna is on our hearts wherever we go. Antonio Sanchez, a leading figure in the golden era of the Cape Verde sound (70s-80s), release Buli Povo to limited international acclaim; the original is a rare find, and so it makes total sense to have it pressed up once again. But, act fast, because these WILL fly! Totally killer stuff.

Shimshon Miel - Amsterdam To Nueiba (Fortuna Records)

Shimshon Miel -  Amsterdam To Nueiba (Fortuna Records) Tel-Aviv's Fortuna Records are doing their nation proud by releasing an impressive volume of native music, both old and new, that is sounding perfectly relevant in this day and age. More than anything, it's just great music that most of us haven't heard yet. For instance, their previous effort - a timely reissue of Tsvia Abarbanel's Eastern Soul - was an invaluable snapshot of Israeli femininity across the ages, while this reincarnation of Shimson Miel's acid-rock output from 2007 is a clear nod to the man's visionary style, more than a decade ago. "Amsterdam Experience" is the stand-out track, a bundle of loose, percussive waves that verge on the electronic while still sounding organic and improvisational. Much the same, "Nueiba Nueiba" is a delightful slice of deep-minded exotica, and Kalbata's edit of "Amsterdam Experience" provides a more wholesome slew of beats to the original.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mammane Sani et son Orgue - Lamru

Mammane Sani – La Musique Électronique Du Niger «The original 1978 cassette (one of only two known to still exist!) was discovered in a Niger music archive by the dedicated explorer Christopher Kirkley. He connected with the creator of this lush music, Mammane Sanni Abdoulaye, to once again let it shine. Mammane is well known in Niger as his music has provided the undertone to radio and television programs for decades but his sole album has laid dormant since it’s release. Now these gentle rolls and sways of electric organ tones, transcribing traditional Wodaabe and Tuareg melodies as well as original expressions, once again roll into life and we couldn’t be happier.»Électronique-Du-Niger/release/4505053

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Womack & Womack - Teardrops (1988)

Music video by Womack & Womack performing Teardrops. (C) 1988 The Island Def Jam Music Group

GUELEWAR - Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul To Dakar

GUELEWAR - Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul To Dakar (Kindred Spirits Holland) Comentários: ouki Ba Banjul is a compilation of the Gambian psych sensation Guelewar who played a major part in the development of the Afro Manding sound. From 1979-1982 the band released four albums, featuring some of Gambia's best funk tunes. This official first time ever reissue features the highlights of their career. Before Guelewar, Laaye N’Gorn, the lead singer of the band, was already one of Gambia’s most celebrated artists. He was the centre figure in The Supreme Eagles, with whom he played as the main act in one of Gambia’s succesful clubs ‘The Bambo No.1 Night Club’. In return for the succes the clubmanager offered them instruments, after which they renamed their band to the Super Alligators. Due to the mixture of western influences such as soul and funk with traditional and regional rhythms like boogaraboo and sawrouba, The Super Alligators had a unique sound. The result of this blend is known as the psychedelic sound of Gambia (Senegal). In 1973 the Super Alligators decided to rename the group to Guelewar, Wolof’s for ‘noble warrior’. After a turbulent couple of years with many musicians joining and leaving the band, Laaye managed to reform the band in order to record their first album in 1977. Over the course of the following five years Guelewar released a total of four albums, which are all filled with deep psychedelic funk gems. Due to the limited pressings, these albums are very much sought after by collectors. Kindred Spirits compiles the highlights of these albums which are presented on this double LP. Touki Ba Banjul is not only a must have for collectors of African music, but for music lovers worldwide. nota do editor [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Bellse Soneek - A Tribute to Roy Ayers

Bellse Soneek (aka Kiran Vee of Fresh Cut Collective) has made a tribute to the music of one of his favorite artists and biggest influences, Roy Ayers... Vibrations... Good Vibrations... for more from [Bell-Say Saw-Neek], visit

Rapping With Paul White - The Remix EP (Free Download)

Rapping With Paul White - The Remix EP featuring stars like Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, Tranqill, Marv Won and Moe Pope. Sick! via Mundo Urbano

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Friday, November 25, 2011

LARRY ACHIAMPONG - Meh Mogya (Sample Of Me)

LARRY ACHIAMPONG - Meh Mogya (Sample Of Me) (Look Mama) Comentários: This is special. The first side itches identity, family and culture via a raw, Madlibbed, fucked-up re-jigging of classic, scratchy Ghanaian highlife, lit up by sampled fighting talk from the great Kwame Nkrumah. The flip drops the same B-Boy science along Edgware Road in West London — the highlife gone, the hiphop turning spooked Bass, incorporating ambient recording and the tough poetry and pithy interjections of a bunch of Fresh Start students, and passers-by. Silk-screened sleeves; two hundred copies in all. Warmly recommended. via phonica. [Buy Here]

M'BOOM - Re Percussion (Think! Japan)

M'BOOM - Re Percussion (Think Japan) Comentários: A highly percussive little album – and the first-ever appearance of the M'Boom ensemble on record! You might know the group from their later fame under the guidance of Max Roach, but here the combo is a much more equally-assembled cast of players – featuring not just Roach, but percussionists Roy Brooks, Joe Chambers, Omar Clay, Freddie Waits, Richard Pablo Landrum, and Warren Smith! Given that lineup, you've got a group that represents the forefront of jazz and creative percussion work at the start of the 70s – and added to the mix is the ultimate freedom allowed by the Strata East label – which has the group really stretching out in these amazing ways! Things are never too free or outside, and there's always a nicely spiritual core to the record – but there is an incredible shift between percussive rhythms and melody – on instrumentation that includes vibes, tympani, xylophone, marimba, drums, and plenty of percussion – plus even and Indian flute too. And maybe coolest of all, there's even some saw, played by Omar Clay and Roy Brooks – used n a weird way that almost sounds electronic! Titles include "Heaven Sent", "Inner Passion", "Elements Of A Storm/Thunder & Wind", "Jihad Est Mort", and "Morning Noon Midday". via dusty groove. [Para Ouvir/Samples] [Buy Here]