One of the most compelling combinations of global styles we've heard in awhile – a great second set from Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji! The set's got an unusual approach that's rooted in African instrumentation, run through European filters, and imbued with a bit of hip hop energy – ... read moreCD
Reputedly, this is an African funk band recorded recently by the folks at Desco Records – but as with a lot of their projects, we're not entirely sure whether or not to believe them, since they're always a bit too mysterious about the origins of their material, and this may just be some new ... read moreCD
(Out of print Desco pressing, punch through barcode.)
While in the intervening years Hamza El Din has gone on to great prominence, this Nonesuch recording of his work on the oud was one of the earliest documents of his North African style of music. This recording consists of three pieces, with his virtuoso playing and singing, the first two extended ... read moreCD
Haunting work from Hamza El Din – a spare album that mostly features work on the oud, that mystical instrument that has a short plucked stringy kind of sound. There's also vocals on a few tracks, and one number features guest bass work by Ahmed Abdul Malik, and another features bongos by ... read moreCD
An excellent live set from Fela – one that shows that he was still very capable of going over the top during the 80s! The material was recorded in 1983 in Amsterdam, live before a very enthusiastic crowd – one that really drives Fela and the group on their instrumental solos and funky ... read moreCD
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International —
Odo Sanbra ... CD Occidental Brothers, 2009. Used ...
A Chicago combo, but one with a very international groove – a sound that hearkens back to West African grooves of the 70s, played here with a great mix of guitars, percussion, and saxes! Most tunes are recorded with a very spare style that almost sounds classic – and the vocals from ... read moreCD
Hypnotic vocals from Yoro Sidibe – a "hunter's singer" from the Wasulu region of Mali – and one who works with a very unique sort of groove! All tracks here feature Sidibe also playing the donso ngoni, a rough harp-like instrument that resonates strongly, and which is ... read moreCD
Mercedes Sosa —
De Mi ... CD Tropical Music (Germany), 1992. Used ...