OLD WORLD (inc Asia, Arabia)
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Updated 1 August 2018
On tourPeru's Afro-dub monsters Novalima (reviewed below) are playing the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA on Sat August 4 at 8 p.m., to promote their new (4th) album Ch'usay. They put on a wicked live show. Next stop: Thurs, Aug 9, 8 p.m., Nectar Lounge, Seattle, WA, then the Beloved Festival in Oregon on the 10th.
Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba will be playing simultaneous and separate piano pieces at SF Jazz 3rd to 5th August. I saw them last year and it was sensational. Check them out dueting on "Blue Monk" in Havana. Miner Auditorium; tix from $40 up. SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Also at SF Jazz this month Changüí Majadero, Sunday August 5, Joe Henderson Lab; Taj Mahal Aug 16 through 19th, Miner Auditorium
Pacific Mambo Orchestra at Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts, Marin, Sat. Aug 4
Ammar 808 (reviewed last month) are on tour of Europe: in France and Belgium this month
HousekeepingI've updated the Congo in Tanzania page with more material by Maquis Original, thanks to Peter Toll
Video killed the radio star: Proof is in the Pudding
ObitsNo one died in July, enjoy the summer!
Check it outMeanwhile some hot (musically speaking, of course) Cuban ladies have formed DivinaBanda and are recording their debut album. Check out their smoking cover of Joe Arroyo's "No le pegue a la negra"
A good review on what drives record collectors (in this case looking for 78s in India), but sadly of a now out-of-print book
From Stella Chiweshe, Kasahwa: Early Singles coming on Glitterbeat in September "Mayaya"
ETHIOPIAN & GLADIATORS
WINSTON JARRETT & THE RIGHTEOUS FLAMES
ALI AKBAR KHAN
The Year so far in reviews
(click on maps at the top of the page to get to continent of choice)
Ammar 808's Maghreb United went to Arabia
Zoumana Tereta's Soku Fola is filed in Mali part 4
Hugh Tracey Listen all around has gone to the dedicated Hugh Tracey page in Africa
Camarão's Imaginary Soundtrack is filed in Brasil part 3
Angolan Saudade vol 1 can be found in the Angola section
Sara Tavares' latest is in Cabo Verde
The Top Tens of 2017 are HEREThe Top 16 of 2016 is HERE
Top 15 of 2015 is HERE
My Top Ten of 2014 can be found HERE
My Top 12 of 2013, with best reissues, etc, is online HERE
My Top Twelve of 2012 is HERE
My Top Ten of 2011 can be found HERE
My Top 9 of 2010 is online HERE
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Click HERE for my top 11 of 2006
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A DISCOGRAPHY OF DOCTEUR NICO
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