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The latest podcast is a tribute to Rough Guide & Riverboat labels, with music from Mali, Madagascar, Niger, Sudan, Congo, Nigeria, Morocco plus Delta blues
"Good thing going" is a mix of reggae, soukous, guaguanco, rumba, and more
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Updated 1 March 2019
Blogs and other podcastsHere's an hour of Kenyan Benga played by the "Bwana mkubwa" Doug Paterson on African Airwaves, posted on Soundcloud, including Kilimambogo Bros and a gem from Belgut Jazz Band. Bookmark his site here for more episodes
Also on Soundcloud, Radio is a Foreign Country. An hour of field recordings of xylophone and mbira music
Over on Likembe my colleague John Beadle is posting a lot of old King Sunny Adé albums for nostalgia freaks
Matthew Lavoie's latest post+upload is some 1969 radio recordings by Malian songwriter Idrissa Soumaro
PromoYou can now hear, or buy, my Shika Shika compilation Hit after Hit on bandcamp. It's also available from Dusty Groove in the USA
R.I.P.The great Malian vocalist Sali Sidibe, a praise singer from the heart of Wassoulou, died last month, aged 59.
This month I read two books on African music: Richard M. Shain's Roots in Reverse, a deep study of the Afro-Cuban music of Senegal, with loads of information on the roots, the creation of the various Star Bands and their offshoots, the arrival of mbalax and the "nostalgia for decay" that led to the marketing of Baobab and even the Africando revival.
Also Gilbert Ebolu's biography of Chantal Kazadi (one of my favorite African singers) who was executed in his late teens. He rocketed to stardom with Dr Nico's African Fiesta Sukisa in 1968 before attempting to branch out on his own but ran afoul of the military/police state. Rather than paste my lengthy reviews here for you to scroll past, you can check them out on the bookshelf link.
MOULAY AHMED EL HASSANI
LE RY-CO JAZZ
CUMBIA BEAT VOLUME 3 (VampiSoul VAMPI187)
VampiSoul's latest reissue of tropical beats is Cumbia Volume 3: experimental guitar-driven tropical sounds from Peru, recorded in the mid-60s to mid-70s. The first volume came out in 2010 and featured now familiar names like Juaneco y su Combo, Los Wemblers de Iquitos, Los Destellos & Los Mirlos. Volume 2 followed in 2012, coming up to 1983, and now we have a third volume of action-packed cumbia presented on double LP. Some of the same bands are present, like Los Scorpios, though the not so familiar ones dominate this selection of 45 rpm rarities from more short-lived bands. It comes on the 50th anniversary of the release of "Manzanita" (a version of which is included here) considered the first Peruvian electro-cumbia. Three of the bands, recorded in 1965-7 offer up outstanding huaycumbias which blended cumbia with huayno, another local rhythm. In addition to elements of Colombian cumbia and Cuban guajira you can hear the psychedelic influence from the USA and UK on tracks such as Los Girasoles' rocking "Girasoleando." At the time it was very much underground music and escaped notice in the mainstream: now it sounds like an old friend.
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Kwi Bamba are filed in Guinée
Bassekou Kouyate's Miri &
Orch Shika Shika's Hit after hit is filed in Kenya part 2
The latest offering from Docteur Nico Dieu de la Guitare is reviewed in Congo Classics part 2
Lenine's latest Em transito, as well as
The Top Ten New releases and Top 8 Reissues of 2018 are hereThe Top Tens of 2017 are HERE
The 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
MY BEST-SELLING BOOK!"Essential reference guide to the Congo guitar king" -- SONGLINES 64 **** (four stars)
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BACK IN PRINT (Second edition, November 2012)
A DISCOGRAPHY OF DOCTEUR NICO
Poltroon Press, 2012, expanded to 88 pages; list price $19.95.
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