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Updated 1 September 2018
The Quick & the DeadRest in Peace Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul.
a BBC reporter asked mourners, Why are you here for Aretha Franklin? Old black woman replied, She was alla that... AND a bowl of soup...
Rest in Peace Khaira Arby, another Queen, this one of the desert
Jack Costanzo, better known as Mr Bongo, has died at 98. He accompanied Stan Kenton, Nat King Cole, and others on Bongos and Congas. He was also a dancer, appearing in feature films, such as this cheesy number from Elvis; and plays congas with Brando ten mins into this clip.
Tom Clark, a poet & friend of mine was hit and killed by a car crossing the street in front of his house. I was really depressed, but this song, "The Cowboy rides away," by Los Luzeros de Rioverde cheered me up -- i dont even like country music, but it seems to be calculated to grab you in moments of extreme emotion
Sadly, at 92, the great Randy Weston who moved to Africa to explore his musical roots has died.
and, still standing at 93, Daddy Melquiades is taking the piss out of Daddy Yankee: Hilarious
TouringJuana Molina in the US:
Sept 8 Chicago world music festival
Sept 9 Minneapolis, the Cedar
Sept 11 Portlan, the Revolution
Sept 12 SF, The Independent
Sept 14 LA, Terragram ballroom
Sept 15 Phoenix, musical instrument museum
sept 19 Brooklyn bowl
sept 20 Atlanta, the Earl
sept 22 Miami north beach bandshell
From her new album HALO comes this video single Cosoco
ROBERT 'ROBI' SVARD
ROUGH GUIDE TO BARRELHOUSE BLUES (RGNET 1375)
The subtitle of this album is "reborn and remastered" and I wish the latter claim was a bit more accurate. Sure, these old discs have seen better times but I have heard Duke Ellington & James P. Johnson 78s remastered from this era that sound brand new. The surface noise is not a deal-breaker but it is a disappointment. These sides were cut between the Depression and the Second World War. The big names are here: "Pinetop" Smith, Meade Lux Lewis, Jimmy Yancey, Cow Cow Davenport, even Skip James who gave up the guitar in disgust when his royalties never came through for the records he made in the certainty they'd be smash hits (as they should have been). He played piano in church and also cut a couple of piano sides, including "If you haven't any hay" as heard here. Victoria Spivey and Louise Johnson (check out her hand-wringing chops and breathless vocal on "On the wall") represent the ladies. Like the more decorous ragtime, which developed at the same time, Barrelhouse emphasized the off-beat, but also added a walking bass which can rip right into the heart of the sound and, if you can keep both hands going independently and fast enough, you have Boogie Woogie. This was adapted by Ray Charles for his hit "Mess Around," further pushing the sound into the mainstream. New to me is "Head rag hop" by Romeo Nelson (1929): "Daddy that gonna make me feel so boogie woogie!" he sings in girly falsetto, -- I know baby, he says. For the most part the selections are instrumental, or heavy on the ivories, so it's a great showcase of the various talents who livelied up the barrel-houses and juke joints of the nineteen-thirties.
The Year so far in reviews
(click on maps at the top of the page to get to continent of choice)
Novalima's latest Ch'usay can be read about in Colombia part 2
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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