Saturday, March 31, 2007
Tanzania was something of a guitarist's paradise during the 50s and 60s. The styles and sound are little-known outside East Africa, but I'm hoping that will change. Once you hear this cut by Kiko Kids Jazz, you'll be with me. The title: Sili Sishibi
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Ghana's industrious truck drivers make music with car and truck horns, tire pumps and metal brake drums. Today's cut is by the La Drivers Union Por Por Group. The title: Trotro Tour of Ghana
More info. here (includes performance video and audio samples).
* Photo by Steven Feld
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
The Fisk Jubilee Singers were pioneers of black American culture. Formed in 1871, their many world and US tours enabled people to see and hear the beauty of spirituals (and other kinds of songs). It's no exaggeration to say that they changed the way music was heard - and understood.
Song: Roll, Jordan, Roll
* The official site of the Fisk Jubilee Singers (includes tour schedules and more).
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I'm a day late with this post (the 17th being the proper day for all things Irish. Still, the music is (I think) worth the wait.
The artists: Susan McKeown and Tartit. The song: Oró Mhíle Grá (A Thousand Times, My Love)
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Taarab comes from the East African coast. It's a heady combination of local and not-so-local (Arabic, Indian) influences, and first caught my ear via a recording issued by the Original Music label. Here are two cuts from that LP.
Juma Bhalo - Kem Kem
Yaseen Mohammed & Saada - Lala Mpenzi
* More info. here