Ah, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba - “Jama ko” (2013). Tremendous.
Posts tagged African
Jim Moray’s Skulk was one of my favourite album’s of last year. A total peach. Trad folk is really strong atm. For years the fRoots winners poll was dominated by African bands but over the last 3 / 4 years British folk has reasserted itself as the go to “roots music” genre.
It was only when I was compiling a list of albums released by Bristol artists at the end of the year that I realised Jim lives in Bristol too. So there we go.
You cant beat a bit of African music every so often & it doesn’t come better than this. (unless it’s just about any of those zimbabwean bands that Peel used to play).
So I’ve now got this much music tagged “African” in my iTunes collection but Apple’s ‘genius mixes’ aint having it. Sheesh.
Fucking love the undyingly joyous African/European fussion of The Very Best. They’re about to release their new album MTMTMK, and have just shared “We Ok,” a collaboration with the Somalian-Canadian rapper K’naan (who we’ve been listening to for years since Andy Kershaw discovered him right?). Knaan was in that film I just saw recently - Cosmopolis (which I must write about on here when Louder Than War stuff eases off). He floats around in a coffin.
It’s only a new single from the fabulous Staff Benda Bilili. Dudes rock.
Hoping for some new Two Man Ting some time soon. This was one of my favourite singles of last year. Yes even more the Lana Del Rey. (Insert sarc mark here).
Two Man Ting are Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey, one from England t’other Sierra Leone. They combine that wonderfully bouncy euphoric guitar licking you used to get back in the day when john peel was going bonkers for ‘jit’ & more contemporary, more chilled djembe beats. They also live loop the sounds to create a very impressive, very ‘full’ band sound. Or, indeed, ‘full band’ sound.