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World Music of Africa

Posted in Specials with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2010 by fred6368

A Personal History of African Music

I wasn’t planning to write this but I thought, after the World Cup had tried to celebrate the African dimension in football, I would comment on and play some African music, that I liked and influenced me, as a chronology (non-stop playlist on YouTube here). It is also Nelson Mandela Day today so as well as singing Nkosi Sikeleli Africa, here is a chance to say God Bless Nelson Mandela and enjoy some of the music from Africa. As Mendela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Currently I am a huge fan of West African music from Sub-Saharan Mali, Senegal and Nigeria, as well as North African Rai and Arabic music. However during the World Cup I discovered that Ghana has a vibrant and developing music scene around blingy hiplife and both Cameroon and the Cote d’Ivoire have great dance music, you can follow new developments at AfroPop online. I live in London and apart from Ginger Johnson’s African Drummers, who played on Sympathy For The Devil at the Rolling Stones Concert in the Park in 1969, the first out and out African band I saw were Osibisa; criss-cross rhythms that explode with happiness. In our typical student house in London we used to play The Dawn off the first album to get us out of bed, but here is one of their minor UK hits from the YouTube Osibisa playlist by voycha; this is what they were like live. Music for Gong-Gong; ¬† Continue reading

World Cup of Music June 22

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by fred6368

Final Games; Groups A & B

Review of Matches June 21; The games continue to get better despite bad weather and referees. Portugal swept past a tired North Korea, no Motherland love for them then, but with 7 goals this time. Portugal’s intelligent movement suggests they are ready for Brasil. Chile Switzerland was immense, despite a fussy school teacher of a ref, with non-stop Chile passing their way around the well organised mountains of ¬†Switzerland; probably the best coached team of the tournament. It must have been a Chile Sunday Fondue after all. With France seemingly on their way out, in disgrace as always with Domenech, and the Latins taking over, with both Uruguay and Argentina playing today, we must select Last Tango in Paris as todays Theme Tune. Written in Paris for the Bertolucci film, by Argentinian jazz exile Gato Barbieri, Gotan Project (who have a World Cup remix competition)¬†recently revitalised this and play a great live version. Last Tango in Paris; Continue reading