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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 Group H

Posted in World Cup with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2010 by fred6368

Music of Countries in Group H

World Cup of Music Theme Tune; I wanted to use the Solvein Whistlers and Something New in Africa from Township Jive but there isn’t a decent video on YouTube. However this is the age of the mashup and inter-culturality so on the day that Spain enter the competition and the day after Brasil kick-off their campaign with a win here is a Spanish musician who has recorded in Brasil and comes from the Galician Celtic tradition. A regular at the Inter-Celtic festival in Lorient Carlos Nunez recorded his last album in Brasil and this track is a handy nod to Brittany in France, especially the Pipe and Drum moment at 4′ 18″ – Nau Bretoa; Continue reading