OLD WORLD (Asia, Arabia, Europe)
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GROOVIN' TO THE LINKS3 song set from Rokia Traore on NPR (her English is improving; the questions are not -- "Mali is a kind of musical Disneyland," indeed)
Andrew deValpine sends a YouTube of "Petit Sekou," one of my favorites from Bembeya Jazz -- it's a weird combination of Franco's "Sango ya mawa" and Jeff Beck... & I love it when the two vocalists walk on, laugh, and exclaim "Diamond fingers!" before walking off again.
Another old video from Bomba Estereo (still touring the world -- dates below -- instead of recording a new album) showing you have to be young to get this wasted and still perform
Speaking of Colombiano technowankers, here's skip&die live at Paradiso, Amsterdam, performing "La Cumbia Dictadura" with a monster beat
From another DJ, Daudi a.k.a. David Noyes, a medley from Yamba Yamba Beto Ba (Congo)
ON TOURAmarrass recording artist Lakha Khan brings his soulful sarangi to the US this month (if you can't make it, check him out at home in Jodhpur):
Oct 2 Le Petit Trianon San Jose, CA
Bomba Estereo just passed through, or will be near you soon:
Oct 10 Joshua Tree
NOURA MINT SEYMALI
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Congo Guitars 1952 & 1957 is found on the Hugh Tracey page (under Africa)
Quraishi from Afghanistan is housed, for the moment, in India & Pakistan
Ricardo Lemvo's latest is filed in Congo part 3
Kasai Allstars' Beware the Fetish is filed in Congo part 3
Moreno's second reissue on Stern's is filed in Kenya part 2
Ernie Ranglin's latest Bless Up is filed in Jamaica part 3
Zanzibara 7: Sindike vs Ndekule is found in Tanzania part 2
Alejandro Almenares' Casa de Trova is filed in Cuba part 4
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