OLD WORLD (Asia, Arabia, Europe)
HEALTH ALERTA better than average "We are the World"-type collaboration to raise awareness about Ebola in
Africa, with Mory Kanté, Salif Keita, Amadou and Mariam, Oumou Sangaré, Jah Fakory, Sekou
Kouyaté -- it has a good groove, plus it's Bono-free.
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IN MEMORYSad month for deaths in the music family. Though we don't know them personally it is painful to hear of our heroes passing. John Holt, lead singer of (my favorite Rocksteady group) the Paragons, died in London aged 69; Style Scott, brilliant drummer of Roots Radics, was murdered in Jamaica, aged 58; and Scottish bassist, Jack Bruce, best known for his work with Cream, died aged 71.
Here's Holt backed by the Paragons, doing "Happy go lucky girl," and his later hit "Police in helicopter" with Style Scott on drums. Here's Scott with Roots Radics backing Greg Isaacs, live in London, 1984. Overlooked in the red bull article is the fact that Scott was the other musician, with Gaudi's bass, overdubbed onto Nusrat's brilliant posthumous album Dub Qawwali, a taste of which can be heard here. Here's Jack Bruce singing his composition, "We're going wrong" with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in 2005, and for contrast an earlier live version from 1967.
KULCHURFrom zim bida this informative article on Ghanaian record sleeves
BBC News story on griots' comeback
VIDIOTSThe immortal James Booker Live (via Steve D); other parts of the broadcast are nearby.
GIGSDiego Cigala plays San Francisco's Miner Auditorium Nov 1 & 2. That venue will also host Ana Moura from Portugal on the 16th, and Milton Nascimento on the 30th. Poncho Sanchez appears at Yoshi's SF this weekend; later in the month Gonzalo Rubalcaba will be there with Horacio El Negro and Giovanni Hidalgo.
DJESSOU MORY KANTE
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Nouri Mint Seymali is filed under Arabia
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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