(Includes music discovered, not released, this year)
- Vincent Nguini, “Spirit” (2006)
- Kasai Allstars, “Quick as White” (reworked by RAMZI)
- Oumou Sangare, “Bena Bena”
- Alune Was & Harold Lopez-Nussa, “Aminata”
- Cheikh Lo, “Jeunesse Senegal” (1999)
- Kondi Band, “Without Money, No Family”
- Awa Poulo, “Noumou Foli”
- Jupiter & Okwess, “Ofakombolo”
- Sonia Aimy, “Husband in Canada”
- Fabrizio Cassol, “Didodi Horns” (feat. Baba Sissoko)
- Bokante, “Jou Ke Ouve”
- Seyi Shay feat. Wizkid, “Crazy” (re-mix)
- Youssou N’Dour, “Jeegel Nu (Forgiveness)”
- Trio-Da Kali and Kronos Quartet, “Kanimba”
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- David Lopato, “Ladrang”
- Joyce/Dori Caymmi, “Joaozinho Boa Pinta”
- Hermeto Pascoal, “Mavumvavumpefoco”
- Pandang Food Tigers, “Barely a Breath In Your Parenthesis”
- Sabrina Malheiros, “Em Paz”
- Miguel Zenon, “Academia”
- Lila Downs, “Urge”
- Anat Cohen/Marcello Goncalves,“Otra Coisa”
- Rudesh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition, “Alap”/”Snap”
- Amjad Ali Khan/Amaan Ali Bangash/AyaanAli Bangash/Elmira Darvarova, “Gentle Sunset” (Raga Marwa)
I agree with Peter Margasak about 90% of the time, and sure couldn’t do any better than this on the surprise appearance of a mid-’70s Hermeto Pascoal album. All I can add is that I did not expect to find a new album of Tropicalia/Psychedelia/Jazz-fusion of this intelligence and deft construction for the rest of my life.
Everything had cooler logos in the ’70s:
About an item from last week’s, actually.
Now that I’ve listened to the American Epic box, I have to underscore that you need to get it for the sound alone. This is the way I’ve always wanted these vintage sides to be. I’ve never heard the voice-to-voice and voice-to-instruments relationships so natural and consistent. They’ve been cleaned up and clear before, sure, but voices and instruments in particular seemed out whack even so. Not here.
I’m not enough of a tech head to have anything to say about the methods used on the recordings, and it may be too late in the game for the recording industry in general, but at least these sides are here.
If I had to recommend one album it would be Fully Completely, which I played obsessively for a couple years after it came out. Then suddenly it wore out a bit for me and I haven’t listen to anything by group or solo in years. Much admired his ideals and commitment to Canada-ness — the intensity ensured that I was not as able to get inside it as northern residents.