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I'm very excited by this poll ! I hve started listening to some stuff from North Africa/Middle East from my collection. I'll post the highlights.
First of all, this is Slimane AZEM, from Kabylia (Algeria). Kabyles are the Berber people from ALgeria, i.e. the native people that was here before the Arab invasion. They have their own language and culture, and are very proud and rebellious. There are mpany Kabyls in France : one of my good friends is from Kabylia, and she's got a lot of character !! When she's up to something, you better not stand in her way
This song was recored in 1975, and is in French. It's about exile and longing for your mother country : the typical immigrant lament.
This is Rachid Taha, Algerian musician living in FRance, very popular because he mixed his own influences with rock. This song from 1993, one of his best, is a cover of a huge hit in Northern Africa
Still from Algeria, this is Khaled, one of the most popular rai artists with Cheb Mami (that Greg picked in his nominations)
One of my favorite songs of his, Chebba (1995). Rai was a mix of Arab music and western dance music.
all good stuff. i didn't know slimane azem. if i had to pick some additional songs from these artists they'd be:
Cheb Khaled & Safy Boutella - "La Camel" (1988)
Khaled - "Sbabi Ntya" (2009)
Rachid Taha - "Ida" (1998)
Rachid Taha - "Ecoute Moi Camarade" (2006)
and on the folkier side, from Morocco:
Master Musicians of Jajouka - "A Habibi Ouajee T'Allel Allaiya" (1992)
not to be confused w/ the master musicians of bukkake
This one's from Egypt, from the region of Nubia, and is also from the folkier side
Another fantastic Khaled song : "Wahrane Wahrane" (1996)
One for Eastern Europe; the album it is on is rather high up on the RYM charts, and for good reasons. Here's one of them:
One of my possible picks for the Caribbean : Compay Segundo's Yo Vengo Aqui
This could be my post for West Africa : fantastic kora solo by Toumani Diabaté. But if you like it, don't hesitate to nominate it before me (I have many many favorites in WA)
The right artist in this last song is Moraes Moreira
Hassan Hakmoun & Adam Rudolph - Ma'Bud Allah (Morocco) youtube Gnawa music
Burhan Öçal & Istanbul Oriental: Roman Oyun Havasi (Turkey) youtube Gypsy music by Turkish orch
Musicians of the Nile: Bitnadini Tani Lih (Egypt) youtube
Kante Manfila - Agne Anko (Guinea) youtube beautiful folk song, sorry for the bad scratching disc on the vid
Femi Kuti - Now You See (Nigeria) Spotify
Oscar Sulley – Bukom Mashie (Ghana) youtube
Ali Farka Touré & Taj Mahal - Roucky (Mali/USA) youtube
Her version of the Carpenters' classic.
2.4 The Argentinian Tom Waits, Melingo
The first big Chinese "rock" hit in 1990
That Cui Jian song is amazing. It's like he took a leaf out of Springsteen, but has added something distinctly Chinese to it. Love it!
So please nominate it in the FWC thread
1.4 (South Africa)
1.4 southern Africa
Rajery - Mamy Kha (Madagascar) youtube
Menwar - Sizann (Mauritius) youtube
Four Brothers - Makorokoto (Zimbabwe) youtube
Don Drummond - Man In The Street (Jamaica) youtube
Luis Varga - Tranquila (Dominican Republic) youtube
Vieja Trova Santiaguera - Me dieron la clave youtube
3.2 South Central Asia
Mohammad Rahim - Khushnawaz Sheikh Ahmad-E-Jâm (Afghanistan) youtube
King Nawahi - Hawaiian Capers (Hawaii) youtube
King Nawahi - Tickling The Strings (Hawaii) youtube
Danny Stewart - Les Femmes d'Amérique (Tahiti-Hawaii) spotify
soul from Thailand
50-60s Indonesian pop
There is one slot left in the South Central Asia region.
Why not for an Indian jazzman ?
Two names come to my mind
1. Rutresh Mahanthappa
2. Arun Ghosh
No video but a spotify of his great song "Yerma"
Besides, in the Oceania region I have a great album by a collective called Ankala & Worldorchestra, around Didjeridoo but adding many other influences (indian music with tabla, jazz with saxophone). It's called "Didje Blows the Game", but it's not on youtube
This is from another album of them
Also a great singer from Afghanistan in the vein of Nusrat,
Ahmad Cham Sufi Qawwali Group - Zikre Tu Chee Shireen Ast deezer
and for those who don't know what to vote in the Oceania region, here's a good 70s progressive funk band from the Fiji islands
Or in a completely opposite (and much better IMO) style, this beautiful song from the Tonga islands
Now another fantastic Cambodian singer from the 70s, check out her vids
Rap from Sri Lanka
More Pacific island songs
Tomas Tepano Tepano - Manu Reva (Easter Island) Spotify
Sol K Bright - Papio (Hawaii)
The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band - Hi Ho'alu (Hawaii) Spotify
George Telek - Abebe (Papua New Guinea) youtube
Ledward Kaapana & Bob Brozman - Maika'i No Kaua'i youtube
The Five Stars - Walkabout In Chinatown (Samoa) youtube
Ensemble Tauhiti - Mon cher ami (Tahiti, French Polynesia) youtube
region 3.2 (1 song left to nominate)
If you like Buddhist monk chants
Lama Gyurme & J-P Rykiel : Medicine buddha Mantra (Bhutan) youtube
Here's a great native Australian songwriter who sings partly in English
An Indonesian female singer with an uncredible voice. If you wannna rappreciate this song don't watch the cheesy video, just listen to the music
Endah Laras - Lelo Ledhung youtube
Ella Berdy, Eileen Cowan, Robert Pihahuna - Vahiné Tahiti tahahua Spotify
The Polynesians - Minoi Minoi (Samoa ?) Spotify song recorded in 1959 in LA by studio musicians including 2 "real" polynesians of unknown nationality, but the song is part of the Samoan folklore
I'm catching up on this thread after having returned from holiday. The only thing I regret about going on holiday is that I wasn't around to nominate Melingo!
Thanks for these recommendations. (nicolas, you rock!)
Dan, I was just thinking : there might be a way of qualifying Melingo : I can take out my first choice, a Carlos Gardel song, since Miguel (if I remember well) picked another Gardel song. Then we could replace Gardel with his pupil Melingo, and I would let you chose the song you prefer.
I'm sure Stephan won't mind
^ Thanks, that's very kind of you Nic. I'd like to pick a song from Melingo's excellent Maldito Tango album. It's a difficult choice between the gorgeous Montmartre de Hoy and the impressive Pequeño Paria. The latter is more representative of the album as a whole, and as it is the track you yourself recommended I'm happy to go with it. So Pequeño Paria it is. Thanks again.
(those 2 are also my favorite songs from Maldito Tango)
And I've just heard the new one, which is really good, perhaps not as good as the previous one but it is a bit early to tell...