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« on: 23 Sep 2006, 09:07 »

Since Soph. year high school and being exposed to the percussive Gamelon, I've really liked world music (i.e. I'm an idiot American, and, yes, anything that doesn't have distorted guitars is a novel concept, I'll admit all of this).  Lately I've been getting into the "eastern european stylings" of Gogol Bordello and DeVotchKa (although sometimes I think Devotchka have heavy hispanic influence as well).  

But, There's a ton of great party music elements to Merenguea (I have an amazing vinyl of "Folk Music of the Dominican Republic... straight up shout choruses, accordion and sax jamzzz), and I just miraculously found a Tito Puente vinyl for a buck.  

I'm sure I could go on, but yeah.   Give me things to lsiten to.  Now.
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« Reply #1 on: 23 Sep 2006, 09:21 »

There isn't such a thing as music without distorted guitars. Stop all that nonsense.
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« Reply #2 on: 23 Sep 2006, 10:34 »

Gae Bolg, Dead Can Dance, Afrocelt Sound System and all the bagpipe music you can get your hands on.
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« Reply #3 on: 23 Sep 2006, 12:00 »

'World' music is the dumbest genre title ever. Surely 'world' music encompasses ALL MUSIC produced on Earth?
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« Reply #4 on: 23 Sep 2006, 12:19 »

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« Reply #5 on: 23 Sep 2006, 13:34 »

Fucking FELA KUTI
and KING SUNNY ADE
and Manu Chao (Pretty famous in Europe, I hear and maybe overplayed for them, but I dig it a lot)

African:
Prince Eyango
Keng Godefroy
The Green Apples
Chiekh Lo
Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopian Jazz)

South American:
Joao Gilberto
Tinku

And let me reiterate: Fela Kuti

I'm mostly in to African music (Especially West African)

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« Reply #6 on: 23 Sep 2006, 13:57 »

Vusi Mahlasela is one of South Africa's greatest living folk musicians. He has a kind of "greatest hits" compilation, The Voice, available. It's very good.
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« Reply #7 on: 23 Sep 2006, 14:12 »

The Balinese Gamelan ensemble Dwi Mekar are amazing but I am not sure if they have made any albums.

That's all I got, World(no matter how vague the nametag is) rarely gets a spin 'round these parts... for no specific reason.
Except if you count Gĺte's mix of electronica, hard rock etc. and old norwegian folk music.... or Sorten Muld.
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« Reply #8 on: 23 Sep 2006, 14:13 »

Wrens are a REALLY underrated folk band from Sudan. You should check them out.
I recommend the last full length album, the meadowlands. Then get secaucus. Then hunt down the EPs. Then go for their first album

Also, there's this little CD by a portugese opera singer called 'Free Sentridoh'. Her music is fun, hunt down some of her earlier stuff, when she was called 'Sebadoh'.

She last worked on a fun folk record called 'Emoh', hunt that too.

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« Reply #9 on: 23 Sep 2006, 15:05 »

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'World' music is the dumbest genre title ever. Surely 'world' music encompasses ALL MUSIC produced on Earth?


I never quite get what it means. Like, are folk and its various genres distinct from world at all? I know that world is a culturally biased term (could be 'other' music) but which cultural bias?

Could be that about a quarter of the music I listen to might be classified as 'world', in that it's not rock or techno or whatever.
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« Reply #10 on: 23 Sep 2006, 23:13 »

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'World' music is the dumbest genre title ever. Surely 'world' music encompasses ALL MUSIC produced on Earth?


I don't really think it;s a genre classification as much as it is something Americans use to refer to non-american music, as I sort of alluded to.

or did you just want to complain about music classification?...
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« Reply #11 on: 24 Sep 2006, 00:27 »

Two sides of the same coin man.


Wouldn't the proper term just be non-American folk music? I'm guessing the Europeans on this forum don't consider Hank Williams "world music".

I don't really have any artists to contribute. I guess my music is really western-centric.
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« Reply #12 on: 24 Sep 2006, 00:35 »

http://www.city.ac.uk/music/courses/bsc.html

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I guess not.  In a scholastic sence, I've always heard it referred to as world music.
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« Reply #13 on: 24 Sep 2006, 00:47 »

I suppose by "proper" I meant "political correct" or "post-colonial". I just came up with the term on the spot.
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« Reply #14 on: 24 Sep 2006, 12:57 »

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'World' music is the dumbest genre title ever. Surely 'world' music encompasses ALL MUSIC produced on Earth?


I don't really think it;s a genre classification as much as it is something Americans use to refer to non-american music, as I sort of alluded to.

or did you just want to complain about music classification?...


Bud, I'm a part-time music critic. Classification is my beans on toast. I just think 'world' is a dumb genre title if ever I heard one, and I've referred to a band as 'screamo.'
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« Reply #15 on: 24 Sep 2006, 20:47 »

Mexican stuff, check out Cafe Tacuba.  One of the best in Mexico, very wide range of styles.  Julieta Venegas is very talented as well.

For the best damn new wave around, check out Japan's Polysics.  I was very lucky to witness them live when they played on my campus and I must say they are QUITE THE SHIT.  So much fun.
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« Reply #16 on: 24 Sep 2006, 21:57 »

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'World' music is the dumbest genre title ever. Surely 'world' music encompasses ALL MUSIC produced on Earth?
True.Dat

But, like the cultural chauvanists we are, we need umpteen million subgenres of our own music, while everything else is clumped together.
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« Reply #17 on: 25 Sep 2006, 17:43 »

We have a friend who runs a company that gives exposure to little-known artists from across the world and gets them money for their music. These are people who actually, y'know, need the moeny to live. My brother sometimes writes reviews. Check it out.

I had the pleasure of seeing Rahim AlHaj (of Iraq) playing the oud on Saturday. He was amazingly skilled and his music was very emotional. It pretty much kicked ass. He had a story to go along with every song. He also did this thing where he played a melody and then improvised on it in the style of any Middle Eastern country that an audience member called out. He called it "Soul of the Middle East." Interestingly enough, he refused to do a few countries - whether on political or musical grounds, we are not sure.

I heard the soundtrack of this Yugoslavian (I think?) movie called Underground this summer. The music was so intensely good; if anyone knows how I could obtain the soundtrack, advice would be much appreciated! EDIT: Just kidding, found it on Amazon.

(And if you seriously think that "World" is the dumbest name for a genre ever, than you are seriously overlooking many ridiculous genre names that I do not feel like listing. Seriously, guys, get over yourselves)
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« Reply #18 on: 24 Oct 2006, 21:09 »

Recently I've come across a few bands that basically perfectly filled the void of music I was dreaming of and didn't know it:

http://www.beirutband.com/
^Beirut (though from New York, he creates some of the most amazing and hypnotic Siberian Brass Ensemble tunes I could imagine)

http://www.crammed.be/kocani-orkestar/index.htm
^Kocani Orkestar

http://www.thinkofone.be/
^Think of One (Belgium gypsy/folk)
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« Reply #19 on: 25 Oct 2006, 04:46 »

Manu Chao (Pretty famous in Europe, I hear and maybe overplayed for them, but I dig it a lot)

MY GOD DESTROY MANU CHAU JESUS CHRIST SOMEBODY KILL HIM AND THEN HUNT DOWN EVERY COPY OF EVERY RECORD HE'S EVER MADE




THEN BURN THEM


but yeah, you kind of hit it on the head with the "overplayed" thing. at least in france.

also, gogol bordello fucking rule. they're touring here soon-ish. excited.
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« Reply #20 on: 25 Oct 2006, 06:18 »

I posted this on another thread, but anyone discussing "world" music should read David Byrne's "I Hate World Music" essay.
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« Reply #21 on: 07 Nov 2016, 12:47 »

Bumpity bump!

Resurrecting a 10-year-old thread because I like music from the world.

Particularly this awesome album by Oumou Sangaré:

http://www.deezer.com/album/6894665?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=album-6894665&utm_term=1025307982_1478551524&utm_medium=web

Anyone else? :)
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« Reply #26 on: 11 May 2017, 22:24 »

Was fortunate enough to get to see Oumou Sangare in the Netherlands recently. She sings, carries herself and for all intents is, a queen.   :-D (I won't qualify it with the nails-on-a-blackboard expression that begins with Y and ends with 'aaaaas'.)
It was a very classy venue and at first I thought it'd be far too polite and no one would dance, but we were then beckoned to come up to the front and do just that. I needed no persuasion! She had a really tight French band behind her and two great female backing singers, one from Burkina Faso and one from South Africa.

There was a little bit of a language barrier as she primarily addressed the audience in French, her most fluent second language, coming from Mali. She did her best to converse in English (which she felt was bad, it wasn't, even if her vocab may have been a little limited!) and to say Danke/Dank U for her primarily Dutch audience.

This weird dude came up to the front of the stage at one point and started throwing Euro banknotes at her (real ones) which was a little awkward! The stagehand picked them all up to give back to him afterwards (they were left on stage by everyone) and he started speaking to the stagehand to try and engineer a meeting with Oumou  :meh:

All in all, was a great night.
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