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Options June 28, 2016: I Shook It and These Fell Out of Africa

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments
Music behind DJ:
Alvin Curran 
Senge  Jaolahy   Options Fatedra  Cobalt Melodie    Senge is an a capella vocal group from southern Madagascar. The group was formed as a male trio that performed the beko polyharmonic style of the Tandroy people, occasionally accompanied by an eight-piece acoustic band featuring traditional instruments, rhythms and harmonies. The group's leader, Sengemanana (d.2000), for whom the group was named, initially became famous as the bass vocalist lead singer of the a capella trio Salala. As part of Salala, Senge toured domestically and internationally. The two other members of the group are Yvon Mamisolofo and Jean Ramanambint. 
Salala  Salama   Options Salala      Salala is an a capella vocal trio from the south of Madagascar. They perform a contemporary form of the traditional beko genre, which originates from the island's southern interior. In contrast to the traditional beko, a spiritual chant sung at funerals to honor the life of the deceased, Salala adapted the harmonies and style of the genre while shedding the religious purpose of the music by focusing the subject of their songs on matters of daily life. 
Baurera  Salima Na Halima   Options Musique Traditionnelles des Comores (Comoros)      The tape was produced by the country’s culture ministry, in conjunction with the EU in 1982, rereleased by Awesome Tapes from Africa. 
Feo-Gasy   Metimety   Options Ramano, Madagascar  Daqui  2000  Feo-Gasy is a band from Madagascar that perform a traditional ba-gasy music of the Merina people of the rural central highlands around the capital city of Antananarivo. The band was founded in 1994 by superstar guitarist Erick Manana and featured until his 2001 death the iconic sodina player Rakoto Frah, the only Malagasy musician ever to be featured on the local currency. The group was originally composed of the acoustic guitarist and singer Erick Manana, the sodina player and singer Rakoto Frah, singer and guitarist Jean-Colbert Ranaivoarison ("Rakôly"), vocalists Famantsoa Rajaonarison ("Fafa") and François-Daniel Rabeanirainy ("Beny"), and valiha player Bariliva Rasoavatsara, who died in December 2012. 
Langa Traditional Singers  Xhosa Songs   Options Lokishini: Xhosa Songs  Colophon Records  2000  Songs from the Township of Langa, South Africa 
Hussein Moktar  Libyadh / Lebtayt   Options Nouakchott Wedding Songs      Raucous and electrified wedding songs from the desert kingdom of Mauritania. Luxurious overload of micro-tonal scales, phaser pedals, and unpredictable poly- rhythms. 
Djelimady Tounkara  Sigui   Options Sigui  All Music  2002  Djelimady Tounkara is a Malian musician and one of the foremost guitarists in Africa. Djelimady has performed in an acoustic trio called Bajourou, accompanied by another masterful griot guitarist, Bouba Sacko, and by singer Lafia Diabate, a veteran of the Rail Band In 2002, Djelimady collaborated on a track with rapper Common for the Red Hot Organization's compilation album Red Hot and Riot in tribute to the Nigerian afropop innovator, Fela Kuti. He also features on Béla Fleck's album Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions (also known as Throw Down Your Heart) 
Bombino  Intidgagen   Options Agamgam  Sahel Sounds  2004  Omara "Bombino" Moctar is an internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist and singer-songwriter from Agadez, Niger. His music frequently addresses Tuareg geopolitical concerns and is sung in the Tuareg language of Tamasheq. 
Zomba Prison Project  Listen to Me (or I Will Kick Your Ass)   Options Zomba Prison Project: I Have No Everything Here  Six Degrees Records  2016  Zomba Prison Project is a Grammy-nominated recording featuring music composed and performed by prisoners at the maximum-security Zomba Central Prison in Malawi. The album I Have No Everything Here was produced by past Grammy winner (Tinariwen, 2012) and author Ian Brennan, and nominated in the Best World Music Album category for the 2016 Grammys. 
The Ngqoko Women's Ensemble   Chants umngqokolo: Nondel' ekhaya   Options Afrique du Sud: Le chant des femmes Xhosa (South Africa: Xhosa Women's Songs)  Gallo  1995  Throat singing and traditional music from Xhosa women 
Fatouma Mhoma  Yimbiyo   Options Musique Traditionnelles des Comores (Comoros)  Awesome Tapes From Africa     The tape was produced by the country’s culture ministry, in conjunction with the EU in 1982. 
The Ngqoko Women's Ensemble  Danse umtshotsho: Ngqishani, ndabaleka   Options Album: Afrique du Sud: Le chant des femmes Xhosa (South Africa: Xhosa Women's Songs)  Gallo  1995  Throat singing and traditional music from Xhosa women 
Ny Malagasy Orkestra  Bekolala   Options Masoala  cinques planetes    Super group formed to reinvigorate traditional Malagasy music from all over the Island, using traditional instruments that are still little known abroad such as: jejo, voatavo, valihas, traditional percussion, flutes, kabossy, mandolins, and discovering other instruments that have not yet been listed among the 54 instruments already recorded by ethnomusicologists 
Monja   Ampela Tsy Manaja Tena   Options Marovany Solo  Bleu  2001  Monja is one of the greatest Malagasy marovany (box zither) players. The marovany is a suitcase shaped, wooden, type of box zither from Madagascar, used in Malagasy music. It is strung on both sides with metal strings. The player plucks the strings with both hands, often with rapid alternation. This often creates complex rhythmic patterns, typical of Malagasy music. It is tuned in sequences of thirds.The instrument is commonly used in rituals and spiritual gatherings. 
Unknown  Chirombo Woye Nditerera (Spirit of Music, Listen to Me)   Options Zimbabwe 1 (Recorded By Hugh Tracey)      South African ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey was born to British parents in 1903. As a young man, while farming in what is today Zimbabwe, Tracey fell in love with the songs sung by his African co-workers. In 1929, astonished that nobody was documenting these and other indigenous African musics, Tracey set about making high quality recordings and keeping meticulous notes about the music. In 1954, he founded the International Library of African Music and set about acquiring collections of African instruments and recordings -- many of which he gathered while doing fieldwork. Despite his dedication to preserving the music of sub-Saharan Africa, some ethnomusicologists have criticized Tracey for conducting supposedly "traditional" performances, shortening the length of songs to fit onto his tape and manipulating the position of his microphone in order to record what instruments he thought were most appealing. Whatever the case, Hugh Tracey made recordings of exceptional quality, edited over 200 commercial releases, and preserved the musical legacies of many African cultures that have since disappeared 

Listener comments!

  5:18pm David W & Ruth:

Filling in for Doug with music from Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Malawi, South Africa, Malagasy, & Zimbabwe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm listener james from westwood:

Evening, David & Ruth and all!
Avatar 6:03pm ndbob:

evening David Ruth James everyone!
  6:05pm David W & Ruth:

We are thrilled to be doing something different but a touch of nerves.... Enjoy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:08pm listener james from westwood:

Sounding fine and digging it on this side, if that helps with the jitters!
Avatar 6:09pm ndbob:

indeed James!
  6:11pm David W & Ruth:

Thanks yes! And now Ruth is in her metagroove and killing it with her research.
Avatar 6:18pm geezerette:

This is totally great!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:19pm listener james from westwood:

Extensive notes are hugely useful and make this show an even more important resource for folks digging into these tracks and groups; thanks, Ruth!
Avatar 6:20pm geezerette:

The side notes are wonderful too!
Avatar 6:22pm geezerette:

posted while listener james was posting...agree, listener james!
  6:23pm David W & Ruth:

Ruth who is typing furiously and gets all the credit for this one, says "thanks!"
  6:27pm David W & Ruth:

Web sites Ruth uses to find this music: Electric Jive, Awesome Tapes, Sahel Sounds, Palm Wine, and other usual suspects.
Avatar 6:30pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm Parq:

I'm listening, please leave my hind be.
Avatar 6:41pm Little Danny:

Oof, racing to get my shit together by 6pm, but what I'm hearing is sweet balm.
Avatar 6:46pm geezeretteid &:

Stunningly beautiful.
Well done David and Ruth!!!
  6:47pm David W & Ruth:

Our pleasure Danny, have a great show! Marfa is magic!
Avatar 6:54pm northguineahills:

Fuck, I just rode my bike from Ridgewood to Greenpoint. Can't get away, good schiidt, David!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm listener james from westwood:

Stunner of a show, you two! Thanks for the fine sounds and the detailed notes!
Avatar 6:58pm ndbob:

excellent show!
Avatar 7:00pm Little Danny:

See y'all in the next town over! wfmu.org...
  7:07pm timmy:

Hey Ruth and David, thanks for the beautiful and intricate grooves.
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