Tune in now to Jazz at Lincoln Center's live stream of Chucho Valdés's concert with Wynton Marsalis & Pedrito Martinez! http://ow.ly/BFoLc
#throwbackThursday, back to when Tinariwen was named Best African Band in Rolling Stone's 2008 Best of Rock! “Get this: Tinariwen's 2007 album, 'Aman Iman'” on World Village.
Tinariwen is back in the US on tour in October: http://ow.ly/BFgar
Ahmad Jamal: Still Fearless And Innovative At 82 - NPR Music - A Blog Supreme
Listen to Jazz Village’s very first release, Ahmad Jamal's Blue Moon, for #throwbackThursday, as featured on NPR Music in 2012.
(via Cumbia All Stars – Tigres en Fuga | Music Review | Sounds and Colours)
"At first listen, it is so striking that it seems like a debut. Tigres en Fuga sounds fresh, vigorous and resonant, spreading incessant and pulsating rhythms for the entirety of the album’s 40 minutes. But then, when you look at the identity of its creators, at their CVs and all-encompassing careers, you discover a whole new world.
Cumbia All Stars is a project of good old friends with at least 40 years of unparalleled music experience on their shoulders. They started playing together back in the late 60s, in Lima and around the main cities in Peru’s Amazon region. They started playing traditional music like cumbia, chicha and huaracha, mixing them with more contemporary, electric and forward-looking North American influences like surf and psychedelic rock. They started playing their own peculiar style and they suddenly became a trademark in the Peruvian music scenario…
Tigres en Fuga dusts down and waxes the Cumbia All Stars’ dancing shoes. It shines a light on their unmistakable style, on the percussive and smooth patterns characterised by the emphatic presence of bongos, congas, and timbales. It honours decades-old melodies, which delve deep into Peruvian music tradition with reverberating guitars, West African references and groovy up-tempo beats.
With stunning tunes like the magnetic “Quiero que Amanezca”, the galloping “Caballito de Siete Colores”, the tropical-scented “La Danza del Barrigón” and the electric “La Tamborera”, Tigres en Fuga brings back the roaring atmosphere of the so-called Swinging Lima in all its palpitating glory.”
(via Can music help stop the tragic shipwrecks of migrants coming from Africa? | Public Radio International)
"…My memory of the past eight months is pierced with episodes of boats capsizing in the Mediterranean, several hundred people perishing at once with only a few survivors to recount the tales of horror and lives slipping frantically away.
2,200 migrants are dead so far this year and, once the official toll of two horrific sinkings from the past five days is in, the number will likely rise to 2,900.
Activists are saying the problem is out of control, but few governments are taking the problem seriously enough. And a fresh voice in that activism belongs to Tony Allen, a 74-year-old Nigerian musician who drummed for legendary bandleader Fela Kuti. Allen’s new recording, called “Film of Life,” has several songs that deal with these frequent migration tragedies…
“I don’t have no solution,” he says. “I don’t have no solution. My own solution is that they can stay back home and get aid and make use of it, it would be better.” But he knows that life back home is bad enough to force people to endure this, and asking them to stick it out is a hard — if not impossible — sell…
He may not have left on a heaving, overcrowded boat, but he still felt forced to go. “I made my move because my country has just become crazy, and I’m a musician, and I need to operate,” he says. “The nightlife there died. I work in the night and I’m not going to do any other job. I’ve done other jobs before. I decided to be strictly a musician. I need to pursue what I had in my hands.”
What Tony Allen has in his hands is a pair of drumsticks. For an instrumentalist, his minor-key single “Go Back” — with vocals from Britpop singer Damon Albarn of Blur — is a plea for greater attention to the migrants’ problems.”
Film of Life is out October 14: http://ow.ly/BEnk0
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