@@@ Sonia Aimy: Nigerian Spirit (Self-released, 2017) An African record that mixes jazz into a large African ensemble. The vibe is friendly and Aimy’s voice is as well. There is a classic African guitar sound as well as a nylon string guitar that sounds more jazzy. There are only four pre-release tunes up on the Apple Music even though the page says the album was to be released in January. She resurrects fellow Nigerian Fela Kuti’s political conciousness in the title track (clipped below) as she bemoans Boko Harem, juju priests, and materialism. Check it out.
@@@ Ivoryman: Culturally Rude (Tusk Records, 2017) Some new dancehall reggae off this week’s WRIR playlist email. Mr. Ivoryman has a deep voice and a percussive sound as he hits the mic and it produces a bit of a strange effect. The second tune, Military Gathering, is an anti-war song (I think) as it’s a little rough to hear what Ivoryman says. I’ve listend to a few songs here and I like a bunch of the sounds, but I’m having a hard time with Ivoryman’s voice. Maybe there is something wrong with me — that thought crosses my mind pretty frequently.
@@@ Oumou Sangare: Mogoya (No Format, 2017) I heard the pre-release single featuring Tony Allen and now the whole record isout. This first tune, Bena bena, is off to a good start — a firm midtempo groove with organ and a sophisto vocal arrangement. The second tune is the tune with Tony Allen so let’s skip to the third tune which has a brisk tempo and some nice hand drumming to go with Sangare’s voice. Her voice is a blend of beauty and strength with a slight tilt to the strength. The fourth tune is a slow, beautiful jam with kora playing, hand drumming, some hammered marimba type sounds, and vocals. Imma swing back on this record as it’s a very interesting and hot record.
YTD recordings listened to: 317
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 184
Not good music: 122
Honorable Mentions: 2
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