Music for 2/26/20!!! Why Bonnie, Agorsor, Sunny Jain, Gambian Griot Kora Duets

@@@ Why Bonnie: Voice Box (Fat Possum, 2020) Off the Twatter!  I love the Twatter.  This is a pre-release single of an upcoming EP coming out in April.  It’s a bit of Roxy music smoothness with some coffee shop slack.  Female singer, dreamy and accompanied by both classic indie guitar twee and a sweet pipe synth patch.  This makes me want a bologna sandwich and a fizzy orange drink and I’m not sure why.  More dreamy than mopey so it’s sedating and comforting simultaneously.

@@@ AGORSOR | Hugadem (Self-released, 2020) The rest of today’s listens are via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  The band bio says they are African rooted so I’m guessing that means a lot of the musicians here are from Africa but maybe they don’t live there right now.  It’s not a big deal but I was trying to get a handle or what sound they might be trafficking.  Female singer and African marimba prominent on this first tune, some call and response background vocals and hand percussion.  It’s firm but neither blazing nor soft Afro pop.  It’s not really my favorite combo of instruments as I prefer guitars and drums, neither of which are here but the drumming and the marimba playing is really good.

@@@ SUNNY JAIN | Wild Wild East  (Smithsonian Folkways, 2020) First off, fucking awesome moustache!  The first tune, Immigrant Warrior, comes on as a blend of arena rock and world music.  Let me bio this musician and see what’s going on.  Mr. Jain is of South Asian heritage and he rocks a blend of Indian classical and arena rock apparently.  He likes a big ass rock track and good on him.  While I find the combination quite creative the music itself is not my cup of tea.  For those who might dig it, there are a lot of big guitar sounds, some South Asian woodwinds, a lot of hand drums and even an MC on this fourth tune.  It’s a smorgasbord, get on up in it.

@@@ ALHAJI BAI KONTE, DEMBO KONTE, AND MA LAMINI JOBATE | Gambian Griot Kora Duets (Smithsonian Folkways, 1979)  This is a reissue and it’s the oldest of old school.  African kora masters doing some high end playing and ridiculously soulful singing.  Five tracks and four of them pushing 10 minutes this music is to just sit back and ride the feels.  To my ears this is African classical music, a high expression of a culture.  I would check out track two, the playing is off the hook!  More kora and singing from what I’ve heard.

YTD recordings listened to: 140
Good music, not list worthy: 82
Not good music: 58

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

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