Music for 2/18/21!!! Florence Adooni, Witch Camp, Quetzal

@@@ Florence Adooni: Mam Pe’ela Su’ure (Philophon, 2020) All of today’s listens are off this week’s WRIR playlist email and this particular track is getting a listen because it’s the same small label in Germany that released the Guy One record that is pretty much my favorite of the last decade. I couldn’t locate the track on Apple Music so we’ll have to make do with the GooglePimpTube and its shitty audio quality. This is smooth and funky and while I don’t almost ever watch the videos I clip up in these posts for your earholes the video below is so cool for its simplicity and the ease with which these African musicians play at extremely high levels of competency is impressive. I tend to gravitate to the hotter tracks but this track is winning me over for sure. I will check it out once it hopefully shows up on Apple Music (hopefully as part of a larger recording) as Ms. Adooni does a great job here. Check it out!

@@@ Witch Camp: Hatred Drove Me From My Home (Six Degrees, 2021) I’m a bit surprised to see this record out on the Six Degrees imprint as I think of them as the home of smooth, world music. This is more stripped back, retro African folk tune with titles like the one above and others such as ‘When I was ill you didn’t come visit me’ and ‘I trusted my family, they betrayed me.’ Since this is the pre-release track I can only comment based on this one track but I like the simplicity of it and it’s got a sad soulfulness I respect.

@@@ Quetzal: El Rio (Smithsonian Folkways, 2021) I think Smithsonian Folkways puts out some great music and I appreciated how they put out Latin/Mexican music while Trump was in office as I don’t think that was a coincidence. Oh, Orange Chaos Pig, drop fucking dead. Here we have some energetic business with jubilant strumming, rhythms powered by somebody’s feet, and a strong female singer. The tune transitions into a call and response with a chorus of singers and that expands the energy of the tune. It’s got a lot going for it and the old school foot pounding is recorded and executed very well. This is the 11th song on the record and I often wonder why the later tracks are featured as introductory tracks so Imma checking the first track because I thought I might like it more. I like it a lot without loving it so this might work for folks. Check it out.

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