@@@ BIXIGA 70: Quebra Cabeça (Glitterbeat, 2018). Off this week’s WRIR playlist email. There’s just a pre-release single up on the Apple Music for what looks set to be an Afrobeat funk explosion. I’m into the guitar player’s chicken scratch style and the thick stew of drum kit, hand drums, and horns. My African music radar was saying that the musicians are not African but lovers of the music thereof, and I am correct. This outfit hails from Brazil and they put some more slight sonic variations into the tune and a slightly different rhythmic feel to the track. I would check out more of this.
@@@ MINYESHU | Daa Dee (ARC, 2018) Also off this week’s WRIR playlist email and also a pre-release single. It’s a mash of African music but I’m gonna have to GooglePimp this musician as it’s a mash of genres. Minyeshu hails from Ethiopia but now lives in the Netherlands. It’s a piano ballad sung in an African tongue and it’s not the part of African music that I love most.
@@@ MICHI SARMIENTO Y SU COMBO BRAVO | Salsa Con Monte (Vampisoul, 2018) We switch gears to some Latin American music. It is salsa but the musicians could be from most anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. Pardon me while I GooglePimp this band. These guys are old school and are described as Colombian dance floor thunder. I have heard so much old school Latin music from my out of print vinyl record archive but if you are a young gent or gal or gender fluid and have not heard the old school salsa, you’re missing out.
YTD recordings listened to: 519
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 273
Not good music: 217
Honorable Mentions: 5
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