Friday, May 14, 2010

Exotic Music for the Oud

A pleasant disc of Middle Eastern and Indian musics. There are also a few European traditional pieces that end up sounding a bit like bluegrass because of their twanginess. This record is not really all on the oud; the bandleader H. Aram Gulezyan also plays the sultania and the sarod. Each of these are described on the reverse.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Papua Niugini: The Middle Sepik

This is a disc demonstrating the instruments played in this specific region of Papua New Guinea by the four ethnic groups that reside there: the Sawos, Iatmul, Manumbu, and Chambri Lake people. The majority of the tracks are one or two players, and the arrangements are mostly very simple, focusing on a dissonance or rhythm. The volume is a bit low because there are twenty-two tracks.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Kakraba Lobi

This ones pretty mellow and groovy. The drummer on this record is Mustapha Tettey Addy. The last track is amazing.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Assalam Aleikoum Africa Vol. 1

A compilation of singles released by Societé Ivoirienne du Disque. The label was founded in 1974 in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan by producer Catherine Oro. At its time, it was one of the first facilities for both recording and pressing on the continent. The tracks sound pretty unique compared to the music I'm familiar with produced in other West African countries circa 1975. Let me know if you run across a full length LP of any of these artists.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I Can Be... Doctor

Found by Genevieve on the ground.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Edikanfo - The Pace Setters

This is a solid Ghanian funk group's LP from 1981. I was surprised that I needed to post this, but not only was it never reissued on cassette or compact disc, I could not find it on the internet anywhere. All I know is that when I search for it I get results for an Eno biography I've never read.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis - Live at Minton's Playhouse

A contribution from Ba'ab Haatt, this is a tight live jazz set recorded January 6, 1961. It is the final of three live sets performed by the group that night at Minton's Playhouse, Harlem.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Abd Al Hamid Hafez

This is a tape from Ali, owner of Weber Mart and Tobacco Int'l. It is an epic live set by Abed Al Hamid Hafez recorded sometime in the 70s in a huge, packed tent. It is a single, one hour piece in two acts. The first part focuses on a man's apprehension about a risky life decision, and the second, about him deciding to take the risk. I wanted to see what the lower text said, so I approximated it:
& this is the translation I received:
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Sufi Music Volume 2

A recording of some hypnotic chants of Turkic Sufi muslims. These guys must be humble because their masters names are written big on the reverse, "in hommage", but their names are the finely printed caption for the picture on the reverse:
It's odd when the nation of origin is the largest words on the cover. The notes are bilingual; the English translation starts on the reverse and continues on an insert I've included as a Pdf along with scans of the gatefold._______________________ ____ ___________________
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Monday, February 1, 2010

K. J. Yesudas - Voice of The Soul

This is a kooky disc by a famous team from the Bollywood scene. Typically, the songs come out first, then the film, but for some reason a movie was never made for these songs. I'm not sure who all these credits are on the back, but my research says that in Indian musical theater, K. J. Yesudas is a vocal artist, and Jerry Amaldev is a famous songwriter. Money: 1,2,4,&7 ________ ____________
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Got my mind on my money...

Actually, I have a hard time enjoying this if I watch the video.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Girl Sleep

Found during move-in week in a bag by the overflowing dumpster in the alley behind my house in Columbus.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Exotic Music of Ancient China

This is a vinyl of mesmerizing old chinese music. All solo, performed by the virtuosic Lui Tsun-Yuen, it contains "The Elegant Orchid" by Confucius which is the oldest music piece for which a manuscript exists.

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