There already are a couple of great new releases for the new year; one is from a well known Senegalese artist the other from a female Tuvan throat singer who’s remained a bit of a cult figure. Guitarist and vocalist Baaba Maal has not released a new album since his 2009 electronic heavy Television. His new one- The Traveller- features a mix of African roots sounds and western electro music.
The Guardian calls Like a Bird or a Spirit not a Face from experimental Tuvan throat singer Sainko Namtchylak the most unlikely fusion album of the year. That’s because she teams up with two members of Tuareg group Tinariwen. The result works very well with desert blues and sparse calabash percussion providing the perfect accompaniment to Namtchylak’s vocal variations- from child like cooing to eerie and beautiful wailing. This woman’s got a seven octave range! The year for global music is off to a good start.
M’Fadel Fadoul- Sid Redad- Al Zman Said
Sainko Namtchylak- Erge Chokka To- Like a Bird or a Spirit not a Face
Here’s a bit of Sainko from a 2010 performance
Baaba Maal- Fulani Rock- The Traveller
Hafusa Abasi & Slim Hodi with the Yahoos Band- Sina Raha- Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970’s-80’s
The Good Ones- Dans L’oublie (The World is in Chaos)- Rwanda is My Home
Grace Jones- Walking in the Rain- Nightclubbing
Aurelio- Nando- Landini
The Duke of Iron- Mambo Calypso- Mambo Calypso
Sylvie Vartan- Suzanne- Nouvelle Vague
Abida Parveen- Meri Bukkai De Vich- 50 Greatest Hits
Suba- Sereia- Sao Paulo Confessions
Jethro Tull – Fat Man- Stand Up
Jerusalem in My Heart- Lau Ridyou Bil Hijaz (What If The Hijaz Were Enough?)- If He Dies, If, If, If, If, If, If
Yorkston/Thorne/Kahn- Everything Sacred – Everything Sacred
Tunto - Couscous Music- Huvi
Fofoulah- Balou Nala- Bene Bop
Cecilia Noel- Cars- Havana Rocks
Hailu Mergia & the Walias- Tche Belew- Tche Belew
Hailu in Copenhagen. Maybe you saw him at Martyr’s.
Rabbits & Carrots- Las 4 Culturas- Soul Latino
Dick Khoza- African Jive- South African Funk Experience!
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Stir It Up- Catch A Fire
Stromae- Ave Cesaria- Racine Caree
Cesaria Evora- Consedjo- Cesaria Evora
Tony Allen- Morose- Lagos No Shaking