Over a decade ago I had a very enjoyable delve into music that wasn’t British, American, or, at a push French or German. So basically what used to be called World music (possibly still is), though in my case mostly from Africa. Was inspired by temporary boredom of yer rock and pop and the pressing need to download 90 emusic songs a month while faced with a seemingly endless wall of faceless indie bands. It was a lot of fun.
Sadly, the ipod long since died, as did the computer, and the back-up CDs could only now be useful if I invested in some new technology (if clouds existed then, I didn’t know it…) So basically I have no real trace of any of it.
Things I remember: the Ethiopiques series was amazing, but only the name Mulatu Astatke has stuck; Orchestra Baobab; Fela Kuti; there were also some brilliant compilations of 70s Nigerian funk. There was lots and lots more. The Congo, Ethiopia and Nigeria were what stuck most of all I think but don’t want to just stay there.
So, I’m now on hols. But hols in 2020 will be different: basically exactly the same as the last 6 months, at home, but without having to log into skype meetings or write reports. I’ve got the reading, Kraftwerk, Beatles, Dylan, elegiac cricket books.
But listening-wise I’ve got the time o rediscover that lost time a decade ago. But entering into this world is somewhat daunting.
Long-winded way of saying, what recommendations do people have for different African artists and musics? And is there a good book(s) on it or a recommended web presence? I’m a nerd who likes to know/learn about what I’m listening to.
Ta in advance.