Thursday, May 18, 2017

Leo Rojas - Chaski

Ecuador is one of the three main Andean countries, and that means lots of traditional music. So what do you do to pump some new life into old traditions? Some groups mimic North American natives outright, with war bonnets on it, buckskin and all the rest. Others are more authentic, and try to mine their own traditions for new insight...

Friday, May 12, 2017

Big Foot Mama - Led s severa

Slovenia is best known for the wife of you-know-who, but there's more to it than that. Slavs may have been the last Europeans, but hardly the least, and Slovenes are one of the anomalies, northerners stuck in the south by virtue of shifty politics. They can rock, too...

Friday, May 05, 2017

Aventura - Su Veneno (Version Bachata)

The Dominican Republic is bachata country, but so much of it sounds so similar, that it gets stale. There's a lot of African blood in the DR--it shows. There are some nice beaches there, too; lots of nice things...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Not sure where the Solomon Islands are? Think Guadalcanal, and dozens of aircraft lying at the bottom of the ditch that lies beyond your idyllic beach setting--okay, so not THAT idyllic, but not bad. And it's interesting how the reggae buzz goes from island to island, around the world, and largely skipping everything in between, even when the islands are half a world away, maybe antipodes, will check, back later. 'Wan' is the number that comes B4 'Too', BTW, bilong Tok Pisin...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jeff Joseph feat Grammacks - Medley cadence

Dominica is almost unique among Caribbean nations in having a sizeable population of native Caribs, in addition to a mixed French/English colonial heritage. That means zouk and reggae, perhaps best exemplified by one of the late masters, enjoy...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Somali is the other major culture in the Horn of Africa, besides Ethiopia, with an influence far beyond the borders unto the Somali Diaspora, now worldwide. But this is from a small town in Ethiopia, on the road to the Somaliland border and Hargeisa, from the Rimbaud country of Harar, Arabic-speaking region of the Ogaden desert, high and dry...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

cumar macalin & cumar aadan - Suuban

Djibouti was not my favorite country to visit, BUT... I like this, even if they are from Somalia, or Somaliland. That's close enough. I may have to go back--in winter...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Zahara - Loliwe

South Africa can be a rough place, but it can also be richly rewarding. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

I Got You On Tape - Waking Up The Brotherhood

Sweden and Iceland are all over the English-language music charts, whether you know it or not, but what about Denmark, arguably the center of Scandinavia? There's Agnes Obel, and... more. Interesting things are happening here musically, metal-tinged metaphysics in multi-color chiaroscuro, that you can dance to--sometimes...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hey - Gravity (그라비티)

There's more to South Korea than K-pop. Check it out...

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