Baba Commandant & The Mandingo Band are a great band from Burkina Faso. Mandingo music mixed with afrobeat. Ngoni and guitars. I love it.
It’s been awhile since my last blog post. Alot of things have happened. In 2013 I was living and working in Jakarta, Indonesia. Now I am out on a new adventure. This time Abuja, Nigeria. I will try and update my blog more often and post pics, music and my thoughts about life here.
I’m on vacation and I had the opportunity to visit Barcelona last week. It was my first visit there. Great city! I need to come back though since the main reason for my stay was the Sonar Festival. It’s a music festival with focus on electronic dance music. Some of the high lights for me were Neneh Cherry, Dam-FunK and Massive Attack.
I had a fun time in Barcelona and I will return to explore more of the city.
The rockers from the Malian desert are back with a new album (it will be released next year). “Toumast Tincha” is a good song. Beautiful video.
Here’s also a clip from the sessions for their last album Tasilli. And yes, it’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe from the American
hipster band TV on the Radio contributing on some of the songs.
Speaking about Kyp Malone. What is that brother doing now? It was a couple of years ago since he released the album from his solo project Rain Machine.
- Tinariwen releasing a new LP, touring (SXSW & 2 NYC shows) (brooklynvegan.com)
- Tinariwen-Tassili Desert Sessions- From The Ashes Of Hate A Flower Blooms (uofmusic.com)
1984. An important year for me. I was eleven years old and I bought Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution. Wow, I loved that album. Well I still love Purple Rain. Nine great songs. It is one of the greatest albums in the Minneapolis sound. From Purple Rain I then went on to discover The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye and other great artists. I have seen Prince three times – 1987, 1988 and 2011. All three concerts where amazing. I missed his
hard rock show in Stockholm this year though since I’m abroad.
Numero Group has just released Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, a great collection of late 70s early 80s sounds from Minneapolis. Soul and R&B with a new wave synth-vibe. It’s lovely! I highly reccommend this album.
- Various Artists – Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound (thequietus.com)
- Purple Snow: What Came Before Purple Rain (theatlantic.com)