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David Dalle
Thursday June 13th, 2019 with David Dalle
Electric Guitars Over Africa: electric guitar-driven music from west and central Africa, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, the Congo and elsewhere.

Today we'll hear a lot of electric guitar-driven music from Africa, particularly from Niger, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, and the Congo. Inspired by the new release from Nigerien guitarist Mdou Moctar who will be appearing in Ottawa on July 26th! We will hear from a few other Tuareg groups who specialize in electric guitar from Niger and Mali as well as a look back at various Golden ages of African guitar from the Orchestre National de Mauritanie from 1968-75, Etoile de Dakar from 1978-82 and the absolute magic woven in the complex "sebene" of Franco and TPOK Jazz from the early 80's. Mdou Moctar in Ottawa July 26th:
Settle in for mostly electric guitars from West Africa though with a healthy dose of amazing horns so it's not too monochromatic. Impossible to stay still!
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator - Sahel Sounds New
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator - Sahel Sounds New
Tenere Maliat
Etran De L'Air - No. 1 - Sahel Sounds
Orchestre National de Mauritanie - Orchestre National de Mauritanie - Sahel Sounds
M'Baye Gueye
Etoile de Dakar feat. Youssou N'Dour - Khaley etoile - Stern's
Dipping south into the Congo for a moment to hear the incredible Franco. 2019 marks 30 years since his early death at the age of 51. His music, especially the "sebene" when the various guitars and bass play ostinatos with occasional refrains from the horns could just go on for eternity. They are timeless, incomparable summits of African music.
Franco & le TPOK Jazz - Francophonic vol. 2 - Stern's
Kongo Sigui
Super Rail Band - Kongo Sigui - Label Bleu/Indigo
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator - Sahel Sounds New
For me, this song by Tinariwen will always be the anthem of Tuareg guitar music, I can never hear it enough...
Matadjem Yinmixan
Tinariwen - Aman Iman - Outside
Wanting to continue with the electrified theme, and something truly electrifying! The great Carnatic violinist Shankar and his double-necked electric violin. Music that burns white hot and truly, absolutely, shreds!
'Eternal Light' Ragam, Tanam, Pancha Nadai Pallavi in Rag Kiravani
Shankar, Zakir Hussain, T.H. Vinayakram - Eternal Light - Moment Records
Interactive CKCU
Frank Smith
David, this music is absolutely brilliant! Listening in on headphones and totally diggin' it!

2:11 PM, June 13th, 2019
That Mdou SHREDS!!! Working on annoying my neighbors.... ;^)

2:16 PM, June 13th, 2019
David Dalle (host)
Yeah he's rocking! I hope you'll be making it to his Ottawa appearance in July!

2:26 PM, June 13th, 2019
Yeah, PeterB again
HOLY CRAP on the Shankar, Zakir Hussain, T.H. Vinayakram piece!!! Yet more happy homework on me. This program is bad for my fixed-income budget...

3:43 PM, June 13th, 2019
Amazing music! Is Shankar coming to Ottawa, Montreal or Toronto anytime soon?

3:47 PM, June 13th, 2019
David Dalle (host)
sadly no Shankar is not coming to Ottawa or nearby. I am not sure what he is up to these days. His last recordings were these strange new age albums.

5:52 PM, June 13th, 2019