Friday, January 19, 2007

Music I Liked And Didn't - 1/13/07 - 1/19/07

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V/A: Love Is Love LP (No Label) - This is an unauthorized collection of modern (in other words, western-influenced) African music. According to the minimal information that accompanied this release, these tracks are from individuals and groups based in several different countries and were recorded in a time span ranging from the mid-50’s to the early-70’s. The majority of the tracks on this album fall into the “Dry Guitar” category. “Dry Guitar” was a musical style that first developed in Eastern Africa. It is an acoustic guitar based, troubadour (ya gotta like that!) style that seems, at least to me, to have some sort of spiritual connection to the primitive American solo “Country Blues”, popularized in the 20’s and 30’s. Different styles, such as Juju, Highlife, and even, an Ethio-Jazz track (that sounds like it almost could be some lost Mulatu Astatke track!), are also represented. Despite the bootleg nature (including the compromised pressing of the actual LP!) of this release, this is still an interesting and enjoyable sampler of obscure, but worthy, artists and forms of music.

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