South African grooves supreme from that wonderful Cape Town piano player called Dollar Brand, who changed his name to Abdullah Ibrahim when he found a new faith. My fave Dollar tune will always be the mesmerizing Mannenberg a.k.a. Capetown Fringe, but as uncle Ernie posted that gem recently at 27 Leggies, I bring you this fine fine paean to youthful innocence instead. Dig in if you please. Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim - Little Boy
And the finest 'exotic' album of 2014, you may ask? That award easily goes to Tzenni by the amazing Mauritanian griot singer Noura Mint Seymali. That's her husband Jeiche Ould Chighaly on guitar by the way. Westernized, but not too much, which is a good thing of course. Here's a bit of proof. Noura Mint Seymali - Hebebeb (Zrag)
Almost everything Sandy Denny recorded never ceases to amaze, be it with the Fairports, with Fotheringay, and on her solo albums. But to hear the finest female vocalist in British folk of all time at its purest, I always turn to the the BBC recordings. "The sound of music it comes to me from every place I go..." Sandy Denny - Bushes And Bryars (live at the BBC)
As far as I know, Barber Saloon was Michael Campbell a.k.a. Mikey Dread's first single. The legendary Jamaican dj just wanted you to know that natty dread did not have any business on the premises of a hairdresser. Classic stuff, bald heads. Roots time! Mikey Dread - Barber Saloon
Hello, Dolly! It's the first time the Backwoods Barbie graces these pages, which is quite an omission. But here she is at last, and at her funkiest at that. Don't know where the sadness went indeed. Dolly Parton - Getting Happy
Would you like some freshly recorded, classic soul? From the soundtrack of a semi-autobiographical, low-budget movie I have yet to see, here's the one and only Willis Earl Beal. Total knockout. Willis Earl Beal - Flying So Low
Presenting a rockin' track by Cincinatti's Hiders, from their brand new fifth album called Totem. Which actually caught my attention because their guitar player, who sent me a copy, informed me he once was a member of the late great Ass Ponys. Remember them? One of their finest tracks, the soulful Mr. Superlove, was later covered by Greg Dulli's Afghan Whigs. The Hiders - Mansion Ass Ponys - Mr. Superlove Afghan Whigs - Mr. Superlove
Musings on tunes I care about. The ones with that thin wild mercury sound, you know. And as I like a lot of different stuff, you can expect everything from pop, rock, punk, blues, soul, folk, reggae, country, world music, jazz and everything in between here. And a whole lot of Dylan of course...
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