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African Remix - the African top 60

PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:22 pm
by DJ Charlie
Following my show on September 25th with Dudu Sarr, one of the three compilers of a juke box representing the best music from the Africa over the past ten years, listener Ross McCarthy wrote in to ask if it would be possible to see the list of 60 tracks chosen so far.

Dudu has given permission for us to reproduce it, so here is the entire document, starting with introduction, then the records, and finally the details of the three compilers.

We look forward to your suggestions for the other forty recordings to fill the juke box to its capacity of 100


Africa Remix 2004

Ah – Freak - Iya
Challenging perceptions of Africa’s contemporary sounds

A selection of tracks for the jukebox in the AFRICA REMIX Exhibition.

Music is arguably the most conspicuous, dynamic and vibrant of all cultural expressions of the African continent. The contribution of the Africa to the creation of some of the world’s greatest popular musics is well known. Africans introduced melodies, rhythms, musical instruments, aesthetics, and a multi-dimensional approach to music-making to the New World, a legacy clearly visible in such genres as jazz, rock and roll, son, salsa, samba, calypso, and funk.

Meanwhile, on the African continent itself, new forms of music have been and are constantly being invented in response to new social, economic and political contexts, alongside (and interconnecting with) the continuation of many older musical traditions associated with ritual and life cycle events.

While contemporary visual arts in Africa have been slower to gain acceptance as a valid art form in the international market, African contemporary music has virtually dominated the world music scene for the last two decades. Several African artists, such as Youssou N’Dour and Mory Kante, have achieved crossover hits in the European charts, and instruments like the kora (harp) and jembe (drum) have been used in diverse styles of music far beyond their original setting.

While some parts of the continent have produced relatively little outside the local context, others have developed a powerful music industry both at home and abroad, and keep up with the latest developments in global sounds. This has stimulated the growth of new urban sounds and young emerging talent who re-interpret global styles such as hip-hop in their own languages and idioms.

Although a celebration of the visual arts, “Africa Remixâ€

PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:46 pm
by howard male
Where's Issa Bagayogo?
The title track of his seminal album 'Sya' surely deserves a placing?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2004 9:28 pm
by Con Murphy
OK, these are my carefully edited first thoughts, after having just spotted the "last 10 years" rule.

Samira Said & Cheb Mami - Youm Wara Youm
Bembeya Jazz - Sabou
Oumou Sangare - Yala
Souad Massi - Yawlidi
Orchestre National de Barbes - Poulina
Cheikh Lo - M'Beddemi
Wendo Kolosoy - Tokowela Wela
Boubacar Traoré - Baba Drame
Djelimady Tounkara - Mande Djeliou
Kaba Mane - Chefo Mae Mae

Quite happy to expand on any of these (and the list) if so desired....:-)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 9:07 am
by howard male
Yes, Oumou Sangare's 'Yala' has got to be on there. That would be one for my 'has to be played loud' list too.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 11:51 am
by Con Murphy
What about Sekouba Bambino Diabate? Famou would be my choice over the more obvious It's a Man's Man's Man's World.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:34 pm
by Con Murphy
A few brief reasons for my choices:-

<b>Samira Said & Cheb Mami - Youm Wara Youm </b>

<I>Exhilarating slice of Arabic pop. You can barely tell the vocalists apart at times, which adds to the sensation of a chorus delivered at a breathless pace.</I>

<b>Bembeya Jazz - Sabou </b>

<I>A melodious concoction of captivating guitar and irresistible brass. Vocals aren’t bad either.</I>

<b>Oumou Sangare - Yala </b>

<I>Like Howard says: PLAY LOUD. Might not be her best recording, but this is a jukebox we’re supposed to be filling here….</I>

<b>Souad Massi - Yawlidi </b>

<I>Infectious mix of Chanson, Congolese guitar and Arabic pop.</I>

<b>Orchestre National de Barbes - Poulina </b>

<I>Play alongside Tinariwen. A top North African hit that begs to be put on Repeat Play.</I>

<b>Cheikh Lo - M'Beddemi </b>

<I>My only contentious choice as I would have this funky mbalax-plus choice ahead of the one by Cheikh Lo that is already in the list.</I>

<b>Wendo Kolosoy - Tokowela Wela </b>

<I>Every list worth its salt should contain a track featuring some yodelling, IMO. </I>

<b>Boubacar Traoré - Baba Drame </b>

<I>Malian soul at its very best – and covered by Bill Frissell and the Intercontinentals to great effect</I>

<b>Djelimady Tounkara - Mande Djeliou </b>

<I>I can’t quite believe that Sigui does not feature in the original list. This glorious call and response opening track swings along beautifully.</I>

<b>Kaba Mane - Chefo Mae Mae </b>

<I>Another to play loud – with harmonies to warm up any winter’s day.</I>

PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:02 pm
by Guest
Oh no ! There are at least 25 of the 60 I haven't heard. Unless their going to be on the CD of the exhibition I'm going to need a second ruddy mortgage.

Most of my suggestions seem to belong to the last year of the last century, but a lot of my original choices have been snaffled up already.

Carnival de Sao Vicente(Body & Soul Vocal Mix)- Cesaria Evora
.....surely the best Evora remix ever & not on the Club Sodade ! Such a toe tapper. I have it from the 'The Shrine, Afro Digital' but there is a Joe Clausell remix CD around somewhere from which it originated. (1999).

Makoti-Arthur CD Umpostoli (1999)
Such a thumping bit of Kwaito & Arthur seems to run the scene.

Ya Rayah(Polar Remix)-Dahmane El Harachi CD Arabesque(1999).
Ok Ok this is probably cheating, the song came out(I think) in 1973. This is the remix done in 1999. How damned clever is the person that realised that a sample of a mexican trumpet would sit so comfortably alongside an Algerian sound.

Gauloulha Dji- Khaled CD Kenza (1999)
An African jukebox without Khaled ? Kenza is the most recent CD I own and this is such great jumping about stuff. Sahra(1996) would have also fitted in to the 10 year rule. Loads of alternative choices off this one.

Fanadugule-Nahawa Doumbia CD Yankaw.
Another 'jukebox without' moment. Fine singer, fine track.

Kafo Fite-The African Divas 12" single(1999).
Fredric Galliano proving he wasn't only a good remixer but could work with talented singers to create something new.

Can 2002-Neba Solo CD(?) cassette Can 2002 (2001).
My attempt to upsurp the chosen track by Neba Solo in the 60. Don't understand football. Patrick Viera.... French existentialist ??????. But I have adored African football related songs ever since The Real Sounds-Tornados vs Dynamos(3-3). Seeing as football seems to be at least as much a passion in Africa as it is here I reckon the jukebox can't do without this or Oumou Sangares Be Ka Wili which I thinks about football on the basis that shes holding a football on the cover & theres the roar of a crowd on the song.

PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 12:03 pm
by David M
The above tosh was me not logged in.

More Tunes for the Remix

PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 7:59 pm
by That Was Jonathan E. Then
“Chefo Mae Maeâ€

PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 5:27 pm
by Con Murphy
<i>“Chefo Mae Maeâ€

PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 2:48 pm
by Ian

This is my first post - have been a listener for years and my music collection has been heavily influenced by Charlies Saturday night playlists. On the whole my musical preferences tend towards something that's a little more funky, so my suggestions for the African Juke Box might not be to all your tastes:

It's a Man's Man's, Man's World. Sekouba Bambino from the album Sinikin

Look Around. Femi Kuti from the album Shoki Shoki

Several people have mentioned the absence of Issa Bagayogo. His latest album Tassoumakan is magnificent and I've been playing it to death for the last two weeks, but on this occasion I'm suggesting a track that always put a smile on my face and a skip in my step as, tuned into my iPod, I walked over the River Thames at Waterloo to and from work:

Tounga. Issa Bagayogo from the album Timbuktu

Best wishes to you all,

Ian (in deepest Hampton Court).

PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 7:06 pm
by howard male
Another vote for Issa! Excellent Ian.

I only hope (though I doubt) our comments are being taken note of.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2004 8:10 am
by Con Murphy
<i>Another vote for Issa! Excellent Ian. </i>

Make that another. Although my choice would be the next track on from Tounga on Timbuktu, ie Nogo.

Top 60

PostPosted: Thu Oct 21, 2004 12:11 pm
by Dudu
Hey guys ,
Many thanks for your suggestions. Keep them coming..
Issa definitely was on our list but somehow did not make it to Germany.. Mystery.But possibly on the compilation which will accompany the exhibition.
But just one or two corrections.. 1) It is not a top 60. It is just our 60 selected tracks . The French say ...Les gouts et les couleurs ne se discutent pas !!!!! This is the result of endless arguments between 3 curators starting from a thousand possibilities for only 60 tracks..
The minute you start ranking them ... dangerous grounds..All of the tracks suggested are great tracks which reminds me that I need to get a new loan to go on a music shopping spree.. So many that I do not have..
2) Sadly it will not be 100 tracks as annouced on the program but 60 as it is now. Did not manage to convince them.

Re: African Remix - the African top 60

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:14 am
by grannyshodan
So late with this - but came upon the link when searching for the song about King Harry getting his Hampton court - if you are still wondering about the slang - it is Hamton Wick - to rhyme with Prick - which then makes sense in the song