Song of The Day: Question Mark – Love (1974)

In honor of the people of Kenya.


Members of Roxy Music, The Clash form new supergroup

Consequence of Sound

Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and The Clash bassist Paul Simonon have joined forces alongside Afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Italian rock star Ligabue, and others.

The supergroup — which also boasts Andrea Echeverri (Aterciopelados) and Anna Phoebe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) — will make their debut at La Notte della Taranta, a music festival taking place in Salento, Italy on August 22nd. Manzanera serves as the Maestro Concertatore of the festival.

Manzanera also recently co-produced David Gilmour’s new album Rattle That Lock.

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Song Of The Day: Songhoy Blues – Al Hassidi Terei

“We electrify traditional music a bit more to bring it to the modern level,” says guitarist Garba Toure, speaking through a translator in a phone interview. “It’s more beats, [faster] tempo — a younger way to show a new generation there’s no need to give [the music] a label: rock or blues.” -Billboard interview

Classification of Songhoy Blues is a tricky proposition. Clearly the African indicators are there: the tribal polyrhythms, the serpentine, almost surf-like electric guitar from a post-Ali Farka Touré, Mali, the chanted chorus… but as Toure stated on a “modern level”. I would throw this in a set between John Lurie’s, Marvin Pontiac project, and Swedish Psychedelic Afrophiles, Goat. Apparently their sound has struck a note with western ears, as Atlantic Records just signed them up, making them the first African act in their catalog since Manu Dibango electrified the airwaves with his funky, Soul Makossa, forty three years ago!

Here’s one from the recently released, Music In Exile, produced by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist, Nick Zinner. Check out the amazing textile patterns and style

Song of The Day: Charlotte Dada – Don’t Let Me Down (Ghana 1971)

Welcome to the new feature “…Of The Day”, where I’ll be posting a song/songs, quotes, art, movies, bands, or anything else that might strike my fancy at that given moment. Today is a very interesting Africanized take on The Beatles, “Don’t Let Me Down” by Charlotte Dada