Saturday, June 26, 2010

Secret Museum of Mankind- Music of East Africa 1925-1948

It's odd to hear a 20's-40's Western influence on non-professional 20-40's African traditional music. I swear some of these songs, other than the language, sound strikingly similar to American blues from the same time, others more Arabic, more of what we would think, as Americans, as "African Music," and all points in between.
This comp. goes all over the place, but a very simple joy permeates each song. This is music for these very (for lack of a better term) "real" non-corrupted people and those in their immediate vicinity. You know, what "folk music" was and is supposed to be. Now if we can only make American college kids realize that we wouldn't have to hear so much shitty neo-(pseudo) folk hipster bullshit... Remember it's about all of the folk, something more universal instead of self indulgent whining.


  1. I'm with you on these modern young whiners. However, your opening sentence, it's more likely American music is influenced by what we're hearing here.

  2. Could you reput this file?