Thursday, December 18, 2008

All Change Please! (2008 Rewind part two)

2008 has been a lot of different things. I was in the lucky position of being able to visit Lagos, Abuja, Accra, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban as well as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Manama and Mallorca. And again I've got to say that I love Africa. Its that simple.

I'm also loving that Barack Obama has lit the hopes and imagination of people all around the world. We need more of this hope. And along the way I've also loved the following things:
2008 New Releases, Compilations and Reissues
Flying Lotus :: Los Angeles (Warp)
Al Green :: Lay It Down (Blue Note)
Toumani Diabate :: Mande Variations (World Circuit)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds : Dig Lazarus Dig (Mute)
Duffy :: Rockferry (Polydor)
Gnarls Barkley :: The Odd Couple (Warner)
Evangelista :: Hello Voyager (Constellation)
Santogold :: Self Titled (Warner)
Erykah Badu :: New Amerykah Part One (Universal)
Trus'me :: Working Nights (Fat City)
Heliocentrics :: Out There (Stones Throw)
Bako Dagnon :: Titati (Discograph)
Glasvegas :: Self Titled (SonyBMG)
TV on the Radio :: Dear Science (4AD)
Portico Quartet :: Knee Deep inthe North Sea (Vortex)
Menahan Street Band :: Make the Road by Walking (Daptone)
Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog :: Party Intellectuals (Tzadik)
John Zorn :: The Dreamers (Tzadik)
Amadou Sodia :: Ça Va Se Savoir (Sterns)
Les Amazones du Guinee :: Wamato (Sterns)
Karl Hector & the Malcouns :: Sahara Swing (Stones Throw)
The Bug :: London Zoo (Ninja Tunes)
Amadou & Mariam :: Welcome to Mali (Because)
Bronx River Parkway :: San Sebastian 152 (Truth and Soul)
Keep on Struttin' :: Imitations, Interpolations & the Inspiration of the Meters (Le Smoke Disque)
Kon and Amir Off Track Volume Two :: Queens (BBE)
African Scream Contest :: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo 70s (Analog Africa)
Bala et ses Balladins : The Syliphone Years (Sterns)
A Night at the Jazzrooms compiled by Russ Dewbury(Mr Bongo)
Spiritual Jazz (Jazzman)
Sir Victor Uwaifo :: Guitar Boy Superstar 1970-1976 (Soundway)
Franco & TPOK Jazz :: Francophonic Vol 1 1953-1980 (Sterns)
Amadou Balake :: Senor Electico (Oriki)
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo :: The Vodoun Effect - Funk and Sato from Benin's Obscure Labels 1973-1975 (Analog Africa)
Living Is Hard - West African Music In Britain 1927-1929 (Honest Jons)
Good God! Soul Messages From Dimona (Numero)
Rodriguez :: Cold Fact (Light in the Attic)
Orchestre Regional de Kayes (Mississippi Records)
Chrissy Zebby Tembi & Ngozi Family :: My Ancestors (Humming Bird Songs)
Salah Ragab & Cairo Jazz Band :: Egyptian Jazz (Art Yard)
Bobby Williams :: Funky Superfly (Jazzman)
Wee :: You Can Fly on my Aeroplane (Numero)
Hugh Masekela :: Home is Where the Music Is (Verve)
Jonas Gwangwa and African Explosion :: Who? Nugubani? (Jamal)

Still more:
The Santogold Diplo mixtape
Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour
Analog Africa mixes
Malcolm Catto podcast on Paris DJs
Mulatu with the Heliocentrics live at Cargo London
Grace Jones at Meltdown live at Massive Attack's Meltdown
Bjork and Nick Cave at the Hammersmith Odeon
Gilles Peterson on Radio One
Discovering Sgt Katapuwa's vault
Wax Poetics, Shook and The Wire magazines
Design, packaging and research from Analog Africa, Honest Jons, Soundway and Numero

Finally a very big thank you to the following bloggers: Worldservice, Global Grooves, Likembe, KenTanza Vinyl and VoA. Keep the faith!

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