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Gabriel Leopardi
post Jun 4 2017, 04:28 PM
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Yesterday I've heard about Mali's blues and started reading about the origins of blues. I knew that it was related to Africa but never get too much into it.

I've found a lot of inspiring music at Youtube, but I've also found the existence of this documental which I'll be watching this week.




for the curious, this is very interesting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins_of_the_blues





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There are some really great Malian Blues players!!
I've seen Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabate play live a few times!
Check out an album that Ali did with Ry Cooder called 'The River'!
Also, check out the band Tinariwen and there's also a series of CD's called Desert Blues which are compilation Albums. YOUTUBES HERE.


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That's very interesting extra info. Thanks a lot mate.


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post Jun 5 2017, 04:17 PM
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Ghana has a rich 'blues' tradition well.
This track is a little more towards the Highlife style but check out the guitar.



Here's some Tuareg blues.



The sheer amount of incredible African music is overwhelming. I can easily spend hours on end in that labyrinth.

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QUOTE (klasaine @ Jun 5 2017, 04:17 PM) *
I can easily spend hours on end in that labyrinth.

You and I both Ken!!!
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Jun 5 2017, 12:17 PM) *
Ghana has a rich 'blues' tradition well.
This track is a little more towards the Highlife style but check out the guitar.



Here's some Tuareg blues.



The sheer amount of incredible African music is overwhelming. I can easily spend hours on end in that labyrinth.



Awesome!! I'll get into the labyrinth by my own but please share some more treasures! smile.gif


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Congo:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZHl1PQWLTo


Tanzania:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-KeThZgF8M


South Africa:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP2sGvvE0mo


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAykqLL7eM8


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-muRu4pHMSw


Just a few to get you started on this journey Gab!!!
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It's endless, isn't it Jonesy!?


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Honestly, this is a whole new world for me. I can't believe how infinite music is. I love this. Thanks guys. smile.gif


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QUOTE (klasaine @ Jun 6 2017, 11:55 PM) *
It's endless, isn't it Jonesy!?

It is indeed Ken and that's why we all love it so!!!
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QUOTE (Gabriel Leopardi @ Jun 7 2017, 09:52 PM) *
Honestly, this is a whole new world for me. I can't believe how infinite music is. I love this. Thanks guys. smile.gif

No worries Gab!! Enjoy this journey!! biggrin.gif


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One of the fascinating aspects of the 'journey' is that British and American guitar (blues, rock, soul, funk, jazz) has also influenced and informed a lot of the African guitar music. The exchange back and forth is constant.

Fela Kuti is probably the most obvious exponent of Afro-beat. He was Nigerian but also lived in Ghana and even Los Angeles for a year. He usually employs two guitarists that have some incredible interlocking parts. Check out how James Brown esque the parts are but still distinctly African.



Another Nigerian, King Sunny Ade was super influential to bands like the Talking Heads and later (80s era) King Crimson.
Check out some 'Synchro System' live. This one kicks off with an almost Chuck Berry style intro.



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Awesome! The only Nigerian musician that I remember knowing is this one:



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