West African calypso music from the 1950s! One of the things I find most fascinating about African diasporic music is that it travels so broadly in multiple directions. Calypso, funk, soul, Afro-Cuban, all exist in African popular music from the magic of the traveling LP – LPs moved about the globe on ships, traded by sailors and imported by record shops. The only unfortunate dynamic is that African popular music was not as widely recorded and distributed as music from Europe and the Americas, but I love hearing what African musicians do with the foreign music they listened to.
Some great drumming and great found sounds. This video performance of djembe rhythm and dance feels familiar, like an authentic performer tinkering with musical tradition and modern technology at the same time. This video loves the music, portraying it in all its complexity while making it abundantly clear that the complexity long pre-dates the modern focus on technology.