Thursday, November 29, 2007

listening

...to the tabu ley rochereau record, i was surprised to be reminded that congolese music has the same lilt 'n' sway as my favorite ibrahim ferrer sides. then again, i guess that's where the cuban musos got the rumba riddim from in the first place. nice to hear unexpected connections between things i like at a time when i'm feeling kinda disconnected from lots of things in life.

2 Comments:

Blogger a.k.a. sunlit doorway said...

c'mon, you've heard
of afro-cuban music, right?
slaves in cuba and all that?

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Stash Dauber said...

yeah, i get that, but it's like the first time i heard ali farka toure and thought, "hey! it's john lee hooker!"

it later occurred to me that they have radio/record players in africa, too, so toure probably wasn't unaware of the similarity.

i think it's possible that '60s african musos were tuned into '30s and'40s sounds from cuba, too.

funny the way things continue to cross-pollinate.

what was most striking to me, though, was the similarity of rochereau and ferrer's voices.

10:40 AM  

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