Sunday, 22 January 2017

Festival Musiques Sacrees du Monde in Fes (2011)

After the Festival au Desert let's travel a little north to the Festival Musiques Sacrees du Monde in Fes, Morocco. In 2011 Dutch radio send out their man, Gustavo Pazos, to make recordings. He had visted the festival several times in the past, so knew where to go for the most interesting music.

poster for the 2011 Festival in Fes

Here's the info from the (former) Dutch Radio6 site:

Every year is organized in the Moroccan city of Fes the festival Musiques du Monde Sacrées with lots of traditional, classical Arabic music, composed and improvised music and crossover into popular urban culture. As the name of the festival suggests, the various musical expressions of religion are central. All three great monotheistic religions (Christianity, Islam and Judaism), but also different polytheistic and animistic religions. Hotel Central and theme channels Contemporary Radio 4 was filmmaker Gustavo Pazos from Jun.03 till 11 in Fes this year for the shooting. In two episodes of Hotel Central (on 2011 July 30 and September 3), this material is played with a full explanation of Gustavo Pazos.
Included: Dhrupad music from North India, performed by the Gundecha brothers / Homayoun Sakhi, a young Rubab player from Afghanistan / Divana Ensemble performs the music of the manghaniyars and langa's from Rajasthan / Youssou N'Dour and his incredible group Super Etoile du Dakar (unfortunately recording failed) / Sufi brotherhoods from the region / The Qawwali Sufi singer from Pakistan / Music Hajir Marawis from Cirebon on Java.

Listen to Homayoun Sakti - L’Art du Rubab

VA-FESTIVAL-2011_Festival Fes

full playlist:
  • 0.Ensemble directed by Armand Amar - Intro from Oratorium Leyla et Majnun (2:40) - composed by Armand Amar from Iran - rec.2011.Jun.03
  • 1.Brothers Gundecha - L’Art Sacre du Dhrupad (24:00) - traditional from India - rec.2011.Jun.07
  • 2.Homayoun Sakti - L’Art du Rubab (7:13) - traditional from Afghanistan - rec.2011.Jun.07
  • 3.Ensemble Divina - Chants Soufis du Desert du Thar (18:00) - traditional from Rajasthan - rec.2011.Jun.07
  • 4.Ensemble directed by Armand Amar - Udfvoile from Oratorium Leyla et Majnun (11:14) - composed by Armand Amar from Iran - rec.2011.Jun.03
  • 5.Four different Sufi Brotherhoods from Fes - unknown titles (23:00) - traditional from Morocco - rec.2011.Jun.08
  • 6.Fareed Ayyaz et Orchestre Arabo-Andalou - Qawali (22:00) - traditional / Fareed Ayyaz from Pakistan - rec.2011.Jun.10
  • 7.Ensemble Syubbanul Akhyar - Chants et Musique Hajir Marawis de Cirebon (11:30) - traditional from Java, Indonesia - rec.2011.Jun.11
  • 8.Asmae Lamnawar (vocals) avec Said Chraibi (ud) - unknown title (3:30) - traditional from Morrocco - rec.2005
  • 9.Oualed al Bouazaoui et Chaabi Ensemble - unknown title (12:14) - traditional - rec.2006
source: two broadcasts on Dutch Radio 6 - VPRO Hotel Central - 2011.Jul.30 / 2011.Sep.03
as usual is included all the talk in these broadcasts (total 2x2hrs) in the download, do with it whatever you like
also included are (google) translations of Gustavo Pazos' diaries about the festival (as published on the former Radio6 pages)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

African Music from Philips

Let's walk on a little further back in time, guided by the same radioshow 'VPRO Wandelende Tak'. They broadcasted once a special about African Music issued by the Philips label.
9 sleeves from African Records issued by Philips (source: VPRO radio)

African Music from Philips

2004.Nov.22, VPRO Wandelende Tak, Google translation:
The Dutch firm Philips began in the fifties on a global scale with pressing and publishing vinyl for the local and international market. In Africa, Philips had built a number of vinyl factories and recording studios. Into the 1970s Philips maintained a strong position in the African market, till the record manufacturer lost interest for it because of economic headwinds, but also because of the obligation in many countries to work together with a local partner.
In the intervening decades, Philips had all the local styles from traditional to contemporary issued by its record labels. Including later internationally renowned musicians such as Fela Kuti and the African Brothers. In Europe, Philips also began early in publishing worldmusic in series such as "Song and Sound Around the World" or the "UNESCO Collection'. On the bases of his choice out of a heap of singles and LPs, Fred Gales revives in this program the African past of Philips.
source: (through

Listen to a 1978 track by 'The Ashanti Brothers Band'

VA-AFRICA_Philips Recordings VPRO (196x-7x)

Full Playlist:
01.Djaho Gole - Gbaolahon - 196x Ivory Coast
02.Djallo Nouhoum - Blaco Joukou - 196x Mali
03.Sinali Koulibaly et Balafons - Amara Sanogo - 196x Mali-Ivory Coast
04.Gom Koudougou - Naba Koum - 196x Burkina Faso
05.Mboo Ferdinand et Orchestre - Hingondabidjou -196x Cameroun
06.Odolaye Aremu - Adela Jare - 197x Nigeria
07.Ashanti Brothers - Saa Na Yede Beye Wo - 1978 Ghana
08.Kawonawo Rhino Boys - Mukazi Omubi - Uganda 78rpm
09.John Ondolo - Ashante - 197x Kenya
10.Ongo Ensemble - Eci Ameya - 1976 CAR
11.Ko Nimo and Adaman Group - Wiase Nsem Doose - 1978 Ghana
details about releases collected in download

Note: during the radioshow (in 2004) is stated that none of these Philips recordings has been reissued (on CD), this could very well still be true today!!!!!!

Probably related release:
VA-Premier Festival Mondial Des Arts Nègres - Contributions Musicales Des Nations Africaines (1966, LP, Philips #88097.DL)
a1.Soundioulou Sissoko, Mané Foca - Air de la Légende de Massané Cissé [Sénégal] / a2.Trio Ny Antsaly - Mandany Resaka [Madagascar] / a3.Amara Kamara - Zazou Wara [Mali] / a4.Gom Koudougou - Naba Saara [Haute Volta] / a5.Ensemble National de la Cote d'Ivoire - Gambia [Cote d'Ivoire] / a6.Oum Jean, Paula Isidore, Mboo Ferdinand - Maman - Malagal - Wa [Cameroun] //
b1.Starlite Band - Baby Yara [Ghana] / b2.Djallo Nouhoum - Makali [Guinée] / b3.Sinali Koulibaly - Amara Sanogo [Soudan] / b4.Afame-fune Okoye - Ipke And Ajoka [Eastern Nigéria] / b5.Aminu Olaribigbe - Wundia Asiko [Western Nigéria] / b6.Afamefune Okoye - Okpa Akwago [Mid-Western Nigeria]

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Festival au Désert 2003.Jan.6-8

This time of the year (early January) was the time of the yearly (since 2001) held 'Festival au Desert' near Timbouctou, Mali. The last one was held in 2012.January, a few weeks later started conflicts in the area, which finally lead to a civil war in the northern part of Mali. In 2013 French troups intervened, and in June a peace deal was agreed. Unfortunately up untill now the situation is still not such that the Festival can be organized.
2003.Jan.06-08: camel and tents at the Festival au Desert, Mali
I first heard about the Festival, when, after just having signed up to, receiving the first days 2003.January an Email, which was send from Timbouctou on the way to the Festival. Well I can tell you that I was very interested in hearing some more about that mysterious Festival. Here is the text from the original Email:

Festival of Desert report... enroute in Timbuktu (2003.Jan)

Greetings from Timbktu... enroute to Festival of the Desert in Essakane. We are staying in Hotel Hendrina Khan, just recently opened and part of the signifigant building activity here since our last visit on the Mali Magic Tour of 2000. The harmattan winds have kicked up a yellowish dust but the air still feels clean and refreshing. The mix of Touareg and Songhrai and Peul people here is beautiful. Glad to see most people are still wearing traditional dress. Powder blue is the cool desert color of choice. We visited with Markus James and Timbuktubab, rehearsing for their Festival performance and recording new songs. Solo Sidibe on kamele ngoni, Hamma on calabash and Hassi on njarka, one string fiddle, and Markus James on guitar and vocals. They were recording the sound of women pounding millet and playing along with that for the rhythm. Cool. They also played Banning and me a new recording featuring the sound of the Sahara wind playing Solo's kamele ngoni. Very cool. Hamma and Hassi are singing more with Markus these days and the ensemmble is excited about their Festival in the Desert performance Tuesday night. For our Saturday night in Timbuktu, we went to a Ramata Diakite concert. She is one of Mali's most popular Wassoulou singers. What a scene ! Everyone dressed in their finest. The band was tight, feaaturing a kamele ngoni player and a guitarist. Ramata is a charismatic performer. The MC stopped the action after every song to announce local dignitaries in the crowd and do a raffle. Not the best for building concert energy and we were exhausted after three days travel to get to Timbuktu so we called it quits early. On to Essakane tomorrow to set up camp for the Festival. Don't know about Internet connections from the desert but stay tuned. Meanwhile, I'm thrilled to be able to communicate with the Afropop community from Timbuktu! --Sean Barlow (Afropop)

It appeared that for the 3rd edition of the Festival many international media were invited, so a lot of information and several recordings became soon available (papers, magazines, radio, CD* and DVD*). The one I have here for you is, I think, one of the least known. Recordings made by  DJ mps PILOT (real name Horst Timmers), done with off air, and broadcasted 2003 on Dutch Radio 4 in the 'Wandelende Tak' (meaning Stick Insects / Walking Sticks) program.
note: *if you don't have these, get them first before downloading the audio here

Here's the original 2003 info from mps PILOT himself:
Had a good start: the 3rd of januari I took off by plane to Mali to play at the remotest festival of the world; le Festival au Désert. This was in Essakane, a tiny village 70 km north-west of Timbouctou. The scene was fabulous; there were about 1000 Tamashek nomads with their camels and tents. They came to meet, have camelraces, court, sing and danse all day till late in the night under a million stars. And there was the official program of about 30 bands like Tamashek Groups as Tartit, Tinariwen and other artists like Ali Farka Touré, Lobi Traore and Oumou Sangaré. The crème de la crème. From the west there was a.o. Robert Plant playing some Tamashek influenced pieces. And the festival had a deejay! I played twice at from 00.30 on in the bar-tent, nice but not a success: the largest amount of the public was dead-tired after a full day of concerts in the sand by 30 degrees celsius. And the last night the majority of the public was dragged out of the festival by the major tour-organisator joining in on the festival, after the last gig. Too bad. It would be nicer to make a real festive end of the festival, and for the westerners to have a relaxed departure the day after. But anyway, off we went (together with Andro Biswane, the Fra Fra Sound guitarist who was there for research) to Bamako, and after a killing though beautiful trip of two days we arrived to stay at the music school of worlds leading koraplayer Toumani Diabaté. He invited me to stay there and work on a piece of music together with Mali Musov, a group of 8 female musicians playing the ballafone, kora , percussion instruments, guitar, bass and using vocals. This is an initiative of Festival Mundial in The Netherlands that will hopefully invite them to come and play in The Netherlands. So if this happens, I will make an electronic soundscape on which they will play a long version of a traditional song. Nice, nice. So we sat together and they played and played and it was great. Bamako is filled with sound. It is the major cultural product of Mali, and heard allover the place, in a diverse mix of the oldest hunter music of Yoro Sidibe untill the latest Hiphop of the streets of Mali, Senegal and the Ivory Coast. In the week I stayed there I played on a soundsystem in the street, in Toumani Diabaté's Club hogon, and in Platinium, one of the chiquest discotheques (called boites) of Bamako. So after a massive 2 weeks I returned home... to count my money and listen to the stuff I recorded and bought.
On 2003 March 03 there will be at 19.00 my report of the festival with recordings of Tamashek meetings and concerts on radio programme on VPRO Radio 4 in the Netherlands.

Listen to a recording of Tidawt:

VA-DESERT-2003_Wandel Tak VPRO

Playlist 2003.March.03: 1.Tarbiat - Final (Niger) / 2.Tartit - Tombouctou (Mali) / 3.Tamasheq - Improvisation (Mali) / 4.Tamasheq - Improvisation (Mali) / 5.Tel Kin Lokiene - Improvisation (Mali) / 6.Tidawt - Agadez (Niger) / 7.Super Onze de Gao - Improvisation (Mali) / 8.Tamasheq - Music at Night (Mali) / 9.Chetsin Sin - Improvisation (Mali) / 10.Ali Farka Toure - Final (Mali)

All audio recorded by DJ mps PILOT, 2003.Jan.6-8 at the Festival au Desert, Essakane, Mali.
Broadcasted 2003.Mar.03 on Dutch Radio 4 VPRO 'Wandelende Tak' (my source is from the, not available anymore, radiostream)
In between the tracks is talk in Dutch about mps PILOT's adventures at the Festival and in Mali. All the audio is split-up in tracks and talk, so you can listen to whatever you want.

More audio from the 2003 Festival au Desert:

*if somebody can play this, please let it be known in the comments

More information/articles about the Festival au Desert:

afropop worldwide
  • 2001 and 2003 reports included in download (as not available anymore thom their website, all are collected through
2003 Festival au Desert
some reports about later Festivals
my wish at least once having listened to some great music, while surrounded by camels

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Espoirs de Coronthie - 2013.Oct.19 Dortmund

Wish You All the Very Very Best for this New Year, and let's start off 'Manguetique'good by listening to some music from Conakry, Guinee.

Funkhaus Europa presents Guineas Dream Team - Les Espoirs de Coronthie
Solidarity, energy, joy and virtuosity are the hallmarks of one of Africa's most extraordinary bands. Les Espoirs de Coronthie are twelve artists from the slums of the Guinean capital of Conakry, which have made their credo the band name "Coronthie's Hope". With balafon, guitars, banjo, percussions and three lead singers, they have established their own very vital urban sound, which sounds more exciting than ever on their fourth album "Fougou Fougou".
source: program in from Domicil, Dortmund

More info about 'Les Espoirs de Coronthie':

Listen to a track from their 2013 concert in Dortmund [D]


setlist: 1.Yole / 2.Baby Lova - Marafany Khroko / 3.Tatiti / 4.Babadi / 5.Justice / 6.Vicgnesse / 7.Fatigué / 8.Miss / 9.Aventure / 10.Mamayo / 11.Fougou Fougou
source: FunkHaus Europa - 2015.May.21 World Live


2002: Patriote (K7, self produced)
2004: Dunuya Iguiri (K7, self produced)
2005: Wokhöyikhi (maxi-single K7, DS Vibrations)
2008: Tinkhinyi (CD, Wountanara Prod.) internationally released in 2009
2013: Les Espoirs de Coronthie EP (Wagram Music / Chapter Two Records)
2013: Fougou Fougou (CD, Wagram Music / Chapter Two Records)
2016: 20 Ans de Carrière (??)

Espoirs to watch: 

Profiter de la musique!
Always EAT them RAW!!!

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Soungalo Coulibaly - Percussions et Chants du Mali (CD)

Following up the bonus from the previous post with a CD by Soungalo Coulibaly seems a very good idea at the end of this very first year for Mangue Music. Soungalo is a djembe player, and music from djembe players is usuable mostly appreciated by drummers and percussionists. Fortunately for all of us on his first international album he and his band played really good songs, so likeable for all open-minded music lovers!!
from the booklet: Soungalo Coulibaly was 1955 born in Beleko in southern Mali. He started to play percussion at the early age of eight, and it can be said that he is self-taught because, against the wishes of his father, who was the village headman, and without any formal training, he managed to learn everything he happened to hear: the traditions of his region, then of the other regions of Mali, and then he left this country, those of the Ivory Coast and Guinea.
His humble and friendly exterior conceals an exceptional master of percussion. His most personal phrasing, his perfect dexterity, his forceful and precise strike make Soungalo Coulibalyone of the most brilliant djembe players of our time. In Europe, where he has toured for the last few years, he was first known and appreciated as a percussionist. But he is also unequalled as composer and conductor. Among the great virtuosi of percussion, there is no-one else who has such talent for orchestration. Since 1979 he has been living in Bouake (a melting pot of living traditions), and there he formed his group which at the moment includes about fifteen musicians (percussionists, guitarists, balafon players) who invent and perform their new music which has its roots in the culture of the legendary Mali and in the traditions of the various different ethnic groups of West-Africa.

Soungalo Coulibaly died on 2004 March 09 from cancer.

More info at:
Listen to the first track:

COULIBALY SOUNGALO - Percussions et Chants du Mali (1992, CD)

tracklist: 1.Laila Ilala (5:58) / 2.N'tana Don Tie (6:18) / 3.Manamani (7:03) / 4.Favreau (4:22) / 5.Ya Kegne Nya Fuye (8:22) / 6.I Be Mirila Mouna? (6:53) / 7.Tata (4:09) / 8.Fanta Kaba (5:38) / 9.Djina Mousso Karogwele (6:12) / 10.Ya Marouwo! (9:30) / 11.Mafatiebile (4:31)

musicians: Soungalo Coulibaly - solo djembe / Mariam Doumbia - vocals, karinian, yabara / Bassi Kouyate - vocals, guitars, tama / Siaka Diabate - solo balafon, djembe / Lassine Sanou - doundoun, balafon / Germain Angeli (pupil of Soungalo) - djembe, doundoun


1989: Naya! (K7)
1992: Percussions et Chants du Mali - Laila Ilala (CD, Arion)
1995: Dengo (CD, Arion) - available at freedomspear
1999: Sankan Wulila (CD, Arion)
2002: L'Art du Djembe (CD, Arion)
2004: Live (CD, Arion)
Film-2001: Mogobalu
Film-2004: Soungalo Coulibaly Live

To watch, while eating a


Saturday, 24 December 2016

Oumou Sangare - 1995.Jun.01 - AfroPfingsten

Here for you all a Christmas Present from the far far far away but ever so close Land of Mangos.
Oumou Sangare 1995 at a Festival in Sweden (image from youtube)
Received the original audio from 'doyadig', a very kind follower of this blog, and with the help of NGONI could identify (almost) all the songs.

Wanted to post this already months ago, but didn't find the time to do so. Later on decided to keep till just before Christmas, so during whatever you're doing the coming days you have the chance to do it when listening to a fabulous live recording from Oumou Sangare and Her Great Band!!!!

poster of AfroPfingsten 1995
Listen to a track here:

SANGARE-OUMOU-19950601_Afro-Pfingsten Winterthur

setlist: 01.Oumou Nana / 02.unknown title / 03.Kayini Wura / 04.Diya Gneba / 05.Woula Bara Diagna / 06.Nene Magni / 07.Dugu Kamelenba / 08.Ko Sira / 09.Wayeina / invites Soungalo Coulibaly / 10.Fantan Ni Mone - with Soungalo Coulibaly

bonus: 3 tracks by Soungalo Coulibaly Group (performed at "Soire Africaine" gala evening before Oumou's concert, information from poster on the left)

source: FM radio broadcast (probably Swiss radio)

Friday, 23 December 2016

Khaled - Kershaw Session - BBC 1992.Sep.15

Khaled 1992.Oct.15 in Paradiso Amsterdam
source: gettyimages / picture: Frans Schellekens


(till time of this session in 1992)

Khaled Hadj Brahim, better known to music fans as the Algerian Rai star Khaled, was born in Sidi El Houari, a suburb of Oran, on 1960 February 29.
At the age of 7 Khaled vowed that he would one day follow in the footsteps of his musical idols, Elvis Presley and Johnny Hallyday, and launch his own singing career. He formed his first group, "Les Cinq Etoiles", when he was 14 years old and began performing at circumcision feasts and wedding parties as well as on the local cabaret scene. Shortly afterwards Khaled was expelled from school and found himself free to devote all his time and energy to his singing career. In 1974 he recorded his first single "Trig El Lici" on a simple two-track tape recorder, the song became a massive hit on Algerian radio stations, but Khaled would not earn a penny in royalties from it.
Continuing to perform on Oran's thriving cabaret scene, Khaled wasted no time in modernising the traditional Rai sound. In 1976 the singer would replace the violinists in his backing group with a couple of electric guitar players. By the age of 17 Cheb Khaled had become a national star with five (poorly recorded) K7 albums to his name.
In 1982 Khaled would take his radical modernisation one step further, adding synthesizers and drum machines, meanwhile Khaled's lyrics remained as controversial as ever. The rising young star was soon adopted as a spokesperson for a whole generation of frustrated Algerian teenagers and his fan base would soon extend to the Algerian bourgeoisie (known locally as the "Tchi tchi").
In 1986 he was invited to France to appear at the prestigious Rai Festival held in Bobigny (in the Paris suburbs) in 1986. Performing on stage alongside the creme de la creme of the Rai movement, Khaled brought the house down with his deep, baleful vocals and his imposing stage persona. Following his success at Bobigny, Khaled released his first 7" in France, "Hada Raïkoum" (It's Your Law) was adapted from an original K7 recording.
In 1988 Khaled recorded his "Kutché" album in France, working with the renowned French 'world music' producer Martin Meissonnier, and the respected Algerian musician Safy Boutella. The album was only moderately successful, Rai connoisseurs considered that Khaled's radically modern approach 'denatured' the traditional genre.
Back at home in Algeria, things were proving increasingly difficult for Khaled. Renowned as an exuberant bon vivant and defender of the controversial Rai movement, Khaled was under threat from the rising tide of fundamentalism sweeping through Algeria in the late 80's and he would eventually leave Algeria to settle in France.
In 1992 the release his next album transformed Cheb Khaled into a veritable international star, he was dubbed the official 'King of Rai'. The album simply called "Khaled" - recorded partly in Brussels with the aid of producer Michael Brook, partly in Los Angeles with the legendary Don Was - would generate a whole string of hits for the Rai star including the best-selling "Didi". This single would not only rocket to the top of the French Top 50 (the first song recorded in Arabic to chart in France!), but "Didi" would also soar to the top of the hit-parades all over the world. "Didi" even became a surprise hit in India, where it was translated in Hindi.

For more info check these links:

KHALED-19920915_Kershaw Session BBC (update)

tracklist: 1.Didi / 2.Wahrane / 3.Mauvais Sang / 4.Braya (two times!)
source: rec.1992.Sep.15 - bc.1992.Oct.24 Andy Kershaw BBC Radio 1

update: On tape is 2-times track 4.Braya, though announcement before the first is for 'Mauvais Sang', this could either mean a tape mix-up or really played like it is on the tape. I've update the download using all info and recordings I have, and will go after the missing track (will update here when receive any further info and/or music)



as CHEB KHALED1984: Atouni Oualdi Yamna (K7)
1984: Volume 3 (K7)
1984: Hada Raykoum (K7/LP)
1985: Moule El Kouchi (K7/LP)
1986: Cheb Khaled (K7)
1988: Ya Taleb (K7/LP/CD) with vocals by Chaba Zahouania
1988: Fuir, Mais Où? (LP/CD)
1988: Kutché - with Safy Boutella (LP/CD)
1989: Les Monstres Sacrés Du Rai - with Chaba Zahouania (LP/CD)
1991/92: Le Meilleur De Cheb Khaled (CD) / Vol.2 (CD)
               very good compilations of 80s output
as KHALED1992: Khaled (CD)
1993: N'ssi N'ssi (CD)
1996: Sahra (CD)
1998: Hafla (CD, live album) recorded in France and Belgium, 1997 summer tour
1999: Kenza (CD)
1999: 1-2-3 Soleils - Taha, Khaled & Faudel (2CD, live) unique Raï concert Paris
2004: Ya-Rayi (CD)
2009: Liberté (CD)
2012: C'est la Vie (CD)