Friday, December 14, 2012

WORTH IT IN 2012: #27 - The Karindula Sessions

Various Artists
The Karindula Sessions
(Crammed Disc)

The karindula is that big banjo the guy's holding. This comp has LONG (17 or 29-minute) songs from three bands; they morph through grooves and calls/responses like "Sister Ray" -- or presumably like something African that predates "Sister Ray". (Karindula itself originated in the '70s in Congo or Zambia; these bands are all Congolese.) A band called BBK has some shorter songs whose chords sound almost new wave-y. (blahblahblahblahblah Eurocentrism etc.) Amazing stuff AND it comes with a DVD, the library copy of which I couldn't get to play on anything but is excerpted below. At about 1:30 a kid starts dancing with a bike tire spinning on his head.

Taylor Swift fan Nathan Wisnicki reviewed the album with good musical explanations here. Way better than Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends. (Not that they have anything to do with one another.)

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