Wednesday, January 15, 2020

NIGERIA
Wasiu Ayinde Barrister – Jo Fun Mi (Dance for Me) – OLPS 1361, 1990 (Cassette)
#Nigeria #Yoruba #Fuji music #Wasiu Ayinde # #Kollington Ayinla #Sikiru Barrister #traditional music #African music #world music #talking drums #agogo bells #musique africaine #cassette #Marshall #Lagos
#Nigeria #Yoruba #Fuji music #Wasiu Ayinde # #Kollington Ayinla #Sikiru Barrister #traditional music #African music #world music #talking drums #agogo bells #musique africaine #cassette #Marshall #Lagos
#Nigeria #Yoruba #Fuji music #Wasiu Ayinde # #Kollington Ayinla #Sikiru Barrister #traditional music #African music #world music #talking drums #agogo bells #musique africaine #cassette #Marshall #Lagos

Following our introduction to Yoruba Fuji music, with a post by the genre’s founder Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (1948-2010), we now present Wasiu Ayinde Barrister (b. 1957), a Fuji singer from the next generation, who subsequently redubbed himself King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall 1, dropping the acquired name of his mentor (Barrister).

When I traveled to Lagos in July 1990, Wasiu’s latest release, Jo Fun Mi, was all the rage, as it embodied the spirit of Lagos’s urban excitement and frenzy still rooted in Yoruba culture. The album was playing everywhere in the city and had Lagosians of all ages and walks of life swaying to the rapturous beat. This was the first time I heard Fuji music, when I discovered the likes of Wasiu, Barrister and Kollington Ayinla (b.1953).

Wasiu starts off with a rousing tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), who had just been released from prison in South Africa (A1), followed by medleys that seamlessly weave several tracks together with fiery fast-tempoed traditional percussion, including agogo bells and talking drums, backing vocals and Wasiu’s intense, powerful voice (A2, B). Here Wasiu gives thanks to Oluwa (God in Yoruba), sings the praises of various dignitaries and narrates stories, all interspersed with Yoruba proverbs and parables.

Suite à notre introduction à la musique Fuji en langue Yoruba, avec un post du fondateur du genre Sikiru Ayinde Barrister (1948-2010), nous présentons cette fois Wasiu Ayinde Barrister (né en 1957), un chanteur Fuji de la nouvelle génération, qui se fera appeller King Wasiu Ayinde Marshall 1 au début des années 1990, abandonnant ainsi la référence à son mentor (Barrister).

A Lagos en juillet 1990, le dernier disque de Wasiu, Jo Fun Mi, faisait fureur. Cette oeuvre semblait incarner l'esprit d'excitation urbaine et la frénésie de Lagos tout en maintenant un ancrage dans la culture traditionnelle yoruba. L'album jouait partout en ville et les lagosiens de tous âges et de tous horizons esquissaient de petits pas de danse ou balançaient la tête à l’écoute des rythmes endiablés de la musique. C’est ainsi que je découvris la musique Fuji et ses principaux artistes, notamment Wasiu, Barrister et Kollington Ayinla (né en 1953).

Wasiu commence par rendre un vibrant hommage à Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), qui venait juste d'être libéré de prison en Afrique du Sud (A1), suivi de medleys qui tissent ensemble plusieurs morceaux avec des percussions traditionnelles aux rythmes rapides et fougueux, comprenant notamment des cloches agogo et des tambours parlants gan gan, des chœurs et la voix intense et puissante de Wasiu (A2, B). Ici, Wasiu rend grâce à Oluwa (Dieu en yoruba), chante les louanges de divers dignitaires et raconte des histoires, le tout ponctué de proverbes et de paraboles yoruba.



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Our other Fuji music share:
Sikiru Ayinde Barrister - Fuji Exponent Vol. 8 - AS 46-L, 1976, here


Photographs below are from The Dances of Africa by Michel Huet, Harry N. Abrams, 1996:

Yoruba Gelede masquerade in the Cové region, Bénin: an Ayoko mask on stilts and a hyena, and two female masks representing Ibedji (twins).


MusicRepublic NIGERIA Wasiu Ayinde – Jo Fun Mi (Dance for Me) – OLPS 1361


MusicRepublic NIGERIA Wasiu Ayinde – Jo Fun Mi (Dance for Me) – OLPS 1361

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

SERBIA – SERBIE
Srbija Instrumenti – Narodna Muzička Tradicija – PGP RTB 2510030, released 1981 (LP)
#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl
#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl
#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

This anthology of traditional Serbian village music, recorded in the former Yugoslavia in the 1970s, presents a stunning instrumental palette, featuring various pipes and flutes (A1-A4, B1, B2, B5), ocarinas (B6), leaves (B7), double and triple bagpipes (B8-B11), the rikalo-bušen alphorn (B3), clarinets (A7, B4), Jew's harp (A5), violin (A8), male vocals and single-string gusli fiddle (A9), and accordion (A6).

These pastoral and rural sounds from time immemorial produce rich, quirky musics brimming with vitality and emotion.

Cette anthologie de musique traditionnelle de village serbe, enregistrée dans les années 1970 dans l'ex-Yougoslavie, présente une palette instrumentale étonnante, comprenant diverses flûtes (A1-A4, B1, B2, B5), des ocarinas (B6), des feuilles (B7), des cornemuses doubles et triples (B8-B11), du cor des Alpes rikalo-bušen (B3), des clarinettes (A7, B4), de la guimbarde (A5), du violon (A8), du chant masculin accompagné d’un violon monocorde gusli (A9), et de accordéon (A6).

Ces sonorités pastorales et rurales de la nuit des temps produisent des musiques riches et sinueuses débordant de vitalité et d'émotion.


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Best wishes & many good things for 2020!


Many thanks to João, for sharing his many musical treasures (including this LP) and inspiring listening sessions, and to Nuno for his commitment and delicate expertise with the visuals. Essential contributions to this blog.


c. 13th-14th century (cover of the Serbian-English booklet included in the download)

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl


#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl

#Serbia #Serbie #Srbija #Balkan# village music #traditional music #world music #instrumental music #ocarina #pipes #flutes #bagpipes #rikalo-bušen alphorn #clarinet #Jew's harp #gusli fiddle #accordion #violin #vinyl


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Saturday, December 28, 2019

INDIA – INDE
Nikhil Banerjee – Raga Jaunpuri and Raga Mand – His Master's Voice – EASD 1378, released 1973 (LP)
#India #Nikhil Banerjee #Sitar ##tabla # Swapan Chaudhury #Hindustani #raga #Indian music #traditional music #world music #musique indienne #vinyl #Allauddin Khan #Pandit #musique traditionnelle
#India #Nikhil Banerjee #Sitar ##tabla # Swapan Chaudhury #Hindustani #raga #Indian music #traditional music #world music #musique indienne #vinyl #Allauddin Khan #Pandit #musique traditionnelle
#India #Nikhil Banerjee #Sitar ##tabla # Swapan Chaudhury #Hindustani #raga #Indian music #traditional music #world music #musique indienne #vinyl #Allauddin Khan #Pandit #musique traditionnelle
#India #Nikhil Banerjee #Sitar ##tabla # Swapan Chaudhury #Hindustani #raga #Indian music #traditional music #world music #musique indienne #vinyl #Allauddin Khan #Pandit #musique traditionnelle

We finish the year with a second album by the prodigious sitarist Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), accepted as a disciple by the illustrious Baba Allauddin Khan (1862-1972) in 1947. Banerjee’s musical development and inspiration also owe much to sarod player Ali Akbar Khan (1922-2009), who became his teacher, and singer Amir Khan (1912-1974).


Banerjee is accompanied here by Swapan Chaudhury, or Chowdhury, (b. 1947) on tabla.


Nous terminons l'année sur ce deuxième album que nous partageons du prodigieux sitariste Nikhil Banerjee (1931-1986), que l'illustre Baba Allauddin Khan (1862-1972) accepta pour disciple en 1947. Son développement musical et son inspiration doivent aussi beaucoup au joueur de sarod Ali Akbar Khan (1922-2009), qui devient également son maître, et au chanteur Amir Khan (1912-1974).

Nikhil Banerjee 
est accompagné par Swapan Chaudhury, ou Chowdhury, (né en 1947) aux tablas.

                           Side A Raga Jaunpuri - Vilambat and Drut Gat in Trital

                           Side B Raga Mand - Gat in Sitarkhani



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Our other sitar LP shares:
Nikhil Banerjee - HMV EASD 1342, 1969, here
Vilayat Khan - HMV EALP 1259, 1961 here
Mohammad Sharif Khan Poonch Wala - Bärenreiter/Musicaphon BM 30 L 2029 here
Budhaditya Mukherjee - Melodiya C80-18043-4, 1979 here


Pt. Nikhil Banerjee 1984 BBC concert and interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgnfYCvJhyg


#India #Nikhil Banerjee #Sitar ##tabla # Swapan Chaudhury #Hindustani #raga #Indian music #traditional music #world music #musique indienne #vinyl #Allauddin Khan #Pandit #musique traditionnelle

Photograph below is from The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul by Jill Purse, Thames & Hudson, 1980:

“In Indian mythology the breathing cosmos is seen as alternating periods of activity and rest: the days and nights of Brahma. In an interval between successive creations, Vishnu reclines, having withdrawn the Universe into himself. He is seen within the Golden Egg in his threefold aspect: as himself, as the serpent Ananta-Sesha—who forms his bed—and as the Cosmic ocean upon which he and the serpent float. All creation is like a dream within him, ready, as he breathes out, to manifest from the potentiality of the primordial waters, as the spiralling of the cosmic serpent.”
Gouache, Guler School, Himachal Pradesh, c. 1760.

MusicRepublic INDIA - INDE Nikhil Banerjee – His Master's Voice – EASD 1378


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