A legend has departed. Ginger Baker passed away at age 80 today, October 6. He performed with some of rock’s (and fusion’s) greatest bands such as Cream, Blind Faith and even Public Image Ltd., while leading his own bands like Air Force (shown in the video) and collaborating with maestros like Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. RIP.
My brother was Andre’s booking agent for many years, and they had lots of fun times together. May he rest in peace. And, definitely, kudos to No Condition Is Permanent, because their podcast is a killer.
Pictured: Andre “Mr. Rhythm” Williams, R.I.P.. Returning after more than a month’s work related absence, Reeshard & Lee-Roy resumed business within the DJ booth at the Purple Bat Lounge last Saturday evening. Those who can recall the night in question — but who speaks to those people? — say it was like the pair had […]
Casablanca, Morocco isn’t the first place I would think of as being a global melting pot, but that is because I didn’t ever have a chance to deeply explore the city. It turns out that there is a tremendous amount of influence, not only of local culture, but that of West Africa, Asia, and even elements of music from the United States like jazz, blues and hip-hop. Enter saib., a guitarist who manages to flow easily from genre to genre, making this album sound like a combination of North African groove, a touch of bossa nova and mellow jazz, underpinned by a meaty loops.
This is one of the first Congolese bands I’ve heard since the demise of the legendary Franco Luambo of (TP)OK Jazz fame. KOKOKO! are one of Central Africa’s most exciting bands, blending elements of funk, post-punk, blues and electro in a wild mix that I can’t imagine any other group, no matter their location, could pull off as well as these guys.
A Scottish folkie tearing up a blues classic.
Pure gravel, sounding more like a preacher from down South rather than a typical blues-man, here’s Blind Willie Johnson tearing things up with a type of blues sermon.