The Spotify playlist
with only 5 of the 8 songs (next week there will be only 4).
Bracket 1.3.1Richard Bona - Ekwa Mwato
Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela (Ethiopia, 1975)
Damn, my nomination faces a first class song, "Ere Mela Mela" is a magical song that made great impression in our 70s poll, so I won't complain at all if it wins the bracket. But I'm sure that some of you would like the Richard Bona song also (my friend Pepe introduced this song and artist to me as part of a fantastic compilat¡on he made named "World Pearls"). Bona is one of the best jazz bass players but he's a good singer too. On his "Ekwa Mwato" he begins sweetly but soon explodes with a contagious Latin groove.
Bracket 1.3.2Master Musicians of Tanzania - Nhongolo
Papa Wemba & Nathalie Makoma - Six Millions Ya Ba Soucis (DR Congo, 2010)
Well, it seems that now I'm going to vote against my own nomination. "Six Millions" is a delicious song with the optimistic ambiance that characterizes the sound of Papa Wemba and with the plus of the fresh performance and the warm voice of Nathalie Makoma. But I love the hypnotic sound of the kilimba, an African instrument (see picture) in wich Hukwe Zawose from the Master Musicians of Tanzania is an absolute master (jsut listen to the last few seconds of the song).
Yuma - Hoy puedes cambiar tu destino (Equatorial Guinea, 2006)Mulatu Astatke - Yèkèrmo Sèw
Very interesting contamporary sounds from Equatorial Guinea, the only Spanish-speaking African country (along with Western Sahara) but my vote goes to the fascinating Ethio-jazz grooves of Mulatu Astatke, one of the impressive musicians I selected for my World Cup special some weeks ago.
Maryam Mursal - Somali Udiida Ceb (Somalia, 1998)Grand Kallé et l'African Jazz - Ambiance Kallé Catho
(DR Congo, 1954)
I really hate to leave out another lady (for the third consecutive bracket) but I simply prefer that delicious song from Grand Kallé, a song I discovered on the 1950s poll from a nomination by Charlie Driggs. Grand Kallé, along with Franco (we will meet him on the next week with his brilliant "Liberté") was the father of soukous, a fresh sound that mixed Latin rumba with Congolese traditional music.