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A word of thanks to all you motherloders for coming through for WFMU in such a big way during our recent fund-raising marathon. Even in the throes of the Great Recession, WFMU listeners, Beware of the Blog readers and lovers of creative, unfettered cultural exposition shoved the cadaverous economy back in the closet and continued the party. We here at Mining the Audio Motherlode are happy to do our part by spiking the sonic punch on a weekly basis. As long as the full-album blogs keep posting mind-blowing rarities, out-of-print jaw-droppers and long-lost treasures, the Miner will keep digging them up so you can dig them too. Party!
Shebeen There, Done That
For South African music lovers, it is almost incomprehensibly amazing what is taking place over at the blog Electric Jive. Like jewels on cushioned pillows, one historic rarity after another is served up with abundant generosity and zero fanfare. The two collections referenced here are stocked with iconic performances by kwela maestro Spokes Mashiyane, a young Miriam Makeba and other other stalwarts of early township jive. Do yourself a favor and download every precious recording at this crucial resource.
With Up People
The mighty wind emanating from the Serendipity Singers took a turn for the psychedelic on this 1967 LP for United Artists, the folky nonet's final album. Try to guess which track from this Bob Brainen included on his 2010 Marathon premium.
Cossi Anatz ~ "Jazz Afro-Occitan"
(Blog: Hoochie Coochie Presents Jazz)
French Afro Free Jazz (or is it Free Afro French Jazz?)
Don't know much about this one, but its recent posting has quickened the pulses of veteran jazz-blog watchers. The combo here appears to comprise a quintet of second-wave French improvisers along with a Moroccan percussionist. The "Afro" in the album's title would seem to reflect the evident North African influences, but the reference to Southern France ("Occitan") is less clear. When I stopped keying the record sleeve's French text through Google Translate and started really listening, the exuberant, madly swinging melange was a thrill to behold.
Prince Mohammed ~ "Bubbling"
(Blog: P.A. to da Reggae)
From the album: Jack Sprat (mp3)
Kingston-born George Nooks deejayed a string of discomix 12" records in the early 1980s under his own name as well as under the pseudonym Prince Mohammed—charting simultaneously under each at one point! His breakout track was the Joe Gibbs–produced "Bubbling Love," in '78 that was re-packaged four years later as the title track to this compilation LP. Soon after this album's release, Nooks took a decade-long sabbatical from the music biz, only to come back strong as a triple-threat: singer, producer and label owner.
Horden Raikes ~ "King Cotton"
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Work of the Singing Class
Performing as a self-described "semi-professional" folk duo Horden Raikes, Brian Dewhurtst (now Preston) and Ron Flanagan released two albums, including this one, which bares the subtitle "Songs of the Working Classes During the Period 1750-1850."
Peregoyo y Su Combo Vacana ~ "Peregoyo y Su Combo Vacana"
(Blog: El Stinkeyes)
From the album: Ola de Agua (mp3)
Teacher of the Year
Nicknamed after a song about a fish, Enrique Urbano "Peregoyo" Tenoric was, in the early 1960s, a high-school music teacher in Bueneventura along Colombia's Atlantic coast. Seeking to bring the kids "mellow folk music where God set down his contentments," Peregoyo formed a quintet that quickly became a widely popular regional combo, translating traditional cumbias and currulaos into modern, electric dance-floor-fillers. Must've been some wild school dances.
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