Take this trip and discover marvelous music from brilliant bands hailing from Brazil, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, London, Israel, and more. The theme of the journey is the discovery of eclectic grooves, and the enjoyment of a mind-blowing musical adventure. Keep reading to learn more about the artists, and hear some of the most fascinating music from 2017, 2016, and the past few years…
Listen to this modern world music Spotify playlist, and come along for this thrilling musical journey…
Global Funk: Genre-Bending World Music Hybrids
Moses Boyd’s Jazzy Exodus
Mali Music Mashup
A Sublime Street Market of International Funk Grooves
Listen to their tune “Street Market” here. It captures the essence of the band’s worldly, Funk groove. Its soaring horns, powerful percussion, fast drum & bass, and wild wah-wah meld the best of 1970s American car chase Funk, as well as showing off African & Latin Funk influences. Hear more about the band from David Nesselhauf, bass player of Diazpora, speaking on Calamity Jade’s Funk Shui show on Radiopopolare.
Untie The Talking Goat
Watch & listen to a super funky live version of Polyrhythmics “Vodka For My Goat” from KNKX Public Radio’s Live Studio Session…
Fierce Fighters For A Resurgent Reggae Riddim
Reggae Got Soul
Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub) is one of my favorite albums of 2017 because of the way it blends Roots Reggae with Soul music, Funk, and Jazz. The breathtaking Dub songs serve to double the pleasure of each song on the album. Soul Sugar is an immensely talented band that’s making provocative, original music from a blueprint of the classic music I love most — and for that I thank them.
Israeli Future Jazz With A West African Twist
Also check out some groovy Israeli Ethio-Jazz-Funk and watch the cool video that takes you back to Addis in the 70s on “Alem” by Hoodna Orchestra feat. Demisu Belete…
Funk Along The Tiber
Making A Long Journey For World-Class Afro-Funk
Their stellar 2017 album, Drinking Water, gives us “Bello At Night.” Dig the mellow mood, and old-school Afrobeat groove, profound percussion, and jazzy horns. It’s a laid-back, modern Afrobeat jam that features some outstanding guitar playing, and defies categorization because it uses the Afrobeat template to create unique modern music. The Seven Ups make me want to book a trip ASAP to Australia to hang out hearing the bands of the Melbourne funky world music scene.
Global Rhythms: Magnificent Marimba & Future Funk Jazz
In this Spotify playlist, listen to the enchanting, “Mafa Doubou.” It starts out with a sweet, soulful organ groove. Then, gorgeous guitar strumming, fabulous flute, and beautifully muted trumpet make this tune a lovely, laconic sojourn in places exotic.
A Heartfelt Tribute To Lisbon, Portugal
Listen to “Azulejos” here, and watch the sublime video by Emanuele Kabu, which incorporates elements of the Portuguese art form of painted, tin-glazed ceramic tilework into his impressive animation…
Brazil Meets Ethiopia
Bassy, Brassy Boogalú
Space Is The Place
The “Giumbele” instrumental in this playlist comes from 2016’s collaboration with Nidia Góngora, and you can hear clearly the elements described above. This is a special band…check ’em out.
Latin Funk Fire
To close out this Spotify playlist, hear Jungle Fire get a little weird on “Lamento Momposina.” It has a slightly melancholy Ethiopian Jazz/Funk feel to it, like a Budos Band song. And yet, it’s still all Jungle Fire — percussive and full of powerful horn lines. It’s inspired by their trip to Mompox, Colombia and so fits into our theme of musical adventures & exploration.