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    Cachao was born Israel López Valdés in 1918 and lived until nearly 90. He was a Cuban double bassist and composer but far more importantly he was the co-creator of the mambo and a master of the descarga which are improvised jam sessions. Throughout his career he performed and recorded in a variety of music styles ranging from classical music - he was classically trained and had worked in orchestras under, among others, Stravinsky, von Karajan and Villa-Lobos - to salsa. An exile in the United States from the 1960s, he only achieved international fame following a career revival in the 1990s.

    The stunningly beautiful "Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares" was a compilation album of slightly modern arrangements of Bulgarian folk songs featuring, among others, the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir and the soloist Yanka Rupkina. It was the result of fifteen years of work by Swiss ethnomusicologist and producer Marcel Cellier and was released as early as 1975. But it wasn't until 1986 when Ivo Watts-Russell, the founder of the UK 4AD label, who had been introduced to the choir from a third or fourth generation audio cassette lent to him by Peter Murphy, the singer from the band Bauhaus, tracked down the original recordings and re-released it. Following much international success, several additional albums followed from a group who became widely known by the same name as the first album.

    Jimmy Little was an early Australian Aboriginal musician with a stunningly long career commencing in 1951. Originally influenced by Nat King Cole and Jim Reeves, his gospel song "Royal Telephone" sold over 75,000 copies in 1963 but his most popular album was "Messenger" in 1999 during a period when he was covering songs by then contemporary artists. The extraordinary Rinken Band are from the Okinawan Islands, North Japan. They helped popularize that region's traditional music from 1985 onwards, when their first hit, "Arigatou" was released. Oddly, in view of their heritage though not so much in terms of their era, I find that there is a very slight similarity between their style and that of the Icelandic band the Sugarcubes out of whom came Bjork. Information about Okinawan music is in this Wikipedia entry:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okinawan_music
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    Manu Dibango is a Cameroonian musician and song-writer who plays saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He was a member of the seminal Congolese rumba group, African Jazz and has collaborated with a very wide range of artists including Herbie Hancock, Sly and Robbie, Eliades Ochoa and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, But he is best known for his 1972 single "Soul Makossa" which enjoyed international success and to some in the UK for a brief voyage into disco. The Guinean band Ba Cissoko was created in 1999. Mostly it featured five members who played the traditional Kora harp, percussion instruments and bass. Their sound has been described as "West Africa meets Jimi Hendrix". However, they are also highly capable of a lighter approach and the description is not wholly representative of their range. 1999 was also the year when Gotan Project were formed. While they are of French origins, their interest is in the Argentinian tango to which they add samples, beats, and breaks. Their music has often been adapted for television and film.

    To seek to describe Ravi Shankar in just a few sentences would be an injustice so I won't do. Suffice it to say at least for now that as a Bengali Indian musician and a composer of Hindustani classical music, he was the best-known proponent of the sitar in the second half of the 20th century and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. The other two links also feature highly significant musicians. OK Jazz, later renamed TPOK Jazz, that is, Tout Puissant Orchestre Kinshasa, the "all-powerful Kinshasa orchestra", was a soukous band established in 1956 in what was then Belgian Congo. At one time it had more than 50 members. It was one of the two giants of Congolese music alongside Grand Kalle & l'African Jazz and featured many prominent musicians including in the 1970s the great Sam Mangwana. But mostly it is associated with the legendary Franco who not only often fronted it but was known for his mastery of rumba, nicknamed the "Sorcerer of the Guitar" for the fluidity of his playing and as its co-founder viewed as an originator of the modern Congolese sound. The group was consistently active until the mid 1990s.

    Last but not least to Baaba Maal who is a Senegalese singer, guitarist and percussionist who was born in 1953 and is one of his country's most famous and internationally successful musicians. He was expected to follow in his father's profession and become a fisherman. However, under the influence of his lifelong friend and family gawlo, blind guitarist Mansour Seck, Maal devoted himself to learning music from his mother and his school's headmaster. He went on to study music at the university in Dakar before leaving for postgraduate studies in France. Among his earlier fairly traditional work with Seck is the 1989 album "Djam Leelii" which is featured in the book "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". But arguably he is best known for fusion. In his 1994 "Firin' in Fouta"album, he used ragga, salsa and Breton harp music to create a popular sound that launched the careers of Positive Black Soul, a group of rappers, and led to the formation of Afro Celt Sound System. "Nomad Soul" in 1998 featured, among others, Brian Eno.
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    Ernest Ranglin - Eb @ Noon:



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    Monty Alexander - No Woman No Cry:



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    The Esso Trinidad Steel Band - I Want You Back:



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    Formed in 1979, Herbs are a New Zealand reggae vocal group and the 11th inductee into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. In 1986, the song "Slice of Heaven" with Dave Dobbyn reached number one on both the New Zealand and Australian charts.

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    Blick Bassy - Ngwa, 2019:



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    Liniker e os Caramelows - Intimidade, 2019:



    https://nnfestival.org.uk/whats-on/l...os-caramelows/
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    BCUC featuring Saul Williams - Isivunguvungu, 2019:



    https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/music/...ss-the-healing
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    Zydeco

    Buckwheat Zydeco - Hey Good Lookin':


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    Clifton Chenier - 'Zydeco Sant Pas Sale:

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    Sarah Savoy and the Francadians - Parlez Nous a Boire:


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    Eddie LeJeune - Jolie Blon:


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