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View Poll Results: Vote for a FAIR album before Dec 30
Ali Farka Touré + Ry Cooder 0 0%
Various Putumayo Artists 0 0%
Greg Brown 0 0%
Elizabeth Cotten 2 66.67%
Konono No.1 0 0%
Dead Combo 1 33.33%
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vote for a FAIR album before December 30

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club will vote for an album that they will listen to and discuss in the coming weeks.
Anyone can vote in this poll, but if you vote, please follow through and be ready to discuss whichever album wins the poll.
These are the candidates to choose from :-

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Talking Timbuktu - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder (1994)



This one's new to me but sounds promising.

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I nominate this compilation of african singers:

Compilator (it's a seal, not a person): Putumayo
Album's name: African Odyssey
Year: 2001


Samples can be listened on Amazon:
Amazon.com : Music Sampler

I nominate it for those songs:

Sinama Denw - Habib Koite
Mar - Augusto Cego
Kecu Minino Na Tchora - Bidinte
Raki - Oliver Mtukudzi
The Well - Seydu
Fundo Di Matu - Manecas Costa
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Greg Brown - The Evening Call (2006)



Rather mellow album from a prolific musician.

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Here's a nomination:



Folksongs and Instrumentals With Guitar (1958) by Elizabeth Cotten

It's a blues/folk album by a woman whose talent wasn't discovered until she was 63 years old. It helped inspire the contemporary folk boom that would happen in the coming decade, and it is an essential listen for any avid fan of the genre. A very unique album...
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Congotronics (2005) by Konono No.1



Congotronics consists of African chants accompanied by traditional thumb pianos fed through some rudamentary electronics which have been cranked up to distortion levels. The result sounds like something which may be a one-artist genre; Industrial Afro-trance Folk. Most of us will never witness a local Kinshasa band playing together in a courtyard with some home-built amplifiers, but this album gives us an unadorned indication of what they sound like.
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Dead Combo Vol.1 by Dead Combo (2005)



Fado is a traditional Portuguese guitar style, but on this album Dead Combo have taken it apart and rebuilt it with the same kind of slow,intense, precision that Ry Cooder used on his Paris,Texas soundtrack. Just like RC, this duo -guitar and double bass- perform musical magic by going back to the simplest things but somehow charging them with a new beauty hard to describe.
(PS.This Dead Combo are from Lisbon and shouldn`t be confused with an Irish band who use exactly the same name.)
Well, here are another six albums to choose from, and close the year with so let`s get voting !
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OK, looks like Elizabeth Cotten is the winner of this poll, so I hope you enjoy her album and will join in the discussion thread, which`ll open on Jan 7th, 2012
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