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Best bands from Africa, S America and Asia?


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Considering over half of the world's population lies in these continents I find it strange that artist from these continents rarely make a splash in America culture. What are your favorite bands from these continents?

 

The only bands I can think of are

 

Asia:

Cibo Matto

Puffy Ami Yumi

Electric Eel Shock

Boris

 

Africa:

 

Youssou N'Dour

 

South America:

Sinergia

 

Help me expand my horizons! :cheers

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S. America:

 

Caetano Veloso

Jorge Ben

Gal Costa

Tim Maia

Gilberto Gil

Milton Nascimento

Tom Zé

 

 

Africa:

 

Fela Kuti

Hugh Masekela

King Sunny Ade

 

 

Asia:

 

Shonen Knife

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Africa:

 

Ali Farka Toure

Baobob Orchestra

Mansour Seck

Baba Maal

S.E. Rogie

Thomas Mapfumo

 

Asia:

 

Indian classical music- Ravi Shankar has some accessible stuff which could serve as an introduction

Ali Akbar Khan

Chinese classical is also quite good ( such as Lei Qiang) but with my Asian music recommendations I am really stretching the definitions of what you probably mean by "band"

 

South America:

 

no clue. good question.

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A few more:

 

S. America:

Os Mutantes (Brazil)

Café Tacuba (Mexico)

Beto Villares (Brazil)

Léo Lago (Brazil)

 

Africa:

Caesaria Evora (Cape Verde)

David Broza (Israel)

 

Asia:

Cornelius (Japan)

Ravi Shankar (India)

 

 

And I'll second:

Tom Zé, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Fela Kuti, Shonen Knife

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Asia:

 

Puffy Ami Yumi

Electric Eel Shock

 

 

 

 

 

So, Puffy Ami Yumi are good? I see their cds at the library all the time, but have always passed them over. I think the "cute factor" tricked me into thinking the music couldn't possibly be any good. Now I'll probably never see their cds again.

 

My old band opened for Electric Eek Shock several years ago. They were really incredible. Good call.

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So, Puffy Ami Yumi are good? I see their cds at the library all the time, but have always passed them over. I think the "cute factor" tricked me into thinking the music couldn't possibly be any good. Now I'll probably never see their cds again.

 

My old band opened for Electric Eek Shock several years ago. They were really incredible. Good call.

 

I have 1 of their albums Splurge. It is a fun disc. Not groundbreaking but it puts a smile on my face. :D

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