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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Afrikola



My mum used to play Paul Simon's Graceland tape really loud in the car when I was a kid. Alot. I listened to it again for the first time in years. But then Tom in my office slammed this baby on my desk telling me I know nothing and that Paul Simon completely ripped off a Boyoyo Boys track off one of their mixtapes before making Graceland. He was the Original worldbeat thief before Timbaland came along.

I've been listening to quite a bit of African music recently, so I thought I'd throw together a mix of some of my favourite jams. Different styles from different countries, mostly funky.


photo: Jodi Bieber

download VAMANOS - AFRIKOLA SOMEBODY WAITING MIX

Tony Allen - Asiko NIGERIA
Tinariwen - Cler Achel MALI
Maciré Sylla - Wombéré GUINEA
Boyoyo Boys - Daveyton Special S.AFRICA
The Mgababa Queens - Akulaiwa Esoweto S.AFRICA
Dembu - Bogiye ETHIOPIA
Stella Rambisai Chiweshe - Mapere ZIMBABWE
Régis Gizavo - Efa Olo Be MADAGASCA
Esau Mwamwaya - Tengazako 2 MALAWI
Brenda Fassie - Vuli Ndlela S.AFRCIA
Various Kuduro - Bowungakanani w Msawawa ANGOLA
Esau Mwamwaya - Chalo (demo) MALAWI
Various - Super Funana 12 ANGOLA
Youssou N'Dour - Birima (Dakar Mix) SENEGAL
Gigi - Balu Washintu ETHIOPIA

7 comments:

jckkrr said...

Great mix!

ChiefBoima said...

Hey Vamanos, Paul Simon didn't so much jack Boyoyo Boys. He actually went to South Africa to play with them and their jams set up the template for most of the songs on that album. I think they're pretty well credited, and he even produced their international albums later. I may be mistaken but I think it was a friendly collaboration. He drew a lot of attention to South Africa at a time in history where that was needed. Thanks for the mix too, can't wait to check it out.

Written by Vamanos said...

Thanks for that, i didn't know. I feel bad now. He ain't no Timbaland. Any more cumbia mixes in the pipeline?

Anonymous said...

Waiting for what?Somebody waiting,waiting to shake the booty on da Bassquake mix!

Anonymous said...

Saw Harry Belafonte here in your blog with Hugo Chavez,he did a album like Paul Simon's with South African beats that is virtually unknown,called Paradise in Gazankulu.It has some great tracks.The one that did steal the music was Malcolm McClaren,who badly ripped of SA muso's for his Duck Rock album and had to be taken to court.

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